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Dec 03 09:52

BREAKING: WATCH: Paris: A group of French police officers remove their helmets to show solidarity with the French people against President Emmanuel Macron, as anti Macron protests continue throughout France.

BREAKING: WATCH: Paris: A group of French police officers remove their helmets to show solidarity with the French people against President Emmanuel Macron, as anti Macron protests continue throughout France.

Dec 03 09:49

Macron is a disaster: Approval rating drops to new low of 23%

President Emanuel Macron seems to be taking the lead balloon approach to popularity. His approval rating has been in free-fall and has dropped another (-3) to a shockingly new low of 23 per cent in Viavoice’s 29 November poll.

In fact, as a favour to Mr. Macron, I will share the only number of his that is on the incline, his DISAPPROVAL rating is skyrocketing to 69 per cent!

Dec 03 09:48

IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. Pau: Yellow vests and police face to face

Nearly a thousand yellow vests and police met in front of the town hall of Pau, around 18:30 Saturday night. No clashes, but some damage on the facade of the City Hall.

Dec 03 09:43

French Ambulance Staff Protesting Days After ‘Yellow Vests’ Unrest

Dozens of people, including 48 police officers, were wounded during the unrest caused by the "yellow vests" protests over the weekend in southwestern France. Lately, the country has been engulfed by rallies as people are enraged by the move to raise the direct tax on diesel fuel.

At least a hundred paramedics blocked traffic at the Place de la Concorde (8th district) Monday morning in Paris to demand the suspension of medical transport finance reform.

Dec 03 09:42

Macron is considering a #stateofemergency to respond to protests in Paris

Watch the firefighters he will rely on turn their backs to their elected reps & political elite before walking out. They have had enough too.

Dec 02 14:27

France is out of control

Dec 02 11:15

'This is the start of a revolution': Paris rioters steal police assault rifle, torch dozens of cars and vow to 'stay in the streets until Christmas' as fuel protests continue into the night and spread across France - and even to Holland

The centre of Paris was on lockdown tonight after masked protesters stole an assault rifle from police, clashed with riot squads and set fire to cars and Christmas trees on the Champs-Elysees in furious demonstrations against the French government.

Protesters said today's actions were 'the start of a revolution' that would eclipse the mass strikes and occupation of universities and factories in1968 when the country was on the cusp of civil war.

Fires and clouds of tear gas covered the French capital from early morning until late in the evening, in some of the worst violence ever seen in the French capital as more than 5,000 demonstrators brought chaos to Paris for the second week running.

Dec 01 09:34

French President to Saudi Crown Prince: ‘You Never Listen to Me’

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday reportedly insisted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman include international experts in the investigation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, noting that the crown prince never heeds his words.

The comments were made in a private conversation between two leaders during the ongoing G20 summit Friday, Reuters reported.

“You never listen to me,” Macron is heard saying in English in footage posted by the Saudi Gazette newspaper. “No I will listen of course,” bin Salman said in English, then bursting into a laugh. Macron continued the conversation, saying he is “a man of my word.”

Nov 30 07:28

Renault-Nissan Scandal Reaches Fever Pitch Ahead of Macron-Abe Meeting

The recent arrest of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn over suspected financial misconduct has put the 19-year alliance between the French and Japanese automotive giants under immense strain.

Elysee Palace has confirmed that French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would meet Friday at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires to discuss the Ghosn case, Reuters has reported, citing a palace official.

Earlier Friday, Japanese media reported that ex-Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn's incarceration would be extended for another 10 days, following his arrest November 19 along with fellow alleged co-conspirator Greg Kelly, another Nissan director, on fraud charges. Prosecutors accuse Ghosn of deliberately understating his salary by some 3 billion yen ($27 million) between 2015 and 2017, a crime which may land him in prison for up to 10 years.

Nov 29 10:25

Riots, low ratings … where did it all go wrong for Emmanuel Macron?

