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Apr 11 10:49

France Likely to Strike Syria From Mainland – Reports

In the event France decides to strike Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces in the city of Douma, it is more likely to launch the attack from an airbase located on its mainland rather than from its bases in the Middle East, Le Figaro reported on Wednesday.

Apr 11 07:48

Gaddafi's Ex-Interpreter Sheds Light on Libyan Leader's Support for Sarkozy

Late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to support the 2007 election campaign of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, earmarking millions of euros destined to help the politician win, Moftah Missouri, Gaddafi's aide and chief interpreter, told Sputnik.

The reports and allegations of Gaddafi's government's support for Sarkozy have been around for at least seven years, ever since civil war broke out in Libya.

Years of rumors culminated in Sarkozy's arrest last March. The former president was briefly detained and questioned over Libya's alleged contribution to his 2007 campaign. Afterward, Sarkozy was officially charged with corruption. The French politician has rejected all accusations.

Apr 11 07:30

Head of French REM Party Sees No Reason to Ban Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Richard Ferrand, the head of the ruling La Republique en Marche! (REM) party's faction in the National Assembly of France, said on Tuesday that he did no see why the country's arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be prohibited.

"I think we should maintain clear, frank and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, even if only to keep equilibrium in the region and globally… I don't see why that [the arms sales to Riyadh] should be forbidden," Ferrand told the franceinfo broadcaster when asked if such trade were possible.

Ferrand clarified that it would depend on what these arms were to be used in the future, but affirmed that, for him, there was no "particular question" over the arms sales.

Apr 11 05:53

Trump Builds Coalition for War on Syria

President Trump is in the process of building a new coalition of allies to participate in a multi-nation “strike force” attack on the Syrian government. This talk of coalition action reflects the rapid escalation of plans since US officials embraced Saturday’s allegations of a chemical weapons strike.
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Macron, however, suggested he does “not want an escalation,” but rather that the strikes should be against Syrian chemical facilities.>>>
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But Syria disarmed their chemical program before the war really began, and dismantled all of those sites. This means there aren’t really operating facilities to be bombed in the first place.>>>
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The US, France, and Britain will doubtless lead this new coalition, and Australia is expected to join, with Saudi Arabia expected to be drawn into the conflict. Turkey is potentially to be invited too>>>

Apr 10 11:30

Britain, US, France May Intervene In Syria Again

The British Prime Minister Teresa May, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed that in order to maintain the ban on the use of chemical weapons, the international community must respond to the alleged chemical attack in Syria, the spokesman for the British premier said.

“The Prime Minister held a telephone conversation with Trump who agreed that reports of a chemical attack in Syria are highly deserving of a condemnation, and if they are confirmed, there is yet to be proof of the outrageous cruelty of President of Syria Bashar al Assad in relation to his own people, as well as complete disregard for their legal obligations for the non-use of such weapons,” the British statement said

Apr 10 08:47

France in CHAOS: Macron to be brought to his knees as strikes CRIPPLE French nation

Furious rail unions have accused young upstart, Macron, of trying to force privatisation by stealth - in what is the biggest strike row France has suffered since 1995.

Emmanuel Grondein, head of Sud Rail, blasted the En Marché frontman: "We're defending the French public service, not just rail workers.”

Mr Macron wants to turn around the fortunes of loss-making rail companies in France - and plans to revamp education, overhaul pensions and weaken labour laws in other areas if he gets his way.

Now France’s four main rail unions will strike for two in every five days for the next three months to signal their anger at a shake-up of the national SNCF rail monopoly - which could be opened up to competition by new EU laws.

Apr 10 08:47

French Rail Strikes: Macron Wants to Be ‘Conqueror Over Organized Labor’

French railway workers entered their fourth day of strikes in protest of French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to revoke special pension and retirement benefits for railway drivers in an effort to increase rail sector competitiveness.

Apr 09 10:42

US, France deny role in missile strike on Syrian air base. Israel’s Defense Forces refused to comment on the missile strike

"At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria," the Pentagon said in a statement. "However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable." The French military also denied its role in the missile strike on Syria’s T-4 military airfield. French army spokesman Patrick Steiger told AFP: "This is not us." Israel’s Defense Forces refused to comment on the missile strike.

Apr 09 08:16

Paris: Macron, Trump Exchange Data 'Confirming' Chemical Weapons Use in Douma

Elysee Palace announced that US Presient Donald Trump and French President Emanuel Macron have exchanged data that, according to the announcement, confirm use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma.

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron exchanged data allegedly confirming the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Douma during a telephone conversation, the Elysee Palace said in a statement on Monday.

France and the United States will also condemn the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria at the Monday's UN Security Council meeting, the communique, released by Elysee Palace stated.

Apr 06 09:21

French Special Forces to be deployed in Manbij very quickly: Macron to Syrian Kurdistan delegation

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday vowed to send troops to Syria in support of the US-led coalition to block any further advance by Turkey who has promised to continue its military offensive east of Afrin.

In a meeting with Kurdish and Arab representatives in Syria, Macron expressed his country's readiness to send French troops to support the US-led Coalition in Syria, which includes the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Paris-based news magazine Marianne said.

A delegation representing the Kurdish, Arab, and Christian components of Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) held talks with the French Presidency on Thursday to discuss the situation in the country’s north, Reuters reported quoting Kurdish officials in Paris.

Apr 06 08:28

French public backs strikes against Macron as THOUSANDS donate to rail workers

THE French public is backing demonstrators who are carrying out three months of rail strikes in protest of Emmanuel Macron by donating hundreds of thousands of pounds to the cause.

Apr 06 07:44

"France Wants Frank, Demanding Dialogue With Russia" - French Lawmaker

No major international issues can be resolved without Russia, Christian Cambon, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Senate, French parliament's upper house, said Thursday.

