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Jul 28 06:09

French ex-justice minister Rachida Dati who was tipped to become country's first female president faces 15 years in jail for corruption over £766,000 payment from on-the-run ex-Renault boss

A former Justice Minister of France who was strongly tipped to become the country's first female President was today facing up to 15 years in prison after being charged with a range of corruption offences.

The indictment of Rachida Dati, 55, follows a glittering career which at one stage saw the right-wing conservative being entertained by the Queen and Prince Philip at a Windsor Castle state banquet.

On Tuesday night, financial prosecutors in Paris confirmed Dati had been charged with 'passive corruption by a person with a public elected mandate while working in an international organisation,' which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and a fine equivalent to £128,000.

Jul 28 05:32

Cuba's Embassy In Paris Damaged In Molotov Cocktail Attack

The Cuban Embassy in Paris has denounced as "terrorism" a Molotov cocktail attack Monday night, which it said caused significant damage.

Noting that the overnight attack left no injuries to diplomatic staff or bystanders, an official statement pointed the finger at the United States, strangely enough, despite no suspects as yet being apprehended.

Jul 28 05:29

France Lashes Out At Iran - "Risks Jeopardizing" Stalled Nuclear Talks

Despite recently being seen as among the most supportive JCPOA signatories who want to see a completed nuclear deal, France is now accusing Iran of needlessly dragging out indirect negotiations with the US in Vienna. The talks have remained stalled ahead of the seventh round of talks, which the Iranian side said would resume after Iran's president-elect Ibrahim Raisi takes office on August 3rd.

France's foreign ministry laid blame for the long stall at Tehran's feet, however, saying "If it continues on this path, not only will it continue to delay when an agreement to lift sanctions can be reached, but it risks jeopardizing the very possibility of concluding the Vienna talks and restoring the JCPOA."

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The impasse is not Iran's fault! Iran wants the Unites States to remove the sanctions the US already agreed to in the original JCPOA and the US is refusing!

Jul 26 12:42

France Warned US in 2015 About Wuhan Lab It Helped Build, Former COVID-19 Investigator Claims

The U.S. federal government should have stopped funding research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015 when China reduced its cooperation with the French in building and operating the lab, according to the leader of an investigation into COVID-19’s origins by the State Department under the Trump administration.

In 2015, French intelligence officials warned the U.S. State Department and their own foreign ministry that China was cutting back on agreed collaboration at the lab, former State official David Asher, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute think tank, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

By 2017, the French “were kicked out” of the lab and cooperation ceased, leading French officials to warn the State Department that they had grave concerns as to Chinese motivations, according to Asher.

Jul 26 10:04

FIERCE CLASHES between protesters & police in Paris as tens of thousands rally against Covid certs, vax mandates in France (VIDEO)

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of French cities for the second weekend in a row to protest against health passes and mandatory vaccination for medics. In Paris, rallies ended up in scuffles with police.

Law enforcement officers in the French capital used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds as the situation on the streets spiraled out of control during the massive demonstrations provoked by the government’s plans to extend health passes for public places and enforce mandatory vaccination for certain jobs, including health workers.

Jul 26 06:23

‘This is not freedom’: Macron denounces ‘irresponsibility and egoism’ of those who refuse Covid jab

French President Emmanuel Macron argued on Sunday that refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is not “freedom” because anti-vaxxers infect and kill others through their “irresponsibility” and “egoism.”

Macron said during a visit to French Polynesia that though “everyone is free to express themselves,” there is “no such thing as freedom where I owe nothing to anyone.”

What is your freedom worth if you say to me ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated,’ but tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself?

Jul 26 06:23

Macron To Discuss Legacy Of Nuclear Tests In French Polynesia

French President Emmanuel Macron was greeted with flower garlands and Tahitian dancers on the tarmac as he touched down Saturday night for his first official trip to French Polynesia.

While in the South Pacific territory, he plans to discuss its strategic role, the legacy of nuclear tests and the existential risk of rising seas posed by global warming.

Residents in the sprawling archipelago of more than 100 islands located midway between Mexico and Australia are hoping Macron confirms compensation for radiation victims following decades of nuclear testing as France pursued atomic weapons.

The tests remain a source of deep resentment, seen as evidence of racist colonial attitudes that disregarded the lives of islanders.

Jul 24 07:07

French police exempt from "Covid pass"

Jul 23 07:05

Video: Protesters Gather Near Senate Building in Paris to Rally Against COVID-19 Passes

People have gathered to protest against the introduction of COVID-19 passes in front of the Luxembourg Palace in the French capital, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Thursday.

The leader of the Popular Republican Union party, Francois Asselineau, called on the protesters to rally near the Senate at about 15:00 GMT. People demand the cancellation of health passes, saying they violate basic rights. Banners accusing French President Emmanuel Macron, Health Minister Olivier Veran and Prime Minster Jean Castex of "strealing freedoms" can be seen in the crowd.

Among the protesters are members of the "Yellow Vests" movement.

Jul 22 07:52

Pegasus Spyware Targeted French President Macron - "Extremely Serious" Breach Under Investigation

The latest victim who was targeted using the phone hacking spyware Pegasus has been revealed to French President Emmanual Macron - part of a growing list that's said to include some 600 government officials and politicians from over 30 countries. Israeli tech firm and Pegasus-developer NSO Group is in damage control mode after an international consortium of news outlets has published dozens of stories exposing the hacks. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is also on the list.

Jul 21 13:32

It’s a revolution?

Jul 21 05:13

French Police Lay Down Shields Join 100,000 Protesters Marching Against Vaccine Passport

“The health pass will never be a right of access that discriminates among the French. It cannot be made compulsory for access to everyday places,” French President Emmanuel Macron pledged in April during an interview with the regional press. However, less than three months later and Macron has done an about-face.

