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A tribute to Samuel Paty, the beheaded teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine last Friday, will be paid in Occitania this Wednesday. Carole Delga, the president of the Region, has decided to project on the facades of the two Regional Hotels, in Toulouse and Montpellier, the cartoons of Charlie Hebdo between 5 pm and 9 pm. "A strong act which joins the decision of Regions of France to publish, with the National Education, a work gathering the religious and political cartoons of the regional and national press", explains the President of the Region through a press release.

This screening takes place on the day when the national tribute to Samuel Paty is scheduled at the Sorbonne in Paris. "Beyond this symbolic action, it is my desire to express a message to our fellow citizens: in our Republic, there can be no arrangement with secularism, freedom of expression and freedom of conscience which are at the heart of our republican model. There must be no weakness in the face of the enemies of democracy, in the face of those who deviate from religion to transform it into a weapon of war, in the face of those who spawn, by calculation or renunciation, with those who have the political objective of destroying the Republic," Carole Delga added.

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https://i.imgur.com/e11GQY9.jpg
Charlie Hebdo Mohammad Cartoons Projected Onto A Gov’t Building In France
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Witness wrote: Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:08 am https://i.imgur.com/e11GQY9.jpg
Charlie Hebdo Mohammad Cartoons Projected Onto A Gov’t Building In France
Good. Should be on every government building, in all free countries. If it’s just a few places, they will need the armed guards (shown in the pictures)
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France deports Bosnians who shaved daughter's hair over love affair

The ministry said five members of the girl’s family in the eastern city of Besancon had been deported to Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday morning.

“This expulsion from the national territory is the consequence of unacceptable behaviour on the part of the family in August, notably beatings and the shaving of an adolescent girl who was in love with a young Serbian man of another religion,” the ministry said.

It added that the girl, a minor, will be taken care of by social services and will obtain the right of residence in France when she reaches majority.

French media reported in August that a 17-year old Bosnian Muslim woman in Besancon had been beaten by her family and her hair had been forcefully shaved off because she wanted to marry a 20-year old Serbian Christian.

Bosnian and Serb forces fought a war in the 1990s that resulted in thousands of civilian deaths.
https://es.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2790JS

Lacks context, and there's not that much on the Internet.
The parents were arrested on October 23, after a court in Besancon convicted them of violence against a minor.

They were also barred from entering France for five years. An aunt and an uncle of the victim were also sentenced to prison terms.
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The family had arrived from Bosnia-Herzegovina two years ago.
https://www.rferl.org/a/france-deports- ... 10703.html

And a pic:

https://i.imgur.com/CWl757q.jpg


Is France signaling that things are going to change? Hmmm… :notsure:
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It's Armenians not Americans. Which honestly makes it a lot worse.

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Nice church attacker identified as 21-year-old Tunisian man

Brahim Aouissaoui, who killed three people, reportedly arrived in France in early October

The man who killed three people in a knife attack in a church in Nice on France’s Côte D’Azur on Thursday has been named as Brahim Aouissaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant.

Aouissaoui arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa in late September, when authorities placed him in coronavirus quarantine before releasing him with an order to leave Italian territory. He arrived in France in early October, sources close to the investigation told the AFP news agency.

French authorities say Aouissaoui had no identity papers on him when police shot and wounded him after the attack, but was carrying a document giving his name from the Italian Red Cross. He had not made any demand for political asylum in France.

Prosecutors in Sicily have confirmed to the Guardian that Aouissaoui arrived in Lampedusa on 20 September, then spent 14 days on a quarantine boat before being transferred to Bari on the mainland on 9 October.

The high number of arrivals from Tunisia means repatriation procedures from Italy are often delayed. Instead, Tunisians are frequently given an “exit slip”, requiring them to leave Italy within seven days. Aouissaoui had received such an order but, like many, travelled illegally to France.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... nisian-man
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Makes me really glad to be an American

How fucked up will it get before heads start to roll?











Oh wait ....