"No major international issue can be resolved without Russia… We want to have with our Russian counterparts a frank dialogue, a dialogue without ambiguity, a demanding dialogue. In our report, we demand from Russia to respect international law. We also touch upon cultural, economic and technological convergence," he said, as quoted by the Senate's press service.

Following the meeting, Cambon told reporters that Russia should play a greater role in resolving international crises and countering terrorism.

Apr 06 07:42

Macron urged to press Saudi crown prince into ending Yemen conflict

Ten human rights groups have urged French President Emmanuel Macron to press Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to end the aerial and naval blockade on Yemen and working out a diplomatic solution to the devastating three-year-old conflict in the impoverished Arab country.

“The bombing of civilians in Yemen must stop and we call on all sides in the conflict to stop them immediately,” Anne Hery of Handicap International said on Wednesday.

She added, “Ahead of the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed, President Macron has a choice: protect civilians or sell weapons.”

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"I'm going to sell weapons!" -- Macaroni

Apr 06 07:35

Turkey Says France Must Choose Ally, Turkey or Kurdish YPG

Having just met with the French Foreign Minister, Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik has publicly made clear that Turkey is demanding France choose between supporting them, or supporting the Kurdish YPG.

The Turkish government has expressed growing annoyance at NATO nations for backing the YPG, and a lot of that recently has centered on France. This is because President Macron has been very public in backing the Kurds, and suggested supporting them in Manbij.

Apr 05 09:31

Macron ordered to stay out of Venezuela's affairs: Socialist leader furious at France

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday the upcoming presidential election in Venezuela would not be “free and fair,” drawing the ire of Caracas, which called on the young centrist to stay out of the nation’s internal affairs.

Apr 05 09:19

France to launch 'EUROPEAN ARMY' by June – and the UK is invited to join even AFTER Brexit

FRANCE will launch a deployable European military crisis force in June, French Defence Ministry sources have revealed, as they confirmed the army would work outside of existing European Union efforts.

Apr 05 08:55

France, US committed to ‘wiping out ISIS’ – Elysee Palace

France and the US are committed to stamping out Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Wednesday. The statement came after the French president spoke with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, Reuters reports. “France and the United States are determined to pursue their actions within the international coalition to fight to the end this terrorist organization,” the Elysee Palace said. “Nothing should distract us from the objective of preventing Islamic State’s resurgence in the region and allowing an inclusive political process in Syria,” it added.

Apr 04 10:37

French Rail Staff Stage Protests Against Tyrannical President Emmanuel Macron

French rail workers have launched three months of rolling train strikes. The strikes are on schedule to become the largest and most chaotic industrial action against Emmanuel Macron’s drive to overhaul state transport and liberalize the economy.

The media is calling the protests “Black Tuesday,” while simultaneously attempting to deflect from the left-of-left dictator in charge, Emmanuel Macron. The opening day of train strikes was expected to cause disruption for France’s 4.5 million rail passengers after around 33% of all train staff and more than 75% of drivers walked out.

The rail sector is traditionally one of France’s riskiest political issues. It’s quickly become a battleground on which Macron is refusing to budge in order to prove that he can face down strikes and continue with a liberalizing overhaul of other sectors.

Apr 03 13:30

France Risks War With Fellow NATO Member Turkey In Effort To Prop Up Syrian Rebels

U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent surprise announcement that he plans to withdraw the United States military from Syria “very soon” and that he will let “the other people take care of it now” may be more telling of what’s to come than the mainstream media would have us believe.

The indication that Trump may let the “other people take care of it now” might appear, on the face of it, to refer to regional players and prominent backers like Russia and Iran, which have helped guide the course of the Syrian conflict to an almost certain victory for the Syrian government.

But what if Trump is actually opening the door for another Western imperial power to try its hand at taking on Syria for itself?

Apr 02 08:16

Macron hit with THREE MONTHS of strikes in FURY at French President bowing to EU law

EMMANUEL Macron has been slapped with THREE MONTHS of punishing strikes from tomorrow in retaliation of the French President bowing down to the EU.

The relentless strikes begin tomorrow and will run for a gruelling 12 weeks in successive waves of two days bringing France to a standstill and completely paralysing the country.

The four main unions representing exasperated rail workers have called the revolt against opening the national SNCF rail monopoly up to competition as required by EU law.

The militant unions have been up in arms over Macron’s plot to scrap jobs for life for 260,000 workers of the debt-ridden, state-owned SNCF rail and their right to retire in their 50s in an attempt to whip them into line wit the public sector.

Apr 02 08:14

Sarkozy's Downfall: Gaddafi's and Libya's Revenge

None other than Julius Caesar reminds us that “fortune, whose power is very great in all spheres, but particularly in warfare, often brings about great reversals by a slight tilt of the balance.”

The wisdom contained in the words of Rome’s most famous and illustrious emperor, a man whose very name is synonymous with power, is confirmed in the plight of Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of the French Republic for whom ignominy beckons with the news that he has been charged with corruption and influence peddling. Specifically, he is accused of attempting to suborn the senior judge who was heading the investigation into Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign, concerning campaign finance illegalities.

Apr 01 07:18

French Troops Are Growing In Northern Syria

French troops are currently deploying five military bases in northern Syria in the area controlled by the forces of Washington-backed and Kurdish-led SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) as reported by Turkish state news agency Anadolu.

Apr 01 07:17

NATO Quarrel: Turkey Warns France Not To Enter Syria

Ankara has called on Paris to abandon any hasty steps in Syria, as stated by the Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.

French President Emmanuel Macron previously met with the delegation of the Kurdish “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) and announced their support from Paris, in particular to stabilize the situation in the northeast of Syria.

Mar 31 10:33

Macron pledges support for Kurdish militants in Syria, infuriates Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised support for US-backed Kurdish militants in northern Syria, which has been the target of a Turkish offensive, prompting Ankara to angrily slam the offer as “clear support for terrorists.”