Last week, in full totalitarian form, Macron mandated the “health pass” or (pass sanitaire) that will be mandatory in order to gain access to leisure and cultural venues with more than 50 people, including cinemas and museums. From the beginning of August, it will be necessary to show your health pass to have coffee or eat lunch at a restaurant – even on an outdoor terrace – or to shop at a mall.

In order to have a coffee in France, beginning next month, citizens will have to prove they’ve had the vaccine. According to the government’s draft bill, restaurants and businesses who refuse to comply will be fined up to €45,000 and proprietors face up to a year in prison.

Jul 21 05:13

Investigation opened into giant Macron-Hitler billboard comparing Covid policy to Nazi regime

The Toulon prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into a defamatory poster which conflates images of French President Emmanuel Macron and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, amid criticism of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

A billboard seen on the outskirts of Toulon and La Seyne-sur-Mer, displaying an image of French President Emmanuel Macron dressed in a Nazi uniform and sporting Adolf Hitler’s trademark toothbrush moustache, has caught the attention of the city’s prosecutor, according to local media reports.

A report in France Bleu on Tuesday morning stated that the Toulon prosecutor’s office had now opened an investigation into the defamatory posters displayed in the Var department.

Jul 20 13:36

Emmanuel Macron identified in leaked Pegasus project data

The leaked database at the heart of the Pegasus project includes the mobile phone numbers of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and 13 other heads of state and heads of government, the Guardian can reveal.

The South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, are also listed in the data, which includes diplomats, military chiefs and senior politicians from 34 countries.

The appearance of a number on the leaked list – which includes numbers selected by governments that are clients of NSO Group, the Israeli spyware firm – does not mean it was subject to an attempted or successful hack. NSO insists the database has “no relevance” to the company.

Jul 20 12:45

France Rises Up Against The New Fascism

By Winter Oak

“The people have woken up – at last!” declared local Gilet Jaune rebel Michelle as she watched the vast crowds assembling on the main square of Montpellier in southern France.

She has been involved with the Yellow Vest movement since the very start of the popular revolt against the Macron regime in November 2018.

Two years ago, in April 2019, another Gilet Jaune told me on the same spot, the Place de la Comédie, that France was witnessing “a turning point in history”.

Despite the vast levels of militarised repression used against the Yellow Vests, not to speak of the relentless propaganda in the mass media, the movement never abandoned the struggle.

Only the “emergency” of the Covid crisis pushed it, more or less, off the streets.

The spirit of revolt has not been very much in evidence in France since March 2020, with the population divided and fearful, as elsewhere.

Jul 20 10:36

FRENCH MAD LADS ARE BURNING DOWN "VACCINE" CENTERS

Jul 20 06:57

France Rises Up Against the New Fascism

"The people have woken up – at last!” declared local Gilet Jaune rebel Michelle as she watched the vast crowds assembling on the main square of Montpellier in southern France.

She has been involved with the Yellow Vest movement since the very start of the popular revolt against the Macron regime in November 2018.

Two years ago, in April 2019, another Gilet Jaune told me on the same spot, the Place de la Comédie, that France was witnessing “a turning point in history”.

Despite the vast levels of militarised repression used against the Yellow Vests, not to speak of the relentless propaganda in the mass media, the movement never abandoned the struggle.

Jul 19 12:31

French Pasteur Institute study shows how well Ivermectin can treat COVID-19 infection

Ivermectin (IVM) attenuates COVID-19 inflammation and other clinical symptoms in animals infected with SARS-CoV-2, according to a recent study by the French Pasteur Institute. The paper was published in EMBO Molecular Medicine last Monday and states clearly that “standard doses” of Ivermectin can prevent clinical deterioration and reduce olfactory deficit. The abstract noted: “Altogether, this study supports the use of immunomodulatory drugs such as IVM, to improve the clinical condition of SARS-CoV-2-infected patients.”

Jul 19 09:15

French police join the protestors!

Jul 19 07:59

Over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND rally against ‘Covid-19 tyranny’ in France, protesting immunity passports & vaccination mandate (VIDEO)

Some 114,000 people have rallied across France to denounce what they see as government intrusion into their private lives. The protests were in response to the rollout of Covid-19 certificates and mandatory vaccination plans.

Thousands-strong protests took place in major French cities on Saturday, with a total of 137 protest events reported by the Interior Ministry. The biggest march in Paris drew about 18,000 people. The activists were chanting “Liberty!” and carrying signs protesting the policies of President Emmanuel Macron and demanding his resignation.

Jul 19 07:02

HUGE: THE MASSIVE UPRISING IN FRANCE HAS BEGUN!

Jul 19 06:16

Macron Threatens Business Owners Who Fail to Check Patrons’ Covid Passports with One Year Prison Sentence, €45,000 Fine

French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced that a Covid passport would be required in order to enter restaurants and theaters.

Macron also announced a new mandatory vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers.

Jul 19 06:03

France Says No!

Jul 17 06:37

VACCINATIONS MANDATORY IN FRANCE - CANADA / USA TO FOLLOW IN OCTOBER - AUSTRALIA THE FIRST TO FALL

Jul 16 04:52

France’s mandatory ‘health pass’ with government-issued QR codes for access to everyday life is the start of a dystopian nightmare

President Macron’s announcement that citizens must adhere to a Covid-19 vaccination schedule, or pay for nose-swab tests every 2-3 days to live any semblance of a normal life, is the final nail in the coffin of civil liberties.

In the dead of summer, just a couple of days before the July 14 Bastille Day national holiday, when many French citizens had tuned out and left the big cities for some respite from a long stretch of sanitary restrictions – including months of curfews – French President Emmanuel Macron took advantage of the lull to drop a bomb on their lives that few were expecting.

