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French President Macron accuses American media of ‘legitimizing’ Islamist violence

French President Emmanuel Macron accused American media of “bias” and of “legitimizing” Islamic violence in a phone call with a New York Times columnist, the paper reported Sunday.

Macron called Times media columnist Ben Smith to complain about how American media has covered the French government’s response to terrorism. During the call, Macron argued that English-language coverage of recent Islamic terror attacks in France and the French government’s crackdown on Islamic extremism in response has been unfairly characterized as racist or Islamophobic by the media.

“When France was attacked five years ago, every nation in the world supported us,” President Macron said, referring to the Nov. 13, 2015, coordinated terrorist attacks at the Bataclan theater, outside a soccer stadium, and at Parisian cafes.

“So when I see, in that context, several newspapers which I believe are from countries that share our values — journalists who write in a country that is the heir to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution — when I see them legitimizing this violence, and saying that the heart of the problem is that France is racist and Islamophobic, then I say the founding principles have been lost,” he continued.

The Times reports that more than 250 people have died in terror attacks in France since 2015. Last month, a French teacher was beheaded by a Chechen refugee in apparent retaliation for showing his class a cartoon of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Following that attack, three more people were brutally assaulted and one of them was beheaded inside a church in Nice.

In response to the threat of Islamic terror, Marcon’s administration ordered a crackdown on extremism, initiating raids of suspected terrorists’ homes, dissolving associations accused of spreading Islamic propaganda, and targeting terrorist funding. Macron has also denounced what he calls “Islamist separatism.” In a major speech delivered in October, Macron said Muslims living in France under their own religious laws and within their own religious communities present a danger to the country by forming a “counter-society.” He announced several policies that are intended to make Islam in France inclusive of French citizenship, including strictly monitoring sports organizations and other associations to stop the spread of Islamist teaching; ending the practices of imams being sent to France from abroad; increasing oversight of funding for mosques; and restricting homeschooling. The goal, as Macron states, is to craft a modern “Islam of the Enlightenment.”

Muslims around the world have called for boycotts against French goods and responded with outrage to the French government’s policies. An opinion article published by the Financial Times on Nov. 3 declared, “Macron’s war on Islamic separatism only divides France further,” arguing Macron’s policies were alienating peaceful Muslims.

Macron’s critics in the media have accused him of implementing policies that discriminate against the Islamic faith, but Macron says American media doesn’t understand the French policy of “laïcité,” or “secularism.” The French government maintains an active separation of church an state, and the purpose of these policies is to ensure that the practice of Islam in France respects French law and French citizenship.

“We don’t believe in political Islam that is not compatible with stability and peace in the world,” Macron said in October. He defined “Islamist separatism” as “a conscious, theorised, politico-religious project, which is materialised by repeated discrepancies with the values of the republic, which often results in the creation of a counter-society and whose manifestations are the dropping out of school of children, the development of sports, cultural and communal practices which are the pretext for the teaching of principles which do not conform to the laws of the republic”

Macron believes America’s experience with racism has biased the media’s judgement and caused a misunderstanding of what the French government is trying to accomplish.

“There is a sort of misunderstanding about what the European model is, and the French model in particular,” Macron told the Times. “American society used to be segregationist before it moved to a multiculturalist model, which is essentially about coexistence of different ethnicities and religions next to one another.”

“Our model is universalist, not multiculturalist,” he continued. “In our society, I don’t care whether someone is black, yellow or white, whether they are Catholic or Muslim, a person is first and foremost a citizen.”

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Justin Trudeau — after grisly murders in French church amid Muslim anger at Muhammad cartoons — says free speech ‘is not without limits’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacted to the grisly murders in a French church amid worldwide Muslim anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by saying that free speech “is not without limits,” the Guardian reported.

What are the details?

Muslims have been furious at the French government for refusing to take action against its citizens for public displays of Muhammad, which have been in solidarity with free expression after a French schoolteacher was beheaded by a Chechen refugee on Oct. 16, apparently over the teacher showing Muhammad cartoons to his class.

Effigies of French President Emmanuel Macron were burned over his defense of the right to publish such caricatures, the Guardian reported, adding that Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said “we are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside.”

