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Apr 12 14:22

France Willing to Consider Offering Julian Assange Asylum to Prevent US Extradition

France is willing to consider offering WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange asylum if he requests it from them.

When asked about Julian Assange during a local radio program, France’s Secretary of State for European affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, said “we should listen to what he wants to do.”

Assange’s French lawyer, Juan Branco, has asked President Emmanuel Macron to bring the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominated publisher to France to avoid extradition, according to a report from the New York Post.

The Ecuadorian government allowed UK authorities to enter their embassy and arrest Assange after revoking his asylum in exchange for a hefty IMF loan.

Apr 11 12:42

Monsanto loses appeal in French farmer's poisoning case

A French court on Thursday upheld a guilty verdict against chemicals giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers, the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.

Cereal farmer Paul Francois has been fighting Monsanto, a formerly US company which was bought by Germany's Bayer last year, for the past 12 years.

In the first ruling of its kind against Monsanto anywhere in the world, a French court in 2012 found it guilty of poisoning Francois.

He said he began experiencing symptoms including blackouts, headaches and loss of balance and memory after inhaling fumes while using the now-banned weedkiller Lasso.

Apr 11 10:36

Brexit DELAYED until October as EU unity SHATTERS at summit - Juncker ‘furious’ at Macron

Mr Macron was accused of breaking “EU unity” as he completely split away from the EU majority pushing Britain into a lengthy Brexit delay. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was “absolutely furious” with the French President, a diplomatic source told Express.co.uk. The source said: “France went on its own and has broken EU unity, that really surprises us.”

Apr 11 10:35

Macron WARNING: Farage makes solemn VOW to French President - 'Your WORST FEARS!'

The former UKIP leader turned his attention directly to Mr Macron on his LBC show, gravely claiming that if a long extension was called for in the Brussels summit, all his “worst fears would come true”. Mr Farage said: “I’ve just got a message really for Emmanuel Macron. Which is if you extend this, all your worst fears will come true.

Apr 10 17:56

France: Macron Regime Gasses Children At Playground

French President Emmanuel Macron's stormtroopers gassed children playing on a merry-go-round at a park over the weekend while attempting to shut down the yellow vest protests, according to video reports.

Apr 09 10:29

BREXIT LIVE: ‘Put us out of our MISERY!’ Tory BEGS Macron and Merkel to reject delay

"At tomorrow's EU Council, please vote against any further extensions to Article 50 and oblige the UK to leave the EU on Friday on WTO terms, as you previously said you would only honour any application for an extension if there was a credible reason so to do. That credible reason does not not exist." Mr Loughton added: "If the EU elections go ahead, it is highly likely the UK will elect an army of Nigel Farage mini-mes, who I am afraid will wreak havoc with the European Parliament.”

Apr 09 09:29

French PM Philippe calls for quick tax cuts to appease protesters

France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has called for quick tax cuts in response to the anger expressed by Yellow Vests protesters. Philippe on Monday unveiled the results of a three-month “grand debate” launched by President Emmanuel Macron in response to the protests.

Apr 08 09:02

France to give Lebanon defense equipment

French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher said Sunday that France is holding discussions with senior officials in the Lebanese Armed Forces to secure maritime and land defense equipment for Lebanon, local media reported.

"We have opened a financing account of 400 million euros (about 449.3 million U.S. dollars) for this purpose," Foucher was quoted as saying by the National News Agency.

His remarks came during the yearly ceremony to honor veterans in the Lebanese and French armies.

Apr 08 08:35

In France, Police Violence Escalates To Quell Yellow Vests Protests

By Manuel and Adam Long

"Police violence is a regular Saturday occurrence. The guys who get hurt and injured aren’t hooligans, but protesters."

These are the words of David Dufresne, an independent journalist who is angry about the excessive use of force by French police since the start of the yellow vests (gilets jaunes) movement. Dufresne has kept a tally of the injured victims of police violence and he describes his motivation...

Apr 07 08:31

Sacrebleu! Civilian accidentally ejected from French fighter jet during fly-along

A privileged experience of a fly-along in a French Air Force Rafale B fighter jet went terribly wrong last month for one civilian who was shockingly ejected from the jet during a takeoff from Saint Dizier Air Base in northeastern France.

The unidentified 64-year-old passenger, who “does not belong to the [French] Ministry of Armed Forces,” sustained back injuries but was listed in stable condition after being taken to the hospital, according to Aerotime News Hub.

“His health condition is not a cause for concern,” Col. Cyrille Duvivier, spokesman for the French Air Force, told Aerotime News.

In many cases, fly-along opportunities are extended to elected officials or those in the press to highlight capabilities of the aircraft, according to reports.

But aviation experts agree randomly firing passengers into the sky is typically not one of those capabilities.

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Merde!

Apr 06 09:36

20+ arrested, leader fined: Yellow Vest protests open ‘Act 21’ in France

More than a dozen people have been arrested as Yellow Vest protesters flood the streets of French cities, marking the 21st consecutive week of mass demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron and his government.

Some 21 protesters were arrested in Paris on Saturday morning, local media reported, citing police. Eric Drouet, one of the leaders of the Yellow Vests, was fined 135 euro ($150) for violating public protest laws. The ruling was slammed by his lawyer who said that “if Drouet wants to have a cup of coffee at the Champs-Elysees, he has an absolute right to do so.”

