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Jan 18 07:29

One step backward: US to assist French in failing African counter-terror ops

On January 12, the Washington Post’s John Hudson published an article detailing the Biden administration’s decision to continue supporting French counterterrorism operations in the Sahel region of Africa — despite the unsuccessful nature of those operations over the last decade.

Jan 17 08:37

France, Germany foreign ministers to visit demarcation line in Ukraine

The foreign ministers of France and Germany intend to visit the demarcation line in the conflict zone in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian said at a press conference in the French city of Brest on January 14, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.

“Europe will make its utmost efforts in all fora [to de-escalate tensions], either in the Normandy format, where France and Germany will press on to ensure that the Minsk Agreements are met. Annalena Baerbock [German foreign minister] and I discussed this topic and agreed to visit Ukraine shortly. Baerbock will visit Ukraine on Monday. We, France and Germany, will jointly visit the demarcation line and Kyiv. As the EU High Representative did during his visit to Ukraine, we will reaffirm the European stance," said the French minister.

Jan 17 06:37

Thousands protest against tougher Covid rules in France (VIDEO)

More than 50,000 people protested against stricter Covid-19 measures in France on Saturday, as the upper house of parliament approved a bill introducing a vaccine pass.

Around 54,000 people protested across the country, including 7,000 who marched in the capital, according to the Interior Ministry.

Some held banners that read “Freedom” and “Democracy in danger.”

“I’m against the vaccine pass. I’m against mass vaccination – everyone must be free to choose,” a protester in Paris told Ruptly video agency.

Jan 16 09:08

Life insurer refuses to cover vaccine death

Although vaccination is recognized as the cause of death by doctors and the insurance company, it has refused to pay out. The reason is because the side effects of the Corona jabs are known and published. They argue that the deceased took part in an experiment at his own risk. Covid-19 in itself is not classed as a “critical illness”.

According to the company, an experimental vaccination resulting in death is like suicide
The insurance company justified the refusal of payment to the family by stating that the use of experimental medication or treatments, including Corona injections, is expressly excluded from the insurance contract. The family’s subsequent lawsuit against the insurance company has been unsuccessful.

Jan 14 08:13

Court strikes down outdoor mask mandate

An outdoor mask mandate in France’s Paris region has been struck down by a judge, who called the rule a major violation of citizens’ liberties just two weeks after it was reimposed.

The Paris Administrative Tribunal ruled against the masking policy on Thursday, according to AFP, rejecting the mandate as “an excessive, disproportionate and inappropriate infringement... of personal freedom.” The ruling applies not only to the city of Paris and its 2.1 million residents, but to seven other departments in the broader Paris region, or some 12 million people in total.

Jan 13 06:27

The French: citizens or mere voters?

The campaign for the election of the next president of the French Republic on April 24, 2022 is unleashing passions in a very confused atmosphere. Social tensions can no longer be expressed, except through violence, because the political vocabulary has lost its meaning. The same words are used by everyone with different, even diametrically opposed meanings. Behind this hubbub, no one seems to notice that the country is no longer a democracy, nor even a republic.

FRANCE WOUNDED

Jan 13 06:25

France to prohibit incest

The French government has said it will move to ban incest for the first time since 1791, bringing it in line with most European nations which prohibit sexual relationships with blood relatives.

In an interview with AFP this week, Adrien Taquet, the secretary of state for children, said the government would ban incest for the first time in more than 200 years. Sexual relations with relatives are currently legal in France unless children are involved.

The new law would criminalize incest even if both parties are over the age of 18. While cousins would still be able to marry, the minister was unable to confirm whether stepfamilies would be included.

Jan 12 12:13

Presidential hopeful says France should leave NATO and partner with Russia

The leader of a French leftist party and presidential hopeful has called for the country to pull out of the NATO alliance, revealing that he regards Russia as a partner for Paris rather than an adversary.

The leader of the leftist La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party, Jean-Luc Melenchon, shared his insights on the new Cold War and France’s place in it during a major interview with France Inter radio on Monday. Melenchon further elaborated on the points he made during the interview in a long Twitter thread.

Jan 11 11:20

Presidential hopeful says no to ‘politically correct propaganda’ in schools

Eric Zemmour, who is running in the 2022 French presidential election, has vowed to stop the “brainwashing” of school students and focus on academic excellence instead.

“Over the past 40 years, our children have been indoctrinated,” Zemmour, an essayist and a political pundit, said on Monday.

“Schools can’t be a place where feminist, LGBT and decolonial ideologies brainwash our children.”

“There’s no prosperous nation without a school that transmits knowledge, and without a school that makes it possible to strive for excellence,” Zemmour said, promising to focus on teaching the French language and math in primary schools, and remove “politically correct propaganda” from textbooks.

Jan 11 07:51

Social and Medical Sector Workers Gather in Paris For Strike

A few months ahead of presidential elections and amid the electoral campaign, the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) called on the staff of the hospital, nursing homes and social workers to mobilise to demand better working conditions.

Social and medical sector workers are holding a national strike in Paris.
Among the demands: higher wages, better training of employees and hiring of more staff. The mobilisation is said to be taking place in response to excessive emotional and physical fatigue among medical sector workers, linked to the successive waves of COVID-19 over the past two years.

The strike follows a similar mobilisation event held across France last week, with organisers calling for better working conditions and support in their workplaces.

Jan 11 06:53

WATCH: Anti-vaccine passport protesters pelt MP with seaweed

Protesters from the French overseas constituency of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon threw fistfuls of seaweed at their representative of the national parliament, angry over the vaccine mandate. The attack was condemned by politicians.

The heated confrontation took place on Sunday in France’s islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon in the western Atlantic. People unhappy with the government’s anti-Covid-19 policies and the introduction of the vaccine mandate gathered outside the home of Stephane Claireaux. The MP has been representing the constituency since 2014.

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The French don't mess around. In 1985, the CEO of Renault, Georges Besse, ordered the closing of several plants and laid off some 21,000 workers across the country. The workers didn't wave flags. They didn't march in the streets. They shot him!

Jan 10 11:44

100,000 Protest in France Against Proposed New COVID-19 Vaccine Pass

French authorities said that about 105,000 protesters took to the streets across the country against a draft law that essentially would ban unvaccinated people from public life.

Jan 09 06:34

Protest grows bigger after president vows to ‘piss off’ the unvaxxed

At least 100,000 people took to the streets of France in protest against Covid-19 restrictions and mandates, after President Macron promised to make the lives of the unvaccinated increasingly hard until they accept the jab.

