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  • French Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

    12/21/2014 8:57:14 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/20/2014 | AARON KLEIN
    TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow...
  • France: Driver Runs Over People 'for the Children of Palestine'

    12/21/2014 5:15:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/12/14 | Ben Ariel
    A driver shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he ploughed into groups of people in the eastern French city of Dijon on Sunday evening, AFP reports. 11 people were injured, two of them seriously, in the attack, a source close to the investigation said. "The man, born in 1974, is apparently imbalanced and had been in a psychiatric hospital," the source told AFP, adding that "for now his motives are still unclear". The driver was arrested by police after targeting passersby at five different places in the city on Sunday evening, a police source said. "Nine people were lightly injured and two...
  • Driver runs pedestrians over while screaming "Allah is great"

    12/21/2014 2:41:50 PM PST · by FrogBurger · 27 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | 12/21/2014 | J.M Leclerc
    Translated article of the French source. Translator notes between [brackets]. Dijon (France): A driver runs pedestrians over while screaming "Allah is great". A man driving a car ran over about ten pedestrians at the end of the day in Dijon, while screaming "Allah is great" in Arabic. He reportedly wounded elevenpeople, two seriouly. Dijon's Place Wilson [named after WWI US president!] was a scene of panic at the end of the afternoon. A man driving a Renault Clio [a mini compact car] ran over pedestrians while yelling "Allah Akhbar". According to police, he was also yelling "in the name of...
  • Dijon : un automobiliste renverse des passants en hurlant «Allah Akbar»

    12/21/2014 1:52:38 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 23 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | 21 December 2014 | Jean-Marc Leclerc
    INFO LE FIGARO - Un homme une voiture a renversé une dizaine de piétons en fin de journée à Dijon en criant «Allah Akbar» («Dieu est le plus grand», en arabe). Il y aurait onze blessés dont deux graves.
  • This Brilliant Graphic Shows You Which Country Discovered Every Element In The Periodic Table

    04/28/2014 5:10:34 AM PDT · by blam · 76 replies
    BI ^ | 4-28-2014 | , Business Insider Australia
    This Brilliant Graphic Shows You Which Country Discovered Every Element In The Periodic Table Alex Heber, Business Insider Australia April 28, 2014 When it comes to discovering elements the United Kingdom is at the top of the table. This periodic table graphic was posted by Google Science Fair on Sunday and shows which nations discovered each element on the periodic table. Leading the charge, the UK has discovered 24 elements, closely followed by the US with 21, Sweden with 20 and Germany with 19. A number of old favorites including gold, mercury and copper are listed as “ancient discovery” and...
  • The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    12/18/2011 10:50:36 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies
    summorumpontificum.net ^ | 12/19/2011 | Brian Kopp
    Monday, December 19, 2011 The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the ChurchBy Brian Kopp Earlier this fall, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Venerable Elena Aiello, bringing to light her little known prophecies, which have strong parallels to those of both Our Lady of Akita as well as statements Pope JPII and Cardinal Ratzinger made in the past regarding the Third Secret of Fatima. (See this earlier blog post for a summary of the parallels: For fourth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope draws attention to little known prophecies of Venerable Elena Aiello) Now, Pope Benedict XVI is...
  • French Police shoot and kill man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' while stabbing three police officers

    12/21/2014 7:36:09 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 13 replies
    Liveleak,com ^ | December 21, 2014; 2 hours ago | unknown
    The attacker, a French citizen (Born in Burundi), injured the officers inside the police station at Joue-les-Tours near the city of Tours in central France before he was shot, the interior ministry said. According to the ministry, the man was around 20 years of age, and was "killed (by) police officers present using their issued firearms". The man was not on any watch lists maintained by France's main domestic intelligence service, the General Directorate for Internal Security said. But the source noted the man's brother was known to security agencies for his radical convictions and had at one point planned...
  • Russia prefers France pay refund instead of delivering warships it ordered

    12/21/2014 7:29:27 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 9 replies
    Liveleak,com ^ | December 21, 2014; 10 minutes ago | unknown
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=132_1419174652 Mistral Deal In Doubt: France Either Delivers Warships Or Give Moscow Refund, Says Russian Official Sounds like Russia realizes buying French warships is not a good idea, but France is now stuck in EU sanctions which prohibits it from delivering the warships. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has told Interfax that France must decide by the end of the year if it will deliver two mistral class warships or give Moscow a refund. He also reportedly said that the second option of a refund "might even be preferable."
  • Watch: Muslims in France

