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  • President François Hollande of France Won’t Seek Re-Election

    12/01/2016 12:00:41 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Aurelien Breeden
    PARIS — President François Hollande stunned France on Thursday when he announced that he would not run for a second term in next year’s presidential election. In a televised address from the Élysée Palace, Mr. Hollande said that he was “aware of the risks” of a candidacy that would not “rally” enough people to it. “I have thus decided not to be a candidate in the presidential elections,” Mr. Hollande said. Mr. Hollande, a Socialist, ended weeks of speculation about his intentions to participate in a re-election bid that few observers thought he could win. He has had some of...
  • French Pres hails Castro as 'great figure of 20th century'

    11/26/2016 9:57:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 26 Nov 2016 16:28 GMT+01:00
    French President François Hollande on Saturday called for the embargo that “punishes” Cuba to be “lifted definitively” following the death of Fidel Castro. […] “Even if I have repeatedly denounced human rights abuses in Cuba, I have always believed that the embargo was an unacceptable, unilateral decision,” he said. “Fidel Castro was a great figure of the 20th century. He aroused much hope with the Cuban revolution. There have also been disappointments.” …
  • France's Hollande calls Paris climate deal 'irreversible'

    11/15/2016 7:07:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2016 9:27 AM EST | Karl Ritter
    French President François Hollande says the Paris deal to fight climate change is “irreversible” and says the United States must respect the decision by the Obama administration to join the deal. […] Trump has called global warming a “hoax” and pledged during his campaign to “cancel” the landmark Paris climate agreement. …
  • Hollande: I have faith in the American voters

    11/08/2016 4:32:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 08 Nov 2016 17:38 GMT+01:00
    President François Hollande, who has criticized Donald Trump in the past, said on Tuesday that US presidential vote was in capable hands. On the eve of the US election, President Hollande made it clear that he is confident that Americans will make the right choice. “I have faith in the American people to know which choice corresponds the best to the values, the principles, the liberty, and to Americans’ relation with France, and with Europe,” he told reporters while in La Rochelle in western France. …
  • Hollande urges UK to take in 1,500 'Jungle' minors

    10/30/2016 6:58:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 30 Oct 2016 12:37 GMT+01:00
    French President François Hollande on Saturday urged Britain to take in 1,500 unaccompanied minors from Calais’ “Jungle” as officials stepped up efforts to finish demolishing the almost-deserted migrant camp. Hailing the evacuation of the sprawling encampment, Hollande vowed that France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift camps, which have become a glaring symbol of Europe’s worst migration crisis since World War II. […] In Paris, more than 100 left-wing lawmakers sent a letter to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd, calling on her government to “immediately” take in unaccompanied minors from the Jungle who want to rejoin relatives...
  • France's Hollande under pressure over crime as police protest snowballs

    10/21/2016 6:11:07 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 20, 2016 | Brian Love
    French police staged protests in Paris and other cities for a third night, with political opponents seizing on the unease to accuse Francois Hollande's government of failing on security just months before a presidential election. Police say they are no longer sufficiently equipped even to defend themselves and have staged three nights of unauthorised demonstrations.
  • French President Hollande Blames Obama for the Rise of ISIS

    10/20/2016 11:09:29 AM PDT · by MrChips · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/20/2016 | Gareth Davies
    French President Francois Hollande has suggested the rise of ISIS can be attributed to Barack Obama not backing his calls for Syrian air strikes back in 2013. Since then, France has been victim to a string of savage Islamic State terror attacks and the President insisted too many migrants were being let into the country. 'I don't know what would have happened if we had carried out strikes. What I can say is that we did not carry out strikes, and there's Daesh,' he said, referring to ISIS by its Arabic acronym. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3851500/Francois-Hollande-suggests-rise-ISIS-Barack-Obama-s-fault-migrants-allowed-France.html#ixzz4NeMmIr7L Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter...
  • Hollande: 'Muslim women could be symbol of France'