Fuck
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shuize wrote: Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:50 am [Montpellier shooting]
I sometimes read the blog of a dude who live in Marseilles, says it's not uncommon to hear gunfire at night while he gets some fresh air. :mrgreen:
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https://old.reddit.com/r/europe/comment ... reedom_of/

Good luck with that. :|

Latest news he wants to send envoys to various Muslim countries to explain his position.
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Witness wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:23 am https://old.reddit.com/r/europe/comment ... reedom_of/

Good luck with that. :|

Latest news he wants to send envoys to various Muslim countries to explain his position.
They don’t have email?
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France bans Turkish ultra-nationalists: Who are the ‘Grey Wolves’?

Group active in European countries with significant Turkish population, such as Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and France

ANKARA: In a move that is likely to increase tension between Ankara and Paris, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on Monday that France will ban the Turkish ultra-nationalist group the Grey Wolves.
The group is linked to the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), a political ally of the ruling government in Turkey.

During the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, where France and Turkey backed opposing sides, the group became notorious for organizing “Hunt for Armenians” marches in France and for vandalizing the Armenian Genocide memorial outside Lyon with their own slogans and references to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

During the march, the group members threatened Armenians with slogans such as “We are going to kill them.” Four people were injured in Lyon last Wednesday during clashes between Turkish nationalists and Armenians who were protesting against Azerbaijan’s military moves.

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The Grey Wolves was established in the 1960s in Turkey by MHP as a militant wing and was responsible for triggering chaos in the streets in 1970s and 1980s when its members fought leftists and were responsible for many assassinations.

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Samim Akgonul, a political scientist at Strasbourg University in France, said the Grey Wolves are not the most visible Turkish organization in France but they have been active from time to time, especially during crises related to the Armenian issue, such as the French memorial laws recognizing the Armenian genocide.

“Historically the supporters of the Turkish far right MHP party are organized autonomously in Europe, separate from Turkey’s official bodies such as the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), the European division of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs,” he told Arab News.
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1758216/world
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Lyon shooting: Suspect admits attacking priest 'over affair'

A suspect has admitted to the shooting of a Greek Orthodox priest in the French city of Lyon last week over a personal dispute, prosecutors have said.

The 40-year-old suspect told prosecutors the priest was having an affair with his wife.

The priest, Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was shot twice with a sawn-off shotgun outside his church on 31 October.

He spoke to police after coming out of a coma on Wednesday.

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The suspect, who is said to be of Georgian nationality, was arrested at his home in Lyon on Friday, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.

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The suspect told prosecutors he had not intended to kill the priest, who was romantically involved with his wife, a 35-year-old Russian, the newspaper said.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54854982

Ah ! L'amour, toujours l'amour… :mrgreen:
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1720 travel permit during a plague.

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Nihil novi sub sole. :mrgreen:
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Journalists, human rights groups protest new French security bill banning images of police

French lawmakers on Tuesday began debating a bill that could ban dissemination of images of police officers' faces, triggering protests in Paris and other French cities against the potential loss of a check against abuses of power.

France's security forces have long faced accusations of using brutal tactics when dealing with protesters, but also when confronting or arresting individuals, in particular from black or Arab minorities.

And now, Macron’s centrist government has proposed a new "comprehensive security" law that would institute reforms such as giving more autonomy to local police -- and potentially arming more of them -- and expanding the use of surveillance drones in high-crime areas.

Under the law, which would apply to civilians and journalists alike, it would be a crime to show images of an officer's face unless it has been blurred. Publication on social media or elsewhere with the intent of undermining an officer's "physical or psychological integrity" could be punished by a year in prison or fines of up to 45,000 euros ($53,000).

Journalists and rights groups oppose the measure and took to the streets as lawmakers began their debate, joined by Yellow Vest protesters and victims of police violence. Demonstrations took place in Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille and in other French cities.

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France's human rights auditor has also warned of "considerable risks" from the new law.

"The publication of images regarding police interventions are legitimate and necessary for a democracy to function," said the auditor.
https://www.france24.com/en/france/2020 ... -of-police
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Witness wrote: Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:19 am
shuize wrote: Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:50 am [Montpellier shooting]
I sometimes read the blog of a dude who live in Marseilles, says it's not uncommon to hear gunfire at night while he gets some fresh air. :mrgreen:
Here too.
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↑ You sure about that? :notsure:
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France's Macron issues 'republican values' ultimatum to Muslim leaders

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Muslim leaders to accept a "charter of republican values" as part of a broad clampdown on radical Islam.

