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  • France: Driver plows into bus stops at two separate locations, at least one dead

    08/21/2017 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Aug 21, 2017 | Robert Spencer
    Police don’t know if it’s an accident or deliberate. But seriously, what are the odds that someone would accidentally crash into two separate bus stops in two different places on the same morning? And so it is likely deliberate, and that means that it is quite possibly more vehicular jihad. Last June, the Islamic State published a poster depicting an SUV driving over a heap of skulls and bearing the legend “Run Over Them Without Mercy.”
  • Quiet Epidemic of Suicide Claims France’s Farmers

    08/20/2017 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Aug 2017 | Paméla Rougerie
    A dairy farmer, Jean-Pierre Le Guelvout, once kept 66 cows at a thriving estate in southern Brittany. But falling milk prices, accumulating debts, depression and worries about his heath in middle age became too much to bear. Just 46, Mr. Le Guelvout shot himself in the heart in a grove behind his house one cold December day last year. “It was a place that he loved, near the fields that he loved,” explained his sister Marie, who said she was “very close” to him but did not see his suicide coming. The death of Ms. Le Guelvout’s brother was part...
  • Macron shares support for US anti-racism activists

    08/20/2017 7:40:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 17 August 2017 16:30 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron backed anti-racism activists in the United States on Thursday in a message that avoided criticizing US President Donald Trump over his reaction to violence in Charlottesville. “On the side of those who combat racism and xenophobia. Our common fight, yesterday and today. #Charlottesville,” he wrote on Twitter. …
  • What you don’t want to see when you look out the window of your plane — air force fighter jets

    08/20/2017 6:17:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies ^ | AUGUST 20, 2017
    THE last thing you want to see when you look out the window of your plane is an air force fighter jet on your tail. But that’s exactly what terrified passengers on board a flight from Spain to Britain spotted overnight, sparking panic on board the budget airline. Jet2 flight 1204, a Boeing 737-800, was part-way through its journey from the tourist hotspot of Malaga to Birmingham when it passed through French air space. That’s when two Mirage 2000 fighter jets suddenly appeared and shadowed the aircraft for more than 15 minutes, AirLive reported. Passengers on board the Jet2 flight...
  • After 100 days, have the French already fallen out of love with Macron?

    08/14/2017 8:52:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies ^ | 14 August 2017 13:29 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old former investment banker who was catapulted to the French presidency in May, faces widespread disillusionment as he prepares to mark his first 100 days in office. The man shown walking on water on the cover of The Economist magazine after his startling rise has seen his approval ratings nosedive, with only 36 percent of respondents giving him the thumbs up in one recent poll. The French are “falling out of love” with Macron, the right-leaning daily Le Figaro headlined on Sunday. No French president has seen such a steep drop in popularity so early in his...
  • ‘It’s a GIANT SWINDLE’: Backlash at Macron as it’s claimed he duped his OWN supporters

    08/14/2017 10:55:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | UPDATED: 16:45, Mon, Aug 14, 2017 | By Rebecca Perring
    EMMANUEL MACRON duped supporters to get to the top and his En Marche! movement will fail to live up to expectations, his own party members have blasted. The damning verdict will come as a blow to the French President whose reputation has been left battered after poll results revealed his popularity has plunged after just 100 days in office. President Emmanuel Macron promised to reform labour laws in the lead up to his election victory as he planned to kick start the revitalisation of the French economy. But members of the En Marche! party say it was a “giant swindle”...
  • Defense ministry suing France over Mirage kickbacks (Taiwan)

    08/10/2017 9:29:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Thu, Aug 10, 2017 | Lo Tien-pin and Jonathan Chin
    The Ministry of National Defense is suing the French government for alleged kickbacks paid to French officials for the purchase of Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters between 1992 and 1997, an official said. The ministry has acquired the services of an elite French legal firm for one year for the suit, costing NT$177 million (US$5.86 million), a senior official who has knowledge of the matter said. The France-based legal firm is to represent Taiwan until July 23 next year, but the ministry is to continue the case if the court of arbitration does not reach a verdict by July next year,...
  • French Revolution Attacking the American Revolution

