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The move by ACAT came after online investigative site Disclose published leaked military intelligence showing weapons sold by France to Saudi Arabia, including tanks and laser-guided missile systems, were being used against civilians in Yemen.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday that Paris adhered to rules related to arms sales,
France is one of Saudi Arabia’s main arms’ suppliers, but has also faced increasing domestic pressure to review that trade relationship as the human cost of Yemen’s war has risen.
ACAT had argued that the transfer contravened the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which says one country cannot authorize the transfer of weapons if it knows at the time that those weapons could be used to commit war crimes or target civilians.
U.N. officials have said all sides in the Yemeni conflict may have committed war crimes.
The government declined to give details of the arms order, which Disclose had said included eight Caesar howitzer cannons.
I couldn't help thinking about it again, it's through politics that you gain spaces to be able to do/change things.We must look at the long time of politics and the short time of the revolution.
A time invalidated by the Ministry of the Interior, the list of the Union of Muslim Democrats of France will finally participate in the European elections. Openly anti-Zionist, anti-imperialist and anti-colonialist, what is its purpose?
"A Europe at the service of the people": the list of the Union of the Muslim Democrats of France (UDFM) was added, May 4, to 33 lists in the running for the European elections of May 26. The party obtained the approval of the place Bauveau after having settled "administrative problems" as the Parisian explains its founder Nagib Azergui. Refuting the accusations of communitarianism, it ensures to be a candidate to fight, among others, against the "trivialization of Islamophobia". For him, "we are attacking a new community with dangerous theories".
"We want to be present at every meeting so that the French get used to us"
The UDMF, which has been in existence since 2012 and has never managed to pass a first round in local and national elections, nevertheless considers the European elections as "a stepping stone" to better fit into the hexagonal landscape during the municipal elections. in 2020. "A clear objective," says Nagib Azergui in the Ile-de-France daily, adding: "We want to be present at every meeting so that the French get used to us."
A law at European level to condemn any "Islamophobic" speech
For its first participation in the European elections, the UDMF, whose political ideology is based on the triptych "anti-imperialism, anti-Zionism, anticolonialism" , intends to present a heterogeneous program focused on "seven capital challenges".
Alongside the fight against " plastic pollution ", "endocrine disruptors" or "allergens" , are those against "tax havens" and "groups of influences". The UDMF also wants to see the "emergence" of an "independent European military force", in order to get France out of NATO, responsible in its opinion for the worsening of the security situation, particularly in the Sahel and the Middle East.
In a sub-part of its program entitled "the challenge of living together", the UDMF insists on the need to fight against facies control as well as on ethno-religious discrimination. "According to several studies conducted, a black person is 6 times more likely to be controlled than white, while a North African has 7 to 8 times more," says the UDMF. In response, the party advocates the creation of "a new public institution like the Defender of Rights" which would have the mission to organize "testing operations much more frequent and especially systematic"."The challenge of fighting hatred"
Within this same area, the UDMF campaigns for the right to vote non-EU foreigners in local elections. For the time being, only nationals of a European Union State residing in another Member State may, in fact, vote in municipal elections under certain conditions (number of years of residence, reciprocity). Deploring that France does not follow some of its European neighbors on this subject, the UDMF wants the application of a European directive requiring all European Union states to grant the right to vote to foreigners outside the EU .
Finally, the party discusses the issue of Islam in a chapter titled "The Challenge of Fighting Hate". For this political formation , " a law must be inscribed in the European Parliament to condemn any dissemination of hate speech to the Muslim community by allowing the dissolution of any Islamophobic associations or groups, all media that exploit this Islamophobic literature to make profit by conveying anti-Muslim conspiracy theories ". According to her, this legislation will make it possible to crack down on those who claim to formulate a "reasoned criticism of Islam" and who would in fact wish to "convey genuine calls for the detestation of Muslims".
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The sum of facts alleged against Thomas P., as well as the a-typical conditions of his arrest, provoked the usual media outburst. Placed in custody and incarcerated, and even though he had not explained his actions, he was immediately presented as a kind of “super breaker”, ultra violent, ultra yellow or ultra black, the monstrous qualifiers were not lacking.
