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  • Fillon refuses to quit French election despite charges

    03/01/2017 5:35:02 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/1/2017 | BBC
    French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon has said he will fight on, as he announced that a judge was placing him under formal investigation. For weeks, he has fought allegations that his wife was paid for year for work she did not do. "It's a political assassination," Mr. Fillon told reporters on Wednesday. He has now been summoned to appear before the judge, Serge Tournaire, on 15 March. The date is just two days before the deadline for candidates to submit their final applications. The first round takes place on 23 April, followed by a second-round run-off on 7 May......
  • France in 'climate of near civil war', says angry Fillon

    02/28/2017 7:45:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 28 February 2017 09:07 CET+01:00 | AFP
    As attacks mount around the election, one presidential front runner said France is seeing “a climate near civil war”. Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of “near civil war.” This isn’t America’s bitter presidential election campaign last year, but France’s in 2017. The latest comments from conservative François Fillon, who has accused the Socialist government of failing to protect candidates, underline the increasingly ugly tone of France’s campaign. Clashes in the western city of Nantes at the weekend during a demonstration against far-right leader Marine Le Pen and...
  • Battle begins to stop 'fake news' from impacting the French presidential election

    02/28/2017 7:36:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 28 February 2017 23:23 CET+01:00
    An unprecedented joint media project was launched in France on Tuesday with the aim of preventing the very modern plague of fake news stories on Facebook from influencing the French presidential election. But how effective will it be? A group of 37 French and international media outlets, supported by Google, on Tuesday launched “CrossCheck”, a joint fact-checking platform aimed at detecting fake information which could affect the French presidential election. Fears that fake news stories posted on social media sites could influence the French election grew in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s shock election win in the United States in...
  • EU lawmakers vote to lift Marine Le Pen's immunity over tweets

    02/28/2017 7:12:10 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/28/17 | Francesco Guarascio
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers "overwhelmingly" voted on Tuesday to lift the EU parliamentary immunity of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State violence. Le Pen, a member of the European parliament, is under investigation in France for posting three graphic images of IS executions on Twitter in 2015, including the beheading of the United States journalist James Foley. Responding to a request from the French judiciary, the EU lawmakers in the legal affairs committee voted to lift her immunity, EU officials said. The committee's decision will have to be backed by the whole...
  • Millionaires can’t flee this European country fast enough

    02/28/2017 1:37:44 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    There’s been a surge in the number of millionaires around the world who are moving countries. Some 82,000 high-net-worth individuals, defined as those who have assets over $1 million, left their home countries last year, versus 64,000 in 2015, according to the “Global Health Review: Worldwide Wealth and Wealth Migration Trends.” For the second consecutive year, Australia was the No. 1 country welcoming millionaire migrants, beating even the U.S. There was a 38% jump in millionaire migrants to Australia (11,000 last year versus 8,000 in 2015) and a 43% increase in those migrants to the U.S. over the same period...
  • Fillon says France in 'climate of near civil war' as presidential election turns ugly

    02/28/2017 12:12:23 AM PST · by aquila48 · 39 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 28 February 2017
    As attacks mount around the election, one presidential front runner said France is seeing "a climate near civil war". Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of "near civil war." This isn't America's bitter presidential election campaign last year, but France's in 2017. The latest comments from conservative Francois Fillon, who has accused the Socialist government of failing to protect candidates, underline the increasingly ugly tone of France's campaign. Clashes in the western city of Nantes at the weekend during a demonstration against far-right leader Marine Le Pen and...
  • It's an Obama-nation! French voters demand former US president take charge of France

    02/28/2017 8:46:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 28 February 2017 09:57 CET+01:00 | Oliver Gee
    A campaign to make Barack Obama the president of France is gathering steam… but why? If you think you’ve glimpsed campaign posters for “Obama 17” across Paris then you’re not mistaken. The posters, which have been pasted to walls around Paris in recent days, are calling for a fresh face in the 2017 presidential race — that of the former president of the US. Under a picture of the former US President are the words “Oui, on peut”, the French translation of Obama’s “Yes we can” slogan. A group of friends behind the campaign have said that it started as...
  • Support for Marine Le Pen hits record high in new poll ...

