Tag Archives: France

France: Le Pen loses EU immunity for opposing Islamic State

Source: Yahoo! News

"Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen was stripped of her European Parliament immunity Thursday after she tweeted images of Islamic State atrocities, paving the way for her prosecution by French authorities. Prosecutors launched a probe in December, 2015 over the graphic pictures that the French National Front (FN) leader posted on social media, which included the decapitated body of US journalist James Foley. … They showed Foley's bloodied body with his decapitated head on his torso, as well as a man on fire in a cage, and a victim being driven over by a tank. Police in the Paris suburb of Nanterre launched an investigation into 'the dissemination of violent images.'" (03/02/17)


France: Fillon "won't surrender" presidential candidacy despite charges

Source: ABC News

"French conservative candidate Francois Fillon is refusing to quit the presidential race despite receiving a summons Wednesday to face charges of faking parliamentary jobs for his family. Calling the investigation a 'political assassination,' Fillon called on his supporters to 'resist' and said he would leave it up to voters to decide his fate. Once a front-runner in the race for the April-May two-round election, Fillon's chances have slipped since the probe was opened in January. Fillon abruptly canceled a campaign stop Wednesday after receiving the legal summons, prompting media speculation that he would quit the race. 'I will not surrender,' he told reporters at his headquarters later. 'I will not withdraw.'" (03/01/17)


France: Police sniper negligently shoots two at Hollande speech

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"A French police sniper has accidentally [sic] shot and injured two people during a speech by President Francois Hollande in western France. The shot was fired as the officer moved position on a roof about 100m (328ft) from a tent where Mr Hollande was speaking in the town of Villognon. The bullet went through the canvas of the tent, where drinks were being made. It passed through a waiter's thigh and lodged in another person's calf. The injuries were not life-threatening." [editor's note: There are two kinds of shots, "intentional" and "negligent." Note the absence of "accidental" as a category – TLK] (02/28/17)


France: Dozens arrested in clashes over alleged police baton rape

Source: Yahoo! News

"Thirty-seven people were arrested in the Paris suburbs when clashes erupted after a protest over the assault of a young black man allegedly sodomised with a police truncheon, a police source said Sunday. Around 2,000 people demonstrated Saturday outside a courthouse to demand justice for Theo, a 22-year-old youth worker who required surgery after his arrest last week in the gritty suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. The protest in the northern suburb of Bobigny near Aulnay-sous-Bois was peaceful at the start but groups of demonstrators later clashed with police and went on the rampage, attacking cars, shops and public property." (02/12/17)


France: Man wants $47 million from Uber because he got his own dumb ass caught cheating on his wife

Source: Complex

"Uber is being sued by a man claiming a bug in the app's software is responsible for wrecking his marriage. According to France's Le Figaro newspaper, the man is seeking $47 million in damages after his wife caught on that he was having an affair as the result of notifications she was receiving on her phone about his various Uber trips. The man claims that he had used his wife's phone to call Ubers in the past, but that he had logged off of the account. He claims that she continued to receive notifications despite the fact that he had logged off, something he says occurred because of 'a bug in an application.'" (02/11/17)


France: Explosion at nuclear power station "not a nuclear accident"

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"An explosion at the compound of the Flamanville nuclear power plant was 'a significant technical event but it is not a nuclear accident,' an official tells local media. A fire that was also reported in the engine room where the explosion hit is now reportedly under control. The plant has two reactors; the fire and explosion took place in the engine room of reactor No. 1, which was automatically shut down, France Info reports. The outlet adds that while there were no serious injuries, five people suffered slight intoxication, evidently from the fumes." (02/09/17)


Brexiteers against Le Pen

Source: spiked
by Naomi Firsht

"As we have argued on spiked, there are undoubted similarities between Brits voting against the EU and large numbers of Americans rejecting Hillary and establishment politics. Both signified a desire to upset the status quo and try something different in politics. However, beyond this, it is a gross distortion of the Brexit vote, of the Brexit sentiment, to compare it directly to the election of the fluorescent-haired demagogue now in-situ in the White House, never mind to the potential election of the inward-looking, far-right authoritarian Le Pen. It is simply wrong to conflate British people's decision to leave the EU with a normal political vote for a party or a leader." (02/07/17)


France: Magistrate orders Sarkozy to stand trial

Source: Yahoo! News

"A magistrate has ordered former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial over irregularities in the funding of his failed 2012 re-election bid, a judicial source said on Tuesday. The charge against Sarkozy, who led France for five years from 2007, exposes the 62-year old conservative politician to a one-year prison sentence if convicted. Sarkozy's lawyer Thierry Herzog described the trial order as 'inane' and said he would lodge an appeal against it. One of two magistrates handling the case ordered the trial on the charge that Sarkozy spent way more than he was entitled to, despite warnings from his accountants." (02/07/17)


France: Prosecutors widen Fillon probe amid party calls to quit

Source: Bloomberg

"The pressure is building on Francois Fillon. After more than a week of reports he handed family members unjustified public salaries, prosecutors on Thursday decided to widen … a preliminary criminal probe started last week to include Fillon's employment of two of his children as aides when he was serving in the French Senate, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The decision follows a report Tuesday in the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine that the candidate's wife Penelope and two of the couple's children earned more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million) over more than a decade as parliamentary aides and from Penelope's contributions to a magazine. While it's legal and common for French lawmakers to employ family members, Le Canard said that Penelope Fillon didn't actually do any work." (02/02/17)


EU Parliament seeks to recover funds from French far-right leader Le Pen

Source: France 24 [France]

"Marine Le Pen on Tuesday must repay €298,000 to the European Parliament or see her MEP salary slashed in half, following allegations the French far-right leader misused funds. EU authorities are seeking to recover a total of €340,000 from the far-right leader, who is a lawmaker in the European Parliament but also a leading presidential candidate in France's upcoming presidential election. The EU Parliament is seeking to recover the funds after accusing two of Le Pen's parliamentary assistants of in fact working for her National Front party back home." (01/31/17)