    12/21/2014 7:21:21 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 17 replies
    Liveleak.com, CBN News.com ^ | Sep-14-2014 | unknown
    Not much to say here. Shocking! Muslims in France soon all Europe!
  • 'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot by French police

    12/20/2014 5:56:17 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 December 2014 Last updated at 17:56 ET | Unknown
    Police in central France have shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife while shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, French media report. The man injured three police officers at Joue-les-Tours police station near the city of Tours before he was shot.
  • French Journalist Banned for Remarks Against Muslims

    12/20/2014 4:17:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/14
    Prominent French journalist Eric Zemmour was back in the spotlight Saturday after being barred by a news channel for saying Muslims were elbowing French people out of the suburbs, AFP reports. The iTELE channel said late Friday that Zemmour would not be invited back to a chat show he has been appearing in since 2003 following an outcry over his latest remarks. Zemmour, who recently published a best-seller titled "The French Suicide," is no stranger to polemics and has been convicted of inciting racial hatred. The latest controversy erupted after he gave an interview to Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.theatlantic.com ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship

    12/19/2014 1:22:02 PM PST · by MeatshieldActual · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | December 18th, 2014 | SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON
    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of Russian sailors pulled out of a French port Thursday, bearing perfumes for their loved ones but lacking the controversial bounty they came for: a 1-billion-euro, French-built warship that has become a hostage to the biggest East-West conflict since the Cold War. The Vladivostok helicopter carrier is part of a strange and divisive arms deal now on hold — and perhaps on the verge of collapse — because of the conflict in Ukraine. France built it for Russia's navy but is now having second thoughts, notably amid heavy U.S. criticism of the deal. After months training...
  • Graham and Schumer: U.S. must veto any U.N. resolution imposing terms on Israel

    12/19/2014 5:17:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-18-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Jerusalem Post reports: Secretary of State John Kerry would not guarantee the US will veto unilateral Palestinian actions at the United Nations, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. “We’ve made no determinations about language, approaches, specific resolutions, any of that,” the secretary told the press in London. “This isn’t the time to detail private conversations. or speculate on a UN Security Council resolution that hasn’t even been tabled.” Tabled yet or not, Jordan and France have publicly declared their intentions to move forward with resolutions that would set a UN-mandated timeline for Israel’s withdrawal from the West Bank, without approval...
  • Russians training on Mistral warship ‘to leave France’

    12/18/2014 12:29:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2014-12-17 | FRANCE 24
    Some 400 Russian sailors training on a Mistral-class warship France controversially built for their navy will be returning home for an unspecified amount of time, the ship’s French builder has said.
  • EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State

    12/17/2014 5:05:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 17, 2014
    JNS.org - European Parliament members on Tuesday declined to propose an initially planned motion that would have urged the European Union’s (EU) 28 member nations to recognize a unilaterally established Palestinian state. Instead, the EU Parliament’s lawmakers proposed a resolution asking for the continuation of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Negotiators for the European People’s Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, parties that together hold a majority of the EU Parliament seats, issued a resolution stating that the EU Parliament “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these...
  • The World's Oldest Voice Recording Goes Online

    03/27/2008 7:30:43 PM PDT · by blam · 83 replies · 2,428+ views
    Physorg ^ | 3-28-2008
    World's oldest voice recording goes online It's no-one's idea of great music -- to some, it may sound like a dolphin with tonsilitis -- but the ghostly warbling of a French folk song nearly 148 years ago comprises the oldest recording of the human voice, France's Academy of Sciences says. The 10-second recording was made by a Parisian inventor, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville on April 9 1860, when Emperor Napoleon III, the last monarch of France, was on the throne. It was made a whole 17 years before Thomas Edison made his historic message, "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on...
  • Your First Prerequisite is to Acquire My(Jesus) Presence

    12/16/2014 10:53:52 AM PST · by Jedediah · 10 replies
    Your prerequisite in all things is to first acquire My Presence for in My courts there are libraries of scrolls providing the wisdom and knowledge in first acquiring the understanding to decipher and illuminate My Word in Spirit and Truth and it is in the interpretation of your heavenly languages, "that exist even now in the alcoves of your wellspring" but these can only rise up into reality and understanding as you manifest and operate totally in the Menorah of light " The Manifold Wisdom of God " My very fullness indwelling you as "an eternal light of My Kingdom...
  • France bans rideshare apps like Uber