    10/12/2016 6:10:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 12 Oct 2016 12:24 GMT+02:00
    A new book titled “A President Should Not Say That…” has revealed that François Hollande calls Nicolas Sarkozy “a Duracell bunny”, how his ex-partner was obsessed by another ex-partner, and how he believes a Muslim woman could one day be the symbol of France (if she feels free enough to ditch her veil). The new book was penned by journalists Gérard Davet and Fabrice Lhomme who met with the president 61 times since he has been president. They recorded their private conversations with him in which the president made several headline-making statements. Firstly the one that has caused the most...
  • Hollande, Merkel urge clear vision for addressing Europe's weaknesses

    09/15/2016 10:40:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 9/15/16 | Richard Loug and Michelle Martin
    PARIS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that it was crucial an upcoming European Union summit, the first since Britain voted to leave the bloc, addressed the EU's weaknesses with a plan for reforms. Britain's Brexit vote sent shockwaves through the European Unions long deemed by many voters to be overly bureaucratic and unresponsive to their concerns, while energizing the continent's anti-immigration, eurosceptic parties. "It is now about applying an agenda for Bratislava that makes clear we are determined to react together to the weaknesses, to the tasks we face," Merkel told...
  • France to make wave of tax cuts (just in time for elections)

    09/09/2016 5:59:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 09 Sep 2016 10:37 GMT+02:00
    With next year’s presidential elections looming large, the French government will make a raft of tax cuts for households and businesses. France’s government unveiled Friday plans to lower taxes on households and companies, as the ruling Socialists lined up their budget for the 2017 election year. The gesture to households would “take the form of a reduction in income taxes by 20 percent for the middle class,” Finance Minister Michel Sapin told AFP. Around 5 million households would benefit from the €1 billion ($1.1 billion) reduction in income taxes, worth about €200 per family. …
  • France: Unpopular Hollande hints he will seek a second term

    09/08/2016 7:57:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2016 10:19 AM EDT
    French President François Hollande is hinting that he could seek a second term in elections next year, even though he is the least popular French leader in modern times. The Socialist Hollande gave a sweeping speech Thursday laying out his vision of democracy and repeatedly suggesting that he is eyeing a re-election bid. “I will not let the image of France be spoiled … in the coming months or the coming years,” he said. […] “I will not let Europe collapse or dissolve; I will not let it be seized by nationalism, borders, extremism,” he said, a reference to recent...
  • Show of European unity: Merkel, Hollande, Renzi meet to discuss gameplan

    08/21/2016 6:40:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:31pm EDT | Isla Binnie
    The leaders of Germany, France and Italy will meet on Monday to discuss how to keep the European project together in the second set of talks between the premiers of the eurozone’s three largest economies since Britain’s shock vote to leave the bloc. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on an island off the coast of Naples ahead of September’s EU summit called to discuss reverberations from the Brexit vote. “They will be coming to discuss how to relaunch Europe from the bottom up; there’s a big need,” Renzi said on...
  • France's Hollande says feels 'urge' to run again in 2017

    08/19/2016 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 19 Aug 2016 09:28 GMT+02:00
    French President François Hollande says he may run in next year’s elections provided he sees a chance of winning, but would quit politics if he lost, according to a book published on Friday. Quoted by journalists Antonin Andre and Karim Rissouli in “Conversations Privées avec le Président” (Private Conversations with the President), Hollande highlighted the strain of politics, the burden of high office and the passing of time. “I know what it’s like… to spend years without a personal life,” he said. “But I do have the desire” to stand for re-election, he said. “That is my personal inclination.” …
  • 'France, 2016' Le Pen's fury as riot police DRAG Christians out of church

    08/03/2016 8:42:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Express UK ^ | 8/3/16 | REBECCA PERRING
    Marion Le Pen simply wrote “France, 2016 #SainteRita” alongside the image of the priest who refused to leave the mass he was holding in protest against the demolition of local church Sainte Rita. The angry protests come just a day after Father Jacques Hamel, who had his throat slit by two depraved Islamic State fighters, was laid to rest in Rouen Cathedral on Tuesday.
  • Donald Trump makes me sick says Francois Hollande