Thursday’s deadly terrorist attack took place inside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice, the paper said, adding that the three people who died were a 60-year-old woman who was almost decapitated, 55-year-old Vincent Loques — the church sexton — and a 44-year-old Brazilian-born mother of three.

Officers described the scene as a “vision of horror,” the Guardian reported, adding that Nice’s police chief, Richard Gianotti, said officers shot a man “who was holding a knife” and “had just killed three people” and was “was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.'” The suspected attacker, 21-year-old Brahim Aouissaoui from Tunisia, was in serious condition in a local hospital, the paper noted.

“Any symbol of the republic or Christianity is a potential target,” Gianotti also said, according to the Guardian. “We have to be vigilant, we have to be attentive.”

Nice attack: knife attacker kills three people at church in France

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Trudeau, however, worded his reaction to the killings with more — er — nuance.

“We will always defend freedom of expression,” Trudeau said Friday, the paper reported, adding that the the far-left politician tempered that sentiment by saying that “freedom of expression is not without limits. We owe it to ourselves to act with respect for others and to seek not to arbitrarily or unnecessarily injure those with whom we are sharing a society and a planet.”

According to the Post Millennial, Trudeau also seemed to compare the showing of Muhammad images to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater — and emphasized that “in a pluralistic, diverse and respectful society like ours, we must be aware of the impact of our words, of our actions on others, particularly these communities and populations who still experience enormous discrimination.”

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This is far from the first time Trudeau has made such comments:

Yet Trudeau was endorsed for re-election last year by former U.S. President Barack Obama despite Trudeau’s embarrassing blackface photos that had surfaced.

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Muslim protesters hang, burn effigies of French President Macron for his refusal to condemn satire

Protests against France continue to rage in countries across the world, with tens of thousands of Muslim demonstrators taking to the streets demanding the French ban satirical cartoons depicting Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Demonstrators have burned and hanged effigies of President Emmanuel Macron due to his refusal to condemn the circulation of the cartoons published in Charlie Hebdo magazine, after a teacher was beheaded last week allegedly for sharing the materials in a lesson on free expression.

A second attack linked to terrorism left at least three churchgoers dead — with one beheaded — on Thursday in Nice, France, after calls for jihad over the blasphemy of mocking the religious figure.

What’s the background?

In 2015, Charlie Hebdo’s offices were attacked by gunmen, who left a dozen dead and another 11 injured in retaliation for the satirical magazine publishing cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammed.

Charlie Hebdo republished the cartoons earlier this year in conjunction with the trial of 14 people accused of assisting in the murders, leading to a reemergence of uproar from Muslims and renewed threats to the magazine’s employees.

Following the second publication of the cartoons, French teacher Samuel Paty showed the images to his students earlier this month. As TheBlaze previously reported:

The father of one of his students began an internet campaign against Baty, uploading videos to YouTube and Facebook blasting the teacher and claiming that he showed cartoons of Muhammad with his genitals exposed. The campaign caught fire in the Muslim world, with worldwide calls for reprisal against Baty and against the French government, who naturally refused to take action against Baty.

Ultimately, Baty was murdered and beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old Chechen Muslim refugee named Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, who was himself caught and killed by police as he attempted to flee the scene.

Macron responded by holding a ceremony honoring the murdered teacher, where the French president declared, “He was killed because Islamists want our future. They will never have it.”

Hard-line Muslims worldwide called for boycotting France following the ordeal. Meanwhile, some French citizens have showed their solidarity with Macron in honoring the teacher and free expression by displaying the Charlie Hebdo cartoons in windows of homes and shops.

What’s happening now?

The Associated Press reported that “tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services to join anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president’s vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world.”

The outlet further reported:

Demonstrations in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad turned violent as some 2,000 people who tried to march toward the French Embassy were pushed back by police firing tear gas and beating protesters with batons. Crowds of Islamist activists hanged an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron from a highway overpass after pounding it furiously with their shoes. Several demonstrators were wounded in clashes with police as authorities pushed to evict activists from the area surrounding the embassy.

In Bangladesh, protesters set an effigy of Macron ablaze.