The French president hasn’t just lost his touch, he is enabling the populism he was supposed to defeat

Nov 29 10:25

Macron calls to fight Europe's nationalist "leprosy"

French President Emmanuel Macron warned that a nationalist "leprosy" was spreading across Europe, similar to the time between the two World Wars. In an interview Thursday, he called to "fight back" nationalism, and also for less dependence on foreign powers for Europe's security.

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Europe of a return to the 1930s because of the spread of a nationalist "leprosy" across the continent, in an interview published Thursday.

Nov 29 10:18

Germany calls for France to handover its permanent UN Security Council seat to the EU to 'give bloc more sway'

Germany has called for France to give up its permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council so it can be turned into an 'EU seat'.

Finance minister Olaf Scholz said he recognised the move would 'take some convincing in Paris', but added that it would be a 'bold and smart goal'.

It comes after the leaders of France and Germany backed the creation of an EU army, a proposal Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has described as 'crazy'.

Nov 29 10:05

Facebook ‘censors’ Macron pic for violating rules against ‘nudity & sexual acts’

A widely mocked photo of the French president posing with a reported cocaine dealer and his middle finger-flipping cousin is purportedly being blocked on Facebook for violating the site’s rules against “nudity and sexual acts.”

French netizens are claiming that attempts to share the photograph – which was snapped during Emmanuel Macron’s PR-disastrous visit to the island nation of Saint Martin – are being thwarted by the social media giant.

One Frenchman testified on Twitter that he tried to post the photograph along with a snarky caption (“Funny way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fifth Republic”) on Facebook – but that his internet masterpiece was prevented from going public. “Reason: Nudity! These people are crazy,” the tweet added.

Nov 28 12:21

Author Explains Paris Protests: Deplorables Reacting Against ‘Davocracy’ Elite

Prolific French writer Renaud Camus, who coined the theory of the “Great Replacement,” told Breitbart London that the recent “Yellow Vest” protests are a grassroots reaction against the Davos elite who view working people as worthless “human Nutella.”

Mr Camus said that he believed there to be more substance to the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement, which is supported by 77 per cent of French, than just an outcry over a rise in fuel taxes, saying it was really about a “lack of respect, general exchangeability, being treated by managerial politics like an object, a simple product.

“A product, a producer, and a consumer all at once, a thing, a number, not a human being.”

Nov 28 12:20

Macron Slams ‘Thugs’ Protesting Against His Green Agenda, Offers No Concessions

In a speech addressing the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron stuck to his green agenda, promising to close 50 per cent of nuclear plants and make France carbon-free by 2050.

The French president addressed the Yellow Vest movement, which has the support of around 77 per cent of the French, directly saying that there had been “unacceptable violence” but differentiated that from those “who want to get out a message,” BFMTV reports.

“We must hear the protests of social alarm,” Macron said but added that France should not give up on its “responsibilities” saying, “there is also an environmental alarm.”

Macron said he wouldn’t be forced into changing his policies by the widespread protests he said were led by “thugs”.

Nov 28 12:12

French Protests Cripple Macron's Aspirations to Be Great Int'l Leader - Scholar

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to stand firm against rioters who have carried out protests over fuel taxes. In a speech, Macron stated that violence would not force him to step back from his government's energy policy.

The news comes as Paris has been facing violent anti-government protests. According to police reports, some 30 people have been injured and over 100 detained. Large-scale ‘yellow vests' rallies began in France on November 17 over a rise in fuel prices. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Gino Raymond, professor of modern French studies at the University Of Bristol.

Sputnik: Macron's yearly increase of fuel taxes has already led to these widespread yellow vest protests. What do you think his vow to push the fuel taxes further up will do, in terms of how this will affect the protests?

Nov 28 11:33

European Gas Stations Out Of Diesel: French Refinery Strike Deepens Crisis

Diesel is in short supply in Europe. The situation is about to worsen as the biggest French refinery is shutting down.

Bloomberg reports Europe's Diesel Woes Deepen as Strike Halts French Oil Refinery.

