Thought for the day

"I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them"." -- Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

The subject of Macron (we think it’s ‘Macron’ right now) is entirely puzzling. The MSM jumped on creating a solid identity with his ‘wife’ Bridget early on. But that has all unravelled, at least among those willing to be curious.

SEVEN YEARS AFTER the popular uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the NATO intervention that removed him from power, Libya is extremely fractured and a source of regional instability. But while Congress has heavily scrutinized the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi a year after Gaddafi’s overthrow and death, there has been no U.S. investigation into the broader question of what led the U.S. and its allies to intervene so disastrously in Libya.

Russian state energy giant Gazprom has said it has cut off gas supplies to France’s utilities company Engie. The French side has failed to pay for the gas deliveries in July in full, the Russian company added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Engie said that Gazprom informed it “of a reduction in gas deliveries” and cited “a disagreement between the parties on the application of some contracts,” according to Bloomberg. It did not provide any details about the nature of the disagreements and did not specify the level of delivery reductions.

TikTokers and YouTubers could help the EU drive a wedge between the Russian government and the people, Germany and France have reportedly told other members of the bloc.

Ideas on how its members could influence Russian citizens were formulated in a document circulated ahead of this week’s high-level EU meeting in Prague, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The plan is meant for discussion behind closed doors, but the news agency said it had studied the document.

French prime minister warns of energy rationing risk in winter MikeRivero Tue, 08/30/2022 - 07:53

France's Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has expressed alarm about the risk of energy rationing across the country in winter, calling on French companies and businesses to take steps to reduce consumption amid the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune have declared a “new, irreversible dynamic of progress” in their nations’ ties, concluding a visit by Macron aimed at ending months of tensions.

The three-day visit that ended on Saturday came less than two months after Algeria marked six decades of independence following 132 years of French rule and a devastating eight-year war.

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Over the past week, a NATO operation cleared historical ordnance from the English Channel along the French Coast. Besides making the channel a safer place, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 gained the benefit of training and working with colleagues from multiple nations.

The team conducted the ordnance disposal operations off the coast of Dieppe, France from August 16 to 24. They reported that the operation successfully removed 13 pieces of historical ordnance, reducing the risk of mine encounters in the water and making the area safer for all mariners.

The economic powerhouses of the European Union, France and Germany, both set records on Friday for electricity prices, as the West’s sanctions war with Russia continues to bite.