On Wednesday he gave the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) a 15-day ultimatum to accept the charter.

The CFCM has agreed to create a National Council of Imams, which will reportedly issue imams with official accreditation which could be withdrawn.

It follows three suspected Islamist attacks in little more than a month.

The charter will state that Islam is a religion and not a political movement, while also prohibiting "foreign interference" in Muslim groups.

Mr Macron has strongly defended French secularism in the wake of the attacks, which included the beheading of a teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a class discussion last month.

Late on Wednesday, the president and his interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, met eight CFCM leaders at the Élysée palace.

"Two principles will be inscribed in black and white [in the charter]: the rejection of political Islam and any foreign interference," one source told the Le Parisien newspaper after the meeting.

The formation of the National Council of Imams was also agreed upon.

President Macron has also announced new measures to tackle what he called "Islamist separatism" in France.

The measures include a wide-ranging bill that seeks to prevent radicalisation. It was unveiled on Wednesday, and includes measures such as:
  • Restrictions on home-schooling and harsher punishments for those who intimidate public officials on religious grounds
  • Giving children an identification number under the law that would be used to ensure they are attending school. Parents who break the law could face up to six months in jail as well as large fines
  • A ban on sharing the personal information of a person in a way that allows them to be located by people who want to harm them
"We must save our children from the clutches of the Islamists," Mr Darmanin told the Le Figaro newspaper on Wednesday. The draft law will be discussed by the French cabinet on 9 December.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55001167
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Nicolas Sarkozy in dock as ‘historic trial’ over corruption finally begins

The former French president is accused of receiving illicit funds and influence peddling

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, will make history on Monday when he appears in court accused of corruption and influence peddling.

The case is the first of several investigations against the rightwing politician who led France between 2007 and 2012 to come before judges after years of attempts to have the charges dropped or nullified.

In a case known as the “bugging affair”, the prosecution alleges Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, attempted to bribe a senior magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, to hand over secret information from a separate investigation against the former French leader. In return, Sarkozy is accused of offering to help secure Azibert a cushy job on the Côte d’Azur.

Sarkozy has been targeted in an array of legal investigations – from allegations of receiving illicit campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to receiving alleged kickbacks from arms sales to Pakistan.

French detectives began monitoring Sarkozy’s communications in September 2013 as part of an investigation into claims he had a received an undeclared and illegal €50m donation from Gaddafi to fund his successful 2007 presidential campaign.

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Fabrice Arfi, a senior editor at the news website Mediapart, who has carried out several in-depth investigations into allegations of political corruption, told the Observer Sarkozy’s attempts to divert attention from himself and point the finger at the legal and political system were “pure populism”.

“This is an historic trial for justice in France as it is the first time a president will appear in court accused of corruption. It is absolutely crucial and probably the biggest test France’s anti-corruption judges have faced,” Arfi said.

“Sarkozy is on trial but, instead of responding to the accusations, what he has tried to do is point the finger at France’s justice system and put it on trial. Here we have a former president behaving like Berlusconi and Trump.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... lly-begins

Good.
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Samuel Paty: Four students charged over teacher's beheading

Three of the suspects, who are between 13 and 14 years old, face charges of "complicity in a terrorist murder."

Four students have been charged over the killing of a Paris teacher last month, French media reported on Thursday.

In October, an Islamist terrorist murdered Samuel Paty and removed his head after the teacher showed his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad taken from the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.

Three of the suspects were reportedly accused of "complicity in a terrorist murder" by allegedly pointing Paty out to the killer. The three students are aged between 13 and 14 years old, French news agency AFP reported.

The fourth suspect is the daughter of the man who led an online campaign against the teacher, AFP reported. She has reportedly been charged with "slanderous denunciation" of Paty for relating her story of the civics lesson despite not attending the class.

The new suspects come in addition to the two other pupils who were charged earlier this month. Those two schoolchildren, aged 14 and 15, were indicted for "complicity in terrorist assassination" and placed under judicial supervision.