    12/15/2014 5:14:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 15.12.2014 | Jasper Niels Zimmermann [nz/sb (AFP, dpa)]
    French taxi drivers have succeeded in persuading the French government to ban rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft. A harsh new law takes effect in January. The move is good for taxi drivers, but will cost consumers money. […] Pierre-Henry Brandet, a spokesperson for the French Ministry of the Interior […] said that as of January 1, the operators of mobile apps like UberPOP that connect non-professional drivers and riders would face punishment of up to two years in prison and a fine of €300,000 if convicted. Those provisions were specified under a new law that had been passed earlier...
  • France to ban Uber's low-cost service in 2015

    12/15/2014 10:55:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AP ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    Uber's low-cost ride ride-hailing service will be banned in France from the start of next year, the government said Monday as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they claim are its unfair business practices. A new law tightening regulations for chauffeured rides will effectively ban the UberPop service as of Jan. 1, said Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for France's Interior Ministry.
  • Ten held as France smashes jihadist network

    12/15/2014 10:43:04 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    AFP. ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    French police launched raids across the country early on Monday, dismantling a network sending jihadist fighters to Syria ... anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets, mostly in the southern region of Toulouse, but also around Paris and in the northern region of Normandy. ... In recent months France, which has Europe's largest Muslim population, has been facing the fact that hundreds of its citizens have openly joined jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria and have even called for attacks on their homeland. The new reality was driven home in a video from the Islamic State group released...
  • Terminally ill allowed to be put into ‘deep sleep’ until death if French law passes

    12/14/2014 8:38:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    New plans unveiled Friday could allow French doctors to put terminally ill patients into a deep sleep until they die. The French parliament will debate the issue in a new draft law, according to The Telegraph. So far only Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. A 2005 French law already allows “passive euthanasia,” where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life, but the new proposal takes the idea further. The proposals by two MPs — one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP —...
  • Turkey could scrap controversial Chinese missile purchase

    11/12/2014 5:52:36 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | November/12/2014
    Turkey could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China that alarmed the United States and its Western allies, Turkish and European sources said on Nov. 12. Key NATO member Turkey said in September last year that it was entering negotiations with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) to acquire its first long-range anti-missile systems. However, the plan has deeply concerned the United States, which has already imposed sanctions on the Chinese company for supplying arms to Iran and Syria in defiance of an embargo. "Several options are on the table, including a cancellation of the...
  • Putin Is Infiltrating European Politics With Shocking Effectiveness

    12/14/2014 12:26:28 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Jeremy Bender
    Putin has become shockingly effective at influencing European politics through a host of far-right parties. The following chart from the Center for Eurasian Strategic Intelligence (CESI) shows Russia's growing influence within six different European Union countries. The parties, located in the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, and Hungary, are increasingly popular—and staunchly against giving more power to the EU. Each of the parties has also fostered a closer relationship with Russia, and has protested against sanctions on Moscow following its annexation of Ukraine.
  • The forgotten sneak attack on Britain that backfired on the Kaiser

    12/14/2014 6:32:50 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14th December 2014 | Tony Rennell
    'A bank of fog was sitting a couple of miles out at sea and a heavy mist lay over the East Coast resort of Scarborough as postman Alfred Beal climbed the wide front steps of Dunollie, a porticoed mansion high on the town’s South Cliff. He never reached the door that fateful morning on December 16, 1914, almost exactly a century ago. Three German warships had burst out of the fog bank and were now steaming past the headland, firing volley after volley of shells. One caught poor Beal and blasted his shattered body back down the drive. A second...
  • France Goes After Actor Salaries; Sunday Shopping "Reform" French Style

    12/14/2014 6:37:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Preposterous Film Setup The entire process is preposterous from start to finish. France should get out of the movie-making business altogether. Instead it pays subsidies to films that the free market would never create, then to pay for that boondoggle it charges a tax on every ticket, every DVD, and every TV station. With all that graft, it's no wonder some actors are overpaid. Yet, it's highly likely that some are actually underpaid. The problem is government would have absolutely no way of knowing. With all the subsidies and taxes, it's impossible to know who is overpaid and who isn't....
  • Russia and China demand Iran halt secret nuclear site

