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"Only one form of contagion travels faster than a virus. And that's fear." -- Dan Brown

France has supplied Ukraine with banned land mines, and Ukraine is using them.

The Ukrainian military mined the approaches to their positions in the area of Opytne (northwest of Donetsk) with fifty French HPD mod.F2 mines.

This is a very dangerous anti-tank / anti-bottom mine with a magnetic target sensor. Designed to destroy armored vehicles with a cumulative jet when the vehicle passes over a mine. It is installed on the ground, or in the ground and in water to a depth of 1.5 m.

A deputy for Emmanuel Macron has put forward a radical constitutional bill aiming to grant voting rights to all foreigners in French municipal elections, with the move earning harsh criticism from conservatives who warn the entire country’s future faces dire consequences if such a bill passes.

For years, France has been a holiday destination for Hajar, a 32-year-old Moroccan who works for an international consulting firm.

In April she submitted an application for a Schengen visa to TLS Contact in Casablanca, a subcontractor of the French consulate in Morocco, as she normally did in preparation for her trip to France.

To her surprise, her visa request was rejected, which had never happened before.

"Even though my file was complete, my application was refused," Hajar told Middle East Eye.

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French President Emmanuel Macron signed protocols on NATO accession for Finland and Sweden on Saturday, AFP reported with reference to the Elysee Palace.

"This sovereign choice by Finland and Sweden will strengthen their security in the face of the existing threat in their immediate vicinity and will make a significant contribution to the collective position and our European security," the press service of the French leader's administration was quoted as saying.

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France began its military operations in the Sahel in 2013 to crush a rebellion in the North of Mali, a former French colony. The rebel and terrorist groups then reorganized to attack the center of the country which initiated a full blown rebellion. After nearly a decade, the rebels were still not contained and the numbers of terrorist attacks in the country rose steadily and the violence spread to neighboring countries.

The rising tensions eventually led to the complete deterioration of the relations between the two countries.

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A Covid-19 vaccine study funded by the French government and conducted by university researchers have confirmed the elevated risk of heart inflammation with Covid ‘boosters,’ particularly with the Moderna series.

“In the study, French researchers analyzed 4,890 myocarditis cases admitted to hospitals in the country between Dec. 27, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2022,” the Epoch Times reported. The researchers used 48,900 controls from the general population.

After being the West’s only mediator in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, France has just been declared an “unfriendly” country by Russia. The countries and territories mentioned in the list imposed or joined the sanctions against Russia after the start of the military operation in Ukraine.

Forecast models indicate that high temperatures will persist across France in early August. Europe's second-largest economy has endured record-breaking heat this summer that has curbed nuclear power production. We detailed last month, "France Cuts Nuclear Power Generation Amid Record-Breaking Heatwave," and now, more reductions are planned amid an energy crisis. 

A 37-year-old volunteer fireman in France has admitted he was behind several fires lit earlier this year in May and July, claiming he committed the acts for the “adrenaline” and to get away from his family.

The firefighter was arrested last Wednesday by French police after being seen near the site of several fires taking place in the commune of Saint-Jean-de-la-Blaquière and a day later admitted not only that he had set fires in the area in July but had also set fires in May in Saint-Privat.