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  • DCNS will unveil the SMX OCEAN at Euronaval 2014: A Conventional Barracuda (French sub design)

    09/30/2014 4:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 30 September 2014
    Navy Recognition learned that DCNS will introduce a new submarine concept at Euronaval 2014 which be held from October 27th to 31st at Paris Le Bourget in France. The SMX OCEAN is based on a Barracuda hull, the next generation SSN of the French Navy, fitted with a conventional propulsion system (SSK) with AIP technology. The SMX OCEAN concept to be unveiled at Euronaval 2014. Picture: DCNS The focus of DCNS engineers in developing this concept was put on endurance and high sustained speed. We learned that the 4,700 tons SSK was designed for an endurance of 14,000 nautical miles...
  • European Leaders Speak Out Against Increasing Anti-Semitism

    09/28/2014 10:23:02 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9-28-14 | Hillel Fendel
    Possibly fearing the increasing loss of their Jews as European Aliyah escalates, European leaders and communities are taking steps to combat local anti-Semitism. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the Great Synagogue in Paris just before Rosh Hashanah, and declared, "Denying the existence of Israel is the first step towards anti-Semitism." Speaking to more than 1,000 representatives of the French Jewish community, Valls assured them that the fight against anti-Semitism is a national cause. 'To be a Jew, to be French, French and Jewish identities are inseparable,’’ he said. In Italy, the Jewish community announced the launch of a special...
  • French conservatives capture control of Senate

    09/28/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 2:43 PM EDT | Sylvie Corbet
    Conservatives won French Senate elections Sunday to take control of parliament’s upper house, handing President François Hollande’s Socialists a new setback. The far-right National Front party also gained its first two Senate seats in the balloting. The Senate press office said a final count will await tallies from all of France’s overseas holdings—not likely until Monday, but it was already clear that the conservatives were back in control of the 348-seat chamber. …
  • Pressure on French Muslims to denounce IS group 'is madness’

    09/26/2014 10:29:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2014-09-26 | Tony TODD
    As Muslim groups prepare to demonstrate in Paris Friday against the “barbarism” of the Islamic State group (IS), pressure on the country’s Muslim community to denounce Islamist militancy has been described as Islamophobic "madness".
  • French Hostage in Algeria Is Beheaded in New Video

    09/24/2014 10:25:51 AM PDT · by Justaham · 46 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 9/24/2014 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHISEPT
    A French tourist captured in North Africa by a group aligned with the Islamic State is seen beheaded in a video circulated on Wednesday, according to SITE Intelligence, which tracks jihadist groups. The Frenchman — Hervé Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice — was abducted in Algeria on Sunday by the terrorist group, known as Jund al-Khilafah. Mr. Gourdel had arrived only a day before on a trip to go hiking in Algeria’s northern mountains.
  • Algerian militants linked to ISIS behead French hostage after country did not stop bombing Iraq

    ISIS-linked militants in Algeria have beheaded a French tourist captured at the weekend - having earlier made threats to kill him if France did not stop bombing targets in Iraq. Herve Gourdel, 55, was captured by the Islamist group Jund al-Khilifa while hiking in the Djurdjura National Park on Sunday - just one day after he arrived in Algeria for a walking holiday... Gourdel, who lived in the southern French city of Nice, only arrived in Algeria on Saturday and was seized the following day while hiking in the heart of the Djurdjura National Park - whose dense forests, deep...
  • French hostage beheaded in Algeria

    09/24/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 September 2014 Last updated at 15:27 GMT
    An Algerian jihadist group has released a video showing the beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday. Militant group Jund al-Khilafa had set a 24-hour deadline on Tuesday for France to halt air strikes in Iraq.
  • US and French Attacks on Sinjar Kill 16 IS Militants

    09/24/2014 7:48:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 24.09.2014 | Nuwar Faqie
    For the last three days, United States and French warplanes have shelled the Sinjar city center and the surrounding areas in northern Iraq. According to sources from Peshmerga forces in the area, as a result of Tuesday night airstrikes on the Yezidi majority town, sixteen Islamic State (IS) militants have been killed along with the destruction of ten IS-stolen Humvees. The Peshmerga source also told BasNews that after the attacks, as an act of revenge, the Islamic insurgents burned about 60 houses in Sinjar. The source also revealed that the Jihadi group has planted IEDs in some neighborhoods in Sinjar....
  • Pro-ISIS Fighters Threaten to Behead French Hostage Hervé Gourdel in Next 24 Hours (Video)

