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Oct 15 17:15

French NGOs Demand Moratorium on 5G Due to Its “Out of Control” Consequences On Society

By B.N. Frank

Telecom Industry executives have admitted they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe. Many doctors and scientists say it isn’t. People and their pets are already becoming sick where it’s installed.

Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and more are also warning that 5G isn’t worth ALL the risks associated with it. Opposition is increasing worldwide. So are lawsuits and legislation against forced installation. French NGOs are now asking for a moratorium on 5G at least until there can be a public debate on it...

Oct 13 16:24

Police TEAR GAS Yellow Vest protesters in Toulouse during 48th week of mass demonstrations (VIDEOS)

Police in the French city of Toulouse have deployed tear gas and water cannon as Yellow Vest protesters took to the streets for the 48th weekend of mass demonstrations across France.

The city in the south of France has routinely been the scene of large anti-government rallies for the political movement which is nearing its first birthday.

Oct 03 19:16

Crumbling blue line: Overworked, demoralized French police stretched to breaking point

Years of austerity and state of emergency have already taken their toll on French police, but the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests seem to have been the final straw. Now Les Flics have gone on strike amid an epidemic of officer suicides.

Picture a crowd of some 20,000 people, gathered in the streets of Paris, waving banners, lighting flares, singing La Marsellaise and blowing whistles. They boo as a group of protesters is led away by gendarmes in riot gear, presumably under arrest. Some of the demonstrators are crying.

If you thought it was another Yellow Vest protest, you’d be wrong. No, this is a “march of anger” by the French police. The marchers don’t wear yellow safety vests, and their banners and flares are blue. They are the officers, sergeants, detectives and inspectors who have had quite enough and are trying to tell the government of Emmanuel Macron “no more.”

Oct 03 04:39

"This Is A Major Risk": France Rolls Out New Facial Recognition Technology

Is this how French President Emmanuel Macron is choosing to celebrate 70 years of Communist rule?

In a plan that sounds eerily similar to China's 'social credit score' system, Macron and the French Interior Ministry are pushing ahead plans to launch a national facial-recognition program, arguing that it "will make the state more efficient."

According to Bloomberg, the ID program, known as "Alicem", is set to be rolled out in November, after the launch was moved forward from an end-of-year timeline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have mentioned that this kind of Orwellian software would soon be unleashed by Western governments against their own people; it 's just that France decided to be "ahead of the curve", by rolling it out, just after after the Chinese celebrateD the 70th year of the Communist takeover here.

And one of two things are possible here; either Macron has done this as a a gesture of defiance against those who are legitimately, logically, and peacefully, protesting elements of his regime for which they do not care; or this was absolutely timed to coincide with the Chinese Communist 70th anniversary of their having taken over the country, to say to France's people "We can do to you what the Communists have done to the people of their country who DON'T LIKE US!!."

Sep 22 02:20

Donald Trump Threatens to Dump Imprisoned Daesh Fighters at Europe’s Doorstep

US President Donald Trump has threatened to set prisoners from Europe who joined Daesh* in Syria and Iraq free at the EU’s borders if they refuse to take back the captives. According to the American commander-in-chief, after the US defeated the so-called caliphate, Washington has “thousands of prisoners of war, ISIS fighters" who are European nationals, but these countries are refusing to cooperate. He singled out France and Germany when speaking on the matter.

"We're asking the countries from which they came, from Europe, we're asking them to take back these prisoners of war. And they can try them, do what they want. So far, they've refused. And at some point, I'm going to have to say, 'I'm sorry, but you either take them back or we're going to let them go at your border'", he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Channeling a little of Turkey's President Erdoğan, aren't we, Mr. President?!?

Turkey’s Radical Plan: Send a Million Refugees Back to Syria

Sep 16 07:46

Thousands of children were exposed to alarming levels of lead after 'dangerous dust' was scattered across Paris in Notre Dame fire but officials were 'afraid' to alert people

An investigation by the New York Times found that 'dangerous dust' was scattered across the streets of Paris when flames engulfed 460 tons of lead on the roof and spire of the Gothic cathedral.

The report, which drew on confidential documents, police reports, and lead measurements by the Culture Ministry, revealed French authorities 'had indications' that lead exposure could pose a problem 48 hours after the fire - but it was a month before city officials ordered testing.

'The state was afraid to make people afraid,' Anne Souyris, the city's deputy mayor in charge of health, told the paper. 'They thought that they would protect people by not communicating about the lead issue'.

Sep 15 16:27

Tear gas, water cannons, injuries: Chaos erupts in Nantes amid Yellow Vests rally (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Yellow Vests protests against President Emmanuel Macron's economic polices hit France for the 44th weekend in a row. It got especially heated in Nantes where clashes between police and protesters left several people injured.

Some 1,800 people took to the streets of the city on Saturday, according to police figures. This week, the Yellow Vests tried a different approach to the protests, avoiding the city's center and hitting different routes instead.

At some point protesters engaged in scuffles with law enforcement. The police extensively used tear gas to disperse the crowds, footage from the scene shows.

Sep 15 04:33

FRANCE AND GERMANY AGREE TO BLOCK FACEBOOK'S LIBRA

SOURCE: REUTERS
PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany have agreed to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, the French finance ministry said on Friday.

In a joint statement, the two governments affirmed that “no private entity can claim monetary power, which is inherent to the sovereignty of nations”.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday that Facebook’s new cryptocurrency should not be allowed to operate in Europe while concerns persist about sovereignty and persistent financial risks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how this development evolves; can France and Germany actually block the distribution of the Libra Cryptocurrency?!?, because Facebook "is not a sovereign nation"?!?

