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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.

Feb 26 14:52

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

Feb 26 08:04

Grenfell scapegoats and the invisible Gilets Jaunes

The incineration of the poorest people in Britain at a location surrounded by some of the richest real estate in Europe was a tale of morality worthy of Charles Dickens himself. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea was rolling in so much cash, it gave rebates in council tax to some of the world’s richest people. Yet the same borough was the not-so-proud owner of social housing like Grenfell Tower. On June 14, 2017, not even two years ago, 72 people died in a building wrapped in combustible cladding. The smell of the smoke still lingers, along with much anger, and there are signs that a search for a scapegoat may be under way. It won’t be the scapegoat anyone would automatically assume, however

Feb 26 08:03

Macron Sorry for 'Humiliating' French People, New Book on Yellow Vests Claims

Over this weekend thousands of yellow vests protesters in France demanded the resignation of Emmanuel Macron, while the French president is trying to establish a dialogue with them within the so-called National Debate to end the months-long demonstrations.

In a newly-released book “The People and the President” authors Cyril Graziani and Cécile Amar look into the ongoing yellow vests protests, which have been raging across France since mid-November.

The authors cited French President Emmanuel Macron as labelling the unrest a “gigantic collective failure” that he said he shares responsibility for and pledged to fix before his presidential term ends.

“It is a gigantic collective failure for which I share responsibility. But I have three years to change that. Lots of people were ashamed of their life, of not being able to make ends meet despite their best efforts. We’re the ones who should be ashamed”.

Feb 25 12:00

Who Rules France?  Not the French

Who Rules France? Not the French

The Representative Council of Jewish Organizations in France (CRIF) has instructed their puppet, the President of France, to criminalize opposition to Israel’s racist state ideology of Zionism. The puppet complied. Anti-Zionism is now equated with anti-Semitism. As Israel is Zionist, criticizing Israel is now considered hatred of Jews and is a hate crime. Thus has Macron put the final nail in the coffin of the Palestinian people and silenced all citizens of France who have a moral conscience and oppose the Israeli theft of Palestine and slaughter of the Palestinian people.

Feb 25 10:49

Thousands of yellow vest protesters take to the streets across France for a 15th weekend running as they try to re-invigorate supporters while trying to stamp out violence and anti-Semitism in the movement's ranks

Thousands of yellow vest protesters took to the streets across France on Saturday for a 15th straight weekend of demonstrations, trying to re-energize supporters while stamping down on the violence and anti-Semitism in the movement's ranks.

Among the many rallies around Paris and in other French cities, hundreds gathered at the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris to march through well-off neighborhoods to protest government policies they see as favoring the rich.

Tempers frayed at the end of the main demonstration at the Trocadero plaza, next to the Eiffel Tower, and French police used tear gas to disperse protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The anti-Semitic acts are being carried out by infiltrators, trying to create the image that all Yellow Vests are anti-Semites, to demonize them and allow for further persecution.

Feb 25 09:58

France: 15th Yellow Vest Protests See Thousands on Streets

The 15th consecutive yellow vest protests were relatively peaceful compared to previous weeks. Some 46,000 people nationwide joined the protests, a figure slightly higher than last weekend.

Feb 25 09:18

Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris

France and Germany have officially put aside their differences and renewed their landmark friendship accord, the Élysée Treaty. But their convergence only came after much bickering -- and a secret supplementary agreement.

Feb 25 08:30

Yellow Vests Announce 'DECISIVE ACTION' in March Ahead of Act 15 of Protests!!!

Feb 25 08:28

Yellow Vests On Paris Streets Again - The Question Is How Long Will This Go On?

Feb 25 08:05

In Face of Yellow-Vest Critics, France Moves to Criminalize Anti-Zionism

The French Jewish intellectual Alain Finkielkraut was recently profusely insulted by yellow-vests on the margins of a demonstration. This attack has been widely-portrayed as anti-Semitic, even though the yellow-vests in question explicitly attacked Finkielkraut as a Zionist.

Feb 24 08:13

Macron: France Could Ban Hate Speech Convicts From All Social Media For Life

French President Emmanuel Macron has floated the idea that those convicted for crimes of hate speech could be banned from social media networks permanently.