    08/02/2016 6:50:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 90 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | August 2,2016 | Barney Henderson, new york
    The Republican presidential candidate tweeted This story is not about Mr. Khan, who is all over the place doing interviews, but rather RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM and the U.S. Get smart! : He also suggested Khizr Khan's wife, Ghazala, had not been allowed to talk when the couple appeared at the Democratic National Convention. Mr Hollande criticised Mr Trump's "hurtful and humiliating comments". "Democracy is also at stake, as we see more and more people tempted by authoritarianism," he said, "especially" in the United States. "Should the American people choose Trump, there will be consequences, because a US election is a...
  • Nearly 90 percent of the French now disapprove of their president [He just endorsed Hillary]

    08/02/2016 5:06:27 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/5/16 | Rick Noack
    French President François Hollande was never expected to become the most popular head of state in the nation's recent history. But the extent to which his countrymen dislike him has surprised even his political opponents. Nearly 90 percent of the French disapprove of their president, a poll has revealed. Only 12 percent of those surveyed by polling institute TNS Sofres said they thought Hollande was doing a good job. It is the worst score of any French president since such surveys were first conducted more than three decades ago.
  • French Religious Leaders Ask Hollande for Increased Security

    07/29/2016 10:15:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    ANSA News ^ | 7/28/16
    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JULY 28 - French religious leaders met on Wednesday with President Hollande to ask for increased security in places of worship, following the attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday in which two armed teens claiming allegiance to ISIS took four people hostage and killed 84-year-old Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel. On Tuesday, Hollande spoke with Pope Francis and said France will "do everything to protect our churches and our places of worship". French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the country's anti-terrorism operation "Sentinelle" will increase military presence to 10,000 soldiers, 4,000 assigned to Paris and the remaining distributed...
  • Hollande defends minister under fire over Nice attack [5 suspects formally charged]

    07/22/2016 2:02:03 PM PDT · by Styria · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 22, 2016 | Clare Byrne
    Paris (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday defended his government from accusations it relaxed its anti-terror defences after the Euro championships, and announced plans to arm the fight against the Islamic State group which claimed the Nice attack. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has been the lightning rod for accusations that authorities dropped their guard after the June 10-July 10 football tournament, leaving the Bastille Day celebrations targeted in last week's massacre in Nice exposed. Five suspects have been formally charged over the July 14 truck attack in the French Riveria city that killed 84 people.
  • Hollande: France is committed to Israel-PA peace

    07/21/2016 3:20:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/16 | Elad Benari
    French President Francois Hollande told Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Paris on Thursday that his country is committed to leading international efforts to help secure peace between Israel and the PA, AFP reported. Hollande confirmed "France's commitment to building on the momentum created" on June 3, when Paris hosted senior diplomats to work towards organizing an international conference to reboot talks by the end of the year. The French leader "expressed his concern over the the fragile situation in the Middle East and escalating violence", a statement from the presidency said. "While the latest report from the Quartet...
  • Crowds Boo Ministers At Memorial In Nice

    07/18/2016 6:56:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Sky News ^ | 07/18/16
    The French Prime Minister is booed and jeered before and after a minute's silence to remember victims of Thursday's truck attack. Crowds jeered the French Prime Minister as he arrived for a minute's silence to remember victims of the attack in Nice. Boos rang out as it emerged that confidence in the government to combat terrorism had plummeted to an all-time low. Prime Minister Manuel Valls joined thousands packing the seafront, close to the scene of the Bastille Day carnage. With flowers in their hands, crowds stood on the rocky beach for a minute of silence in homage to the victims....
  • War by Candlelight Vigil

    07/15/2016 7:52:08 PM PDT · by pboyington · 45 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | July 15, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    An Islamic murderer runs over French children with a truck in Nice, France, and the soft and sensitive citizens of the West react by holding candlelight vigils, hugging, singing songs of peace and reading poetry. As ISIS leaves a trail of dead infidels on the streets of Nice, soccer moms sip Chai tea and send out tearful hash tags on social media. ISIS knows the leaders of the West are gutless and their citizens aren’t far behind. The West is stocked with pedicured men in capris who are so feminized they couldn’t find their masculinity with the Hubbell Telescope. ISIS...
  • President Hollande announces France's state of emergency will be lifted

