The French government on Thursday urged “yellow vest” protesters not to hold another round of demonstrations this weekend as police hunted for a second day for the fugitive gunman who attacked a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg.
Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux called on the anti-government protesters to be “reasonable”, citing the strain on security forces after the bloodshed in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening.
While protests and car-burnings are actually common in France, what’s happening now is much worse than usual and will not go away anytime soon. What observers should know is that this is not about fuel prices or Macron’s incompetence; this is about the fall of the West.
…Police in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of Paris that is also home to a large Chinese population, told The France 24 Observers that Chinese people are seen by attackers as “wealthy” targets who “don’t resist”, and are frequently victims of muggings, burglaries and physical attacks.
Donald Trump has hit out at French President Emmanuel Macron with a volley of tweets saying the French were “starting to learn German in Paris” before US intervention in the world wars, and rounding the attack off with an adapted version of his trademark refrain: “MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN!”
The US President began with an extraordinary rebuttal of Emmanuel Macron’s call for a “European army” by likening a rapprochement with Germany to the Nazi occupation of France.
Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, is playing host to world leaders—and attacking one of them. Guess who?
As The Washington Post reported on Sunday, “In the shadow of a grand war memorial here, French President Emmanuel Macron marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by delivering a forceful rebuke against rising nationalism, calling it a ‘betrayal of patriotism’ and warning against ‘old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death.’” For much of Sunday, that article was the “Most Read” story on the Post’s website—of course it was.
On Halloween night, hundreds of arrests were made in France’s major cities, after France’s suburban population went to the cities to riot.
A scaled-down version of Emmanuel Macron’s plan to restore compulsory national service will be tested next year, but military involvement will be minimal after army chiefs dismissed the scheme as an extravagant “folly”.
The top brass feared the original plan for young people to serve in the armed forces for one month would offer little benefit while eating into the already stretched defence budget.
They were also concerned that officers would be distracted from operational missions such as protecting France from terrorists and fighting Islamists in Africa. Mr Macron first mooted the idea in an apparent attempt to woo Right-wing voters during last year’s election campaign, when security was a major concern after a string of terror attacks.
An appalling video showing a student in a French school threatening a teacher with a dummy ‘gun’ in class has shocked France. Questions are being raised about the regularity of such incidents and the authorities’ response.
This teacher clearly needs diversity training.
The viral footage, initially distributed on Snapchat, shows a class in a school in Creteil commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris. A male student stands in the middle of the classroom and threatens the teacher with an object that looks like a gun, and demands that she write ‘present’, not ‘absent’ in the attendance list. In the background, there is another student making obscene gestures at the camera.
Violent riots started in Nantes’ Breil neighbourhood after police shot dead a youngster who tried to evade police, Ouest France reports.
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French authorities have been warned that Muslims could “set fire to the neighbourhood” in one of Paris’s migrant-populated suburbs following a court order to take down a number of tents erected for Ramadan.
Violent crime, terror attacks, and epidemic levels of sexual assault in Europe are “not linked” to mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has said, blaming “discrimination” and inequality for the phenomena.
Speaking to George Washington University students in the U.S. last week, the French President also acknowledged that “90 per cent” of African migrants arriving in Europe are economic migrants and not refugees.
French “Anglais” Propaganda – French police battle rioters in deprived Toulouse suburb
Angry youths in a deprived area of the French city of Toulouse have attacked police, torched cars and set fire to garbage during two nights of clashes that have led to 18 arrests, police said Tuesday.
The rioting in the Mirail area of the southern city, a high-crime neighbourhood once home to several jihadists, was apparently sparked by the death of a local man in prison and an identity check by police on a veiled woman on Sunday.
French unfiltered… Toulouse: New night of urban violence following arrest for wearing a Niqab (Update: 25 cars burned, 18 arrests)
Racist incidents declined considerably in 2016, and last year 950 acts were recorded, a drop of 16 percent.
However, violent acts targeting minorities increased, from 67 to 72 against Muslims and from 77 to 97 against Jews, the report said.
The ministry’s figures for attacks on religious sites painted a mixed picture.
For the first time since 2008, such attacks have decreased overall, down 7.5 percent from 2016.
Christian sites, the most heavily targeted, saw a 7.5 percent drop to 878 incidents, and attacks on Muslim sites fell 15 percent to 72.
But Jewish sites saw a 22 percent spike in attacks — even though the total number was relatively low at 28.
Odd that no figure for violent attacks on Christians is provided.
A discount on Nutella has led to violent scenes in a chain of French supermarkets, as shoppers jostled to grab a bargain on the sweet spread.
Intermarché supermarkets offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 (£3.90) to €1.40.
But police were called when people began fighting and pushing one another.
“They are like animals. A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand,” one customer told French media.
No wonder the country is falling to Islam.