Apr 06 09:31

France & Germany’s ‘Alliance for Multilateralism’ may not be as good as it sounds

Germany and France have announced the creation of a new ‘Alliance for Multilateralism’ to support international cooperation and the UN. Is it a much-needed step to counterbalance the US, or a reaction to the excesses of Trump?

On the one hand you could say it's a sign of Europe's biggest powers finally showing some teeth to the US.

The news that two of America's strongest allies in Europe are forming an ‘Alliance for Multilateralism’ – which will officially launch in September at the United Nations General Assembly – probably won't go down well in Washington, especially as we're also told that Canada, Japan and Australia have shown interest in joining the initiative.

Apr 01 09:45

US move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan violates international law – Macron

France rejects US President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian Golan Heights, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday while meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Paris. “Recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the occupied territories violates international law and creates tension in the region,” Macron warned.

Mar 31 09:13

Globalism's Last Disgrace: Desperate Macron Sends French Army Against Yellow Vests

There are few people in this world more odious than French President Emmanuel Macron after his behavior this week. I’m sure there are child molesters who are worse. But as a man who is pivotal in the future of hundreds of millions of people, his decision to order the French military to quell the Yellow Vests protests with live ammunition is simply vile.

Mar 30 08:01

Yellow Vests Call for New Protests in Paris

The 30 March protests in the French capital will mark the 20th week of demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies as the second phase of the “Grand National Debate” is expected to continue in the next few days.

Last weekend, French police banned protests on the Champs-Elysees and in its vicinity. Similar precautionary measures were taken by police in the French cities of Nice, Marseille and Metz.

Moreover, ahead of the 20th Yellow Vests protests, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that Operation Sentinelle troops have been mobilised to help maintain security in Paris and across the country. According to the French government, troops have only been deployed to guard symbolic sites.

Mar 30 07:48

Globalism's Last Disgrace: Desperate Macron Sends French Army Against Yellow Vests

There are few people in this world more odious than French President Emmanuel Macron after his behavior this week. I’m sure there are child molesters who are worse. But as a man who is pivotal in the future of hundreds of millions of people, his decision to order the French military to quell the Yellow Vests protests with live ammunition is simply vile.

Mar 29 11:30

Gaddafi Spy Chief – Libya Gave Ex-French President Sarkozy $8million Bribe

“Shutting them up. That’s what it’s about. The hangman’s drop, the crackle of the firing squad, and their secrets go to the grave. Saddam Hussein didn’t get the chance to tell us about his dealings with the US and German companies who provided the gas he used on the Kurds. And now Gaddafi’s spymaster Abdullah al-Senussi will be shot in Libya before he has a chance to tell us about the cosy relationship he had with our Western security services when he liaised between his boss, the CIA and MI6.”

Mar 29 09:45

France Won't Bow to US, Wants to Be Leader, Minister WARNS

Realising that the present-day United States is a "difficult partner", France insists on its sovereignty on the political and technological scene, French Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire said.

In an exclusive interview with Le Figaro, French Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire said that, "in the face of the United States and China, Europe must assert itself as a sovereign power".

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Another province strains against the empire.

Mar 28 17:50

MACRON ON BRINK: French president CONDEMNED over resignations - ‘He is ISOLATED!’

THE CONSERVATIVE leader of the French Senate Gérard Larcher has warned President Emmanuel Macron’s authoritarian tendencies were partly to blame for the string of high profile resignations that have weakened his presidency in recent months.

The resignations have called into question the centrist’s leadership, already undermined by claims he is a president of the rich with little regard for the struggling working class. Three top ministers – all close Macron allies – quit the government on Wednesday, bringing to 10 the number of cabinet members who have stepped down since the young leader took office in May 2017. “Maybe the [resignations] are a reflection of Mr Macron’s vertical governing style … maybe they reflect the head of state’s growing isolation,” Mr Larcher told Europe 1 radio shortly after the departures were confirmed in an emailed statement.

Mar 28 07:57

Firing on Protesters: Will Macron’s New Tactics Against the Yellow Vests Make Simmering Pot Boil Over?

A 73-year-old activist is the latest casualty of French President Emmanuel Macron’s crackdown on the Gilets Jaunes protest movement. Geneviève Legay of the anti-globalization group Attac had her skull fractured by police in Nice as they charged at her during the nineteenth consecutive week of protests against the president’s unpopular austerity and tax policies. The feminist campaigner and grandmother was carrying a rainbow flag marked “peace” as she was attacked, in what her family calls “willful violence” in an official complaint.

The embattled president went after Legay, currently in serious condition in the hospital, lecturing her on her “irresponsibility” for being in a “prohibited” area, claiming that, “when one is fragile and risks being shoved, one does not go to places that are declared off-limits and one does not put oneself in that kind of situation,” adding that he wished her “a speedy recovery…and perhaps a kind of wisdom.”

Mar 28 07:26

Macron Brings in the Army! Brutal Beatings and Maimings by Police Not Enough to Stop the People!

Mar 27 13:22

Incredible Skill By Helicopter Pilot…

This is very impressive work 7,000 feet up...

