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Trump arrives in Biarritz for testing G7 summit
U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a lunch ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump landed in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz in southwestern France on Saturday for a G7 summit that will likely expose deep rifts over a clutch of issues such as global trade, climate change and taxing big tech.

'So far so good', says Trump after G7 arrival
U.S. President Donald Trump sits to lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) on the first day of the annual G7 Summit, at Hotel du Palais in Biarritz, France August 24, 2019. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he expected a G7 summit in France this weekend to accomplish a lot, adding he had a special relationship with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron even if they had their differences.

Trade and economy in focus as G7 leaders get down to work
French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Donald Tusk pose with G7 European members Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations will discuss global trade woes at their annual summit on Sunday, likely laying bare a yawning divide between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Western allies.

Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort
Demonstrators react after police used tear gas during a protest against G7 summit, in Bayonne, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain's exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

EU's Tusk sees even more reasons to keep Russia out of G7
European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a news conference on the margins of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 24, 2019.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

The president of the European Council on Saturday rebuffed Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia be readmitted to the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies, saying there were even more reasons than before for keeping Moscow out.

G7 summit to be 'a difficult test of unity': EU's Tusk
The summit of G7 nations opening on Saturday will be "a difficult test of unity and solidarity" after a year during which leaders of the rich nations have found it hard to find common language, the European Council's president said.

France's Macron says Europe looking at 'new tax cuts' to stimulate growth
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on environment and social equality to business leaders on the eve of the G7 summit in Paris, France August 23, 2019. Michel Spingler/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday Europe will "probably" decide to launch new tax cuts to kick-start a flagging economy threatened by a tit-for-tat trade war between the United States and its global partners.

France's Macron to push for charter on biodiversity at G7 summit
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he would put pressure on the United States to sign a charter on protecting biodiversity at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France this weekend.

Macron to fight to de-escalate trade tensions, encourage stimulus
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on environment and social equality to business leaders on the eve of the G7 summit in Paris, France August 23, 2019. Michel Spingler/Pool via REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he hoped to convince G7 leaders to pull back from a trade war which is already destabilizing economic growth around the world.

Encouraged by Johnson's visit, UK officials now hoping rest of EU agrees to work on Brexit solution
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before a meeting on Brexit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Britain is hoping the rest of the European Union falls in behind France and Germany and agrees to work on solving a deadlock over Brexit, with officials sensing a glimmer of hope after meetings this week, but conscious of the need for a wider consensus in Europe.

France deploys Michelin-starred chefs to win over G7 leaders
World leaders converging on the seaside Basque resort of Biarritz for a summit this weekend are sharply divided on a range of issues but host country France hopes the famed local cuisine can help smooth over the disagreements.

France, Britain aim to show unity on Iran as G7 looms
FILE PHOTO: French gendarmes on a boat patrol the coast next to the Virgin's Rock on the eve of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

France and Britain aimed on Friday to present a united front on how to deal with Iran, where they have been at odds with the United States, as world powers prepare to discuss tensions on the issue during the G7 leaders' summit.

Britain unlikely to change Iran stance at G7 despite Trump meeting
FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the unveiling ceremony for the domestically built mobile missile defence system Bavar-373, to mark the National Defence Industry Day in Tehran, Iran August 22, 2019. Official President website/Handout via REUTERS

Britain is unlikely to alter its approach on Iran despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting U.S. President Donald Trump, as the 2015 deal remains the best way to ensure Tehran does not get nuclear weapons, a British diplomatic source said on Friday.

As G7 leaders arrive, barricaded Biarritz leaves swimmers out in the cold
People walk on the Cote des Basques beach on the eve of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Come rain or shine, every morning of the year Biarritz's White Urchin swimmers' club take a one kilometer swim around the Bay of Biscay. But today as they crawl to their favorite spot, the wail of a police speedboat sends a clear message: stay away.

French police fire tear gas, water cannons at anti-G7 protesters
Anti-G7 protesters attend a protest march on the French-Spanish border, in Hendaye during the Biarritz G7 summit, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

French riot police used water cannons and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-capitalism protesters in Bayonne, near the resort of Biarritz where President Emmanuel Macron and G7 nation allies were meeting for a three-day summit.
 

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Trump, Macron to meet press together in France Monday
French President Emmanuel Macron points next to U.S. President Donald Trump during the family photo session with invited guests at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Pool

U.S. President Donald Trump will participate in a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday at the conclusion of the G7 summit in France, the White House said on Sunday.