    07/14/2016 4:26:54 PM PDT · by AmusedBystander · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/14/2016 | JAKE POLDEN
    Among the many people in attendance at the parade in Paris, which took place under high surveillance this year, was the French president, who rode atop the command car flanked by Republican Guards on horseback. Hollande was joined by US State Secretary John Kerry, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key and Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto. Speaking after the parade, Hollande said: 'We had to prolong the state of emergency until we could be sure that the law gives us the means to counter the terrorist threat effectively.' He added that the new law 'will give us the tools which,...
  • French President Hollande endorses Clinton

    06/30/2016 11:14:25 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/30/16 | LOUIS NELSON
    French President François Hollande endorsed Hillary Clinton in a newspaper article published Thursday, likening Republican Donald Trump’s nativist bombast to anti-immigrant movements across Europe. Hollande said “the best thing the Democrats can do is to get Hillary Clinton elected” in the article, published Thursday in France’s Les Echos newspaper. The socialist president also said electing Trump “would complicate relations between Europe and the U.S." and agreed with the notion that it would be dangerous.
  • French President: Trump as president would be 'dangerous'

    06/29/2016 3:40:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 62 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/6/16 | Ben Ariel
    If Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is elected president it would be “dangerous” and "complicate" relations between Europe and the United States, French President Francois Hollande warned on Wednesday, according to AFP. "Those who say that Donald Trump could not possibly become the next president of the United States are the same ones who thought that Brexit would never be voted in," the French president said, referring to last week`s British referendum which backed withdrawal from the European Union. Trump was running on the kind of slogans peddled by the extreme right in France and elsewhere in Europe, said Hollande...
  • French president describes homosexuality as 'a choice'

    06/14/2016 8:29:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 14 Jun 2016 15:44 GMT+02:00
    French media mocked President François Hollande on Tuesday after he described sexual orientation as “a choice”, in his reaction to the Orlando gay nightclub massacre, comments that had provoked outrage on social media. In Orlando, “it is America that has been hit but it is also freedom, the freedom to choose one’s sexual orientation and to determine one’s style of life”, Hollande said in condemning “the appalling homophobic killing in Orlando.” Hollande was speaking as he left the US embassy in Paris on Monday, where he had expressed France's condolences over the massacre in Orlando at the weekend that left...
  • Full of sound and fury signifying nothing?

    06/04/2016 11:43:13 PM PDT · by tedbel · 16 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | June 5, 2016JUne 5/16 | By Ted Belman
    Peace plans are busting out all over.  First we hear that prominent “pro-Israel” American Jews are putting forward a plan for the next administration to consider.  Then we hear that 214 retired IDF Generals have put forward their plan. Both Plans essentially backed Obama’s parameters requiring: The ’67 lines to be the border subject to negotiated swaps;The division of Jerusalem; andA just settlement of the refugee claims. Meanwhile, Tony Blair and others in the international community were working behind the scenes to arrange for the Zionist Union, led by Yitzhak Herzog, to join the present government coalition in Israel.  At...
  • France's salesman: The quiet minister who sold billions in subs and jets

    04/28/2016 6:26:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    FRANCE24 ^ | 2016-04-28 | Benjamin DODMAN
    France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the man behind a string of lucrative military contracts won by French contractors, is an oddity in the cabinet of President François Hollande: he is popular, successful, and a purveyor of good news. When soft-spoken François Hollande came to power in 2012, ending France's 17-year wait for a left-wing leader, few could have foreseen his metamorphosis into one of the most bellicose French presidents in modern history – one who would order military interventions in a range of African and Middle Eastern theatres. Nor was his reserved, bespectacled defence minister, a former professor and...
  • White House doctors video to remove ‘Islamic terrorism’ quote

    04/01/2016 11:16:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | Apr. 1, 2016 | Chris Perez
    President Obama is so paranoid about linking terrorists to the Muslim faith that when French President François Hollande used the phrase “Islamist terrorism” at a meeting in Washington, White House officials posted their official press video with audio of the words cut out completely. The White House’s transcript of the event shows the French leader declared at the 4:49 minute mark that “the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq.” But rather than include Hollande’s remark in its entirety, the Obama administration posted footage in which his interpreter’s English translation of the words “Islamist terrorism” was...
  • VIDEO: WH Censors French President Saying 'ISLAMIST Terrorism'