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Bâtard!

Jul 15 09:09

French Citizens Riot in Response to Plan to Mandate Vaccine Passports

French citizens rioted in response to plans by President Macron to mandate vaccine passports to enter venues like shopping malls, restaurants bars, hospitals, bars, cafés and access public transport.

As we highlighted yesterday, people will have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter any of these sites from August onwards.

Given that they would have to cover the bill for every single PCR test, the restrictions would make the vaccine de facto mandatory for anyone who wants to live a normal life.

People in Paris responded on Bastille Day with an unruly protest that led to French police using tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

Jul 15 07:38

Scenes of civil war right now reported in France against the COV_ID passport.

Jul 15 07:25

France's Covid rebellion: Vehicles are set ablaze and tear gas is fired in Paris over Macron's new law that all health workers get jabs and requiring new Covid pass for anyone over 12 going to a restaurant

Protesters in Paris were tear gassed during violent demonstrations against France's new Covid laws making jabs compulsory for health workers and demanding vaccine passports for bars and restaurants.

Hundreds of cafe owners, hospital workers and parents, some chanting 'Liberty! Liberty!', took to the French capital on Bastille Day to rebel against President Macron's controversial plans that were introduced this week to tackle the nation's surging coronavirus cases.

Large crowds were confronted by riot police, who fired tear gas to try to disperse the advancing group. Protesters and police kicked the tear gas canisters at each other, and cyclists calmly weaved through the crowd.

Jul 15 06:35

‘The pass shall not pass!’ Protesters take to streets across France after Macron drops vaccine passport bombshell (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Police fired tear gas at demonstrators who threw rocks and bottles, set construction equipment on fire in Paris, and picketed state buildings across France, in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s vaccine and health pass moves.

Mass protests all over the country took place on Bastille Day, the anniversary of the 1789 storming of the notorious Paris dungeon that kicked off the French revolution. In Paris, police fired tear gas to suppress the demonstrators.

Jul 15 06:34

Courageous Macron Restarts the Yellow Vests Protest Movement Against Himself

In a move with consequences that anyone could have predicted Macron has galvanized another protest movement against him. Call it the Yellow Vests 2.0 for now.

Macron had been plagued by Europe’s most resilient protest movement for most of his mandate but caught a lucky break with COVID-19. The Mind Virus of 2020 allowed him to decree lockdowns which also took care of Gilet Jaunes.

Rather than remember he owed his new-found situation as a ruler not facing weekly uprisings to an extremely unlikely gift, he went out of his way to provoke them once again by decreeing Europe’s most Draconian vaccine passport regime.

Jul 14 12:45

Macron — Get the Vax or live in the shadows

Jul 14 07:37

It looks as if the French are ready to sharpen the guillotines!

The Yellow Vests movement (#GiletsJaunes) in France announced they’ll take the streets on July 14th in protest to President Macron’s plan for mandatory #COVID19 vaccinations of all French citizens.

This was announced yesterday after Macron spoke on national TV announcing more mandatory vaccination measures for all citizens.

Jul 13 06:56

Macron delivers bad news to France: Vaccine passports, mandatory shots for health workers, AND unpopular pension reform

French President Emmanuel Macron has told his citizens that they’ll need to be vaccinated to visit bars and board trains, and health workers face mandatory Covid jabs. Macron will also push ahead with unpopular pension reforms.

In a televised address on Monday, Macron announced that coronavirus vaccinations will be mandatory for healthcare workers in France, and a “health pass” proving vaccination status, or a negative test for Covid-19, will be necessary to board a train or visit restaurants, theaters, bars and cinemas from August. All French people over 12 years old will need a pass.

"We will extend the health pass as much as possible to push as many of you as possible to get vaccinated," Macron said.

Jul 08 06:31

French govt warns ‘dangerous and quick’ Delta variant could ‘ruin the summer’

The French government has warned its citizens that the “dangerous and quick” Delta variant has the ability to “ruin the summer”, calling on people to get vaccinated against the Covid virus soon to avoid a future lockdown.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, government spokesperson Gabriel Attal warned that France is at risk of a fourth wave of the virus due to the mutations of the Delta variant, which make it a highly transmissible strain.

Attal highlighted concern among health officials as Covid infection rates rise in 11 of the nation’s metropolitan regions, including around the Ile-de-France area of Paris, which has seen numbers double in the past week.

Jul 07 12:45

Report: Abortion Activists Gear Up For Response If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case out of Mississippi where abortions are banned after 15 weeks,

Jul 07 07:56

Marine Le Pen re-elected as leader of French right-wing National Rally party

Marine Le Pen has been re-elected as the leader of France’s right-wing National Rally party. With less than a year to go until France’s next presidential election, polls show Le Pen nipping at President Emmanuel Macron’s heels.

Le Pen was re-elected at a party congress on Sunday, winning 98% support and facing no competition.

“Your confidence honors and obliges me,” Le Pen tweeted after the vote. “Unite for victory!”

Jul 07 07:24

French & Germans are to blame for Ukraine & Georgia losing control over swaths of territory, claims top Kiev security official

France and Germany bear moral responsibility for Ukraine and Georgia losing territory. That’s according to the secretary of Kiev’s National Security and Defense Council, who pointed the finger at the EU’s two strongest powers.

Speaking to Forbes, Aleksey Danilov focused his accusations on Paris, saying that France’s actions led to Kiev losing control over Crimea, as well parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and contributed to Tbilisi’s loss of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“Our international partners reproach us and say that we haven’t defeated corruption,” Danilov said. “But there is corruption in other countries too. The French, for example, were engaged in negotiations between Georgia and Russia in 2008. As a result, the Georgians lost some territory.”