France's Macron says no formal mandate from G7 on Iran
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

French President Emmanuel Macron said he had not been given a formal mandate from G7 leaders to pass messages to Iran, but that he would continue to hold talks with Tehran in the coming weeks to defuse tensions.

Trump caught off guard as Iran's Zarif visits G7 summit town
French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte pose for a family photo with invited guests during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. Andrew Parsons/Pool via Reuters

Iran's foreign minister paid a visit to a G7 summit in France on Sunday, an unexpected twist to a meeting already troubled by differences between U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies over a raft of issues, including Iran.

Iran's Zarif lands in France's Biarritz, talks with U.S. not on agenda
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide in Oslo, Norway, August 22, 2019. NTB Scanpix/Stian Lysberg Solum/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who landed in Biarritz on Sunday, has no plans to hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump or any member of the U.S. delegation who have attended the G7 meeting in the French town.

Merkel says we need to explore all ways of reducing Iran tensions
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference on the situation in Sahel during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said talks between the Iranian and French foreign ministers on Sunday were a side event to the G7 summit and every opportunity should be seized to resolve tensions between the United States and Iran.

Iranian, French foreign ministers in talks in Biarritz
Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is in talks with his French counterpart on the sidelines of a G7 leaders' summit to discuss what conditions would de-escalate tensions between Washington and Tehran, a French presidency official said.

Macron says G7 agreed on joint action over Iran to defuse tensions
French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel , Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a G7 working session on International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that G7 leaders had agreed joint action on Iran with the aim of defusing tensions and opening a new negotiation with Tehran.

Iran's foreign minister leaves Biarritz G7 summit
Officials enter an Iranian government plane on the tarmac at Biarritz airport in Anglet during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019.   REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has left the G7 summit in Biarritz, a Reuters witness said on Sunday.

Trump, Abe at odds on North Korea missile launches
U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed their differences over the seriousness of North Korea's series of short-range missile launches on Sunday, while maintaining that they would remain in synch on the issue.

Japan PM Abe: G7 must unify in its response to downside economic risks - Kyodo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said G7 nations must unify in their response to downside economic risks, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.

Trump, Johnson discuss Huawei on G7 sidelines
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed Huawei and 5G technology at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France on Sunday, the White House said.

Sink or Swim? UK's Johnson takes G7 ocean dip
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during interviews at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France August 25, 2019.  Andrew Parsons/Pool via REUTERS

Facing accusations from political opponents of being out at sea over his Brexit strategy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson strode into the Atlantic Ocean for a bracing dip on Sunday before tackling trade talks with western allies at a G7 summit.

UK PM Johnson told Tusk: We leave EU on October 31 whatever the circumstances
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Union Council President Donald Tusk at a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France August 25, 2019.  Andrew Parsons/Pool via REUTERS

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told European Council President Donald Tusk that Britain would be leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 whatever the circumstances, a British official said on Sunday after the two met at a G7 summit in France.

Italy warns G7 against protectionism, worried by U.S. tariff threat
Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at Biarritz airport in Anglet for the G7 summit, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned fellow G7 leaders on Sunday of the dangers of protectionism and urged the United States not to carry through on its threat to impose tariffs on German autos.

France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge
FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of Facebook logo in this illustration picture, April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

France said it was optimistic that U.S.-based social media platforms including Facebook and Snapchat would still sign a pledge to fight online hate speech despite a last-minute delay.
 

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BREAKING: 'Trump wants to kiss Putin at the next G7 summit.'

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Remembering the liberation of Paris, 75 years later | DW | 25.08.2019

Exactly 75 years ago, French Resistance fighters, US soldiers and others freed Paris from years of Nazi occupation. DW takes a look back at the days that shaped one of the most important moments in World War II.
  • US troops march down the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, on August 29, 1944, after the city's liberation


    Long road to freedom
    The battle to regain control of Paris was an effort over several days that involved French Resistance fighters, US troops and Spanish republican exiles. Troop reinforcements arrived on August 24, several days after resistance fighters launched an uprising in the city. Paris was officially freed when the Germans formally surrendered control of the city on August 25, 1944.
  • Armed fighters on guard during the liberation of Paris in late August 1944


    Paris fights back
    The uprising began on August 19, 1944, when police joined forces with Resistance fighters as well as striking city workers. Clashes erupted between occupying Nazi forces, and an estimated 5,000 people were killed in skirmishes over the next few days.
  • Parisians finish building a barricade at Rue du Renard next to the Paris City Hall (Hotel de Ville) in August 1945 during the Liberation of Paris