Sep 12 11:20

Eurasian Politics On The Cusp Of Change

Authored by M.K. Bhadrakumar via IndianPunchline.com,

The meeting of the foreign and defense ministers of Russia and France in the 2+2 format in Moscow on September 9 signified not only a warming up of relations between the two countries but a reset in Russia’s ties with the West.

The last time a Franco-Russian event in the 2+2 format took place was in October 2012 in Paris. A year later, the conflict erupted in Ukraine and the European Union imposed sanctions against Russia. The trajectory since then appears to be reversing its course.

The first signs appeared during the G7 summit in Biarritz on 24-26 August where the schism between the West and Russia significantly narrowed. The US President Donald Trump announced that he intended to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to next year’s G7 at Miami.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any possible thaw in European and US relations with Russia, is a very positive thing right now; Macron should be applauded for taking these steps.

Sep 12 11:20

Eurasian Politics On The Cusp Of Change

Authored by M.K. Bhadrakumar via IndianPunchline.com,

The meeting of the foreign and defense ministers of Russia and France in the 2+2 format in Moscow on September 9 signified not only a warming up of relations between the two countries but a reset in Russia’s ties with the West.

The last time a Franco-Russian event in the 2+2 format took place was in October 2012 in Paris. A year later, the conflict erupted in Ukraine and the European Union imposed sanctions against Russia. The trajectory since then appears to be reversing its course.

The first signs appeared during the G7 summit in Biarritz on 24-26 August where the schism between the West and Russia significantly narrowed. The US President Donald Trump announced that he intended to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to next year’s G7 at Miami.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any possible thaw in European and US relations with Russia, is a very positive thing right now; Macron should be applauded for taking these steps.

Sep 10 10:48

Passage du Gois: A Disappearing Road in France

Passage du Gois is a causeway in the Bay of Bourgneuf, linking the island of Noirmoutier to the mainland in the department of Vendée, in France. But the 4,150-meter long causeway only becomes visible and accessible twice a day. Around 1 ½ hour before the lowest tide and 1 ½ hour afterwards. For the rest of the day, the road is submerged under under 1.3 to 4 meters of water.

Sep 04 17:23

France Plans to Mount Guns and Lasers On Satellites By 2030 For Self-Defense

By B.N. Frank

Even scarier – France doesn’t seem to be the only one interested in turning their satellites into directed energy weapons...

Aug 13 10:24

Hong Kong phooey! Would you like any hypocrisy with that?

Where to start? For nearly 40 weeks hundreds of thousands of French people have been on the streets in anti-government demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron’s rule.

Some have lost eyes and hands in the police response. The public has begun to view the smell of tear gas as a normal part of a weekend in Paris. France is 29 miles from the coast of England. Siri just told me that “Hong Kong is about 5,992 miles from London as the crow flies.”

So complete has been the British media blackout on the Yellow Vests that many believe, wrongly, that there is some British government order banning on any mention of “les événements en France.” The truth is that there is no need for one.

Aug 13 09:58

Jeffrey Epstein investigation expands to France, Caribbean

The investigation into accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has branched out overseas — as authorities are now examining his properties in France and the Caribbean.

French authorities said they have initiated an investigation into the billionaire, who was found dead in his New York City jail cell last weekend. U.S. officials suspect he hanged himself during a period of time he wasn’t monitored.

Epstein owned an apartment in Paris and U.S. authorities have connected him to several French nationals. He was arrested last month after returning from France.

Aug 11 10:31

Yellow Vest Protesters Rallies Gather in Paris for 39th Straight Week

Numerous demonstrators are taking to the streets in order to oppose government policies in the French capital and protest against income inequality.

Last week, protesters also took part in a March of Silence against police brutality in Nantes, which resulted in numerous clashes and arrests of demonstrators.

The Yellow Vests movement started holding rallies in France in November 2018 over the government's plan to increase fuel taxes. While the French authorities have abandoned the idea, protesters continue to hold demonstrations across the country every weekend.

Aug 04 08:59

France Is Slowly Sinking Into Chaos

Aug 03 16:38

French Court Rules Against Utility Smart Meters Because They Are Making People Sick

By B.N. Frank

Tens of millions of utility Smart Meters have been installed throughout the U.S and around the world so it’s likely that they are installed on your home and throughout your community whether you know it or not. There are many problems associated with them including adverse health effects and fires.

Merci beaucoup to the French court for ruling against these dastardly devices for health reasons and to the lawyer who continues to fight on behalf of complainants...

Aug 03 10:02

Macron minister sparks outrage after comparing Yellow Vests’ actions to a ‘terror attack’

Mr Castaner made the controversial comments as he visited the office of Romain Grau, an MP loyal to French President Emmanuel Macron, after it was set alight by balaclava-clad rioters on the sidelines of a yellow vest rally last weekend. While the attack on Mr Grau’s office has widely been branded “an act of vandalism,” Mr Castaner reclassified the incident into an “attentat” – the French word used to describe a terrorist attack. Mr Grau, a member of Mr Macron’s centrist La République en Marche (LREM) party, was in his office in the southern city of Perpignan when a mob of yellow vests stormed into the room, smashing windows and hurling a burning projectile inside. The MP managed to put out the flames and escape.

Aug 02 10:41

Anti-French Algerian football fans tear down statue of France’s historic leader Charles de Gaulle

After their national football team had been crowned as the champion of the African Cup of Nations, hundreds of rowdy, anti-French Algerian fans made their way to the city center of Paris to celebrate their team’s success.

Although the final match took place in Egypt between Senegal and Algeria, it prompted unruly celebrations by Algerians in the streets of Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg, and Toulouse. France was not represented in the competition.