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Mar 27 07:08

2019: Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated Throughout France

Since the beginning of 2019, France has seen a torrent of attacks which have included arson, vandalism, and desecration of a number of its historic Catholic churches.

The defacers have torn down crosses, knocked down tabernacles, smashed statues, and have destroyed the Eucharist, igniting fears of a rise in widespread anti-Catholic sentiment across the country.

Mar 26 08:36

Macron under fire for 'patronising' injured gilets jaunes protester

Emmanuel Macron has been accused of patronising a 73-year-old gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protester who sustained a fractured skull after riot police charged demonstrators in an off-limits area of Nice.

Geneviève Legay was taken to hospital with serious head injuries on Saturday. Jean-Michel Prêtre, the Nice public prosecutor, said an investigation had been opened but it appeared Legay had hit her head on a concrete bollard as police tried to clear protesters.

Macron, who was in Nice on Monday along with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who is visiting France, told the Nice-Matin newspaper he wished Legay a “speedy recovery”, but simultaneously criticised her.

“When one is fragile and risks being shoved, one does not go to places that are declared off-limits and one does not put oneself in that kind of situation,” he said.

Mar 25 10:21

Macron Hopes Old Woman Injured in Police Charge Gains ‘Wisdom’, ‘Fragile’ People Should Avoid Prohibited Areas

French President Emmanuel Macron has told a newspaper he hopes a 73-year old Yellow Vest protester who suffered serious head injuries after being charged by police in Nice, gains “wisdom” over the incident.

Anti-globalisation activist Genevieve Legay remains in hospital Monday after police advanced aggressively on people defying a protest ban Saturday.

An Associated Press reporter saw Legay, who was waving a rainbow flag marked “Peace”, fall to the pavement, blood spilling from her head.

In an interview published in Nice Matin on Monday, Macron suggested Legay didn’t behave “responsibly,” saying that “fragile” people shouldn’t attend “places that are defined as prohibited.”

Mar 25 09:21

Macron wishes injured 73yo Yellow Vest protester ‘a speedy recovery and… wisdom’

French President Emmanuel Macron, who many blame for the violence unleashed on Yellow Vest protesters, said he hopes one elderly protester whose head was severely injured during a demonstration gains “wisdom” over her injury.

Genevieve Legay, a French anti-globalization activist, was knocked over by officers wielding batons at an unauthorized rally in Nice last week. She fell and hit her head on a metal post before being rushed to the hospital for trauma care.

The incident was widely covered in French media, and Macron predictably was asked to comment on it. His response is unlikely to sit well with the Yellow Vests: “I wish her a speedy recovery, and perhaps a form of wisdom.”

Mar 25 08:59

Macron's Brexit anger REVEALED: 'English stopped us from building United States of Europe'

Mr Macron, the French president, was an influential agitator in last week’s seven-hour negotiation over Theresa May’s request to delay Brexit until June 30. He drove a hard bargain as he urged his EU colleagues to push Britain out of the bloc in early May, with or without a deal in place. Former politicians and experts have suggested Paris’ tough rhetoric on Brexit is the result of a six-century rivalry between France and Britain.

Mar 24 09:14

France says Trump's Golan Heights move would violate international law

France sought to make clear on Friday that it does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and that President Trump’s intention to do so would violate international law.

“The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of 1981,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing, according to Reuters.

“The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, occupied territory, would be contrary to international law, in particular the obligation for states not to recognize an illegal situation.”

Mar 23 09:43

WATCH Yellow Vests Protest in Paris as TROOPS Allowed to Open Fire if Threatened

This weekend's wave of 'Yellow Vests' protests arrived in Paris on Saturday despite a ban on protesting along the Champs-Elysees, which was announced by French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe after violence erupted last weekend.

Ahead of the 19th Saturday seeing Yellow Vests protests in France, troops have been mobilised to help the police focus on protecting public order in Paris. The military can go as far as opening fire if their life or the life of people they defend are threatened, Gen. Bruno Leray, Paris military governor, said Friday.

French police have banned protests on the Champs-Elysees and in its vicinity, which had been slated to take place this Saturday, 23 March, according to their statement. Similar precautionary measures have been taken by police in the French cities of Nice, Marseille and Metz.

Mar 23 09:43

Macron lectures UK on democracy while France burns every Saturday – George Galloway

French president Emmanuel Macron, who rebuked British MPs for failing to respect the will of the people after they repeatedly refused to accept Theresa May's Brexit deal, has been criticised for ignoring his own people.
Former UK parliamentarian George Galloway said that Macron's lecture came from a leader whose country was "on fire every Saturday”.

Macron, one of the European Union's harshest critics of Britain’s indecisiveness over Brexit, told a meeting of the European Council on Thursday that the result of the British referendum must be respected.

“We need to hear our people, we need to address their fears. We can’t play with fears, or simply tear up pages without offering anything else," he said.

But former Labour MP Galloway said that Macron’s own record of listening to the people was far from flawless.

Mar 22 13:43

France Is the Socialist Future We Should Dread

Op-Ed by Veronique de Rugy

A lot of attention and ink are being poured these days in trying to explain to a generation of voters why socialism always fails. Not only does socialism always fail to deliver the economic goods; it is also a source of massive oppression and pain...