    Taking back the city one neighborhood at a time
    French Resistance leader Henri Rol-Tanguy called residents of Paris to action, putting posters up around the city calling for barricades to be built. Resistance fighters extended their control to cover entire neighborhoods. The barricade pictured above was set up at the Rue du Renard next to the Paris City Hall.
  • In this August 28, 1944, file photo, high-ranking German officers captured by French patriot forces in Paris are marched through the streets of the French capital with their hands in the air


    German officers captured
    In this picture taken on August 28, 1944, high-ranking German officers captured by French forces are marched through the streets of the French capital. Adolf Hitler had ordered the German military commander of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, to blow up the city's landmarks before the Allies regained control of the city. Although bombs were placed, they were not detonated.
  • French civilians with hastily made American and French flags greet U.S. and Free French troops entering Paris, France, on August 25, 1944


    Celebration in the City of Light
    "All the emotions suppressed by four years of German domination surged through the people. The streets of the city as we entered were like a combined Mardi Gras, Fourth of July celebration, American Legion convention and New Year's Eve in Times Square all packed into one," wrote Don Whitehead, a reporter for The Associated Press. It was the first eyewitness account published in the US press.
  • Young Parisian women greet Allied soldiers as they enter Paris during its liberation in late August 1944


    'It was a new thing, something good had changed'
    Allied troops were greeted as heroes when they entered the city, said Harold Radish, a 95-year-old US veteran, who was in Paris for the commemorations. "That's what's important about the liberation of Paris, it was a new thing, something good had changed; the world was gonna get a little better," Radish, who is Jewish, told The Associated Press.
  • General Charles De Gaulle, center, salutes the Tricolor after placing his wreath on the Tomb of the French Unknown Soldier in Paris, France on August 28, 1944


    'Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!'
    General Charles de Gaulle (center, saluting) marched through the jubilant streets of Paris after it was freed from Nazi control, walking alongside resistance leaders and commemorating fallen soldiers. "These are minutes which go beyond each of our poor lives. Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!" he said in his victory speech.
 

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Emmanuel Macron's bid to control Paris City Hall plunged into uncertainty on Wednesday after ruling party lawmaker Cedric Villani said he would challenge the president's own candidate - a rebellious act akin to his own rise to power in 2017.

Defying Macron, maths genius splits French leader's camp in Paris
Paris mayoral dissident candidate from La Republique En Marche (LREM) Cedric Villani attends a meeting to announce his candidature in the forthcoming mayoral election in Paris, France, September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Paris mayoral dissident candidate from La Republique En Marche (LREM) Cedric Villani attends a meeting to announce his candidature in the forthcoming mayoral election in Paris, France, September 4, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Wed. September 4, 2019 - Villani is an eccentric maths genius who entered politics in 2017 when Macron’s fledgling Republique En Marche (LREM) party redrew the parliamentary landscape in France, and has become one of the most popular Macronista figures with the public.

Six months away from the March municipal elections, his move clouds Macron’s prospects for conquering the French capital to build a local power base for his party and make inroads into the last bastion of the old establishment dominated by socialists or conservatives: 35,000 town halls nationwide.

Opinion polls show Villani and Benjamin Griveaux, a close Macron ally who helped propel the former investment banker to the Elysee, running neck-and-neck for the Paris mayoralty.

“Many complex problems will need to be worked out, which can be done by working together playing to our strengths,” Villani told supporters. “I’ve been tackling complex problems my whole life before entering politics,” he said, adding that he would be Paris’ first “truly environmentalist mayor”.

Voter surveys show Villani and Griveaux each winning 25% percent in Paris if one of them dropped out beforehand, ahead of Socialist incumbent Anne Hidalgo, but splitting 25% if they both run. The latter scenario could help Hidalgo win re-election, despite her own unpopularity due to the congested streets and polluted air of Paris. “It’s all very confused but I can’t say that saddens us,” Hidalgo deputy Emmanuel Gregoire stated.

The unprecedented challenge to Macron’s political decision-making bears echoes of the president’s own liberal insurgency - some called it betrayal - against his Socialist predecessor and former mentor Francois Hollande.

Caught off-guard by the momentum building behind Villani, who gathered 800 people at a rally in July and has become the darling of the Paris chattering classes, Macron failed to draw the lessons of his own political ascent, analysts said.

