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  • 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 · 45 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 · 23 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 · 51 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 · 30 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 · 42 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 · 13 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...
  • France: Anti-Christian Attacks Rise 245 Per Cent

    02/07/2017 7:52:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/07/17 | Virginia Hale
    While racist, anti-Muslim, and anti-Semitic attacks have seen a huge fall since 2008, those on Christian places of worship more than doubled in this period of time, France’s interior ministry reported last week. Having documented a record number of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks in 2015, the French government spent €100 million on a huge anti-populist campaign to reduce Islamophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism. Subsequently, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim attacks fell sharply in 2016 with the former seeing a decline of 58.5 per cent and the latter a drop of 57.6 per cent. These attacks are defined as being fires, violence, degradation,...
  • Policeman is charged with rape after footage emerges showing a black youth.....

    02/06/2017 10:15:10 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | Peter Allen In Paris for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Policeman is charged with rape after footage emerges showing a black youth being arrested by four officers and 'sexually assaulted with a truncheon' in a Paris suburb Rioting has broken out on a tinderbox French council estate after a policeman was accused of sexually assaulting a black youth worker with a truncheon. Amateur video posted online by the BFM news channel shows the 22-year-old, who has been identified as 'Theo' by protesters, being arrested last Thursday. Now one of four officers involved in the incident has been charged with rape on the so-called '3000 estate' in Aulnay-sous-Bois, in...
  • Jesus forcast for you[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/06/2017 9:42:32 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-6-17 | Jesus the author of our faith
    You are my children so come spend time with me for now as you enter into worship welcoming in My Spirit of Grace truly Heaven shall open and my angelic army abound around you for you are My holy place as I live in and with you as one abiding together . Allow me to show, yes reveal to you that which are mysteries to others yet make I it known to you for you are my Gideons and we are about to take on a great victory over darkness and this is why my presence in you is expanding...
  • 'If You Love Jesus, Then Die Like Jesus!': Muslim Persecution of Christians, November 2016

    02/06/2017 8:15:04 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | Monday, February 6, 2017 | Gatestone Institute
    Originally published by the Gatestone Institute https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9875/muslim-persecution-christians-november Reports of Christian life under the Islamic State (ISIS) continued throughout November. Many of these came from the ancient Christian towns surrounding Mosul, such as Batnaya and Qaraqosh, conquered by ISIS in August, 2014, and liberated in late October, 2016. One Christian man, Esam, from Qaraqosh, related what ISIS did after his sister's husband refused to convert to Islam: "He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They [ISIS] told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus." The...
  • French student takes steps to block Breitbart's move to France

    02/05/2017 7:21:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 3 February 2017 17:32 CET+01:00
    A student in Paris has bought several domain names linked to far-right news website Breitbart in the hopes of blocking it from opening in France, according to reports. Breitbart — the anti-immigration, anti-EU, anti-establishment US news site that supported Donald Trump — said in November that it planned to launch in France with one job in mind: to help get Marine Le Pen elected president. […] The student, named Antonin by The Verge news site, bought the domain names breitbart.fr, breitbartnews.fr, and breitbartnewsnetwork.fr in a bid to block the French launch. …
  • France election: Le Pen to launch far-right presidential bid

    02/05/2017 7:06:47 AM PST · by Nextrush · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/5/2017 | BBC
    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is set to launch her presidential election campaign in the city of Lyon. The National Front (FN) manifesto, which lists 144 commitments, promises to offer France a referendum on its membership of the EU. A growing number of presidential hopefuls are pledging their commitment to a new kind of politics. France goes to the polls April 23....... The FN is styling itself as the original anti-establishment party, with its leader hoping to cash in on the 'time for change' feeling generated by Donald Trump's election and the Brexit vote in Britain.... FN deputy leader...
  • Let Go of The World run to JESUS THE CHRIST[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/04/2017 9:41:30 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    bible, The Joshuachronicles ^ | 2-4-17 | Bible, Holy Spirit
    There are many of my children that have given up on the world so now I can enter in as their True God and not the things of flesh or calves of gold. Truly as Mt. Sinai I am about to roar and you shall see I AM in control enthroned above all but this is not temporal but eternal and so now as the unholy and unrighteous slaves to rebellion and not servants to The one True God resist and turn away from My Salvation I shall throw the goats out of the city gates and close off Zion...
  • Marine Le Pen Kicks Off Presidential Campaign Echoing Trump: The Highlights From Her Manifesto

    02/04/2017 8:26:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/05/2017
    The leader of the anti-immigration French National Front party Marine Le Pen kicked off her presidential campaign on Saturday by echoing many of the same vows that brought Trump to power in the US, hoping promises to shield voters from globalization, promote protectionism, leave the Eurozone, slap taxes on imports and on the job contracts of foreigners, lower the retirement age, increasing welfare benefits and boost defense spending push her above her competitors at a time of sweeping political turmoil in France. According to opinion polls - which have recently shown their utter irrelevance in the age of Brexit...
  • Trump Responds to Louvre Attack in Paris, Urging U.S. to ‘Get Smart’