President Macron floated the idea at the annual dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIR) saying that a new bill to fight against hate speech online was being tabled for May of this year broadcaster BFMTV reports.

While the bill is being floated at a time where Jews are facing rising levels of real-life anti-Semitic attacks driving whole communities out of French cities, the proposal to stifle speech online comes as President Macron faces unprecedented levels of criticism from the anti-government Yellow Vest movement. The French state has cracked down hard on Yellow Vest activists, arresting 8,400 protestors in just a matter of months.

Feb 24 08:13

Macron MP Compares Traditional Marriage Activists to Islamic Terrorists

An MP belonging to French President Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique En Marche! (LREM) has compared members of a pro-traditional marriage movement to radical Islamic terrorists.

LREM MP Marlène Schiappa, who serves as Secretary of Equality, made her comments earlier this week, comparing the Manif Pour Tous movement, which protested against same-sex marriage, to Islamic radicals.

Feb 23 21:19

Yellow Vest protesters mark 15th weekend of RAGE against Macron with FIVE Paris protests

YELLOW Vest protesters swarmed the streets of Paris for the 15th consecutive weekend for another two days of mayhem, raising speculation anger against French President Emmanuel Macron shows no sign of stopping.

Feb 23 08:49

France's Jewish Elites Demand Yellow Vest Protests Be Shut Down

Le Parisien today (19 February) has an interview with Frances Kalifat, president of the CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Organisations of France), the main Jewish ethno-activist organisation in France. All major French politicians are expected to attend its dinners and pay court to it it, except those of the Front National (now renamed Le Rassemblement National), who, being defenders of French interests, are systematically excluded.

Feb 22 09:20

‘Macron is playing ‘political theater’ in linking anti-Semitism & anti-Zionism – French commenters

French President Emmanuel Macron’s vow to outlaw “anti-Zionism” as racism has less to do with actually fighting hate crimes and more to do with courting votes, according to French commenters.

“Anti-Semitism is hiding itself behind anti-Zionism,” Macron said Wednesday, speaking at the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (Crif) and announcing that France seeks to define “anti-Zionism as a modern-day form of anti-Semitism.”

Macron’s declaration comes after a spate of anti-Semitic incidents and attacks in France, ranging from swastikas daubed on Jewish shopfronts earlier this month, to the brutal murder of an elderly Holocaust survivor last year.

Feb 22 08:44

France to criminalize anti-Zionism

France is to criminalize opposition to Israel’s racist state ideology Zionism, a decision welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

President Emmanuel Macron announced the measure Wednesday at a dinner hosted by CRIF, France’s main Jewish communal organization and Israel lobby group.

Macron reiterated that “anti-Zionism is one of the modern forms of anti-Semitism” and pledged that France would formally adopt the so-called IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

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Feb 21 07:50

Anti-Zionism equals Anti-Semitism? Macron fuels debate on how to define anti-Jewish hate

Addressing a rise in hate crimes against the Jewish diaspora in France, President Emmanuel Macron has supported the expansion of the definition of anti-Semitism to outlaw anti-Zionism as well, fueling public debate over the terms.

“Anti-Semitism is hiding itself behind anti-Zionism,” Macron said Wednesday, speaking at the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (Crif) and announcing that France seeks to define “anti-Zionism as a modern-day form of anti-Semitism.”

The rise of hate crime incidents in France, including the verbal abuse of philosopher Alain Finkielkraut at a Yellow Vest rally last weekend and the desecration of a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg, has prompted the French government to seek new means to fight growing animosity towards their Jewish population, the largest in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the effort to tangle the yellow vests up in this mess.

And criticism of the government of Israel is NOT anti-Semitism, no more than criticism of the Nazis represents hatred for all German people.

Feb 20 11:36

French Senate Commission Calls for Prosecution of Benalla for 'False Testimony'

A high-profile case broke out in July 2018 after a video emerged capturing Alexandre Benalla in riot police gear tackling a young demonstrator to the ground and punching him repeatedly before fleeing.

The senatorial commission investigating the case of Alexandre Benalla has asked the Senate Bureau to take legal action against President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide for "false testimony".

