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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:47 pm

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France local elections: Far right expects run-off gains





French voters have gone to the polls in the second round of local elections, expected to result in significant gains for the far-right National Front (FN).





The party - which won an outright victory in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont in the first round - could seize a number of towns and cities.





The centre-right is also expected to do well and may regain control of Paris.





The governing Socialists, who have been hit by growing discontent over the economy, are braced for losses. ...





Turnout in Sunday's vote was low, which was bad news for President Francois Hollande's Socialists as it was their supporters who were not voting, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield reports.


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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:32 am

[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/ ... 4C20140331[/link]





French reshuffle may loom after Hollande's Socialists routed in local elections





(Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after the drubbing of his Socialists in local elections handed the far-right National Front victory in a record number of towns.





Provisional results from Sunday's voting showed the protectionist, anti-EU party of Marine Le Pen set to take control of 11 towns across the country, easily surpassing a past record in the 1990s when it ruled in four towns.





At least another 140 towns swung from the left to mainstream opposition conservatives as voters punished Hollande for his failure to turn around the euro zone's second largest economy and above all to tackle an unemployment rate stuck at more than 10 percent.





While Hollande himself, who surveys show is the least popular leader in France's 56-year-old Fifth Republic, will remain in power, the question is whether he will replace Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, whose government has been accused of amateurishness and of being paralyzed by policy splits.


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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:10 pm

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Social conservatives are mobilizing in France, leading to talk of a tea party





PARIS — Steeped in conservative rage and tasting of grass roots, a political backlash has traditional politicians and the news media asking the once-unthinkable: Is le tea party brewing in France?





If it were, it would be populated by the likes of Catherine Mas-Mezeran, a Parisian mother of three who wrinkles her nose at the mention of President François Hollande. She calls him “the Socialist,” which, technically, he is. But [highlight]if President Obama had the birthers, Hollande now has the baptismists[/highlight].





Like others in a growing movement here, she firmly believes an unsubstantiated rumor emanating from conservative circles that Hollande may have secretly renounced his Christianity. “He has rejected his baptism,” she said. “This is really shocking.” ...





The movement’s strength in numbers, however, cannot be ignored. Initially a reaction to a same-sex marriage law passed last year, the movement has morphed into the most sustained mobilization of social conservatives here in more than a generation.


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Post by kate520 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:25 pm

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.It sure feels like something is afoot worldwide. :-?


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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:53 pm

It does, Kate.It sure feels like something is afoot worldwide. :-?


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Post by SueDB » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:06 pm

To me - this is what happens when you now have pretty much unrestricted telephone communication between almost everyone on the planet.





The Internet etc has made it easier for folks in the nastiest armpits of the world to see what life is like in places where there is clean water and flush toilets. I don't blame them for wanting/pressuring their governments to pony up stuffs etc.





It's not the gulf between the haves and the have nots, it's the knowledge of that gap and the fact it is getting wider every second, minute, day etc...





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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:33 pm

Remember that this is occurring in the midst of another great social transformation: the flow of economic power back to the East. That little corner of Eurasia that hardly mattered before Columbus and the silver mines of South America includes countries like France -- once the proud home of the lingua franca of the world -- is being displaced, along with its cousins across the Atlantic, by the oldest wealth of the world.


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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:09 am

[link]Associated Press,http://www.adn.com/2014/04/16/3427681/f ... p=/99/171/[/link]





France targets welfare for big spending cuts





PARIS — France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.





Manuel Valls on Wednesday detailed the government plan to cut 10 billion euros from health care and 11 billion euros from pensions and social care by 2017, though he vowed to maintain the benefits for those with the lowest incomes.





The central government will have its spending cut by 18 billion euros, while local councils will see cuts worth 10 billion euros.





France's public spending accounts for about 57 percent of gross domestic product, one of the highest levels in the world.


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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:56 pm

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4 U.S. women attacked with acid in Marseille train station

PARIS - Four young American women were attacked with acid Sunday in the French city of Marseille by a woman who has been arrested, the Marseille prosecutor’s office said.

Two of the tourists were injured in the face in the attack in the city’s main Saint Charles train station and one of them has a possible eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press in a phone call.

