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  • France to 'prevent' Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

    11/19/2017 3:32:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 19 November 2017 17:16 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French authorities will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, the country’s interior minister said on Sunday, after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space. “They will not have prayers on the street; we will prevent street praying,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Questions Politics (Franceinfo, France Inter, Le Monde). Prayers in the street have taken place every Friday in the multiethnic suburb of Clichy-la-Garenne since March to protest the closure of a popular local mosque that had operated in a government building but since...
  • Reagan Reborn: Emmanuel Macron Set to Lead a French Economic Revolution

    11/18/2017 9:54:45 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 2017 | Thomas Landstreet
    We took a look at Macron’s character; does he mean what he says?... What kind of a leader will he be? We analyzed many of his speeches, including his recent 2-hour address to the parliament on opening day, and we’ve found his rhetoric to be similar to that of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Now, all politicians give great speeches. What’s notable about Macron’s is his brazen criticism of the state and its socialist policies; his gentle admonitions to his countrymen about the poor state of affairs that they’ve allowed their country to end up in. Here’s a sample of his...
  • Paris: €673k Worth of Vintage Whiskies Stolen From Liquor Store

    11/17/2017 9:03:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 November 2017
    The famous Maison du Whisky liquor store in Paris was targeted thieves who looted some €673,000 worth of vintage bottles including one that cost nearly €200,000. When the thieves broke into the Maison du Whisky - one of the French capital's most famous liquor stores on Sunday night they knew exactly what they were after. After smashing their way through the metal shutter and the door of the store located in the on Rue d'Anjou in the plush eighth arrondissement of Paris, not far from the Elysée Palace, the thieves headed straight for the most expensive bottles. According to Le...
  • Populist French Mayor Told to Remove Nativity from City Hall

    11/14/2017 5:27:36 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/14/17 | Chris Tomlinson
    Populist mayor of Béziers Robert Ménard has been told by a French court to permanently take down a nativity scene from the city hall, but Ménard has vowed to let it stand. The controversy surrounding the placement of the nativity scene began in 2014 shortly after Ménard had been elected mayor of the city. Complaints were lodged against the religious scene, with some claiming that it violated the strict secularisation laws in France, and now the administrative court of appeal of Marseille has judged that the 2014 nativity had no place in the city hall, L’Express reports. Ménard, despite the...
  • French leader: State's failure to help poor fueled extremism

    11/14/2017 5:56:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2017 7:24 AM EST
    President Emmanuel Macron says the French state fueled homegrown extremism by abandoning its poorest neighborhoods, and is promising tough and “sometimes authoritarian” new measures to combat the problem.The pledge is part of a multibillion-euro plan that Macron is laying out Tuesday focusing on suburban housing projects plagued by crime and joblessness. Macron was unusually harsh in his criticism of previous governments, saying radicalization took root because the state abdicated its responsibility in impoverished public housing, and extremist preachers filled the void. …
  • When child sex isn't rape: French to set age of consent

    11/14/2017 4:12:26 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 34 replies
    AP via Drudge ^ | November 14, 2017
    PARIS (AP) — Is a 13-year-old girl old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking itself as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time. Twice in recent weeks, French courts refused to prosecute grown men for rape after they had sex with 11-year-olds because authorities couldn't prove coercion. Amid public horror, the government is drafting a bill to say sex with children under a certain age is by definition coercive.
  • Tensions Brewing over Muslim Street Prayers North of Paris

    11/13/2017 5:26:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 11/12/14
    Lawmakers try to block prayers, held since March in protest against mosque closureCLICHY (France) • Around 100 local French lawmakers attempted to block Muslims praying in a street north of Paris and called on the government to ban what they see as an unacceptable use of public space. The lawmakers, led by the head of the regional government of the Paris area, Mrs Valerie Pecresse, disrupted the crowd of around 200 all-male devotees last Friday, and sang the national anthem in the multi-ethnic Clichy suburb. "Public space cannot be taken over in this way," Mrs Pecresse said at the demonstration...
  • Purists alarmed over moves to make French less macho

    11/13/2017 6:46:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 12, 2017 | Gina Doggett
    Moves to make French more female-friendly have sparked impassioned debate in France, with an appalled Academie Francaise warning of a "mortal danger" to the language of Moliere. At the centre of the debate is the growing use of formulations such as "lecteur.rice.s" for the word "readers" to embrace both genders.
  • Iran tells France nuclear deal 'not negotiable'

    11/12/2017 8:58:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 12 November 2017 08:29 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Iran’s nuclear deal is “not negotiable”, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bassam Ghassemi said Saturday in response to remarks by French president Emmanuel Macron. Macron called for vigilance towards Tehran over its ballistic missile program and regional activities in an interview published Wednesday by the Emirati daily Al-Ittihad. “We have told French leaders on several occasions that the Iran nuclear deal is not negotiable, and that no other issues can be included in the text” of the 2015 agreement, state news agency IRNA quoted Ghassemi as saying. France, the foreign ministry speaker said, is “fully aware of our country’s intangible position...
  • Sharpton: “Outlaw Semi-Automatic Weapons”

    11/12/2017 6:46:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    One of the obstacles to rational discussion of guns in America is the profound ignorance about guns on the part of many pushing for tighter controls. Take Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show this morning. Debating the subject with Liberty University Professor Daniel Howell in the context of the Sutherland Springs church massacre, Sharpton decried the availability of automatic and “semi-automatic weapons.” A bit later, Sharpton suggested that “we should outlaw automatic weapons, semi-automatic weapons.” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • French mayor leads protest to stop Muslim worshipers praying in street