According to a letter addressed to Senate President Gerard Larcher and seen by AFP, the commission believes that Benalla "assured the function of close protection of the head of state", despite his claims that he had not acted as the president's bodyguard.

The senators suggested there had been "major dysfunction" inside Macron's office and said they believed that Macron's security had been compromised.

Feb 20 11:27

Scholar on Yellow Vests Movement: 'Their Message Is Very Powerful'

The French people may be renowned for exercising their democratic right to protest, but the Yellow Vest movement has surpassed all expectations. Sputnik spoke to Dr Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer at RMIT University, for his take on what we can expect in future from the Yellow Vests.

Feb 19 11:42

10,000 French Tobacco Shops Begin Offering Crypto Vouchers

As the Yellow Vests burn traditional bank notes in protest, 10,000 French tobacco shops begin offering cryptocurrency purchases via a new voucher system...

Feb 19 10:56

Macron visits cemetery where neo-Nazis scrawled swastikas on nearly 100 Jewish graves and vows to crack down on France's growing anti-Semitism crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to crack down on hate crimes after neo-Nazis scrawled swastikas on nearly 100 graves at a Jewish Cemetery.

Macron went immediately to the cemetery in Quatzenheim in the Alsace region near Germany, a few hours ahead of nationwide rallies to denounce a surge in anti-Jewish hate crimes.

'We shall act, we shall pass laws, we shall punish,' Macron told Jewish leaders while inspecting the 96 tombstones spray-painted with blue and yellow swastikas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another hate-crime hoax?

Feb 19 10:29

‘I do not recognize my country’: Yellow Vests who have lost eyes, limbs demand justice from Macron

France gathered for the 14th week of Gilets Jaunes protests, with the injury toll of the worst civil unrest in decades now resembling that of a small war. Yet despite pleas from victims, Emmanuel Macron is tightening the screws.
“This is not normal. We are in France, one of the oldest and best democracies in the world,” says Fiorina Jacob Lignier, who lost her eye at a demonstration in Paris on December 8. "We usually condemn from afar other countries where this occurs, that this is happening here is unbelievable."

Lignier, a 20-year-old philosophy student, traveled from the northern city of Amiens to march on the Champs-Elysees to protest against fuel taxes with her boyfriend, Jacob Maxime.

He told RT that they were marching with a column of peaceful demonstrators, when a group of masked radicals began to vandalize a shopfront more than 50 yards away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder .... if the "masked vandals" were actually elements of France's Secret Police, attempting to vilify peaceful protesters.

But I look at this young woman, with all her life before her, never being able to see out of the one eye she lost to the gas grenade strike, and of course, most probably never receiving any compensation by the French government, for her injuries.

I had to to wonder if France's police train with the IDF; their methods, motives, and opportunities, look very similar, in this case of crowd control gone horrifically wrong, unfortunately, my suspicions were entirely correct, as evidenced by the following article, with a dateline of early December,
2018:

Video: Mayhem in Paris, French police use tear gas and water cannons on yellow v vest protests

The article goes on to state: "Viewing the shooting angles of the tear-gas launchers, in the video, we can see police shooting them in a straight line at protesters. This is in violation of the normative use of tear-gas launchers, and are widely understood to be used as a form of projectile weapon, with the canister itself – not the gas per se – being a high-speed object meant to seriously injure those it strikes.

This is in line with the practices now being taught in France’s Gendarmerie, who train annually with Israel’s IDF."

Feb 19 08:44

'Not Responding to Trump's Demands': France Snubs US Call to Repatriate Jihadis

Earlier, President Trump urged the US' British, French, German and other European allies to take back over 800 terrorist militants captured by the US and its allies in Syria and bring them to justice, warning that alternatively, Washington could "be forced to release them."

French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet ignored President Trump veiled threat to release European ex-Daesh fighters back onto European soil.

"There is a new geopolitical context, with the US withdrawal. For the time being, we are not changing our policy," Belloubet said, speaking to France 2 TV on Monday.

"At this stage France is not responding to [Trump's] demands," she added, noting that Paris would stick to its policy of repatriation of French nationals from Syria and Iraq on a "case by case" basis."

Feb 17 09:04

France’s flag mandate for schools fuels fury

The French parliament has adopted a proposal to decorate every classroom in France with the national and European Union flags, but the measure has drawn flak from both the left and the right. It is now being reconsidered.

