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  • European Court of Justice rules Britain can unilaterally cancel Brexit

    12/10/2018 6:05:19 AM PST · by saywhatagain · 20 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 10,2018 | By Alexander Smith
    On Monday, the E.U.'s top court ruled that the United Kingdom can change its mind and forget the whole thing — if it wants to. Anti-Brexit campaigners heralded Monday's decision as a game-changer, boosting their hopes of reversing the divorce altogether.
  • Macron facing a crisis that he created by baiting Trump

    12/10/2018 5:57:52 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Thomas Lifson
    An arrogant politician expressing contempt for Donald Trump and his supporters experienced a surprising and humiliating defeat in late 2016 in our presidential election. A corresponding scenario seems to be playing itself out again in Paris. A year and a half ago, in the wake of President Trump leaving the Paris Climate accord, France’s President Emmanuel Macron asked for a fight on climate change, in an address delivered in English, making it clear that his target was Donald Trump and the American electorate. As Andrew Bolt, writing for the Herald-Sun in Australia noted, he asked for a fight and “He...
  • Armoured vehicles bearing EU flag STORM Paris in sign European Army ALREADY created

    12/10/2018 3:32:49 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 30 replies
    Daily Star ^ | Dec 9, 2018 | Rachel O'Donoghue
    ARMOURED vehicles bearing the European Union flag have stormed into Paris as protesters bring the city to a standstill.
  • Slovakia won't send anyone to Marrakesh [U.N. Migration Compact]

    12/09/2018 7:00:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Slovakia Spectator ^ | December 5, 2018 | Spectator staff
    Slovakia will not have a representative at the December 10 UN meeting in Marrakesh where the Migration Compact will be signed. Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini stated this as a final decision, given that the cabinet approved the parliamentary resolution about the Marrakesh Pact on December 5. At the same time, the prime minister indicated he will send a letter with Slovakia's comments on the document. The Migration Compact has been at the centre of the conflict between the ruling coalition Smer and Slovak National Party (SNS) and the Smer-nominated Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajăák. The minister defended the compact and insisted...
  • Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Is Going Down In Flame ... And She Might Follow It

    12/09/2018 6:40:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/09/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Back around Thanksgiving, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May was putting a sunny face on the “final” Brexit deal she had managed to push through the European Union Parliament, saying she was confident that she could get it approved back home and bring an end to this tumultuous process. Unfortunately, she seemed to be very nearly the only one expressing such a positive view. The British press was quick to jump on the fact Parliament was almost uniformly against it, though for differing reasons. The Remain contingent wasn’t about to approve any deal because they don’t want to leave the...
  • Pro-LGBT Catholic Prof: Many German Bishops Don’t Believe Homosexual Acts Are Wrong

    12/09/2018 5:47:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/5/18 | Maike Hickson
    December 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic German ethics professor calls Cardinal Müller's recent remarks on homosexuality “unbearable” and claims that, just as the Church's teaching on the death penalty has changed, the teaching on homosexuality is also open to change. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has been under constant sharp criticism since his 21 November interview with LifeSiteNews, in which he had drawn a link between homosexuality and clerical sex abuse. Several prominent Catholics – among them Father Klaus Mertes, Father Ansgar Wucherpfennig, General Vicar Klaus Pfeffer –...
  • Clashes as yellow vest protests grow in Belgium, Netherlands

    12/09/2018 10:13:28 AM PST · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 9 Dec 2018 | LORNE COOK and MIKE CORDER
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police fired tear gas and water cannons at yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel after they tried to breach a riot barricade, as the movement that started in France made its mark Saturday in Belgium and the Netherlands. Protesters in Brussels threw paving stones, road signs, fireworks, flares and other objects at police blocking their entry to an area where Michel’s offices, other government buildings and the parliament are located. Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said that around 400 protesters were gathered in the area. About 100 were detained,...
  • France calls for new global coalition of ‘goodwill powers’