    04/01/2016 11:38:08 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 38 replies
    mrctv.org ^ | April 1, 2016 | Craig Bannister
    The White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.” The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence. Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.
  • France tells UK 'the eurozone is more important than you'

    01/22/2016 6:31:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 Jan 2016 15:21 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    France said Thursday that a British exit from the European Union would be a tragedy, but warned that Britain's demands for reform could not be met at any price. French President Francois Hollande said Thursday he would be "particularly vigilant" during talks with Britain while the PM Manuel Valls said the UK was unlikely to win over EU leaders in the next few weeks. [...] "France wants Great Britain to stay in the European Union - that's in the interests of Europe and the United Kingdom," he said. "But I will be particularly vigilant so that the eurozone can continue...
  • France Closes 3 Mosques. And What They Find Inside Is VERY Concerning…

    12/12/2015 8:39:51 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 12/11/2015 | VICTORIA TAFT
    After the latest Paris terror attack, French President Hollande swore he’d go after radical Muslims who pulled off the mass slayings. Now, we’re learning what he meant by that. As HotAir reports: “[T]he French have kicked in the doors on 2,235 homes and taken 232 people into custody or placed them on house arrest.” In the sleepy French town of Lagny-sur-Marne, just 18 miles from Paris …French police went to the local mosque where they found: The Salafist mosque in Lagny-sur-Marne, about 30km east of the French capital was closed down by police on 2 December. In subsequent raids the...
  • Peace for our time, President Obama?

    11/24/2015 10:31:46 PM PST · by pboyington · 4 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 24, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain landed at Heston Aerodrome in England and spoke to the crowds there: “The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you: … We regard...
  • Beirut on the Seine

    11/24/2015 10:02:46 PM PST · by wayne_shrugged · 3 replies
    Justin Washington The Blogger ^ | 11/24/2015 | Justin Washington
    In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13, it has come to light that Brian Williams was actually on the ground reporting from all the physical attack locations in Paris simultaneously. Apparently, Mr. Williams -- slightly injured in the attacks -- interviewed Hillary Clinton, and she stated that the cause of the attacks was a YouTube film. When asked to identify which film, she said that that information was highly classified and contained on one of her personal file servers which has been temporarily misplaced. Immediately after the 3 explosions outside the Stade de France...
  • Obama, Hollande Say USA-France Will Expand Attacks Against ISIS In Syria, Iraq

    11/24/2015 10:08:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/24/2015 | Eyder Peralta
    President Obama and French President François Hollande promised to increase cooperation and expand attacks against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. During a joint press conference with Hollande at the White House, Obama said that the United States and France "owe our freedom to each other." After the Paris attacks, Obama said, "our hearts broke too." "In that stadium, concert hall, restaurants and cafes we see our own," Obama said. "Today we stand with you." Hollande arrived in Washington on Tuesday to talk to Obama about building a more robust international coalition to combat ISIS. Hollande is trying to...
  • French President Francois Hollande Still Welcomes Refugees Despite Paris Attack

    11/18/2015 8:18:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/18/2015
    French President Francois Hollande today promised that "France will remain a country of freedom," defending his decision to honor a commitment to accept migrants and refugees despite Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. “Life should resume fully,” Hollande told a gathering of the country's mayors, who gave him a standing ovation. “What would France be without its museums, without its terraces, its concerts, its sports competitions? "France should remain as it is. Our duty is to carry on our lives." In the same spirit, he added, "30,000 refugees will be welcomed over the next two years. Our country has the...
  • Obama's Phony War against ISIS

    11/17/2015 8:41:54 PM PST · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 17, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    In the last two weeks, ISIS has blown a Russian airliner out of the sky over the Sinai Peninsula, shot up a bar, a restaurant, a theater, detonated two suicide bombs in front of a soccer stadium in Paris and set off two bombs in Beirut. The total death toll nears 400 and the number of wounded is over 700. Meanwhile, Obama continues to bob and weave in the foreign ring with all the aplomb of Gerry Cooney. In the last week, he authorized the release of five terrorist thugs from Gitmo and is currently leading the charge to relocate...
  • France, Russia strike Islamic State; Hollande, Putin to meet