One cleric leading protests in Pakistan yelled, “There’s only one punishment for blasphemy,” to which the crowd yelled back, “Beheading! Beheading!”

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Brutal ‘terrorist attack’ beheading reported in Nice, France, amid escalating tensions in Mohammad cartoon row

Reports from Nice, France, indicate that at least three people have been brutally attacked, including one who was beheaded and another two who have been confirmed dead, inside a church in Nice, France.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has already stated that “everything points to a terrorist attack” as the country faces increasing unrest in its Muslim community over the display of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad.

Initial reports indicated that the attack occurred at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, and that three people had been attacked. Two people were killed at the scene in what Estrosi described as a “horrible way.” It was later revealed that at least one victim had been beheaded. A third person was able to flee the attacker after being stabbed, but medical personnel were reportedly not able to save the victim’s life. The victims are reportedly two men and a women, but they have not yet been identified.

According to NPR, Estrosi called this was an attack on the whole Christian world and noted that he had already spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The attacker was reportedly shot by police, according to CNN, but remains alive. According to Radio France Internationale, Estrosi reported that the attacker continued yelling “Allahu Akbar” even after being administered pain medication and sedation for his gunshot wound.

The shocking attack comes as the Muslim world has fumed with anger at the French government for refusing to take action against French citizens for public displays of the prophet Mohammad. Those displays are, in turn, a show of solidarity and support for free expression after a French school teacher was beheaded by a Chechen refugee on Oct. 16 in an apparent reprisal for having shown the Mohammad cartoons to his class.

Many heads of state of majority-Muslim countries have called for a boycott of French goods and protests — some violent — have erupted across the globe. Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been particularly pointed in his criticism of Macron’s defense of free expression, to the point that France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey.

Muslim anger directed at France has become so acute that the French government has warned its citizens about traveling abroad in certain countries.

A visibly disturbed Macron visited the site of the attack and toured the site with Estrosi later on Thursday. Macron thanked police officers present for their work apprehending the suspect and condemned the attack. The French National Assembly held a moment of silence for the victims early on Thursday after news of the attack broke.

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French citizens in majority-Muslim countries warned to take precautions as Muslim anger boils over display of Mohammad cartoons

In a sign of the growing tensions between France and much of the Muslim world, French citizens were warned by the French government on Tuesday about traveling abroad, particularly in some majority-Muslim countries where anger against France is running particularly high after French citizens displayed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in solidarity with schoolteacher Samuel Baty.

The controversy flared when Baty, a history teacher, displayed the cartoons of Mohammad to his class in October in order to make a point about free expression. The father of one of his students began an internet campaign against Baty, uploading videos to YouTube and Facebook blasting the teacher and claiming that he showed cartoons of Mohammad with his genitals exposed. The campaign caught fire in the Muslim world, with worldwide calls for reprisal against Baty and against the French government, who naturally refused to take action against Baty.

Ultimately, Baty was murdered and beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old Chechen Muslim refugee named Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, who was himself caught and killed by police as he attempted to flee the scene.

Baty’s brutal murder, which was condemned as an act of Islamic terrorism by French President Emmanuel Macron, galvanized the French population and caused huge numbers of French citizens to publicly display cartoons of Mohammad in solidarity with Baty and principles of free expression.

This has served to further enrage the Muslim world, which has called for boycotts of French goods. Macron, for his part, has responded by condemning the “separatism” of France’s large Muslim community, which he views as a threat to national security.

The anti-France anger has become so acute in some countries that France’s foreign ministry warned its citizens traveling there on Tuesday to avoid all public gatherings and to specifically avoid dangerous protests occurring in those countries. Those countries include Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Mauritania. A statement released by the foreign ministry stated, “It is recommended to exercise the greatest vigilance, especially while travelling, and in places that are frequented by tourists or expatriate communities,” according to Reuters.

In addition to violent protests and calls for boycott, Turkish thug dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan publicly questioned Macron’s health for his refusal to crack down on displays of the cartoon, which led the French government to recall its ambassador from Turkey.