    11/28/2009 2:34:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies · 2,142+ views
    Times of London ^ | Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent
    World powers united in condemnation of Iran's nuclear activities yesterday in a rare show of international consensus on the threat posed by Tehran's continued nuclear defiance. China and Russia joined the United States, Britain, France and Germany in backing an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution censuring Iran and ordering it to halt construction of a secret uranium enrichment plant. The resolution, the first since February 2006, passed with 25 votes and six abstentions. Only Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba supported Iran. ...China, which has shared Moscow's reluctance to take a hard line with Tehran, was reportedly persuaded to support the resolution...
  • In Europe They Are Anxious to Get Rid of Israel

    12/13/2014 7:01:29 AM PST · by kindred · 49 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 12-12-14 | Giulio Meotti
    In Ireland, taking the name of Israel means becoming a war criminal. A popular Dublin restaurant, The Exchequer, no longer stocks Israeli goods. In the Irish town of Kinvara, retailers, restaurants and pharmacies operate a boycott of Israeli goods. The leading Irish supermarket chain SuperValu removed the Israeli carrots from its shelves. And I have mentioned just a few examples of the new Irish anti-Semitism. It is the same everywhere in Europe: Israel is disappearing from European shelves. Practically and symbolically. The material cancellation of Israeli goods from Europe's shelves anticipates Israel's physical suppression. The French city of Lille suspended...
  • French parliament prepares new end-of-life legislation

    12/13/2014 1:13:37 PM PST · by BBell · 7 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk via drudge ^ | 12/12/14 | Henry Samuel
    Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia. Apart from Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, few countries in the world explicitly permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. In France, a 2005 law permits "passive euthanasia", where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life. The proposals by two MPs – one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP – go a step further, as they allow doctors to couple...
  • France wants to legalize terminal sedation

    12/12/2014 9:25:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 8:28 AM EST | Sylvie Corbet
    France’s president wants to allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid a national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia. François Hollande stopped short of recommending lethal injections and avoided the terms euthanasia and assisted suicide, highly sensitive issues in this majority-Catholic country. […] Doctors are divided about the idea. Hollande did not outline details of his proposal, but so-called terminal or palliative sedation can involve medicating patients until they die naturally of their illnesses, or until they starve. …
  • A WORD OF LOVE AND DIRECTION

    12/09/2014 7:03:33 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My children of light you have arrived for you abide in My presence in Zion yet many remain earthbound in distractions. Therefore throw off these hindrances "yeah" fast the earth for though I am coming I have already arrived in "you" My Zion on earth. You see as you strip your wellspring of earthly desires Heaven arises in you in all the fullness of The Godhead and it is then My will "is" done. Let there be freedom for My Spirit to "speak" to you of new things and allow Me to bless you through your obedience to My Voice...
  • French Senate Votes to Recognize 'Palestine'

    12/11/2014 5:52:49 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-11-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    France's upper house of parliament on Thursday urged the government to recognize "the state of Palestine", following a similar and highly symbolic vote in the lower house. The Senate resolution, calling for French recognition of" Palestine" and an "immediate restarting" of peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, passed narrowly, with 153 votes in favor and 146 against. The vote came as European countries seek to restart the stalled Middle East process and followed an unopposed motion in the Irish parliament to recognize "Palestine" - the fourth assembly in Europe to do so. Lawmakers in Britain and Spain have...
  • French forces in Mali kill Islamist on U.S. wanted list

    12/11/2014 4:55:15 AM PST · by wtd · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:20am EST
    French forces in Mali kill Islamist on U.S. wanted list PARIS Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:20am EST (Reuters) - French forces in northern Mali have killed a senior commander of the al Mourabitoun Islamist group who was wanted by the United States, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday. The United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Ahmed al Tilemsi, who took part in the 2011 kidnapping of two French nationals in Niger and of three aid workers in Algeria later that year. Al Tilemsi was a founding member of the...
  • The Smartest President Ever Can't Drill His Way Out of This Problem

    12/11/2014 5:09:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | John Ransom
    We have two cautionary from overseas today.One of them is from Iran and the other is from France. Both of them demonstrate how wrongheaded, obtuse and shortsighted Democrats are on their policies and prescriptions for what ails the county.To battle unemployment France is considering a body of laws that would make it easier for French firms to hire people, including allowing shops to open on Sunday and relaxing labor laws that make it virtually impossible for French firms to fire someone. If you get a job in France, you apparently get a job for life whether your employer is a...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: A large war is looming

    12/07/2014 4:34:41 PM PST · by daisy12 · 180 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | December 6, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous — in a way we’ve seen before. In the decade before World War I, the near-100-year European peace that had followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914. Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon — and were ignored. The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading. Imperial Germany was rising. Czarist Russia was beset with revolutionary rebellion. As power...
  • US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town [Isis Expands To Libya!]