    08/10/2017 8:15:17 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | August 8, 2017 | Wesley J. Smith
    French Revolution Attacking the American Revolution The Google firing confirms a working hypothesis I have been pondering recently. The French Revolution is attacking the American Revolution. The American Revolution was sparked by the Enlightenment, Judeo/Christian moral beliefs, mixed with Greek and Roman philosophy and political theories. At its best, the American Revolution promotes universal human equality–a work still in progress–individual freedom, freedom of thought and speech, the rule of law, etc.. The French Revolution, in contrast, is Utopian, collectivist, authoritarian, intolerant, and punitive. It is anti-religion generally and anti-Christianity specifically. It accepts the belief that the ends justify the means....
  • Suspect shot by police five times as he is arrested following Paris soldier attack

    08/09/2017 6:15:07 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 44 replies ^ | Wednesday 9 Aug 2017 1:39 pm | Nicole Morley
    A man has been arrested following the suspected terror attack in Paris earlier today. Police confirmed they have made one arrest after six soldiers were injured when a BMW ploughed in to them close to military barracks in a Levallois-Perret suburb, north west of the French capital. A French official said the arrest was violent, and police opened fire on the 37-year-old suspect. The terrorist suspect was ‘seriously wounded’ in a fierce gunfight with police officers close to the northern port town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. He was shot five times, while an officer was also hit by a bullet before the...
  • Paris attack: Soldiers hit by car, police search for driver

    08/09/2017 4:08:22 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | August 9, 2017 | James Masters and Bryony Jones
    (CNN)Police in Paris are searching for a BMW car and its driver who rammed into a group of soldiers outside a barracks in a suburb northwest of Paris on Wednesday morning. France's counter-terror unit is investigating the attack, which left six soldiers injured, three seriously, according to Paris police. The soldiers' injuries are not life threatening. The attack happened at the Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret around 8:00 a.m. local time. Levallois-Perret, a quiet and affluent neighborhood, is home to the headquarters of the DCRI, France's counter intelligence agency. "There was no doubt that this was a deliberate act," the...
  • Thirty-two years after the Rainbow Warrior bombing, unrepentant French spy Christine Cabon is found

    08/07/2017 6:33:24 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    Radio New Zealand ^ | 9 July 2017 | CECILE MEIER AND KELLY DENNETT
    ...But politicians in charge wanted to send a strong message to Greenpeace, which had intensified its anti-nuclear efforts with the Rainbow Warrior – a much bigger ship than previous ones it had used. "It could have forced its way into the nuclear testing zone and the only way to stop it would have been to shoot at it, which wouldn't be a great look for the French." French authorities would have considered the mission successful, regardless of Pereira's death, Arboit says. "If it wasn't for him, no one would be still talking about the Rainbow Warrior," he adds, bluntly. Life...
  • France: Churches Vanish, Mosques Spring Up

    08/06/2017 8:13:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 8/6/17 | Giulio Meotti
    * In the last 30 years, more mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been built in France than all the Catholic churches built in the last century. * The Church of Santa Rita used to stand in the fifteenth arrondissement of Paris. A few weeks after Father Hamel was murdered by Islamic terrorists, the French police cleared the church. It is now a parking lot. Police dragged the priests out by their legs as a Mass was being celebrated.* In France there are laws protecting old trees. But the state is free to flatten old Christian churches. The vacuums...
  • Eiffel Tower Evacuated after Mauritanian Muslim Screams “ALLAHU AKBAR!”