    02/27/2017 10:51:09 PM PST · by aquila48 · 48 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 27 February 2017 | CHRIS SUMMERS and JOE SHEPPARD
    Far-Right candidate Marine Le Pen has hit a record high in a new poll as France's former leaders have admitted she could become the country's president. The Kantar poll currently has the National Front party leader at 45 percent in a second round contest against conservative candidate Francois Fillon. Her popularity drops to 42 percent against centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, who is currently favourite to win. The figures come as two former prime ministers have said the anti-EU politician could pick up momentum and steal victory in May. They say a Le Pen victory could come as a result of...
  • France election: Le Pen's FN funding scandal deepens (Fake News?)

    02/27/2017 4:09:59 AM PST · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/27/2017 | BBC
    A former aide to the Franch far-right presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, has made new allegations about fraudulent party financing. Gael Nofri said that in 2012 the National Front(FN) had recruited him into Ms. Le Pen's presidential campaign team, using a fictitious European Parliament (EP) contract. It was apparently a way for the FN to avoid declaring campaign spending. The FN is already under investigation for alleged misuse of EP funds. Polls suggest that Ms. Le Pen is on course to win the first round of the presidential election in April, but centrist Emmanauel Macron is gaining ground (NOT) and...
  • Marine Le Pen vows to REMOVE France from ‘MONSTER’ EU and start NEW bloc of rebel nations

    The Front National leader has laid out her foreign policy vision for France with plans to reverse EU bureaucracy which has left France “enfeebled” and “cut off” form the world. Speaking in Paris yesterday, she said: “It’s time for us to put an end to this bureaucratic monster that is the European Union. European countries are bound together in many ways, and this mandatory coalition is destroying individual member states.” The far-right chief also vowed not to allow her country be “diminished, isolated, and wholly dependent on the EU”.
  • French President Fires Back At Trump Over Paris Comments

    02/25/2017 10:26:29 AM PST · by amorphous · 70 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 Feb 2017 | Tyler
    One day after president Trump remarked in a speech at a conference that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris" after attacks by Islamist militants, French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday. During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump repeated his criticism of Europe's handling of attacks by Islamist militants saying a friend "Jim" no longer wanted to take his family to Paris. Hollande said Trump should show support for U.S. allies. "There is terrorism and we must fight it together. I think that it is never good to show...
  • France Jews: Two brothers attacked in Paris street

    02/25/2017 2:27:40 AM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/24/2017 | BBC
    French police are investigating an assault on two Jewish brothers in a Paris suburb in which the attackers allegedly shouted anti-Semitic abuse. The eldest, 29, and his brother, 17, say one of the attackers was armed with a hacksaw and they both suffered cuts during the struggle. They say they were harassed while driving through Bondy on Tuesday evening wearing kippas. Bondy is near Aulnay-sous-Bois, an area hit by anti-police rioting this month. No suspects have been detained yet in connection with Tuesday's assault, Bondy is part of Seine-Saint-Denis district, north-eastern Paris, where violence erupted earlier this month because of...
  • Le Pen: ‘It’s Time To Do Away With the EU’

    02/24/2017 11:03:40 PM PST · by aquila48 · 14 replies
    Breitbart UK ^ | 24 Feb 2017 | JACK MONTGOMERY
    Marine Le Pen, the frontrunner in the first round of France’s upcoming presidential elections, has declared it is “time do away” with the European Union (EU), which has become a “bureaucratic monster”. According to EU Observer, the Front National leader told journalists it is time to “build another Europe, whether madame Merkel, monsieur Schulz or the other Commissioners want it or not”. The 48-year-old said “It is time to do away with an EU that is tempted by a fusion that destroys the Europe of nations”, echoing the sentiments of France’s late post-war leader, General Charles De Gaulle. The De...
  • A Le Pen Victory in France is the Next Domino in the Trump/Brexit Political Earthquake