Total SA, France’s biggest refiner, is in the process of shutting its largest plant in the country, the 247,000-barrel-a-day Gonfreville facility in Normandy, due to a labor dispute, a spokeswoman for the company said on Tuesday. A few hundred miles away, in the Netherlands, retail fuel stations are running out of supplies because of shipping constraints on the Rhine, according to Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Shell said Nov. 20 that it cut production at its Rheinland refining site, the biggest complex of its kind in Germany, due to low water levels on the Rhine. In a tweet on Tuesday, the company said that it was temporarily unable to supply some unmanned fuel stations in the Netherlands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how this shakes out, it cannot be good for the citizens of France; it's leadership; and these protestors.

Nov 26 18:58

French hospital is overrun with volunteers trying to donate their own faeces in exchange for 50 euros

St Antoine Hospital in Paris had placed posters up calling for potential stool donors for a study on ulcerative colitis.

But after someone shared a photo of the poster on Facebook, the hospital became inundated with people keen to try and make easy money.

Staff claim the hospital had thousands of calls and emails of people offering the contents of their toilets.

Nov 26 12:32

Night rage: Furious ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters turn Paris into ‘war zone’ (VIDEO)

The night descending on Paris has brought no ease of tensions over fuel price hikes. ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters set more barricades ablaze, turning the French capital into a kind of war zone.

The filmed scenes resembled street battles, with rioters engaging in scuffles with police, which struggled to bring the situation under control.

The video shows brazen protesters setting barricades and tents on fire, as well as riot police using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds. People have been venting their anger for the past two weeks over rising fuel prices and a government-proposed fuel tax, which is due to come into force in January 2019.

Nov 22 11:46

French govt offices ditch Google for local search engine Qwant in another possible anti-US move

The French National Assembly and the French Army Ministry have set Qwant as their default search engine, leaving Google in the dust.

Nov 21 11:36

Paris Prosecutors Probe Campaign Donations to Macron’s Party – Reports

Paris prosecutors on Tuesday opened a preliminary inquiry into the campaign financing of French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche! (LREM) party, Europe 1 reported.

Public auditors were unable to trace back to the source the 144,000 euros ($164,000) in funds contributed to the party in 2017 and notified prosecutors about a possible violation, France’s Europe 1 radio said.

Nov 20 10:12

France Suffers Anti-Carbon Revolt: Massive Road Blocks Against Macron's Diesel Tax

In stunning irony, the French protest against Macron's diesel tax, while Macron insists the UK abide by climate accord.

Nov 19 11:13

One Dead, Over 200 Injured As 280,000 People Protest Rising French Fuel Prices

Is this why French President Emmanuel Macron wants to build a new European army?

As the youngest French leader since Napoleon watches his popularity sink ever-closer to single-digit territory, the French people, who are increasingly fed up with the endless stream of gaffes, scandals and poor policy choices are rapidly getting fed up. In the latest expression of public outrage to rock the republic, one person has died and more than 200 people were injured during protests that involved some 282,000 people flooding the streets throughout France according to the French interior ministry to protest Macron's controversial decision to hike fuel taxes.

Nov 19 09:18

‘Long live Europe?’ Macron says only Franco-German union may stop global ‘chaos’

French President Emmanuel Macron has embarked on a charm offensive at the German parliament, hailing cooperation between Paris and Berlin as a protective force against global chaos and foes beyond Europe’s borders.

France and Germany are facing the task of making Europe more “resilient” in these times of a renewed rise of nationalism and “opening a new chapter in European history,” Macron told German MPs on Sunday, adding that the two countries “owe this to Europe.” He then apparently decided to think big, proclaiming that “Europe and the Franco-German pair within it” have to do no less than “not let the world slip into chaos.”

Nov 19 09:13

French teen dies after ‘refugee’ stabs him 23 times for no reason

A 19-year-old French teen has been brutally murdered in a friend’s home after a ‘refugee’ complained about loud noise.

The victim, Baptiste, was leaving the apartment of a friend, when a stranger confronted him in the staircase over too much noise.

Baptiste and a friend told the man ‘they had nothing to do with it’. Then the stranger suddenly stabbed him eight times in the throat and fifteen times elsewhere. His terrified friend managed to intervene but help came too late for the 19-year-old French teen.