For the first time since entering the Elysee Palace, Macron on Thursday hosted a delegation of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria which is largely dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“The president ... paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh,” Macron’s office said in a statement.

“He assured the SDF of France’s support for the stabilization of the security zone in the northeast of Syria, within the framework of an inclusive and balanced governance, to prevent any resurgence of” Daesh, the statement added.

Mar 30 15:31

Pippa Middleton’s Father-in-Law Charged With Rape of a Child in France

David Matthews, father-in-law to Pippa Middleton, herself the sister to the UK's Duchess of Cambridge, was charged Thursday with raping a child in France, it was revealed Friday.

He is currently under legal supervision.

According to reports, Matthews has been under investigation by France's Juvenile Protection Brigade since 2017 after a relative reported him. The hotel owner is alleged to have carried out the assault between 1998 and 1999 during his vacations in France.

Matthews was charged with the "rape of a minor by a person with authority over his victim."

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Another reminder that people in high places are seldom nice.

Mar 30 09:35

Sarkozy to Appeal Against Resumption of Corruption Probe - Reports

French former President Nicolas Sarkozy intends to appeal the French court’s decision to resume an investigation against him over a long-standing case on corruption and abuse of power, local media reported Thursday, citing Sarkozy’s lawyers.

Earlier on Thursday, Le Monde newspaper reported that the French court had signed a document to send the former president to the Paris correctional court within the framework of the investigation process.

Mar 29 06:11

Vegan activist defends death of butcher in French supermarket attack, investigation launched

An investigation has been opened in France after a vegan activist posted on social media that she had “zero compassion” for a butcher who was killed in a recent terrorist attack in the southwestern part of the country.

"Well, what, it shocks you that an assassin is killed by a terrorist? Not me, I have zero compassion for him," the person wrote in a message discovered by French authorities on Monday. The activist added that the butcher's death was "justice," before quickly deleting the post, according to a judicial source cited by 20 Minutes. She was later taken into custody, according to Le Parisien.

Mar 27 09:42

Macron Accused of 'Servility' for Rejecting to Visit Russian Book Stand in Paris

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron ignored the official Russian stand at the 2018 Paris Book Fair in solidarity with the UK regarding the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.

In his article for Boulevard Votaire, French essayist Roland Hureaux strongly criticized President Macron’s move, accusing him of “servility and pettiness.”

Mar 27 09:41

French Politician Arrested for Justifying Terrorism, Welcoming Policeman’s Death

On Sunday, a left-wing French politician was arrested for a tweet celebrating the death of a policeman who offered his life to save a captive woman being used as a human shield by a jihadist gunman in southwestern France last week.

Police arrested Stephane Poussier in his home in Normandy on March 25 after he posted a tweet celebrating the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame.

"Whenever a policeman is shot… I think of my friend Remi Fraisse," Poussier wrote on Twitter, referring to a French botanist and environmental activist who was killed in a flashbang grenade explosion by French police during a series of violent clashes with protesters who opposed construction of the controversial Sivens Dam in 2014.

Mar 26 13:57

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60 seconds of French insanity, meanwhile the migrants keep coming.

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Mar 26 11:22

Masked Men Forcibly Remove Far-Left University Occupiers

A group of masked men attacked far-left protestors occupying the Faculty of Law at the University of Montpellier on Thursday night, forcing several of the protestors to be taken to hospital. The occupiers blamed the university administration for the attack.

Around fifty students occupied the law faculty, claiming to be on strike until they were forcibly removed from late Thursday into the early hours of Friday morning, broadcaster France Info reports.

Video footage from the incident shows 10 to 15 masked men attack the occupiers with what appear to be batons and other blunt weapons and disperse them from a lecture hall.

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The occupation is just the latest of a number of far-left occupations of universities. Far-left groups along with migrants have been occupying a university in the notorious, migrant-heavy Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis since January 30th.

Mar 26 11:20

France Mourns Slain Police Officer and Other Victims of Trebes Terror Attack

A shaken town in southern France is holding a special church service to honor the heroic police officer and three others killed in a rampage by an Islamic extremist.

The bishop of the nearby medieval city of Carcassonne, Alain Planet, is leading Sunday’s mass at the Saint-Etienne-de-Trebes church in the town of Trebes.

Residents have been laying flowers in front of the Trebes supermarket where the attacker seized hostages Friday.

Mar 26 11:19

France’s military chief QUITS after FURIOUS row with Macron over defence cuts

In a statement, 60-year-old Pierre de Villiers said he had tried to maintain a French defence force despite the job becoming increasingly difficult as a result of financial constraints, but admitted he was no longer able to sustain that.

He said: ”In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defence force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country.”

Mar 25 16:54

France terror attack: Hero policeman married hours before he died

Mr Macron said investigators will focus on establishing how Morocco-born Lakdim obtained his weapon and how he became radicalised.

Lakdim was known to police for petty crimes and drug dealing and had been on a watch list from 2014, according to France's prosecutor Francois Molins, but he was not believed to be preparing any terrorist acts.

Mar 25 09:24

French-Lebanese Businessman Tells How He Helped Transfer Money to Sarkozy

Ziad Takieddine claims he met Sarkozy after 2004, contrary to the statements by the former French president, who is accused of bribery and illegal funding of his presidential campaign.

Ziad Takieddine, a French businessman of Lebanese origin, claims that he not only met with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy after 2004, but also helped to transfer money from Libya for his election campaign, cites the French news portal France Info.

"He was there, and I met him, I even greeted him, he took the suitcase, he put it aside, he did not even want to count [the money]," Ziad Takieddine said.