The huge crowds on Saturday were roughly four times larger than back on December 18, according to police estimates. The protesters opposed, among other things, a nearly implemented government plan to make proof of vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory to use public transport, eat at restaurants, and attend events.

Jan 08 08:06

Russian troops deploy to Mali’s Timbuktu after French exit

Mali’s army spokesperson has said Russian soldiers have deployed to the northern city of Timbuktu to train Malian forces at a base vacated by French troops last month amid persistent insecurity in a country where large swaths of territory are out of the government’s control.

The Malian government said late last year that “Russian trainers” had arrived in the country, but Bamako and Moscow have so far provided few details on the deployment, including on how many soldiers are involved or the Russian troops’ precise mission.

On December 23, a group of Western countries led by former colonial power France, which in 2013 intervened militarily to help push back advancing armed groups that threatened to seize the whole of Mali, sharply criticised what they said was the deployment of Russian mercenaries working for the controversial Wagner Group.

Mali’s government has denied this, saying the Russian troops are in the country as part of a bilateral agreement.

Jan 08 07:51

Marine Le Pen Blasts Macron as 'Pyromaniac' Who 'Uses' Health Crisis After His Comments on Unvaxxed

Earlier in the week, the French president lambasted those are unwilling to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying that he "really wants to p*** them off". After being slammed for the remarks, he said he still stands by his words.

Head of the French party National Rally Marine Le Pen branded President Emmanuel Macron a "pyromaniac" and chided him for "using" the health crisis after his remarks about unvaccinated people.

"Having a pyromaniac who starts a debate [...] with words that are very violent does not seem likely to me to [help find] solutions to get out of the health crisis", Le Pen told reporters on Friday. "When we are facing a crisis [...] what we must seek is the unity of the country, it is the unity of the country that resolves crises [...] and not the division".

Jan 07 11:24

France strikes positive tone on Vienna talks, says deal within reach

France’s foreign minister strikes a positive tone over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 Iran deal, saying progress has been made in the talks.

In remarks on Friday, Jean-Yves Le Drian said he remains convinced that the parties to the talks can reach a deal, but noted time is running out.

“We have been heading in a positive direction in the last few days, but time is of the essence, because if we don’t get an accord quickly there will be nothing to negotiate,” Le Drian said.

The remarks came after Iran’s chief negotiator in Vienna talks said the negotiations with the remaining signatories to the Iran deal are “positive and forward-moving.” The deal was unilaterally abandoned by the United States in 2018 three years after it was inked.

Earlier this week, the US also said the negotiations in Vienna had shown modest progress.

Jan 07 07:58

Macron Pushing France to Revolution

Jan 06 09:52

French parliament approves Macron’s new ‘vaccine pass’

France’s parliament has approved President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a “vaccine pass” to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus after three days of tumultuous debates, which were sparked by Macron’s comment that he wants to “annoy” the unvaccinated.

The bill passed on Thursday in the parliament with 214 votes against 93, and 27 abstentions, after an all-night session. It still needs to pass the Senate, which is due to review it early next week. Macron’s government wants the new measures to take effect on January 15, but implementation will likely be delayed as the debate was held up in the Assembly.

Jan 05 11:06

French Rebels Massively Destroy 5G Networks

Rebels in France have declared war on the infrastructure of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

An ever-expanding resistance movement has been sabotaging the widely-hated 5G network.

Says a three-part report on the Reporterre website: “Relay antennae are being torched, fibre-optic cables cut, pylons unbolted. During the night, people burn construction machinery, attack masts with disc cutters or destroy electrical equipment with sledgehammers”.

Vehicles belonging to telecommunications businesses have also been set on fire in at least 140 attacks since the start of the Covid repression, with the cost to the industry running into tens of millions of euros.

Says the report:

“This is a movement which is advancing underground, out of the spotlight, a deep revolt spreading across France”.

Jan 05 09:23

Macron: Vax Passport Is A Tool to 'Piss Off' The Unvaxxed

French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to sell the French on embracing their own enslavement by telling them it will "own the unvaxxed."

Jan 05 06:49

Keep Calm et Continuer? ‘New’ Covid Variant Found in France Not So New After All, Scientists Say

Earlier, scientists from France reported on the discovery of a new Sars-Cov-2 strain with 46 mutations, with reporting causing consternation as governments worldwide continue to enact new restrictions to fight Omicron, a Covid-19 variant said to be more infectious but far less severe than its predecessors.

The ‘new’ coronavirus variant B.1.640.2 discovered by scientists at the Méditerranée Infection University Hospital Institute in December is neither new nor that worrisome, epidemiologists and biologists from the UK have suggested.

At least a dozen B.1.640.2 cases have been reported in and around Marseille, with ‘patient zero’ being a fully-vaccinated man who tested positive for Covid three days after returning from Cameroon in November and developing “mild respiratory symptoms.”

Jan 05 06:45

Emmanuel Macron says he wants to 'p*** off' the unvaccinated in foul-mouthed rant vowing to ban them from public places including restaurants, cinemas and coffee shops from next week

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday he wanted to 'p*** off' the unvaccinated by introducing fresh legislation to ban them from public venues.

The cutting remark prompted howls of condemnation from opposition rivals less than 4 months before the next presidential election.

'The unvaccinated, I really want to p*** them off. And so, we're going to continue doing so, until the end. That's the strategy,' Macron told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview published late on Tuesday.

Jan 05 06:44

French government left embarrassed after 'vaccine pass' bill suspended

French lawmakers have "unexpectedly suspended" a parliamentary debate on a controversial health pass, a move denounced by the government as a "procedural coup."

President Emmanuel Macron's ruling centrist party, which is one seat short of an absolute parliamentary majority, was embarrassed after opposition parties joined forces to hold up the bill on Tuesday.

The legislation would make it mandatory for people to show proof of being vaccinated – and not just a negative COVID test or proof one has recovered from COVID-19 – to access public venues and transport.

The debate, which was due to resume late Tuesday, was suspended after members of the Assemblée nationale voted with a show of hands to go home.

Jan 04 06:54

Presidential hopeful says France should leave NATO and partner with Russia

The leader of a French leftist party and presidential hopeful has called for the country to pull out of the NATO alliance, revealing that he regards Russia as a partner for Paris rather than an adversary.