    11/17/2015 11:53:28 AM PST · by jpl · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday November 17, 2015 | Chine Labbe and Crispian Balmer
    France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people, and made the first tentative steps toward a possible military alliance. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a coordinated onslaught in Paris on Friday and the downing of a Russian charter jet over Sinai on Oct. 31, saying they were in retaliation for French and Russian air raids in Iraq and Syria. Still reeling from the Paris carnage that killed 129 people, France formally requested European Union assistance in its battle and...
  • 'France is at war': Hollande urges US-Russian coalition, changes to constitution

    11/16/2015 1:08:21 PM PST · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Reuters via ynetnews ^ | 11.16.15, 20:47
    French president seeks to extend state of emergency for three months, plans to step up strikes in Syria, says he will meet Obama and Putin to discuss anti-IS alliance. Addressing both houses of parliament on Monday, French President Francois Hollande announced a number of measures he hopes to pass in order to aggressively tackle the Islamic State terror group in the wake of Friday's coordinated attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead and 350 wounded. The president also argued that France should unite with the US and Russia in a grand coalition dedicated to smashing IS. ..... Hollande...
  • World War III - The free world vs. radical Islam

    11/16/2015 2:12:58 AM PST · by pboyington · 17 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 15, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    ISIS and radical Islam have declared war on anyone who believes in the cause of freedom. This is World War III. ISIS knows it. Does President Obama? Does Prime Minister Cameron? Does Chancellor Merkel? Does President Hollande? As ISIS attacks Paris, Obama wants to ship in 100,000 Syrians who can’t be vetted and Merkel speaks of tolerance. Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Merkel: the names don’t exactly denote fortitude do they? Hollande just hit ISIS with 20 bombs and is sending an aircraft carrier to the region. It’s a good start. It’s a jab, a pin prick of what needs to be...
  • Does the West have the will to fight ISIS?

    11/14/2015 11:24:40 PM PST · by pboyington · 41 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 14, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    There are a lot of things we don’t yet about the Paris attacks. We do know one thing. ISIS did it. ISIS and other radical Islamic groups launch terrorist attacks against the West. They say they’re at war with the West. They say they want to destroy us and our way of life. Yet, we have presidential candidates who won’t acknowledge radical Islam. During tonight’s debate, Hillary Clinton remarked, “I don’t believe we’re at war with radical Islam.” Really, who are we at war with, the Montreal Expos? Bernie Sanders made the absurd remark that climate change is a bigger...
  • Hollande: 'We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless'

    11/13/2015 7:52:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 168 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/13/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    French President Francois Hollande promised early Saturday morning that France would respond to terrorist attacks that killed more than 120 people with a "pitiless" war against the group responsible. "We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless," he said at the Bataclan, the site of one of the attacks, according to the Guardian. "Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities, they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow," Hollande added....
  • Paris shootings: 18 reported killed (100 taken Hostage)

    11/13/2015 2:21:28 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 11/13/2015 | Ralph Ellis and Steve Almasy
    At least 15 people were killed in shooting attacks in Paris late Friday and three others were killed following several explosions at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, west of Paris, Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told CNN. He said President Francois Hollande was evacuated at halftime of the France-Germany soccer match. Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are holding a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry to address the attacks in Paris and the explosions in Saint-Denis, according to BFMTV. Paris police tell CNN there were three attacks. Attackers reportedly used AK-47 automatic weapons. There...
  • France Won't 'Spare Effort' to End Violence in Israel

    10/11/2015 2:57:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/15
    France on Sunday called escalating violence in Israel and Palestinian-controlled territories "extremely worrying and dangerous." The office of President Francois Hollande said "everything must be done to calm the situation and end this cycle (of violence) which has already caused too many victims." In response to rocket fire on Israel Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes against two Hamas weapons manufacturing sites in Gaza. A pregnant woman and two-year-old daughter were killed in the strike. Early on Sunday morning, an Arab woman from Jaffa attempted a suicide bombing near Ma'ale Adumim east of Jerusalem, lightly injuring one policeman...
  • French president: Obama promises to stop US spying tactics