Mar 22 10:11

Israel cancels Mother’s Day event at French cultural centre in Jerusalem

Israeli occupation forces raided a French government-linked cultural centre in East Jerusalem to shut down a Mother’s Day event, reported AFP.

According to the report, “an order posted on the door of the building by Israeli authorities said that the centre…intended to host an event organised with a women’s association ‘sponsored or financed by the Palestinian Authority [PA]’ and ‘without authorisation’.”

“In a rare move”, Israeli forces actually entered the French foreign ministry-associated centre, a source “with the French consulate” told AFP.

Israel considers any PA activity in occupied East Jerusalem, or events supported by the PA, to be illegal and a challenge to its sovereignty claim in the illegally-annexed part of the city.

“The consulate could not confirm if the association was indeed financed by the PA, but Palestinians who were to participate in the event said the allegation was false,” AFP added.

Mar 22 08:46

France Responds to Trump: Israeli Sovereignty Over Golans Against Int'l Law

Earlier, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that now was the time for the US to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. According to him, the time has come to take such a step in the interests of the security of Israel and the region as a whole.

"The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognise the Israeli annexation of 1981," the Fench Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing, adding that UN Security Council resolutions had recognised the annexation as illegal.

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"I am above the law!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 22 06:53

REVEALED: French soldiers will be allowed to 'OPEN FIRE' if lives are threatened by Yellow Vest rioters this weekend as the military is drafted in to help 5,000 police on the streets of Paris

It has now been confirmed that the French Army will support some 5,000 police trying to keep order during the 19th Yellow Vest Saturday demonstration in a row in Paris at the weekend.

General Leray told Franceinfo Radio on Friday: 'If their life or that of the people they defend is threatened, they can go up to opening fire.'

Mar 21 09:47

Inside the Yellow Vests: What the Western media will not report

While the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) protests actually began on 17.11.18, I think most are aware that frustration with the government has been building for many, many years. Sarkozy certainly played a big role in this. Deep-rooted contractions have been left unaddressed while offshore accounts were filled up. Without wanting to dedicate a lot of space to the details of each French government since the last massive riots in 1968, I think it is easier to proceed from the fact that France has been essentially occupied by America for decades. For me personally, this helps to explain a lot.

Mar 21 07:49

France to deploy troops to maintain security during planned weekend protests – Macron

Soldiers will be deployed across France to help maintain security during this weekend’s planned Yellow Vest protests, President Emmanuel Macron has said. The military will secure government buildings and other sites to allow police forces to focus on maintaining public order, the president said, according to comments reported on Wednesday by government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.

Mar 20 07:53

France to Crack Down on “Yellow Vest” Protests

France has announced tough new measures on “yellow vest” protests as the anti-government demonstrations entered its fourth month over the weekend, marked by clashes with the police, nearly 200 arrests and damage to businesses by some protesters.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

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I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 09:09

‘NATO solidarity clause is called Article 5, not article F-35’ – French defense minister

Europe must move away from full dependency on American weapon supplies, the French defense minister stressed, slamming President Donald Trump’s “conditional” approach towards NATO and his European allies.

Expressing concern that Trump’s idea of NATO’s solidarity is “conditional on allies buying this or that equipment,” the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, wondered if the US commitment to the military block will continue to be “perennial.”

The alliance should be unconditional, otherwise, it is not an alliance. NATO’s solidarity clause is called Article 5, not article F-35.

Mar 18 13:32

France to ban 'yellow vest' protests if violent groups take part: PM

France’s prime minister said Paris’s police chief had been sacked and that the government would shut down “yellow vest” protests if violent groups were identified among the ranks of “yellow vest” protesters.

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You know, the violent groups working for the French government!

Mar 18 08:12

Macron’s concern over China’s presence in Africa is about keeping riches in the West

When I see Western leaders smiling, shaking hands and offering sage and heartfelt advice on tours of Africa, I just can’t help settling in for the show because you know some top level hypocrisy is just around the corner.

By far, my favorite part of politics is watching its highest level practitioners ignore whatever inconvenient facts from the past are getting in the way of the blatant self-interest of the present. The French leader visiting Africa? Well you know this is going to be a good one.

Africa is full of elephants, and many of them are political, sitting in the corners of rooms and trumpeting away merrily at the likes of Emmanuel Macron. His ability to ignore the weight of history has proved commendable.

Mar 17 09:22

'How is the Paris accord working out for France?' Trump says Yellow Vest violence in French capital is caused by anger over environmental agreement as 'stretched' police arrest 25 rioters after cars are torched and shops are trashed

President Trump says that the ongoing rioting in France is caused by dissatisfaction with the Paris accord on climate change.

‘How is the Paris Environmental Accord working out for France?’ Trump tweeted on Saturday.

‘After 18 weeks of rioting by the Yellow Vest Protesters, I guess not so well!

‘In the meantime, the United States has gone to the top of all lists on the Environment.’

It is unclear what Trump was referring to.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Mr. President.

The Yellow Vests are not protesting about the climate.

They are protesting about oppressive economic conditions and the effects of uncontrolled migration.

No wonder you don't seem to make sense.