Jun 21 06:50

French Conservatives Gain Ground as Macron and Le Pen Fail to Make Headway in Key Regional Polls

The first round of regional elections in France, perceived as a "rehearsal" for the 2022 presidential election, has been marred by a conspicuously low voter turnout: only one voter in three cast their ballots on Sunday.

French voters headed to polling stations on Sunday to cast their vote in the first round of regional elections, but both French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move and the right-wing National Rally, headed by 2022 presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, suffered a setback, failing to make the ground they intended, exit polls showed on Sunday night.

According to projections, Macron's party showed a poor performance in many of France's 13 regions, failing to win more than 10 percent of the overall votes. National Rally, while ahead of Republic on the Move, garnered only 18-19 percent of the votes - down nine percent compared to the 2015 regional polls.

Jun 20 06:14

Multicultural Gang Turf Wars Getting ‘More Violent’, Admits Paris Police Major

Both fuming and bragging, the man told the police officers that he used his car as a weapon during the street battle in a northern suburb of Paris, ramming the vehicle into a fighter from a rival group.

“I destroyed him,” the man said. “For certain, he’s at the hospital. He’s got a cut on his skull, he’s got a cut on his mouth.”

For the veteran police major called out to deal with the aftermath of another bloody brawl, the eye-opener this time was the sheer brutality, the clear intent on both sides to gravely wound and perhaps permanently maim.

On a national level, such disorder is translating into polarized and politicized debate about violence ahead of France’s presidential elections next year and local elections this month. President Emmanuel Macron’s opponents are using the perennial hot-button issues of crime and policing to attract votes.

Jun 17 04:18

Wild-Looking ‘Open Rotor’ Engine Could Cut Airliner Emissions by a Massive 20 Percent

Along with boosting fuel efficiency, it's slated to maintain existing performance and noise levels.
Airlines are a major source of airborne pollution, and making them more sustainable is a goal of governments and the aviation industry alike. There have been several proposed solutions to this problem by private companies and elected officials, but a new sort of engine could reduce emissions and fuel consumption without having to sacrifice the existing convenience of air travel.

Jun 15 07:34

COVID Delta variant represents 2-4% of French cases -minister Veran

PARIS, June 15 (Reuters) - The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus first found in India - which experts estimate to be more infectious than other variants - currently represents 2-4% of confirmed COVID cases in France, said French health minister Olivier Veran on Tuesday.

Veran added this meant France was registering between 50-150 cases a day of the COVID-19 Delta variant, which highlighted the importance of sanitary protocol measures and vaccinations to keep the virus at bay.

"We are in the process of crushing the virus and crushing the pandemic, and we must in no way let the Indian variant get the upper hand so that it leads to another wave of the pandemic," Veran told reporters at a Paris vaccination centre.

Jun 14 06:53

Israeli Nuclear Engineer Confirms: The Mossad Sabotaged Iraqi Nuclear Equipment on French Soil

On June 7, 1981, 40 years ago last week, Israel destroyed the Osirak (aka Tammuz) nuclear reactor near Baghdad. The decision to use the air force to launch the surprise attack on the unfinished facility was made by the government headed by Menachem Begin, in consultation with all the country’s defense and intelligence bodies, after other options to thwart Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program had failed.

Jun 11 10:33

Emmanuel Macron warned of 'bellwether' regional elections - President's future at risk

French President Emmanuel Macron has been warned regional elections held at the end of June will be an important barometer for public opinion as they will be the last major election held before the 2022 presidential vote. But pollsters believe National Rally leader Marine Le Pen is set to take several regions in a historic first which could spell disaster for Emmanuel Macron's reelection chances. The French President has been touring regions to promote his party La République En Marche but was recently slapped in the face when he met with crowds.

Jun 11 09:02

The narcissistic fall of France

I use that quote from Pascal (Pensées, 229) because I am not setting out to assert positive truths nor to defend opinions. I see a situation which — as Pascal writes in his next sentence — “offers nothing but cause for doubt and anxiety”.

In asking me to give an opinion on the now celebrated “Letter of the Generals,” UnHerd‘s Will Lloyd rightly notes: “What seems most extraordinary about the furore that followed is that so few people questioned the premise of the letter — that France is on the point of collapse.”

Jun 09 08:58

France Freezes Aid to Central African Republic Over Russia Ties

France has suspended military cooperation with and economic aid to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). France accuses C.A.R.’s government of being “complicit” in a Russian disinformation campaign targeting France, a French defense ministry official said to the media on Monday. [Which is codeword for France being less popular than Russia in CAR.]

The French foreign ministry said that $12.2 million in economic aid to the C.A.R. government would be “suspended until further notice.” [Oh noes, not a full $12.2 million.] However, French humanitarian aid and other projects worth more than $7.3 million, which directly target the needy Central African population will continue, the ministry added.

The French military will also continue to provide about 100 soldiers in a European Union-led military training operation in the C.A.R.

Jun 09 08:53

2 arrested after incident that has seen French President Emmanuel Macron SLAPPED IN FACE (VIDEO)

France’s President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face as he approached the crowd during his visit to a town in southeastern France. The incident was broadly condemned by French politicians and has led to two arrests.

Macron was visiting the department of Drome in southeastern France when the incident happened. The president was meeting restaurateurs and students to discuss the nation’s recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. At some point, he decided to approach a crowd of onlookers in the village of Tain-l’Hermitage.

A video circulating on social media shows the president, dressed in shirt sleeves, reaching out his hand to a crowd of well-wishers standing behind a metal barrier. A man wearing a mask and glasses then suddenly grabs him by the arm before apparently hitting him in the face and shouting “Montjoie Saint Denis” and “Down with Macron-ism.”