    11/11/2017 10:29:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 10 November 2017 17:09 CET+01:00
    A French mayor and dozens of other MPs and elected councilors from around the Paris region sang the Marseillaise on Friday as they marched towards around 200 Muslim worshipers in a bid to stop them praying in the street. The standoff, which was caught in several video clips, took place in the Paris suburb of Clichy on Friday afternoon. The local right-wing mayor, Rémi Muzeau, led the march after growing infuriated by the presence of hundreds of Muslim worshipers praying on the town’s market square every Friday for the past nine months. Images relayed from the scene near Clichy Town...
  • French politicians protest over Muslim street prayers in Paris

    11/11/2017 5:54:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 10, 2017
    About 100 French politicians have marched on a street in a Paris suburb in protest at Muslims holding Friday prayers in public. The politicians, wearing tricolour sashes of office and singing the national anthem, disrupted about 200 worshippers on a street in Clichy. Police kept the two groups apart but some scuffles broke out. Critics say the prayers are an unacceptable use of public space in France's strictly secular system. The worshippers, however, say they have nowhere else to go since the town hall took over the room they used for prayers back in March. France has about five million...
  • Macron: Iran ballistic missiles 'very worrying'

    11/10/2017 8:00:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 11/10/17 05:16 | Elad Benari
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said he did not rule out new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program. According to the Russian Sputnik news agency, Macron said Iran’s ballistic missile program was “very worrying” and said additional measures against the Islamic Republic should be included in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which should not be canceled. Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Time magazine published Thursday and quoted by AFP, Macron warned that U.S. pressure to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal could push Tehran into deciding to build its own nuclear weapons. “If you want to stop...
  • India Wants Second Nuclear Submarine From Russia. Lies By Lobbyists Erupt

    11/10/2017 6:36:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    NDTV ^ | November 10, 2017 | Vishnu Som
    NEW DELHI: India's attempt to buy a nuclear attack submarine from Russia appears to have triggered a misinformation campaign by defence lobbyists. Yesterday, Russian news portal Kommersant reported that the Indian Navy had permitted a US technical crew into top secret compartments of India's existing Russian-built nuclear submarine, the INS Chakra, in clear violation of the terms of the contract between India and Russia. India leased this submarine in 2012 for approximately US$700 million and is in talks to acquire another. According to Kommersant, which referred to this as "an unprecedented scandal," the incident "threatens to seriously complicate the negotiations...
  • UAE Navy Orders Two Gowind Corvettes from France

    11/09/2017 7:30:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 09 November 2017
    French President Emmanuel Macron announced today that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered two Gowind corvettes from French shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS). President Macron made the announcement during a press conference in Dubai. The deal includes an option for two more vessels (for a possible total of four corvettes). The corvettes will be built by Naval Group in cooperation with local shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB). Contacted by Navy Recognition, an industry source explained that the corvettes would have quite a unique configuration: They are set to be fitted with the Tacticos combat management system (instead of Naval Group's...
  • Deer gores unarmed hunter to death

    11/07/2017 2:16:22 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 56 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2017 | Jackie Salo
    A deer gored a hunter to death with its antlers while the man was on an expedition in France, according to reports. Police said the 62-year-old hunter was serving as a beater, helping corner the game, when the deer charged at him in an “uncommon” attack. The deer “stabbed him with [its] antlers” causing the man to die from internal bleeding at the scene, according to authorities.
  • Nine held in anti-terror raids across France as 'attack is thwarted'

    11/07/2017 10:07:21 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    Nine suspects were arrested in a series of anti-terror operations carried out around France on Tuesday, with French media reporting a planned attack on the city of Nice had been thwarted. The raids took place in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France and the Provence-Alpes-Côtes-d'Azur region of the south east. According to reports some nine individuals aged between 18 and 60-years-old were arrested in the raids carried out by France's specialist counter-terrorist police. The arrests were reportedly made in the Val-de-Marne department to the south west of Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis to the capital's north, the city of Aix-en Provence, north of...
  • France opens investigation into new Charlie Hebdo threats

    11/06/2017 6:48:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 6, 2017 3:41 PM EST
    French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has filed a complaint following new death threats received after its latest front page cartoon on Islam and a controversial Muslim scholar. […] The latest issue, including the cover, refers to rape allegations that recently surfaced against Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan. Ramadan has dismissed the rape allegations as a “campaign of slander.” …
  • Putin more popular than Trump (at least with the French)

    11/04/2017 11:48:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 3 November 2017 10:49 CET+01:00
    Nine in ten French people have an unfavourable opinion of Donald Trump, according to a recent study. And that’s even worse than their view of Putin. The survey measured Europeans’ opinions of world leaders and was carried out by Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting on behalf of France Info and Le Figaro. While 86 percent of Europeans were found to have a negative opinion of Trump, some 90 percent of the French said the same thing. […] Some 87 percent found Trump to be more aggressive now than he was at the start of the year, while 81 percent said they found him...
  • Le Pen: ‘We must expel criminal migrants to protect France’

    11/03/2017 8:39:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Westmonster ^ | 11/3/17
    French firebrand Marine Le Pen has hit out at soaring migrant rapes in France and has called on the government to ‘expel illegals to protect the French’. “I want to shed light on the multiplication of crimes that are revealed in our country, which are the result of migrants and which, obviously, once again, are minimised,” she said.“A young woman has been raped by a migrant, one more…this type of crime has multiplied in recent months in general indifference…If the prosecutor wants to smother the case, obviously, since it is a political instrument, he can do it, but me, my...