Mar 24 11:19

Sarkozy taken in French Police Custody over Libya Funding of his 2007 Campaign

Mar 23 06:59

Police storm French supermarket and shoot dead ISIS gunman who was holding hostages as it emerges he had killed a person before beginning his siege, where he killed two of his captives

Police have stormed a French supermarket and shot dead an ISIS gunman who was holding hostages as it emerged he had already killed someone before beginning his siege.

The fanatic, armed with a gun, knives and a grenade, had hijacked a car, killing a passenger and injuring the driver, before shooting at police officers in Carcassonne, south west France, and driving to the supermarket in Trebes.

There the Moroccan Islamist screamed 'Allahu Akbar, I'll kill you all' as he killed a butcher and a shopper while terrified customers either fled from the shop or hid in a cold room.

Mar 22 10:43

Gaddafi’s ghost haunts walking-dead King Sarko

NATO’s 2011 war on Libya was unanimously sold across the West as a necessary humanitarian operation against the proverbial evil dictator (Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died.”). Russia and China were firmly against it.

Now, in a stunning historical reversal, the ghost of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seems to have come back to haunt former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the self-described superstar of that R2P (“responsibility to protect”) spectacular.

Mar 22 09:40

Nicolas Sarkozy corruption charges reveal France's loose campaign finance practices

The French know that their politicians receive money from every possible source. But the fact that Nicolas Sarkozy is now charged with having gotten some of his from dictator Moammar Gadhafi may cross the line for many.

Mar 22 09:40

'We DON'T need them!' Italian eurosceptic leader SAVAGES Merkel and Macron for Italy jibe

EUROSCEPTIC leader Matteo Salvini hit back at the leaders of France and Germany after they expressed concerns over the success of Italian populism during Italy's latest elections.

Mar 22 09:38

Germany, France Reject UK-Proposed Russia Sanctions Over Skripal Case

Germany and France were the first to speak at the EU foreign ministers’ meeting against the UK proposal to impose anti-Russia sanctions in the wake of claims that Moscow was responsible for the nerve agent attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, a European diplomatic source told Sputnik Wednesday.

On Monday, the 28 EU foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss a number of key international issues, as well as the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. Following the meeting, the EU Foreign Affairs Council issued a statement saying that it "takes extremely seriously" the United Kingdom's position on Russia's involvement in the poisoning incident.

Mar 22 09:37

Gaddafi’s Billions Come Back To Haunt Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained on the grounds of financing his election campaign

Sarkozy has been taken into custody in Nanterre at the request of the anti-corruption unit of the judicial police. Currently, he is being interrogated.

The investigation of possible violations in the financing of the 2007 presidential campaign was launched in 2013. He is suspected of illegally raising funds, including from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and heiress of the L’Oreal empire Lillian Betancourt.

It is generally common knowledge that Gaddafi helped Sarkozy run his campaign – after which Sarkozy betrayed him, in his support for the Western coalition operation in Libya.

Mar 22 09:36

MACRON SAVAGED: French president ROCKED by poll slump and is warned ‘show empathy’

EMMANUEL Macron’s popularity rating fell for the third month in a row, a poll showed on Sunday, as the government pushes ahead with on ambitious reform plans despite ongoing union disapproval.

Mar 22 09:35

WATCH Violent Clashes in Mass Strike Against Macron's Reforms in Paris

Thousands of civil servants, teachers and rail workers have taken to the streets of Paris in order to protest against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms; the peaceful rallies have escalated into unrest, with demonstrators smashing shop windows and engaging in violent clashes with police.

French police used tear gas against high school students who took to the streets of Paris on Thursday to protest against the government's planned education reforms, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

Hundreds of protesters started marching from Place de la Nation in Paris earlier on Thursday, the day of planned public service protests across France. Some of them were wearing masks. The protesters were shouting slogans, and at one point started throwing stones and bottles at police, prompting officers to use tear gas. Demonstrators were reported to be attacking journalists. Ambulances have been spotted on the scene.

Mar 21 08:32

Far-Left Activists, Illegal Migrants Storm Basilica Holding The Tombs of French Kings

Far-left activists and illegal migrants invaded the Basilica of Saint-Denis on Sunday to protest the French government’s new asylum law before they were forcibly removed by police, resulting in evening mass being cancelled.

Around 80 illegal migrants and far-left activists from the group Coordination des Sans-Papiers (CSP 75) protested the new law holding up banners, Le Parisien reports.

After around an hour of occupying the Basilica, police were called and arrived to remove the protestors and illegal immigrants. The area was cleared by around 5:30 pm but evening mass was cancelled in case the protestors returned.

Mar 21 07:56

French secret service killed Gaddafi on Sarkozy’s orders: reports

Libya’s former leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was killed by a French secret service agent, acting on the direct orders of France’s ex-President Nicholas Sarkozy, media reports out on Saturday have claimed.

According to sources quoted in UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, Sarkozy who ruled France from 2007 to 2012, sent secret service agents to infiltrate local gangs that were trying to locate Gaddafi as his regime collapsed in the wake of the Arab Spring.

The agent then shot Gaddafi in the head, the Daily Mail quoted a “well-placed sources in the North African country” as saying.

Mar 20 10:40

Nicolas Sarkozy ‘arrested’: Former French president in custody in police probe

NICOLAS Sarkozy, former French President, is in police custody as part of an ongoing investigation into campaign financing. Mr Sarkozy is being questioned by officers in connection with an investigation into "irregularities" in election campaign financing, according to court sources.

Mar 20 10:31

Former French President Sarkozy Taken Into Custody Over Suspected Gaddafi Financing

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into custody as part of an investigation into alleged funding in elections by ex-Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Sarkozy is being questioned by magistrates regarding claims his campaign team accepted a 50 million euro ($62 million) donation from Gaddafi during the 2007 French elections, according to news reports.

His former associate, Alexandre Djouhri, was arrested in London and released on bail as part of the investigation weeks earlier.