Jun 06 07:10

Emmanuel Macron makes humiliating U-turn – protesters win as President scraps major policy

EMMANUEL MACRON has made a humiliating U-turn on one of his flagship policies - two years after his radical plans fuelled widespread protests across France.

The French President has abandoned his key election pledge to reform pensions. The biggest post-war changes would have increased the retirement age and merged private and public sector savings into one universal points-based system.

The 43-year-old put the overhaul of the pensions system in his winning 2017 election manifesto and pressed ahead with the sweeping changes in 2019.

Widespread “Gilets Jaunes” or yellow vest protests were triggered in 2018 following plans to hike fuel taxes, but descended into a wider movement against government policy – including pension reforms.

President Macron suspended his pension plans last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic and has now said his proposals cannot go ahead as planned.

Jun 02 05:24

Typical! French officials to use EU presidency to 'help Macron get re-elected'

FRENCH officials are set to use their EU presidency to help Emmanuel Macron get re-elected as the President of France, according to the director of the Centre for European Reform.

Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said France will use its EU presidency in the first half of next year ahead of the French presidential elections to "promote its ideas of Europe".

Jun 01 09:01

Air France cancels flights as Russia withholds clearance

Air France (AIRF.PA) cancelled two more flights to Moscow on Monday after Russian authorities failed to approve flight plans that avoid Belarus airspace.

The European Union has urged its airlines to avoid Belarus amid outrage over the forced landing of a Ryanair (RYA.I) jet en route to Lithuania from Greece on May 23 and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board.

"Air France confirms the cancellation of flights AF1154 and AF1654 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Moscow on 31 May 2021 as the authorisations from Russian authorities to enter their territory have not been granted," the airline said.

The French airline, part of the broader Air France-KLM group, was forced to cancel two Paris-Moscow flights last week after receiving no Russian clearance for flight plans skirting the territory.

Obstacles to rerouted Air France flights appeared to have been resolved late last week, allowing Air France to carry out two weekend Paris-Moscow services. read more

Jun 01 08:51

France's Bernard Arnault Becomes The World's Richest Person

This week, French billionaire, Bernard Arnault, became the world’s richest person.

As Visual Capitalist's Nick Routely notes, Arnault’s rise into top spot is particularly noteworthy since American billionaires – particularly in the technology sector – have dominated the world’s richest people ranking for a number of years. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos remains neck-and-neck with Arnault, with Elon Musk still within striking distance.

Jeff Bezos began 2021 in top spot, but has been challenged by both Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault. The former took a hit after Tesla’s stock began to cool off after hitting a record high in Q1 2021.

Arnault’s name may be new to some, but he has been on of the top five richest people globally since 2018, and has been a billionaire for well over a decade.

The French tycoon got his start in the fashion space by parlaying a fortune made in construction into the purchase of Christian Dior in 1985.

Vive la France

Jun 01 06:50

Le Monde: No Major French Publisher Will Touch Marine Le Pen

Le Monde has released an article reporting on the publishing of books by French politicians, a veritable cottage industry. The report confirms a few things which any observer of the genre will long have noticed, e.g.:

That French politicians write books to give off airs of literary gravitas.
“‘The exercise is getting banalized and is leading to a profusion of writings of variable quality,’ stressed [pollster] Brice Teinturier […]. [N]ew criticisms are addressed to politicians who are in office: they are criticized for writing instead of working.”
“Sophie Charnavel, head of the publisher Robert Laffont, considers that certain books are only there to occupy space and ‘are standardized’ so that their author is invited to the morning radio shows. A marketing exercise.”
That, as a rule, no one is reading the bulk of these publications.

Jun 01 06:31

Communist ‘antifa’ activists attack Catholic procession in France

A Catholic procession held Saturday in Paris to commemorate the killing in hatred of the faith of 10 priests and seminarists during the socialist insurrection of the “Commune” in 1871 was violently attacked by a group of communist activists and “antifas.”

One hundred fifty years after the brutal killing of 50 hostages in the popular 20th arrondissement of Paris, the “Massacre of the rue Haxo,” old resentment is still alive and the anticlerical French extreme left appears to be anxious to kindle past anger.

The extremists’ attack forced the procession to disband. Two middle-aged men who had joined the procession fell when the demonstrators started throwing garbage cans, bottles and metal fences at those who were praying and singing. One received bad scalp wounds and had to be evacuated by ambulance while covered with blood.

May 31 06:01

France locks the doors: British travellers must show 'compelling reason' to enter the country from TODAY as Macron battles to keep Indian variant at bay

British travellers will have to provide 'compelling reasons' to enter France from today as President Emmanuel Macron battles to suppress the Indian variant.

Travel from the UK will only be permitted for EU nationals, French residents or those travelling for essential reasons such as bereavement or childcare.

Those who are allowed to make the journey must take a pre-departure Covid test and quarantine for seven days on arrival.

May 27 06:17

Netanyahu slams France for ‘insolent’ claim Israel at risk of apartheid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denounced French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian for saying earlier this week that Israel is at risk of “long-lasting apartheid” if a Palestinian state is not established.

Le Drian, whose remarks made him one of the first senior French officials to use the term “apartheid” in reference to Israel, was referring to Palestinians but also to violent riots by Arab Israelis that erupted in multiple cities and towns amid the recent fighting with terror groups in Gaza.

Speaking at an event in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu expressed “a strong protest against the French government and the outrageous comments of the French foreign minister on television.”

May 24 06:31

What is a Bigger Threat to France, Islamisation or NATO 2030 Doctrine?

The problem of France's Islamisation stems from the Cold War era, when Islamists were used by NATO allies as a tool against the Soviet bloc, says French politician Karel Vereycken, warning that now the transatlantic alliance is about to drag France into bigger trouble.