Nov 19 07:06

Total’s fuel depots blocked amid nationwide fuel price rallies (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A number of Total’s fuel depots were blockaded by ‘yellow vest’ protesters, angry over skyrocketing gasoline prices in France, as massive demonstrations continue to rage across the country.

Nov 17 10:50

1 dead, dozens injured as over 200 thousand protest rising fuel prices across France (VIDEO)

At least one person has died and more than 100 others have been injured as around 244,000 people protested against soaring fuel prices throughout France. Police used tear gas to stop demonstrators on the Champs-Elysees.

Nov 17 10:50

Woman dies in France after driver ‘frightened’ by fuel price protesters ploughs through crowd

Thousands-strong ‘yellow vests’ rallies in France over fuel price hikes have been marred by a death. A person was accidentally killed when a panicked motorist accelerated after being encircled by protesters, officials say.

Nov 16 10:37

Macron's European Army Idea: The View From Poland

French President Emmanuel Macron has sparked a continental debate after calling for the creation of a pan-European army to defend against Russia, China and even the United States. Speaking to Sputnik, Krzysztof Podgorski, a Polish political and military observer, explained why the proposal, while an interesting one, is Western European-centric.

Speaking ahead of Remembrance Day commemorations last week, French President Macron announced that Europe needs a "real army" to reduce the continent's military dependence on the United States, and to strengthen continental defence against would-be aggressors.

Nov 14 10:04

Victor Davis Hanson: Macron Wants ‘European Union Army,’ Can’t Make NATO Payments

Victor Davis Hanson told Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily that French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for a European Union army is “absurd,” noting France’s failure to meet its financial commitments to NATO.

Nov 14 09:37

Merkel joins Macron in call for ‘real, true’ European army after Trump slams idea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a “real, true” European army to be created, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron did the same – and received backlash from Donald Trump for doing so.

“We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army,” Merkel said during an address to MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday.

That statement was an apparent nod of support to Macron, who last week said that Europe has to “protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America.” Europe cannot do so, he said, “unless we decide to have a true European army.”

Nov 14 09:00

Student beats up, attempts to strangle teacher as French school violence hits headlines again

Just as France calmed down after the case of a student threatening a teacher with a ‘gun’ in class went viral, another scandal has hit the suburbs of Paris after a student beat and attempted to strangle his teacher at a school.

The violent incident took place at a vocational high school in the Bezons commune earlier in November, when a 16-year-old attacked his math professor after he told him to leave the class.

Nov 14 08:58

Tomb of French Nazi collaborator vandalized after Macron sparks outcry over his praise

After widespread backlash over President Emmanuel Macron’s praise for a top military chief-turned Nazi collaborator, it looks like locals just don’t want Marshal Philippe Petain to rest in peace, as his tomb has been vandalized.
The military chief’s tomb on Yeu Island was defaced last weekend, as its wooden cross was torn apart and “For my father” was scrawled in black on its surface, French news outlet Le Parisiene reports. It is the third time that the tomb has been damaged. It was first defaced in 2007 and then again in 2016.

Nov 13 16:32

Trump Launches Massive Twitter Crusade Against Macron Amid EU Army Row

The fresh tweets came just a few days after US President Donald Trump dismissed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron's idea of building a "true European army" as "insulting" and insisted that European states should first pay their fair share for NATO.

After returning from the Remembrance Day commemoration in Paris, where Donald Trump held a bilateral meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the US President launched into a Twitter tirade against his French counterpart, criticising his idea to build an EU army to protect the continent "with respect to China, Russia and even the United States":

Nov 12 12:11

Turkey Calls French Statements on Khashoggi Tapes 'Unacceptable'

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated Monday that France was in no possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as far as he was aware, with the remarks provoking utmost fury in Ankara.

The Turkish side has branded French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's statement on the Khashoggi tapes inadmissible.

"We find it unacceptable that he accused President Erdogan of 'playing political games'," communications director at the Turkish presidency Fahrettin Altun told AFP.