    02/03/2017 2:10:09 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | JONATHAN WEISMAN, EMMARIE HUETTEMAN and MATT FLEGENHEIMER
    Trump offered an understated response to the shooting at the Louvre A soldier shot and wounded a man wielding a machete near the Louvre museum in Paris, prompting French authorities to open a terrorism investigation. Trump tweet: @realDonaldTrump A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.
  • Soldiers Open Fire on ‘Allahu Akbar’ Machette Attacker at Louvre, Paris

    02/03/2017 2:48:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 105 replies
    The Louvre museum in Paris has been evacuated after what the French Ministry of the Interior has called a “serious public security event” in which a number of soldier opened fire on a man with a machete who cried “Allahu Akbar”.Soldiers fired five shots to disable a man at the entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France Friday morning after the machete-wielding attacker shouted threats and the well known Islamist phrase “Allahu Akhbar”, rushed the troops while carrying two backpacks, reports Le Figaro.The man was shot in the stomach and bomb-disposal teams have been deployed to assess the contents of the man’s bags....
  • Louvre 'attacker' was Egyptian: Machete-wielding man

    02/03/2017 11:39:08 AM PST · by detective · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2017 | Dave Burke
    Shortened title. Full title: Louvre 'attacker' was Egyptian: Machete-wielding man shot five times after attacking French soldiers outside Paris museum 'had been in the country for just over a week' A man armed with a machete was shot five times in the stomach after attempting to storm the museum Police source said the attacker was shouting 'Allahu Akbar' before being gunned down Streets around the Louvre have been evacuated and France's interior ministry branded the incident 'serious' French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has described the attack as 'terrorist in nature'  A second person has been arrested, but it is not...
  • LIVING WITH TERROR How France has become the number one target for extremists in Europe and has ..

    02/03/2017 9:34:06 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 23 replies
    The Sun ^ | 3rd February 2017 | Emma Lake
    FULL TITLE: "LIVING WITH TERROR How France has become the number one target for extremists in Europe and has been repeatedly brutalised in terrifying new war against terror" Horrific attacks have seen scores of citizens murdered FRANCE has become the number one target for extremists in Europe, with yet another attack increasing tension in the country today. A series of horrific attacks have seen scores of citizens murdered as they go about their day-to-day lives and as a machete-wielding man pulled a knife on guards at the Luovre this morning many will have feared that total would rise again. Here...
  • On Earth as it is in Heaven[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/03/2017 9:02:42 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible,The joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-3-17 | Holy Spirit
    My orchestra is about to perform its final symphony for as My kingdom has arrived in you now it is time to place My presence upon you My Bride as I did upon Adam and Eve in the garden for truly now you are more than just a garden for you bear the fruit of My Spirit as My Tree of Life for others and so now through you they shall drink in My Living Waters as the woman at the well. Prepare yourself for now My Presence upon you shall be Heaven on Earth . Matthew 6:10 10 Thy...
  • France elections: Fillon setback as wife video resurfaces

    02/03/2017 5:42:37 AM PST · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/3/2017 | BBC
    The campaign of French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon has suffered a setback with a fresh revelation regarding alleged payments to his wife. In a 2007 interview aired on television news on Thursday evening, Penelope Fillon explains: "I've never been actually (Francois's) assistant or anything like that." It seems to contradict Mr. Fillon's claims that for years prior she did real work as his parliamentary aide. Mr. Fillon denies wrongdoing. He says he is the victim of a left-wing plot to destroy him and the Franch right. But he is facing pressure to pull out of the race for the presidency,...
  • BY MY SPIRIT[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/02/2017 12:36:23 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    Bible , The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-2-17 | Holy Spirit
    My corpuscles are the youth of your future endeavors in me therefore as you receive communion by My Spirit and declare it in tongues truly I shall overcome the arsenals and attempts of the enemy to thwart My Will in you for you do not work for flesh and blood or a church Made out of Stone nor a shepherd born into sin but it is My Righteousness that saves you in an eternal manner not mankind or a shepherd’s staff and your True charity is to merely do My Will for in these footprints of obedience is where we...
  • French Court Rejects Palestinian Demands

    02/01/2017 7:47:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1, 2017 | Michael Curtis
    A new sheriff arrived in town with the appointment of Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In her first speech, she indicated the disproportionate contribution by the United States -- 22% of the UN budget and 28% of UN peacekeeping operations -- to the world organization. The UN budget should be subject "strategic cutting," and sometimes withholding of dues. In picturesque language, Haley spoke of the need for a strong U.S. role at the UN. She had already made clear during her testimony on January 18, 2017, to the Senate Foreign Relations...
  • Fillon pay row: New claim over wife's 'fake jobs'