Feb 17 09:03

French schools to change ‘mother & father’ to ‘parent 1 and 2’ under new law

French schools are set to replace the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2’ following an amendment to a law which passed through French Parliament this week.

The new naming convention is ostensibly aimed at ending discrimination against same sex parents but critics argue that it “dehumanises” parenthood and may lead to rows over who gets classified as ‘Parent 1.’

The amendment, passed Tuesday as part of a wider plan to build a so-called “school of trust,” will also enforce mandatory school attendance for all three-year-olds.

Feb 17 07:57

Yellow Vests Protests, 3 Months on: Demonstrators March Through Paris

Yellow Vests protesters have gathered near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris as Sunday marks three months since the beginning of the rallies and plan to march to the Champ de Mars.

Police have boosted security measures ahead of the demonstration, deploying additional troops and personnel in the city.

The most recent protests across France on Saturday, resulted in police using tear gas against protesters and detaining 29 people, according to the BFMTV broadcaster.

Feb 16 18:06

‘I do not recognize my country’: Yellow Vests who have lost eyes, limbs demand justice from Macron

France gathered for the 15th week of Gilets Jaunes protests, with the injury toll of the worst civil unrest in decades now resembling that of a small war. Yet despite pleas from victims, Emmanuel Macron is tightening the screws.

“This is not normal. We are in France, one of the oldest and best democracies in the world,” says Fiorina Jacob Lignier, who lost her eye at a demonstration in Paris on December 8. "We usually condemn from afar other countries where this occurs, that this is happening here is unbelievable."

Feb 16 10:41

Several Injured as Car Rams Into Yellow Vests Rally - Reports

According to eyewitnesses, quoted by the Daily Express, the car was in the middle of the rally when a passenger opened the door to shout at the protesters, which was then followed by the driver accelerating.

Several people were overthrown and at least three were injured as a result of a car that drove into yellow vests protesters in the French city of Rouen, BFM TV reported, citing a police source. As the broadcaster specified, first aid to those injured was provided immediately.

Feb 16 09:24

Yellow Vests Movement Protest in France for 14th Week (VIDEO)

Large-scale protests erupted in France on 17 November 2018 in the wake of the government's decision to raise fuel prices and increase fuel taxes. Even though the French authorities later scrapped their plans, the yellow vest protesters, dissatisfied with the government's social policies, have continued to rally across the country.

The yellow vests are rallying for the fourteenth straight weekend in Paris and other major French cities on 16 February.

According to French TV channel LCI, about 1,300 police officers, gendarmes, and firefighters have been injured since the movement launched.

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Feb 16 09:11

French Intelligence Services Looking Into RT Broadcaster - Reports

French intelligence services have looked at the RT broadcaster, Le Parisien outlet reported citing sources.

The French intelligence decided that it would be "premature" to make a conclusion about a disinformation strategy, although the RT France reporting had a certain tone, the outlet reported Thursday.

This comes after in early February, French President Emmanuel Macron accused RT and Sputnik news agency of meddling in France's internal affairs.

Feb 15 09:37

French State Has Arrested, Convicted 1,800 Yellow Vest Members So Far

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe has revealed that there have been nearly 1,800 court convictions of activists who have taken part in the weekly Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests.

The French prime minister revealed the extent of the convictions during a speech in front of the National Assembly, updating a previous figure released last month that confirmed just under 1,000 convictions of members of the movement, Le Figaro reports.

“Since the beginning of these events, 1,796 sentences have been pronounced by the court and 1,422 people are still awaiting trial,” Philippe said and went on to add, “more than 1,300 immediate appearances were held and 316 people were placed under an arrest warrant.”

Feb 15 09:21

Yellow Vest Head Allegedly FILMED Saying 'Paramilitaries' Ready to Topple Gov't

The so-called “yellow vests” protests have been raging across France since mid-November, with the movement calling for the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron over his government’s policies.

The official Twitter account of an Italian political show, “Piazzapulita", released a video of an interview with a man they claim is Christophe Chalençon, one of the leaders of the yellow vests movement.