She said all four of the women, who are in their 20s, have been hospitalized, two of them for shock.

The spokeswoman said the 41-year-old female suspect did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the attack. She said there were no obvious indications that the woman’s actions were terror-related, but added that officials could not be 100 percent sure about ruling out terror links at such an early stage of the investigation.

The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity, per the custom of the French judicial system.


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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:11 pm

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Man shouting "Allahu Akbar" kills two at French train station before being shot dead

MARSEILLE, France/PARIS (Reuters) - Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act”.

Three police sources said the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as he carried out his attack at Marseille’s main railway station.

The two victims - one aged 17 and the other 20 - suffered gory injuries, two police sources said, saying one had her throat slit while the other was stabbed in the stomach.

“If the military had not been there, we would have had a lot more deaths,” Samia Ghali, lawmaker for the Marseille region, told France Bleu Province radio.


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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:35 pm

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France: 10 held in probe of alleged far-right terror plot

PARIS (AP) — French counterterrorism police have arrested 10 people allegedly linked to a far-right extremist who already was in custody on suspicion of planning attacks against mosques, politicians and migrants.

A French judicial official told The Associated Press that officers investigating the militant held the people detained on Tuesday under a possible charge of criminal terrorist association.

The suspected extremist only has been identified as Logan N. He was arrested in June and given preliminary charges after intelligence agents learned of his alleged attacks. They claim he maintained a Facebook page glorifying Anders Behring Breivik, a convicted far-right Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people.

The police are questioning the 10 suspected associates to find out what they knew about Logan N.'s plans.


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Post by Addie » Sun May 27, 2018 1:29 pm

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Thousands across France protest President Macron's 'brutal' policies

Thousands of protesters marched under tight security in eastern Paris on Saturday after French labor unions, left-wing political parties and civil rights groups called for "floods of people" to oppose the pro-business policies of President Emmanuel Macron.

Marches and rallies also were being held in dozens of other French cities as part of the joint action against Macron's policies that organizers consider imbalanced and "brutal."

At the Paris event, Philippe Martinez, head of leading French union CGT, advised the president to "look out the window of his palace to see real life." ...

Unions, opposition parties and other groups are particularly denouncing a Macron-led legal overhaul aimed at cutting worker protections and increasing police powers.

They allege that Macron supports tax reform that favors France's wealthiest and is working to tear down public services. They also oppose a government plan making it harder for students to attend the public universities of their choice, more restrictive immigration laws and police methods in underprivileged neighborhoods that protesters consider "repressive."


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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:14 am

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The Latest: France detains 1,220 after anti-govt protests

The Latest on the unrest in France (all times local):

10 a.m.

France's Interior Ministry says 1,220 people were taken into custody around France during the latest yellow vest protests — a roundup the scale of which the country hasn't seen in years. Police frisked protesters Saturday at train stations around the country, confiscating everything from heavy metal petanque balls to tennis rackets — anything that could remotely be used as a weapon.

The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum reopened Sunday after closing amid Saturday's rioting. Shops assessed looting damage Sunday and cleared out broken glass, after shutting down on Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season.

Fierce winds and rain pummeled Paris overnight, complicating Sunday's cleanup efforts. Used tear gas canister lids lay scattered on the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees.

In the melee Saturday, protesters had ripped off the plywood protecting Parisian store windows and threw flares and other projectiles. French riot police repeatedly repelled them with tear gas and water cannon.
Adding:
BuzzFeed News: Paris Has Again Been Rocked By Violent “Yellow Vests” Protests

Protesters set off fireworks, chased away reporters, and smashed storefronts while others hurled objects at police, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.
Newsweek: Paris Protesters are not Chanting Trump's Name as he has Claimed, but False Right-Wing Meme Continues to Spread
Business Insider - PHOTOS: More than 1,300 were arrested and dozens injured after violent anti-government protests engulfed France — here's how the clashes unfolded



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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:29 pm

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France to Probe Possible Russian Influence on Yellow Vest Riots

France opened a probe into possible Russian interference behind the country’s Yellow Vest protests, after reports that social-media accounts linked to Moscow have increasingly targeted the movement.