    09/22/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/22/14 | Jim Hoft
    Pro-ISIS fighters in Algeria released a video today of a hostage who was kidnapped this weekend. The hostage delivered a message to President Francois Hollande: “I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group. This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Francois Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq. They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you.” The pro-ISIS group gave France twenty-four hours to stop “the aggression against ISIL” or they will behead their...
  • Reuters Exclusive: Iraq Tells U.N. that 'Terrorist Groups' Seized Nuclear Materials

    07/09/2014 6:18:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Michelle Nichols (with Mark Hosenball)
    Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad." Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. "Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding...
  • French Farmers Upset Over Falling Prices, Torch Tax and Insurance Offices, Dump Produce

    09/21/2014 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    As a direct result of sanctions on Russia, there is an overabundance of fruits and vegetables in France, Spain, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. Basic law of supply and demand dictates prices of crops would fall. And they did. While most foolishly want to stick it to Russia, few actually are willing to pay the price if it affects them. Here is another case in point: French Farmers Torch Tax Office in Brittany Protest. French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors...
  • Egypt prepares for wider attack on Libya with UAE funding and French-Saudi support

    09/16/2014 6:31:12 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Middle East Monitor ^ | 9/16/2014 | Staff
    Egyptian armed forces are preparing for the execution of an extensive operation inside Libya in order to fight the revolutionaries and support the militias that are loyal to the UAE in Tripoli and Benghazi including troops commandeered by Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar, high ranking officials revealed. The operation may include a possible ground invasion in East Libya with French aerial cover and funding from the UAE in order to enable Haftar to decisively win the battle, the sources told the Asrar Arabiya website. The site said Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thani's visit to the UAE on Tuesday last week came...
  • France launches air strikes in Iraq

    09/20/2014 6:00:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The News ^ | 09/20/2014
    BAGHDAD: France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq on Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the Jihadists. More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join the US campaign of air strikes in the war-torn country. “This morning at 9:40, our Rafale planes carried out a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorist organisation (IS),” President Francois Hollande said. His office said the target was in northeastern Iraq, without specifying exactly...
  • French Warplanes Kill 75 IS Militants Near Mosul

    09/20/2014 5:53:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 20.09.2014 | Mewan Dolamari
    French military planes have killed a large number of Islamic State (IS) insurgents west of Mosul. An intelligence source near Mosul told Iraqi local media that on Saturday, 75 IS militants were killed in an attack by the French warplanes. The source said that French planes have been shelling IS air defense bases. According to the source, IS insurgents have started to transfer their military bases to protect themselves from US and French air strikes. On Friday, French military planes launched their first air strikes against IS militants in Mosul. This followed orders from French President Fracios Hollande’s for his...
  • Parents Want to Stop Life Support for Baby Because He’s Disabled: .........

    09/19/2014 10:59:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    FULL TITLE: Parents Want to Stop Life Support for Baby Because He’s Disabled: Who Wants Their Son to be Handicapped? A major battle in France pits the parents of a disabled prematurely-born baby against doctors — as the parents want doctors to stop life support for their son because he is severely disabled. The baby boy, named Titouan was born on August 31, four months before he was slated to be born. The baby weighed two pounds at birth and suffered from an intracerebral haemorrhage. Doctors at University Hospital Center of Poitiers say he has brain damage and they are...
  • France Has Begun Bombing ISIS In Iraq

    09/19/2014 5:11:54 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    BI ^ | 9-19-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Brett LoGiuratoSeptember 19, 2014France's military conducted its first airstrike in Iraq, becoming the first foreign country in addition to the US to strike the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) in the country. French President Francois Hollande said in a statement the strike, which was conducted around 9:40 a.m. local time Friday, destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIS in northeastern Iraq. He promised more operations would continue "in the coming days." Rafale fighter jets "conducted a first strike against a supply depot terrorist organization Daech in north-eastern Iraq. The goal was reached and destroyed,"...
  • France says its jets launch first air strikes in Iraq

