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  • Israel slams French peace plan as encouraging Palestinian intransigence

    01/29/2016 12:14:11 PM PST · by Lera · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/29/2016
    Israel said on Friday that it will reject any French initiative to re-start peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Israel said on Friday that it will reject any French initiative to re-start peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Jerusalem reacted shortly after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that his government will recognize a Palestinian state if its efforts in coming weeks to try to break the deadlock between Israelis and Palestinians fail. "France will engage in the coming weeks in the preparation of an international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners, American, European, Arab, notably to preserve and...
  • France to recognize Palestine if deadlock with Israel not broken

    01/29/2016 10:31:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    jpost ^ | 1/29/16 | Reuters
    France will recognize a Palestinian state if its efforts in coming weeks to try to break the deadlock between Israelis and Palestinians fail, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday. "France will engage in the coming weeks in the preparation of an international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners, American, European, Arab, notably to preserve and make happen the solution of two states," he said. Fabius said that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, France had a responsibility to try to keep up efforts to find a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • France threatens to recognize 'Palestine' if peace efforts fail

    01/29/2016 1:16:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 1/29/2016, 8:26 PM | Ben Ariel
    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared on Friday that his country would recognize a Palestinian state if its efforts in coming weeks to try to break the deadlock between Israelis and Palestinians fail. "France will engage in the coming weeks in the preparation of an international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners, American, European, Arab, notably to preserve and make happen the solution of two states," Fabius said, according to Reuters. He added that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, France had a responsibility to try to keep up efforts to find a two-state...
  • The Latest: Palestinians to Join Climate Change Convention

    12/12/2015 3:45:15 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | DEC. 12, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LE BOURGET, France — With the sudden bang of a gavel Saturday night, representatives of 195 countries reached a landmark climate accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change. Delegates who have been negotiating intensely in this Paris suburb for two weeks gathered for the final plenary session, where Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France asked for opposition to the deal and, hearing none, declared it approved.With that, the delegates achieved what had been unreachable for two decades: a consensus...
  • Back To The Dark Ages: Top French Weatherman Fired Over Climate Change Book (Refutes AGW)

    11/02/2015 8:51:18 AM PST · by Signalman · 16 replies
    WUWT ^ | 11/2/2015 | Anthony Watts
    A popular weatherman announced Saturday evening he has been sacked by leading French news channel France Télévisions for publishing a book which accused top climate change experts of misleading the world about the threat of global warming. Philippe Verdier, a household name in France for his daily weather reports on the France 2 channel, announced in an online video that he had received a letter of dismissal. "“My book ‘Climate Investigation’ was published one month ago. It got me banned from the air waves,” said the weatherman, who was put “on leave” from the TV station on October 12. “I...
  • UN chief invites Arab countries to Mideast Quartet meeting [Zechariah 1-2, 6]

    09/09/2015 10:55:48 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/4/2015 | Staff
    UNITED NATIONS UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to a meeting this month of the Middle East Quartet seeking a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The foreign ministers of the three Arab countries will join their counterparts from Russia, the United States and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for the talks on September 30, the UN spokesman said Friday. The secretary general of the Arab League will also attend the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders. The invitation follows a decision by the Quartet in...
  • French FM Promotes New Israeli-Palestinian Effort, Warns of Explosion

    06/22/2015 11:37:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 22, 2015 | 4:05 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The Middle East and North Africa region is in turmoil from Iraq to Yemen and from Syria to Libya, but French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned Sunday of an explosion unless the deadlock in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is broken. Speaking in Ramallah, he said both Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Jordans King Abdullah had expressed that view to him during talks with them over the weekend. Fabius was speaking after meeting with Palestinian Authority (P.A.) chairman Mahmoud Abbas during an intensive regional trip designed to push a French initiative to secure a U.N. Security Council resolution laying out the basis...
  • Fury over gender ban in Bordeaux Muslim grocery store

    06/22/2015 4:50:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Henry Samuel, Paris
    The south-eastern French wine capital of Bordeaux is up in arms over a Muslim-owned grocers decision to impose male and female-only days for customers. A small sign outside the De L'Orient L'Occidental store stipulated that women were only welcome on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays. Men, on the other hand, were kindly asked to take their custom elsewhere on weekends. The gender split was put in place by the store's owners, recent converts to Islam, to make sure women and men do not meet. Nama Chara, a Socialist regional councillor and head of French equality group ACSE, criticised the...
  • France Gave Advanced Shipbuilding Techniques to Russia Before Mistral Deal Frozen

