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Re: The France thread

Post by ed » Tue May 29, 2018 11:20 am

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu May 31, 2018 4:00 am

Slow-grinding wheels:
Reuters wrote:France asked U.S. not to bomb Lafarge factory in Syria in 2014: emails

PARIS (Reuters) - France asked the United States in 2014 not to bomb a Lafarge cement plant in northern Syria, an area which was at the time controlled by Islamic State, emails that are part of an investigation into the company’s Syria operations show.

French prosecutors last year launched a probe into the suspected “financing of a terrorist enterprise” by the cement group in Syria. The company admitted last year it had paid armed groups to keep a factory operating.

“This French investment should be protected,” France’s Syria envoy, Franck Gellet, who is based in Paris, said in a Sept. 19, 2014 email to senior foreign ministry officials, referring to the Lafarge plant about 87 km (54 miles) from Raqqa.

“It seems legitimate that we ask Washington not to do anything about this site without checking with us first,” Gellet said in the email, that included the plant’s GPS coordinates.

The email is among a cache of correspondence sent by Gellet, Lafarge’s then security chief Jean-Claude Veillard and other French officials, seen by Reuters.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-lafar ... KKBN1HW2E9
France24 wrote:Sarkozy ally Eric Woerth indicted in Libya campaign financing probe

Eric Woerth, who was budget minister and later labour minister in Sarkozy’s government, is facing charges of “complicity in illegal campaign financing”, said his lawyer, Jean-Yves Leborgne.

“This indictment is based on the discovery of cash sums, very small if not outright ridiculous considering the cost of a presidential campaign,” Leborgne said.

He added that Woerth had told investigators that cash payments totalling some 30,000 euros ($35,000) had been given to campaign workers.

Woerth, a prominent rightwing MP who heads parliament’s finance committee, has previously admitted the campaign received cash payments which he said were anonymous donations received by post, a claim contested by others questioned in the case.

Sarkozy has denied claims that he accepted millions of euros from the former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, some of it delivered in cash-stuffed suitcases.
http://www.france24.com/en/20180529-fra ... cing-probe

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:48 am

Vatican News wrote:Pope Francis meets French President Macron

At a private audience in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Tuesday, Pope Francis and France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, exchange gifts and discuss the environment, migration, and disarmament.

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Honorary Canon of Lateran Basilica

Later in the afternoon, Emmanuel Macron received the title “First and Only Honorary Canon” of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome.

French leaders automatically inherit the title of “Honorary Canon” under a tradition that dates back to the 15th century when France was a monarchy. Cardinal-elect Angelo De Donatis presided over the ceremony and conferred the title on President Macron.
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news ... ience.html

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Should please the catholic Macron. :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:58 am

Little known fact.

The Vatican also has an American style football team.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:23 am

They could at least wear the same colors as the Swiss guards! :x

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Re: The France thread

Post by Grammatron » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:50 am

You're right, that red the cardinal is wearing is totally clashing with the guards'

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:50 pm

Slow grinding wheels, next part:
French Firm Probed For Funding Jihadists In Syria For Profit

French rights group Sherpa, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said it was the first time that a company anywhere in the world had been charged with complicity in crimes against humanity.

French cement giant Lafarge was charged Thursday with complicity in crimes against humanity and financing a terrorist organization for paying millions to jihadist groups, including the Islamic State, to keep a factory in Syria open during the war.

A legal source said the company, which paid the armed groups through middlemen, has also been charged with endangering the lives of former employees at the cement plant in Jalabiya, northern Syria.

The allegations against Lafarge, which merged with Swiss firm Holcim in 2015, are the most serious against a French company in years.

Lafarge was ordered to hand over US$35 million to authorities as a security deposit ahead of the trial.

Eight Lafarge executives, including former CEO Bruno Laffont, have already been charged with financing a terrorist group and/or endangering the lives of others over Lafarge's activities in Syria between 2011 and 2015.
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/ ... -0028.html

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:28 am

French kings had the reputation of curing scrofula by the contact of their hands.

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I see the tradition hasn't died. :lmao:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:29 am

What a magnificent fail:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:50 am

Scandal brewing around Macron:
Macron aide: French MPs grill minister in beating row

France's interior minister has been grilled by MPs over his handling of a policing scandal in which a presidential security aide was filmed assaulting a demonstrator on 1 May.

Gérard Collomb said he learned of the video on 2 May and did not report it to prosecutors because it was a matter for President Emmanuel Macron's staff.

Mr Macron fired the aide, Alexandre Benalla, on Friday, but MPs want to know why he did not act sooner.

Mr Benalla, 26, faces several charges.

He is accused of assault with an accomplice, interfering in police work, impersonating a police officer and illegally receiving surveillance footage.