The leader of the leftist La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party, Jean-Luc Melenchon, shared his insights on the new Cold War and France’s place in it during a major interview with France Inter radio on Monday. Melenchon further elaborated on the points he made during the interview in a long Twitter thread.

The politician said the country should take part in efforts to “de-escalate” the international situation rather than follow Washington in the new Cold War against China and Russia. Leaving the NATO alliance altogether would therefore be beneficial for France, as it won't be part of the “military adventurism” of the US, Melenchon believes.

Jan 03 09:15

EU Flag Removed From Arc De Triomphe After Causing Stir

A large European Union flag attached to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Friday to mark the start of France's six-month presidency of the bloc was removed on Sunday after it drew outrage from far-right and right-wing leaders.

Junior European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, who on Friday had said the flag would remain for "several days", said it had been taken down as planned.

"It was scheduled that the flag was to be taken down this Sunday, we hadn't established an exact time", Beaune told France Inter radio.

He dismissed the idea that the government had given in after far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Saturday said she would appeal to France's Council of State to remove the EU flag.

"The government has been forced to remove the EU flag from the Arc de Triomphe, a beautiful patriotic victory at the start of 2022", Le Pen said on Sunday.

Jan 02 07:26

Marine Le Pen Slams Temporal Withdrawal of French Flag From Arc de Triomphe as Insult

The decision to temporary replace the French flag at the Arc de Triomphe with the flag of the European Union is outrageous and provocative, French right-wing presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen said on Saturday.

"I’m outraged by the decision to replace the French flag under the Arc de Triomphe and over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the one of the European Union. This provocation offences those who fought for France," Le Pen tweeted.

She was not the only presidential hopeful who expressed a negative point of view on the decision.

Another right-wing French presidential contender, Eric Zemmour, slammed the flag change as an insult, while Valerie Pecresse, the head of the French region of Ile-de-France and candidate from The Republicans party, demanded the return of the flag.

Dec 30 06:42

French Mosque Forced Closed for ‘Inciting Hatred’ and ‘Advocating Jihad’

A Mosque in France has been shuttered for six months after authorities accused it of ‘inciting hatred’ and ‘advocating jihad’.

The great mosque of Beauvais has been ordered to close for six months over sermons that authorities claim were ‘inciting hatred’, ‘violence’ and ‘advocating jihad’.

The order, announced on Tuesday, is to become enforceable after 48hrs, though the lawyer for the mosque was said to be seeking interim relief against the order.

According to a report by Le Monde, French Minister for the Interior Gérald Darmanin first announced that measures were being taken to close the mosque on December 14th.

“We have initiated the closure of the Beauvais mosque, [which is] completely unacceptable, which fights Christians, homosexuals and Jews,” Darmanin said.

This is far from the first time France has shut a mosque over its preaching, with a number being closed last October over their teachings.

Dec 29 07:22

In Latest Ludicrous COVID Measures, France Bans… Popcorn?

France will ban concessions at cinemas and all consumables on public transport from January 3rd in order to “combat” the spread of the Omicron variant. Additional measures, ostensibly meant to combat the spread of the mild virus, were announced by French Prime Minister Jean Castex during a press conference on December 27th.

Indoor events with 2,000 attendees and outdoor events with 5,000 attendees will be allowed to continue, so long as everyone in attendance remains seated. Bars and restaurants will also stay open, but all food and drinks must be consumed from a seated position in order to battle the latest wave of COVID-19.

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I need to add a silly-O-meter to this website!

Dec 22 08:10

Will ‘France’s Hillary Clinton’ become their first female president?

Presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse might compare herself to Angela Merkel and Margaret Thatcher, but the unappealing truth is she is more like Clinton – a figure completely entrenched in the establishment.

The sands are shifting rapidly in the run-up to the French presidential election, set for April 10 and 24 next year. The big question right now is which two candidates will make the run-off round. And then who can then rally the most voters of other parties in that final round. Within this context, a new contender has emerged.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, President Emmanuel Macron seems like a shoe-in, running at 24% support in the latest Opinionway survey. But the next most popular contender now is long-time political fixture and former minister, Valérie Pécresse, of the center-right The Republicans. At 17%, Pécresse is running ahead of harder-right rivals Marine Le Pen of the National Rally party (16%), and Eric Zemmour of the Reconquest movement (12%).

Dec 17 06:56

France's EDF Shutters Two Nuclear Power Plants After Cracks Found

Électricité de France S.A., commonly known as EDF, a French electric utility company primarily owned by the state, shuttered two nuclear power plants after routine safety inspections found cracks at one power plant.

EDF wrote in a press release, "preventive maintenance checks on the primary circuit of reactor number 1 of the Civaux Nuclear Power Plant" found cracks due to corrosion on the pipes.

"Checks initiated on the same equipment of reactor number 2 of the Civaux Nuclear Power Plant revealed similar defects," the French power giant said.

France's Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) was informed about cracks detected close to the welds on the reactor's pipes.

EDF temporarily closed Civaux to "replace the affected parts on the two Civaux reactors, the work being governed by a technical instruction prepared in cooperation with the ASN, which leads to extend the shutdown of the two reactors," it said.

Dec 17 06:44

French Anti-Mass Migration Activist Sexually Assaulted By An African Migrant

A French anti-mass migration activist was sexually assaulted by an African migrant who broke into her home and subjected her to a harrowing ordeal.

Thaïs d’Escufon, a former spokeswoman for the banned Generation Identity movement, recounted the attack to the Le Figaro newspaper.

The activist was making her way home in Lyon after a gym workout when she was accosted by the man, who told her he was Tunisian.

“The man surely stayed behind my back and rushed into the apartment as soon as I turned the key,” said d’Escufon, adding that the attacker took advantage of the fact she was wearing headphones.

The culprit took possession of d’Escufon’s keys and locked both in the house together before attempting to sexually assault her.

Dec 16 07:04

French Catholics Threatened with Death by Muslims During Procession

A group of French Catholics in Nanterre faced death threats from a group of Muslims as they engaged in a torchlight procession to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception last week.

Around 30 or so Roman Catholics took part in the procession on December 8th in honour of the Virgin Mary and were verbally attacked by a group of around a dozen people who threatened to kill the parishioners and the clergy.

Jean-Marc Sertillange, a deacon of the parish which held the procession, said that the parishioners undergo the profession on the feast of the Immaculate Conception every year and told the newspaper, Le Figaro, that the Catholic group were called “kuffars”, the Arabic word for infidels.