READ MORE: Yellow Vests Protester Gets Hand Blown off by Grenade in Paris (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

While the footage, apparently filmed on a hidden camera, shows only the legs of a man, he can be heard speaking about the ongoing unrest in France.

The man, who is alleged to be Chalençon, is heard saying that if anything happens to him, French President Emmanuel Macron would end up on the guillotine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think this is a hoax to demonize the yellow vests.

Feb 13 11:42

France and Italy clash over Yellow Vest Protests

Feb 13 09:06

44% of Yellow Vests Think There Is a Zionist Conspiracy on a Global Scale

46% of the Gilets Jaunes agree with the proposition that:

“immigration is organised deliberately by our political, intellectual and media elites to bring about the replacement of the European population with an immigrant population”

This is 21% more than the population at large.

The more hardcore the Gilets Jaunes are, the more likely they are to believe this.

Feb 13 09:04

Key Macron aide quits Élysée as Benalla scandal deepens

Emmanuel Macron’s closest special adviser has become the latest to quit the Élysée Palace as the French president reshuffles his team to counter the gilets jaunes anti-government protests and an ongoing scandal around a former security aide.

Ismaël Emelien, 31, had helped mastermind the 2017 election campaign in which Macron promised a mix of right- and leftwing ideas that would destroy France’s tired political party system. Emelien took the role at the Élysee after Macron’s defeat of the far-right Marine Le Pen in 2017, advising on how the now-president could continue to “disrupt” traditional politics.

The president is now making changes to his inner-circle. Macron’s young team has been accused of being caught off guard when the gilets jaunes (yellow vest) fuel tax revolt began in November and quickly morphed into a widespread protest against the executive.

Feb 13 08:19

Hacker hiding in Israel faces French trial in man’s death

French prosecutors are asking a court in Paris to proceed with the trial of the Zionist hacker Ulcan in connection with the death of the father of a journalist who had reported on his attacks on pro-Palestinian websites.

Ulcan, whose real name is Grégory Chelli, is a French citizen who has lived in Israel since 2010, and is the subject of an extradition request and an arrest warrant issued by a French judge in 2015.

On 31 January, according to the French news agency AFP, the Paris prosecutor asked a judge to order that Chelli stand trial for “acts of violence causing an unintended death” – a charge carrying up to 15 years in prison – death threats, false statements and other acts.

Feb 12 10:10

France energy giant attacked by Israel over ‘boycott’

French energy giant Total has come under sharp rebuke from Israel over the company’s investment stance, amid growing concerns in Tel Aviv that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is being mainstreamed among its traditional allies.

Total – which is one of seven “Supermajor” oil companies in the world – backed off from investing in Israel, for reasons it described as “complex”. Total’s chief executive, Patrick Pouyanné, told the Financial Times (FT) that it was too complex to invest in Israel, despite the country’s growing role as a gas producer.

Explaining the firm’s decision, Pouyanné added that “we [Total] like complex situations [?.?.?.?] up to a certain point,” but suggested that stakes in Israel were not big enough to accept the risks involved in investing in the Zionist state, which is fighting what seems to be a losing battle against accusations that the country has become an apartheid state.

Feb 12 09:02

Anti-Semitic acts hit France amid anti-government protests

Portraits of a Holocaust survivor stained with swastikas. A memorial in honor of a Jewish man vandalized. A bagel shop with the German word “Juden” sprayed on its front window.

These are just a few of the hundreds of anti-Semitic acts that have been committed in recent months in France, home to the world’s largest Jewish population outside Israel and the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a pathetic attempt to link the Yellow Vests with anti-Semitism, which strengthens by theory that these swastikas are all hate-crime hoaxes.

Feb 12 08:38

SWASTIKAS AND ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND IN PARIS FOR 2ND TIME IN 3 DAYS

Mailboxes on which a street artist was commissioned to paint portraits of the late French politician Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor, were defaced with swastikas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another hate-crime hoax?

Feb 11 10:22

'It was his right to protest, now he has no livelihood’ – Yellow Vest on demonstrator who lost hand

The father of the Yellow Vest protester who had his hand blown off by a gas grenade in Paris on Saturday says he plans a lawsuit, while his comrade says it is symbolic that the injury took place outside the National Assembly.