"Let us not forget that this case would have been already covered up had it not been for Turkey's determined efforts," Altun stressed adding that the comments do not "reflect the facts."

Nov 12 10:20

French President Emmanuel Macron: ‘Nationalism is Treason’

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced nationalism during an Armistice Day centennial observance in Paris on Sunday.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is treason,” Macron said, according to a Euronews translator.

Macron spoke in front of world leaders including President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“If we think our interests may only come first and we don’t care for others, it is a treason of our values, a betrayal of all moral values,” he said. “We must remember this.”

Macron said that the moral values of France helped them fight for the future of their country.

He praised the world leaders that formed the first League of Nations, after World War I.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which utterly failed to prevent WW2.

Nov 12 10:12

'This Is an Outrage': Gorka Says Macron's 'Nationalism' Swipe at Trump Was 'Pathetic'

Nov 11 08:58

Thumbs up! Putin shakes hands with Trump and Melania during WWI ceremony in Paris

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump greeted one another during the World War I centenary commemorations in Paris, with the two leaders seen shaking hands and making other warm gestures during the event.

Although both leaders were late to the ceremony, they appeared to be happy to see each other upon their arrival. Putin and Trump were seen nodding at each other, with the Russian leader even tapping his US counterpart on the shoulder and offering up a thumbs up sign.

Nov 09 13:21

Millions in Yemen Are Starving and UK, US and France Are ‘Behind This’: Oxfam Representative

he US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are “supporting this war,” an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia’s military.

“We have 14 million people starving,” Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK’s regional policy officer for the Middle East, said.

British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war.

Stanforth blamed the British government in particular, saying that London should stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting food supplies and even no-strike locations in Yemen.

“We’ve seen attacks on water infrastructure, on hospitals, warehouses of food. This pattern is continuing. Certainly, it’s the airstrikes that are killing most civilians,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even with all the positive publicity about Oxfam, I sincerely hope and pray that Richard Stanforth is wearing his Kevlar undies; the people signing those arms deals, including the US's Merchant of Death in Chief, aka Donald Trump, doesn't like the world really seeing what happens to the arms they are selling Saudi Arabia.

Nov 09 10:33

FRANCE SUPPORTING IRAN AGAINST US ‘TRADE POLICEMAN’

France has vowed to fulfill plans to defy the US’ sanctions on Iran while increasing the international role of the euro in order to prevent Washington from acting as the world’s “trade policeman”.

France’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, told the British newspaper Financial Times that Europe is planning the formation of a special financial channel to Iran in order to keep trade flowing with the country and assure its own “economic sovereignty”, with the aim of making the euro as powerful as the dollar.

“Europe refuses to allow the US to be the trade policeman of the world,” Le Maire stated in an interview in Brussels, emphasising that Europe must “affirm our sovereignty” in regards to the US sanctions on Iran and its wider economic hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions placed by the US, are beginning to blow up in President Trump's face, somewhat akin to the actions of a bad trick cigar.

So, what does President Trump intend to do with those countries who will not observe the sanctions, go to war against them?!?

In withdrawing from the P5 +1 agreement, plus his never-ending sanctions against Russia and China, President Trump has set this country up for some really intense economic challenges, for which I do not believe he has any clue as to how to alleviate.

Just ask any American soybean farmer as China has stopped buy American soybeans:

Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Rot

Rather than punishing Iran, Russia and China, President Trump should be engaging the leadership of all three countries in a positive, constructive way, because if human civilization is going to survive on this planet, that has to come from universal cooperation, one country with the other, and the elimination of war as "the only way" in which DC resolves its geopolitical and financial issues.

Nov 09 09:35

France delivers ASTONISHING warning: ‘We will NOT let USA be policeman of the world’

A SENIOR French government Minister has claimed Europe won’t allow the US to become “trade policeman of the world” in a dramatic outburst as he argued Europe should defy President Trump over Iran sanctions.

Nov 09 08:56

Macron Calls Russia A Threat; Historian Reminds Him Russia Saved France

The statement of the French President calling Russia “threatening” a few days before the commemoration of the Great War’s end “hugely contradicts the announced spirit of the commemorations,” said the French historian Edouard Husson. According to him, in the 20th Century it is the Russian people who saved France twice over.

