Tag Archives: France

France: Macron files lawsuit against photographer

Source: Politico

"French President Emmanuel Macron filed a complaint for 'harassment and attempted invasion of privacy' against a photographer who followed him on his holiday in Marseille, the Elysee said in a statement quoted by Le Monde on Tuesday. The legal action was initiated following the alleged trespassing by the man last Sunday on the private property where Macron and his wife Brigitte are spending their summer holidays …" (08/15/17)

http://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-files-lawsuit-against-photographer/

France: Man arrested after soldiers rammed by car

Source: CNN

"French police hunting a man who rammed a car into a group of soldiers in Paris early Wednesday morning have arrested a suspect in the case. The man was shot and wounded as he was being apprehended on a highway north of Paris, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor told CNN. A Lille policeman was also injured by gunfire during the arrest, she said. France's counter-terror unit is investigating the attack, in a suburb of northwest Paris, which left six soldiers injured, three seriously, according to Paris police. The soldiers' injuries are not life threatening." (08/09/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/09/europe/paris-soldiers-hit-vehicle/index.html

France: Petition seeks to stop Brigitte Macron from being official "First Lady"

Source: France 24

"Nearly 200,000 people have signed an online petition against the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron being given a formal position as the country's First Lady. The petition, launched two weeks ago on change.org, demands that no public money be set aside for the First Lady role that Macron promised to create for his wife while he was still a presidential candidate. 'Brigitte Macron currently has a team of two or three aides, as well as two secretaries and two security agents. That's enough,' says the petition, which had collected 188,000 signatories by Monday." (08/07/17)

http://www.france24.com/en/20170807-petition-seeks-stop-brigitte-macron-official-first-lady-france-emmanuelle

France: Macron urges resumption of Israel-Arab peace talks

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution. Macron said on Sunday that France was ready to apply diplomatic levers towards renewed negotiations, but gave no specifics. He did not indicate any eagerness for France to spearhead such negotiations after a fruitless French diplomatic effort early this year." (07/16/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/france-urges-resumption-israel-palestine-peace-talks-170716144833879.html

French, African politicians launch Sahel force

Source; Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Five African countries have launched a new multinational force to fight armed groups in the Sahel region, which France's President Emmanuel Macron told a summit in Mali should be fully operational 'in a matter of weeks.' The new regional anti-terror force is set to include as many as 5,000 soldiers, with one battalion from each of the so-called G5 Sahel countries: Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. … Macron's visit comes as al-Qaeda's Mali branch released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including a French woman who was abducted in late 2016 in the northern Malian town of Gao." (07/02/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/west-african-france-leaders-launch-sahel-force-170702140016920.html

France: Le Pen charged in funding scandal

Source: The Hill

"French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is facing a formal investigation after being charged over an alleged European Parliament funding scandal, the BBC reported Friday. The European Parliament alleges that $5.4 million was given to assistants to Le Pen's National Front party who were not working for parliament members but were doing work for National Front in France. Le Pen has denied any wrongdoing and said said the case is politically motivated, BBC reported." (06/30/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/340237-le-pen-under-investigation-over-european-parliament-funding

France: Car rams police van on Champs-Elysees, armed suspect dead

Source: CNN

"An armed man who deliberately rammed his car into a police van in Paris on Monday afternoon has been taken down by officers and is dead, French authorities said. The incident took place on the iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard in central Paris, the latest attack this year against security forces in the French capital. Gerard Collomb, France's interior minister, addressed reporters Monday afternoon, saying that the Champs-Elysees attacker's car contained weapons and explosives." (06/19/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/europe/paris-police-operation/index.html

France: Macron tightens grip on Assembly as old guard ejected

Source: Bloomberg

"President Emmanuel Macron expanded his control of French politics as voters put his party on track to a sweeping majority in the National Assembly in the first round of legislative elections, ousting establishment stalwarts in the process. The new president’s year-old party, Republic on the Move, won 32.3 percent of the vote alongside its centrist ally MoDem, more than 13 percentage points ahead of the Republicans’ group, according to the Interior Ministry’s final vote count. The first round was marked by record-low turnout with less than half the registered voters casting a ballot. In an alliance with the centrist MoDem party, Macron’s group will have between 415 and 455 seats out of 577 in the lower house of parliament, according to projections by Ipsos." (06/12/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-11/macron-tightens-grip-on-france-as-voters-offer-assembly-majority

France: Police seize two Tor relays in WannaCry investigation

Source: BleepingComputer

"Two days after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak wreaked havoc across the world, French police seized a server running two Tor relays belonging to French activist Aeris, who said the server was confiscated in connection to the WannaCry attacks. … The activist said police seized his server because a big French company was infected with WannaCry …. WannaCry communicates with a command and control server hosted on the Dark Web, on a .onion address. Aeris suspects his servers were used as first hops in this connection, hence the reason police seized his property, hosted via French hosting provider Online SAS. Most Tor servers are configured to log very few details, such as uptime and status metrics, so to safeguard the privacy of its users. Unless Aeris made customizations to default configs, French police have no chance of finding any useful information on the seized servers." (06/11/17)

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/french-police-seize-two-tor-relays-in-wannacry-investigation/

France is literally burning 100 million euros

Source: Students For Liberty
by Bill Wirtz

"Since January 2017, France requires all cigarette packs to be sold in plain packaging  —  they all come in the same green-ish colour, only a neutral font lets the consumer identify the different brands. The government’s anti-tobacco fanaticism costs the taxpayer a fortune. It sounded a bit like Paris had Stockholm Syndrome when the papers announced 'the government is buying 100 million euros worth of cigarettes off of French tobacconists.' These coloured packs which were delivered to the tobacconists before the law and make a up a total amount of 15 million packs of cigarettes, or a 36-hour tobacco consumption of the entire country. With a total weight of 250 tons, an astounding number of old, coloured packs, complete with brand name, will be prohibited soon." (06/06/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/06/06/france-literally-burning-100-million-euros/