Earlier this month, conservative magazine Valeurs Actuelles published an open letter signed by active French soldiers who warned that the country was heading for "civil war" because of a growing Islamist threat.

The letter released by the magazine on 9 May echoed a previous one, published by the same media outlet on 21 April and signed by active officers and retired generals. The senior military brass warned that Islamists had been taking over large parts of the country's territory.

May 24 06:16

French army chief dismisses UN report into deadly Mali wedding airstrike as 'biased'

The top French military officer has dismissed as “biased” a United Nations report into an airstrike that killed at least 19 civilians in Mali early this year, alleging that it sought to turn the local people in the Sahel region against France.

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) concluded a report into the January airstrike carried out by the French military on a wedding party in the central Malian village of Bounty.

The UN report found that “19 people were directly affected by the strike, including 16 civilians,” and three more civilians died of their injuries during their transfer for emergency treatment.

“At least eight other civilians were injured in the strike. The victims are all men aged 23 to 71, the majority of whom lived in the village of Bounty,” said the report.

The head of French armed forces, Francois Lecointre, said on Saturday that the report contained “errors” and “bias.”

May 20 02:09

71% Of French Say "We're Full": No More Immigration

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

A new poll has found that 71 per cent of French people think the country has had enough immigration and that it can’t take any more.

The 2021 Fraternity Barometer, a joint effort by the polling firm Ifop and le Labo de la Fraternité, found that almost three quarters of respondents desired to see no more immigration, while a clear majority of 64 per cent said France should no longer accept refugees because of the threat of terrorism.

France has suffered numerous terror attacks carried out by jihadists who were let into the country as “refugees,” including the majority of the Paris massacre terrorists.

As we previously highlighted, even so-called “moderate” Michel Barnier, who was the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, is calling for a 3-5 year total ban on all immigration into the EU.

May 18 09:11

Ex-Cops Warn France on the Brink of Collapse.

May 16 11:25

60% Of French Police & Military Say They Will Support Le Pen In Presidential Election

60 per cent of police and military say they will support populist Marine Le Pen in next year’s French presidential election, with the number even higher among active duty police.

A survey published by the Centre for Political Research of Sciences Po (Cevipof) found that a plurality of 44 per cent of police and military would vote for Le Pen in the first round of the election.

In a hypothetical second round run off against President Emmanuel Macron, this number rises to 60 per cent, a three per cent increase on the 57 per cent figure she achieved in 2017.

Among active duty police officers, support for the National Rally leader rises to a massive 74 per cent.

May 16 05:52

Police Use Water Cannons to Disperse Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators in Paris – Photo, Video

Rallies in solidarity with Palestinians as Gaza and Israel aim missiles at each other have been rocking Europe, the UK, and US this week.

People have taken to the streets in Paris this Saturday to march in support of Palestinians amid the flare-up of tensions in Gaza.

Although the city prefecture and administrative court did not authorise the rally, crowds have gathered in the Boulevard Barbès in the 18th arrondissement of the French capital.

May 15 05:55

Russia Intercepts Three French Warplanes Over Black Sea

The latest in a growing number of confrontations in the Black Sea saw a Russian Su-27 jet intercept three French warplanes that were approaching Russian airspace.

Two French Mirage-2000 jets and a C-135 tanker were caught approaching the Russian border, and it’s not clear why. Russian officials say they were prevented from crossing the border and escorted away.

Such incidents are not unheard of, as NATO nations, usually the US, will challenge Russia’s defense of its own airspace in the Black Sea. Interceptions are very common, and often lead the US to complain that it is “unprofessional” of Russia to chase them off.

Despite this, Russia’s policy of escorting the planes away mirrors NATO’s own policy toward Russian planes that get too close to NATO airspace. The tit-for-tat interceptions don’t accomplish anything, but continue to happen, with NATO showing its interest mostly in the Black Sea.

May 14 05:20

Army Chief Of Staff Calls On French Military Who Warned Of "Civil War" To Resign

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit news,

The Armed Forces chief of staff in France has called on soldiers who wrote a letter warning President Macron of a brewing “civil war” to resign.

The letter, which was published last weekend, warned of the “disintegration” of France due to authorities having made “concessions” to Islamism and the far left’s war on the nation state.

It followed another letter that was signed by 20 former French generals which struck a similar tone, cautioning that the “anti-racism” movement is seeking to create a “racial war” by attacking symbols of French cultural cohesion and identity, including statues.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Francois Lecointre has responded to the second letter by asserting that its authors should leave the military.

“The most reasonable thing is certainly to leave [the army] in order to be able to make one’s ideas and convictions public in a perfectly free [way],” the general said in a letter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reminded of Theodore Roosevelt's reflections on immigration, and have posted it here: "“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

So the question I have for these guys is, what if the military who wrote this, are correct in their assessment?!? That is the question Lecointre dares not ask.

May 13 09:26

French Fighters Packing High-Tech Surveillance Pods Just Probed Russian Defenses

A Russian fighter crew caught a rare glimpse of a secretive French surveillance operation this week.

On Tuesday, the Russian air force sortied at least one Su-30 interceptor to trail a trio of French warplanes flying in international air space over the Black Sea. The French formation included a C-135FR tanker and two Mirage 2000D fighters.

The Kremlin released a grainy video of the encounter.

Note what the delta-wing Mirages were carrying under their bellies alongside their air-to-air missiles: slim pods containing sensitive electronic receivers for detecting enemy radars.

The French fighters almost certainly were mapping Russia’s defenses in the volatile Black Sea region. While surveillance flights aren’t unusual in the area, surveillance flights by armed, supersonic fighters most certainly are.