In an article for Atlantico, contemporary political historian Edouard Husson described as “paradoxical” the statement made by Emmanuel Macron on November 6th in Verdun.

“We will not protect the Europeans if we do not decide to have a real European army against the Russia that is on our borders and has shown that it can be threatening,” the French President pronounced.

Nov 09 08:45

America first not to come: Trump to snub Macron-favored Paris Peace Forum

Unlike many other world leaders, US President Donald Trump will not attend a conference hosted by France’s Emmanuel Macron, the organizers said today.

The Paris Peace Forum coincides with France’s program for the commemoration of the end of World War I taking place this week. Around 70 world leaders are to visit France for the event, including Trump.

Nov 08 11:03

Macron Slammed for Praising Nazi Collaborator Who Deported Jews During Holocaust

An umbrella organization of French Jewish groups have criticized the French leader for paying tribute to a World War I Marshall Philippe Petain, who ended up becoming a Nazi collaborator later in history.

The president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), Francis Kalifat, reportedly said he was shocked by Macron's statement on Wednesday.

"Petain was the person who allowed the deportation of 76,000 French Jews to death camps. Petain signed the (law on) the status of Jews that meant Jews were excluded from public function, education and forced to wear the Jewish star," he added.

Nov 07 14:26

Netanyahu may cancel trip to Paris after no meeting with Putin set

Prime Minister Netanyahu hoped to meet with Russian President Putin at a conference marking 100 years to the end of World War I, but as Moscow appears to be avoiding setting such a meeting and the French barred sideline meetings, the PMO is reconsidering the trip.

Nov 07 14:25

‘Real army’ will defend Europe ‘against China, Russia, US’ – Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Tuesday for a “real European army” as the continent marks a century since the divisions of WWI. “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron told Europe 1 radio. The French president has pushed for a joint EU military force since his arrival in power last year. He said Tuesday that Europe needed to reduce its dependence on US might, AFP reports.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 08:57

‘French far-right party gains lead before EU parliament vote’

A far-right party in France has gained a lead against President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party ahead of European Parliament elections.

An Ifop poll published on Sunday showed that for the first time in a poll of voting intentions for the May 2019 European Parliament elections, the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) — led by Marine Le Pen — had jumped ahead of Macron’s La République en marche (LREM).

The Ifop poll asked nearly 1,000 French people on Oct 30-31 who they would vote for if the European Parliament elections were to be held the next Sunday.

The far-right RN rose to 21 percent of the voting intentions compared to its 17-percent rating at the end of August, while Macron’s party gained 19 percent compared to the 20 percent it had gained back then.

Nov 01 10:24

The decline of alcohol consumption in France

Nov 01 09:27

PESTICIDES could be to blame for 'excessive' number of babies born with missing arms or hands in France

Over the past 15 years, 25 infants have been delivered in three regions, including Brittany, with missing or malformed arms.

The defects have sparked a public health scare, with authorities admitting the rate of disabilities is 'excessive'.

Although unclear what the cause is, some are blaming pesticides due to cases being clustered in rural areas and calves being born in the same regions without tails.

Nov 01 08:37

Pesticides? Genetics? France launches probe after more birth defects cases revealed

A nationwide investigation has been launched in France amid growing concern at the increased number of instances of babies being born with birth defects, like missing or malformed arms, sparking a public health scare.

Assuring citizens that nothing “is being hidden from you,” head of Public Health France Francois Bourdillon told RTL radio listeners that an investigation was already underway and that results were expected in about three months.

“We will look at all suspect cases,” he assured.

The condition, a type of agenesis, is where the upper limbs of a fetus fail to form correctly during pregnancy. Those affected can be born with missing upper limbs, forearms, hands, or fingers.

Oct 31 09:55

Macron's Light Schedule Prompts Questions From French Media, Twitter Criticism

French President Emmanuel Macron's unexpected decision to postpone a meeting with his ministers to take a four day break sparked questions about the 40 year-year-old's stamina for the stressful job.