    09/19/2014 2:48:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country. "This morning at 9:40 (0740 GMT) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists," said a statement from President Francois Hollande's office on Friday shortly after the raids.
  • Europe goes back to the Middle Ages: Map shows how patchwork continent would look if every

    09/17/2014 6:42:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 17, 2014 | Sam Webb
    This map shows how Europe would look if every separatist movement was granted its dream of independence. With the Scottish referendum just days away, the issue of regions breaking away from their traditional rulers is looming large over the continent. The map features well-known separatist movements, such as the powerful and vocal Basque Nationalist movement in northern Spain and southwestern France, as well as the more obscure, such as the Savoyan League, which supports the independence of the Savoy region of France, which has a population of around 405,500.
  • Socialist Failure: French Government Faces Second No Confidence Vote in Six Months

    09/17/2014 5:54:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Second No Confidence Vote in Six Months In spite of the fact the Socialist party holds a majority of just 1 in the 577-seat lower house, French prime minister Manual Valls hopes to stabilize things with a Second No Confidence Vote in Six Months. Mr Valls could see a narrowing of his majority compared with the vote when he was first appointed prime minister at the end of March after a big socialist loss in local elections. Then he won by a margin of 306 votes to 239 against, with 26 abstentions. “Valls is politically and economically archaic. He is...
  • French society seemingly apathetic to anti-Semitism, says chief rabbi

    09/17/2014 5:03:22 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 4 replies
    Reuters at Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/16/2014 | Reuters staff
    PARIS - France's government has reacted strongly to a rising tide of anti-Semitic acts this year but French society seems indifferent to the threat they present, the country's newly elected chief rabbi said on Tuesday. Haim Korsia, who was elected in June, recalled the huge crowds that demonstrated in Paris in 1990 after a Jewish cemetery was desecrated in the southeastern town of Carpentras. This summer, he told journalists, there was no similar reaction from civil society following attacks on synagogues and protests against Israel's offensive in Gaza, during which some marchers shouted "death to Jews" and "Jews out". "There...
  • Far-right French party sees sharp rise in popularity among Jewish voters, surveys find

    09/15/2014 2:59:11 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9
    Jewsih Telegraphic Agency ^ | 14 Sept 2014 | JTA
    More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday. In the worst incident, as many as 500 migrants are believed to have died after traffickers rammed their ship off Malta's coast last week, an event that only came to light this weekend in testimony from two of nine survivors.
  • Isis Action: French Rafale Fighter Jets Fly over Iraq as Anti-Islamic State Paris Summit Begins

    09/15/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    IBT/Yahoo ^ | 2 hours 11 minutes ago | Umberto Bacchi
    France fighter jets have flown over Iraq in a reconnaissance mission against Isis jihadists, as in Paris President Francois Hollande hosted an International summit to agree a common strategy to fight the Islamist militants. Two Rafale jets and a refuelling aircraft took off from an airbase in the United Arab Emirates to gather intelligence in support of US air strikes targeting the group now known as Islamic State (IS). "We told the Iraqis we were available and asked them for authorisation [to fly over Iraq]," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio. "The cost of inaction would be to...
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

    09/14/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.
  • France Joining International Airstrike Effort Against Islamic State

    09/12/2014 7:28:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    AP via Epoch Times ^ | September 12, 2014
    BAGHDAD—France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq’s new prime minister said after talks with the French president on Friday. Haider al-Abadi’s remarks came after talks with Francois Hollande, who was in Baghdad to bolster Iraq’s new government as it struggles to unite the nation amid the rampage by the Islamic State group. “In order to confront Daesh, we need aerial support from our allies,” al-Abadi said, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym. “The French president promised me today that France will...
  • “...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal Denis Mercier

    09/12/2014 7:06:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Indian Defence Review ^ | 10 Sep , 2014 | Claude Arpi
    Appointed as the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMAA) on September 17, 2012, at the age of 53, General Denis Mercier had joined the French Air Force academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. With 182 combat missions and more than 3,000 flying hours (mostly on Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000C) throughout his career, he has acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the French Air Force Academy in Salon de Provence. Prior to becoming Air Chief, he was posted as a senior...
  • Rebuilt 18th century ship tests French waters

    09/09/2014 8:00:18 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 37 replies
    WOKV ^ | Sept 07/2014 | FRANCOIS MORI
    PARIS — A reconstruction of the 213-foot (65-meter) frigate used by France's Marquis de Lafayette to bring reinforcements to American revolutionaries in 1780 has tested the waters for the first time.
  • Turkey in talks with France over missile purchase: Erdogan (Chinese system unlikely?)