According to the Alliance for Securing Democracy, about 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views have begun focusing on France, boosting their use of the hashtag #giletsjaunes, the French name for the Yellow Vest movement. French security services are looking at the situation, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday in a radio interview with RTL.

Russia has been criticized for using social media to influence elections in the U.S. and elsewhere. Attempts to use fake news reports and cyberattacks to undercut the 2017 campaign of French President Emmanuel Macron failed, but Russian-linked sites have pushed questionable reports of a mutiny among police, and of officers’ support for the protests.

“An investigation is now underway,” Le Drian said. “I will not make comments before the investigation has brought conclusions.”



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Post by kate520 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 pm

Have I just missed this bit of explanation in the news stories?

The tax they pay for fuel, says my friend in France, is paid all at once. To have an extra $400 that you must pay now is what they object to, not so much the tax itself, although that is what is being whipped up, the tax itself, not the lump payment.

Also, she says, Bannon is involved.

ETA: in Montpelier, anyway, where my friend lives, they weren’t shouting ‘We Want Trump’. If anything, ‘We Aren’t Trump’ is what they would shout, but she hasn’t heard anything about Trump, herself.

ETA I should have known the we want Trump was made up. It’s all about him, only him, but only to him.


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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:40 pm

I had a feeling he was :madguy:
kate520 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 pm

Also, she says, Bannon is involved.



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Post by RVInit » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:50 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:40 pm
I had a feeling he was :madguy:
kate520 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 pm

Also, she says, Bannon is involved.
That was one of my first instincts. Damn.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:53 pm

kate520 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 pm
Have I just missed this bit of explanation in the news stories?

The tax they pay for fuel, says my friend in France, is paid all at once. To have an extra $400 that you must pay now is what they object to, not so much the tax itself, although that is what is being whipped up, the tax itself, not the lump payment.

Also, she says, Bannon is involved.

ETA: in Montpelier, anyway, where my friend lives, they weren’t shouting ‘We Want Trump’. If anything, ‘We Aren’t Trump’ is what they would shout, but she hasn’t heard anything about Trump, herself.

ETA I should have known the we want Trump was made up. It’s all about him, only him, but only to him.
While i need to investigate, this sounds incorrect. The tax is levied as a surcharge on a liter of fuel put into the car tank at the fuel station. For some drivers this may make up for the amount mentioned over a year. Not at once.



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Post by maydijo » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:36 pm

I have a friend whose cousin lives in central Paris. She doesn't have much sympathy for the yellow vests (but then she's a stay at home mother of five, with a live-in nanny, who can afford to live in central Paris, so she's hardly in the demographic that is going to be hit hard by a tax increase) and wishes the riots would stop because every time the rioters are hit with tear gas, it comes into their apartment and makes it hard for the kids to breathe. Apparently last Saturday the ballet and opera were both shut, along with the major department stores, many cafes, etc. At one point the police came in to break up the riots and by her account the entire apartment block broke into applause. They are debating whether it's even worth staying in Paris next weekend.



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Post by Danraft » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:59 pm

RVInit wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:50 pm
Addie wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:40 pm
I had a feeling he was :madguy:
kate520 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 pm

Also, she says, Bannon is involved.
That was one of my first instincts. Damn.
More like Bannon and other social unrest instigators are Reverse Engneering using EMBERS.
It has been discussed that it could easily be done by a pinkie nibbling evil world genius...

It's open source and accessible for such nefarious undertakings and has been successful at giving 4-7 day advance warnings quite often.
https://datawarrior.wordpress.com/2015/ ... real-time/


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Post by Suranis » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:09 pm

These 2 photos pretty much sum it up for me.





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Post by stoppingby » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:57 pm

kate520 wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:35 pm
Have I just missed this bit of explanation in the news stories?

The tax they pay for fuel, says my friend in France, is paid all at once. To have an extra $400 that you must pay now is what they object to, not so much the tax itself, although that is what is being whipped up, the tax itself, not the lump payment.

Also, she says, Bannon is involved.

ETA: in Montpelier, anyway, where my friend lives, they weren’t shouting ‘We Want Trump’. If anything, ‘We Aren’t Trump’ is what they would shout, but she hasn’t heard anything about Trump, herself.

ETA I should have known the we want Trump was made up. It’s all about him, only him, but only to him.
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