Sarkozy had previously refused to respond to a summons for questioning in the case, AFP reported.

Former minister former minister Brice Hortefeux is also in custody and being questioned by investigators, Reuters reported.

The probe opened in 2013 following claims by Gaddafi and his son Saif that provided funds to Sarkozy’s election team.

Mar 20 08:58

Macron takes on PUTIN: France refuses to recognise Russian election result in Crimea

FRANCE has said it does not recognise the results of the Russian presidential election held in the peninsula of Crimea, four years to the day after Moscow annexed the territory from Ukraine in a move that most of the world has slammed as illegal.

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They keep repeating this same lie. Crimea voted to leave Ukraine, a right guaranteed under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The west simply refused to recognize the results of the Crimean election and took the default position that Russia "stole" Ukraine.

That is like a guest at a wedding refusing to recognize the bride's right to marry the groom, therefore by default the groom has kidnapped and raped the bride.

The West has gotten into the very bad habit of only recognizing elections when they turn out the way the West wants!

Mar 19 12:07

France to get tougher on social media hate speech: PM

France will toughen rules on hate speech to ensure social media giants do more to remove racist and anti-Semitic content from internet, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday.

The announcement comes as the 28 European Union countries work on rules that would compel Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google to be more proactive in filtering and weeding out hate speech on their platforms.

"These days a newspaper director is criminally responsible if hateful comments are posted on its website but if you run a social network anything goes," Philippe said in a speech on France's policy on racism.

"Nobody is going to convince me that the social networks live in space. What gets published and circulated in France is published and circulated in France and must answer to the laws of the French republic."

Philippe said France would tighten up its own rules pending progress at EU level, but did not elaborate on when or how.

Mar 19 09:36

'I didn’t fight against French Algeria to accept an Algerian France': Bardot slams modern-day France

French actress Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against the state of her country, saying that Islamists are "practically everywhere" and that France should not resemble Algeria.

Speaking to the French weekly Valeurs Actuelles, Bardot said that France is not what it once was. "I have been brought up in honor, patriotism, love and respect for my country, and when I see what it has become, I feel desperate," she said.

The 83-year-old also said that it is "unacceptable” to see burqas become commonplace in France, and Islamists are "practically everywhere."

Mar 18 09:14

‘Not proxy’: Lavrov says US, British, French special forces ‘directly involved’ in Syria war

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has condemned the illegal presence of US coalition troops in Syria, saying the Western forces deployed on the ground amount to “a direct involvement in the war.”

“There are special forces on the ground in Syria from the US – they no longer deny it – the UK, France and a number of other countries,” Lavrov said in an interview to the Kazakh state broadcaster published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website on Saturday. “Thus, it’s not so much of a ‘proxy war,’ but rather a direct involvement in the war,” the diplomat stressed.

The US coalition is “illegitimate” from the standpoint of international law and the UN Charter, Lavrov said. “But we are realistic and understand that we wouldn’t fight with them. So we coordinate actions at least to prevent unintended clashes. Our military always keeps in touch with the American commanders who lead the operation on Syrian territory.”

Mar 16 10:23

Paris, Berlin, DC Rescue May From Having to Prove Her Accusations

Imagine an investigation for attempted homicide by gunshot without the gun, bullet, ballistics match, fingerprints, powder burns, witnesses, shooter, intention, motive. You can’t imagine? Neither could the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

On Wednesday Le Drian announced France’s “full confidence in the investigations that our British partners are carrying out” on the March 4 nerve agent incident involving Sergei and Yulia Skripal and a local police detective in Salisbury.

Mar 16 07:12

Macron Snubs Russia At Non-Political Paris Event

French President Emmanuel Macron refused to visit the Russia expo stand – an honored guest at the Paris Book Salon, which opened on Thursday.

“We were informed from the embassy that we received an official letter from the Elysee Palace, which states that President Macron will not visit our stand,” the representative of the Russian delegation, Yevgeny Reznichenko, told RIA Novosti.

It was expected that the French leader will take part in the grand opening of the stand.

Russian Ambassador to France, Alexei Meshkov, expressed regret in connection with the decision of the President of the Republic.

Mar 16 06:55

France crushes Theresa May's hope of united front against Russia and accuses her of "fantasy politics" over spy poisoning

The intervention came just hours after Britain announced plans to expel 23 Russian diplomats and impose a wave of sanctions as punishment for the Sergei Skripal poisoning

Mar 15 08:51

Baker fined for 'working too hard' after keeping his business open seven days a week

A BAKER in France has been fined the equivalent of £2600 for "working too hard" for loyal customers who expect fresh bread every morning.

Cedric Vaivre, 41, received the punishment for keeping his business open seven days a week during the summer of 2017.

This broke strict employment laws in a country that still views a day of rest as being essential for everybody.

But those who rely on Mr Vaivre for their baguettes and croissants said it was ‘disgusting’ that he was being treated so shoddily.

Mar 15 08:20

‘Fantasy politics’: France accuses May of punishing Russia prematurely over ex-spy poisoning

France has undermined Theresa May’s attempts to garner support for punitive action against Russia, saying it wants more proof Moscow was behind the Salisbury poisoning. It accused the PM of engaging in “fantasy politics.”

On Wednesday, May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats and the suspension of bilateral talks. May claimed Russia was “culpable” for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, which amounted to “unlawful use of force against the UK.”

However, President Emmanuel Macron’s spokesman suggested May was acting prematurely. “We don’t do fantasy politics. Once the elements are proven then the time will come for decisions to be made,” Benjamin Griveaux told a news conference in Paris.

Mar 15 08:17

BEX ALERT - France, Germany, US, UK say Salisbury incident a violation of UK’s territorial integrity by Russia

A joint statement by the UK, US, France and Germany says the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal was a violation of Britain’s sovereignty by Russia and was the first offensive use of a chemical agent since World War II.