Justice authorities are now investigating 14 suspects in connection the crime, which is being treated as an act of Islamist extremism.

French President Emmanuel Macron has intensified a crackdown on Islamist activity in France since the incident, attracting criticism from the Muslim world.
https://www.dw.com/en/samuel-paty-four- ... u-2092-rdf
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Video Emerges Of Brutal Beating Of Black Man

Four French police officers have been suspended and are in custody after a video that shows them brutally beating a Black man was posted online Thursday.

The incident has provoked an outcry across France and comes as President Emmanuel Macron's government is trying to push through controversial legislation that would restrict the filming of police. Civic and journalist freedom groups oppose the bill, calling it a shield for brutality.

Michel Zecler, a 41-year-old music producer, was not wearing a face mask — required under current COVID-19 measures — when police officers saw him walking in Paris last Saturday. As he tried to enter his music studio, the police officers pushed him through the doorway and pummeled him repeatedly with their fists and a billy club.

The beating stopped when others in the building came to Zecler's aid, though police later threw a tear-gas canister through the window to force him to leave his studio and arrested Zecler and others.

The police were unaware they were being filmed by a surveillance camera.

The video was posted on social media by Loopsider, a French digital news outlet, and has been viewed more than 8 million times.

"I thought it was my last day," Zecler, wearing an arm sling, told Loopsider in an interview.

Zecler spent 48 hours in jail after officers accused him of violence, resisting arrest and trying to take their weapons.

The video shows Zecler is clearly overwhelmed, and Zecler's lawyer has told French media that a formal complaint has been filed against the police officers, who are also accused of fabricating evidence.

Just days earlier, scenes of police brutally clearing migrants from an encampment in Paris sparked similar outrage.
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/27/93949935 ... 6531230622

The video, if you care: https://loopsider.com/fr/video/lagressi ... des-images
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French Gov't Walks Back Proposal To Make Publishing Images Of Police Officers Illegal After Massive Protests Erupt Across The Nation

For reasons only known to legislators who apparently had their ears bent to the point of detachment by law enforcement, the French government -- at least briefly -- believed the nation would be better secured if citizens weren't allowed to film police officers and publish those recordings online.

A bill passed through the general assembly that would have made this act a crime.
One of its most controversial elements was Article 24, which sought to criminalise the publication of images of on-duty police officers with the intent of harming their “physical or psychological integrity”.

Under the article, offenders faced sentences of up to a year in jail and fines of 45,000 euros ($53,760) for sharing images of police officers.
This sounds like an effort to prevent doxxing but, given the breadth of the language in the proposed law, it could be read to forbid recording any officer who felt they might be harmed by their actions being documented. And it could be argued (with varying degrees of success) that any publication of images/recording depicting officers in any way they didn't explicitly approve of is "harmful."

And the proposal couldn't have come at a worse time. French law enforcement is facing additional scrutiny after a recording of officers beating a black man surfaced online.
Paris's top prosecutor has called for four police officers under investigation over the beating of a black music producer to face charges and for three of them to remain in detention as the probe continues.

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The three officers suspected of carrying out the beating should remain in custody, he said, while a fourth, who arrived on the scene later and set off a tear gas canister, should be freed under conditions.
With this flame still burning, French legislators tossed this accelerant on the fire. No more documenting police activity because natsec. The citizens responded to this attempted shielding of bad cops as the French often do: with massive protests and a bit of violence.
Tens of thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict the filming of police officers protested across France on Saturday, and officers in Paris who were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations repeatedly fired tear gas to disperse rowdy protesters who set fire to France’s central bank and threw paving stones.
Faced with consecutive protests (the one over the beating that rolled into the one over the proposed law), French legislators are backtracking.
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20201 ... tion.shtml
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There were cities and states here that did the same not more than a few years ago. they may still exist on paper.
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WTF is going on there?
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ed wrote: Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:50 pm
WTF is going on there?
Is that really French law enforcement retreating, or had they called in the army?
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Witness wrote: Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:05 am ↑ You sure about that? :notsure:
It's ed shooting the crawdads with his formidable arsenal.
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asthmatic camel wrote: Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:33 pm It's ed shooting the crawdads with his formidable arsenal.
I don't believe in ed's crawdads anymore. :cry:

P. – S. Still shooting your snails? :mrgreen:
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Reims, 1919/5/20.
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Witness wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:40 am
asthmatic camel wrote: Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:33 pm It's ed shooting the crawdads with his formidable arsenal.
I don't believe in ed's crawdads anymore. :cry:

P. – S. Still shooting your snails? :mrgreen:
Oh yes. Up at dawn with my silenced PCP. :)
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https://i.imgur.com/cokbLMe.jpg

One grammar and one orthography errors in that short French sentence. :|



In other news:

In Chechnya's Urus-Martanovsky district, Abdulak Anzorov, a young man who had earlier killed a teacher in France and cut off his head, was buried with honors.
The Froggies should have applied the Bin Laden treatment.
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COVID-19: French president Emmanuel Macron tests positive for coronavirus

The French president will now isolate for seven days but will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely.

The Elysee Palace in Paris said on Thursday the 42-year-old was tested after showing early symptoms.

He will now isolate for seven days but will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely.

The brief statement did not give details of the symptoms the French president was experiencing.

His wife Brigitte, 67, is also self-isolating, her office said, although she is not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Mr Macron was due to visit Lebanon next week on 22 December. The trip has now been cancelled, a spokeswoman said.

It was not immediately clear what contact tracing efforts were in progress, but palace officials added he was trying to assess where he may have contracted the virus.
https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-fre ... s-12165240
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Some terrosrist attacks come to their judicial conclusion:
Inside the Trial of the ‘Right-hand Man’ Who Aided Paris Hyper Cacher Killer

Ali Riza Polat received a 30-year sentence on Wednesday for assisting three Islamist terrorists whose killing spree left 17 dead in January 2015. Not everyone in the Jewish community is happy with the verdicts for the 14 defendants

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In the dock was Ali Riza Polat, charged with aiding and abetting Amédy Coulibaly, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi – the terrorists who attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and Hyper Cacher supermarket, killing 17 people in January 2015.
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The presiding judge, Régis de Jorna, read out the sentences for the 14 defendants, which ranged from four years to life in prison. Eleven of the defendants were in the courtroom, while three – including Hayat Boumeddiene, the widow of Coulibaly – had fled to Syria before the first attack commenced on January 7, 2015.

The verdict ended the three-month trial linked to the three days of killings across Paris claimed jointly by the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida. All three terrorists died on January 9: the Kouachi brothers as they confronted the police after being cornered north of Paris, and Coulibaly during the police raid to end the siege at the Hyper Cacher store after he took dozens of people hostage.

Polat received the stiffest sentence among those present. “Ali Riza Polat: 30 years,” Judge de Jorna declared. The 35-year-old defendant, who had often shouted during the trial, was focused and quiet as the verdict was read out. (Boumeddiene received the same sentence in absentia.)

Prosecutors presented Polat as Coulibaly’s right-hand man, the person who helped him set up a network of young offenders who gave him the money to purchase weapons and carry out his attacks.

The French-Turkish national repeatedly denied being involved. “Are you crazy? Me? I’m implicated in terrorism? I’m a scapegoat!” Polat shouted during cross-examination in October. “I didn’t even know the Kouachi brothers, my DNA is on none of the weapons. The accusation is based entirely on false testimonies. I will not go to jail for something I didn’t do!” he raged.
https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/euro ... -1.9380673 for the rest.

Ayoub El-Khazzani: Gunman jailed for life over 2015 France train attack

A French court has sentenced an Islamist militant to life in jail over an August 2015 plot to attack Americans on a high-speed train.

Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Moroccan national, opened fire on board a train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Two people were wounded in the incident before El-Khazzani was overpowered by passengers.

Three other men were found guilty of helping the 31-year-old plan the attack.

The events on board the train inspired a Clint Eastwood-directed film.

Dozens of people were called as witnesses following a four-year investigation into the attack.

El-Khazzani was found guilty of attempted murder as part of a terrorist enterprise over the attack, which happened three months before the deadly militant Islamist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

Three others were issued sentences of between seven and 27 years as accomplices.