“He has no hand left below the wrist,” Bernard Maillet, father of Sebastien Maillet, told RT during an interview in its Paris studio, adding that his son also sustained an eye injury and does not fully remember the traumatic incident.

“We plan to lodge a complaint, and we will see what happens from there,” he said.

Feb 11 09:56

13th week: #GiletsJaunes #Yellowvests protest: #Paris

- Ongoing protests in all cities in France
- Mainstream media: 'a few protesters'
- Protests against Macron govt, high taxes, labor laws
- More than 1000 arrested, hundreds of wounded, multiple dead

Feb 11 09:01

French, German farmers destroy crops after GMOs found in Bayer seeds

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

Feb 11 07:38

Yellow Vest protests turn violent in Nantes & Lyon

Feb 10 08:45

Italy-France Spat Escalates: Macron Spokesman Condemns ‘Nationalist Leprosy’

The war of words between globalist France and populist Italy has intensified after the Macron government referred to “nationalist leprosy” and criticised Italy’s Luigi Di Maio’s meeting with Yellow Vests.

France recalled its ambassador to Italy for the first time since the Second World War after Italy’s anti-establishment deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio, of the Five Star Movement (M5S), made an impromptu visit to meet with the anti-Macron government protesters, in what the French government referred to as an “unacceptable provocation.”

In an interview with Europe 1 on Friday, France’s Benjamin Griveaux said: “It’s not a permanent recall, but it was important to make a statement because Italy is a historic ally and is also a founding member of the European Union.”

Feb 10 08:36

European rail merger blocked, prompting backlash

The European Commission on Wednesday vetoed the planned merger of the rail units of French firm Alstom and Germany’s Siemens, a transaction that the governments in both Paris and Berlin had envisaged as creating a champion that could compete with Chinese competition.

The regulatory body’s decision has set up a confrontation with the European Union’s most influential members and could force changes to antitrust rules.

German Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier announced immediately after the news that a joint effort with the French government was under way to seek reforms.

Feb 09 10:20

Macron Doing One Man Show, Trying to Take Steam Out of Yellow Vests – Politician

Emmanuel Macron's National Debate has turned into a boring monologue in favour of his re-election instead of solving the people's problems, Karel Vereycken, vice-president of the Solidarity and Progress Party, told Sputnik, sharing his views on the possibility of the nation-wide referendum and prospects of the yellow vests movement.

On 2 February, French weekly Journal du Dimanche (JDD) reported that Macron is allegedly considering calling a referendum on 26 May — the same date that the European parliamentary elections are due to take place.

"The idea of holding a nationwide referendum on the same day as the European elections is considered as the latest desperate attempt to 'take steam' out of the yellow vest protest movement by giving in to the least embarrassing and least expensive of their demands", says Karel Vereycken, a French journalist and vice-president of the Solidarity and Progress Party, headed by Jacques Cheminade.

Feb 09 10:19

Protester has hand RIPPED OFF during Yellow Vest march in Paris (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

The right hand of one of the Yellow Vest protesters has been blown off by a police grenade, according to an eyewitness, during Saturday's demonstrations in Paris.

RT video agency Ruptly's footage from the scene shows clouds of smoke billowing around the street as protesters and police clash outside the grounds of the National Assembly.

Video captured in the moments surrounding the horrific hand injury show a marked escalation between police and protesters. One police grenade was filmed exploding as protesters approached the device.

Feb 09 10:17

Arsonist firebombs country home of France's President of the National Assembly while he and partner were out - as friend Macron blasts 'violence and intimidation' amid Yellow Vest chaos

A criminal enquiry has been launched after an arson attack on the home of the President of France's National Assembly.

Richard Ferrand, who is the equivalent of the Speaker in Britain's House of Commons and a close personal friend of President Emmanuel Macron, described the attack on the property in his Brittany constituency as 'violence and intimidation'.

The National Gendarmerie discovered a blanket, tire residue and a homemade torch soaked in fuel on the site, leaving 'the criminal origin in no doubt,' according to a statement from Mr Ferrand's office.

The attack follows months of regular disturbances by the Yellow Vest anti-government movement, who have been behind similar blazes.