May 12 07:49

France bans schools from teaching 'gender neutral' words with full stops in the middle because they are 'a threat to the language'

  • Academie Francais, which guards the French language, has told school teachers to stop using 'gender neutral' word spellings in classrooms
  • New spellings use full stops to break up words and include both male and female endings in an effort to make language 'more inclusive'
  • For example, word 'amis' meaning 'friends', would be spelled ami.e.s to include the female 'e' ending - though it would be pronounced as usual
  • Academie says changing the rules represents a threat to the French language

France has banned schools from using 'gender neutral' spellings, saying they are a threat to the French language.

The country's education ministry issued the ruling last week after a push to include full stops in the middle of written words - dubbed 'midpoints' - which allow both male and female forms to be represented simultaneously.

May 12 07:22

Le Pen Warns Macron "Danger Of Civil War" Looms If He Doesn't Handle Islamist Problem

The French government and much of the public has reacted with outrage after another open letter issued by military personnel has warned that France is headed for "civil war" if it doesn't handle its Muslim extremism problem.

The controversy was further stoked when Marine Le Pen - commonly dubbed by mainstream media as France's outspoken "leader of the far-right" - once again showed support for the letter by agreeing on the "danger of a civil war" in an apparent rallying of her base around the message ahead of next April's election where they'll seek to take on President Emmanuel Macron. Clearly a significant bulk of officer and enlisted military members agree with her stark assessment.

May 12 06:20

French Military Warns Again of the Disintegration of France

In 1976 Jean Raspail described the future fate of France in The Camp of the Saints. France is disintegrating precisely as Raspail described. The French military is being punished by the traitorous French government for giving truthful and patriotic warnings, but in Europe today national patriotism is regarded as fascism. In place of an ethnic nationality, European governments have constructed towers of Babel which lack any common basis for culture and law.

All over Europe mosques are being constructed for active worshipers firmly attached to their culture while Christian churches stand empty and abandoned. When a people lose their religion, they themselves are lost. The Great Replacement is underway. Western civilization has been murdered by its own intellectuals.

May 12 05:47

French Military Chief of Staff Hints Soldiers Who Signed 'Civil War' Letter Should Resign

On Sunday, the news magazine Valeurs Actuelles published a letter from French servicemen on active duty in support of their retired colleagues, who previously warned Paris of a possible collapse of the country due to alleged laxity in security and anti-extremism policies.

French Army Chief of Staff General Francois Lecointre has hinted that those active soldiers who signed an open letter warning of the risk of a "civil war" in France should resign from the armed forces.

In the letter to President Emmanuel Macron published by the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles on Sunday, the servicemen, whose names were not disclosed, supported a previous appeal by the country's former military personnel, who urged Macron's government to act against the dangers of Islamism and religious fanaticism.

May 11 12:11

New Military Letter Warning Of Civil War In France Gains Over 220,000 Signatures

A group of currently serving French soldiers has published an open letter warning President Emmanuel Macron that the survival of France is at stake after his “concessions” to Islamism.

The French government condemned it, as well as a similar letter in April.

This previous letter was signed and published by 20 French semi-retired generals.

The letter to the government last month came from semi-retired generals. The minister in charge of the armed forces, Florence Parly, said they would be punished for defying a law that forbids reservists or serving members of the military from expressing opinions in public on religion and politics.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin called the latest letter a “crude manoeuvre” and accused its anonymous signatories of lacking “courage”.

The new text was published late on May 9th by Valeurs Actuelles, although the numbers and ranks of its original signatories remains unknown.

May 11 05:29

French government blasts fresh warning of civil war by serving military personnel as far-Right stunt

The French government has blasted a new open letter by scores of serving French military personnel to Emmanuel Macron warning of impending civil war at the hands of Islamists as a “crude manoeuvre” by the far-Right.

Interior minister Gérald Darmanin dismissed the letter, which includes dire warnings of societal collapse and army intervention, as a blatant bid to boost the far-Right ahead of regional and presidential elections and called on the anonymous signatories to have the “bravery” to identify themselves.

In all, 145,000 people, a mixture of military personnel and civilians, had endorsed the second letter by Monday afternoon and 1.7 million people had read it. There are about 426,000 serving members of the French armed forces, including the Gendarmerie.

May 11 05:20

'Civil war is brewing in France and you know it': French military launches another salvo at Macron with new open letter

A group of active French military personnel has published a new open letter to the country's president Emmanuel Macron, warning him of a "civil war" brewing in the country after all the "concessions" he's made to Islamism.

The letter, published in the conservative Valeurs Actuelles magazine late on Sunday, strikes a similar tone to the message published by the same outlet last month. Unlike the previous one, which was signed by 25 retired generals and active-duty soldiers, the new letter is anonymous and is open for signing by the general public. As of noon on Monday, it had attracted over 100,000 signatures.

The authors of the letter have described themselves as active-duty French soldiers, belonging to the younger generation of the military that saw actual combat over the past years.

May 10 09:14

'Civil war is brewing in France and you know it': French military launches another salvo at Macron with new open letter

A group of active French military personnel has published a new open letter to the country's president Emmanuel Macron, warning him of a "civil war" brewing in the country after all the "concessions" he's made to Islamism.

The letter, published in the conservative Valeurs Actuelles magazine late on Sunday, strikes a similar tone to the message published by the same outlet last month. Unlike the previous one, which was signed by 25 retired generals and active-duty soldiers, the new letter is anonymous and is open for signing by the general public. As of noon on Monday, it had attracted over 100,000 signatures.

The authors of the letter have described themselves as active-duty French soldiers, belonging to the younger generation of the military that saw actual combat over the past years.

May 10 08:10

France loses a religious building every two weeks

One religious building is disappearing in France every two weeks.

That is the conclusion of Edouard de Lamaze, president of the Observatoire du patrimoine religieux (Observatory of Religious Heritage) in Paris.