But celebrations started to look more like riots when the anti-French Algerian migrants began tearing down a historic statue of French General Charles de Gaulle while cheering gleefully. At one point, one of the Algerians tries to drop-kick the statue before it’s finally torn down to the cheers of onlookers.

Jul 31 09:26

Economic growth is fading in France

Jul 30 08:01

US Formally Asks Germany, France, UK to Take Part in Strait of Hormuz Mission to Counter Iran

Earlier, both German and British officials said they did not support the US's "maximum pressure" strategy against Tehran, instead welcoming an operation proposed by London for a European-led security effort to "protect" commercial vessels operating in the Persian Gulf and near the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States has officially requested Germany, France and the UK to join its military mission in the Gulf to 'combat Iranian aggression,' the US Embassy in Berlin has indicated.

"We have formally asked Germany to help with securing the Strait of Hormuz and fighting Iranian aggression, along with France and the UK," a spokeswoman from the Embassy told the German Press Agency on Tuesday.

Jul 15 12:21

Police Use Tear Gas to Disperse Protesters From Champs Elysees After Bastille Day Parade - Reports

Earlier in the day, a parade was held at the Champs Elysees to mark the national day, known as July 14 in France and Bastille Day abroad.

French police have used tear gas to disperse protesters who occupied the Champs Elysees hours after French President Emmanuel Macron together with European leaders took part in a military parade.

Prior to the police reaction, the protesters started destroying the barriers installed on the streets, trying to build barricades and chanting yellow vest movement slogans.

Jul 15 10:07

At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever

It was a warm afternoon in March. David Breidenstein says he looked on as some of the more radical yellow vest protesters set fire to Le Fouquet's, not just a restaurant but a symbol of wealth and power in France.

As the flames spread licking at the famous red awning, Breidenstein quickly turned on his feet hoping to distance himself from the blaze, fearful of getting caught up in the violence he says he wasn't fueling.

A few seconds later he stopped, lit a cigarette, and as he looked back towards the riot police he felt the full force of a golf-ball-size rubber bullet strike his left eye.

"It felt like a lump of concrete. I fell to the ground and thought 'I've lost my eye, it's gone.'"

Jul 15 10:05

Jet-powered flyboard steals the show at Bastille Day celebrations

Jul 15 09:52

Macron announces creation of French space force

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force to improve the country's defence capabilities.

The declaration -- made on the eve of France's Bastille Day national celebrations that feature a military parade down Paris's Champs-Elysees -- mirrors an initiative in the US championed by President Donald Trump.

"To assure the development and the reinforcement of our capacities in space, a high command for space will be created in September," Macron told military brass gathered for a traditional pre-Bastille Day reception.

He called the renewed military focus on space a "true national security issue".

Jul 15 09:51

Police crack down on undocumented workers occupying Paris Pantheon

Yesterday afternoon, 700 undocumented African workers occupied Paris’s historic Panthéon building, chanting “Black vests” and demanding recognition of their right to reside in France. The protest, whose name referred to “yellow vest” protests against social inequality over the past six months, was met with a violent police crackdown.

Police forcibly evacuated the Panthéon, then kettled and charged at demonstrators behind the building, arresting at least 37.

Jul 12 19:08

'Black vest' protesters storm Panthéon in Paris

Hundreds of undocumented migrants have stormed the Panthéon in Paris and demanded the right to remain in France.

The protesters, who were mainly from West Africa, surged into the building at around midday (11:00 GMT) on Friday.

Tourists were evacuated from the mausoleum, where many of France's most famous figures are buried.

The group called themselves the "black vests" - a reference to the yellow vest protest movement that spread through much of France earlier this year.

Jul 10 11:15

France rejects defining speech online against Israel as antisemitism

Jul 10 07:18

UK & France Accept Trump's Call For More Troops In Syria As Germany Rebuffs

Amid an awkward diplomatic row between the UK and US following leaked cables sent from Britain's ambassador to the United States back to London which described President Trump as "inept," "insecure" and "incompetent," the United Kingdom joined France Tuesday in being among the only US allies to heed the administration's call to bolster forces in Syria.

Notably Germany has rebuffed the US request to deploy additional troops as part of the "anti-ISIS coalition" primarily in Syria's north and east after US special envoy James Jeffrey told Die Welt’s Sunday edition that,"We want ground forces from Germany to partially replace our soldiers." This as the Pentagon plans a draw down in line with Trump's longtime promise to the American public of a "full" and "complete" withdrawal which has been long delayed since last year over concerns that either pro-Assad and Iranian forces or Turkey could fill the vacuum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but I do not see any drawdown in Syria, until the required "regime change" comes about in Damascus; and that is going to take a great deal of time, well beyond a year, if the US can actually pull it off.

Jul 08 08:57

France, Iran agree to explore conditions to restart nuclear talks by July 15

Jul 08 07:04

Quick on pledges, slow on cash: France’s mega rich in no hurry with promised donations to Notre Dame

Only €38 million of the promised €850 million have been received so far for the reconstruction of the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the city’s Catholic archbishop of Michel Aupetit has said.

This is less than five percent of the amount promised.

Jul 06 10:22

Yellow Vest protesters hit Paris for 34th weekend

Police used tear gas to briefly push back Yellow Vest protesters who had flooded Paris streets for the 34th week in a row on Saturday.

Since the movement began last November, tens of thousands have marched every Saturday through the streets of France, airing a number of grievances, ranging from taxes on fuel to income inequality.

Jun 27 10:12

France warns Pentagon chief not to drag NATO into military action against Iran – report

The US defense secretary is trying to “internationalize” the US stand-off with Iran by convincing NATO allies to help. France reportedly rebuked his advances, saying the alliance shouldn’t be dragged into war in the Gulf.

