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Jun 20 07:46

EU sacrifices Italy and Greece to save Merkel: France and Germany push to return asylum seekers to nation where they arrive as Chancellor faces coalition revolt over migrant crisis

France and Germany are pushing to return asylum seekers to the EU country where they arrived - as German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a coalition revolt over the migrant crisis.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said France and Germany are seeking deals with frontline states in Europe's migration crisis to return asylum seekers to the EU country where they were first registered, usually their point of arrival.

'France and Germany will ensure that those who are registered in a Schengen zone country can be taken back as quickly as possible to the country where they have been registered,' he said, vowing to achieve this through bilateral and multinational agreements.

Jun 19 10:36

France prevents Gaza-bound flotilla from docking in Seine

Police in France have prevented two boats from a Gaza Strip-bound flotilla from docking in Seine River, despite subjecting the vessels to extensive searches in advance.

The boats and two other vessels are part of the Freedom Flotilla, which is to set sail for Gaza in the hope of breaking Israel’s siege of the coastal enclave.

The river police confronted the vessels on Sunday as dozens of pro-Palestinian activists were celebrating the flotilla’s imminent departure and chanting “Stop the massacre of Palestinians.”

The honorary president of the France-Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS) Taoufiq Tahani confirmed that the boats had undergone a thorough inspection.

“We were unfortunately surprised and didn’t know that Israeli waters now begin in the Seine (river) in Paris. That’s unimaginable,” he said sarcastically.

Jun 18 09:17

Migrant crisis likely to dominate Macron and Merkel’s meeting on EU as tensions flare

PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron will go to Germany this week for crunch talks with Angela Merkel on eurozone reforms but it is likely that the European Union's migrant challenges will overshadow the meeting.

Jun 18 08:28

US Wise Example: Le Pen Invites French Gov't to Slap Duties on Germany's Exports

Addressing French radio Europe 1’s audience, France’s National Front party (FN) leader Marine Le Pen has suggested that France introduce taxes on German-manufactured goods, thereby referring to Donald Trump’s recently announced economic measures vis-à-vis China.

According to the French politician, the US economic policies should set an example for France, whose external trade deficit with Germany is estimated at over 17 billion euros.

Jun 18 08:21

30 workers in 2 years: Ex-Telecom execs face trial over wave of staff suicides

The former head of France Telecom Didier Lombard, six other executives and telecoms operator Orange have been ordered to stand trial over their alleged role in a wave of staff suicides.

They stand accused of engaging in or assisting psychological harassment, according to the court order, obtained by Reuters. Lombard, a former human resources head and a deputy CEO were
placed under court supervision until trial.

"As it has always said, Orange rejects the accusations and will make its case during the public hearing which will be scheduled in the coming months," an Orange spokesman said.

Jean Veil, Lombard's lawyer, said the move was "absurd."

Jun 17 10:08

2 injured as woman with box cutter attacks people in French store, reportedly shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’

A woman shouting “Allahu Akbar” has attacked and injured two people at a supermarket in La Seyne-sur-Mer, southeastern France. She has been taken into custody and is being checked for terrorist links.

A 60-year-old customer was stabbed in the chest with a box cutter knife, while a female employee, working at a checkout counter, was wounded in the eye on Sunday morning. The victims were taken to hospital, with their injuries described as non-life-threatening.

The attacker, who was dressed in black and wore a veil, was subdued by the supermarket staff and later handed over to the police.

Jun 16 09:28

Macron Under Fire for Ordering Pricey China Set Amid Row Over Public Spending

Crockery shopping for the presidential palace has put the French head of state, dubbed the “president of the rich,” into a new controversy as it was reported that a new set cost $586,000. The revelations came right after Macron’s critical remarks over a “shedload of cash” on welfare emerged.

The 1,200 piece designer set, chosen by first lady Brigitte Macron, was ordered to change the shabby plates from the mid-20th century, according to the presidential Élysée Palace.

The order, which included 900 dinner plates and 300 side plates, was placed with the Manufacture de Sèvres, which has been known worldwide for its fancy porcelain for nearly 200 years. The leading French satiric outlet Le Canard enchaîné reported that the price tag for the set, designed by the artist Evariste Richer, is as much as 500,000 euros ($586,000), or 400 euros ($470) a plate.

Jun 16 09:26

Macron Allegedly Pushes to Make French Dominant Language in EU Amid Brexit

With the UK leaving the European Union, the French President is aiming at a linguistic revanche. He aspires to put his native language to the forefront as the main means of communication in the EU, as it once used to be. The idea has found powerful lobbyists at the very top of the bloc.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has set himself on a linguistic crusade against the use of English in European Union institutions, as he aspires to restitute French domination with a number of measures, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Jun 16 09:09

French special forces on the ground in Yemen: Le Figaro

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

The newspaper gave no further information about their activities. The Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment, but its usual policy is not to comment on special forces’ operations.

A French parliamentary source recently told Reuters French special forces were in Yemen.

Jun 15 09:58

France: Three Quarters Say Nation Could Not Cope with Another Migration Wave

A large majority of voters across every age bracket and region in France believe that the nation’s economy could not cope with a further influx of third world migrants, according to a YouGov survey.

A representative sample of more than 1,000 people were polled on the topic by Capital magazine after the president of the executive council of Corsica, Gilles Simeoni, offered to open the French island’s port to a migrant-packed NGO boat earlier this week after it was turned away by Italy.