Senior LREM officials initially dismissed Villani’s ambitions as doomed to failure.

Increasingly, however, as a Villani candidacy looked more likely, the LREM has fretted over how to deal with it: wait and hope the bid falters or kick Villani out of the party and risk strengthening his anti-establishment aura.

“Cedric is a mathematician, but he should be more calculating. Division leads to failure. Unity means victory,” Richard Ferrand, a member of Macron’s political guard and the head of the lower house of parliament, said last week.

SHAKING THINGS UP
Instantly recognizable for his ascot neckties and spider brooches, Villani in 2010 won the maths equivalent to the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal, for what the award called “proofs of nonlinear Landau damping and convergence to equilibrium of the Boltzmann equation”.

In politics, however, he has struck a chord with voters.

“He has a simple strategy. He wants to be true to the original Macronist narrative: someone with no party structure who will shake up the establishment,” Frederic Dabi of pollster Ifop said.

Stephane Rozes of strategy consulting firm Cap said Macron appeared to have mistakenly believed that any candidate running under his banner would be elected in Paris. His party won more than a third of the votes there in May’s European election.

Griveaux is a divisive figure who alienated many within his own camp after his selection by referring to party rivals as “arseholes” among other insults in a leaked conversation with journalists.

“Paradoxically, choosing Griveaux was very ‘old world’. Cedric Villani is going to deploy in Paris what led to Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France,” Rozes said.

Macron has yet to personally endorse Griveaux, which Rozes said could leave the door open to the president later swinging behind the mathematician if Griveaux’s bid crumbled.

Villani’s entourage has been careful not to frame his bid as a challenge to Macron’s authority. “Cedric Villani told Emmanuel Macron and (Prime Minister) Edouard Philippe his possible alternative bid in Paris will not be an act of defiance towards them,” a source close to Villani told Reuters this week.
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Emmanuel Macron's bid to control Paris City Hall plunged into uncertainty on Wednesday after ruling party lawmaker Cedric Villani said he would challenge the president's own candidate - a rebellious act akin to his own rise to power in 2017
French can be difficult to pronounce, so I should ask if is pronounced like in the English "villain" (noun)? or is it more like "villainy" (adjective)? At any rate it is a courageous step for Cedric Villani. His surname and the context, reminds med of the famous V monologue in the film Vendetta that even begins with a French word. It is of course early to say what will come out of this, but why not let V give Villani a thumps up, if only for the initiative?
Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that its my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
 

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Ho I will not forget in front of us the helmets,
The grenade launcher rifles, and the big shields,
All this to force us when we did not have for us
Our fists, the right one, and then some pebbles.
First we came forward, clapping our hands,
There were some of them, real kids' heads,
The eyes clashed, face to face, very close,
They had to shut up, we didn't and we sang

Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?
Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?

How much is it worth, what is the price
To make you hate
By all these people you do not know,
Who without it would not have anything against you?
You know, we're not mean,
We do not grunt the children.
We are attacked, we defend ourselves,
Sorry if you take it.

Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?
Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?

Think about who you work for,
That we never see in battle,
While you cash in pebbles,
Manu Macron he does not care.
Frankly admits that it's still not
The life you had dreamed for you:
Beating people to do your hours.
You better have been unemployed.

Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?
Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?


I do not have any illusions
On the scope of this song.
I know you're not going to hesitate
In two minutes to get down.
I know you're not going to hesitate,
You're well trained, buffeted,
But at least I will have tried,
Before the bumps, to talk to you.

Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?
Come on guys, how much do you pay, how much do you pay to do this?
 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was ready to host a meeting of the G7/G8 group of nations, and would welcome a wider format featuring Turkey, India and China.

Russia's Putin: need wider G7-style group, with China, India, Turkey
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 5, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 5, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

Putin, who was speaking at an economic forum in Russia’s Far East, said he could not imagine an effective international organization without China or India.
 

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BREAKING: 'Trump wants to kiss Putin at the next G7 summit.'

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Wow, look at Trumps face., methinks he does not like the older woman.
 

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Putin says would be glad if G8 leaders gather in Russia
The G7 summit in late August touched upon Russia’s possible return and restoration of the G8 club.


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VLADIVOSTOK, September 5, 2019 - Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to restoring the G8 club. At the same time, he said that Moscow is willing to host the leaders of the group in Russia for a summit.