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Paris: Riot Police Storm Bar Over No Social Distancing

Footage out of Paris, France shows riot police storming a bar and beating people with truncheons because they were not properly ‘social distancing’.

The incident occurred during the Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, which the bar-goers were watching on television.

Around a dozen fully kitted out riot cops raided the bar and violently removed people from the premises.

“According to Paris police officials, the crowd was dispersed because some people were not wearing face coverings or were failing to follow social distancing rules,” reports Sky News.

More than 200 people receive a police caution for not wearing face masks.

The incident is made even more bizarre by the fact that the people inside the bar were behaving peacefully, while actual riots were taking place across the rest of the city.


Will he call for EU to support Yellow Vests? Moscow accuses France’s Macron of hypocrisy after Belarus protest intervention

The Russian Foreign Ministry called Emmanuel Macron a “hypocrite” after he used a Sunday tweet to publicly call for the European Union to “continue to mobilize” on the side of anti-government protesters in Belarus.

The ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, wrote on Facebook on Monday that the French president should call for support for those taking part in protests in the EU, not Belarus, which lies outside of Brussels’ orbit. The landlocked country is a full member of two alliances which serve as alternatives to the EU and NATO in Europe – the Eurasian Economic Union and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

“When will he call on the European Union to be mobilized in support of hundreds of thousands of ‘Yellow Vests’ demonstrators who peacefully seek to ensure respect for their rights, freedoms and sovereignty?” she said. “When will the European Union stop waiting for calls from presidents of its member states and start to mobilize proactively in support of protests held on its own territory?”

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French National Assembly Approves Abortion up to Birth

The French National Assembly has approved a number of amendments to the nation’s bioethics law, one of which would legalize abortion-on-demand up to birth.

By a vote of 60 in favor and 37 opposed, the legislators agreed to permit abortion at any time for a mother undergoing “psycho-social distress,” a nebulous term that allows healthcare workers total leeway to approve the procedure.

French law distinguishes between l’Interruption volontaire de grossesse (voluntary abortion), which must take place no later than the twelfth week of pregnancy, and l’interruption médicale de grossesse (medical abortion), which may be performed without restrictions up to birth.


Waffling while Libya burns: Libya’s problem is a security problem that requires a military solution

“Libya’s problem is a security problem that requires a military solution. In the west of the country are the Turkish-sponsored Islamist cutthroats of the Muslim Brotherhood and their crime syndicate allies, now backed by nearly 20,000 Syrian mercenaries and other Turkish-trained jihadists. In the east is the elected parliament and its armed force, the LNA, which succeeded in cleansing that part of the country of the Islamist terrorists. It should be obvious to everyone that there cannot be a political accommodation with the Islamist terrorists — the Muslim Brotherhood and its protégés — not in Libya or any other country. To reach a political accommodation with the Muslim Brotherhood is akin to asking the US White House to share power with the drugs mafia or urge Westminster to enter talks with jihadist Anjem Choudary. Therefore, Libya’s elected authorities and their army, the LNA, must seize every opportunity to arm and train themselves to fight for their country’s freedom, independence and territorial integrity. This is their fight for survival, not Washington’s, Brussels’s or Moscow’s.”>>

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‘Violent blaze’ at 15th-century Nantes Cathedral; French officials launch criminal investigation into suspected arson

Three separate fires erupted in the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes, located in north-western France. French authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the blaze at the 15th-century cathedral in Nantes, the sixth-largest city in France.

The fire began in the early Saturday morning, and flames were visible from outside the cathedral. It took more than 100 firefighters several hours to control the blaze at the Gothic structure.

Local fire chief Laurent Ferlay said the “violent blaze” started “by the organ located behind the rose window.”

“The damage is concentrated on the organ, which appears to be completely destroyed,” Ferlay said. “The platform it is situated on is very unstable and risks collapsing.”

The grand organ was installed in the Nantes Cathedral in 1621. The organ originally had 27 keys, but over the centuries it was upgraded to 74 keys.

“When we arrive at a place where a fire has taken place, when you see three separate fire outbreaks, it’s a question of common sense, you open an investigation,” Nantes prosecutor Pierre Sennes said.