Feb 09 09:48

LIVE - Yellow Vests Rally Hits Paris as Protests Continue for 13th Week

Feb 09 09:36

Majority of French Say Le Pen Would Do Better than Macron on Migration

A majority of French believe populist National Rally leader Marine Le Pen would do a better job on migration issues than President Emmanuel Macron, a poll has revealed.

The poll, which was taken by Elabe and released on Wednesday, asked participants whether they thought Ms Le Pen or President Macron would do better on key issues, BFMTV reports.

54 percent of French believe Le Pen would do a much better job in terms of tackling illegal migration and other issues relating to migration. Le Pen also scored 52 percent from respondents on tackling crime and delinquency.

The results come after Macron declared earlier this week at a town hall in the suburbs of Essonne that “We are living in a world of mass migration,” adding: “I do not believe at all in the people who would build walls, because walls do not work.”

Feb 08 11:42

Macron Tactics Against Yellow Vests Have Nothing to Do with Public Safety, Everything to Do with Global Politics

“For more than two months the people who come out into the streets are met with governmental repression. Since the 17th November 2018 we have been on the streets but we have not been listened to.” The statement from the Yellow Vests — or Gilets Jaunes (GJs) as they are better known in France — was published just before Saturday February 2, 2019, when tens of thousands of GJs took to the streets of cities nationwide for Acte XII (Week 12) of the protests that have been a weekly event since they first began on November 17, 2018.

The GJ movement has taken France by storm since its sudden appearance after the increasingly unpopular President Emmanuel Macron introduced a number of measures that appeared to protect the French wealthy elite while penalising those already on the brink of poverty. The increase in the fuel tax was the final straw that broke the back of the already pressurized population struggling to make ends meet every month.

Feb 08 10:01

A Quarter of French Believe ‘Elites’ Using Mass Migration to ‘Replace’ Native Europeans

A study claims that up to a quarter of the French population not only believe in a conspiracy of “elites” but also think those same elites are using mass migration to replace European populations.

The study, released by Jean-Jaurès Foundation and Conspiracy Watch, is the second of its kind and looks at the extent to which the French believe in various so-called conspiracy theories.

The study found that 27 per cent of French believe in an “Illuminati” of elites who control the population while one quarter say they believe in the theory of the “Great Replacement,” Le Point reports.

Feb 08 09:34

Macron MP leaves party as unease over French anti-hooligan bill grows

A lawmaker has told his colleagues he will leave French President Emmanuel Macron’s governing party, a day after an unprecedented number of lawmakers refused to approve a bill aimed at curbing violent protests.

Fifty lawmakers from Macron’s Republic On The Move (LREM) abstained in the vote at the lower house National Assembly on Tuesday, the highest number of abstentions since Macron’s election in 2017.

Although the bill passed thanks to Macron’s comfortable majority, the abstentions were a sign of growing unease over the government’s lurch to the right in response to three months of protests by the grassroots “yellow vest” movement.

Feb 08 08:54

5 times Macron gave other leaders advice, and he now boasts an approval rating of… under 30%

French President Emmanuel Macron is not shy about dishing out advice to his international counterparts but, with an approval rating at home hovering in the late 20s, is he really the person to be doling out instructions to others?

No matter the international crisis, Macron has been there to impart his wisdom, giving guidance and schooling to other world leaders on their domestic problems. When it comes to criticisms directed at him, however, it appears Macron is less receptive.

Feb 08 08:39

'Hits like Tyson': 'Flash-Ball' guns became symbol of police brutality against Yellow Vests

Human rights activists have renewed efforts to ban 'less-lethal' guns that riot police use against protesters in France. Known as 'Flash-Balls,' they grew to symbolize the weapon of choice in the fight against the yellow vests.

"The lack of sufficient guarantees in the French law undermines the constitutional right of life and the respect for physical safety," the Human Rights League wrote in an appeal to the Council of State this week. The nonprofit seeks to ban the use of controversial 'defense ball launchers' (LBDs), commonly known as 'Flash-Balls,' by police against protesters.

The Council, which acts as the nation's highest administrative court, had earlier dismissed the call to ban the device, saying that LBDs are "necessary" and "particularly appropriate" for tackling violence during rallies. The human rights campaigners, appealing this decision, argue that 'Flash-Balls' are dangerous as they often cause serious injuries.