    12/06/2014 9:55:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 06, 2013 | Chris Stephen
    US Expresses Fears As Isis Takes Control of Northern Libyan Town Isis supporters declare Derna the first town in Libya to join Isis US believes Isis is running training camps across Libya Islamist supporters in Libya Chris Stephen in Tunis 6 December 2014 It is a warm October evening in Derna, a small town on Libya’s north east coast, 450 miles from the capital, Tripoli. The main square is packed with young men, brought by a summons from the town’s self-proclaimed emir to swear allegiance to a newly formed Islamic caliphate. The emir, on a stage just visible through the...
  • Shackled Skeletons Found In Ancient Gallo-Roman Cemetery in Southwest France; circa 2nd Century A.D.

    12/05/2014 3:22:15 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    IO9 ^ | December 4, 2014 | George Dvorsky
    • Skeletons Found In Ancient Cemetery Still Have Shackles On Their Necks Archaeologists working in southwest France have discovered hundreds of Gallo-Roman graves dating to the second half of the 2nd century AD, with some of the skeletons featuring shackles still strapped around their necks and ankles. The site, which may have been part of an important Gallo-Roman necropolis, is situated near the amphitheatre of Saintes. The Romans dominated the area during the first and second centuries AD. The amphitheatre, which featured battles between gladiators and wild animals, could hold between 12-18,000 people. The remains of the dead would be...
  • EU court orders France to pay thousands to Somali pirates

    12/04/2014 4:39:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    msmnews ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | France 24
    The EU's top human rights court on Thursday ordered France to pay thousands of euros to Somali pirates who attacked French ships for "violating their rights" by holding them an additional 48 hours before taking them before a judge. The Somali pirates were apprehended on the high seas by the French army on two separate occasions in 2008 and taken back to France for trial. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said that French authorities should have brought the pirates before a judge "without delay" when they arrived on French territory after being held at sea. The EU’s top...
  • Paris Jewish Community in Shock Over Rape, Home Invasion ‘Because You Are Jews’

    12/03/2014 8:31:50 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 18 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 12/2/14 | Dave Bender
    Three unknown assailants invaded the home of a Jewish couple in the Paris suburb of Créteil on Monday, raped the 19-year-old woman, and robbed the home, saying it was “because you are Jewish,” local French media reported on Tuesday. “The Jewish community is in shock over this,” a journalist who covered the story told The Algemeiner. Noting the concern about the case, he said, “When I posted the story on my social networks – they went crazy from reshares.” The two were at her 21-year-old boyfriend’s parent’s home in the heavily-Jewish suburb, when the three masked attackers broke in, after...
  • France, Germany call for tax avoidance clampdown

    12/03/2014 4:21:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/02/14 @ 10:28 | Benjamin Fox
    The finance ministers of Germany, France and Italy have called on the EU to propose new law to curb corporate tax avoidance.In a joint letter to the EU’s economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Monday (1 December), Germany’s Wolfgang Schäuble, France’s Michel Sapin and Pier-Carlo Padoan from Italy said that a new EU directive on anti-base erosion and profit-sharing could be presented before the end of 2014. […] The letter is not the first time that the eurozone’s three largest countries have presented a united front on tax. They are also among the eleven countries who have promised to introduce a...
  • French MPs back Palestine recognition, get 2016 deadline

    12/03/2014 4:15:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/03/14 @ 09:04 | Andrew Rettman
    The French parliament has voted in favor of a non-binding motion on recognizing Palestine, with the French FM saying he’ll do it if there’s no peace by the end of 2016. The resolution passed by 339 votes against 151 with 16 abstentions out of the 506 deputies who turned up on Tuesday (2 December) to cast their ballot. The text—tabled by the ruling Socialist Party’s Elisabeth Guigou, who chairs the foreign affairs committee—“invites the French government to recognize the state of Palestine with a view to bringing about a definitive settlement of the conflict”. Most left-wing MPs backed the motion,...
  • Frenchman develops pills to make flatulence smell of roses