The incident, in which Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury on March 4, involved “a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia,” said the statement issued on Thursday. The four countries said the incident constituted “the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

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Is Skripal the new Archduke Ferdinand?

Mar 12 12:34

RAW | Paris Migrants Celebrate An Illegal Conquest…

New disturbing scenes from Paris...

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Mar 12 07:17

EU has 'ONE YEAR left' - THIS election may DESTROY Merkel and Macron's superstate agenda

THE European Union face the biggest threat yet, according to a German political correspondent, who claims that Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron's EU agenda could be demolished by next year's European elections.

Mar 09 07:57

Excerpts From Law Targeting Sputnik, RT Published in France - Reports

Excerpts from the new bill on media, which would allegedly target fake news and is, in fact, aimed against RT broadcaster and Sputnik news agency, have been published in the French newspaper Monde.

According to the excerpts published on Wednesday, the new legislation would expand the powers of the country’s broadcasting watchdog Conseil Superieur de L’audiovisuel (CSA) regarding the operation of media outlets linked to foreign countries. As an example, there were only RT and Sputnik provided.

In particular, the CSA would be able to deny license applications for the media under control or influenced by foreign states, if the media outlet is suspected of threatening basic national interests or undermining state institutions, in particular, by spreading fake news.

Mar 08 08:02

France Needs to Say Goodbye to NATO – Politician

An amendment to a proposed bill on France’s military planning for 2019-2025 submitted by the parliamentary faction of La France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France)wants to reiterate the country’s strategic independence from NATO.

The draft has said that NATO’s meddling in Afghanistan, Libya and other countries invariably resulted “in chaos, an upsurge of terrorism, millions of refugees, the plunder of cities and the countries’ disappearance from the world map.”

In an interview with Sputnik France, the party’s official spokesman on international affairs and defense, Djordje Kuzmanovic, said that the amendment was part of the party’s election campaign program to end France’s membership in NATO which he described as a militarist organization which prevents France from taking strategic decisions, depriving it of sovereign status and the ability to influence global events.

“It’s time we stopped being America’s handmaid,” Kuzmanovic emphasized.

Mar 07 09:04

Man ‘mutilated & scalped’ in Paris restaurant by assailants armed with machete and saber

A 35-year-old man of Sri Lankan origin has suffered horrific injuries to his head and arm after two assailants, armed with a machete and a saber, stormed an Indian restaurant in Paris’ 10th arrondissement.

The gruesome attack, the scene of which both assailants managed to flee, took place on Monday night in the French capital, according to local media reports. The 10th arrondissement is home to a large South Asian community.

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Mar 07 09:00

Two Girls Arrested in France After Trying to Set Church on Fire

The most high-profile attack on a church in France came in 2016 when a pair of Islamic radical jihadists attacked and killed priest Jacques Hamel while he was giving mass. The year before, French authorities foiled a similar plot by an Algerian migrant who was planning to attack churches in Paris with military-grade weapons.

Mar 07 07:45

Illegal Algerian Migrant Arrested for Murder of Homeless Man Was Found Wearing Victim’s Shoes

A 40-year-old illegal migrant living in France has been arrested in Montpellier after being suspected of murdering a 45-year-old homeless Romanian and was found wearing the murder victim’s shoes.

The Romanian man’s body was found in January in a vacant lot in the city by police near the Montpellier-Nîmes railway line. Police say that they were able to track down the Algerian illegal migrant after surveillance footage showed him in the area wearing the shoes given to the Romanian by a local charity, Metropolitain reports.

According to investigators, the Algerian had also frequented homeless shelters and other organisations that help the poor and the homeless including those that were used by the victim. Whether or not the Algerian knew the victim beforehand, police were not able to say.

Mar 06 11:32

Two cases involving sex with 11-year-olds forced France to raise the age of consent

Protester -- “In France, rapists and pedophiles are protected by law,”

France currently has no formal age of consent law,

Mar 06 10:27

FRENCH PROSECUTORS OFFICIALLY CHARGE MARINE LE PEN FOR TWEETING AGAINST ISIS TERRORISTS

The unelected rulers of the EU in Brussels are about to bring down one of their biggest critics, as lackey French President Macron is moving forward with charges against former French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

It is no secret that the EU finds free speech to be a nuisance, and has nothing but contempt for leaders like Le Pen who has historically called out the dictatorial rule of Brussels, by highlighting the endless illegal wars in the Middle East, covert support for ISIS, and promotion of a destructive migrant policy.

The former French National Front leader has now been formally charged with circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism”, for a series of tweets she sent after the massacre at Paris concert hall the Bataclan in 2015.

The crime levied against Le Pen is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.

Zerohedge reports…

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So, Le Pen is, predictably, going to be politically crucified, potentially jailed and fined... for telling the truth?!?

When the truth becomes "hate speech", a society, and a culture, is in deep trouble, and is sliding down a slippery slope from which it may never recover.

I don't like Le Pen or her politics, and I have known a number of people from the Middle East who are absolute poster children for legal immigration.

One who comes to mind is a wonderfully cultured gentleman, who speaks excellent English, who used to work with Mike many years ago.

he was Muslim, his wife was Hindu, and they named their little girl Sarah, which is the name of a Jewish princess.

They were absolutely lovely, and the little girl was bright, and beautiful, and raised without prejudice against any faith tradition, but was taught to be respectful of all good people, no matter what their background.

But if these events are actually documented to have happened, I must absolutely defend Le Pen's right to say that they happened, and ask the French government just what the hell it is going to do to prevent similar acts of barbarity in the future.

Either these images were real, or they are not; and if they were real, the French people should have the right to see them, and have an intelligent disussion about how to keep people like these monsters from getting into France.