Jun 13 08:59

Macron is losing control over Islam-dominated no-go areas in France, asks public for help

France’s President Emmanuel Macron admitted that France has lost the battle against drug trafficking within the growing number of no-go zones in the country.

In a speech for 600 business and political guests in May, Macron called on the local mayors themselves – together with the population – to find suitable solutions, for the problems in France’s 1,500 no-go areas or ‘sensitive areas’ as France calls them.

Jun 13 08:32

Israel pressures French suburb to remove Nakba street sign

The street sign, which was written in French and Arabic, read: “In memory of the expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians and the destruction of 532 villages in 1948 by the war criminal David Ben-Gurion for the creation of Israel.”

Israel had pressured the suburb to remove the plaque, with Israel’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Emmanuel Nahshon, describing the renaming of the street as “a nauseating act”. Israel’s Ambassador to France, Aliza Bin-Noun, accused the mayor of supporting “Palestinian terrorism” and inciting hatred.

Jun 12 12:47

French Thought Police

The French government of Emmanuel Macron has introduced a new law to protect the French from “fake news” during election periods. This vaguely drafted amendment to existing press law seems to have been inspired by Macron’s resentment at rumors circulated against him during last year’s presidential election – which didn’t prevent him from winning.

Jun 12 07:50

END OF NATO? GERMANY, FRANCE AGREE TO CREATE EUROPEAN ARMY

Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have presented plans to reform the European Union. While there are many aspects that the two leaders agree, there are also some fundamental differences. Most significant of these is the agreement to create a European Army, the creation of an EU Monetary Fund, and a clamp down on immigration. FRN’s parent organization, CSS, has long forecasted the eventuality of European Army which would make NATO a redundant relic of an Atlanticist past.

Jun 10 09:23

Protest against Netanyahu shuts down Champs-Élysées

Hundreds of protesters shut down the Champs-Élysées on Tuesday evening to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s gala welcome for Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli leader was in Paris for the official inauguration of the Saison France-Israël – or France-Israel Season – a series of propaganda events backed by both countries to boost Israel’s image.

Earlier, France had canceled a visit by its prime minister to Israel for a similar ceremony, but it went ahead with receiving Netanyahu to the outrage of supporters of Palestinian rights.

Jun 10 08:59

Trump snubs May for SECOND time by saying he gets on well with Macron and Trudeau but failing to mention her - as photo of the President in stand-off with G7 leaders goes viral

Donald Trump was accused of snubbing Theresa May for the second time in 48 hours yesterday, as he charged other nations, including Britain, with ‘robbing’ the US.

The US President’s latest rebuff to the Prime Minister came when he failed to mention her name as he left the G7 summit after a blazing trade row with fellow world leaders.

Denying claims of a rift, Mr Trump said he got on well with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau – but omitted to mention Mrs May.

It came a day after he refused to grant her a one-to-one meeting during the two-day event in Canada, and after Mrs May had arrived at the summit to reports that Mr Trump was tired of her ‘schoolmistress’ tone.

Meanwhile, a photo of the US President in a stand-off with Mrs Merkel and other G7 leaders - including Mrs May - at the summit has gone viral.

Jun 08 08:51

Trump Fires Back at France, Canada as Macron Speaks of 'G6' Confronting US

President Donald Trump criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being so angry about the new US tariffs and accused Canada of hurting American dairy farmers.

"Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things … but he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!" Trump wrote in a Twitter message on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a press briefing that French and Canadian delegations would try to persuade Trump at the G7 summit to take a more conventional path on trade amid his imposition of tariffs on the European Union and Canada.

Jun 07 18:11

Israel wants Argentina kicked out of the league

Israel will reportedly travel to Zurich to speak with FIFA in an attempt to get Argentina kicked out of the World Cup (after Argentina refused to play the friendly match)
"Religious discrimination" is the argument they will use.
Note: You mean antisemitism don't you or is it holocau$t!

Jun 07 15:10

‘Ridiculous & absurd political censorship’: Opposition critics slam Macron’s anti-fake news law

Opposition and critics have lambasted President Macron’s anti-fake news draft law for violating free speech and targeting alternative media. France’s lower house of parliament began discussing the controversial legislation.

The draft was proposed by Emmanuel Macron himself after he claimed he was the victim of a barrage of fake news stories during the 2017 presidential election, including allegations that he had a gay affair. Presented as a law aimed to battle “manipulation of information,” the draft is being debated in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, on June 7-8.

If passed, the bill would allow French judges to block the publication of any information deemed to be false ahead of elections. The legislation says that it mainly targets “those media controlled by foreign states,” as well as “digital platforms.”

Jun 07 04:31

Flashback: Anti-Semetic "that shitty little country Israel."

Foreign ministry said to be 'incandescent' after ambassador allegedly speaks of 'shitty little country'
Describing it as pure anti-semitism, he said it was particularly insensitive given the record of collaboration by some French officials during the second world war when they helped in sending Jews to concentration camps.
Note: It is not anti-antisemitism but factually he should have called it that "Shitty little terrorist nation." Which it is.

Jun 05 11:51

France, Britain Sending Ships to Challenge Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

The French and British navies are planning to follow in the footsteps of the US Navy with their own wayfinding mission through the disputed South China Sea, specifically, into areas London and Paris argue are illegally claimed by Beijing.

A seaborne task force comprising French and British ships and naval aircraft will make its way through the South China Sea next week, French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parley said Sunday. The force will go "into certain areas" where the world's fastest growing navy — the People's Liberation Army-Navy — is expected to be present.