    11/25/2014 3:24:54 PM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 52 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 25, 2014 | Rory Mulholland
    A Frenchman has developed a range of pills aimed at making people’s flatulence smell sweeter - of chocolate or of roses - which he says will make the perfect Christmas present. The 65-year-old artist and inventor says his pills are aimed at easing indigestion and are made of 100 percent natural ingredients such as fennel, seaweed and blueberries.
  • Far-right leaders vow to 'save Europe' at French gathering

    11/30/2014 1:04:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    france24.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Benjamin Dodman
    Representatives of Eurosceptic and far-right groups from Italy to Bulgaria gathered at the National Front party conference in Lyon at the weekend to warn France and Europe of a “neo-Ottoman” onslaught of Islam-preaching, benefit-stealing migrants. Digging through the history books, Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), warned that “Arab armies plundered Lyon in 725 and are now busy doing the same in Iraq and Syria”. Strache went on to blast Europe’s mainstream parties for, among other things, stoking “mass immigration, ideological terror, gay marriage and gender theory”. The Austrian far-right leader was one of seven foreign...
  • EU exit would be self-destruction - Blair

    11/28/2014 12:37:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    timesofmalta.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | timesofmalta
    "extraordinary act of self-destruction"
  • France’s black justice minister slams U.S. racism after Ferguson

    11/29/2014 8:10:34 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ishaan Tharoor
    As countless Americans fumed over what they saw as a lack of justice in Ferguson, Mo. — where a grand jury opted to not indict a white police officer who had gunned down unarmed black teenager Michael Brown — the French justice minister joined the chorus of outrage. On her Twitter account, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira wrote first in French: "Michael Brown, racial profiling, social exclusion, territorial segregation, cultural marginalization, guns, fear, fatal cocktail!"
  • Presidency-minded Sarkozy wins party leadership (former French prez)

    11/29/2014 5:34:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2014 5:57 PM EST | Jamey Keaten
    As political encores go, former President Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t quite get the warm embrace from his party that many French had expected in his return to public life on Saturday. The hard-charging Gaullist who once made headlines for reviving France’s U.S. ties, helping depose Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and marrying a former supermodel while in office won a race for leader of France’s main conservative party—but with a margin of victory that was smaller than many had predicted. Sarkozy’s victory as chief of the Union for a Popular Movement, or UMP, was a crucial first step on his road to...
  • Economists urge reform for Germany, France

    11/29/2014 5:01:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | Published: 28 Nov 2014 08:19 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    A top level economic report on Thursday urged European heavyweights France and Germany to implement urgent economic reforms, warning that Europe risked falling into a “stagnation trap”. “In France, we fear lack of boldness for decisive reforms. In Germany, we fear complacency,” said the report, drawn up by two leading economists for the French and German governments. In a hotly-awaited set of proposals to jumpstart the traditional Franco-German motor that drives the European economy, Henrik Enderlein and Jean Pisani-Ferry concluded: “France and Germany spend a lot of time on joint declarations and initiatives. We miss action.” […] “We think the...
  • Russian Novelist Becomes Officer of France's Legion of Honour

    11/27/2014 10:51:42 PM PST · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 11/28/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Prominent Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya has been named an officer of the French Legion of Honour, the country’s highest honor. Ulitskaya is expected to be awarded the medal, which traces its roots to Napoleon Bonaparte, at a formal ceremony to be attended by French Ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert later on Friday. “France pays homage to the spirit of freedom, openness and tolerance, which interfuse all her writings,” said Madeleine Courant, a press counsellor of the French Embassy in Russia. Ulitskaya is the author of Kukotsky's Case novel, which was awarded Russian Booker Prize in 2001,...
  • Egypt would be interested in purchasing a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France

    11/26/2014 11:01:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 26 November 2014
    According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, Egypt would like to quickly procure a FREMM multi-mission frigate from France, following the deal the country has just signed with DCNS for four Gowind 2500 corvettes (the lead ship to be built in France and the 3 others to be built in Egypt as part of a transfer of technology). Egypt is reported to have requested a FREMM for as early as 2015. La Tribune is reporting that France could sell Aquitaine class Frigate Normandie which is set to be delivered to the French Navy by year end. This would come as...