    09/08/2014 9:58:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agence France-Presse ^ | September/07/2014
    Turkey has resumed talks with France on purchasing a new missile system after negotiations on a controversial deal with a US-blacklisted Chinese company hit a rock, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan was reported Sept. 7 as saying. "Some disagreements have emerged with China on the issues of joint production and technology transfer during negotiations over missile defence system," ErdoÄźan told reporters as he returned from the NATO summit in Wales, according to private television NTV. "Talks are continuing despite that, but France which is second on the list has come up with a new offer. Right now we are...
  • France leads West in sending jihadis to Islamic State, with 700

    09/07/2014 3:11:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | September 6, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The UK, however, is (not surprisingly) a close second with 600 — up from the 400 reported here. “Hundreds Of Westerners Have Joined ISIS — Here’s Where They Came From,” by Ben Winsor, Business Insider, August 27, 2014: U.S. and European security services estimate that more than 1,000 of jihadist militants fighting in Iraq and Syria were drawn to the conflict from Western nations with some estimates putting the number as high as 3,000.Business Insider compiled the graph below, which illustrates best estimates of where just some of those Western fighters originate. Business Insider Business Insider sought to use only...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Army on Alert At French Ports To Stop Migrant Invasion

    09/07/2014 1:01:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Sun, September 7, 2014 | James Murray & Jon Coates
    SOLDIERS are on standby to patrol northern French ports amid growing tensions about an army of migrants intent on reaching Britain. In Calais alone about 100 migrants are arriving every day. Other towns are also reporting high numbers. Most new arrivals are desperate Africans who have travelled from Italy, where they arrive in boats from war-ravaged Libya. Last year almost 8,000 arrived there. This year 100,000 have landed, with most saying Britain is their final destination. Today the Sunday Express can reveal that the huge trade in moving migrants out of Africa and into Britain is worth Ł5billion a year...
  • Read Russia’s Ominous Response to NATO’s Rapid Reaction Force

    09/06/2014 5:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | September 5, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    During today’s NATO summit, the alliance agreed to create a rapid reaction force to respond to threats to member states. That force is being formed specifically to deal with threats in eastern Europe. It is a direct response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The Russians responded swiftly. The Foreign Ministry suggests a larger NATO conspiracy is at work. The summit adopted a line towards NATO’s eastward expansion and build-up of its presence near Russia’s borders. These plans were nurtured for a long time and the Ukrainian crisis became merely an excuse for the start of their implementation. Russia also accused...
  • French Ex-Hostage Identifies Captor in Syria [Frenchman Suspected of Killing Four Jews in Brussels!]

    09/06/2014 9:55:06 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 6, 2014
    French Ex-Hostage Identifies Captor in Syria PARIS — Sep 6, 2014, A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria says one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum earlier this year. French magazine Le Point on Saturday quoted its reporter Nicolas Henin as saying he was tortured by Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman who had spent time with extremists in Syria. Henin was held for a time with American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by extremists from the Islamic State group in recent weeks. He was...
  • France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 03, 2014 – 04:41 PM | Nikolaus Blome, Ralf Neukirch, Christian Reiermann, Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult
    The debate over Germany’s insistence on eurozone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. […] Berlin is particularly alarmed by the stance taken by ECB head Mario Draghi. At the annual conference of top central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August, Draghi surprised those present by saying “there is leeway to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies.” It was a comment that came close to the kind of debt-fueled growth stimulus measures...
  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    09/01/2014 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | September 2, 2014
    HAVANA: Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday (Sep 1), accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally." "The world has seen no respite in recent years, particularly since the European Economic Community, under the strict and unconditional leadership of the United States, decided the time had come to settle...
  • Ukraine crisis: France halts warship delivery to Russia