The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) was holding a discussion with the Russian leader, when the topic of Russia’s return to the G8 came about. The discussion’s moderator asked Putin whether he would attend the next summit if the corresponding invitation were sent. The Russian president replied: "where?" The moderator clarified that the next summit is scheduled to take place in the United States. "Back in the day, a regular G8 summit was supposed to be held in Russia. We are open, if our partners would like to come here, we would be glad," Putin assured.

"If everyone wants to restore the G8, they are welcome," the president said.

At the same time, he underlined the following: "I think that everyone understands now that the Western leadership is running its course, [French] President [Emmanuel] Macron recently publicly said it himself. I cannot imagine an effective international organization that operates without India or China." "Therefore, any forums are useful, they always involve a positive exchange of opinions, even when the discussion is a heated one, which is exactly what was happening at this G7 summit, as far as I understand. It is still useful," the Russian leader said. "That is why, we do not rule out any cooperation format," Putin said.

The 2015 G8 summit was scheduled to take place in June in Sochi, Russia. However, the events in Ukraine resulted in the cancellation of the meeting by the G7 leaders. In late August this year, a regular meeting of the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States was held in France. The summit touched upon Russia’s possible return and restoration of the G8 club.

Kremlin says revival of G8 impossible without consensus among G7 nations
MOSCOW, August 26, 2019 - The Kremlin thinks it impossible to speak about the revival of the Group of Eight format without consensus of all the Group of Seven nations on that matter, Russia president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"Obviously, it is impossible to return to the G7 at the invitation of only one of its nations because all decisions within that format are taken by consensus," he told journalists, adding that Moscow doesn’t consider US President Donald Trump’s words about the revival of the G8 format as a provocation bearing in mind frictions among the G7 nations on that matter.

French, Russian defense ministers hold telephone talks ahead of Moscow meeting
The meeting between Russian and French Defense and Foreign Ministers will be held in Moscow on September 9.

French Defense Minister Florence Parly EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH

French Defense Minister Florence Parly © EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH

PARIS, September 3, 2019 - The defense ministers of Russia and France will discuss the situation in Ukraine, as well as recent developments in the Persian Gulf, Levant and Central African Republic (CAR) at the meeting on September 9 in Moscow, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday after telephone talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu.

"Today I talked on the phone with my Russian colleague Sergey Shoigu. Ukraine, Persian Gulf, Levant, CAR: we discussed many topics that will be on the agenda for our meeting in Moscow together with [French and Russian foreign ministers] Jean-Yves Le Drian and Sergey Lavrov," Parly wrote on her official Twitter account.

The meeting between Russian and French defense and foreign ministers will be held in Moscow on September 9. The last meeting in this format took place in Paris on 31 October 2012.


Wow, look at Trumps face., methinks he does not like the older woman.
Maybe ... he's afraid of messing up her make-up ... ... ... covering all THAT plastic surgery?


 

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#RAPPEL : The Court of Auditors reveals that more than 53 000 unknown beneficiaries are receiving a French pension in a country abroad while they are not entitled ... or they are dead!
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What is expected to analyze each account, interview each "beneficiary" and eliminate all litigious cases! Decidedly we may be there 5th or 7th world power, our bullshit is the world leader!
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It is likely that Macron will not do anything. He is in Soros ideology:
And today:

🔻 DIRECT INFO 🔺 Many arrests boulevard des Invalides. #GiletsJaunes#Acte43#YellowVests#Paris
 

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Meanwhile… French Identitarians to be Fined and Jailed for Opposing Illegal Immigration

Meanwhile, Open Borders Lawbreaker Walks Scott-Free
GUILLAUME DUROCHER • SEPTEMBER 3, 2019



The pro-European and anti-immigration movement Generation Identity (GI) has achieved a worldwide notoriety through its often spectacular actions, whether by occupying EU and government buildings or manning their own ship to halt migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. Such actions are not without risk however.

In spring 2018, French GI activists – frustrated by the French government’s inability or unwillingness to get the migrant crisis under control and prevent illegal immigration into their country – decided to take matters into their own hands with symbolic but effective nonviolent action.

GI blocked the Col de l’Échelle, an Alpine mountain pass near the border with Italy, through which migrant crossings were known to occur. The activists deployed banners, fences, and even helicopters to prevent the migrants from entering France.

One activist explained that the goal was “to show the public authorities that, with a bit of will and fairly modest means, it is possible to regain control of our borders and prevent the illegals from entering our country.” The action succeeded in receiving substantial media coverage and putting pressure on the French government to fulfill its responsibilities.