    02/01/2017 12:33:02 AM PST · by Nextrush · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/31/2017 | BBC
    France's centre-right presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, has been hit by further allegations on the day that anti-corruption police raided his office in parliament. Satirical weekly Le Candard Enchaine said last week that his wife Penelope had been paid hundreds of thousands of euros for fake jobs. Now it has reported that the earned far more and for longer. Mr. Fillon hit back, calling the claims a campaign to destroy his candidacy. "Never in the history of the Fifth Republic has such an operation of very professional slander been launched in an attempt to eliminate a candidate," he said. He earlier...
  • French Socialists Pick Hard Left Hamon as Presidential Candidate

    01/30/2017 6:27:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 30, 2017 | Staff
    French leftwinger Benoit Hamon clinched the Socialist nomination to run for president, partial results showed Sunday, as a fresh scandal engulfed conservative election frontrunner Francois Fillon.
  • French leader chides US populism, urges European unity

    01/28/2017 9:28:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2017 11:33 AM EST | Barry Hatton
    French President François Hollande on Saturday urged Europe to present a united front against populist movements which, he said, are being encouraged by political developments in the United States. “Europe is facing a moment of truth,” Hollande said. “The issue is populism. What we are hearing from the U.S. encourages populism and even extremism. They are saying that Europe should not take immigrants, shouldn’t stay together, not believe in climate change.” European Union countries should stick to their principles and defend their interests — and stand firm in talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, Hollande said. “Europe should be true...
  • Europe must have 'firm' response to Trump: Hollande

    01/28/2017 7:40:55 AM PST · by mandaladon · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 28 Jan 2017
    Lisbon (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday urged Europe to form a united front and provide a "firm" response to his US counterpart Donald Trump's controversial policies. "When there are statements from the US president about Europe and when he talks about Brexit being a model for other countries, I think we must respond," Hollande told reporters the sidelines of a summit of southern EU nations in Lisbon. He was speaking a day after Trump called Britain's decision to exit the European Union as a "wonderful thing" during a joint news conference in Washington with visiting British Prime...
  • France, Germany unite in face of Trump refugee ban

    01/28/2017 6:27:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2017 8:57 AM EST
    France and Germany formed a united front Saturday in the face of President Donald Trump’s halt in the U.S. refugee program, with the German foreign minister noting that loving thy neighbor forms part of America’s Christian traditions. After meeting Saturday, the foreign ministers of both nations, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel, said they want to meet with Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state who is still awaiting confirmation. Ayrault said Trump’s order on Friday that bars all refugees from entering the United States for four months — and those from war-ravaged Syria indefinitely — “can only worry...
  • Francois Fillon: I will drop out of Presidential Race if Investigated

    01/27/2017 8:53:50 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/27/17 | BBC News
    Francois Fillon has said he would drop out of the race for the French presidency if he were criminally investigated. Mr Fillon is at the centre of a media storm over allegations that for years his wife was paid for parliamentary work she did not do. The conservative candidate told French TV there was nothing improper or illegal about his wife's employment.
  • France bans unlimited refills of soda drinks to battle bulging obesity levels

    01/26/2017 11:15:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 26 January 2017 17:07 CET+01:00
    From Friday restaurants in France will be breaking the law if they offer unlimited fizzy drinks to customers, as the government takes another step to fight the problem of obesity. The new law was published in the government’s Journal Officiel website on Thursday and will come into effect on Friday. It specifically states that it’s illegal to sell soft drinks at a fixed price for an unlimited amount of drink, and illegal to offer unlimited amounts for free. The ban applies to all soft drinks or soda “fountains” in places open to the public, including fast food-chains and restaurants. It...
  • French Socialists battle for relevance in Socialist primary

    01/22/2017 8:48:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 January 2017 08:22 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France’s Socialists hold the first round of voting in their presidential primary Sunday, with candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls fighting for relevance as the country veers to the right. […] The odds will be stacked against the victor, with many polls showing the Socialist candidate will be eliminated in the first round of the presidential election on April 23. Current projections suggest the election is shaping up as a three-way battle between conservative ex-premier François Fillon, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old ex-economy minister who has also served in the governing Socialist government. …
  • Parisians told not to fear roaming wolves as 'they only eat four-legged animals

    01/17/2017 5:22:44 PM PST · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    Mirror ^ | 1/17/2017 | Stephen Jones
    Parisians are frightened that the endangered beasts are now within howling distance of the capital and can't be stopped. French people have been told not to fear wolves roaming Paris streets - as "they only eat four-legged animals". Parisians are frightened that the endangered beasts - which have fought back from near extinction in the 1930s - are now within howling distance of the capital. Indeed the discovery of paw prints, messy droppings and late-night howls from wolves - a distant relative of the domestic pet dog - are reported to be a now frequent occurrence in the city's suburbs.
  • France warns Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as capital

    01/15/2017 9:55:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 15 January 2017 21:06 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France warned on Sunday of “serious consequences” if Donald Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians were represented at the conference, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed as “futile”. Opening the meeting, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the international community wanted to “forcefully reiterate that the two-state solution is the only solution possible” to the seven-decade-old conflict. …