Tag Archives: France

France: Wolf-whistling could become illegal under street harassment laws

Source: USA Today

"Wolf-whistling could become illegal in France, as the country’s new gender equality minister vowed to criminalize street harassment. Marlene Schiappa has set up a working party of five lawmakers who will come up with a legal definition of street harassment, and decide what punishments to impose, according to the Times of London. 'The idea is to characterize street harassment so that the police can impose fines on men who follow women on the streets, intimidate them and harass them in public,' Schiappa said. She is also on a mission to close France's gender pay gap, which the government says is 25 percentage points." (09/21/17)


France: Four US tourists attacked with acid in Marseille

Source: New York Daily News

" Four young female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station, an official said. The tourists — who are all in their 20s — were hospitalized, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor told the Associated Press. The alleged attacker was arrested." (09/17/17)


France: Macron faces first major street protests of his presidency

Source: France 24 [France]

"Emmanuel Macron faces the first major protests of his presidency on Tuesday as one of the country’s biggest trade unions prepares to lead demonstrations against his planned labour reforms. More than 180 protests are planned nationwide. Members of the CGT, France’s second-largest trade union, will lead demonstrations across the country against a reform package that promises to loosen working restrictions and stimulate employment." (09/12/17)


France: One killed as car crashes into Marseille bus stop

Source: CBS News

"Police in Marseille, southeastern France, detained the driver of a vehicle on Monday who crashed into two bus shelters in the city, killing one person, but the incident was not being investigated as terrorism. The prosecutor for Marseille said later Monday that the driver had a letter on him that mentioned a psychiatric clinic, so they were following that lead. He said it was not believed to have been a terrorist attack, like the vehicle attacks that left 14 people dead in Spain last week. The suspect in Marseille was known to police for previous drug and weapons offences, according to French media." (08/21/17)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)