Jun 26 07:36

Facebook to Hand Over Users’ Info to French Govt For “Hate Speech” Prosecutions

By Chris Menahan

Facebook is going to work in concert with the government of France to rat out its own users so they can be prosecuted for “hate speech.”

The move comes just three months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged a “privacy-focused” overhaul of the social network...

Jun 24 13:55

On Chosen-mess

A few days ago the BBC reported on an extraordinary French identity theft scam. For two years starting in late 2015, an individual or individuals impersonating France's defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, scammed an estimated €80m from wealthy French patriots.

The victims of this fraud were tricked into believing that they were being contacted by France’s Defence Minister who was requesting money to help pay ransom for journalists held hostage by Islamists in the Middle East. Since France officially does not pay ransom to terrorists, the fake minster assured the victims that payments could not be traced and asked for the funds to be wired to a bank in China.

The BBC deemed the operation “one of the most outlandish and successful rackets of recent times.”

Jun 24 08:03

Russian and French Prime Ministers Hold Joint-Press Conference

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart Edouard Philippe are holding talks in the port city of Le Havre in northern France, where they've discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries as well as relevant international issues.

Dmitry Medvedev and Edouard Philippe held a joint press conference following bilateral talks.

According to the prime ministers' respective press offices, during the meeting, the two ministers discussed French-Russian cooperation in trade, energy, the economy, culture and other areas, as well as the ongoing crises in Syria and Ukraine. The joint press conference will be followed by a working dinner.

The French government said Medvedev's visit was an opportunity to continue the dialogue between the country at the level of their prime ministers two years after Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to France.

Jun 22 10:07

Notre-Dame: the Largest Real Estate Transaction in Europe has Begun in Paris

The Ile de la Cité real estate renovation operation and its transformation into a tourist promenade began with the awarding of part of the Hôtel-Dieu to Novaxia, “philanthropist” Joachim Azan’s "transitory urbanism" group (photo).

This mega-operation was imagined in 2016, at the request of President François Hollande and the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, by the director of historical monuments Philippe Bélaval and architect Dominique Perrault.

It plans to take advantage of the renovation of the Tribunal de Paris, the Prefecture of Police and Hôtel-Dieu, in order to draw all the tourist potential of the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Sainte-Chapelle.

The cathedral fire constituted a "divine surprise" for the public authorities who will thus be able to carry out this project and commercially exploit the whole island. This, the Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, summed up by declaring that Notre-Dame de Paris is "not a cathedral, it’s our common good".

Jun 22 10:05

Yellow Vests Hold Protests for 32nd Consecutive Weekend in Paris

Yellow Vests rallies continue in the French capital and other cities across the country to express ' opposition to the Macron government's policies.

Some protestors have also gathered at toll roads to prevent them from accepting payments, making them open for everyone for free.

Yellow Vests are holding protests for the 32nd consecutive weekend in parts of France. The movement emerged in France in mid-November over planned fuel tax hikes.

Jun 21 09:23

France's Sarkozy to face trial for corruption and influence peddling: lawyer

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost his final bid to avoid going to trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, said his lawyer on Wednesday. This is the first time in the history of modern France that a former leader will face explicit corruption charges in court.

Sarkozy stands accused of offering to help a judge win a promotion in Monaco in return for leaked information.

The Court of Cassation, which rules on questions of law, said that a trial was justified for Sakorzy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog as well as former judge Gilbert Azibert.

The trial is set to begin in the next months in Paris but doesn't have a set date yet.

Jun 16 05:27

Judge orders Marine Le Pen to stand trial for sharing ISIS killings on Twitter

A judge has ordered far-right French politician Marine Le Pen to stand trial for sharing ISIS atrocities over Twitter, which included photographs of beheaded American journalist James Foley and execution videos.

Le Pen was officially charged in February 2018 for disseminating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity” over social media in 2015. She also faces secondary charges for sharing the content in a format that can be viewed by children. Several of her tweets containing graphic images have not been deleted.

“I am being charged for having condemned the horrors of Daesh,” Le Pen said in response to the charges last year. “In other countries this would have earned me a medal.”

Jun 14 08:38

EU on brink: Emmanuel Macron squirms as Donald Trump orders France leaves EU

EMMANUEL MACRON has dramatically conceded that there have been days when the EU went “faster” in response to an astounding request from US President Donald Trump for France to “leave Europe”.

Jun 13 11:47

French Historian Tells Macron to 'Reread History' on Supposed 'Russian Threat'

Earlier this week, the French president called for the creation of a "real European army" to defend Europe against "China, Russia, and even the United States."

French historian Dr. Edouard Husson has taken issue with Emmanuel Macron's interpretation of history in his remarks in Verdun on Tuesday, including Macron's call to protect Europe from Russia, which the president said was "on our borders and has shown that it can be a threat."

In an op-ed in Atlantico, Husson, former vice-chancellor of the Sorbonne, wrote that he was "surprised, to say the least" to hear the confrontational remarks by the president, "just days before the reception of President Putin as part of the commemorations" dedicated to the end of the Great War.

Jun 12 11:46

WWII French Freedom Fighter Memorial Vandalized by Open Borders Far-Left Anarchists

Far-left anarchist graffiti was found on a war memorial to those who resisted and liberated the southern French commune of Névache from Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

The monument, located at the Col de l’Echelle mountain pass in the Alps, is dedicated to the Maquis resistance fighters from the Second World War and was also partially vandalised along with the anarchist symbols that were drawn all over it, Le Dauphine reports.

A chapel located near the monument was also subjected to vandalism with several far-left slogans spray-painted on it including a demand for open borders.