    06/19/2015 10:43:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jun. 18 2015 | Matthew Bodner
    France transferred several pieces of advanced technology and know-how to Russian shipbuilders before the Mistral warship deal was put on ice following Western sanctions, a news report said Thursday. “According to the contract between the Russian Defense Ministry and France's DCNS [shipbuilding company] there are three types of technology that were transferred,” said Alexei Diky, the director of military-industrial cooperation at Russia's massive state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), RIA Novosti reported. Under the 1.2 billion euro ($1.4 billion) deal, signed in 2011, France was to build two Mistral-class helicopter assault ships for Russia and transfer shipbuilding expertise to the Russian...
  • Nantes fire: Recap updates as Basilica of Saint Donatien in France engulfed by blaze

    06/15/2015 10:04:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | June 15, 2015 | Sam Rkaina
    A huge fire has broken out at an iconic church in France. Dramatic pictures show the top of the Basilica of Saint Donatien in Nantes engulfed in flames. Firefighters have been called out to deal with the blaze, which appears to have started this morning. The BBC is reporting that it broke out after morning mass, with worshippers evacuated from the building. Around 40 firefighters are fighting the flames at the church, which dates back to the late 1800s. Towering black clouds of smoke can be seen billowing from the roof of the building. Nantes is in the west of...
  • French PM Tells Muslims Terror Isnt Islam

    06/15/2015 8:50:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    INN ^ | 6/15/2015, 2:37 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls claimed on Monday that despite the overabundance of Islamist terror, there is no link between terrorist extremism and Islam, as he opened a conference aimed at improving ties with Frances large Muslim community. We must say all of this is not Islam, said Valls as quoted by AFP. The hate speech, anti-Semitism that hides behind anti-Zionism and hate for Israelthe self-proclaimed imams in our neighborhoods and our prisons who are promoting violence and terrorism.
  • Abbas: 'No Place' for Hamas in New Government

    06/21/2015 11:06:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/6/15 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday told visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that any new Palestinian unity government should not include Hamas, AFP reports. The remarks came on the eve of a key meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to discuss forming a new cabinet. The unity government between Hamas and Fatah collapsed last week as Abbas decided to dissolve it amid a deepening rift between the sides. "(Abbas) told me this government of national unity could only include women and men who recognize Israel, renounce violence and who are in agreement...
  • UN Climate Regime Must Bypass U.S. Congress, French Govt Says

    06/04/2015 10:24:37 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | June 3, 2015 | Alex Newman
    United Nations and its member regimes must sidestep the U.S. Constitution and the American peoples elected representatives to save the world from global warming, declared French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (shown). Speaking to representatives of African governments and dictators during UN climate talks in Germany on Monday, the Socialist Party foreign policy chief explained that the U.S. Congress would refuse to approve the proposed planetary climate regime. As such, the emerging agreement, set to be finalized in Paris later this year, must be imposed on the United States by the Obama administration and the UN without the consent of...
  • Obama Red-Faced: Iran Nuclear Stockpiles Grew 20% in 18 Months

    06/03/2015 1:45:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/6/15 | Ari Sofer
    Iranian nuclear fuel stockpiles grew by a massive 20% over the past 18 months of negotiations between Iran and world powers, a report last month by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revealed. The report comes just one month ahead of the June 30 deadline set for the P5+1 powers and Iran to finalize a deal over Tehran's nuclear program. News that Iran has been busily expanding its stockpiles contradicts claims by US President Barack Obama that the Islamic Republic had "frozen" its nuclear program during the last year and a half of negotiations. Despite that, western leaders appear...
  • French lawmakers 'to vote Nov 28 on recognising Palestine'

    11/12/2014 10:15:14 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    French lawmakers will vote on November 28 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday. The non-binding but highly symbolic vote would follow a similar vote in the British parliament and after Sweden announced it formally recognised the state of Palestine. A draft of the proposal states that the lower house National Assembly "invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict". France will "obviously at a certain moment recognise the Palestinian...
  • France Turns On Israel: Security Does Not Justify Massacre

    08/05/2014 11:30:45 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 33 replies
    Conservative Post ^ | 8/4/14 | Ronak Kallainpur
    PARIS: Israels right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, as he called for a political solution to be imposed by the international community. How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza? Fabius said in a statement. The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israels right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians. The statement comes amid global outrage over an Israeli strike next...
  • The Silver Lining of Obama's Weak America

    11/13/2013 10:45:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Daniel Pipes
    That the socialist French government of Franois Hollande just blocked a bad deal with Tehran, emerging as the hero of the Geneva negotiations, is on one level a huge surprise. But it also follows logically from the passivity of the Obama administration. American foreign policy is in unprecedented free-fall, with a feckless and distracted White House barely paying attention to the outside world, and when it does, acting in an inconsistent, weak, and fantastical manner. If one were to discern something so grand as an Obama Doctrine, it would read: "Snub friends, coddle opponents, devalue American interests, seek consensus, and...
  • America's Best Weapon Against Iran Is France

