Tag Archives: France

France: Regime lures US scientists with anti-Trump climate grants

Source: CBS News

“Several U.S.-based climate scientists are about to win multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France. The ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ grants are an effort by French President Emmanuel Macron to counter U.S. President Donald Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a competition for the grants hours after Mr. Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the global accord reached in Paris in 2015 to reduce climate-damaging emissions. Macron is unveiling the winners Monday evening ahead of a climate summit Tuesday aimed at giving new impetus to the Paris accord and finding new funding to help governments and businesses meet its goals.” (12/11/17)


Former Lebanese PM accepts invitation to travel to France

Source: CNN

“Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to leave Saudi Arabia and go to France, an Elysee Palace spokewoman told CNN on Thursday. It comes a day after Lebanon’s President accused Riyadh of holding Hariri ‘captive.’ Hariri resigned in an address from Riyadh on November 4, saying his life was in danger. He has not been back to Lebanon since, fueling speculation that he is being held against his will. ‘He will come to France and the prince has been informed,’ French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday, according to AFP, referring to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who held talks with the Foreign Minister on Wednesday.” (11/16/17)


France: Regime considers setting minimum age for sexual consent to 13

Source: Independent [Ireland]

“A bill being prepared by the French government could set a minimum legal age for sexual consent for the first time, and the country’s justice minister said Monday that she thought 13 years old could be reasonable. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told France’s RTL radio network that 13 was a ‘limit that is worth considering’ for the forthcoming legislation, but noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations. … A minimum age of sexual consent does not currently exist in French law.” (11/14/17)


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)