GI anti-illegal immigration operation at the Col de l’Échelle

GI argues that Europe needs to embrace the “No Way” Australian model against illegal immigration: that anyone who tries to illegally go to Australia by sea will simply be sent back. As General Angus Campbell, Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, explained: “There are no exceptions . . . If you come to Australia illegally by boat, there is no way you will make Australia home.”

Such a policy, GI argues, is the only way in which illegal migrant crossings, and the tragic deaths associated with them, can be eliminated. By contrast, the European Union adopted an insane policy whereby migrant boats “rescued” just off the shores of Libya and Tunisia would be ferried directly to European ports. That sure made the people smugglers’ job easier.


The nominal “French State” however is not kind to those Frenchmen who still have the strength and will to defend their homeland. Last week, three GI leaders – Damien Lefèvre, Clément Galant, and Romain Espino – were sentenced to six months in prison and 2000 euros in fines for this action. The three men will also be deprived of civic rights for five years. The GI organization itself will have to pay 75,000 euros.

According to the judges, GI usurped the public authorities’ responsibilities and “exercised an activity in conditions such as to create a confusion in public opinion concerning a governmental function.” Thus, the Frenchmen will be punished for symbolically and nonviolently doing what the French government was failing to do.

Galant was unfazed, declaring in a video in front of dozens of GI supporters: “This sentencing in no way affects our determination. We are ready to face all the risks, to take all the blows, to save our people and our civilization.” Numerous nationalist and even conservative politicians have condemned the court’s decision.

For Michel Rousseau, spokesman for the open-borders activist organization Tous Migrant (“[We Are] All Migrants”), the punishment was not sufficiently severe however. He stated to the press: “The prosecutor did not prosecute the suspects on other grounds too: What about endangering others? What about incitement of racial hated?” Lord knows how symbolically enforcing one’s immigration laws is “incitement of racial hatred.”

The decision is all the more shocking in that the French State has punished actual, practical – not symbolic – illegal immigration enablers with less severity. Cédric Herrou is an olive farmer who has reached superstardom among the globalist left for helping 150 immigrants illegally cross the Italian border.

The glamorous life of an open-borders lawbreaker: Cédric Herrou and a trophy migrant on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. (You may enjoy other tragicomic pictures by searching for “Cédric Herrou” on Google Images.)


Herrou was prosecuted and in August 2018 received a mere suspended sentence of four months in prison, meaning he will serve no jail time unless found guilty of further illegal activity. Despite helping more people illegally enter the country since then, he continues to walk free. Instead, Herrou has enjoyed soft-ball interviews on the country’s State-owned TV channels and was invited to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Support for illegal immigration runs deep in certain sectors of French society and the political-cultural elite. Politicians who merely enforce the law are heavily demonized as the television stations broadcast tearful images of illegals sent home. Lawbreakers like Herrou and Carola Rackete – a German sea captain who smuggled illegals into Italy – may face minor legal repercussions, but receive ample financial support and are hailed as heroes by certain sectors of society.

The GI and Herrou cases raise questions about the impartiality the judges and their faithfulness to the law. Jean-Yves Le Gallou, an identitarian think-tanker whom I have previously interviewed for Unz, observed that the court’s presiding judge, Isabelle Defarge, has publicly expressed pro-immigration positions.

For Le Gallou, the French justice’s system extensive support for censorship, soft line against illegal immigrant activists, and hard line against the Gilets-Jaunes are deeply problematic. “More and more, the French feel that ‘justice’ is no longer rendered in their name, but for the sake of ideological and political prejudices, and foreign lobbies,” he says.

Le Gallou explains that there is a structural left-wing and globalist bias in the judiciary: “a pro-immigration judicial or administrative magistrate can participate in and campaign within a pro-immigration organization and continue to act as a judge, even covering these topics. A less politically-correct magistrate must be absolutely quiet and very prudent in his sentences.”

As a result: “Today, in France, one must use the expression ‘justice system’ only with scare quotes.” Is there a solution? Le Gallou suggests an épuration – a purge – of the judiciary may be necessary. The Republic resorted to such actions in 1883 and 1945, firing hundreds of normally independent judges, in order to consolidate ‘republican values.’

Perhaps a patriotic government will have to resort to such actions in the future. In the meantime, it will only be because of the heroic efforts of such brave Frenchmen as Damien Lefèvre, Clément Galant, and Romain Espino, that the French nation and her laws will endure.
 

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