    08/06/2017 7:28:27 AM PDT · by davikkm · 14 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Adam Taxin
    Late last night, the Eiffel Tower was evacuated after a knife-wielding Mauritanian-born man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (an Arabic term meaning “Allah is greater [than your God or government]”) before trying to force his way past security. The man, presumably Muslim given what he chose to scream and given the fact that Mauritania is 100% Muslim, was arrested. No one was hurt in the incident. Police arrested the would-be-intruder at around 11.30pm, just half an hour before the tower stops admitting visitors.
  • Macron's popularity slips, says poll

    08/04/2017 7:56:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai ^ | 4 August 2017 09:58 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has slumped less than three months since he took office, according to a YouGov poll published Thursday. Macron has slipped seven points, with just 36 percent of respondents having a positive view of the president who was elected on May 7. Forty-nine percent have a negative view, a rise of 13 points, according to the poll for the Huffington Post and the CNews TV channel. The poll of 1,003 people was carried out on July 26-27. It confirms a downward trend already shown by a previous poll, carried out by Ifop on July 17-22, which...
  • Macron, Merkel Talk European Hard Core

    07/31/2017 9:39:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Handelsblatt Global ^ | 28. July 2017, 11:50 | Thomas Hanke, Jan Hildebrand
    It wasn’t a bad week for the eurozone. Greece was able to borrow money from the bond market for the first time in two years, securing €3 billion ($3.5 billion). The International Monetary Fund increased its growth forecast for the eurozone as a whole, especially for southern European members, which were hard hit by the financial crisis. But despite the positive signals, the eurozone is hardly crisis-proof and much work remains to shore up the currency union. This was made clear by German Chancellor Angela Merkel two weeks ago, when she visited French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. “We will...
  • French court rules government must supply water to migrants

    07/31/2017 7:27:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 31 July 2017 13:44 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    France’s highest administrative court on Monday rejected the government’s appeal against an order to provide water and sanitation facilities for hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in the northern port of Calais. In a written decision seen by AFP, the Council of State said the state’s failure to provide for the migrants’ basic needs “exposed them to inhuman and degrading treatment, dealing a serious and clearly illegal blow to a basic right.” […] The court upheld a June 26 order by a court in the northern city of Lille for the state to supply the migrants with running water, toilets and...
  • France’s only deradicalization center is closing

    07/28/2017 11:09:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 28 July 2017 10:42 CEST+02:00
    France’s first center for deradicalization is set to close after less than a year, the government announced on Friday. The Pontourney center in central France was inaugurated in September 2016 with the aim of working with young people to convince them to turn their backs on extremism. Officially labeled a center for “Reintegration and Citizenship”, it was targeted at 18-30-year-olds who had been exposed to radical ideologies, but the Interior Ministry said on Friday that “the experiment has not been conclusive” and that the center would be permanently closed. The center had capacity for up to 25 people, who were...
  • French police blasted for 'routinely' using pepper spray on migrants

    07/26/2017 8:14:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies ^ | 26 July 2017 09:05 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    A rights group has accused French police of using pepper spray on migrants in Calais on a regular basis but authorities deny the claims. French police are regularly using pepper spray against migrants in Calais, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday, an accusation denied by authorities. In a report entitled “Like living in hell”, the use of pepper spray against migrants massed in the northern coastal city is described as “routine”. “Police use of pepper spray in Calais is so common that many asylum seekers and migrants had difficulty recalling precisely how many times they had been sprayed,” the report...
  • French protesters build wall to block migrants from entering new shelter

    07/26/2017 10:02:50 AM PDT · by protest1 · 7 replies
    The Daily Express ^ | Wed, Jul 26, 2017 | Laura Mowat
    PROTESTERS have built a wall in an attempt to stop migrants from using a shelter. A 59-feet long and six-feet tall wall has been constructed in front of a hotel, which is set to welcome 85 migrants. The French government has sent migrants based in Paris and Calais to welcome centres across the country. But residents of Semeac in the French Pyrenees constructed a barrier around the disused Formula 1 hotel as they believe that their small town will not be able to cope with the number of new arrivals.
  • French Left Outraged Online Over Massacre of Camembert Cheese

    07/26/2017 9:54:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    French people are in uproar after a picture was posted online of a Camembert cheese that had clearly been cut in a flagrant violation of fromage etiquette. The post on on the French page of the site Reddit was titled "How my mother cuts Camembert..." (Le manière dont ma mère coupe le camembert), It was flooded with comments from French people, who reacted with a mixture of mockery and anger at the way the famous French cheese from Normandy had been cut. "We've guillotined people for less than that," wrote Raleur Francais. Another wrote "... well you just can't choose...