Dec 15 08:31

Putin warns Macron that Ukraine is being ‘pumped up’ with Western weaponry

Ukraine is being “pumped up” with modern weapons, which pose a “direct threat” to Russia, President Vladimir Putin told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone conversation on Tuesday.

The call between the two leaders took place amid fresh tensions between Russia and NATO over the situation in eastern Ukraine and the US-led bloc’s plans for further expansion to the east. Moscow has been preparing draft documents for a legally binding treaty that would prevent such a situation.

Putin told Macron that Kiev was “purposefully exacerbating” the situation the breakaway Donbass, “with the connivance of a number of Western countries,” the Kremlin said in a statement following the talk. The region is home to two self-declared republics which have been outside Ukraine's control since shortly after the 2014 Maidan.

Dec 14 06:44

Russia's Black Sea Fleet Monitoring French Frigate Auvergne

Last week, Russian fighter jets were scrambled to intercept and accompany French Rafale and Mirage-2000 warplanes, as well as a French Air Force C-135 tanker aircraft as they flew over the Black Sea.

Russia's Black Sea Fleet forces are keeping a watchful eye on the French frigate Auvergne, which has entered the Black Sea, the National Defence Control Centre with the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

"The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet began to control the actions of the Auvergne frigate of the French Navy, which is armed with guided missiles […]”, the centre’s representative told reporters.

Dec 13 10:50

Let’s go! French Police getting handled by anti-vaccine mandate protesters

The world is fighting back against the Globalist Regime.

Dec 13 09:05

UK, France, and EU Settle Fishing Row, But French Sailors Still Threatening London With Blockade

Paris and Brussels threatened to take retaliatory measures against the United Kingdom unless London grants more licenses to French boats. French ministers spoke of cutting electricity to Crown Dependency Jersey or charging tariffs on it.

Britain, France, and the European Union have settled a row over fishing licenses, delaying the trade war the sides have threatened each other with in recent months. According to the British media, talks between the sides have yielded results, with Britain and the Channel Islands agreeing to issue 83 licenses to small French boats.

The Guardian, however, writes that the number of licenses did not fully meet France's demands, which reportedly asked for over 100 licenses for its boats. The news prompted criticism from the French Committee on Maritime Fisheries, which said they will go ahead with a pre-Christmas blockade of British goods entering the port of Calais.

Dec 13 07:01

French fishermen plan to ruin Christmas for millions of Britons with blockade

French trawlermen are drawing up plans to ruin Christmas for millions of Britons by blockading Calais and other key ports in response to the resolution of the post-Brexit dispute over fishing licences.

Industry sources told the Telegraph on Sunday that they will attempt to snare up cross-Channel trade over the festival period because many of their colleagues were refused permits to operate in Britain’s waters.

“We have made it clear: protests are planned, following on from the blockade of Breton and Norman ports that took place on November 26,” said Oliver Lepretre, head of the Hauts-de-France regional fisheries committee.

“Actions will target the import of British products. French fishermen are more than ever united against adversity and don’t intend to take it lying down faced with so much bad faith.”

Dec 12 08:22

France Draws Ire in Pacific Islands as New Caledonia Referendum Goes Ahead

New Caledonia is pushing ahead with a referendum on independence from France this weekend, despite concerns that a boycott by pro-independence parties who oppose holding the poll amid the coronavirus pandemic risks an outbreak of violence.

France's decision to hold the last of a series of three votes on Sunday, against the wishes of indigenous Kanaks, has drawn condemnation in neighbouring Pacific islands where sensitivities over colonization are high.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), comprised of Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the major New Caledonian independence party, has called on Pacific island countries not to recognise the result.

The Noumea Accord of 1998, which set out a path for potential independence, agreed three referendums to determine the future of the country.

Dec 08 08:13

Russian Fighters Scrambled to Escort French Rafale, Mirage Jets Over Black Sea

The Black Sea region has become a major hot spot for tensions between Russia and NATO in recent months, with the alliance deploying warships in the body of water for drills, and sending fighters, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft and drones to probe Russia's maritime defences. Moscow has responded with drills of its own.

Russian Su-27 fighters were scrambled Wednesday to intercept and accompany French Rafale and Mirage-2000 jets, as well as a French Air Force C-135 tanker aircraft as they flew over the Black Sea, the Russian Defence Ministry has reported.

Dec 07 09:30

Iran Blasts France’s ‘Destabilizing’ Gulf Arms Sales as Emirati Envoy Makes Rare Tehran Visit

The Iranian Foreign Ministry criticized recent weapons deals reached by French President Emmanuel Macron during his recent trip to several Gulf states, labeling them irresponsible and “destabilizing.” The comments come as the United Arab Emirates sends its envoy on a rare visit to Tehran.

“We must not ignore France’s role in destabilizing the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters during a Monday press conference.
"We expect countries like France to act more responsibly,” he added. “The advanced weapons of European countries, including France, which are selling to the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf are the basis of the tensions we are witnessing in the region."

Dec 07 08:27

VIDEO: Antifa Marxists Attack and Interrupt Massive Nationalist Rally in France – Are Beaten and Chased from Building by Crowd Chanting, “Everyone Hates Antifa!”

Antifa goons interrupted a nationalist conference in France on Sunday.
The Antifa Marxists stopped the conference standing in a line in T-shirts that spelled out “No to Racism.”

The angry crowd immediately began beating and hurling chairs at the Antifa Marxists. They were then chased from the building.

Dec 06 12:05

Watch: French Citizens Resist Vaccine Passports, Take Over Shopping Mall

A video is going around showing French citizens pushing past security and police to enter a shopping mall in protest of vaccine passports.

While it’s not high-quality footage, the video shows dozens of demonstrators outnumbering the security guards and forcing their way into the building.

Dec 06 10:05

Google’s YouTube Meddles In French Election, Slaps Age Restriction On Presidential Candidate Zemmour’s Campaign Video

YouTube slapped an age restriction notice on French presidential candidate Éric Zemmour’s campaign announcement video.

“You must now present your identity papers to have the right to watch the video of my declaration of candidacy. The thought police are no longer even hiding: they are showing off their tyrannical nature. The real fight begins,” a Google translation of Zemmour’s tweet in reaction to the censorship reads.

Dec 06 06:42

Illegal Migrant Accused of Luring French Police Into Violent Ambush

An 18-year-old illegal migrant in the French city of Lille has appeared in court after being accused of luring police officers into a violent ambush.

