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  • Paris wins battle to host European Banking Authority

    11/22/2017 2:46:49 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    politico.eu ^ | November 20, 2017 | FIONA MAXWELL
    Paris will be the new home of the relocating European Banking Authority, which is required to move from London following the Brexit vote. A vote among the remaining 27 EU countries took place in Brussels on Monday to decide the future location of the EBA, as well as the European Medicines Agency — which is headed to Amsterdam.
  • Marine Le Pen: Is France's National Front leader far-right?

    11/22/2017 7:36:53 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | undated | Hugh Schofield
    Marine Le Pen's political awakening came at the age of eight, when she survived a bombing at her family's Paris home. Five kilograms of dynamite had been placed on the landing outside the apartment at 9 Villa Poirier. The explosion ripped open the entire front of the building. A baby in the next-door flat fell five floors and was saved by the branches of a tree. In her autobiography, the woman who took over the leadership of France's National Front (FN) from her father describes the chaos, the smoke and debris. She and her two sisters “were on our knees...
  • France's Marine Le Pen charged over funding scandal

    07/01/2017 1:10:01 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 June 2017 | bbc
    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been placed under formal investigation over an alleged European parliament funding scandal. The allegations were passed to French investigators who have opened a case. The parliament suspects some €5m (£4m; $5.4m) went to assistants of Ms Le Pen's National Front (FN) who were not working for MEPs but were actually engaged in FN party work in France. The National Front has denied the allegations.
  • France's Le Pen says she is victim of 'banking fatwa' over account closures

    11/22/2017 5:01:06 AM PST · by Petrosius · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 22, 2017 | Simon Carraud and Ingrid Melander
    NANTERRE/PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen accused banks on Wednesday of closing accounts that belong to her and her party, saying she has been the victim of a "banking fatwa" meant to silence her National Front. The 49-year-old is smarting from defeat in presidential and parliamentary elections this year, during which she already accused French banks of being politically biased for not giving loans to finance her campaigns. "This is an attempt to suffocate an opposition party and no democrat should accept that," Le Pen told a news conference, calling on President Emmanuel Macron and other political...
  • Trump More Popular Than ‘Establishment’ Euro Leaders Merkel and Macron

    11/21/2017 11:25:05 AM PST · by davikkm · 4 replies
    breitbart ^ | VIRGINIA HALE
    While mainstream media in the West mocks Donald Trump for his poll ratings, the U.S. president enjoys greater support than do three of Europe’s most prominent leaders, according to a new analysis. Recent polls which showed the U.S. leader’s approval ratings hovering in the low to mid-40s were reported by a gloating media underneath headlines such as ‘Trump Only Sees Polls That Make Him Feel Good, and There Aren’t Many’, and ‘Americans Think Trump Is Really Bad at Being President’. But, according to Zogby Analytics, the leaders of France, Germany, and Britain — all of whom are far less maligned...
  • German political chaos shows France 'needs to take lead in Europe'

    11/20/2017 9:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 November 2017 15:55 CET+01:00 | Ben McPartland/The Local/AFP
    The breakdown in attempts by Angela Merkel to form a government has shown France that is must take the initiative in Europe, the presidency says, but without German backing Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious reforms will stay on ice. France is hoping that Germany will remain a “stable and strong” partner to allow the two partners to “move forward together”, the French presidency said after German coalition talks collapsed leaving the country in political turmoil. The breakdown “only reinforces the need for France to propose, to take the initiative and to work on an ambitious European project that we will put in...
  • French Author: To Prevent Sharia Civil War, Establish Separate Islamic State Within France

    11/20/2017 3:26:16 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/20/2017 | Tyler O'neil
    The situation in France has gotten so desperate that the only way to prevent civil war between Muslim and non-Muslim sections of society is to divide the country in two, one French academic argued. This may seem needlessly drastic, but the push for Sharia (Islamic law) being enshrined in the government may make it necessary."Just as the English never managed to tame the Irish Catholics, we will never be able to eradicate the radical Islamism," wrote Christian de Moliner in the French online magazine Causeur. "Everyone realizes that a second people has formed in France, a branch that wants to...
  • Spanish Police Shoot Man Who ‘Shouted Allahu Akbar’

    11/18/2017 10:45:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Dawn ^ | November 19, 2017
    Police in Spain shot and injured an unarmed Frenchman on Saturday at a toll station near the French border, who officers said was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’. The officers mistakenly suspected he had a weapon, a police statement said, adding that they do not expect to open a terrorism investigation. The man, of Moroccan origin, was travelling with a woman in a vehicle registered in France and approached the toll by the border town of La Jonquera in the north of the country in the early hours of Saturday morning.
  • France to 'prevent' Muslim street prayers in Paris suburb

    11/19/2017 3:32:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 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...