Macron began his break following a working lunch with lawmakers in Hauts-de-France on Tuesday, with no meetings, public events or speeches scheduled for four days ahead of an upcoming six-day, 11 department, 17 city tour for centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War, Le Figaro has reported.

Voicing its surprise, the newspaper pointed out that this was the first time Macron has done anything like this in his close to one-and-a-half years in office. It also pointed out that "exceptionally, the president even advanced the Council of Ministers meeting," normally taking place Wednesdays, to next Tuesday.

Oct 30 09:39

Russia, Germany, Turkey, France committed to Syria’s territorial integrity - communique

The participants of the four-party summit in Istanbul - Russia, Turkey, Germany and France - are committed to the territorial integrity of Syria, according to a communique released by the German government on Saturday.

The leaders of the four nations "confirmed their commitment to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," the document reads.

They are "full of determination to resist separatist plans, aimed at undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as well as national security of neighboring states."

Besides, the participants of the Istanbul meeting said they were ready to work on creating conditions for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. This will depend on providing them with "guarantees against armed conflicts, political persecution and unlawful detentions," as well as on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure to make sure that the population has access to water and electricity.

Oct 27 10:30

‘Whole world is watching’: Russia-Turkey-Germany-France talks on Syria kick off

Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France have gathered in Istanbul to discuss the Syrian peace process. While the outcome of such tricky talks is hard to predict, the new format appears to be, at least, quite refreshing.

Oct 27 06:41

Ambassador to France criticized over censorship attempt

Israeli Ambassador to Paris Aliza Bin-Noun, demanded that French television channel France 2 reconsider airing a news report about Palestinians who were wounded by the IDF, calling it "unbalanced" and asserting that it will cause incitement against Jews in the country. The French media was outraged at Bin-Noun's request and protested it via various media channels. It was seen as an Israeli attempt to censor and undermine freedom of speech. The report titled: "Gaza's disabled teens," was aired on an investigating television show on the prestigious France 2 channel. It discussed the stories of several young Palestinians who had lost their legs after being shot by IDF snipers and who spoke of their broken dreams ... Directly after the article promo was aired, protest stirred among French Jewry.
Note: The awesome evil power of the Jewish nation of Israel and it's evil supporters.

Oct 27 06:28

Syria peace talks set to begin in Istanbul

Leaders have arrived in Istanbul for a four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on Saturday.

The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN special Syria envoy, will also attend the summit, which is expected to be followed by a joint statement.
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Diplomatic win'

Al Jazeera's Zena Khodr, reporting from Istanbul, said "Russia and Turkey are billing this as a diplomatic win because they were able to bring the EU to the table".

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Oct 26 10:15

'If US doesn't present peace plan after midterms, France will'

French President Macron intends to press US President Trump to present his Middle East peace plan after the upcoming midterm elections. If Trump fails to deliver, Paris will present its own plan, according to the Foreign Ministry's Political Director Alon Ushpiz.

Oct 24 10:10

Literally Standing at a Weapons Show in Paris, France's Macron Says Questions About Arms Sales to Saudis Are Off Topic

"This has nothing to do with what we're talking about. Nothing. So I won't answer that question. I'm sorry but as long as I'll be in office this is how it will be, whether people like it or not."

Oct 24 09:59

Brexit WARNING: France could BLOCK Calais to make Brexit HELL for Britain - SHOCK CLAIM

FRANCE could deliberately disrupt British imports and exports out of Calais if the UK fails to pay the £39billion divorce bill in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, it has been claimed.

Oct 22 12:56

Woman hospitalised after being sexually assaulted by group of migrants in France

On Saturday, a 38-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a group of migrants in Calais. The victim was hospitalised.

Saturday night, around midnight, a woman walking her dog, in the Tourmaniantz Avenue, witnessed a group of migrants raping a woman.