Since yesterday [May 5th – ed], a letter written from his cell has circulated in Facebook groups dedicated to the Yellow Vests movement, his lawyers were able to confirm that their client was indeed the author. Whatever one thinks of the facts Thomas P. is accused of, he explains himself with great sincerity and removes the mystery that could hang over his acts as much as over the course that led him to join the Yellow Vests. The words of prisoners are rare, that of Thomas P. will therefore be valuable insofar as it simply explains these gestures that some describe a little quickly as “breakage”. In this introspective narrative, the young man seems to express no regret, except for the state of our lives and the world.
Major Yellow Vest protests have been planned in the French cities of Nantes and Lyon on Saturday, as the movement seeks to rebuild momentum after last weekend’s record low turnout.
The 26th consecutive weekend of demonstrations comes just two weeks before this month’s critical European parliamentary elections.
Yet nearly six months after the movement first began, support for the Yellow Vests appears to be dwindling. Last week’s demonstrations drew less than 19,000 people nationwide, according to the French Interior Ministry – a number that has been contested by protesters as too low.
Yellow Vests hope that by staging large rallies in other major cities, they will be attracting supporters who don’t have the time, resources or inclination to travel to Paris every weekend.
“There’s a sort of fatigue and fear because of the police violence. There is also a financial aspect: it’s expensive to protest in Paris … but (the movement) could take off again from nothing,” Thierry Boirivant, a 44-year-old accountant and self-avowed Yellow Vest, told AFP on a highway outside of Lyon.
Boirivant said that French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent concessions following a months-long “grand debate” on national policy – which was launched in response to the ongoing Yellow Vest protests – failed to address the movement’s demands. His views were shared by another protester, David L. (who did not give a last name), in Nantes.
“People are exhausted, they’re sick of it. Deep down,
we want to stop, but we also want something powerful and concrete to happen before summer,” the 41-year-old told French news agency AFP.
Earlier this month, members of the Yellow Vest movement announced they were fielding a list in the upcoming European parliamentary elections on May 26. But it is expected to garner no more than 2 percent of the vote, according to a recent poll by Elabe for BFMTV.
In preparation for Saturday’s protest, police in Lyon have blocked off four additional shopping areas. Authorities in Nantes have limited access to the city’s centre.
Protests will still be held in Paris, where police have cordoned off the famous Champs-Élysées avenue, the National Assembly and the area surrounding Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Demonstrations have also been planned in the French cities of Lille, Dijon, Toulouse and Strasbourg.
After his performance at the Elysée, DJ Kiddy Smile celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Opéra Garnier (VIDEO)
To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Opéra Garnier, a gala was held within the building. DJ Kiddy Smile electrified the stage with his dancers. The atmosphere was reminiscent of the very unusual 2018 Fête de la musique at the Elysée...
On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the creation of the Opéra Garnier, located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, 700 guests attended the gala held on May 8. Among the highlights of the event: the presence of DJ Kiddy Smile, invited to close the evening with an "after party" which, for the first time, was held on the Opera stage, as reported on the website L'officiel.com.
The DJ's performance, accompanied by his team of androgynous dancers who are adept at voguing - an urban dance style born in the 1970s in the United States, in gay clubs frequented by Latin American and African-American homosexuals - is reminiscent of the very unusual 2018 Fête de la musique at the Elysée. An excerpt from the evening was immortalized in a video posted on YouTube where you can see the DJ's dancers wiggling to a frenetic rhythm...
At the initiative of Stéphane Lissner, Director General of the Paris Opera, the gala was supported by Rolex and Schiaparelli, partners of the event. The Palais Garnier was founded on June 28, 1669, originally bringing together a group of singers, the first professional orchestra in France and a corps de ballet.
Après sa prestation à l'Elysée, le DJ Kiddy Smile fête les 350 ans de l'Opéra Garnier (VIDEO)
11 mai 2019, 10:34
Pour célébrer les 350 ans de l'Opéra Garnier, un gala s'est tenu dans l'enceinte de l'édifice. Le DJ Kiddy Smile a électrisé la scène en compagnie de ses danseurs. L'ambiance rappelait la très insolite Fête de la musique 2018 à l'Elysée...