Feb 07 11:41

Repeat after me, protests in Venezuela good, protests in France bad!

Large street protests in both France and Venezuela. Two Presidents with low approval ratings. But only one whose legitimacy has been denied by Western 'democracies' and by the French president himself.
Just when you thought globalist hypocrisy couldn't get any worse, it just did.

France and Venezuela have both experienced widespread anti-government protests in recent weeks. These have been fuelled by economic factors and increased financial hardship of the majority.

But it's only in Venezuela where the democratically-elected leader, Nicolas Maduro, has been ordered to step down and his opponent, Juan Guaido, has been anointed president. The 'good old democracies' of the US and the EU have been falling over themselves to 'recognise' Guaido. They're simply Mad About the Boy, and mad at Maduro.

Feb 07 11:01

Italy's Di Maio Meeting With 'Yellow Vests' is Provocation - French FM

Addressing the protests in France earlier in January, leader of the anti-establishment party Five Star Movement (M5S) and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio supported the "yellow vests" movement, harshly criticising French President Emmanuel Macron.

The French Foreign Ministry slammed Di Maio on Wednesday for his meeting with Christophe Chalençon, one of the "yellow vests" leaders.

"This new provocation is not acceptable between neighbouring countries and partners in the European Union", a Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a daily online briefing. "Mr Di Maio, who holds government responsibilities, must take care not to undermine, through his repeated interferences, our bilateral relations, in the interest of both France and Italy".

Feb 06 11:12

France fires nuclear-capable missile in a rare show as Russia and the US feud over arms treaty

France, one of Europe's two nuclear powers, said on Tuesday that it had fired a nuclear-capable missile from a fighter jet, while the US and Russia feud over the death of a nuclear treaty that saw Europe purged of most of its weapons of mass destruction during the hair-triggered days of the Cold War.

France tested all phases of a nuclear strike with an 11-hour mission that saw a Rafale fighter jet refuel and fire an unarmed missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Reuters described France's military as saying.

"These real strikes are scheduled in the life of the weapons' system," said a spokesman for the French air force, Col. Cyrille Duvivier, according to Reuters. "They are carried out at fairly regular intervals, but remain rare because the real missile, without its warhead, is fired."

Feb 06 10:57

Macron Won't Put Question of Resignation Up for French Referendum

The first referendum in 14 years could take place in France in May as part of President Emmanuel Macron’s response to the ongoing series of weekend ‘yellow vests’ protests. The newspaper Journal du Dimanche reported that Macron was planning to organise the vote on the same day as European parliament elections: on May 26th.

According to the publication, one of the questions the French would be asked is whether they want to reduce the number of national lawmakers — a campaign pledge by Macron, as well as whether they favour imposing term-limits on legislators.

Feb 05 10:23

French forces launch airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad

The French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya, according to France’s Defense Ministry. The operation took place on Sunday and was organized in cooperation with the Chadian Army. A patrol of Mirage 2000 airplanes hit a column of 40 pickups coming from Libya that penetrated “deep into Chadian territory,” AP reported. The “intervention, in response to a request from Chadian authorities, helped hinder this hostile progression and disperse the column,” the ministry said.

Feb 05 10:07

WATCH Protest Over Minimum Wage in French Capital

French unions are holding a rally over a minimum wage in the city of Paris, which has also seen 12 weeks of violent "Yellow Vests" protests.

According to a Sputnik correspondent, protesters clashed with police after they reached Place de la Concorde square, close to the Louvre Museum. A group of protesters provoked police by throwing various objects at them and forcing the law enforcement officers to respond with tear gas.

Feb 05 10:07

French police talk about shooting Yellow Vest protesters in a leaked tape

Police in the city of Toulouse came under fire after several officers were caught on tape discussing plans to “shoot” the protesters involved in clashes.
The comments were made in the police command room, as broadcaster France 3 reported, where the officers were watching an intense standoff between police and the demonstrators unfolding on the streets of Toulouse.

While the officers aren’t seen in the video, the voices are heard saying “What a bunch of bastards!” and “The f***ers!”, when the clashes turned violent.

Then a female officer is heard saying, “But you have to shoot!” and the other male officer replying, “When I tell you to, line up two or three rounds.”

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