She immediately went home to get her husband and when they went back to the scene of the incident, they discovered the victim, lying on the ground.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 11:06

New charges: French courts won’t leave Marine Le Pen alone

Marine Le Pen seems to be under attack from all fronts as fresh charges of embezzling public funds are reportedly levied against her. She's also being investigated for posting an order for her psychiatric examination online.

Oct 11 06:44

France ends requirement to label goods from West Bank settlements

French authorities have reportedly suspended their insistence on special labeling for West Bank products following a lawsuit alleging that the practice is discriminatory. The France office of the NGO Amnesty International complained about the suspension in a statement Wednesday. “Instead of complying with the request to end imports [from the West Bank], the government has chosen to roll back and suspend the demand for labeling,” the human rights group wrote.

Oct 10 17:42

‘Crimes against humanity:’ France to face lawsuit in ICC over nuclear tests in French Polynesia

The move was announced by the French Polynesia’s former president, Oscar Temaru, at a meeting of the UN commission focused on decolonization."This case aims to hold all the living French presidents accountable for the nuclear tests against our country,” he said, as cited by AFP.

Temaru slammed all the tests as “crimes against humanity.” He said that he sees “French nuclear tests as no less than the direct result of colonization” and added that filing a lawsuit was a moral duty to “all the people who died from the consequences of nuclear colonialism.”

The tests had provoked 368 instances of radioactive fallout, Maxime Chan, a member of a local association for the protection of the environment, told the UN committee, adding that the radioactive waste had also been dumped into the ocean in violation of the international rules.

Oct 08 08:37

"Disappeared" Interpol Chief Abruptly Resigns After Wife Reveals Chilling Text Message

Oct 05 10:40

Is Criticizing Terrorism "Mental Illness"?

A 615-page report was recently released, written by an adviser to President Emmanuel Macron, Hakim El Karoui, who is in charge of designing the new institutions of an "Islam of France." The report defines Islamism as an "ideology totally distinct from Islam" and also never addresses the links between Islamism and terrorism. The report also insists on the urgent need to spread "true Islam" in France and adopt the teaching of Arabic in public high schools.

The court's request, for Marine Le Pen to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if she is sane, indicates that French authorities might be reviving the old Soviet use of "psychiatry" to silence dissidents or political opponents.

The legal offensive against Marine Le Pen was actually added to the financial offensive. Even if Le Pen is not sent to prison, the law seems to have been used to open the possibility of declaring her ineligible for the European Parliament elections scheduled for May 2019.

Oct 03 09:42

France accuses Iran over bomb plot near Paris

France has accused Iran's intelligence ministry of being behind a foiled plot to bomb an exiled opposition group near the French capital in a move that risks straining already complicated ties between Paris and Tehran.

The French government announced Tuesday it was freezing assets belonging to two suspected Iranian intelligence operatives, as well as others belonging to Iran's ministry of intelligence and security.

France's decision to take retaliatory measures and go public with the accusations was taken three months after the alleged plot to bomb a meeting of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) in a suburb of Paris.

Oct 03 09:13

Mattis Vows No Cut in Military Support for France in Mali

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the U.S. will not reduce its support for the French-led military operations against insurgents in Mali.

"We have no intention of cutting back one bit on that support," said Mattis.

Speaking alongside Mattis at a press conference in Paris, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said the Pentagon chief reassured her that any changes in U.S. operations or forces in Africa would not affect support provided to France.

The Pentagon has been reevaluating its troop presence and operations in Africa after the ambush in Niger last year that killed four U.S. soldiers and four of their Niger counterparts. French forces were part of the rescue force that went to the aid of U.S. forces after the Niger attack.

Sep 24 08:18

Emmanuel Macron's Popularity Plunges To 29% As Migrant Crisis Worsens

In the latest sign that the French government is headed for a devastating political and economic crisis thanks largely to the government's embrace of open borders, French President Emmanuel Macron has seen his approval rating plummet to just 29%, the lowest level since his presidency began in the summer of 2017, according to a recent Ifop poll, as voters have rebelled against Macron's attempts to push through badly-needed pro-business reforms and his unwillingness to stem the tide of migrants pouring into the country from North Africa and the Middle East.

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