Jun 05 11:04

FRANCE'S FAKE NEWS LAW WILL BE USED TO SILENCE CRITICS, WIN ELECTIONS

There is really only one reason a law would be put into place to stifle so-called ‘fake news’ and that is so the real purveyors of fake news, like CNN, can continue to push theirs.

The people at the top of the pyramid who are actually running the entire show appear to have it all figured out. In a world where down is up and up is down fake news appears almost everywhere but the real fact of the matter is that most of it comes from mainstream sources, like CNN. So, withal, I have to ask: Will the new laws be used to crackdown on sources like CNN that always publish garbage or will the powers-that-be let agencies like CNN roll with whatever smut they like while other smaller but more trustworthy outlets get targeted over ‘fake news’? Will the powers-that-be use the law as a weapon to remove controversial reports?

The AFP out of Paris reports:

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Looks like the notion of "libertie, egalite, et fraternite" is about to get well and truly flushed in France.

Jun 05 10:51

‘Germany MUST have last word’ Macron SWEPT AWAY by ruthless Merkel in EU clash

ANGELA Merkel has issued a devastating criticism of Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious dreams of Eurozone reform, according to an analysis of an interview the German leader has given.

Mrs Merkel’s refusal to get on board with Macron’s reforms comes at a time when there is renewed concern over the future of the bloc because of political issues in Spain and Italy.

The German Chancellor revealed she wants to keep changes to a minimum and maintain surveillance over spending, ban systems and debt resolution.

She told newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: “Solidarity among euro partners should never lead to a debt union, but must come in the form of help towards self help.”

Jun 05 09:49

Macron's Chief of Staff to Face Corruption Probe - Prosecutor

France's financial prosecutor said Monday that he had opened a corruption probe against President Emmanuel Macron's chief of staff Alexis Kohler.

French anti-corruption association Anticor requested a Paris court to examine Kohler’s alleged family ties to the MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, citing the investigation of the Mediapart portal.

The Paris court will now decide whether a preliminary investigation will be opened or the complaint rejected.

Jun 02 09:55

French National Front Party Changes Name in Makeover Effect

French party National Front officially changed its name to "National Rally" (Rassemblement national), after the absolute majority of party members supported this decision, leader of the organization Marine Le Pen said Friday.

Le Pen proposed the party's rebranding in early in March at the party congress in Lille in a bid to improve the party's reputation. From early May, the party members have been voting, answering whether they supported the change of name.

"About 53 percent of the party members took part in the voting, with 80.81 percent [of those who voted] answered 'Yes' to the question whether they supported the change of the party's name. Therefore, on June 1, 2018, the 'National Front' officially becomes the 'National Rally,'" Marine Le Pen said, speaking in Lyon.

Jun 01 09:39

France promotes rifles used in Gaza massacres

The maker of rifles used during Israel’s recent massacres in Gaza will soon exhibit its products at an arms fair sponsored by the French government.

Amnesty International’s investigations have identified the Tavor as likely to have been one of the main guns fired by Israeli snipers attacking Palestinian demonstrators over the past two months.

As the manufacturer of that rifle, Israel Weapon Industries ought to be blacklisted by every country which professes concern for human rights.

France is one such country. Emmanuel Macron, its president, officially condemned the killing of more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators since 30 March.

His condemnation was hollow. It came as preparations were underway for the Eurosatory weapons fair in Paris.

Jun 01 09:07

Eight million bottles' worth of Champagne grapes wiped out by freak hailstorms

Champagne has become the latest French wine growing region to feel the wrath of the heavens after freakishly violent hail storms wiped out the equivalent of eight million bottles of grapes and roughly €125 million (£110m) of fizz.

The extent of the damage emerged barely a week after hailstones “the size of pigeons’ eggs” devastated thousands of acres of prime vineyards in Bordeaux, prompting the French government to promise support for winegrowers, some of whom have lost their entire crop.

May 31 09:19

‘President was clear about RT’: Journalist barred from Elysee Palace despite having credentials

An RT journalist has been barred from attending a conference hosted by Emmanuel Macron in Elysee palace. The reporter was told that the president “was clear” about RT: access for the channel’s staff is denied.

Kyrill Kotikov, working for RT France, was stopped by security at the gates of the palace where Macron was due to give a speech at the international conference on Libya on Tuesday.

Kotikov had the conversation recorded. “The president was clear about Russia Today,” one of the officers is heard saying after journalist’s documents were checked. Kotikov was carrying a press card as instructed by the palaces’ press office.

May 31 09:19

Obelisk to Russian soldiers unveiled in France at site of WWI battles

French and Russian officials on Tuesday unveiled an obelisk commemorating the Russian soldiers, who defended France during the harsh battles of World War I.

It has been installed in the commune of Aguilcourt, department of Aisne. Regional officials, French military, Russian diplomats, and the successors of the soldiers and officers of the 3rd Brigade of the Russian Expeditionary Corps, which Russia dispatched to assist its military allies, attended the ceremony.

The monument is located on Mont Espin height that the Russian soldiers seized from the German forces after three-years-long occupation.

"The exploit of the Russian soldiers will never be forgotten," said Aguilcourt Mayor Gerard Prevost.

He recalled that the Russian battalions stormed the unassailable stronghold on Mont Espin in spring 1917. They faced a numerically stronger enemy.