Mar 17 09:08

Mother And Child Saved From Paris Bank Fire During Yellow Vest Riot

Surreal footage has emerged of a bank going up in flames after France's Yellow Vests were back in full swing on Saturday following a brief lull at the end of President Macron's unsuccessful 'great debate' - during which thousands of town halls were conducted over a two-month period in the hopes of solving national issues through citizen debates.

But now protests turned to riots are quickly returning to being potentially deadly with a number of dramatic close calls on Saturday.

Mar 16 08:43

18th Weekend of Yellow Vests Protests in Paris (VIDEO)

Yellow vest protests in the French capital, which are ongoing for the eighteenth consecutive weekend, have evolved into serious clashes between activists and police, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.

As many as 31 people have been detained so far, according to media reports.

Earlier in the day, French police fired tear gas against protesters as yellow vest rallies continue for the eighteenth consecutive weekend in the country's capital, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Mar 16 08:39

No hope for change: Parisians say Macron’s ‘great debate’ was a PR stunt

France has ended two months of citizen debates in which Yellow Vest supporters were invited to air their grievances. Parisians who spoke with RT said the meetings were a stunt used by Emmanuel Macron and won’t lead to real change.

The French president launched his “great debate” in mid-January in response to the popular Yellow Vest protest movement. Up to 500,000 people participated in 10,000 meetings nationwide, with discussion topics ranging from taxes to the environment. The national dialogue has been credited with giving Macron a much-needed boost in the polls – but few seem optimistic that the debates will lead to concrete changes.

“It would surprise me if he takes any measures, but I don’t expect anything,” one Yellow Vest supporter told RT.

Mar 16 08:37

Yellow Vests & police clash in Paris as Macron’s ‘great debate’ ends

Clashes between protesters and police broke out as the Yellow Vest rallies entered their 18th consecutive week, causing more headaches for President Macron, whose “great debate” aimed at pacifying the protests ended on Friday.

Saturday’s rally saw thousands of people flooding the streets of downtown Paris, with many wearing black balaclavas and holding French flags.

Violence erupted on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, where protesters congregated to take part in the weekly march which began in November. According to the Associated Press, Paris mobilized more police than in previous weeks in an attempt to stave off unrest.

Mar 13 09:59

Civil liberties under threat in Macron's France, says rights watchdog

The heavy-handed policing of anti-government “yellow vest” demonstrations, during which thousands of protesters have been arrested and many wounded, reflects a steady erosion of civil liberties in France, the country’s human rights watchdog said.

Mar 13 08:36

Childcare workers join Yellow Vest protests

Mar 13 08:33

French MPs Open Door to Franco-German Parliament

The French National Assembly has approved the creation of a new Franco-German assembly that would see the two countries represented in a single parliament.

The future two-country assembly would be comprised of 50 French and 50 German deputies who will meet twice a year to discuss issues of cooperation, with the first meeting expected to occur on March 25th, Franceinfo reports.

While the plan was approved on Monday in France, the German Bundestag has yet to vote on the proposal which has been described as a way to “deepen cooperation” between both nations.

Mar 13 08:10

French MPs approve anti-riot bill amid Yellow Vest protests, rights watchdog sounds alarm

The upper house of the French parliament has greenlighted a bill giving police broad powers to quell unrest. It comes as a rights watchdog warned of civil liberties being undermined in France due to crackdowns on protest.
Following hours of tense debate on Tuesday, the French Senate approved an anti-hooligan ('anti-casseurs') bill by a margin of 210 votes to 115.

The bill has courted widespread controversy, having been denounced as "liberticide" by the left, and hailed as a "the law of protections" by the French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

Mar 12 13:21

French, German Farmers Destroy GMO-contaminated Crops

The transnational company Bayer said Wednesday that farmers in France and Germany were digging up thousands of hectares of rapeseed fields after traces of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are banned for cultivation, were found in seeds sold by the company.

In Europe, few varieties of GMO are authorized for growing, mostly due to environmental concerns. However, during a routine check, French authorities found out GMO seeds in three rapeseed seeds batches sold by Dekalb, a brand previously owned by Monsanto before the company was taken over by Bayer in 2018.

GMO crops are not authorized in Europe, although GMO could be imported for food and animal feed, Catherine Lamboley, Bayer’s chief operating officer for France, said and explained that the source of the contamination of rapeseed seeds, which were produced in Argentine GMO-free area, is not known yet.

Mar 12 08:20

Merkel Successor Rebuffs Macron’s EU Vision

The successor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision of the European Union (EU), rejecting a more centralised EU.

The Christian Democratic Union leader, known by her initials AKK in Germany given her tongue-twister name, presented her own vision of the future of the European Union which differs greatly from the proposal of President Macron and would see increased cooperation but not down the path of an EU superstate Die Welt reports.

“Europe needs a strategy to promote convergence, which intelligently links national and European approaches,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said and added support for an “EU innovation budget” to fund research and technological development.

Mar 11 10:48

Yellow Vests ransack MASONIC LODGE in French village as protest gets out of hand

A crowd of Yellow Vest protesters broke into and trashed a Masonic lodge in the French village of Tarbes. The ransacking has been condemned by the French government, who accused the protesters of “stupidity” and “intolerance.”