The incident took place on October 27th and is said to have seen 18-year-old Malek B., who arrived in France in 2014 and is described as being in an irregular situation, allegedly call the police from his friend’s mobile phone to inform them that someone was in the middle of stealing the wheels from a car.

“There are three of them, they are masked, two wheels have already been stolen, and they are stealing the third!” the teen allegedly told the police, Actu reports.

After police arrived on the scene to find there was no car with its wheels removed, they were then set upon and violently attacked by four individuals.

Following the ambush, police traced the phone back to a young woman who had created the phone account for the teen.

Dec 05 08:24

France's 'Iron Lady' who says she is 'one third Thatcher, two thirds Merkel' wins conservative Les Republicains ticket to challenge Macron in 2022 presidential election

France's 'Iron Lady' has won the French conservative Les Republicains (LR) ticket for the 2022 presidential election and will now aim to thwart Emmanuel Macron's re-election bid.

But Valerie Pecresse, who has described herself as 'one-third Thatcher, two-thirds Merkel', currently appears to stand little chance of making it to a second-round runoff, let alone winning the election.

Opinion polls have so far shown the 54-year-old head of the Paris Ile-de-France region scoring about 11% of the votes at best in next April's election.

With nearly 61% of the votes in a runoff, Pecresse beat right-winger Eric Ciotti for the LR ticket, the party said after a primary that was a test of whether it would remain anchored in its centre-right tradition or lurch to the right.

Dec 02 07:18

Macron Calls BoJo 'Clown' With 'Attitude of Good-For-Nothing', French Media Claims

The French president also reportedly said that, having realized that the situation that emerged following Brexit “was catastrophic for the British’, BoJo “positions himself as a victim” and “makes France a scapegoat.”

French President Emmanuel Macron purportedly had some unpleasant things to say about UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, MailOnline reports, citing what it describes as the “highly respected” investigative magazine Le Canard Enchaine.

The French head of state is alleged to have made the remarks last week during his visit to Croatia, after holding a phone conversation with BoJo about the English Channel tragedy in which at least 27 migrants drowned trying to reach the British coast after the dinghy they were using deflated and sank in freezing waters.

During said conversation, the magazine claims, the French president’s advisers learned that Johnson had tweeted "a letter he had just sent to Macron, which Macron had not yet been able to read."

Dec 02 07:09

Pope Francis embraces Emmanuel Macron as France liberalizes abortion law, increases COVID restrictions

President Emmanuel Macron of France paid?a highly publicized visit to Pope Francis last Friday?during which – to the surprise and shock of French observers – he used the familiar “tu” form when speaking to the head of the Catholic Church. Many considered this to be the sign of a profound fraternity if not complicity between the two men. If proof was needed that their political agendas have many points in common,?here it was.

The “fraternal” meeting took place at the time when France is increasing its dictatorial COVID restrictions.?It was at the beginning of last week that masking requirements — even in open air venues — even for the “vaccinated” — were implemented.?As of December 15, elderly people with only two doses of the?experimental jab will lose their sanitary pass, and the same rule will apply to people aged 18 to 64 from January 15.

Dec 01 11:32

French troops violently disrespect African populations during anti-occupation demonstrations

Paris has always had Africa as a route for its political and economic expansionism, advancing on the continent and making it part of its international sphere of influence. However, it is possible to see that the African people are increasingly indignant with the constant presence of French military personnel in the region, which has resulted in protests taking to the streets of African cities, clamoring for a change. Now, French forces are seeing such demonstrations as a real threat and treating the population in a violent and disrespectful way, with the sole intention of asserting power and demonstrating the strength of the Paris’ agenda.

Nov 30 06:50

Migrant Camp Reportedly Being Torn Down by French Police Amid Simmering UK-France Channel Row

Illegal migrant crossings by boat from France via the English Channel have been an increasingly acute source of friction, as London officials deplore that not enough is being done by Paris to stop the boats, while the French side says Britain should offer more help in managing asylum seekers and stopping traffickers.

A makeshift camp flanking a disused railway line near the northern French port of Dunkirk that has been housing scores of migrants was being dismantled by police on Tuesday, reported Reuters. Armed officers reportedly entered the camp, followed by workers wearing protective suits, and began tearing down tents and plastic shelters.

According to a charity worker, evictions are regularly taking place, with migrants being taken to holding centres and advised to file for asylum. Large numbers of these migrants are apparently returning to France's northern coast.

Nov 29 07:31

Half of French Believe in Demographic Shift ‘Great Replacement’ Theory

A survey released this week has revealed that half of the French public believe in the “Great Replacement” theory and that elites in politics and business are attempting to replace the native population of France.

The Ifop survey, which asked a number of questions regarding immigration and topics such as Islamisation, found that 50 per cent of the French believe in the Great Replacement, a theory coined by French writer Renaud Camus to describe the demographic replacement of native peoples by mass migration.

Nearly seven in ten of the respondents to the survey, or 69 per cent, stated they believed there were “too many” immigrants in France, while 62 per cent said that immigration was the primary reason for insecurity issues in the country, French news magazine L’Obs reports.

Nov 29 06:17

‘Antifa’ rioters attack cops at march against ‘state violence’ (VIDEOS)

Black-clad ‘Antifa’ rioters in France attacked police officers with fists, projectiles and metal barriers, at a Paris protest they claimed was “against state violence and the extreme right.”

Wearing black and concealing their faces with masks and neckerchiefs, crowds of left-wing ‘Antifa’ protesters turned out in Paris, France, on Saturday, in what they said was a rally “against state violence and the extreme right.”

Clashes soon broke out between the demonstrators and the ranks of police officers there to maintain order. It is not clear which side instigated the violence, but video footage posted to Twitter by a police officer shows the left-wingers hurling projectiles at a group of retreating cops, before picking up metal crowd-control barriers to attack the officers with. The officer posting the video claimed that the “thugs in black” had struck first.

Nov 28 09:19

France Complicit in Heinous Crimes Committed by Egyptian State, Website Reveals

By Global Voices

France has provided Egypt with intelligence and technologies that enabled the North African state to commit crimes and severe human rights violations under the guise of fighting terrorism, the French independent investigative website, Disclose, has revealed.

Based on hundreds of secret documents that are circulated at the highest levels of the French state, Disclose ran a week-long series of investigative reports that began on Sunday November 21, showing “responsibility of France in crimes committed by the dictatorship of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt,” including aerial strikes against civilians.