May 30 10:47

Radicalization & staff suicides: Europe’s biggest prison unfit to cope with jihadist inmates

French prison Fleury-Merogis, which holds 20 female jihadist inmates and is notorious for Islamic radicalization, is “simply cracking.” The staff struggles with violence and exhaustion, a prison union representative told RT.

The facility for imprisoned women within the Fleury-Mérogis Prison, located just 24km from Paris, has 290 female inmates, 20 of whom the administration tagged as Islamic terrorists, or TIS.

“Due to their specific profiles [of these 20 women], all their movements must be accompanied by prison staff, but we do not have enough personnel to carry out this task properly,” the regional secretary of the Ile-de-France branch of the CGT Penitentiaries union, Ambroise Koubi, told RT France.

May 29 15:13

France Warns Israel: Demolishing West Bank Bedouin Village Would Break International Law

France urges Israel to halt the demolition, saying Khan al-Ahmar is located in an area 'of strategic importance to the two-state solution'

May 29 14:06

West’s failure to act will be cause of the next Gaza massacre

Jonathan Cook says the West’s failure to punish Israel for its massacre in Gaza – “in fact, the reverse: visible rewards with a relocated US embassy and the chance to host the Eurovision Song Contest” – will lead to future massacres. >>

May 28 09:29

Malian 'Spiderman' who scaled four storeys to save a child dangling from a balcony meets President Macron and is awarded French citizenship and a job in the fire brigade

A Malian immigrant dubbed Spiderman for scaling four storeys to save a child dangling from a balcony in Paris will be made a French citizen after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron this morning.

Mamoudou Gassama, 22, was hailed a hero for single-handedly hauling the four-year-old to safety after scaling the facade of an apartment block in the capital's 18th arrondissement.

The dramatic rescue, which saw Gassama clamber from balcony to balcony and reaching the child in less than 30 seconds, was captured on video and widely shared on social media. He has since been compared to the Marvel superhero Spiderman.

Gassama, who said he arrived in France a few months ago 'dreaming of building his life' in the country, was pictured meeting French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace this morning.

Macron said the migrant will be made a French citizen and will also be offered a place in the fire brigade.

May 28 09:18

Georgia family loses custody of son after giving him marijuana to treat seizures

Last month, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services took custody of Suzeanna and Matthew Brill's son after Twiggs County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested them for giving him marijuana.

May 28 06:45

France's energy major Total joins $25 billion Russian Arctic LNG project

French Total will buy a 10-percent stake in Russian Novatek’s LNG-2 project in the Arctic, Novatek’s chief, Leonid Mikhelson, said, as quoted by Reuters.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron visited Russia for the St. Petersburg economic forum and the Total deal was signed during his visit.

May 25 09:29

France recognizes Russia's new role in international relations, including in Middle East – Macron

Russia is irreplaceable in international relations, including in the Middle East, French President Emmanuel Macron said at a joint media conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg.

While delivering a lyrical speech that lasted over 20 minutes, starting with the long history of Franco-Russian ties, Macron underlined that France is an independent country and that dialogue with Russia is a “manifestation of this independent position.”

“I am perfectly aware of Russia's irreplaceable role in solving international problems," he said after several hours of talks with Putin, where the two discussed Syria and the Iran nuclear deal among other international issues in which both countries are taking an active part.

May 25 09:28

Emmanuel Macron 'GROVELS' to Vladimir Putin and praises Russia as a 'STRONG world leader'

EMMANUEL Macron has praised the leadership of Vladimir Putin by highlighting the “irreplaceable” role of Russia in international issues following discussions between the two leaders on Thursday.

May 24 09:00

Flash floods hit Paris, intense hailstorm leaves serious crop loss, France

A severe storm swept over French capital Paris on May 22, 2018, flooding streets and Metro stations. Just a few days ago, intense hailstorm further south in Vaucluse destroyed almost a year's worth of Luberon cherry tree crops.

The capital's streets looked more like rivers and stairwells like waterfalls, The Connexion reports. Areas in the north and the west of the city are said to be the most affected.

Heavy rain was accompanied by an intense hailstorm, leaving some parts of the city under a significant amount of ice.

May 24 08:58

Almost 95% of French SNCF Rail Employees Reportedly Vote Against Company Reform

The French government’s reforms of state-owned railway operator SNCF was rejected by 94.97 percent of the company’s employees who had participated in a non-binding vote on the reform, Franceinfo news outlet reported on Wednesday.

According to the media, which cited Laurent Brun, the secretary-general of the CGT-Cheminots trade union, that 91,000 railroad workers had participated in the vote, organized by the major trade unions of the SNCF. This number stands for almost 62 percent of the company’s workers.

May 24 08:57

UK Retired Soldier Captured After Living in Woods, Robbing French – Reports

A British military retiree had allegedly terrorized the residents of a French town, living in a forest nearby, where he fled from a trial concerning 40 robberies. The guerilla outlaw settled with comfort in a concealed tent, using his military training.

A 51-year-old, retired British soldier has been detained in France and faces a term in prison for dozens of robberies. As a local broadcaster BFMTV reports, he had been hiding in the woods in the western department of Vienne and robbing the residents of Surin over the course of six months.

According to the media he was first captured in April 2017, suspected of 40 robberies, but fled. The court had sentenced him to 15 months in prison, while a European arrest warrant was issued.