On Monday Mr Benalla, who was Mr Macron's top bodyguard during last year's election campaign, defended his actions, claiming that he was "lending a hand" to the riot officers at the scene after he was "invited to observe" their operations.

He added that he believed his behaviour was being exploited for "media and political ends", his lawyers said.

Vincent Crase, a security agent for Mr Macron's La République en Marche (Republic on the Move) party, has also been charged.

Three police officers were charged and questioned on Saturday for allegedly passing surveillance footage to Mr Benalla to try to prove his innocence.

Mr Collomb told MPs: "I condemn in the strongest possible terms the actions of Mr Benalla."

He said his staff had informed Mr Macron's administration about the incident and "it was up to them to respond". "I did not pursue this matter any further."

Besides the MPs' inquiry, the police disciplinary body, IGPN, is also investigating the assault.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44917421

The Benalla dude has (had) a very murky status near Macron; went out to have some fun bashing heads with the cops, and got caught. :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by gnome » Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:23 pm

Witness wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:29 am
What a magnificent fail:

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It clearly means that any French courtrooms underneath the flight path don't actually have the correct jurisdiction! They're all really under le ministère de la Marine.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:59 am

↑ I don't get that (and said ministère is defunct for many years). :?



French rapper clan wars at an airport (between "Booba" [sic] and "Karis") – they both now happily sit in prison, which will only increase their standing:



Aping the US of A, are we? :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by gnome » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:25 pm

Witness wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:59 am
↑ I don't get that (and said ministère is defunct for many years). :?
It was intended to be a gag about Sovereign Citizens and the whole "Admiralty Court/Gold Fringe" thing, only translated (badly, clearly) into a French context.

But, if they are defunct, all the more reason those "courts" don't count!
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:17 am

Uh, oh, I get it now. A bit… esoteric, but thanks for clarifying. :)

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:06 am

Could go in the "Ship of fail" thread:
We've been expecting you: fugitive tries to hide in French spy HQ

Driver fleeing crash scales fence to land in one of the most high-security spots in Paris

A man who fled the scene of a car crash in Paris took the ultimate wrong turn, seeking refuge in the headquarters of France’s spy agency.

The driver, who reportedly did not have a driving licence, was involved in a crash on the capital’s Périphérique ring road on Friday, scaling a fence several metres high to get off the busy artery.

He was apparently unaware he had climbed into the grounds of the General Directorate of External Security (DGSE), according to the Parisien newspaper which first reported the story.

He was immediately picked up and arrested.

The site, on Boulevard Mortier in north-eastern Paris, is one of the most closely monitored spots in Paris – images of it on Google Street View are blurred. It featured in acclaimed French TV spy thriller Le Bureau des Légendes – starring actors Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Pierre Darroussin – which won international acclaim under the English title The Bureau.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... py-hq-dgse

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Re: The France thread

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:45 am

French University Says It Will Stop Offering Diplomas in Homeopathic Medicine

The Université de Lille Faculty of Medicine announced the decision following the publication earlier this year of an open letter signed by 124 medical experts who said, correctly, that there was no evidence that homeopathy worked.
Homeopathy, like other practices called “alternative medicine”, is in no way scientific. These practices are based on beliefs that promise a miraculous and safe recovery. In September 2017, the Scientific Council of the Academies of European Sciences published a report confirming the lack of evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy. In most developed countries, doctors are prohibited from prescribing homeopathic products.



Of these practices which are neither scientific nor ethical, but very irrational and dangerous, we wish to dissociate ourselves completely.
The professionals also said they were concerned that public universities and health care providers have limited resources, and any money going towards homeopathy (as a treatment or topic) was taking money away from remedies that might actually help patients. Among their several recommendations was a moratorium on degrees for “practices whose effectiveness has not been scientifically demonstrated.”

That letter was published in March. But after consideration, one of the largest public universities in the country announced it would heed the advice — at least until the government finished a study into the matter. That report is due out this coming February.
http://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2018 ... -medicine/

Many more MDs have now signed the open letter. The homeopaths fought back by filing a complaint at the top medical authority for "uncollegial behavior" (don't really know how to translate that, but it boils down to "they're mean to us"). :mrgreen:

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L'art d'apparaître nègre.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:21 pm

Art school doctored ad to make white students look black
NY Post
An art school in France was caught altering an image of students — manipulating some of their faces to make the group appear more diverse — ahead of a branch opening in Los Angeles.

A side-by-side comparison of the two images circulating on social media clearly shows the “blackwashing” of students from the Emile Cohl art school in Lyon. The facial features of at least four students were darkened and the faces of two black students were added into the throng of youngsters.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:28 am

↑ Harrumph! viewtopic.php?f=6&t=44816&start=2880#p929410 :x


In other news, there is a cholera epidemic in Algeria. I wonder if children brought back the vibrio after vacations in their country of origin… :|

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Re: The France thread

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