Some 450 protesters had gathered in Tarbes on Saturday for the 17th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Around midnight, La Dépêche paper reported, some protesters began shouting “we’re going to the freemasons!”

A smaller crowd of protesters marched on the Masonic temple, with one battering down the door of the secretive organization’s clubhouse. More protesters pelted rocks at the building and eventually the group forced its way inside. They overturned furniture, trashed the esoteric art hanging on the walls, and stole four ceremonial swords; they gave these back later on.

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I still think the violence is by agents provocateurs.

Mar 11 10:24

Pushback on Human Rights in France. Resurgence of Police Violence. Devastating Neoliberal Policies. Suppression of the Yellow Vests

For some months now, France has been the scene of turbulent upheaval. Fierce social conflict has long been a defining feature of the country’s political life. It has been a historical given in a nation constructed, for the most part, post-1789 on the basis of a revolution of universal scope that, along with the social advances won in 1936, 1945 and 1968, still exerts a strong hold on the collective memory and the country’s institutions, despite attempts to eradicate all traces of it.

Mar 11 08:53

Christian Basilica in Paris No-Go Suburbs Heavily Vandalised

The over 800-year-old Basilica of Saint-Denis in France was heavily vandalised this week, with vandals smashing stained glass windows and severely damaging the nearly 200-year-old organ.

The destruction was discovered on Sunday morning by the basilica’s organist, who found that the engine of the organ had been damaged along with other parts of the massive instrument, designed between 1834 and 1841, Le Parisien reports.

Saadia Tamelikecht, head of the departmental unit of architecture and heritage of the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs, said the damage to the instrument, which has been recognised as a historic monument of significance in France, was major.

Mar 09 11:00

17th Weekend of Yellow Vests Demonstrations in Paris (VIDEO)

Several hundreds of protesters gathered on Saturday at the Place Charles de Gaulle in the French capital of Paris for the 17th consecutive weekend of rallies of the yellow vest movement opposing the French government's social policies, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

While these protesters are planning to walk around three miles during their march, another group of protesters is holding a sit-in demonstration. They are going to sit at the Champ de Mars in downtown Paris during the whole day.

On the same day, yellow vest protests are scheduled to take place in the French cities of Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse and others.

Mar 09 10:43

Yellow Vest protest in Paris: Act XVII

Mar 08 08:39

The Man With No Friends. Macron's Letter Attacks Everyone, Offers Little

"Retreating into nationalism offers nothing; it is rejection without an alternative. And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe: the anger mongers, backed by fake news, promise anything and everything". Macron, 2019.

President Macron's audacious letter to the EU28 published by fawning newspapers, presumably a free opinion piece, should count as election spending, it was his pitch for a fast track federal Europe that very few want.

It was his free election leaflet ahead of the EU elections in May.

It was also his pitch to be crowned the new leader of the EU, as a wounded Merkel stands down.

Mar 07 12:21

France's Vilmorin defies US with seed exports to Iran

France’s seed maker Vilmorin is defying new US sanctions on Iran to maintain exports to the Middle Eastern country which is the world’s fifth largest vegetable grower.

Iran is facing the "toughest ever" sanctions imposed by the US in November but Vilmorin said on Tuesday it is working with a banking partner to finance deals with Iranian clients able to pay in euros.

Chief Financial Officer Vincent Supiot said Vilmorin is also considering taking part in a proposed European scheme, known as INSTEX, to conduct non-dollar trade with Iran via a barter system that would avert the sanctions.

The French group has annual sales of about 10 million euros ($11.49 million) to Iran by exporting vegetable seeds but it is unsure to what extent it will be able to pursue shipments under the US sanctions.

Mar 07 11:43

Yellow Vests Attack Police With "Shit Bombs" In Latest Wave Of Protests

Mar 07 07:38

Third night of anti-police violence in France’s Grenoble

Rioters in the French city of Grenoble set fire to 65 cars and targetedsecurity forces with fireworks and Molotov cocktails, officials said Tuesday, after a third night of violence sparked by the death of two teenagers during a police chase.

Clashes began on Saturday evening when two men, aged 17 and 19, were spotted by police riding a stolen scooter without a license plate and without helmets.

They were being followed by a police vehicle when they crashed into a bus, according to the local prosecutor’s office which is treating their deaths as accidental.

“Young people from the neighbourhood saw what happened and have the feeling that there was a mistake by the police,” said Hassen Bouzeghoub, the director of a social club in Grenoble’s Mistral area where the men died.

A family member, who did not give his name, claimed “police are responsible for their death” in comments made to an AFP reporter outside the city court on Sunday.

Mar 07 07:37

Torched cars & firebombs: French city hit with 4th night of anti-police violence (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Rioters torched cars and hurled Molotov cocktails from the rooftops as the French city of Grenoble saw the fourth consecutive night of unrest, sparked by the death of two teenagers in a police chase.

Footage filmed by Ruptly shows vehicles engulfed in flames after they were overturned and torched by rioters in Grenoble, southeastern France, with firefighters and police deployed at the scene.

Mar 07 07:37

Why Macron's ‘letter to Europe’ is spectacularly clueless & will fall on deaf ears

With numerous political crises gripping Europe, 28 newspapers across the EU yesterday published something we all could have done without: a heartwarming letter about unity and progress from none other than Emmanuel Macron.