May 24 08:53

Thousands of public workers protest against Macron's reforms

May 24 07:00

Israel Says Europe Can ‘Go to a Thousand, Thousand Hells’ for Criticizing Violence Against Protesters

"Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," Steinitz told a local radio station, calling the EU hypocritical, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "The EU is now sucking up to Iran and will help [Tehran] against U.S. sanctions."
Note: That attitude explains a multitude of actions and attitudes. Does Israel have a right to exist? (on Palestinian land)

May 23 13:58

WikiLeaks to Trump: ‘Obama Already Did it to the French’, Ordered CIA to Hack Le Pen and Other Candidates

Responding to a tweet from President Donald Trump, WikiLeaks pointed out that the Obama administration ordered the CIA to hack Marine Le Pen and other candidates during the French election in 2012.

May 23 10:58

Pressure grows to cancel “France-Israel Season”

Demands are growing to cancel the Saison France-Israël 2018 – or France-Israel Season – a series of hundreds of “cultural” events backed by both governments that is set to start next month.

In the first major sign that the pressure is being felt, the French government announced on Wednesday that Prime Minister Édouard Philippe was canceling a trip to open the France-Israel Season.

Already, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition launched this week urging President Emmanuel Macron to cancel the France-Israel Season altogether.

The petition asks: “How can we carry on as if nothing has happened? As if dozens of young people have not been slain in a premeditated fashion? As if hundreds of demonstrators merely demanding their fundamental rights have not been maimed for life? As if the Gaza ghetto does not run the risk of simply being liquidated, with the active or passive complicity of the international community?”

May 23 10:45

WATCH: Chaos in Paris as Police Clash with Protesters Burning Macron in Effigy

Police and protesters clashed violently in Paris streets Tuesday, with fire and water cannons turning neighborhoods into chaos.

As Sputnik reported earlier, Parisians took to the streets Tuesday to protest social and economic reforms implemented by French President Emmanuel Macron.

However, the protests turned into violent clashes and the police resorted to brutality, detaining protesters and beating them to the ground with batons.

May 21 13:30

US, France, UK, Establish More Bases In Syria To Push Breakup Of Country

By Brandon Turbeville

As virtually all pretense of leaving Syria has vanished from the rhetoric of the White House, American and French soldiers have now moved into Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria near Manbij in an effort to prevent Turkish military operations aimed at clearing the Kurds from the border area as well as any Syrian attempt to liberate northern Syria from Turkish terrorists.

The United States has established at least two new bases in the area near Manbij and French Special Forces have been deployed alongside the Americans...

May 19 11:58

French revolt against Macron’s support for Israel

Israel’s massacre of dozens of Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip last Monday is sharpening the divide between the French public and the country’s staunchly pro-Israel leaders.

Even before the latest massacre, one of France’s international giants, film director Jean-Luc Godard, had joined dozens of cultural figures saying they would refuse to take part in French government “cultural” activities designed to promote Israel.

Since Monday, people have demonstrated in solidarity with Palestinians all over the country, including thousands in the streets of Paris.

May 19 11:44

FRANCE SUFFERING ‘INTIFADA,’ JEWISH LAWMAKER SAYS FOLLOWING PARIS ATTACK

“Knife intifada in the center of Paris, at Opera,” Meyer Habib, a member of the National Assembly, the French parliament, wrote on Twitter. Habib, a former vice president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, expressed his condolences to the surviving victims and their families and expressed his appreciation for police’s rapid response.

“It’s time to finish off radical Islam. It’s them or us,” Habib wrote on Twitter.

May 18 09:51

Macron and Merkel round on Trump as Europe rages over steel tariffs

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel have rounded on Donald Trump over planned steel tariffs on EU producers, telling the US president to scrap his new policy if he wants to negotiate better trade terms with Europe.

At a summit in Bulgaria the European leaders reiterated their common position that they would be happy to address Mr Trump’s complaints about the “unfair” way US businesses are treated by the EU – but only if European steel producers are permanently exempt from the new tariffs.

In March, Mr Trump slapped 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent tariffs on foreign aluminium, but gave the 28 EU countries a temporary exemption.

May 18 08:08

EU Will Block US Sanctions Against Iran Starting Friday

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has confirmed that beginning Friday, a 1996 “blocking statute” aimed at preventing the enforcement of the US sanctions against Iran will be brought back into effect. The law was initially passed to prevent the US blocking EU companies from trading with Cuba.

May 16 14:20

Macron thinks he’s the ‘master of the world’: Critics round on French president

FRENCH socialist Benoît Hamon lashed out at Emmanuel Macron telling saying the 40-year-old president was “powerless and inoffensive” and obsessed with his own self-image.

The hardline left-winger added that the young centrist’s “excessive liberalism” would stoke nationalist sentiment in France and possibly trigger Europe’s downfall.

He told the left-wing daily Libération: “On the diplomatic front, I find him both powerless and inoffensive, despite the fact he puts tonnes of energy into his communications strategy. He thinks he’s the master of the world just because he’s been on the cover of Forbes.

May 16 12:04

France’s Total to quit Iran gas project if no US sanctions waiver

Total will pull out of a multibillion-dollar gas project in Iran if it cannot secure a waiver from US sanctions, the French energy company said on Wednesday. The announcement shows how European companies are starting to take matters into their own hands as their leaders struggle to save the nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters said.

May 16 10:03

Paris: Too Early to Discuss Russia Sanctions Lifting, But 'Nothing's Impossible'

On May 24, French President Emmanuel Macron will begin his two-day visit to Russia, a few weeks after he signaled his readiness to conduct a "strategic" dialogue with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with the French news network BFM TV, the country's government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux underlined that although "it's too early to speak of the abrogation of the anti-Russian sanctions, nothing is impossible."