    09/03/2014 9:33:48 AM PDT · by Krosan · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 September 2014 | BBC
    France has said conditions are "not right" for delivery of the first of two Mistral assault navy ships to Russia. President Francois Hollande's office blamed Moscow's recent actions in Ukraine. France had until now resisted pressure to halt the delivery. Correspondents say the EU has struggled to tighten sanctions against Russia, restricting itself to travel bans and asset freezes against individuals.
  • France puts Mistral warship delivery to Russia on hold

    09/03/2014 9:21:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    AP, AFP, Reuters ^ | 03.09.2014
    The French government has announced that planned deliveries of two Mistral warships to Russia have been placed on hold. The first delivery was scheduled for October. After a meeting of the French defense committee on Wednesday, Paris announced that the deliveries would not yet take place given the current unrest in eastern Ukraine. "The President of the Republic declared that, despite the prospect of a ceasefire which still remains to be confirmed and implemented, the conditions for France to deliver the first warship are not to date in place," a statement from the office of French President Francois Hollande read.
  • France: Socialist President Hollande 'Hates the Poor' Says Ex Valérie Trierweiler

    09/03/2014 6:15:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 3, 2014 | Umberto Bacchi
    Francois Hollande's former partner says that France's socialist president hates the poor, in her potentially explosive memoirs she penned after the collapse of their relationship earlier this year. In Merci Pour Ce Moment ('Thank You For This Moment') Valérie Trierweiler claims that, in private, the leftist leader refers to the less wealthy with scorn, calling them "the toothless". "He portrays himself as a man who does not like the rich. In reality, the president does not like the poor," Trierweiler wrote. "He, the man of the left, calls them 'the toothless', very proud of his humour." In another passage leaked...
  • Calais mayor warns UK, 'help with migrants or I shut port'

    09/03/2014 4:15:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 2014-09-03 | News wire
    Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart on Tuesday threatened to shut down the port unless Britain helps solve the problem of the hundreds of immigrants turning up there in a bid to sneak across the Channel. "I could take the decision to block the port... I could bring pressure to bear," Bouchart told reporters in Paris after meeting Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. "It would be illegal," she recognised, "but today I want to make a strong gesture towards the British." The mayor took issue with British immigration policy which, she complained, "is "considered as an Eldorado" by immigrants. She also reproached London...
  • Why These Powerful French Assault Ships Might End Up In Putin's Hands

    09/02/2014 8:04:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | August 31, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We have heard a lot about 'tough sanctions' on Russia following its invasion of Crimea, shoot down of an airliner full of Europeans, and the continued shadow war in Eastern Ukraine, yet apparently it's fine to sell him this 21k ton French-built amphibious assault ship. Bad move. Under a $1.7B contract between Russia and France, France would build the Russian Navy a pair of Mistral Class amphibious assault ships, after which Russia would build follow-on units under license in St. Petersburg. Russia has a least two additional ships planned. Part of the Mistral Class deal provides Russia with a quartet...
  • Paris building blast: Four dead, eleven injured, five missing [said to be gas leak]

    08/31/2014 5:02:29 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 23 replies
    Four people have been killed and eleven others injured after an explosion destroyed a four-storey building in a suburb of Paris on Sunday morning. Rescue teams with sniffer dogs are searching through the rubble for five other people, including a child, who are still missing. ...
  • France Arrests Suspected Jihadist Teen Girl At Airport (16 YO)

    08/31/2014 4:43:40 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    BI ^ | 8-31-2014 | ALLEN MCDUFFEE, The Wire
    ALLEN MCDUFFEE, The WireAugust 31, 2014 Turkish Airlines alerted French border police to the purchase of a suspicious ticket. A 16-year-old girl suspected of of making her way to Syria to join Muslim extremists was arrested Sunday at an airport in southern France, according to officials. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that border police at Nice International Airport arrested the girl on Saturday, before she departed "for jihad." Suspicion was raised when a 22-year-old Chechen man was attempting to pay cash for her one-way ticket to Turkey. Turkish Airlines alerted French border police to the purchase.(snip)
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • FILIPINO TROOPS PULL `GREATEST ESCAPE' FROM SYRIA