Ferlay pointed out that “the scenario is not comparable to Notre Dame” because the roof has not been affected. The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris also suffered a devastating fire 15 months ago.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted, “After Notre-Dame, the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral is in flames. Support to the firemen who are taking all the risks to save the Gothic jewel.”

Construction of the Nantes Cathedral began in 1434 and was officially completed in 1891. The Roman Catholic church survived the French Revolution and World War II, but was damaged by Allied bombing in 1944.

There was another fire at the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes in 1972, where the roof was mostly destroyed. The roof was rebuilt 13 years later with a concrete structure replacing the wooden roof.

“The fire of 1972 is in our minds, but at this stage the situation is not comparable,” Nantes Mayor Johanna Rolland said.

Fire breaks out at Nantes cathedral in western France

In 2015, a massive fire broke out at the 19th Century basilica of Saint-Donatien in Nantes. The fire was said to have started by roofers who were renovating the church.

Earlier this week, a Florida man crashed his van into a church and then set the building on fire with parishioners inside. Steven Shields, 24, was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies for the church attack of the Queen of Peace Catholic Sanctuary in Ocala.

The 249-year-old San Gabriel church outside of Los Angeles caught on fire at around 4 a.m. last Saturday. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. In late June, vandals toppled a statue of Junipero Serra, the founder of the missions of California. San Gabriel Fire Capt. Paul Negrete said the toppling of the Serra statue will be a factor in the investigation.

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France bolsters US resistance against British offensive, officially enters war

Editor’s note: In order to allow our staff to enjoy the 4th of July holiday with their families, TheBlaze will be running a series of articles today commemorating the Revolutionary War, which won America her freedom. God bless America, and all of you.

PARIS, FRANCE (FEBRUARY 6, 1778) — Following U.S. diplomats Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane and Arthur Lee’s meeting with King Louis XVI in December 1776, King Louis XVI announced today that France would officially join the United States’ war effort against Great Britain.

The French formally acknowledged the United States and their decision to ally with them against the British, and signed what they called The Treaty of Amity and Commerce, which recognized the States as an independent nation. The treaty also encouraged further trade between France and the States.

The Treaty of Amity and Commerce was directly followed by the The Treaty of Alliance, which formed a military alliance against Great Britain with the stipulations that the States would not accept peace with Great Britain that did not include their independence, and that the French would be allowed to conquer the British West Indies.

Before France’s entry into the war, the European nation — for over a year — has been rumored to be providing U.S. soldiers with armaments and supplies.

After many months of deliberation, King Louis XVI — initially a skeptic of the colonies’ fledgling republic — made the decision to ally with U.S forces. Sources close to the king say that his blatant hostility toward the British won out over his skepticism of the military viability of the Continental Army.

The French was also reportedly concerned that the French Navy was insufficient and thusly unprepared to enter a war against the British. As a result, sources say that King Louis XVI was reluctant to put the French economy in further debt.

However, the Battles of Saratoga, fought in 1777, were a turning point in convincing King Louis XVI to join the war effort against Great Britain.

After British Gen. John Burgoyne launched an attack against Gen. Horatio Gates and his American forces in the first battle of Saratoga in September 1777, King Louis was convinced of the States’ ability to stand on its own two feet after British forces were defeated and surrendered in October 1777.

Leading up to the King’s official announcement that the French would back the States’ efforts, French foreign minister Charles Gravier had decided that French forces should enter the war after the city of Philadelphia fell to British control in September 1777.

Gravier’s decision was as a result of fear that the States would not win the war against the British without French intervention.

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French police hacked EncroChat secure phones, which are widely used by criminals:

Encrochat’s phones are essentially modified Android devices, with some models using the “BQ Aquaris X2,” an Android handset released in 2018 by a Spanish electronics company, according to the leaked documents. Encrochat took the base unit, installed its own encrypted messaging programs which route messages through the firm’s own servers, and even physically removed the GPS, camera, and microphone functionality from the phone. Encrochat’s phones also had a feature that would quickly wipe the device if the user entered a PIN, and ran two operating systems side-by-side. If a user wanted the device to appear innocuous, they booted into normal Android. If they wanted to return to their sensitive chats, they switched over to the Encrochat system. The company sold the phones on a subscription based model, costing thousands of dollars a year per device.