    02/24/2017 6:10:50 PM PST · by davikkm · 26 replies
    The Independent UK reposted on Investment Watch Blog ^ | The Independent UK reposted on the blog by Mark Angelides
    Polls are predicting a stunning victory for Marine Le Pen and her party, France’s National Front (FN), in this year’s French elections. Riding a wave of popularity that has never before been seen in modern French politics, Le Pen looks set to follow the trajectories of both Donald Trump and the Brexit vote in upsetting the political establishment’s Status Quo. Her popularity is not least in part due to the shocking wave of terrorist attacks and migrant riots that are sweeping the European continent.
  • French Voters Call On Obama To Run For President To "Give French People Hope"

    02/24/2017 2:52:13 AM PST · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | February 24, 2017
    As French voters look set to make a massive swing to the right in their upcoming presidential election (see our notes on the topic here and here), a group of frightened liberal protesters have decided to back a relatively surprising, if impossible, presidential candidate in 2017, Barack Obama. And, lest you thing this is a joke, a quick walk around Paris even reveals campaign posters for "Obama17" plastered all around the city. The group of protesters who launched the effort to bring "hope and change" to France are urging French citizens to visit their website to sign a petition to...
  • Le Pen Extends Lead in French Presidential Polls

    02/23/2017 4:02:59 PM PST · by davikkm · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    Front National leader Marine Le Pen has extended her lead in polling for the French Presidential elections, and is now comfortably placed to win the first round of voting. The BVA-Salesforce poll published Thursday gave Le Pen on 27 per cent of the vote in the first round of the election, due to take place on 23 April, up 2.5 percentage points from the last time the poll was conducted in early February. A second poll by Harris International showed similar results placing Le Pen on 25 percent, four points clear of Francois Fillon (Les Republicains) and five ahead of...
  • French Presidential Candidate Refuses To Wear Headscarf When Meeting Muslim Cleric

    02/23/2017 3:29:28 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 36 replies
    The Mental Recession ^ | 02/23/2017 | Rusty Weiss
    Marine Le Pen, French Presidential candidate for the far-right political party Front National, had a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand Mufti, a top Muslim cleric. Upon arriving, an aide for the cleric demanded she wear a headscarf before entering his office. Big mistake. “You can pass on my respects to the grand mufti,” Le Pen said, “but I will not cover myself up.”
  • France election: Centrist boost for liberal candidate Macron

    02/23/2017 12:38:04 AM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/22/2017 | BBC
    The leading centrist candidate in France's presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, has received a boost after allying with a veteran moderate. He accepted the offer of an alliance from Francois Bayrou, another centrist and devout Roman Catholic. Recent polls suggest support for Mr. Macron, tipped by many to win the election, has dropped slightly. Two of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's staff were detained on Wednesday as part of a financial inquiry.....
  • How Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes Made Peace With the Paris Attacks

    02/22/2017 9:45:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    L.A. Weekly ^ | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017 | STEVE APPLEFORD
    Jesse Hughes doesn't have nightmares anymore. He sleeps peacefully through the night, curled up in his bed. It's the waking hours that are hard, as memories of Paris return with a jolt from a random smell or image on the street, taking him back to that night of violence and fear. More than a year has passed since heavily armed terrorists aligned with the Islamic State walked into the Paris theater Le Bataclan and shattered the lives of those gathered for an evening of seething rock & roll from Hughes and his band, Eagles of Death Metal. The band narrowly...
  • Marine Le Pen's Chief Of Staff, Bodyguard Detained By French Police

    02/22/2017 10:56:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/22/2017
    It is getting difficult to keep track of all the parallel (alleged) financial scandals involving French presidential candidates.Several weeks after presidential candidate Francois Fillon's campaign nearly ended over a sprawling graft scandal involving allegations he used public funds to pay the wages of his wife and children, on Wednesday, French police detained two of Marine Le Pen's closest aides: her bodyguard and chief of staff,  for questioning over alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay parliamentary assistants, Le Pen's lawyer said. Le Pen slammed the latest move in what Reuters dubbed "a financial sleaze case" that has landed...
  • Marine Le Pen Pledges to Abolish Same-Sex Marriage