The main defendant, who fought alongside Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, had already admitted his role in the attack, near the town of Oignies in northern France. He told the trial last month he had been under orders from Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud to kill Americans and members of the European Commission.

In the end, he said he had been unable to carry out the plan. When Spencer Stone came at him "it was too much....I let him grab me", he told the court.

Earlier this month, one of three Americans hailed as heroes for overcoming El-Khazzani told the court his main aim had been to survive.

Spencer Stone, a 28-year-old ex-serviceman, described via video from the US how he and his friends had seen El-Khazzani pick up a Kalashnikov rifle and prepare to open fire.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55351608
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Covid-19: French bill could ban unvaccinated from public transport

People who fail to get a Covid-19 vaccination could be banned from using public transport in France, according to a draft law sparking angry protests from opposition politicians on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday got his cabinet's backing for a bill that is designed to provide a legal framework for dealing with health crises, including the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the text, which will now be submitted to parliament, a negative Covid test or proof of a "preventative treatment, including the administration of a vaccine" could be required for people to be granted "access to transport or to some locations, as well as certain activities".

According to opinion polls, 55 percent of French people say they will not get a Covid shot, one of the highest rates in the European Union.

The government's vaccination campaign is to start on Sunday.

President Emmanuel Macron has promised that coronavirus vaccinations, though strongly recommended, will not be mandatory.

But opposition politicians condemned the draft law, with Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right RN party, calling it an "essentially totalitarian" measure.

"In a backhanded way, this bill does not aim to make vaccinations mandatory, but will prevent anybody who doesn't comply from having a social life," she said.

RN party spokesman Sebastien Chenu said Macron's government was planning "a health dictatorship".

Guillaume Peltier, deputy leader of the centre-right LR party, said it was "inconceivable" that the government should be allowed to "get all the power to suspend our freedoms without parliamentary control."

Centrist senator Nathalie Goulet said the draft was "an attack on public freedoms", while the far-left deputy Alexis Corbiere said "we could at least have a collective discussion if the idea is to limit our public liberties."

In response, public sector minister Amelie de Montchalin said the bill was "not at all made to create exceptional powers for the government" or "create a health state."

She said there would be a debate about the bill during which "everything that needs clarification will be clarified."
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Re: The France thread

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asthmatic camel wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:59 pm
Witness wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:40 am
asthmatic camel wrote: Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:33 pm It's ed shooting the crawdads with his formidable arsenal.
I don't believe in ed's crawdads anymore. :cry:

P. – S. Still shooting your snails? :mrgreen:
Oh yes. Up at dawn with my silenced PCP. :)
Whoa ... almost missed that ...

You silence an airgun???????????????????????????????????????????

Why?
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Re: The France thread

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An air gun?

I’d assumed something like this
https://www.google.com/amp/s/wjla.com/a ... police-say

But that AC did it... quietly
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Re: The France thread

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ed wrote: Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:01 pm
asthmatic camel wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:59 pm
Witness wrote: Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:40 am
asthmatic camel wrote: Sat Dec 05, 2020 7:33 pm It's ed shooting the crawdads with his formidable arsenal.
I don't believe in ed's crawdads anymore. :cry:

P. – S. Still shooting your snails? :mrgreen:
Oh yes. Up at dawn with my silenced PCP. :)
Whoa ... almost missed that ...

You silence an airgun???????????????????????????????????????????

Why?
There's a logic behind my insanity.

While I'm shooting snails at dawn, I don't want to upset my lovely neighbours.

:twisted:
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Re: The France thread

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You clearly do not live in florida.

o what is your nom de guerre?

ahhhh I have it ....
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Re: The France thread

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ed, I generally use one of these. Unlike you Yanks, we Brits have a sense of decorum. Even when shooting snails. Witness will have to give advice if this is the generally accepted method of executing Escargots.

https://i.imgur.com/dA8nzn8.jpg
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Re: The France thread

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Execargotion, if you will...
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Re: The France thread

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gnome wrote: Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:12 pm Execargotion, if you will...
I will not.

Snallifcation is my new bullshit term, and I shall stay with it. ;)