Mar 03 08:13

OPINION: It's not sexist to say this French MP shouldn't wear revealing clothes on TV

31-year-old French MP, Aurore Bergé found herself at the centre of a Twitter storm after wearing a short, low-cut dress for her appearance on popular French TV show Salut Les Terriens (Hey Earthlings) on Saturday night.

Although she appeared on the show in her capacity as MP for Emmanuel Macron's La Republique en Marche! party to talk about serious issues such as education and public service reforms, it was her dress, not her words that caught the attention of most viewers.

Mar 02 15:21

'World Upside Down': Le Pen Criminally Charged For Sharing Photos Of ISIS's Crimes

French Front National leader Marine Le Pen was stripped of immunity and criminally charged on Thursday for exposing the crimes of ISIS on Twitter.

Mar 02 12:05

West, silent on Damascus shelling, threatens Ghouta action

France has joined the US and Britain in threatening Damascus with possible airstrikes in the event of further chemical weapons use in Syria.

Their threats on Friday came as terrorist groups continued shelling a safe corridor declared by the Syrian government for civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta.

Takfiri terrorists have turned the enclave on the suburbs of Damascus to a launch pad for mortar attacks on the Syrian capital.

The Syrian army is currently in the midst of an operation to drive the terrorists out of Eastern Ghouta, but it is facing a hostile West threatening attacks on Syrian troops which it accuses of targeting civilians.

Western leaders were quick to point the finger at the Syrian government after reports of chlorine release in Eastern Ghouta last week.

For years, foreign-backed militants have appeared to release chemical substances in the areas close to the site of government airstrikes and capture the aftermath on videos.

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The logical question which one has to ask here, is why al-Assad be gassing and poisoning his own people, when his and Russia's forces are so close to a military victory against the jihadists?!?

And here's a companion piece from the English language version of sputniknews.com:

US will turn Ghouta into a Terrorist Stronghold - Syrian General.

The US cannot do this from the air, because of Russian air defense, but is doing it on the ground, where terrorist jihadists are laying seige to small cities, and using hostages as human shields.

Feb 27 09:54

‘Arrogant and vindictive’ Macron under fire as rail workers threaten national strike

EMMANUEL Macron has been branded “arrogant and vindictive” in a scathing attack by the head of France’s hard-left CGT trade union Philippe Martinez as rail workers threaten protests over controversial reforms.

Feb 26 09:42

Macron Booed, Heckled by French Farmers at Major Agricultural Fair

The French President has taken the heat at the annual Paris International Agricultural Show, as farmers and activists angry with the government’s trade and agricultural policies came to the event to blow off steam.

Emmanuel Macron was met with heckles and boos during his first appearance as President at an agricultural show and trade fair that French politicians occasionally use to reach out to the public to promote their political agenda.

As activists from the vegan and animal group "269 Life France" staged a demonstration against the President during the fair, farmers spoke loudly against producer prices, trade talks with Mercosur (A South American trade bloc that includes Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) and the purchase of French land by China.

Feb 26 09:24

Apple loses bid to ban protests by French tax campaign group

A French court on Friday threw out a complaint by Apple demanding a ban on protests at its stores by the tax campaign group Attac.

Attac had staged a sit-in at Apple's flagship Paris store on December 2nd, blocking access for several hours in protest at what they claimed was "massive tax evasion" by the US tech giant.

Apple said the demonstration put customers' and employees' safety at risk and sought a court order barring the activists from further protests inside its stores.

Attac had previously held protests at stores in Paris and Aix-en-Provence in November, demanding Apple pay billions of euros which the EU says it owes in back taxes.

But a Paris court dismissed Apple's claim that there was a risk of "imminent damage" from further protests, so long as these were peaceful and did not block access to the store.

Feb 26 09:18

Mixed-race girl to portray Joan of Arc draws abuse online, France launches investigation

The State Prosecutor in the French city of Orléans is investigating possible incitement to racial hatred, following Twitter attacks on a mixed-race girl chosen to play Joan of Arc in upcoming city celebrations.

17-year-old Mathilde Edey Gamassou had been chosen to play the Medieval heroine of French history in Orléans’ annual Johannique festival. A local schoolgirl of African (Bénin) and Polish descent, she will ride on horseback through the city center dressed in armor during the celebrations, commemorating Joan of Arc’s breaking of the siege of the city by the English in 1429.

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While I do not support the online harassment, I can see their point. A French heroine should be portrayed by a French woman!

Feb 24 11:09

France-Egypt Plane Deal Blocked by US, Fearing Spread of Missile Tech - Official

The US has blocked Franco-Egyptian negotiations on the sale of additional Rafale fighter jets to the Egyptian Air Force by refusing to export an American component aboard the Scalp cruise missile, French outlet La Tribune reported.

Alexandre Vautravers, an official at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), discussed with Sputnik the impact of US companies being in the chain of contractors on European military suppliers.

"It would be great if France's manufacturing industry could produce entirely French products, but we should take into account the development cost of each component in a complicated missile like Scalp. What if no country can afford purchasing these missiles," Vautravers said.

Feb 23 07:10

Revolt SHAKES Macron: French leader fears his own Merkel crisis after his MPs TURN ON HIM

EMMANUEL Macron is desperately trying to stop Angela Merkel's political crisis rocking his own presidency, after the French leader was struck by a shock rebellion among his own MPs.

Feb 22 11:31

Israel propaganda festival canceled at French university

Activists are celebrating a victory for Palestinian rights after a festival to promote Israel was canceled at the University of Lille in northern France last week.

Meanwhile, the French government is continuing its complicity with Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, which it claims to oppose.

The Escale en Israel – “a stop in Israel” – festival was supposed to run from 14-17 February, featuring lectures, music, films, wine tasting and cookery. It was sponsored by the university and several private firms.

Feb 22 09:46

Jim Mattis refutes the “Fake News” of Israel and NATO

For the first time, a practicing Secretary of Defense has denounced the ongoing lies of Israel, its own administration and NATO.