Nov 28 08:59

France delays vaccine mandate on Caribbean islands amid protests

France has postponed a mandatory coronavirus vaccination requirement for health workers in Guadeloupe and Martinique, after the measure spurred several days of widespread protests and unrest in the French Caribbean territories.

In a statement on Friday, the French health ministry said the implementation of the vaccination requirement – also in place in mainland France – would be pushed back until December 31 to allow for dialogue.

Nov 26 08:32

France withdraws invitation to UK minister over Johnson letter

France has withdrawn UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s invitation to a meeting in Calais, following the publication of a letter by PM Boris Johnson to his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, regarding migrant crossings.

In a message seen by the news agency AFP on Friday, France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said he was “disappointed” by a letter that was sent by Johnson to the French president and simultaneously published on the British prime minister’s Twitter account on Thursday.

Darmanin contends that, while France was dismayed at its contents, its publication on social media only made matters worse. As a result, the French government has canceled an urgent meeting to deal with the uptick in migrant crossings of the Channel that was scheduled with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for Sunday.

Nov 22 07:41

France's Macron: Situation in Guadeloupe is "very explosive"

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called the situation on the the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe "very explosive" and said public order must be maintained in the overseas territory.

Violence erupted last week after walkouts organised by the territory's labour unions to challenge local COVID-19 restrictions, such as the mandatory vaccination of health workers, degenerated into civil unrest.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Macron said that Guadeloupe must pursue its vaccination campaign.

Nov 22 07:29

AU, Burkinabe government remain mute as French soldiers shot and injured protesters in Kaya

French Troops reportedly shot into a human blockage in the city of Kaya – Burkina Faso in attempts to disperse the crowd and pass through to Niger. According to the locals, the warning shots ended up hitting several protestors who are currently receiving treatment.

Speaking to reporters, an indigene of Kaya identified as Mahamadi Sawadogo said, “today they shot at us with heavy weapons. They first shot in the air and after they shot and wounded people. Is that normal?” He added that, “you (the French Troops) are in our country, even though you colonized Africans there are things you must not do.”

For about three continuous days now, the youth of Kaya who hold the view that, French soldiers are providing support in terms of armory to the jihadist which they are supposed to help fight have stood firm to prevent a French military convoy from passing through the town to Niger.

Nov 20 07:25

Yellow Vests Hit Streets of Paris to Mark Movement's Third Anniversary

The movement marks its third anniversary this month, as the first yellow vests rallies were held in November 2018, in response to fuel tax hikes proposed by the government. The protests became a nationwide movement against economic injustice and police brutality in France.

Sputnik is live from Paris, where the Yellow Vests movement is holding a new round of protests against the government. The demonstrators announced they are protesting against the pandemic measures, including mandatory jabs, vaccinations of children, and the proposed French health pass.

Nov 16 10:47

Putin tells Macron US leading 'provocative' exercises in Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday that "provocative" US-led exercises in the Black Sea were "increasing tensions" between Moscow and NATO, the Kremlin said.

Both leaders expressed "dissatisfaction" with what Moscow called a "worsening" situation in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin statement said.

Putin "drew attention to the provocative nature of the large scale exercises led by the United States and its allies in the Black Sea which are increasing tensions between Russia and NATO," the Kremlin said.

Putin's comments came after Western countries raised alarm over Russian military activities near Ukraine.

Nov 16 07:26

Macron, Putin discuss deescalating Belarus border tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin talked on the phone Monday about the need for de-escalating the tensions around the growing migrant pressure on the European Union’s borders with Belarus, Marcon’s office said.

In the almost two-hour talk, they also agreed upon the “need for a humanitarian effort for the migrants” but did not announce any concrete steps, according to the Elysee statement.

The EU says Moscow has a role in building the migration pressure and could actively help in easing it.

Nov 10 09:29

France Says Russia Refused to Hold Ministerial Meeting on Ukraine

France's foreign ministry on Tuesday said Russia had refused to accept a ministerial meeting with France, Ukraine, Germany to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine and denied that it had failed to respond to proposals made by Moscow.

"It's wrong," foreign ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said in response to Russian assertions that neither Paris or Berlin had responded to Russian proposals on a draft statement for such a meeting.

"France and Germany have responded to Russia's proposals. They proposed holding a ministerial meeting in the Normandy format which was refused by the Russian foreign minister."

Tass news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday as saying Paris and Berlin had not responded to Russia's proposal to discuss a final document before the meeting in the so-called Normandy format.

Nov 10 08:16

French Frigate Bristling With Missiles Deployed to Mediterranean Amid Turkey Tensions

France and Turkey are lined up on opposite sides of a regional dispute over gas drilling rights. In late 2019, Turkey and Libya signed a contentious maritime boundaries agreement laying claims to large swathes of the eastern Mediterranean, angering Greece and Cyprus. Athens and Cairo responded with a maritime delimitation deal of their own.

France has deployed its Auvergne frigate to Cyprus, sending a message to Ankara that Paris remains committed to its Cypriot and Greek partners in the ongoing maritime exclusive economic area (EEZ) dispute.

Nov 10 07:28

France releases new advice on Moderna Covid jab

France’s public health authority has advised against giving people under 30 Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, citing higher risks of heart inflammation post-inoculation. Instead, the body recommends Pfizer’s jab for this group.

Drawing on recently published data, France’s health authority, the Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS), said the risk of myocarditis from Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty “appears to be around five times lesser… compared to Moderna’s Spikevax jab” in young people in an opinion published on Monday.

Cases of myocarditis mainly occur within seven days of vaccination, more often after the second dose, and in men under the age of 30, the notice read.

HAS, which acts as an advisor to the French health sector but does not have the power to ban medicines, said the recommendation would apply to first and second doses, as well as a third “booster shot” while it awaits additional data.

Nov 02 07:31

Israel, France to Handle NSO Spyware Case 'Discreetly', Israeli Official Says

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron that the alleged misuse of spyware developed by an Israeli company, including against Macron, would be handled "discreetly", an Israeli official said on Monday.

Israel has been investigating whether cyber firm NSO Group's Pegasus software, which can hack phones and according to the company is intended for vetted law enforcement and intelligence agencies, has been abused on a global scale. Israel's Defence Ministry oversees exports of offensive cyber tools such as Pegasus.

In July, several international media organisations reported that Pegasus was used in hacking smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists and government officials in several countries.