    06/24/2015 9:05:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2015 11:53 AM EDT | Lori Hinnant and Angela Charlton
    French President François Hollande says he spoke with President Barack Obama about revelations of U.S. eavesdropping on French leaders, and that Obama reiterated promises to stop spying tactics considered “unacceptable between allies.” Hollande said in a statement that the two spoke by telephone Wednesday after the release of WikiLeaks documents about NSA intercepts of conversations involving Hollande and his two predecessors between 2006 and 2012. Obama made a similar pledge after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of NSA surveillance powers in 2013. Obama and Hollande discussed “the principles that should govern relations between allies in the domain of intelligence,” the...
  • Obama Schedules Conference Call, Will Avoid Netanyahu Speech

    03/03/2015 5:46:37 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress at 11:00 a.m., but it appears that President Obama will not be watching most of the speech. The White House Press Office released an update to his daily schedule this morning, announcing a video conference call with world leaders for 11:30 a.m. in the situation room, likely as Netanyahu is finishing his speech. According to the White House, the conference will include British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and European Commission President Donald Tusk. The last minute...
  • URGENT Update: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:51:06 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 12 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Worker Ant #11
    URGENT: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.#Ukraine http://t.co/mTc6gAoI9J pic.twitter.com/bs4f105GjR — RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 Progress in solving Ukrainian crisis impossible to achieve through arms supplies - Merkel http://t.co/ULTe0it5p0 pic.twitter.com/6bgYJnGoRx — RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine French President Francois Hollande called for “quite strong” autonomy for Ukraine’s eastern regions while speaking on France 2 TV. He also revealed part of the joint plan discussed in Moscow on the conflict’s solution. On Saturday, Hollande said that the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk need “rather strong” autonomy from...
  • US threats to arm Ukraine a 'bluff', say EU diplomats

    02/06/2015 2:36:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-6-2015 | Bruno Waterfield
    American threats to arm Ukraine are a "bluff" aimed at making Russia blink as the crisis in east Ukraine deepens, according to senior EU diplomats. Angela Merkel and François Hollande’s mission to Moscow comes following a “radical deterioration” and Western intelligence showing “beyond doubt” that thousands of Russian are fighting in Ukraine, senior diplomats said. The general consensus among Western diplomats, including Nato, is that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis although attitudes are hardening in Washington as fears grow that Kiev is on the edge of military and economic collapse. One European diplomat said that reports...
  • Hollande Furious After Netanyahu Participates In Paris March, Disobeying French President's Request

    01/12/2015 9:54:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/12/15 | tyler durden
    There was one world leader who was out of step with the rest of political elite during yesterday's theatrical procession of world leaders for French unity and for press freedom (even as the bulk of them engage in prosecution of freedom of speech across their own nations): Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, as Reuters reports, he managed to "ruffle a few feathers while taking part in the "Charlie Hebdo" rally in Paris on Sunday" because this was an event his office initially said he would not be attending following a specific request form French president Hollande not to...
  • Hollande asked Netanyahu not to attend Paris memorial march

    01/12/2015 4:49:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Haaratz ^ | 01/12/2015 | By Barak Ravid
    French President Francois Hollande conveyed a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend asking him not to come to Paris to take part in the march against terror on Sunday, according to an Israeli source who was privy to the contacts between the Elysees Palace and the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. The fact that this message had been conveyed was first reported by Channel 2. After the French government began to send invitations to world leaders to participate in the rally against terror, Hollande’s national security adviser, Jacques Audibert, contacted his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, and said...
  • French President: Terrorists 'Have Nothing to Do With Muslim Religion'

    01/09/2015 11:35:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 150 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sand, meet head of Hollande. In his just-concluded speech on the terrorist attacks in his country, French President Francois Hollande claimed that the terrorists "have nothing to do with the Muslim religion." Of course. Terrorists run through Charlie Hebdo, shouting "allahu akbar" as they murder, and proclaim themselves to be acting in the name of al qaeda of Yemen. Why would anyone think this had anything to do with the Muslim religion? As my MRC colleague Rich Noyes observed, Hollande must watch MSNBC [where Howard Dean expressed a similar sentiment.] View the video here.