    02/21/2017 4:05:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 21, 2017 | Chris Tomlinson
    As part of her 144 pledges to the French people, anti-mass migration Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has said she will abandon gay marriages in favour of civil partnerships. Earlier this month after holding her campaign launch in Lyon, Ms Le Pen talked about her 144 pledges to the French people, many of which are against globalism and the power of the European Union. Pledge number 87 speaks to her conservative supporters and rejects the idea of gay marriage which has been legal in France since 2013, but would allow for civil partnerships, law firm Marilyn Stowe claims.Civil partnerships in France...
  • Paris region loses 1.5 million tourists over terror fears

    02/21/2017 9:44:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 February 2017 12:00 CET+01:00
    Tourism in the greater Paris region Île-de-France has been hit hard by terror fears, the latest figures show. But it’s turning around. “In total, in 2016, hotel owners in Île-de-France welcomed 1.5 million fewer French and international tourists compared to 2015,” the Regional Tourism Committee reported on Tuesday. While the average number of tourists visiting the region has only decreased by 0.8 percent, the drop was particularly sharp among some countries more than others. There were 21.5 percent fewer Chinese tourists setting down their suitcases in the Paris region, and 41.2 percent fewer tourists from Japan checking in to hotels...
  • France’s Le Pen Cancels Meet With Lebanon Grand Mufti Over Headscarf

    02/21/2017 6:41:05 AM PST · by mandaladon · 63 replies
    OAN ^ | 20 Feb 2017 | Simon Carraud
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon’s grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. Le Pen, among the frontrunners for the presidency, is using a two-day visit to Lebanon to bolster her foreign policy credentials nine weeks from the April 23 first round, and may be partly targeting potential Franco-Lebanese votes. Many Lebanese fled to France, Lebanon’s former colonial power, during their country’s 1975-1990 civil war and became French citizens. After meeting Christian President Michel Aoun – her...
  • "I Will Not Cover Myself Up": Le Pen Refuses To Wear Headscarf, Cancels Meeting With Lebanese Cleric

    02/21/2017 5:23:23 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 19 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, and leader of the National Front, canceled a Tuesday meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter. After meeting Christian President Michel Aoun, her first public handshake with a head of state, and Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Monday, she had been scheduled to meet the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian. He heads the Dar al-Fatwa, the top religious authority for Sunni Muslims in the multireligious country.
  • Workmen's cafe overwhelmed with customers after it is accidentally awarded a Michelin star

    02/20/2017 5:48:18 AM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Feb. 19, 2017 | David Chazan
    A workmen’s café in central France was overwhelmed with phone calls from gourmet diners wanting to book tables after it was awarded a Michelin star — by mistake, it later turned out. Reporters, TV crews and prospective customers were astounded when they turned up at the Bouche à Oreille, in the small town of Bourges, to find a cheap and cheerful eatery with red and white polka dot plastic tablecloths. Many patrons wear high-visibility vests, it is often packed at lunchtime and the atmosphere is lively, with customers ordering beers at the bar. It serves its regular clientèle of local...
  • BREAKING: Marine Le Pen's headquarters RAIDED by police in 'scandal' investigation

    02/20/2017 11:07:21 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 101 replies
    Express Co. (UK) ^ | Feb 20, 2017 | Peter Allen
    A team of anti-fraud officers entered the building in Nanterre, the Paris suburb, while the 48-year-old Front National leader was on her first ever official visit abroad, in Lebanon. An investigating source said: "A raid is underway. Its aim is to find evidence related to the ongoing enquiry." A spokesman for Ms Le Pen immediately accused them of carrying out a "media operation whose goal is to disturb the course of a presidential campaign".
  • France Blames Russia For Poor Performance of Left-Wing Presidential Candidate

    02/19/2017 11:05:30 AM PST · by Cold War Veteran - Submarines · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/19/2017 | Breitbart London
    PARIS (AP) – France’s foreign minister is denouncing possible Russian meddling in the French presidential campaign as “unacceptable.” Jean-Marc Ayrault, in an interview published Sunday in newspaper Journal du Dimanche, said Russia appears to be targeting centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, while favoring more pro-Russia candidates such as conservative Francois Fillon and nationalist Marine Le Pen.
  • Pence brings Trump's military demands to wary Europe