    11/13/2013 9:15:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Rachel Marsden
    The Geneva talks on Iranian nukes have turned into a "pull my finger" charade. Iran says that it's only making electricity, not nuclear bombs. The U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany are somehow all supposed to agree on reeling Iran in -- but let's face it: Russia and China are close Iranian allies and trading partners, while even Germany and France have significant geopolitical ties to Russia through, for example, the European defense conglomerate EADS and the Nord Stream pipeline running Russian gas into Europe. And Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman reportedly bragged to Russian journalists at the...
  • (Theft by $haria) Revealed: Iran's Supreme Leader is a Billionaire

    11/12/2013 8:00:33 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    IsraelNationalNews.com ^ | 11/12/2013 | Elad Benari
    Revealed: Iran's Supreme Leader is a Billionaire Iran's supreme leader controls a business empire worth around $95 billion, exposes Reuters. While Iran has been buckling under the sanctions that have been crippling its economy, the countrys supreme leader is apparently enjoying the billions he has in the bank. The Reuters news agency exposed on Monday that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion, a sum exceeding the value of his nations current annual petroleum exports. The little-known organization, called Setad, is one of the keys to the Iranian leaders enduring power and now holds...
  • Netanyahu: Iran proposal worse than a bad deal (continues to blast Obama / Kerry policy)

    11/12/2013 2:39:54 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 12, 2013, 10:56 pm | Stuart Winer and Adiv Sterman
    As PM demands that Washington keep up the economic pressure on Tehran, Kerry prepares to ward off new sanctions bills Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday fired another volley in what has turned into an ongoing, very public war of words with the Obama administration, saying that from what he had seen of a proposed interim solution to the Iranian nuclear standoff, the terms would allow Tehran to advance toward an atomic weapons capability while throwing off the yoke of economic sanctions. Israel prefers a diplomatic option to other options, but we demand a real diplomatic solution in order to...
  • Kerry's Middle East dream world [conspicuously detached from on-the-ground realities]

    11/12/2013 12:30:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 11, 2013 | Jackson Diehl
    Imagine a world in which the Middle East is not descending into carnage and chaos but is on the brink of monumental breakthroughs. In this world in spring 2014, Iran's nuclear program has been secured and Egypt has become a liberal democracy. Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has stepped aside. And Israelis and Palestinians have settled on the terms for a Palestinian state. This is the world that John Kerry inhabited as he shuttled across the world last week: a fantastical realm created by his billowing vision of what he can accomplish as secretary of State. Meanwhile, on this planet, aid...
  • Game of Fools - Obamas rejection of Israel is about to have very loud results

    11/11/2013 4:52:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 11, 2013 | Jed Babbin
    President Obamas foreign policy record remains intact. Across the world from which he is withdrawing American power and influence, governments are recognizing that where once a superpower resided, now only a shadow remains. First it was left to the Communist Chinese to admonish us against spending too much. Then they began a campaign to replace the dollar as the reserve currency of the world. The French led us into Libya because they needed to protect their oil interests there. Then Vladimir Putin bamboozled Obama into an agreement on Syria which goes against America interests by enabling Assad to remain in...
  • US, France, Britain: Iran nuclear negotiations have reached an abrupt halt (France holds the line)

    11/09/2013 6:18:24 AM PST · by Dave346 · 56 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/09/2013 13:01
    After negotiating with help of US secretary of state, French FM stresses importance of Israel's security concerns, says there will be no deal; US diplomats tell 'LA Times' talks will continue at least into next week. France said on Saturday there was no certainty nuclear talks under way with Iran in Geneva would succeed because of major stumbling blocks over an initial proposed text on a deal, and the importance of Israel's security concerns. "As I speak to you, I cannot say there is any certainty that we can conclude" the talks, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on France...
  • Iran: Nuclear deal needed Saturday or talks move to new round (France is only hold out)

    11/09/2013 7:59:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 9, 2013, 4:22 pm
    A trilateral meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jazad Zarif was underway Saturday evening in Geneva on the contents of a draft agreement on Irans nuclear program. A senior member of the Iranian negotiations team told reporters Saturday that a draft agreement has been prepared and would be considered by all sides during the meeting. The text of the draft agreement has been prepared and initial negotiations [over it] will take place in a trilateral meeting among Zarif, Kerry and Ashton, Majid Takht Ravanchi was quoted as...
  • Iran accuses France of backing Israel in nuclear talks

    11/09/2013 9:06:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11/9/2013
    Two senior Iranian MPs accused French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Saturday of defending Israel, which objects to world powers reaching a deal with Tehran over its controversial nuclear programme. Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, spokesman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, said "the behaviour of the French representative in the nuclear talks shows that France is trying to blackmail" Iran. "While the French people want better ties between Tehran and Paris, unfortunately the French government prefers the will of Zionist regime," said Naqavi Hosseini. Esmaeel Kosari, a fellow conservative and member of the committee, expressed regret that Fabius's comments "express the positions...
  • Breaking: France refuses to allow Obama to sell out to Iran on nuke talks