This should have been the “front page” of all Western newspapers. But only Newsweek reported it [ 1 ].

Feb 21 08:31

Macron to get TOUGH on migration: French President calls for TIGHTENING of immigration law

EMMANUEL Macron faces one of the biggest tests of his presidency as he pushes forward a controversial bill to toughen France’s stance on migration, with even some of his own party reluctant to back it.

Feb 21 08:00

Paris knife brawl between rival gangs leaves 5 wounded

At around 8.40pm on Monday February 18, up to 20 people gathered close to the Forum des Halles shopping complex in central Paris to take part in an almost medieval battle.

Thought to all be members of rival groups belonging to Paris’s Tamil community, French TV channel BFMTV reported, some of the men are believed to have pulled out knives and fought each other to the death, or at least the brink of it.

Feb 21 07:59

Three Men Arrested for Cannibalism After Brawl in Paris Suburb

Four people were arguing about money in a Clichy-sous-Bois apartment in an eastern Paris suburb on Sunday, according to Le Parisien.

The quarrel escalated into a brawl, as three men reportedly attacked the fourth, biting off his lower-lip and ear in process. The victim of the attack managed to escape, wounding one of the offenders in the ankle, and call for help.

Three attackers have been arrested for cannibalism after the police arrived at the scene, one of them was taken to the Montfermeil Hospital with the victim.

Feb 21 05:30

Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears – Pepe Escobar

So, let Cold War 2.0 dissolve into what it should always have been – an empty shell.

The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting.

Yet, in these times of doom and gloom, what the 54th conference yielded was another Russophobia show – a direct connection to the “Russiagate” soap opera in Washington.

Feb 20 10:59

Escalation in Syria – How Far Can the Russians be Pushed? - The Saker

A new US strategy in Syria: to punish the Russians as much as possible short of an overt US attack on Russian forces.

Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the Russian task force in Syria is being targeted by a systematic campaign of “harassing attacks”.

First, there was the (relatively successful) drone and mortar attack on the Russian Aerospace base in Khmeimin. Then there was the shooting down of a Russian SU-25 over the city of Maasran in the Idlib province. Now we hear of Russian casualties in the US raid on a Syrian column (along with widely exaggerated claims of “hundreds” of killed Russians).

Feb 20 10:49

'We can't continue!' Leaving the EU is the ONLY way to save France, warns Le Pen’s ex-aide

THE only way to save France is to follow in Britain’s footsteps and leave the EU, a former aide of Marine Le Pen has warned. Far-right chief Marine Le Pen’s former aide Florian Philippot has called for France to leave the EU, before hailing patriotism as the policy of the future.

Feb 18 09:18

The Incarceration of Tariq Ramadan, a Travesty of Justice

The unjust incarceration of Dr Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, demeans and disgraces the French legal system.

Tariq has been detained in a solitary cell in the high security wing of Paris’s Fleury-Merogis prison since the 2nd of February 2018. It is alleged that he raped two women in Lyon and Paris in 2009 and 2012 respectively. A criminal investigation is being carried out in order to build a case against him. He has no access to his family and is not even allowed to communicate with them through the phone.

It should be emphasised that it was Tariq who voluntarily went to the police in Paris on the 31st of January to answer the allegations against him. He has cooperated fully with the investigating authorities. And yet he has been treated harshly.

Feb 16 07:27

France to toughen stance on planned obsolescence of goods

The French government is considering whether to up its fight against the preplanned obsolescence of electronic goods and home appliances by introducing a “lifetime” index label on such products to alert customers of their durability.

France’s government is contemplating whether to introduce a measure that would see all electronic goods and home appliances sold in the country carry labels that inform the general public of the products’ actual lifespan.

The stickers would take the shape of a colour index similar to those found on energy consumption labels on household appliances like washing machines. Each product will get a grade from 1 to 10, rated for its build quality, repairability and durability.

If the measure is approved, it will be voluntary from 2020 onwards and then made mandatory, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Brune Poirson is reported as saying by Le Parisien.

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Feb 16 07:26

Macron to invite 1,000 'young' French farmers to the Elysée as tensions build

Around 1,000 'young' French farmers are set to descend on the Elysee Palace at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron next week as tensions between France's farming community and the government build.

Farmers across France have been blockading roads and causing traffic chaos to raise the alarm that "villages could die" if their voices are not heard.

But that hasn't stopped Macron from inviting 1,000 of them, specifically those aged under 35, to the Elysée Palace in advance of Paris's annual Agricultural Fair.

Feb 16 07:25

Macron to face nationwide public sector protests in March

French railways workers were urged Friday to join civil servants in a nationwide day of protest next month against President Emmanuel Macron's reform agenda in what will be a major test of strength.
The leader of the country's biggest public-sector trade union, the CGT, called the rail protests on March 22 over plans by the government to remove some of the privileges enjoyed by workers on the train network.

The trigger was a major report recommending an overhaul of the debt-laden and loss-making SNCF rail system which was submitted to Macron's centrist government on Thursday.

"Rail workers will organise a national protest day on March 22 and of course rail workers will defend public services, their jobs and their status," the head of the CGT Philippe Martinez told France Inter radio.

Feb 14 08:17

France sticks by plan for new compulsory 'national service' for young people

Two decades after it scrapped its compulsory military service France will introduce a mandatory "national service" for all young people, the government said Tuesday, confirming a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron took the country by surprise a year ago when he announced that, if elected, he would make all young people spend a month getting "a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands".

He billed it as a way to build social cohesion and patriotism in a country battling deep divisions, by bringing young people from different backgrounds together in a barracks.

But the proposal raised hackles in the army, which is already stretched thin by anti-terrorism operations in the Middle East and West Africa as well as patrols against jihadists at home.

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