    02/18/2017 8:11:56 AM PST · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 18, 2017 | John Vandiver
    Merkel said Germany is committed to spending more, but will do so at its own pace. Berlin is set to increase expenditures by 8 percent this year and aims to reach the NATO benchmark of 2 percent of gross domestic product in about eight years. “We will do everything we can in order to fulfill this commitment,” Merkel said, adding that a strong Europe is also in America’s interest.
  • France passes law imposing up to two years prison for running pro-life websites

    02/18/2017 4:32:08 AM PST · by Petrosius · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jeanne Smits
    PARIS, France, February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The French National Assembly has adopted legislation to make what it calls “spreading misleading information” about abortion punishable with up to a two-year prison sentence and a fine. The law specifically targets “electronic” and “online” means of spreading information with the intention of dissuading women from ending their pregnancy, but its wording is not restrictive. By and large, any person or group aiming to call public attention to the dangers and risks of abortion will be potentially at risk of prosecution. Thursday’s vote was the final stage of a lawmaking process that saw...
  • The Water, The Spirit and The Blood !

    02/17/2017 8:12:12 AM PST · by Jedediah
    Holy Spirit,Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-17-17 | Bible , jedediah
    Your soreness is a sign of spirit loss , so come drinking my Spirit "For I AM refreshing", and renewal "IS" yours for the taking when you learn to just receive ! So Take on Me through receiving deep within My Blood as your water and My bread as your food for as you truly fast the Earth I shall "restore' all that has been lost and stolen from you for I and The Father work "As One" . "So just agree with Me and all shall be restored to you " as I ( (( Rise Up )) )...
  • Le Pen is on course to be France's next president, fund manager says from AI analysis

    02/16/2017 12:12:31 PM PST · by jalisco555 · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/15/17 | Everett Rosenfeld and Nyshka Chandran
    Marine Le Pen is on course to be the next president of France, according to one fund manager's big-data analysis. Arun Kant, chief executive and chief investment officer at Singapore-based investing firm Leonie Hill Capital, told CNBC he expected the right-wing populist to prevail thanks to his firm's proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) system's analysis of troves of data. His analysis — which he said incorporates inputs such as social and traditional media discussions, polling, economics and demographics — predicts that Le Pen will "walk over" her opponents in the first electoral test and then prove most forecasters wrong and steal...
  • CIA espionage orders for the 2012 French presidential election

    02/16/2017 10:41:34 AM PST · by tosh · 54 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | 02/16/2017 | Wikileaks
    WikiLeaks details CIA infiltrating and influencing the 2012 French Elections. First of many releases of 'Vault 7' to come.
  • WikiLeaks Releases Documents On Alleged CIA Spying On French Presidential Candidates

    02/16/2017 10:42:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-16-17 | Peter Hasson
    Anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks released a set of documents allegedly showing CIA espionage on candidates in France’s 2012 presidential elections. The seven pages of documents appear to be classified orders for intelligence operatives to gather information regarding candidates’ political strategies and internal communications. WikiLeaks’ release of the documents comes amid growing tensions between Trump and the intelligence community over leaks of classified information that have portrayed people close to Trump in a negative light.
  • Macron causes uproar by saying France's colonization of Algeria was 'crime against humanity'

    02/16/2017 10:12:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 16 February 2017 15:09 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local, Ben McPartland
    French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron has drawn a storm of criticism from his rivals after calling France’s colonization of Algeria a “crime against humanity”. In a TV interview in Algiers this week, the centrist said French actions in Algeria, which achieved independence in 1962 after eight years of war, were “genuinely barbaric, and constitute a part of our past that we have to confront by apologizing”. His visit also included a stop at the Martyrs’ Memorial in Algiers, saying he wanted to promote a “reconciliation of memories” between the two countries. The violent history between France and Algeria is still...
  • The Execution of Louis XVI, 1793

    02/16/2017 10:02:38 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Louis XVI, king of France, arrived in the wrong historical place at the wrong time and soon found himself overwhelmed by events beyond his control. Ascending the throne in 1774, Louis inherited a realm driven nearly bankrupt through the opulence of his predecessors Louis XIV and XV. After donning the crown, things only got worse. The economy spiraled downward (unemployment in Paris in 1788 is estimated at 50%), crops failed, the price of bread and other food soared. [...] In 1788, Louis was forced to reinstate France's National Assembly (the Estates-General) which quickly curtailed the king's powers. In July of...
  • PARIS ON FIRE: Riots reach capital's centre TONIGHT - buildings set ablaze & cops attacked