"There are no deadlock situations. Everything can be discussed and this is the principle of diplomacy," he emphasized.

May 15 08:42

Is Putin’s Strategy Finally Beginning to Work?

Washington’s three main European vassal states, Britain, France, and Germany have objected to Trump’s unilateral action. Trump is of the opinion that the multi-nation agreement depends only on Washington. If Washington renounces the agreement, that is the end of the agreement. It doesn’t matter what the other parties to the agreement want. Consequently, Trump intends to reimpose the previous sanctions against doing business with Iran and to impose additional new sanctions. If Britain, France, and Germany continue with the business contracts that have been made with Iran, Washington will sanction its vassal states as well and prohibit activities of British, French, and German countries in the US. Clearly, Washington thinks that Europe’s profits in the US exceed what can be made in Iran and will fall in line with Washington’s decision, as the vassal states have done in the past.

And they might. But this time there is a backlash.

May 14 15:52

France, 30 gang members try to destroy a police station with iron bar, molotov cocktails and fireworks

A "retaliation" attack happened in Champigny sur Marne, near Paris, in the Bois l'Abbé neighborhood during the night of saturday 5 may 2018 after french Police arrested 3 drug dealers.

May 14 07:47

Fall of 'Jupiter'? Macron's popularity down, as hopes for the 'political wonderboy' seem to vanish

However, a year after his inauguration, it still remains to be seen whether Macron will manage to fulfill his promises. His public image has definitely lost its appeal with the people, after many became disillusioned with the leader they dubbed the 'President of the Rich,' who they believe is "unfair" and does not care about the needs of ordinary citizens.

May 13 08:29

At least 1 dead, attacker killed in mass stabbing in central Paris

Several media outlets, citing witnesses, reported that the assailant shouted “Allahu Akbar” ("God is great" in Arabic) as he attempted to charge at the diners in one of the restaurants at the scene.

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So ... how's that open borders thing working out for you?

May 13 08:19

Marine Le Pen Slams Macron for 'Illusions' He Could've Changed Trump's Mind

President Trump’s decision to walk out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran has prompted condemnation by other P5+1 members, including the EU, Russia and China.

France’s National Front head Marine Le Pen believes that President Emmanuel Macron bears his share of responsibility” for the “illusions” he had about his ability to talk President Trump out of withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

“I resolutely condemn the position of Donald Trump and also that of the French diplomacy which, in its attempts to be even more neo-Conservative than (US national security adviser] John Bolton, has found itself without US patronage and no alternative way to go,” Le Pen said in a statement released on Friday.

May 12 09:39

Nearly Half of French Unhappy With Macron's Foreign Policy - Poll

Over half of the French are dissatisfied with French President Emmanuel Macron's general attitude to his US counterpart Donald Trump, who is withdrawing the United States from Iran nuclear deal, a poll showed.

Such words as "sycophant," "deplorable," and "failure" are used overwhelmingly on the social networks regarding this topic, the Odoxa pollster said.

Fifty-five percent of the French do not approve of Macron's policy regarding the US president, according to the poll.

According to the survey, 76 percent of the French denounce the decision of Trump to pull out of the deal and 67 percent think that Europe must override Donald Trump's decision and continue to maintain trade relations with Iran, despite US sanctions.

May 11 08:56

EU DIVIDED: Germany says Macron’s vision for more European integration goes 'TOO FAR'

The French President has pushed an agenda of huge Eurozone changes since taking charge of Paris in May 2017 – including introducing a European minister for finance, a separate Eurozone budget and parliament.

Mr Macron is, however, struggling to convince Germany that his visions are right for the European Union, with Angela Merkel dragging her feet over the reforms.

The German Chancellor might agree that there is a need for a swift change to how the Eurozone operates but first has to contend with her coalition government, which is not so convince.

Paris and Berlin might be about to deliver a Eurozone reform plan at an EU summit in Brussels toward the end of June, but German are far from convinced by Mr Macron’s proposals.

May 11 08:52

EU IS DYING: Macron’s shocking admission European dream is nearing its demise

Mr Macron’s plans are seemingly at odds with EU boss Jean-Claude Juncker who admit there is no future in the “United States of Europe” vision being chased by the Frenchman.

Before accepting his prize, Mr Macron wrote on Twitter: “The European dream is now gnawed by doubt.

“It’s up to us to decide whether we want to live it or let it die.”

His comments will come as a blow to Ms Merkel, who heaped praise on her French counterpart during her own speech at the prize-giving ceremony in Aachen, Germany.

May 11 07:20

‘Are we America’s vassals?’ France vows to trade with Iran in defiance of US ‘economic policeman’

On the heels of Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal, France’s economy minister has urged Europe to stop acting like “US vassals” and continue trading with Tehran in defiance of what “the global economic policeman” has in store.

“Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their trousers?” Bruno le Maire asked in an emotional interview with Europe 1.

“Do we want the United States to be the economic policeman of the planet? Or do we Europeans say that we have economic interests, we want to continue to trade with Iran as part of a strategic agreement?” he asked, adding: “It's time for all European states to open their eyes.”

May 09 08:12

Macron and Rouhani agree to seek 'continued implementation of nuclear deal': Elysee

May 09 08:10

Europeans Warn US Not to Block Them From Staying in Iran Deal

Britain, France, and Germany have issued statements following President Trump’s withdrawal from the P5+1 nuclear deal, warning the US that they must “avoid taking action which obstructs” the rest of the signatories from continuing with the deal.