This allowed them and others to investigate and arrest many:

Unbeknownst to Mark, or the tens of thousands of other alleged Encrochat users, their messages weren’t really secure. French authorities had penetrated the Encrochat network, leveraged that access to install a technical tool in what appears to be a mass hacking operation, and had been quietly reading the users’ communications for months. Investigators then shared those messages with agencies around Europe.

Only now is the astonishing scale of the operation coming into focus: It represents one of the largest law enforcement infiltrations of a communications network predominantly used by criminals ever, with Encrochat users spreading beyond Europe to the Middle East and elsewhere. French, Dutch, and other European agencies monitored and investigated “more than a hundred million encrypted messages” sent between Encrochat users in real time, leading to arrests in the UK, Norway, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands, a team of international law enforcement agencies announced Thursday.

EncroChat learned about the hack, but didn’t know who was behind it.

Going into full-on emergency mode, Encrochat sent a message to its users informing them of the ongoing attack. The company also informed its SIM provider, Dutch telecommunications firm KPN, which then blocked connections to the malicious servers, the associate claimed. Encrochat cut its own SIM service; it had an update scheduled to push to the phones, but it couldn’t guarantee whether that update itself wouldn’t be carrying malware too. That, and maybe KPN was working with the authorities, Encrochat’s statement suggested (KPN declined to comment). Shortly after Encrochat restored SIM service, KPN removed the firewall, allowing the hackers’ servers to communicate with the phones once again. Encrochat was trapped.

Encrochat decided to shut itself down entirely.

Lots of details about the hack in the article. Well worth reading in full.

The UK National Crime Agency called it Operation Venetic: “46 arrests, and £54m criminal cash, 77 firearms and over two tonnes of drugs seized so far.”

Many more news articles. EncroChat website. Slashdot thread. Hacker News threads.


France to close open-air markets, crack down on JOGGING to stop coronavirus spread

France is set to tighten its coronavirus lockdown rules, closing open-air markets and limiting outdoor workouts, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said. Stricter rules come as the nation’s Covid-19 death toll continues to mount.

Speaking to TF1 TV on Monday, Philippe announced he was about to sign a new decree, imposing stricter lockdown in the country. The restrictions, he noted, might be in force for “several more weeks.”



Police in Paris no-go zones are becoming overwhelmed trying to maintain the nationwide quarantine and have handed out record numbers of fines


Et tu, Brute? Why Huawei’s Development of France’s 5G Network Will be a Game-Changer

On 12 March, Reuters broke that France would permit the use of some Huawei equipment in the country’s future 5G infrastructure, citing two sources close to the matter. According to observers, European states are defying Washington’s diktat and opening the door to Huawei because they want to gain a competitive edge.

According to the unnamed sources, ANSSI, the French cyber-security agency, has opted to use some of Huawei’s 5G apparatus in non-core parts of France’s networks.


Martial Law France: Citizens Forced To Fill Out Form Every Time They Leave Home

The coronavirus lockdown in France literally forces citizens to ‘show their papers’; They have to fill out a form explaining why they are outside and present it to police.


Pompeo and Netanyahu Paved a Path to War With Iran, and They’re Pushing Trump Again

by Gareth Porter Posted on March 21, 2020

The administration of President Donald Trump may escape the most recent conflict with Iran without war, however, a dangerous escalation is just over the horizon. And as before, the key factors driving the belligerence are not outraged Iraqi militia leaders or their allies in Iran, but Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long sought to draw the US into a military confrontation with Iran.

Throughout the fall of 2019, Netanyahu ordered a series of Israeli strikes against Iranian allies in Iraq and against Lebanese Hezbollah units. He and Pompeo hoped the attacks would provoke a reaction from their targets that could provide a tripwire outright war with Iran. As could have been expected, corporate US media missed the story, perhaps because it failed to reinforce the universally accepted narrative of a hyper-aggressive Iran emboldened by Trump’s failure to “deter” it following Iran’s shoot-down of a U.S. drone in June, and an alleged Iranian attack on Saudi oil facility in September.