Oct 29 10:46

‘What we did was clumsy,’ Biden tells Macron during first meeting after AUKUS submarine deal row

Meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, his US counterpart Joe Biden apologized for the announcement of a submarine deal with the UK and Australia, calling it “clumsy” and France an “extremely valued partner” of Washington.
“What we did was clumsy, it was not done with a lot of grace,” Biden said on Friday.

I was under the impression certain things had happened that hadn’t happened.

“I want to make it clear, France is an extremely, extremely valued partner,” he added. France is a power in its own right, and “we have the same value system.”

“For me, it’s the future we need to look at,” the French president responded.

Oct 29 05:48

Migrants Riot In French Town, Attack Police And Firefighters

Migrants in the town of Alençon, France, rioted, set fire to vehicles and attacked police and firefighters after authorities arrested a 16-year-old suspect for dealing drugs.

Around 20 young men hit the streets to cause chaos in response to the arrest, throwing fireworks at emergency personnel, a common tactic during migrant riots.

“We deplore this night of urban violence in Perseigne, in Alençon, in which there were a dozen vehicles set on fire,” Françoise Tahéri, prefect of the Orne district, told BFMTV.

Oct 29 05:06

Le Showdown: Furious Liz Truss summons French Ambassador for dressing down as Navy patrols are put on standby and UK mulls retaliation options over 'illegal hijacking' of Scottish trawler whose crew is detained after being forced to dock at Le Harve

Britain was last night preparing to retaliate after a UK trawler was detained by France amid fears the fishing row could spark a full-blown trade war.

The Government accused the French of breaking international law and France's ambassador to London will be hauled in today to face questioning.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said French ambassador Catherine Colonna would be expected to attend the Foreign Office 'to explain the disappointing and disproportionate threats made against the UK and Channel Islands'.

Oct 28 05:27

As the French presidential race heats up, one thing is clear: support for the left is tanking

Recent polls in France show voters are deserting the left in droves prior to next year’s election, dashing the hopes of those who predicted the SPD’s success in Germany might signal a resurgence of socialism in Europe.

The race to be the next president of France is heating up. In recent months, we have witnessed a significant drop in support for Marine Le Pen and the emergence of another insurgent outsider, controversial journalist Eric Zemmour. Moreover, we have also seen the chances of Michel Barnier, the European Union’s former Brexit negotiator, quietly improve.

Oct 27 08:00

France’s Gendarmes & Military Are Starting to Speak Out

ER: here is our translation of the letter in the image below:

I am among you, discreet, because I am under a duty to remain silent.

Know that we also are fighting! We are several thousand gendarmes who do not want these experimental products, imposed on the military on July 29.

Since October 15, those who refuse will be punished with 10 days of stoppage minimum, followed by a disciplinary transfer, with no concern for our families, partners and children at school.

The month of October is already a month of mourning!

October 4, a 17 year old at a military high school died of a stroke during sports practice

October 7, gendarme Gaetan Binet, 27 years old, died of a heart attack during sports

October 13, gendarme Andrea Lombard, 21 years old, died of a stroke. She was part of the French gendarmes’ rugby team.

A lot of coincidence! Too much coincidence!

Oct 27 06:11

No reaction from Paris, Berlin to Kiev’s threats of missile strike at Russia — diplomat

Berlin and Paris must provide their assessment of how Kiev’s threats of a missile strike at Russia influence the Normandy Four negotiations process, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Tuesday, adding that their lack of reaction raises questions.

"The behavior of our partners on the Normandy Four format - Berlin and Paris - raises questions," the diplomat pointed out.

According to Zakharova, France and Germany do not react to Kiev’s open sabotage of the Minsk Agreements and "the recent degradation to threatening Russia openly."

"We urge German and French authorities, who advocate new Normandy format meetings, to assess how the direct threats of Ukrainian politicians against Russia facilitate progress at the negotiations, and urge Ukrainian citizens to contemplate where the aggressive militaristic statements of Ukrainian politicians can lead to," Zakharova noted.

Oct 25 09:21

French gov’t seeks to extend COVID ‘state of emergency’, vaccine passport until 2022

A scant 260 members of the French National Assembly – out of 577 – joined a crucial debate about increasingly totalitarian COVID-19 measures during a night session from Wednesday to Thursday. On the table was the government proposal extending its capacity to prolong the need for the “sanitary pass” until July?31st, 2022, beyond the presidential and legislative elections that will take place in spring next year.

135 members voted for the government bill, which under the title “sanitary surveillance” aims to prolong the “sanitary state of emergency” giving the executive the possibility to lift, prolong, or reimpose sanitary pass requirements at will and use other “tools” such as lockdowns and curfews over the next eight months without parliamentary control. 125 voted against.

Oct 25 06:13

Covid-19: Thousands march against French health pass for fourth week in row

Almost a quarter of a million people took to the streets across France on Saturday for the biggest protests yet against a coronavirus health pass needed to enter a cafe or travel on an inter-city train, two days before the new rules come into force.

Championed by President Emmanuel Macron, the regulations make it obligatory to have either a full course of vaccination against Covid-19, a negative test or be recently recovered from the virus to enjoy routine activities.

Macron, who faces re-election next year, hopes to encourage all French to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and thereby defeat the virus and its fast-spreading Delta variant.

But opponents -- who have now held four weekends of consecutive protests -- argue the rules encroach on civil liberties in a country where individual freedom is prized.

'Encroaches on my liberty'

Oct 22 07:22

Israel said trying to mend France ties strained over NSO phone hack

National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata reportedly visited France in recent days in an attempt to defuse a crisis involving the suspected use of Israeli spyware developed by NSO Group to hack the phones of French President Emmanuel Macron and other senior French officials.

Citing senior Israeli sources, the Walla news site reported that Hulata met at the Elysee Palace with Macron’s diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Bonne, with the crisis one of the central issues discussed.

According to the report, an international investigation that in July unveiled the alleged hacking caused a diplomatic rift and Macron called Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who promised to investigate the matter. Days later, Defense Minister Benny Gantz flew to Paris and presented initial findings.

Oct 20 06:08

French Air and Space Force hosts major combat readiness training with NATO allies, NATO partner Switzerland

The French Air and Space Force is concluding its major annual combat readiness training, Exercise VOLFA, which has involved more than 50 Allied aircraft, between September 27 to October 15 at Mont-de-Marsan Air Base, France.

