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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:27 am

Until I saw the swastica and the 42, I thought that was a Brexit cartoon!

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:23 pm

The French (or at least the Parisians) welcome their new overlords :)

https://www.thelocal.fr/20181004/why-pa ... -love-rats
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:51 am

↑ Everything furry (or feathery) is cute and well-meaning. :P

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:05 am

From 2010:

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http://www.leparisien.fr/une/elle-racon ... 790298.php

French artist spent a month wearing a burka. "C'était l'enfer !" = it was hell.

Then wrote a book. :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:55 am

Witness wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:51 am
↑ Everything furry (or feathery) is cute and well-meaning. :P
Such as ortolans? :Hungry2:
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:54 pm

↑ Especially ortolans!



Paris' mayor (a very contested lady – by the muh car! crowd) has had new public urinals installed along the Seine. Quite evidently a repugnant patriarchal plot as you need an incorporated faucet to use them, right?



And what a downhill slide from the original Pissoir©:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:45 am

France sued for 'crimes against humanity' over nuclear tests in South Pacific

France is being taken to the International Criminal Court for nuclear weapons tests in French Polynesia. France has long denied responsibility for the impacts of the tests and only recently began compensating civilians.

France is being taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for carrying out nuclear weapons tests in French Polynesia, a Polynesian opposition leader announced on Tuesday.

Oscar Temaru, the archipelago's former president and current leader of the Tavini Huiraatira Party, announced the move during a United Nations committee dealing with decolonization.

Temaru accused France of "crimes against humanity" and said that he hopes to hold French presidents accountable for the nuclear tests with the ICC complaint.

"We owe it to all the people who died from the consequences of nuclear colonialism," he told the UN committee.

Maxime Chan from Te Ora Naho, an association for the protection of the environment in French Polynesia, told the UN that there had been 368 instances of radioactive fallout from the tests and that radioactive waste had also been discharged into the ocean — violating international rules.
https://www.dw.com/en/france-sued-for-c ... a-45826054

Nearly 200 tests there.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:34 pm

No statute of limitations of course.

I mention this because the USA did it first, and I do mean in the South Pacific.
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Re: The France thread

Post by ed » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:35 pm

Tavini Huiraatira Party
When are we going to grow a pair and start laughing at people that call things silly names? Those were the good old days.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:21 pm

One of those names where they obviously decided they didn't care about potential western donors being able to Google them.

We should be grateful.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:49 pm

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:18 pm

British mountain biker shot dead by hunter in French Alps
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45855897

What the title says.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:05 am

Sixth body found under collapsed buildings in French city of Marseille

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The body of a sixth victim has been found in the rubble of two dilapidated buildings that collapsed this week in the city of Marseille, said a public prosecutor official on Wednesday.

The buildings collapsed on Monday morning. Emergency services combing through the rubble have now found the bodies of four men and two women.

Authorities had initially said that up to eight people might have been buried in the debris.

Rescue teams said their work had been complicated since the collapse had destabilized other nearby buildings in the street, which lies not far from the city’s historic Old Port area.

Authorities said they were looking into what caused the collapse of the buildings, described by residents of the area as dilapidated and in need of repair.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... reddit.com

Neglected things don't repair themselves, how quaint. :|

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:33 pm

The French totally copied ...

https://www.amusingplanet.com/2018/11/h ... er-to.html
Standing inconspicuously in the middle of an empty plot behind some trees, in the small English town of Halifax, in West Yorkshire, is a fearful mediaeval instrument of torture. It’s called a gibbet, and for more than three hundred fifty years it beheaded people for crimes as minor as stealing.

The Halifax Gibbet is a tall wooden structure with a sharp blade at the top, held up by a rope. The condemned prisoner was positioned below the hanging blade and securely fastened. When the executioner cut the rope, the blade, which was weighted down by a large block of wood, crashed down on the prisoner’s neck separating his head from his body. You may identify this device as a guillotine, famously used against members of the monarchy during the French Revolution, but the Halifax Gibbet predates the French guillotine by more than five centuries.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:10 am

Wait, “fearful medieval instrument of torture”? wasn’t the guillotine developed as a “humane” (I.e. non torturing) method of execution?

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:13 am

Giz wrote:
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Wait, “fearful medieval instrument of torture”? wasn’t the guillotine developed as a “humane” (I.e. non torturing) method of execution?
So was the electric chair.

Nicer than drawing and quartering. :)
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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:18 am

They couldn’t use quartering in France due to the metric system.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:05 am

Benoît Quennedey: French official charged with spying for N Korea

Benoît Quennedey is suspected of treason and "supplying information to a foreign power". He faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.

Mr Quennedey holds a senior position in the French Senate's department of architecture, heritage and gardens.

He is also president of the Franco-Korean Friendship Association, which promotes closer ties with North Korea.

In recent years he has written books on the country, including North Korea's Economy: Birth of New Asian Dragon (2013).

Mr Quennedey has travelled several times to Pyongyang in recent years and met officials and academics working in the architecture and construction fields, according to his association's website.

Following his arrest in Paris on Sunday, he was questioned for 96 hours by France's counter-intelligence service.

Investigations into Mr Quennedey began a year ago, French media say.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46390723

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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:39 am

Jeezus, the Norks have access to all the secrets of architecture, heritage and gardens!

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:48 am

Gilets jaunes ("Yellow vests"):

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And on the ground:



(Burger King Wagram street.)