    09/28/2018 2:48:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 28, 2018 4:41 PM EDT | Collin Binkley
    France’s leaders proposed a new alliance of “goodwill powers” on Friday in an attempt to revive the type of global diplomacy that they say is being jeopardized by the United States, Russia and other countries that favor unilateralism over cooperation. French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the plan during a speech at Harvard University, suggesting that Europe should align itself with countries like India, Australia, Mexico and other “powerful democracies” that share a commitment to multilateralism. His speech described an erosion of the brand of diplomacy that brought nations together following World War II and led to the...
  • Yet another mess in the making in Mali? [Op-Ed]

    01/15/2013 10:09:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Gwynne Dyer
    Nobody would like to know the answer to that more than the French. But they must keep the Afghanistan example in mind Those days are over,” said France’s President Francois Hollande last month, when asked if French forces would intervene in the war between Islamist insurgents who have seized the northern half of Mali and the Government in Bamako. But the days in question weren't over for very long. Last Friday France sent a squadron of fighter-bombers to the West African country to stop the Islamist fighters from taking over the capital. “We are making air raids the whole time”,...
  • Coalition forces vow to obliterate ISIS in Raqqa (TR)

    03/24/2017 9:09:37 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    SUN ^ | 24 Mar 17 | Unknown
    A MASSIVE offensive to seize ISIS “capital” in Syria is set to begin within days – with Coalition forces vowing to “rid the world of the scourge that is ISIS”. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the battle to recapture Raqqa from the evil terror clan was likely to start in the coming day after Coalition forces encircled the city. It comes just two days after ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in Westminster in which four people were murdered by maniac Khalid Masood. And US-backed forces are reported to be trying to capture Karama, a major village east...
  • Egypt, the divine surprise in 2014 (Cairo wants French weapons)

    10/17/2014 12:36:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    La Tribune, France ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michel Cabirol
    Manufacturers of French arms are back in Cairo The Tribune offers a series of new industrial land conquest of French armaments. Egypt, which has offered this year for four corvettes 1 billion euros, shows again interested in the Rafale. Egypt and God will surprise to the French armament industry in 2014 in the absence yet of major contracts signed by more traditional customers in France (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia .. .) For DCNS scored a real coup in Egypt thanks to a very efficient commercial "raid". In less than six months, the naval group sold in Cairo four corvettes...
  • US hindering completion of Egypt-France Rafale deal: La Tribune

    02/19/2018 6:19:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | February 18, 2018 | Taha Sakr
    The French weekly financial newspaper La Tribune reported on Friday that a deal between Cairo and France over the sale of 12 Rafale jet fighters to Egypt has been blocked because the US is refusing to export a component of a cruise missile that is part of the plane. French sources quoted in the report asserted that the delay in the deal is due to the shortage of the American component of the scalp missiles and not a funding issue as in the past. La Tribune noted that Dassault Aviation and MBDA declined to confirm reports about the Scalp cruise...
  • France in talks with Egypt for new corvette sale: diplomat

    07/26/2015 6:32:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | July 25 2015
    Egypt is in talks with France to buy two more naval corvettes, a French diplomat said Saturday, as Paris's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Cairo in an African tour. French shipbuilder DCNS had already signed a contract estimated at one billion euros ($1.1 billion) to supply four Gowind-class corvettes to Egypt, which also became the first country to purchase French Rafale jets. Le Drian, whose government has developed close ties with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, met the leader and his defence minister on Saturday morning. "There is a bid for two more corvettes; the discussions are ongoing," the...
  • Need a Fighter Jet to Drop Nukes, No Questions Asked? Buy French