The high intensity combat training exercise, VOLFA 2021 pitted Allied crews and commanders against a scenario involving operations over hostile terrain in a contested threat environment. French fighters, transports and helicopters worked alongside Allies from Germany, Canada, Spain, Belgium and NATO Partner Switzerland, alongside airborne troops from France, Belgium, Denmark and the UK.

Oct 18 09:53

Millions Protest in Paris against Manadate and The PASS

Oct 18 09:52

Paris Protesters Shut Down Country.... Backup Channel Link in Description

Oct 14 19:18

Vaccine obligation rejected in France / Senate, the law does not pass: 262 against

The Covid vaccine 19 it will not be mandatory in France. The Senate rejected yesterday 13 October the bill presented at the end of August by the socialists with 262 votes against, 64 in favor (the entire socialist group and three senators from the center and right) and 14 abstentions. The government also expressed its opposition: “We prefer to convince than to force”, said Adrien Taquet, Secretary of State for Children and the Family. Vaccination coverage in France has increased, especially since the entry into force of Green pass, a tool that the government wants to use, if necessary, until July 31, 2022. A bill to this effect was presented on Wednesday.

Oct 14 05:12

Nuclear-Powered France Has Electricity Prices Nearly Half That Of "Green"-Powered Germany

France went all-in on nuclear power back in the 1970s and it's paying dividends.

Oct 13 08:06

French Finance Minister Issues Declaration of Independence – From the US

"Clear Differences Remain Between France and the U.S, French Minister Says," is the headline to a remarkable piece appearing in the New York Times today. The Minister, Bruno Le Maire, is brutally frank on the nature of the differences as the quotations below Illustrate. (Emphases in the quotations are jvw’s.) In fact, they amount to a Declaration of Independence of France and EU from the US.

It is not surprising that the differences relate to China after the brouhaha over the sale of US nuclear submarines to Australia and the surprising (to the French) cancellation of contracts with France for submarines. Mr. LeMaire, sounding very much like a reproving parent, characterized this as "misbehavior from the US administration."

Mr. LeMaire made it crystal clear that the disagreement over submarines is symptomatic of deeper differences in world view that have emerged not only in France but in the EU as a consequence of China’s rise. The article states:

Oct 12 07:05

French Conservative Condemned for Comment on ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Native French

French conservative politician Gilles Platret has been condemned by some in his own party after claiming that some neighbourhoods see native French being “ethnically cleansed” by migrants.

A vice-president of the centre-right Les Républicains (LR) and Mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône, Platret spoke out earlier this week on French television saying, “What we see today in some neighbourhoods — and I will use a word that will necessarily make reactions around this table — I feel a kind of ethnic cleansing.”

According to a report from broadcaster LCI, he added that “people of foreign origin… gradually drive out what is called in demography natives, that is to say, people from the country, to make room,” adding that people from a “Muslim bloc” were pushing native French out.

Damien Abad, a member of the Republicans in the French parliament, condemned the words of his party colleague, saying he was in total disagreement and the words were “not acceptable.”

Oct 08 08:02

AUKUS Inadvertently Opens Diplomatic Opportunities for Russia with France & India

Ideally, Russia would like to regulate its growing competition with France in Africa (especially in the vast region of ‘Françafrique’ that Paris considers to be its exclusive ‘sphere of influence’) while encouraging India to enter into a meaningful rapprochement with China.

The Ruckus Over AUKUS

Last week’s announcement of the new trilateral Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) anti-Chinese military alliance is already backfiring on America after it unprecedentedly offended its oldest French ally and also resulted in uncomfortable racial optics of Anglo-American superiority within the Quad that strongly implied India’s “junior partner” status within that structure. These consequences are still manageable though since France won’t leave NATO in protest like some have speculated nor will India abandon the Quad.

The Diplomatic-Strategic Backdrop

Oct 06 10:58

French Senate Introduces Bill to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for All Beginning January 1, 2022

Following in the footsteps of much of Europe, France has introduced several stringent vaccine mandates that have irrevocably changed the landscape of life in the nation. The city of lights has been illuminated with the allegorical ambiance of pitchforks and torches as massive protests have taken to the streets of Paris since President Emmanuel Macron announced measures on July 12th that require proof of vaccination to enter cafés, restaurants, and even hospitals. The forewarning of the outcries of those protesters has now reached its apotheosis as the Social Affairs Committee of the French Senate has introduced a bill that will require mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19 for all citizens beginning on January 1st, 2022.

Oct 01 04:54

TASS launches French-language news feed

TASS News Agency is expanding the range of its products for its foreign audience and is launching a newswire in the French language – TASS French News Service. It will publish up-to-date information about the most important events in Russia and around the world in a real-time mode.

Subscribers of TASS French News Service will get access to key news about foreign and domestic policy, security, military and technical potential, civil society and the financial situation in Russia. The agency will cover in the French language major international projects with Russia’s participation in the sphere of energy, space exploration, science and culture.

Sep 30 12:25

Sarkozy: Ex-French president gets jail sentence over campaign funding

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign.

The 66-year-old was found guilty in a Paris court of spending tens of millions of euros more on his campaign than was permitted under the law.

He will not be jailed, however, and can serve his sentence at home with an electronic bracelet, the court ruled.

Sep 30 06:47

Former French president Sarkozy sentenced to 1-year jail term over illegally financing 2012 election campaign

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of illegal campaign financing and sentenced to one year in prison. The court will let him serve the sentence at home.

The ex-president will be able to complete his sentence without going to jail, but he will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, the court ruled.

Sarkozy, who was president between 2007 and 2012 and still maintains a strong influence in the country's conservative circles, wasn't present at the hearing. The 66-year-old politician has the legal right to appeal against the ruling.

He earlier denied any wrongdoing, telling the court in June that he hadn’t been involved in the logistics or allocation of funds in his campaign for a second term as president in 2012.

Sep 30 06:46

‘Someone lied’: French foreign minister accuses Australia of submarine betrayal in latest broadside

France has accused Australia of lying shortly before Canberra cancelled a major submarine contract, with the French foreign minister declaring “someone lied”.

With no sign of any imminent easing of tensions between the two countries, Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing that Australia had never expressed doubts about the €56bn (A$90bn) submarine contract or the strategic Indo-Pacific pact before breaking the contract.

“Everything I have told you is confirmed by the letter I received on 15 September from the Australian ministry of defence that said everything is OK let’s continue,” Le Drian said.

The French foreign minister said this suggested “someone lied”. He added: “Something doesn’t add up and we don’t know what.”

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