    11/10/2013 1:57:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 9, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    With a fevered and frantic breathless pace, Obama via John Kerry has been pushing to sign a sell-out deal with Iran that would ease sanctions without shutting down Irans nuke program. Benjamin Netanyahu was furious when he found out that Kerry had misrepresented what the proposed agreement would be, not to mention Kerry running at the mouth to bash Israel on the talks with the Palestinians. Netanyahu was not alone. France was uncomfortable with the deal Kerry wanted to sign, even as Kerry huddled with the Iranians trying to get er done.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Thank you France for at least buying us...
  • French out-tough US over Iran nuclear program

    11/10/2013 9:58:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2013 12:50 PM EST | Jamey Keaten
    When Iran appeared close to a preliminary deal with world powers over its nuclear program, France stepped up to say: Not so fasta surprise move that exposed divisions among the United States and other Western negotiators who had long been in lockstep on the issue. France, analysts say, was motivated by factors including its tough stand against the spread of nuclear weapons, skepticism about Tehrans trustworthiness, and the longstanding French tradition of speaking out on the world stage. Critics faulted France for alleged grandstanding and seeking closer ties with Irans foes. After the failure of European-led talks with Iran...
  • Iran nuclear talks in Geneva conclude without deal

    11/09/2013 4:02:47 PM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 10, 2013, 1:28 am
    Talks in Geneva between world powers and Iran ended late Saturday night without a deal, after hitting a snag earlier in the day when France questioned the terms of a proposed agreement. Chances of bridging all differences appeared to diminish as the day went on, but efforts continued. The foreign ministers of the seven delegations discussing Iran held a last-ditch meeting late Saturday, and were later joined by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in an apparent effort to salvage the talks. Earlier Saturday, Zarif said talks would resume within seven to 10 days, if an agreement would not be...
  • Talks on Iran's nuclear programme collapse..France will not be forced into a 'sucker's deal'

    11/11/2013 2:49:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 10, 2013 | Wills Robinson
    Iranian TV condemned France saying they were 'Israel's representatives'Talks on Iran's nuclear programme collapse at the eleventh hour after France says it will not be forced into a 'sucker's deal' Foreign minister Laurent Fabius objected to points in the agreement Complained it did not go far enough to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions Talks will resume on November 20 in an attempt to reach a compromise Iranian TV condemned France saying they were 'Israel's representatives' Marathon talks on a deal to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program have broken down after a negotiations between foreign ministers ran into trouble late last...
  • France summons US ambassador over spying report

    10/21/2013 2:07:37 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 21, 2013, 02.07 PM IST
    LUXEMBOURG: France called in the US ambassador on Monday to protest at allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the US National Security Agency, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said. "I have immediately summoned the US ambassador and he will be received this morning at the Quai d'Orsay (the French Foreign Ministry)," Fabius told reporters at a European Union foreign ministers' meeeting in Luxembourg.
  • Turkish FM speaks to French counterpart over Syria

    08/25/2013 7:46:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | Saturday, August 24, 2013 | News Desk
    Davutoglu and Fabius called the chemical attack a "crime against humanity", stressing the need for an urgent inspection on the attack by the UN officials, who are still in Damascus Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a phone conversation on Friday with the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius regarding a recent claim of use of chemical weapons in Syria. Turkish diplomatic sources told the Anadolu Agency that the two top diplomats discussed mainly Wednesday's chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus that killed at least 1,300 civilians. Both stressed that the attack was a "crime...
  • International reactions to Morsi's removal

    07/05/2013 7:28:42 AM PDT · by bert · 29 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 07/05/13 | staff
    World leaders weigh in after Egypt's army commander announces that president had been removed The Egyptian army's suspension of the constitution and removal of President Mohamed Morsi has drawn mixed responses from world leaders: European Union The EU has called for a rapid return to democracy in Egypt. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: "I urge all sides to rapidly return to the democratic process, including the holding of free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections and the approval of a constitution, to be done in a fully inclusive manner, so as to permit the country to resume and...
  • President flees capital amid violence in Central African Republic

    03/24/2013 11:49:26 AM PDT · by Viennacon · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/24/2013 | Holly Yan, Jennifer Z. Deaton and Nana Karikari-apau
    The president of the Central African Republic has fled the country's capital and rebels have seized control of the city, a government official said Sunday. President Francois Bozize crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Jules Gautier Ngbapo, a spokesman for the government's territorial administration minister. He declined to disclose Bozize's location Sunday. "Central Africans are waiting for the new president to be named," Ngbapo said in a written statement. Word of Bozize's surprise departure came as violence erupted in the capital, Bangui. Witnesses reported hours of gunfire, and Ngbapo said at least seven civilians were killed as rebels...