    02/15/2017 9:04:51 PM PST · by detective · 45 replies
    The Express ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Peter Allen
    Officers were forced to unleash tear-gas on angry crowds as buildings and rubbish bins were set on fire around the Barbes Metro station, which is just around the corner from the Eurostar hub at Gare du Nord.   As fire crews went in to extinguish the blazes, lines of riot police were attacked, and shops were looted.  A policeman at the scene said: “Windows have been smashed and officers attacked.   “Small groups of protestors wearing hoods to hide their identities are causing trouble and then running away.
  • French police flees from hordes of rioting migrants in Paris

    02/15/2017 10:36:01 AM PST · by wtd · 45 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2/15/2017 | Voice of Europe
    Voice of Europe video tweet: French police flees from hordes of rioting migrants in Paris
  • PARIS ERUPTS IN VIOLENCE: Many Streets Are NO-GO ZONES as Five Suburbs in Flames

    02/14/2017 11:29:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 120 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Tue, Feb 14, 2017 | Siobhan McFayden
    POLICE in Paris are struggling to cope with the fall out from a plague of riots which have kicked off in the city’s northern suburbs. Five large areas have been reduced to no go areas for the past five nights as masked men cause mayhem on the streets. Now there are fears the fall out from allegations of police brutality could spread all over the country as unrest in the city grows. Residents have been on lockdown as armed police tried to tackle the rioters who have caused millions of pounds of damage. The areas of Aulnay-Sous-Bois, Aulnay, Argenteuil, Bobigny...
  • Coachload of Korean Tourists Robbed in ‘Horror’ Attack Linked to Paris Riots

    02/13/2017 7:54:45 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Feb 2017 | Virginia Hale
    About forty South Korean tourists were robbed in Paris at the weekend when men climbed aboard their coach shouting threats. Witness statements from the event, described by South Korea’s leading news agency Yonhap as “ten minutes of horror”, revealed that one of the intruders threatened tourists on the coach with an object “resembling a glass bottle”. The coachload of tourists were driving back to their hotel in Saint-Denis at the time of the attack. The neighbourhood is in close proximity to areas of Paris affected by ongoing violence as anti-police protesters riot over the assault of a black youth worker...
  • Le Pen’s youth revolution - Marine Le Pen is the most popular candidate amongst young French voters

    02/13/2017 7:07:15 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Westmonster ^ | February 13, 2017 | by Westmonster
    New polling shows that Marine Le Pen’s campaign to be President is built on the back of huge popularity amongst young French voters. In the first round of French Presidential election, Marine Le Pen leads the pack amongst young voters by a clear margin. 29% of 18-24’s back her vs. 21% for her nearest rival. Similarly amongst those aged 35 – 49, Le Pen leads on a huge 35%...
  • French Socialist Presidential Candidate Offers Asylum To US Climate Scientists

    02/12/2017 10:15:24 AM PST · by PROCON · 36 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2017 | Eric Worrall
    Leading French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron has invited the entire US climate science community to relocate to France. Climate scientists wary of Trump: Please come to France, says presidental hopeful By Martin Enserink Feb. 10, 2017 , 8:15 AM The mediagenic wunderkind of French presidential politics has a message for U.S. scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs working on climate change and worrying about their future under President Donald Trump: Come to France. In a video posted to his Facebook and Twitter accounts late last night (and hashtagged #ScienceMarch), Emmanuel Macron renewed his commitment to fighting global warming and extended a warm...
  • Europe Election Report (UK Special, Dutch, French)

    02/11/2017 3:38:12 AM PST · by Nextrush
    2/11/2017 | Self
    Can the momentum of Brexit and Doanld Trump's election wins propel victories in the upcoming Dutch election (March 15th) or French presidential election (First Round April 23)? More on that later. But first there's a by election for the Stoke on Trent Central seat in the British House of Commons in 12 days (February 23rd). This may be a first test of momentum with UKIP's newly minted leader Paul Nuttall contesting the seat and with one poll showing him holding a ten percent lead. Stoke has traditionally been a Labour seat but UKIP came in second in the last general...
  • Offices next to Montpellier synagogue fire-bombed.