Jun 09 08:52

Three Russian warships to keep NATO Baltops-2019 exercise under observationMore:http://tass.com/defense/1062814

June 8. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet’s warships will keep track of NATO’s Baltops-2019 maneuvers to begin in the Baltic Sea waters on June 9, a law enforcement source in Russia’s westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad told TASS on Saturday.

"The Stoikiy and the Boikiy corvettes, as well as the Liven small missile ship, will keep the NATO maneuvers under observation. Besides, reconnaissance assets will also be deployed," the source said.

TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication.

The Baltops-2019 exercise will be held on June 9-21. It will involve up to 40 surface ships and submarines and 40 aircraft from 18 countries. For the first time, the US Second Fleet, re-established in 2018, will take part in the maneuvers. Staff members will run Baltops-2019 from the USS Mount Whitney command ship, which arrived to the Baltic Sea on May 30.

More:
http://tass.com/defense/1062814

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the massive placement of NATO equipment and personnel, surrounding Russia right now, even at its doorstep, can anyone in their right mind condemn Russia for being concerned, about what NATO is doing right now?!?

Jun 09 08:52

Three Russian warships to keep NATO Baltops-2019 exercise under observationMore:http://tass.com/defense/1062814

June 8. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet’s warships will keep track of NATO’s Baltops-2019 maneuvers to begin in the Baltic Sea waters on June 9, a law enforcement source in Russia’s westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad told TASS on Saturday.

"The Stoikiy and the Boikiy corvettes, as well as the Liven small missile ship, will keep the NATO maneuvers under observation. Besides, reconnaissance assets will also be deployed," the source said.

TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication.

The Baltops-2019 exercise will be held on June 9-21. It will involve up to 40 surface ships and submarines and 40 aircraft from 18 countries. For the first time, the US Second Fleet, re-established in 2018, will take part in the maneuvers. Staff members will run Baltops-2019 from the USS Mount Whitney command ship, which arrived to the Baltic Sea on May 30.

More:
http://tass.com/defense/1062814

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the massive placement of NATO equipment and personnel, surrounding Russia right now, even at its doorstep, can anyone in their right mind condemn Russia for being concerned, about what NATO is doing right now?!?

Jun 09 08:51

Three Russian warships to keep NATO Baltops-2019 exercise under observationMore:http://tass.com/defense/1062814

June 8. /TASS/. The Baltic Fleet’s warships will keep track of NATO’s Baltops-2019 maneuvers to begin in the Baltic Sea waters on June 9, a law enforcement source in Russia’s westernmost Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad told TASS on Saturday.

"The Stoikiy and the Boikiy corvettes, as well as the Liven small missile ship, will keep the NATO maneuvers under observation. Besides, reconnaissance assets will also be deployed," the source said.

TASS has been unable to officially confirm the information at the time of the publication.

The Baltops-2019 exercise will be held on June 9-21. It will involve up to 40 surface ships and submarines and 40 aircraft from 18 countries. For the first time, the US Second Fleet, re-established in 2018, will take part in the maneuvers. Staff members will run Baltops-2019 from the USS Mount Whitney command ship, which arrived to the Baltic Sea on May 30.

More:
http://tass.com/defense/1062814

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the massive placement of NATO equipment and personnel, surrounding Russia right now, even at its doorstep, can anyone in their right mind condemn Russia for being concerned, about what NATO is doing right now?!?

Jun 07 08:48

Tehran rejects Macron’s call for wider intl talks beyond nuclear deal

Iran rejected French calls for wider international talks over its nuclear and military ambitions, according to a state TV report.

President Emmanuel Macron had said the previous day that Paris and Washington both wanted to stop Tehran getting nuclear arms and new talks should focus on curbing its ballistic missiles program.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it would not hold any discussions beyond the 2015 pact which US President Donald Trump abandoned last year. “Talking about issues beyond the deal… will lead to further mistrust among the remaining signatories of the deal,” Reuters quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi as saying.

Jun 07 07:59

France Promises Presence in Pacific for Upcoming ‘Global Confrontation’

While most of the reporting on potential new wars out of the US has centered recently on Iran and Venezuela, French officials say they believe a “global confrontation” is emerging in the Pacific Ocean, and they promise to be involved.

Jun 06 06:44

FRENCH WEAPONS SALES TO SAUDI JUMPED 50% LAST YEAR

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
France’s weapons sales to Saudi Arabia rose 50 per cent in 2018 despite the government calling for an end to the “dirty war” in Yemen, figures released on Tuesday showed, Reuters reports.
An annual government report showed that total arms sales rose 30 per cent to 9.1 billion euros in 2018, driven by a sharp increase in sales to European allies.

France sold about 1 billion euros worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, with the main item being patrol boats. A partial naval blockade of ports controlled by the Houthi movement is one of the tactics used by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that has been criticised by campaigners for worsening a humanitarian crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

French arms manufacturers understand, completely, as to how their weaponry is going to to be used, in Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen.

And just in case, those weapons manufacturers are suffering from an intense case of SMD (selective memory disorder) I will take a moment, to insure that they know just what their patrol boats are used against a starving population, because Yemeni ports are blockaded, so no food, or aid, can get in to the country: (warning: this is a set of "lose your lunch" images, as to what malnutrition has cost the families, and children, because food cannot get in, courtesy of US and Saudi blockades:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, through malnutrition

I cannot believe that the architects of the French Revolution, believed for one minute, that this was going to be the outcome of a movement which preached "Libertie... Egalite... Fraternite" (Liberty/Equality/Brother and Sisterhood."

And somewhere in France, that huge thumpa-thumpa-thumpa noise you are hearing, at warp speed, is the Marquis de Lafayette, the French guy who aided the American revolution, turning over in his grave, protesting the evil the country of his birth, has become, in the 21st century.