Iran plans to stay in the deal, as do the other P4+1 nations. This involves substantial sanction relief for Iran and allowing Western businesses to trade with Iran. Though the US never really complied with this, European nations have tried to allow such deals, and don’t want the US to stop them.

May 09 07:11

Remembering May '68: Why France needs a new de Gaulle more than ever

This month is the 50th anniversary of student-led riots against Charles de Gaulle. Today France is also wracked by unrest but there are genuine reasons to protest as Macron, unlike de Gaulle, is a real enemy of the working-class.

In many ways you could say it was the first attempt at a 'color-coded' regime-change. Charles de Gaulle was the honest soldier who had helped save his country three times, playing a heroic role in two world wars and coming to its rescue again in 1958 when the Fourth Republic hit the rocks.

While labelled 'right-wing' on account of his conservative stance on social issues, he nevertheless had a view on the economy that was a million miles away from that of Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan. In fact you could say that on bread-and-butter issues de Gaulle was way to the left of most social democratic politicians. "He was a man who did not care for those who owned wealth; he despised the bourgeois and hated capitalism," wrote his biographer Jean Lacouture.

May 08 12:43

French Forces Planning to Evacuate ISIL Terrorists from Deir Ezzur

The French military forces have held talks with the ISIL to pave the ground for their evacuation from Deir Ezzur to Hasaka only a week after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allegedly started anti-ISIL operation in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, a news website reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that the French military troops, deployed in Syria, have held talks with the ISIL to move them from Deir Ezzur to Southeastern Hasaka near the Syria-Iraq border.

May 08 09:14

FURY and BACKLASH as Emmanuel Macron’s spokesman refers to French President as a 'king'

But the article drew sharp criticism on social media in the historically republican nation for comparing the President to a monarch.

One twitter user mocked the article, stating: “If he could for starters heal empty wallets.”

Another tweeted: "I don't know if King Emmanuel Macron cures everything he touches, but his courtesan counsellors have a fever!”

Other commentators criticised Le Monde for showing bias in publishing an article which was manifestly pro-Macron.

One individual noted: "I thought for a moment that I was reading a propaganda article. And then I pulled myself together.”

May 08 09:10

End of special relationship: Macron and Trump row erupts over Paris attack comments

US President Donald Trump angered France and Britain after he suggested looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and said the knife crime in London could be connected to a ban on handguns.

May 07 09:54

France, UK, Germany to Stick to Iran Deal Irrespective of US Decision

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement, assuring that the EU would maintain the Iran nuclear deal, calling it the best way to avoid nuclear proliferation.

"We are determined to save this deal because this accord safeguards against nuclear proliferation and is the right way to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters in Berlin.

The corresponding position has been voiced by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas:

"We continue to believe that this agreement makes the world safer and without this agreement, the world would be less safe," Maas stated during a joint news conference with his French counterpart, adding that "a failure would result in an escalation."

May 07 09:20

France Backing Down on Its Assad Unconditional Resignation Demands

France does not demand the unconditional ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad anymore as the country is mainly focused on fight against terrorism in the conflict torn country, French Ambassador to Russia Sylvie Bermann told Kommersant newspaper in an interview released on Sunday.

When asked about French goals in Syria, Bermann said that "first of all, it is fight against terrorism," adding that in this regards France is in solidarity with Russia. The second main problem is the issue of refugees, according to the ambassador.

"It is unacceptable that someone simply managed to win back the territory of the country from militants and Bashar Assad remained in power, as before… We will not decide for the Syrian people, but we are not talking about the demand for unconditional ouster of Bashar Assad," Bermann said.

May 06 15:01

Macron says he's not an 'interventionist'... less than a month after bombing Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron says he has convinced Vladimir Putin he’s no “interventionist or neo-conservative,” and that the recent Western strike on Syria was a “legitimate” response to a “red line being crossed.”

May 06 10:17

'Pandora's Box': Macron Warns US Exit From Iran Nuclear Deal Might Mean War

A May 12 deadline is looming for US President Donald Trump to decide whether to scrap an internationally-brokered nuclear deal with Iran and re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

A potential US withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is fraught with the most negative scenarios and is hardly something to look forward to, French President Emmanuel Macron told the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

“This means that we would open Pandora’s Box, which is tantamount to war. I don’t think [US President] Donald Trump wants war,” Macron said in an interview which appeared in Friday’s issue of the magazine.

During his visit to Washington last month President Macron tried to dissuade Donald Trump from walking away from the Iran nuclear agreement.

Even though Trump has threatened to quit the 2015 accord, he still said that he might go along with a European proposal to broker an add-on deal to cover Washington’s concerns about the agreement.

May 06 09:55

Chaos in Paris as THOUSANDS march against Macron - riot police deployed in capital

THOUSANDS of furious protestors took to the streets of Paris today to protest controversial reforms put forward by Emmanuel Macron, with clashes breaking out with heavily armed police.

May 06 09:32

Hollande Slams Trump's 'Shameful Remarks, Fake Grief' Over Paris Terror Attacks

Speaking before the National Rifle Association in Dallas, US President Donald Trump said that due to France’s strict gun control laws, Daesh terrorists were able to kill hundreds of people during the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

Reacting to Trump’s controversial speech, former French President Francois Hollande tweeted: “Donald Trump’s shameful remarks and obscene fake grief tell a great deal about what he thinks about France and its values. The friendship between our two peoples will not be tainted by disrespect and outrage. All my thoughts are with the victims of November 13th.”