    04/03/2002 11:32:02 PM PST · by colette_g · 28 replies · 88+ views
    BBC News Ticker ^ | 4 April 2002 9:26AM UK | BBC News
    From BBC News ticker - "Offices next to Montpellier synagogue fire-bombed. More soon"
  • Montpellier arrests: France police avert 'imminent' attack

    02/10/2017 6:06:48 AM PST · by Spiridon · 20 replies
    bbc.com/news ^ | 2/10/2017 | BBC News
    An "imminent" terror attack on French soil has been averted with the arrest of four suspects in Montpellier, Interior Minister Bruno LeRoux said. Three men snd s girl of 16 were found with bomb-making materials by anti-terrorist police in a raid on a flat in the southern city......
  • French court rules it's OK to 'publicly promote infidelity'

    02/10/2017 4:32:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    A French court has ruled that extra-marital affairs dating website has the right to advertise its services and ruled that couples are not bound by the country’s civil code to be faithful to each other. The row began back in the winter of 2015 when French Catholics association sued Black Devine, the publisher's for extra-marital affairs dating site Gleeden, over some provocative adverts that promoted its services to those willing to cheat on their partners. "Contrary to anti-depressants a lover costs the Social security system nothing," read one of the bus stop adverts for Gleeden.  "Being faithful to two men...
  • France’s first center for deradicalization stands empty five months after opening

    02/09/2017 4:00:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 February 2017 17:41 CET+01:00
    Despite thousands of French nationals having been radicalized, the country’s controversial first center for deradicalization stands empty, just five months after opening. But the French government refuses to close it. The center at Beaumont-sur-Vernon in the Indre-et-Loire department of central France opened in September, despite much opposition from local residents and politicians. Its aim was to free those who have been convinced by the ideology of jihadism and help them reintegrate into society. […] But while it was meant to house 25 voluntary participants by the end of December, the center now stands empty after its last resident was sent...
  • Paris Builds Wall Around Eiffel Tower to Counter Jihad-Terrorism #islamophobia

    02/09/2017 11:03:43 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    pamelageller.com ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    Looks like France is building an “apartheid wall.” Will the islamophobia never end? While the city of Paris is spending $22 million to build a protective wall around the Eiffel Towe after a series of terror attacks, the condemn President Trump for taking measures to protect our country against jihad terrorism. PARIS BUILDS BARRIER AROUND EIFFEL TOWER TO LIMIT TERRORISM
  • The French S35 Was a Good Tank Wasted by Bad Generals

    02/09/2017 6:20:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 9, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    The fall of France in 1940, one of the 20th century’s most consequential disasters, wasn’t supposed to have happened. The French military was larger — on paper — and technologically superior to its German enemy. Testifying to the French advantage is the Somua S35, a plump, cute tank which was one of the best tanks in the world in 1940. Hundreds went into action in May 1940, but to little avail.
  • Flamanville plant in northern France has been hit by a massive explosion (nuclear power plant)

    02/09/2017 3:16:53 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 54 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 9th February 2017
    A MASSIVE explosion at a French nuclear power plant near the Channel Islands has reportedly left dozens injured. The blast occurred at Flamanville plant in northern France. According to initial reports there is no risk of contamination. Local media are reporting that the explosion occurred in the plant’s engine room and workers may be critically injured.
  • Trump’s faux-pas diplomacy (More Leaks)

    02/08/2017 11:59:11 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | February 8, 2017 | Tara Palmeri, Kenneth P. Vogel, Josh Dawsey and Nahal Toosi
    President Donald Trump spent much of a recent phone call with French President Francois Hollande veering off into rants about the U.S. getting shaken down by other countries, according to a senior official with knowledge of the call, creating an awkward interaction with a critical U.S. ally. While the Hollande call Jan. 28 did touch on pressing matters between the two countries — namely the fight against the Islamic State — Trump also used the exchange to vent about his personal fixations, including his belief that the United States is being taken advantage of by China and international bodies like...