Jun 03 09:09

March of the mutilated: Injured Yellow Vests protest police brutality in Paris (VIDEO)

Several hundred people have shown up for the ‘march of the mutilated’ in Paris, protesting police brutality and demanding a ban on the weaponry law enforcement uses to control demonstrators.

People gathered in central Paris on Sunday, the day after ‘Act 29’ of the Yellow Vest protests. The demonstrators carried banners, showing injuries – such as lost eyes and limbs – various protesters have received over the past few months and demanding a ban of the ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police.

Jun 02 09:04

UK Border Force Intercepts 74 Migrants Trying to Cross English Channel

Britain's Border Force intercepted 74 people Saturday, including minors, on eight vessels trying to cross the English Channel into Britain, while two further boats were stopped by French authorities.

May 30 08:46

Detention of Gaspard Glanz is a Sign of France’s Increasingly Authoritarian Treatment of Journalists

By Global Voices

On 20 April 2019, video journalist Gaspard Glanz was arrested while filming a demonstration in Paris’ Place de la République. Gaspard runs the photo news agency, Taranis News, which covers social movements in France.

After his arrest, Glanz was placed in custody for “insulting a representative of law enforcement” and “participating in a group in order to provoke acts of violence and destruction.” Glanz was assigned an “S card,” indicating that he is considered to be a serious threat to national security, and may be subject to increased surveillance. He was also banned from entering Paris to cover subsequent Yellow Vest demonstrations, a measure that could leave him unable to do his work and earn a living...

May 29 12:07

Rights activists try to block new Saudi ship from leaving France ‘with arms cargo’

French rights group ACAT sought on Tuesday to block the loading of what it said were munitions onto a Saudi Arabian ship docked in southern France, Reuters reports.

As pressure mounts on Paris to stop military sales to the kingdom, ACAT said it had filed a legal challenge to prevent the vessel from taking delivery of its cargo.

“The Bahri Tabuk is due to load French weapons for Saudi Arabia, one of the main belligerents in the Yemeni conflict,” the group said. It added that it is “mobilizing and is calling on civil society and local networks to prevent these munitions from going to Saudi Arabia.”

Another Saudi ship left France’s northern coast two weeks ago without a cargo of weapons after dockers threatened to block its arrival in the port of Le Havre.

May 29 10:55

French FM calls for Riyadh, Abu Dhabi to end “dirty war” in Yemen

rench Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday renewed calls for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to end the conflict in Yemen.

In media statements, Le Drian described the six-year conflict in Yemen as a “dirty war.”

The conflict in Yemen erupted in September 2014, when the Ansar Allah “Houthi” group, backed by Iran, seized control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Following the Houthi action, Saudi Arabia, the closest regional power to Yemen, announced in March 2015, forming the coalition for supporting legitimacy in Yemen.

Besides Saudi Arabia, the coalition includes the UAE; Jordan; Bahrain; Pakistan; Djibouti; Sudan; Senegal; Kuwait; Morocco; Malaysia, and Egypt, as well as the internationally recognised government of Yemen.

Qatar was also part of the coalition until the breakdown of the Gulf crisis in May 2017.

May 28 10:29

Macron Chastened as French Voters Hand Narrow Victory to Le Pen

French President Emmanuel Macron suffered a narrow defeat to Marine Le Pen’s nationalist movement in Sunday’s European parliamentary elections.

Macron’s Republic on The Move had 21.9% of the vote compared with 24.1% for the anti-European National Rally with 90% of ballots counted . The Greens rose to third with 13.1%, the conservative Republicans got 8% and the Socialists 6.4%. In the last EU vote in 2014 Le Pen beat the conservatives by 4 percentage points with Macron’s Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande trailing in third.

The result is a setback for 41-year-old Macron in his battle for legitimacy as he tries to persuade the rest of the European Union to pursue tighter integration. Still, the narrow defeat most likely won’t derail his domestic agenda as the government prepares for a major overhaul of the pension system. Polls in Germany showed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats came first, although with fewer seats than last time.

May 28 09:34

Exclusive — Marine Le Pen: Emmanuel Macron Should ‘Definitely’ Resign, But He ‘Has Neither the Honesty to Do It, Nor the Panache’

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally party in France, in a Breitbart News exclusive interview on Monday called on French president Emmanuel Macron to resign the presidency, but said he is not honest or bold enough to recognize his worldview has been defeated.

In the United Kingdom, Le Pen noted, David Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister when the British people voted to leave the European Union back in 2016. And in 2019, Le Pen noted, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her plans to resign after the Brexit Party defeated her party and all others in the U.K.’s European Parliament elections.

Le Pen told Breitbart News that Macron should “definitely” follow Cameron’s and May’s leads and resign from the French presidency. “But Macron has neither the honesty to do it, nor the panache to do it,” Le Pen said.

May 27 13:01

Macron Suffers Huge Blow With Defeat To Le Pen

In what may be the biggest shock from today's European parliamentary elections, President Emmanuel Macron suffered a major blow with French voters set to hand a victory to Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, picking the vocal Eurosceptic and nationalist over the former Rothschild banker.

May 25 10:25

Manhunt underway in Lyon, France, after blast leaves 13 injured

Security tightened in France on Friday after a package bomb detonated outside a bakery in Lyon. Police and soldiers cordoned off the area and are telling people to stay away.

Christophe Castaner, the country's interior minister, ordered security increased around sports, cultural and religious sites. Officials fear there could be more bombs.

Police are hunting for a man believed to be in his 30s. Security camera captured him pushing a bike with a bag while wearing a mask and sunglasses. Authorities are asking the public's help in identifying him.

May 24 16:18

WATCH French police swarm streets after bomb filled with bolts goes off in Lyon

Police and emergency services have been dispatched en masse to the center of Lyon, where a homemade bomb, filled with screws, nuts and bolts, went off, injuring eight people, footage from RT’s video agency Ruptly shows.