He is raising the alarm in the French media about the gradual disappearance of religious edifices in a country known as the “eldest daughter of the Church” because the Frankish King Clovis I embraced Catholicism in 496.

“THESE BUILDINGS HAVE NOT BEEN MAINTAINED FOR OVER A CENTURY…IT IS ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU CRY” -EDOUARD DE LAMAZE

Lamaze’s appeal for increased awareness came after a fire destroyed the 16th-century Church of Saint-Pierre in Romilly-la-Puthenaye, Normandy, northern France. The fire, deemed accidental, took place on April 15, exactly two years after the blaze that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

May 07 06:13

Marine Le Pen to French Generals: “Join Me in the Battle for France”

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French conservative opposition party Rassemblement National, has come out in support of the 20 French generals who signed an open letter warning of “civil war” in France. Le Pen is currently polling in first place in France for presidential elections to be held in 2022. This week, Le Pen was also acquitted of charges of “hate speech” for exposing radical Islamist propaganda on Twitter.

The French Army chief of staff has threatened the Army officers signing the open letter with court martial. Retired Foreign Legion general Christian Piquemal accused General François Lecointre of being a “bootlicker”.

May 07 05:44

Open letter from retired military : a plot against the Republic ?

The Yellow Vests against globalization

In 2018, France was shaken by a vast popular movement, the "Yellow Vests". Starting as a protest against the increase in gasoline prices, it very quickly appeared as a protest against the sociological effects of trade globalization: disappearance of the Western middle classes, relegation to under-equipped countryside [1].

Two weeks after the beginning of the demonstrations, unidentified groups infiltrated the movement to sabotage it from within. Thus, while for 15 days all the demonstrators proudly waved the French flag and sang the Marseillaise -something not seen in popular demonstrations for fifty years-, hooded thugs dressed in black vandalized the Arc de Triomphe and especially the sculpture of the Marseillaise. The trial that followed showed that this group of unidentified provocateurs had no connection with the Gilets jaunes who were the only ones arrested.

May 06 11:42

Le Pen Cleared Of Breaking Hate Speech Laws For Posting Images of ISIS Atrocities

Populist leader Marine Le Pen has been cleared of violating hate speech laws after she was ludicrously charged for posting images of ISIS atrocities in an effort to illustrate the barbarity of ISIS.

Le Pen originally posted the images in 2015 as a rebuttal to comparisons that were being made between her National Front party and Islamic jihadists.

“This is what Daesh is,” she wrote under the photos, which showed ISIS militants executing people.

Despite posting the photos in an effort to denounce ISIS, Le Pen was accused of “disseminating violent messages that could seriously harm human dignity,” a charge that was never applied to media outlets or journalists who shared similar photos.

While anything other than an acquittal would have been incomprehensible, the fact that it took over 5 years to happen is absurd and undoubtedly related to Le Pen’s hostility to the French establishment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this woman did... was to demonstrate the truth of the situation.

One knows that a society is on the brink of no return, when telling the truth gets criminalized.

IF these images were "fake news", that would have been horrendous; but in light of the fact that these images were of events which actually happened, these charges should never have been brought about by French authorities in the first place.

Religious/political assassinations are just plain morally wrong, period, end of discussion.

May 06 09:46

Jersey officials hold talks with French fishermen over rights dispute

Jersey officials are meeting French fishermen, who have been protesting over their post-Brexit rights, in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

Two Royal Navy ships and two French vessels are patrolling near Jersey while about 60 French and Jersey boats are at the island's St Helier port.

French fishermen say their rights are unfairly restricted by licences issued by the island under a new system.

No 10 said the PM has been in contact with Jersey officials over the row.

HMS Severn, which has previously been used to shadow Russian navy warships off the English coast, can be seen from the port, sitting off about a mile from the French boats. HMS Tamar is nearby and both ships are maintaining a presence and not making any effort to intervene.

May 06 05:34

Your move, Macron: Boris Johnson sends two Royal Navy vessels armed with cannon and machine guns to stop French fishermen from blockading Jersey in dramatic escalation of conflict with Paris over post-Brexit fisheries

Boris Johnson last night sent two Royal Navy gunships to Jersey 'as a precaution' in a major escalation of the 'unacceptable' row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights.

Armed with cannon and machine guns, the vessels will patrol the Channel after Paris warned yesterday it could cut off electricity to the British Crown dependency which is largely supplied via an undersea cable.

It is understood the Prime Minister made the decision to deploy the patrol boats after intelligence suggested a fleet of 100 fishing boats was threatening to block all access to the port at Saint Helier this morning.

May 06 05:24

Watch out Macron & Le Pen? TV firebrand Eric Zemmour has topped French ratings with his takes on immigration, Islam and Napoleon

A household name in France for his ratings-topping work on TV and prize-winning books, Eric Zemmour is the most popular figure on the right, with one poll finding support of 17% for a run in next April’s Presidential elections.

When French TV viewers turn on CNews tonight, no doubt they’ll be expecting political journalist and award-winning author Eric Zemmour to mention the 200th anniversary of the death of his hero, Napoleon.

And the million or so viewers that tune in at 7pm from Monday to Friday to hear the considered views of the most popular figure on the French right on the Face A L’Info show will recognise the 62-year-old’s opinion from his 2014 best-seller The French Suicide.

May 05 06:45

French far-right leader Le Pen acquitted after sharing IS execution images

A French court on Tuesday acquitted far-right leader and presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on charges she broke hate-speech laws by tweeting pictures of Islamic State atrocities.

Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after Islamic State jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris, in response to a journalist who she accused of drawing a comparison between IS and her party.

One of the pictures showed the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded by the Islamist terrorists.

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