Category Archives: France

Police officers wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said anti-terrorism prosecutors have taken over the investigation, because the man was suspected of links to radical Islam.


Weapons, Molotov cocktail products found at flat of French Reunion shooting suspect

Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said in a statement that the suspect’s mother had also been arrested as part of the investigation, along with her son.

French police arrest ten suspects ‘for arming Paris terrorists’

Anti-terror police have taken ten people into custody in a series of raids in France and Belgium, according to reports.
France’s anti-terror police made the arrests during a series of raids this week.

Various media report that the arrests were connected to the January 2015 terror attacks in Paris, where Amedy Coulibaly killed five people before he was shot dead by police.

These attacks – one of which saw four people killed at a Kosher supermarket in eastern Paris – were carried out in connection with the Charlie Hebdo shootings where another 12 people were killed.

It’s understood that some of the suspects arrested this week are believed to have provided weapons to Coulibaly.

New French Revolution?

Marine Le Pen (L), French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, leaves a polling booth as she votes in the first round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, April 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau – RTS13INJ

From the Times:

Marine Le Pen stormed into the final straight of the French presidential election last night as mutinous voters humiliated the country’s two established parties.

The historic result, on a turnout close to 80 per cent, pitched the National Front leader into a run-off against Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old centrist and political novice, who launched his political movement a year ago. With all the votes counted from last night’s first round, Mr Macron took 23.74 percent with Ms Le Pen on 21.53 per cent.More.

Reality check: The French elite made clear that French voters did not matter much except as virtue signals broadcast to foreign elites. What on earth could possibly have gone wrong?

See also: Has everyone forgotten that the Obama campaign decided to desert white working class voters in 2012?

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How did “populism” become such a dirty word? A left-wing journalist offers some thoughts

BREAKING NEWS: Shock waves through France as far-right Marine Le Pen makes it into the second round of nation’s presidential elections

  • Marine Le Pen made it into the second round of nation’s presidential elections, according to exit polls 
  • She stormed into the final ballot in second place to face centrist independent Emmanuel Macron
  • A polling station in Eastern France was forced to close as bomb squad was deployed to deal with a vehicle 
  • The worrying incident comes after a deadly ISIS gun attack on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Thursday 

French Muslims brace for Le Pen presidency

LE BOURGET, France — “Inshallah, it won’t be Marine Le Pen,” said Nassim with an anxious smile. “But if it is, we’ll have to accept our fate.”

Handing out fliers at last weekend’s Annual Meeting of French Muslims just north of Paris, the baby-faced 25-year-old said he’d happily vote for any other candidate to keep Le Pen from becoming France’s first far-right president. Even if it meant abandoning his left-wing convictions.

Army and 50,000 police drafted in to guard voters fearing terror during French election

THOUSANDS of armed military officers will be deployed across France as the country goes to the polls for the presidential election tomorrow.

And anti-terror brigades set up after the 2015 attacks in Paris will be at every polling station as the public turns out en masse in the most controversial election in recent history.

French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl has also revealed that 50,000 police officers will be on patrol over fears extremists may plan a terror attack.

More than 230 people have been murdered and hundreds more injured in a variety of attacks over the past two years which prompted the country to declare a state of emergency.

This is the cost of Islam.

Paris Champs Elysees attack: ‘Angry Police Wives’ protest against violence

I’m not sure what they hope to accomplish. Do they think Islamists will have a change of heart?

More than 100 wives and partners of police are protesting in Paris against attacks on police following the killing of an officer on the Champs Elysees.

The Angry Police Wives group is marching through the city two days after Xavier Jugele was shot twice in the head by criminal Karim Cheurfi.

Two other officers were wounded before Cheurfi was shot dead.

The killer had spoken about wanting to kill police but had no apparent link to Islamist radicalism, prosecutors said.

A note defending so-called Islamic State (IS) was found near his body.

France: A Guide to the Presidential Elections

Voters in France will go to the polls on April 23 to choose the country’s next president in a two-step process. The top two winners in the first round will compete in a run-off on May 7.

The election is being closely followed in France and elsewhere as an indicator of popular discontent with mainstream parties and the European Union, as well as with multiculturalism and continued mass migration from the Muslim world.

If the election were held today, independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, who has never held elected office, would become the next president of France, according to most opinion polls.

I suspect things will have to get a bit worse before the French save themselves.

‘More terror attacks will bring civil war’ warns Marine Le Pen

The time for flowers and tea candle memorials has passed.

Marine Le Pen’s campaign co-ordinator has claimed that France could break into civil war, if the nation continues to be hit with terror attacks.

Thursday’s murder of police officer Xavier Jugele by ISIS fanatic Karim Cheurfi is the latest in a long list of Islamist attacks in France.

And Jean Messiha told BBC Newsnight that a continuation of ‘feeble’ leadership will result in ISIS strengthening their grip within the country, allowing them to carry out even more attacks on a larger scale.