    09/21/2016 4:52:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 21, 2016 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    India is on the verge of signing a deal with France for 36 Dassault Rafale fighter jets, likely when French defense minister Jean-Yves le Drian arrives in New Delhi later this week. The jets may end up lugging nuclear bombs, as officials told The Indian Express this month that the jets are “to be used as an airborne strategic delivery system.” That’s a polite way of saying India’s jets could drop nukes — one mission which Dassault specifically designed the multi-role Rafale to do. There’s also precedent here, as France previously sold and supplied spare parts for India’s Mirage 2000s, which are...
  • France and Germany to share military facilities and aircraft

    10/05/2016 6:59:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Oct 2016 08:41 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Germany and France announced plans Tuesday to share an air base and transport planes as part of a military shakeup in the wake of Britain’s vote to quit the European Union. The two countries signed an agreement with a view to sharing C-130J Super Hercules military transport planes, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Paris. His German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen, in Paris to sign the deal, told reporters both countries wanted to have the new arrangement in place by 2021. …
  • Mali: France pointed against al-Qaeda

    09/26/2012 9:55:01 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | September 24, 2012 | Isabelle Lasserre
    Paris and its allies are working on an intervention to rid the region of the terrorist threat. The principle of military action against AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is now established. The capitals of numerous countries are actively working to develop a politico-military strategy intended to rid the region of the terrorist threat. Because it is targeted by AQIM, France is at the forefront of future operation, which will be composed of the backbone forces of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West Africa. Bogged down in Afghanistan for over ten years, their budget strained, the French army were warned...
  • France Sells Egypt 24 Rafale Fighter Jets

    02/16/2015 8:20:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 2/16/15 | Ben Ariel
    France on Monday signed an agreement with Egypt for the first foreign sale of its Rafale fighter jet, in a deal that will boost Cairo’s military as it tackles jihadists, AFP reported. Paris hopes the 5.2 billion euro ($5.9 billion) deal for 24 Rafale fighters to be delivered later this year will prompt others to snap up its latest combat jet. For Egypt, the agreement is a show of support for President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew his Islamist predecessor in 2013 and wants to break a U.S. monopoly over Egypt’s arms supplies. In October of 2013, three months after Islamist...
  • ANALYSIS: Dassault sets sights on further Rafale sales

    06/15/2017 4:49:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | 06/15/2017 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Although its Falcon business jet unit is enduring something of an orders slump, Dassault Aviation’s defence arm is enjoying a bumper time with its Rafale multirole fighter, with production already assured through at least the middle of the next decade. Recent boosts to the programme include a French commitment to launch an F4 operating standard of the jet; confirmation of a long-planned Indian order; and numerous other prospects to add to its list of export buyers. Announced earlier this year under a deal with France's DGA defence procurement agency, the Rafale's F4 evolution will build on its so-called "omnirole" capabilities....
  • Next-Gen. Rafale F4 to Fly in 2023 (French fighter)

    03/23/2017 7:45:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    Addressing the growing domestic and international demand for the French fighter aircraft, Dassault and the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) will soon begin a six-year development phase of the next-generation Rafale F4. The French Minister of Defense, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, authorized the start of development of the next generation variant of the Rafale. The aircraft will introduce new capacities empowered by the modern missile and engine technologies. The new variant will follow the Rafale F3-R currently in development and scheduled to complete the qualification testing next year. Dassault now produces Rafales to fulfill French orders for 180 aircraft, along...
  • Argentina Negotiates with France to Buy 12 Combat Aircraft

    06/17/2016 6:18:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    La Nacion ^ | June 14, 2016
    Although it was recently phased out by France and Spain, its two European operators, the Dassault Mirage F-1C fighter remains an effective fighter, but its in-flight refueling capability could be seen as a potential threat to UK sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. (French AF photo) PARIS --- Argentina is negotiating with France to purchase 12 Mirage F-1 combat aircraft, and possibly Mirage 2000s, as well as engines to equip the twenty Pucarás that are currently grounded, Argentine Defense Minister Julio Martinez told La Nacion. Passing through Paris, where he came to attend the Eurosatory armaments exhibition, Martinez was today received...