A l'occasion du 350e anniversaire de la création de l'Opéra Garnier, situé dans le IXe arrondissement parisien, 700 convives ont répondu présent au gala qui s'y est tenu le 8 mai. Entre autres moments forts de l'événement : la présence du DJ Kiddy Smile, invité à clôturer la soirée à travers un «after party» qui, pour la première fois, s'est tenu sur la scène de l'Opéra, comme le rapporte le site L'officiel.com.
La performance du DJ accompagné de son équipe de danseurs androgynes adeptes du voguing – un style de danse urbaine né dans les années 1970, aux Etats-Unis, dans des clubs gay fréquentés par des homosexuels latino-américains et afro-américains – n'est pas sans rappeler la très insolite Fête de la musique 2018 à l'Elysée. Un extrait de la soirée a été immortalisé dans une vidéo postée sur YouTube où l'on peut apercevoir les danseurs du DJ se déhancher sur un rythme effréné...
A l'initiative de Stéphane Lissner, directeur général de l'Opéra national de Paris, le gala a reçu le soutien des maisons Rolex et Schiaparelli, partenaires de l'événement. Le palais Garnier a vu le jour le 28 juin 1669, réunissant, à l'origine, une troupe de chanteurs, le premier orchestre professionnel de France et un corps de ballet.
The cutback's within the municipality's is on the rise. All interaction's concerning administrative contact is now done online.If France was the symbol of liberty and justice (a myth) now we can see how France is kaputt. It is a good sign to see all of this, it is more and more clear, so transparent. Are we like in the 30's, specially the Germans, now Europe in general and the world, incapable to react to all this depravity? Not just because of this video, this is just the point of an iceberg. The depravity is everywhere, like a virus. This world is sick.
I have reason to have nauseas when I think of Macronini! He is so nauseabuntus!
France won't ease reforms if far-right make EU gains: PMSTRIKE A BALANCE
Macron’s concessions, made up mainly of tax breaks targeting low-income workers and pensioners, could push growth to 1.5% this year, the OFCE economics think-tank estimates. Without that public money, growth would be closer to 1%, OFCE economist Mathieu Plane said.
But the fiscal stimulus risks pushing the budget deficit further than planned over a 3% limit, which the government expects to temporarily overshoot this year due to a long-planned tax change.
By contrast Germany, ever hesitant to loosen the purse strings even as a slowdown in international trade weighs on its economy, is expecting growth of only half a percent this year.
“If Emmanuel Macron is able to get out of the domestic social crisis, there are some sources of growth,” Plane said.
“Mixing supply-side policy with measures focused on boosting demand and purchasing power can help strike the right balance.”
As Macron begins the third year of his five-year term, he can claim his policy steps are beginning to bear fruit, though economists caution it will take years before their success or failure is fully clear.
The labor market is looking its perkiest in years, with unemployment at a near 10-year low and the employment rate at its highest since 1980. Youth unemployment has fallen sharply.
The percentage of new workers hired on permanent contracts, which employers avoided until Macron eased rules on firing, has risen to a record high of nearly 50 percent.
People are starting new businesses in record numbers and the business climate has changed enough in two years to make France a top destination for foreign investment, according to U.S. consulting firm ATKearney.
It ranked France fifth worldwide as a place for foreign investment, up two spots from last year despite the images of “yellow vest” street clashes and vandalism beamed around the world.
With major overhauls to the unemployment and pensions systems due this year, big foreign companies like staffing company ManpowerGroup, which has its biggest market in France, are convinced Macron will stick to his reform program.
“Overall, the French government is intent on making France more competitive as a place to invest and as the place to grow. And I don’t see that changing,” ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising said in a recent earnings call.
Thanks for the video Maat. With the captions I was able to follow it somewhat (they talk so darned fast).On the periphery of the YV movement, the dissolution of a too fraternal organization, it seems.
Poor France, RIP.
What happened to the old saying full of common sense "charity begins at home" ?