May 05 10:37

Donald Trump doesn't take Britain, France or Germany seriously

Barack Obama wasn't very interested in Europe. Something which was made clear in 2010, when he didn't even show up for an EU-US summit in Madrid. Instead, at least in the early part of his presidency, Obama focused on Asia. Leaving the old continent to dwell on its diminished importance in Washington.

Yet, despite this snub, Obama generally went through the motions and treated its leaders with respect. Indeed, he belatedly realized that the likes of Angela Merkel and David Cameron were liberal bedfellows useful for his issues-driven presidency. Nevertheless, there's a lingering feeling that the Democrat darling never really got Europe.

By contrast, his successor Trump, with his family roots in Germany and Scotland, arguably understands the place better than any US president since John F. Kennedy. He's married into both Czechia and Slovenia and spent decades crisscrossing the continent, pursing business deals from County Clare in Ireland to the Russian capital of Moscow.

May 05 10:35

Sarkozy's crocodile tears (and his last dream is broken)

Nicolas Sarkozy, a political bulimic, as Libération called him. And he remained even after political defeats and judicial processes. It was also in these hours, in a cage in the judicial police offices of Nanterre, questioned about the suspicions of Libyan funding in the 2007 presidential campaign.
See more at http://www.pravdareport.com/news/world/29-03-2018/140543-sarkozy_tears-0/

May 05 05:46

The Incredibly Sharp Tweet By Charlie Hebdo Three Years After The Attack

“We went back to the network, under your applause and your prompting to go and fuck our manes.” With this post, the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo returned today to twitter after the terrorist attacks of January 2015.

“After a technical malfunction, beyond our control in January 2015, our presence on Twitter was temporarily discontinued,” the newspaper said, accompanied by a sketch, in which a dove of the same color as the bird logo of the social networking tool, with excrement coming out and landing on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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May 04 08:09

Rejecting EU attempts to keep Iran deal + staying in Syria = more regime changes on the US mind?

French President Emmanuel “Little Macro” Macron and German Chancellor Angela “Mutti” Merkel might just as well have stayed home and saved the carbon emissions spewed out during their flights to Washington.

Both came with the same task – to convince President Donald Trump not to pull the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. It was a fool’s errand.

Macron, in every way the junior representative of the Franco-German partnership at the heart of the European Union (EU), was the guest of honor at Trump’s first formal state dinner. He exploited his improbable “bromance” with Trump and his participation in last month’s strike on Syria for all he was worth – which, in the end, wasn’t much. Merkel, whose dislike for Trump is notorious and mutual, fared no better.

May 03 08:36

The CIA Got Macron Elected - It Looks Like They Wrote His Big US Speech Too

In this essay, I offer a detailed textual analysis of the speech which French President Emmanuel Macron delivered before the Joint Session of Congress, Washington, D.C. on 25 April 2018, in line with the kind of textual analysis which I performed on major political documents signed by heroic East European freedom fighters in 2007 and 2009, which were in fact authored by US intelligence operatives.

I maintain here that a substantial part of Macron’s speech was either written by or coordinated closely with these same intelligence services for the purpose of exerting maximum influence on domestic US politics by reinforcement of centrist American predispositions from respected foreign actors. It is also essential to explain how M. Macron became president of France in 2017 with the connivance of these same intelligence services. I will attempt to do that in the second part of the essay.

May 02 11:33

More American, French Military Convoys Arrive in Northern Syria

The US and France have dispatched new military convoys to the town of Manbij, North-East of Aleppo province as tensions go high in the region, a media outlet reported on Tuesday.

Orient news website reported that the American and French forces have deployed near Sajour River Northwest of the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo.

Also, other sources reported that the Kurdish militias have been put on alert in the town of Manbij and have started to set up more checkpoints in and outside the town.

In the meantime, local sources in the town of al-Bab reported that the US and French forces have deployed in a region between the Kurdish positions and the regions held by the Turkey-led Euphrates Shield forces.

In a similar development last week, several units of France's Special Forces arrived in the Kurdish-controlled areas in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria as foreign military troops are intensifying their movements in the region.

May 02 11:23

May Day riot in Paris: Masked protesters torch cars as police deploy tear gas & arrest 200+

Police in Paris have used water cannons to break up a tumultuous rally, arresting over 200 rioters. Amid May Day demonstrations, hooded individuals threw smoke bombs and set vehicles on fire in the French capital.

Live feeds from Paris showed chaotic scenes, as police attempt to disperse violent protesters while redirecting crowds of peaceful marchers to side streets. Loud bangs are heard in the background as smoke and tear gas billow down the streets.

Police pushed back against the rioters, peppering the crowd with tear gas grenades from behind riot shields and hitting the crowd with water cannon. Protesters lobbed firecrackers at the advancing force, as well as picking up and throwing back some of the gas canisters. Armored police vans and fire trucks are backed up advance.

May 02 10:04

'What more can you lose?'

Hassan Diab spent 3 years in a French prison for a 1980 bombing despite little evidence he committed the crime. Now, the Ottawa resident is trying to piece his fractured life back together

May 01 10:23

Trump tree snub: Tree planted by US president and Macron GONE from White House lawn

A COMMEMORATIVE tree planted by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron to mark the French President’s state visit to the USA has been dug up and placed in QUARANTINE because it broke American import laws.

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