The explosion rocked the city on Friday after an unidentified man dropped off a package in front of a local bakery shop. The device exploded minutes later, injuring eight people including a child. The police are searching for the suspect, who has been described as a man in his 30s, and was seen riding a bicycle and wearing black shades.

May 20 16:35

'France Does Not Belong to The French!' 400+ African Migrants Storm Airport to Demand Asylum

An angry mob of illegal migrants from Africa stormed an airport in France on Sunday to demand permanent legal status because "France does not belong to the French" and "everyone has a right to be here."

May 20 10:36

France threatens journalists with jail time for exposing use of French arms in Yemen

France has threatened three French journalists with potential jail time for using secret documents to reveal the country's involvement in the Yemen civil war.

In a series of reports published in April, investigative journalists from Disclose and Radio France revealed the number of French arms sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

May 20 10:16

Eiffel Tower closed down after intruder tries to climb up monument's side

The Eiffel Tower closed down on Monday after a man began trying to scale the Paris monument.

A person could be seen dangling just below the third and highest level of the structure. A rescuer dressed in red was just above him.

Police said the climber was a male.

May 20 09:49

Hundreds Of "Black Vest" Migrants Seize Paris Airport Terminal: "France Does Not Belong To The French!"

Yesterday, hundreds of undocumented migrants took control of Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris France. Approximately 500 migrants seized the terminal.

“France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!” one person can be heard yelling into a loudspeaker.

May 18 09:57

Protesters Take to Streets of Paris on 27th Week of Yellow Vests Rallies (VIDEO)

France's Yellow Vest protesters are taking to the streets for the 27th weekend in a row. A major protest is set to take place in Paris.

Tens of thousands have marched in the streets of France every Saturday since November 2018, for a variety of grievances ranging from taxes on fuel to income inequality.

In addition to protesting in France, the Yellow Vests have been spotted in other parts of Europe.

May 17 10:53

FRANCE TAKES UNPRECEDENTED ACTION AGAINST REPORTERS WHO PUBLISHED SECRET GOVERNMENT DOCUMENT

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT

JOURNALISTS IN FRANCE are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing the country’s involvement in the Yemen conflict.

Earlier this week, a reporter from Radio France and the co-founders of Paris-based investigative news organization Disclose were called in for questioning at the offices of the General Directorate for Internal Security, known as the DGSI, an organization that is tasked with fighting terrorism, espionage, and other domestic threats, similar in function to the FBI in the United States.

The two news organizations published stories in April – together with The Intercept, Mediapart, ARTE Info, and Konbini News – that revealed the vast amount of French, British, and American military equipment sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and subsequently used by those nations to wage war in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, France and Britain didn't want to miss out on this whirlwind opportunity, to get its weapons sold to the Saudi military, no matter that the final outcomes of these sales...looked like this... (warning; this may a "lose your lunch" moment, unless you love to see dead, and dying, children):

Images: Yemeni kids, murdered or crippled for life, courtesy of US/Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Horrifying images of starving children (courtesy of the Saudi/US port blockade)

YeImages: Yemeni children dying of cholera, because all the clean water systems have been systematically destroyed, courtesy of US/Saudi bombing

And I challenge France's President Macron, and the US President, President Trump, to really look at these images; if you are not moved by them, you have lost any small shred of humanity you might have once had, but got surgically removed, when it was time for your first run at office.

Which, of course, leads us to the Next Big War; the coming war with Iran.

President Trump, you have been "Boltonized" into believing that such a war would be "good" for the US, when the mechanics of what has happened here, is that you have simply outsourced your Middle East policy to Israel, and let them have free-reign control over US policy in the region; this means infinitely more bloodshed, and a possible US resurrection of the draft in this country.

To President Macron and President Trump; there are times when US, French, and Israeli policy need to align; but gentlemen, I swear to you both, that this is one moment, in your political careers, when that is the worst possible thing you could do to the people you represent.

May 17 09:04

The Hidden Stakes of the Restoration of Notre-Dame

L’Élysée has used the fire of Notre-Dame de Paris to carry out a project that was in limbo. It has set new rules, outside respect for heritage and normal tendering procedures, not to restore the cathedral, but to transform the Ile de la Cité into Europe’s leading tourist destination on the eve of the 2024 Olympic Games. To avoid judicial constraints, the hypothesis of a construction site accident was arbitrarily imposed.

May 16 11:00

French Incomes Are Below America's Poorest States... And The Protesters Know It

With the rise of the Yellow Vest Movement in France - which began last October and continues today - French activists and writers have begun to re-evaluate the state of French income and poverty. Since the movement began, articles with titles such as " Revealed: The shocking scale of poverty in France in 2018 " or " Soul-searching in France as poverty leaves one million children hungry " have become more overtly political given the context of the protests.

Typically, the government's response to accusations of widespread poverty - which, as in America, are not necessarily accurate accusations - has been to spend more money on social programs.

But here's the thing: France is already spending more than the rest of Europe when it comes to welfare programs. According to the OECD, when it comes to "public social spending" as a percentage of GDP, France tops the list at over 31 percent.

May 16 10:35

Can Medieval Artisans From Guédelon Help Rebuild Notre-Dame?

The world was shocked by the sight of Notre Dame Cathedral burning . It prompted many people to think about their heritage and reminded them of how we take the great works of the past for granted. The French government is committed to fully restoring the Cathedral and this is going to be a massive undertaking.

Although the skilled artisans for such a project are in short supply, the workers for the restoration could well be found in Guédelon, Burgundy. Here there is a unique scheme, where craft persons are building a 13 th century castle, using medieval tools, designs, and techniques.