“Citizens of Europe,” the embattled French president begins, in the characteristically arrogant style for which he has become known, before delving into the Brexit conundrum and the European Union’s crisis of legitimacy.

Brexit, Macron tells us, is a “symbol” of the “danger” the EU finds itself in. Another way to look at it might be that Brexit is a symbol of how broken the European project actually is. But wait, he’s getting to that: The EU, he continues, has “failed to respond to its peoples’ need for protection from the major shocks of the modern world.”

Mar 07 07:16

Marine Le Pen to be prosecuted for anti-ISIS tweets

Prosecutors have called for French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen to be tried for tweeting pictures of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group, judicial sources said.

Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after ISIS jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris – and after a French journalist drew a comparison between the jihadist group and her party. Her move sparked widespread condemnation in France.

One of the pictures showed the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded by the Sunni extremists. Another showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a tank and the third showed a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Mar 07 07:16

French guards blockade prisons after ‘radicalized’ inmate stabbed 2 officers (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Prison guards have blocked access to 18 prisons in France after two colleagues were stabbed in a brutal attack by a ‘radicalized’ inmate in Normandy. The prisoner’s wife, who was visiting at the time, died in the incident.

About 60 guards have blocked the Condé-sur-Sarthe prison in north-western France, the scene of Tuesday’s horrifying attack, setting fire to tires and palettes outside the secure facility. The two guards were seriously injured in the stabbing, and the suspect was shot and wounded by police.

Mar 06 12:05

France’s Yellow Vests: Proving Police Are Indeed Part of the 1%

8,000+ arrested, 500 major injuries, 2,000+ imprisoned (as of Feb. 14), 1,500+ awaiting trials (Feb. 14), 12 deaths, 20+ blindings, 6 hands lost, 10,000+ rubber bullets fired. Cops never switch sides – they have too much to lose.

Mar 06 08:46

Macron Attacks Brexit, Calls for ‘European Federalism’ in Pre-Election War Cry

Globalist French President Emmanuel Macron has made a direct address to the over 500 million people who live in the European Union, calling on them to support his vision of a more centralised and powerful “project” European Union which, he believes, could even entice the United Kingdom into cancelling Brexit.

The plea to voters to back an enhanced European Union which would take more control over its member nation states comes just months before the continental power bloc holds elections to select Members of the European Parliament for the next five-year term.

Mar 06 08:21

‘Radicalized’ French inmate brutally stabs 2 prison guards, wife dies during siege raid

A “radicalized” inmate has stabbed two guards in a prison in northwestern France, sparking a tense hours-long standoff with law enforcement. The suspect was injured and his wife killed during the police raid.

The prisoner was with his wife in a visiting room at the high-security facility on Tuesday when he suddenly stabbed two guards with a ceramic knife, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” prison staff told the AFP.

Mar 06 08:19

'Europe is in Crisis, But Macron Doesn't Have the Right Diagnosis' - Researcher

Sputnik has discussed with Jan Oberg, director of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, French President Emmanuel Macron's open letter envisaging steps that could lead to a "European Renaissance” in the lead up to May's European elections and Brexit.

Mar 05 09:55

S*** got real! Cops pelted with FECAL BOMBS during Yellow Vest protests in Marseille (PHOTO)

The Yellow Vest protesters have apparently adopted an unconventional weapon against the French law enforcement – fecal bombs. At least three policemen have been already affected by them during the most recent protest.

The criminal police (BAC) officers came under the excrement attack in the city of Marseille on Saturday, getting heavily stained by fecal matter. One of the officers has reportedly received injury to insult, sustaining physical damage to his elbow.

Mar 05 09:29

Macron letter BACKFIRES: French president accused of presenting 'self-serving' EU vision

Mr Macron was accused of presenting a “french wish list” for the EU by designing a future for the bloc that suits Paris’ “own image”, without much regard for its other members. In the memo, which was published in 24 languages, the French President called for new EU institutions, as well as a common defence strategy, to protect the bloc. But the radical proposals, designed as the starter pistol for Mr Macron’s European Parliament elections campaign, weren’t to the taste of the entire bloc.

Mar 05 09:17

French resist effort to censor criticism of Zionism

There is a pushback in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s speech to a major Israel lobby group last month vowing to criminalize anti-Zionism.

More than 400 intellectuals, artists and activists have signed an open letter to Macron that was published on 28 February in the national newspaper Libération.

“Mr. President, we are French citizens who respect the laws of the republic, but if you adopt a law against anti-Zionism, or if you officially adopt an erroneous definition of anti-Semitism that permits outlawing it, please know that we will break this law with our words, our writing, our art and our acts of solidarity,” the letter states.

“And if you decide to pursue us, to silence us, even to imprison us for that, well, you can come and get us.”

Mar 04 19:19

Yellow Vest: Left-wing MP BEATEN by police during protests - ‘Macron is right to panic!'

FRENCH politician Loïc Prud'homme has accused police of beating him with batons as he left a yellow vest rally in the western city of Bordeaux, as he condoned systematic police brutality against protesters.

Leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon took the lawmaker’s defence, denouncing the centrist government’s drift towards brutal “authoritarianism” following months of unrest. “Beaten with a baton as I was quietly leaving the protest. And yet [the Interior Ministry] says police violence doesn’t exist? Enough is enough, you’re causing chaos!” Mr Prud'homme, a member of the far-left La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party, said on Twitter.

“I was walking back to my bike when my friend and I were caught up by police. I barely had the time to pull out my parliamentary card … that they started beating me up with their batons,” he added.

Mar 04 15:23

In Major Blow To Trudeau, Senior Minister Quits Over Corruption Allegations

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's most trusted ministers announced on Monday that she planned to resign from his cabinet following damning testimony last week from her close friend, former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, with whom she was closely allied when the two served in the cabinet together.

Jane Philpott, Trudeau's now-former president of the Treasury board, tweeted a statement announcing her resignation Monday afternoon. In it, she said that, after "serious reflection", she had decided to do the right thing and resign from the government, in keeping with her "ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations."

Mar 04 13:10

Wheelchair-Bound Yellow-Vest Pepper-Sprayed By French Cops; Another Man Shot In Face

As the Yellow Vest protests rage across France for the 16th straight week, shocking footage has emerged of police brutality. Apparently a Friday call for calm by President Emmanuel Macron doesn't apply to police.

Mar 04 12:58

Anti-Semitism versus anti-Zionism in today’s France

Lawrence Davidson examines the illogic – or opportunism – behind French President Macron’s pledge to criminalise criticism of the racist ideology, Zionism, on which Israel as a Jews-only state is based while ignoring the cultural puritanism that breeds real anti-Semitism and racism in France.>>

Mar 04 11:51

France’s ‘yellow vests’ march largely without violence (lies), 16th week

Mar 03 09:47

French anti-semitism: Macron's tool to silence Palestinian solidarity

By conflating anti-Zionism with anti-semitism, Macron is attempting to shield the government from criticism over its active participation in other forms of racism

Mar 02 10:17

Tear gas v flowers: Yellow Vests march through Paris for 16th week in a row

Yellow Vest protesters have taken to the streets of Paris for the 16th consecutive week. While some enjoyed a friendly chat with police officers, others faced tear gas after trying to break off from a pre-approved marching route.

Unlike previous demonstrations, Paris officials authorized a designated route for Saturday’s “Act 16” anti-government marchers – a span of road beginning at the Arc de Triomphe and ending at Place Denfert-Rochereau in the south of the city.

In contrast to the chaotic clashes with police during previous protests, photographs and videos reveal a largely peaceful, orderly demonstration.

Mar 02 09:13

Yellow Vests Protesters Gather for 16th Week of Demonstrations

Large-scale demonstrations began in France on 17 November last year in wake of the government's decision to raise fuel taxes. Despite the French authorities later discarding their plans, yellow vests protesters, dissatisfied with the government's social policies, have continued to rally across the country.

Yellow vests demonstrators are gathering to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies for the 16th week in a row.

Mar 01 11:54

BEX ALERT - How an Anti-Semitic Attack Marked the End of the Yellow Vests

The Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement has been in steady decline since Christmastime. But the grotesque assault on Alain Finkielkraut in Paris last Saturday marks its end as a social force one could be hopeful about.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The violence and anti-Semitic acts are being carried out by agents provocateurs.

Feb 28 12:34

France’s Macron leads the way as western leaders malevolently confuse anti-Zionism with antisemitism

How far the international community’s approach towards Israel has reversed trajectory over the past half century can be gauged simply by studying the fate of one word: Zionism.

In 1975 much of the world broke ranks with the United States and Europe at the United Nations general assembly to declare that Zionism, Israel’s founding ideology, “is a form of racism and racial discrimination”.

Western publics were generally shocked. Zionism, they had been told, was a necessary liberation movement for the Jewish people after centuries of oppression and pogroms. Its creation, Israel, was simply the righting of terrible wrongs that had culminated in the horrors of the Holocaust.

But Zionism looked very different to those countries around the globe that had been exposed to centuries of European colonialism and the more recent advent of US imperialism.

Feb 28 09:02

17 EU Member States Team Up Against Franco-German Initiative - Reports

France and Germany sought to create a European rail giant, but their push was blocked by the European Commission, which feared the project would harm competition in the bloc. Now, Berlin and Paris want to revise EU competition rules - raising concerns among smaller member states.

About 17 EU member states have forged a coalition against a joint Franco-German push for easing restrictions on free competition in the union.

According to a letter seen by the Polish Rzeczpospolita newspaper, this coalition includes the Baltic States, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

They are said to have warned European Council President Donald Tusk against the "growing risk of protectionism" and possible shifts in balance of power in economic matters post-Brexit.

Feb 27 19:05

Emmanuel Macron sparks OUTRAGE by claiming ALL Yellow Vests responsible for violence

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron has warned Yellow Vest protesters who take part in violent demonstrations are by default “complicit” in fuelling the unrest that has shaken France for more than three months.

Feb 27 09:55

#YELLOW VESTS. MASSIVE REPRESSION IN FRANCE AGAINST PEACEFUL CITIZENS. FRENCH LAWYER SPEAKS OUT!!!

Feb 27 09:21

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) followed. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.

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