French police begin JAILING people walking the streets as government considers extending 14-day lockdown restrictions because ‘idiots’ flout new rules

French citizens caught walking the streets during the country’s coronavirus lockdown are being locked up for ‘endangering lives’, it emerged today.

The dramatic development came as complaints against increasingly aggressive police who are making arrests mount, especially in ethnic minority communities.

Until earlier this week, officers were handing out spot fines equivalent to £128 to anyone caught without the right documentation for being out of their homes.

A series of shocking videos posted online have shown officers breaking all basic health guidelines by grouping together and manhandling potential disease carriers as they issued half-a-million pounds worth of fines on Wednesday.


China sending one MILLION masks & gloves to France following shipment to crisis-hit Italy

China is shipping one million surgical masks and gloves to France as it struggles to contain the coronavirus, with Europe becoming the new focal point of the global pandemic.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed the shipments on Wednesday in an interview with France’s BFM TV. The first of two planes has already arrived via Belgium and a second will arrive on Thursday, he said.

China’s gesture comes after France sent 17 tonnes of equipment to Beijing when the Covid-19 virus first broke out in Wuhan last December.


Paris on Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak – Video

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced restrictions on movement around the country that is expected to last at least two weeks.

The French government banned all public gatherings and social contact, placing the whole country on lockdown from midday on Tuesday for at least 15 days, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

President Emmanuel Macron has also said that EU and Schengen Area borders would be closed starting Tuesday for at least 30 days.


France in lockdown as gov’t says it could nationalise large companies in crisis

France put its 67 million people under lockdown on Tuesday, in an unprecedented act during peacetime, and said it was ready to nationalise big companies suffering financial turmoil created by the deepening coronavirus crisis.

Drafting in the army to help transport gravely ill people and ordering border controls, President Emmanuel Macron late on Monday said citizens could leave their homes only to buy food, go to work, seek medical care or get some exercise on their own.

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2020 – the year of staying home and following orders

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In France, people now need a form to leave their houses as 100,000 police have been commissioned to enforce the country’s lockdown

As a part of a ramped-up lockdown, France is now requiring people to fill out a form justifying their reason for being away from home.

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the 15-day lockdown in France, saying that the country is at “war” with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The lockdown requires most people to remain at home over the next couple weeks in order to stem the spread of the virus.

Under the lockdown, French residents are still able to leave their homes if absolutely necessary, but in order to so they must produce a document citing their reasons for being in public.

According to Business Insider, some of the excusable reasons are to seek medical care, to work (if remote work is not possible), to buy groceries in authorized shops, or to get some exercise by yourself.

To enforce the rule, 100,000 police officers have been deployed and authorized to hand out fines. Residents found out and about without the form will be fined a minimum of 38 euros ($42) and a maximum of 135 euros ($150).

“Stay at home,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner flatly said as he announced the enforcement measures.

Speaking with i24 News, French journalist Peter John Humi said that, in general, the French people are accepting of the lockdown so far and that they view it as such rather than as a mandated “curfew.”

As of Tuesday morning, over 6,000 had tested positive for the virus in France and the death toll was at 148.

In the United States, President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued tougher guidelines for social distancing this week amid the outbreak.

The CDC recommended that all events consisting of 50 or more people within the next eight weeks should be canceled or postponed, while the president advised Americans to avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people.

So far, the U.S. government has not enacted measures to enforce social distancing and community mitigation.


‘Stay home!’ France mobilizes 100,000 police to enforce coronavirus lockdown

France will deploy 100,000 police officers along fixed checkpoints around the country to enforce President Emmanuel Macron’s two-week lockdown order, the latest dramatic measure taken to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Anyone caught violating the far-reaching restrictions “must be able to justify the reason for their movements,” or will face legal penalties, including a fine of up to €135, Castaner said.

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Paris Denies Media Reports About Closure of France-Germany Border

Media in Germany reported on Sunday that the country would close its borders with Austria, France, and Switzerland starting Monday morning.

France will not be shutting down the border with Germany amid the coronavirus outbreak, but will ramp up border controls, a French presidency official was quoted by Reuters as saying.