May 16 10:13

French not amused by US pressure to withdraw Cannes award from ‘racist, misogynist’ Alain Delon

US social justice activists incensed at the Cannes Festival’s intent to honor Alain Delon have started a petition to stop it, citing the legendary actor’s “close-minded” views. The festival, and the French public, were not amused.

Cannes organizers have held firm in their intent to honor the actor, now 83, with a Palme d’Or for lifetime achievement. One of the most prestigious European film festivals kicked off this week with posters of Delon from his 1960s heyday as a sex symbol.

May 12 09:07

Amid outcry over Yemen war, Saudi ship leaves France without arms cargo

A Saudi vessel that had been due to load weapons at a northern French port on Friday set sail without them and headed for Spain, a day after a rights group tried to block the cargo on humanitarian grounds.

May 12 08:38

French prosecutor opens investigation over suspected Monsanto file

The French prosecutor on Friday said it had opened a preliminary investigation into a suspected file assembled by Bayer’s seed maker Monsanto to influence various personalities in France.

The probe was opened after a complaint was filed by daily newspaper Le Monde.

According to Le Monde and other French media, Monsanto built up a file of some 200 names that includes journalists and law makers in the hope of influencing their positions on pesticides.

The file, Le Monde reports, dates from 2016 and was leaked by U.S public relations and marketing agency FleishmanHillard.

Officials at Bayer were not immediately available for comment.

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GOOD!!

May 11 09:08

LIVE UPDATES: 26th Week of Yellow Vests Protests in Paris

Activists gathered on Saturday in Paris for the 26th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests, as President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to cut the income tax in order to ease the economic burden on French taxpayers.

Last week, three separate protests took place in Paris, and people took to the streets of Lyon, Toulouse and Montpellier. In addition, another rally took place at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where people protested against the privatisation of the airport.

May 11 09:08

Macron should leave ‘like de Gaulle’ if he loses European election – Le Pen

The French president should step down if his party does not prevail in the upcoming European Parliament election, National Rally chief Marine Le Pen says, as both political forces are tied ahead of the vote.

The election should be viewed as a referendum which may well seal Macron’s fate, Marine Le Pen said this week as she spoke on national TV. The opposition politician also expressed hope that the president would have the “honor and dignity” to step down if faced with a defeat – just like General Charles de Gaulle, who resigned in 1946 after his Popular Republican Movement party lost the parliamentary election to the communists.

Under these conditions he should act like General de Gaulle: if he loses this election, he should go.

May 11 09:06

Emmanuel Macron, Facebook’s Zuckerberg Will Meet To Clamp Down On HATE SPEECH

France has formulated draft legislation scheduled to hit Parliament's agenda in the coming months to compel platforms like Google, Facebook and Twitter to remove hateful content within 24 hours or face heavy fines.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday for talks amid increasing pressure on the social media giant to honour pledges to tackle hate speech and misinformation online.

The visit comes against the backdrop of regulators worldwide urging social media platforms to shoulder more responsibility for what their users post.

May 10 08:51

Over 300 French Journalists Denounce Police Violence Toward Yellow Vests

Over 300 media organisations, journalists, photographers, and others have signed a letter denouncing the sometimes brutal violence used against members of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement and members of the press themselves in France.

The letter claims that press freedom in France has been suffering for years but entered a new phase following the start of the Yellow Vest protests in November of last year, Franceinfo reports.

“All these forms of violence have physical (injury), psychic (trauma) or financial (broken or confiscated equipment) consequences. We are personally and professionally denigrated and criminalized,” they wrote, and added that journalist David Dufresne had counted at least 698 cases of people being attacked or injured by police at the protests, including 85 journalists.

May 09 10:22

French Jews Apoplectic As Heroic “Holocaust Denier” Avoids Jail For Thoughtcrimes

Alain Soral, a French scholar, intellectual, and journalist, has been tyrannically persecuted by organized Jewry in France for years. Back in January, we reported that he was sentenced to a one year prison sentence for “inciting anti-Semitism” by publishing critiques of Jews on his website. He has since faced other prosecutions for his intellectual activity, and even his defense lawyer has been fined by the French judicial system for simply defending the man in court.

May 08 11:05

Architect creates stunning solar powered re-design of Notre Dame spire made with crystal glass that has a garden at the top the 850-year-old cathedral

An award-winning architect has unveiled his grand plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral spire which would make it solar powered and even include a garden to grow 21 tonnes of fruit and vegetables each year.

Vincent Callebaut has submitted his innovative designs for the rebuild of the famous cathedral, which would transform it into a modern, eco-friendly building.

The architect's stunning plans would even see the cathedral in Paris become self-sufficient, producing more energy than it consumes.

May 07 10:47

Former executives at France Télécom go on trial over staff suicides

Former executives at France Télécom, the telecoms firm now known as Orange, have gone on trial over a spate of suicides among staff a decade ago.

The accused are facing charges linked to “moral harassment” and allegedly creating a climate that drove at least 19 employees to take their own lives.

May 03 10:26

Alt-Left Antifa Storm Paris Hospital Threatening Staff and Patients

Dozens of far-left Black Bloc Antifa activists stormed a Paris hospital during the May Day riots in the city this week, with staff claiming the extremists threatened them and put patients at risk.

The group of black-clad extremists made “violent and threatening gestures” according to Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital director Marie-Anne Ruder, who said she was “shocked” that the anarchists would choose to target a hospital during the riots — which have become an annual occurrence in the French capital, Ouest France reports.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner visited the hospital later in the day and described the incident in even stronger terms, saying that the far-left individuals had “attacked” the medical centre and that a police officer had told him around 30 people were arrested as a result.

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