    08/31/2014 12:48:19 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 31, 2014 | BY JIM GOMEZ
    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. "We may call it the greatest escape," Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said. The peacekeepers became trapped after Syrian rebels entered the U.N.-patrolled buffer zone between Syria and Israel this week, seizing 44 Fijian soldiers and demanding that their Filipino colleagues surrender with their weapons. The Filipinos in two U.N. encampments refused and clashed with...
  • Syrian rebels strengthen hold over Israel border region

    08/30/2014 4:21:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    haaretz ^ | | Aug. 31, 2014 | 1:22 AM | Amos Harel and Jack Khoury
    Syrian rebel groups strengthened their hold over the Syrian side of the Quneitra Crossing — located on the frontier between Syrian and Israeli controlled parts of the Golan Heights – over the weekend and managed to repel attacks by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. The rebels kidnapped dozens of Fiji soldiers, members of the UN observer force stationed in the Golan Heights and are maintaining a siege on a second UN stronghold manned by Philippine soldiers. ... Nusra Front forces took over a stronghold manned by a Fiji UN force and kidnapped the soldiers stationed there at gunpoint,...
  • France: Two Teenagers Arrested Over Synagogue Suicide Bomb Plot

    08/29/2014 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 8/29/14 | Elad Benari
    Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon, Newsweek reported on Friday, citing French news websites. According to JSS News and Europe 1, a source from the French security agency the Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence revealed that two Muslim girls, aged 15 and 17, were arrested in the Tarbes and Venissieux neighborhoods a week ago, after authorities uncovered a plan to carry out a suicide bombing inside the Great Synagogue of Lyon. The two were indicted on August 22 for conspiracy to commit terrorism, reported Newsweek. An unnamed security source...
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • Obama Pressured Israel to Stop Demanding Demilitarization of Hamas

    08/28/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/28/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The ceasefire agreement didn’t give Hamas everything it wanted, but it gave Israel nothing at all.Israel’s insistence on demilitarizing Gaza fell by the wayside.Why? Here’s one answer. Nabil Shaath, a senior PLO official and confidante of PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said that Israel dropped the demand that Hamas be demilitarized, due to American pressure, in an interview with the Arabic Ma’an News Agency. As usual the war was won on the battlefield and lost at the negotiating table. Which means it will have to be repeated in a year or two with a stronger Hamas.Without demilitarizing Gaza, the entire...
  • Historian Claims The Louvre Museum Holds Ancient Amphipolis Tomb Treasures

    08/26/2014 10:56:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    greece.greekreporter.com ^ | Aug 26, 2014 | by Daphne Tsagari
    A prominent Greek historian claims that it is possible for the Louvre Museum in Paris to possess artifacts from the ancient Greek tomb currently being excavated by archaeologists in Amphipolis, Greece. The fame of the ancient Greek treasures allegedly hidden in the Amphipolis tomb has recently raised concerns whether the monument will be found intact, or if it had been looted in the past. Historian, Sarantis Kargakos, speaking to Antenna TV, said that the tomb has been looted in the past and that the monument’s interior won’t be intact. “At the spot where Ancient Amphipolis is found, a village named...
  • Royal Saudi Navy would be interested to procure 6 FREMM Frigates from France

    08/27/2014 11:36:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | August 26, 2014
    According to French financial newspaper La Tribune Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, could sign a letter of intent (LOI) with the French Government for 6 FREMMs during his visit in Paris in early September. French Navy's FREMM multi-mission frigates are designed and built by DCNS. Five hulls have already been launched, with three Frigates delivered to the French Navy and one to the Royal Moroccan Navy. Contacted by Navy Recognition, no DCNS representatives were available to comment the information at the time of publishing. The information would confirm however that Saudi Arabia is currently seeking...
  • 1 in 6 in France Support ISIS

    08/27/2014 8:23:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | August 26, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    France does host one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe so the results are not especially surprising. Also France draws more Middle Eastern and North African Muslims than the UK does. If you asked about support for the Taliban, you might get better numbers in the UK. One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS....