Archiv: France


06.05.2021 - 22:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The French people are Britain’s best ally – they can’t stand Macron either

Boris Johnson should ignore the provocations, recall the gunboats – and gamble on the slow demise of the Macron presidency

04.05.2021 - 19:11 [ menafn.com ]

US dollar decreases against Iranian currency rial

Sources close to the US government stated that the restoration of the deal may permit Iran to improve its oil exports as confronting no curbs on its banking system and ports operations, adding that Washington would lift oil, banking, and ports sanctions from Iran to let Tehran resume compliance with the JCPOA.

04.05.2021 - 18:58 [ menafn.com ]

‚Parties to Iranian n-talks have reached common ground‘

Vienna, May 3 (IANS) Tehran’s senior negotiator in the ongoing Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal said that negotiating parties have reached „common ground in many cases“, but there were still differences.

04.05.2021 - 18:54 [ EUobserver.com ]

Russia ‚optimistic‘ of new Iran nuclear deal

(03.05.2021)

Russia has said it was „optimistic“ of a new deal on Iran nuclear non-proliferation after a meeting of senior officials from China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the UK, the US, and the EU in Vienna on Saturday.

28.04.2021 - 19:58 [ France24 ]

France unveils new counterterrorism bill that boosts surveillance of extremist websites

Extremists “are using less and less phone lines and more and more internet connections,” he said. One measure will extend the use by French intelligence services of algorithms to track down extremists online, a method already being trialed since 2015 to monitor messaging apps.

26.04.2021 - 23:47 [ Trend.az ]

Putin, Macron discuss situation in Karabakh

Mutual readiness to coordinate on various aspects of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement was expressed, including through the OSCE Minsk Group“.

26.04.2021 - 20:09 [ i24news.tv ]

Maintaining Iran deal best serves Israel’s security interests, Russian envoy to Vienna talks tells i24NEWS

„We believe that the nuclear deal is extremely valuable, that it should be maintained and it will correspond with the security interests of all states in the world and in the Middle East region,“ Ulyanov said. „I would say that for sure the nuclear deal is the best guarantee available that Iran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons, the best guarantee!“

The official had harsh words for the policies on Iran of the previous US administration, headed by the hawkish former President Donald Trump.

26.04.2021 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

In Leaked Tape, Iran’s Zarif Says Soleimani, Russia Tried to Sabotage Nuke Deal

Zarif also blames Soleimani for being in cahoots with Russia, which “put all its weight” behind sabotaging the nuclear deal with the U.S. and world powers, as well as allowing Russian fighter jets to fly over Iran for Syrian bombing raids, letting Russia use Iranian airliners to move military personnel and equipment, and deploying Iranian soldiers on the ground in Syria.

26.04.2021 - 19:54 [ New York Times ]

Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies

The recording, of a conversation in March between Mr. Zarif and an economist named Saeed Leylaz, an ally, was not meant for publication, as the foreign minister can repeatedly be heard saying on the audio. A copy was leaked to the London-based Persian news channel Iran International, which first reported on the recording and shared it with The New York Times.

26.04.2021 - 19:51 [ IsraelHayom.com ]

‚National security adviser to present Washington with sensitive information on Iran‘

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting to consolidate an Israeli strategy on Iran’s nuclear program given the progress being made among signatories to the deal in talks in Vienna.

According to the official, should Iran engage in serious talks on an improved accord, Israel would share its position on what such an accord should look like. The official further noted that at the meeting, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel was not a signatory to the accord and as such was not committed to it.

25.04.2021 - 18:42 [ Axios.com ]

Israeli officials will object to restoration of Iran deal in D.C. visit

(22.04.2021)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for strategic talks on Iran to stress their objection to a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to refuse to discuss its contents, Israeli officials say.

23.04.2021 - 15:48 [ Mercury ]

France, G5 Sahel ’support‘ Chad’s transition‘

French President Emmanuel Macron and his counterparts from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger jointly met with General Mahamat Idriss Deby before the funeral of his father, a presidential official said.

20.04.2021 - 19:26 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Why the World Won’t Criticize Chad

(April 14, 2021)

Today, Chad is a key player in the G5 Sahel Joint Force, an alliance with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger that enjoys international support, not only from France but from the United States and European Union too.

20.04.2021 - 19:02 [ New York Times ]

President of Chad Is Killed as Soldiers Clash With Rebels

But in 2019, when Chad asked the French force in the Sahel for help in dealing with another incursion, Paris was less discreet about the support, and obliged by launching a series of airstrikes on the rebels.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, told Parliament at the time, “France intervened militarily to prevent a coup d’état.”

20.04.2021 - 18:52 [ YakimaHerald.com ]

Military says that Chad’s president killed on battlefield

In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 file photo, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, left, poses with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France.

20.04.2021 - 15:44 [ BBC ]

Chad’s President Idriss Déby dies after ‚clashes with rebels‘

A military council led by Mr Déby’s son, a 37-year-old four star general, will govern for the next 18 months.

18.04.2021 - 13:56 [ The Hill ]

US orders embassy staff to leave Chad as rebels near capital

Rebel groups have frequently tried to overthrow Idriss Déby, Chad’s self-proclaimed president who has ruled the country for more than three decades after launching a successful coup himself. Déby is supported by France and the U.S., which consider him and the country an important ally against Islamist extremists in the region.

18.04.2021 - 07:24 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Can’t Be Trusted to Keep Israel Out of War With Iran

A series of widely reported attacks on targets in Iran and Iranian ships that were attributed to Israel reached a peak with the explosion at the nuclear facility in Natanz. Iran’s response was not slow to come this time. Tehran announced that it had begun enriching uranium to a purity of 60 percent, triple its previous level and approaching the level needed to produce a nuclear bomb. That, at a time when U.S. President Joe Biden is putting great effort into indirect negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement.

18.04.2021 - 07:05 [ Tehran Times ]

JCPOA Joint Commission to continue talks on Saturday

Participants will assess current debates about the possibility of the United States rejoining the JCPOA, as well as how to ensure complete and successful enforcement of the JCPOA by all parties.

The U.S. is participating in the talks indirectly.

16.04.2021 - 16:35 [ Ramzy Baroud / Antiwar.com ]

The Secret Wars of Africa’s Sahel: What Is Behind Mali’s Ongoing Strife

Barkhane was spearheaded by France and included Paris’ own „coalition of the willing“, dubbed „G5 Sahel.“ All former French colonies, the new coalition consisted of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. The declared goal of France’s indefinite intervention in the Sahel is to provide material support and training to the „G5 Sahel“ forces in their „war on terror.“

15.04.2021 - 14:52 [ France24 ]

French MPs approve controversial security bill restricting police images

France’s parliament passed a security bill Thursday to extend police powers despite criticism from civil rights activists who fear it threatens efforts to denounce police abuse.

The bill was approved by 75 votes for and 33 against at the National Assembly, where French President Emmanuel Macron’s party, which proposed the measure, has a large majority. The Senate has already adopted the bill.

14.04.2021 - 13:05 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: Shadow of sabotage hangs over critical talks

A shadow war between Israel and Iran hangs ominously over the resumption of critical talks in Vienna on Wednesday, aimed at returning Iran and the US to the 2015 nuclear agreement.

06.04.2021 - 22:44 [ apnews.com ]

World powers seek to bring US back into Iran nuclear deal

“The restoration of JCPOA will not happen immediately. It will take some time. How long? Nobody knows,” he wrote. “The most important thing after today’s meeting of the Joint Commission is that practical work towards achieving this goal has started.”

05.04.2021 - 19:44 [ France24 ]

Iran urges Europe to lean on US on lifting sanctions

Britain, France and Germany are pushing to bring US President Joe Biden’s administration back into the 2015 nuclear deal, after his predecessor Donald Trump’s withdrew and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

The other participants, including China and Russia, are to meet Tuesday in-person in the Austrian capital, with the United States indirectly taking part.

03.04.2021 - 00:15 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. and Iran Agree to Resume Talks on Nuclear Deal

A face-to-face meeting between officials from the two countries over the nuclear agreement would be the first since late 2017, months before the Trump administration withdrew from the deal in May 2018.

02.04.2021 - 14:56 [ France24 ]

World powers, Iran ready to welcome return of US to nuclear deal

The countries still party to the agreement after the US left — China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and Iran — said that the participants “emphasized their commitment to preserve the JCPOA and discussed modalities to ensure the return to its full and effective implementation,” according to a statement after their virtual meeting, referring to the acronym for the accord — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

01.04.2021 - 23:38 [ Haaretz ]

Iran, World Powers to Hold Talks on Friday to Discuss U.S. Return to Nuclear Deal, EU Says

Two diplomatic sources said Britain, France and Germany had already held talks with Iran on Monday.

01.04.2021 - 16:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

‚Behaving like a monarch‘: Emmanuel Macron under fire over lockdown U-turn as MPs boycott vote

Emmanuel Macron came under heavy fire on Thursday over his lockdown U-turn as opposition groups pledged to boycott a parliamentary vote on tougher restrictions saying they would not rubber-stamp the whims of “a monarch”.

01.04.2021 - 16:01 [ Spectator ]

Macron blames the British variant for French lockdown

Macron cited the so-called ‚Kent variant‘ as one of the main reasons for the lockdown, telling viewers: ‚This variant which was identified for the first time from our British neighbours at the end of last year and to a certain extent, of course, gave rise to an epidemic within the epidemic and that is greater than last spring.‘

It was just yesterday of course that Le Monde published a glowing article full of fawning quotes from Macron’s aides calling him ‚the president epidemiologist.‘

31.03.2021 - 16:05 [ BBC ]

UN inquiry finds French air strike killed Mali civilians

The UN investigation was carried out by the human rights division of its mission in Mali, Reuters news agency reports. Its team analysed satellite images, visited the area in late January and interviewed more than 400 people.

27.03.2021 - 12:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

France claims UK will struggle to source second Covid jabs

“The UK is proud to have vaccinated many people with the first dose, but they will have a problem with the second dose,” Le Drian said. “And we are fully vaccinated with two doses, not one. Today we have the same number of fully vaccinated people in France and the United Kingdom.

22.03.2021 - 16:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚will offer to SHARE millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s jab made at Dutch factory with the EU‘ as he warns a THIRD Covid wave will ‚wash up on our shores‘ from Europe

The PM is appealing to other leaders in a bid to resolve the crisis without a clash, and he spoke with continental heavyweights Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron last night to try and persuade them to soften their stance. He has also sent Lord Lister, a government ally, to India to ease tensions over the delay to a batch of five million UK-bound doses of the same vaccine.

20.03.2021 - 13:38 [ navyrecognition.com ]

Israel, Greece and Cyprus hold naval drill with a participation of France

(15.03.2021)

The Dolphin 2-class are the largest submarines to have been built in Germany since World War II. The Dolphin class boats are the most expensive single vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces.

Each Dolphin-class submarine is capable of carrying a combined total of up to 16 torpedoes and Popeye Turbo submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs). The cruise missiles have a range of at least 1,500 km (930 mi) and are widely believed to be equipped with a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead containing up to 6 kilograms (13 lb) of plutonium.

18.03.2021 - 12:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘Is VDL being pressured by Germany?!’ Macron aide speechless at C4 Covid vaccine probe

Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei asked: „Is this all very political and does Ursula von der Leyen, as a German politician and member of Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU, is she now under pressure?

„Especially after the results of the regional elections on Sunday that she has to come out and take the gloves off.

„Is that what this is? Is it political?“

Ms Trillet-Lenoir replied: „I wouldn’t say so. I would say it’s a complicated explanation.

18.03.2021 - 12:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

BBC’s Katya Adler exposes why Italy ‚under pressure‘ to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

BBC’s Katya Adler insisted that Italy felt under pressure to suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. While speaking on Newscast, she said despite its own advisors saying not to suspend the use of the vaccine, the Italian Government decided to plough ahead with the temporary ban. She claimed this was due to mounting pressure from their citizens with concerns due to bigger European nations Germany and France suspending the vaccine.

18.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Germany, France, Italy Suspend Use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

(15.03.2021)

Germany, Italy, France and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that have temporarily halted use of the Covid-19 shot made by AstraZeneca PLC over blood-clot concerns, dealing another blow to the continent’s sluggish vaccination rollout and threatening the credibility of the vaccine itself.

12.03.2021 - 11:42 [ Antiwar.com ]

We Need To Talk About Chad: Franco-America’s Favorite Hired Gun

After some hints to the contrary, it turns out French troops in the Sahel aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So said President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on February 16, even before his virtual summit with France’s former-colonial „partners“ – Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, and Chad – comprising the G5 Sahel Joint Force. Formed in 2014, it’s described in bureaucratic Paris-speak as „an intergovernmental cooperation framework, in order to put forward a regional response to the various challenges.“ In reality, the G5 are little more than a misfit crew of problematic proxies doing the bidding of the French generals leading a seven years-running Operation Barkhane – and that of America’s AFRICOM proconsuls propping-up Paris’s pet forever war in the Sahel.

11.03.2021 - 17:48 [ France24 ]

Protesters occupy Paris theatres to protest against Covid-19 shutdowns

University students spent Monday night protesting at Pau theatre in southern France. Similar actions were seen on Tuesday at two other theatres, the Colline in eastern Paris and the National Theatre of Strasbourg.

12.02.2021 - 21:53 [ France24 ]

France wades into the South China Sea with a nuclear attack submarine

„This extraordinary patrol has just completed a passage in the South China Sea. A striking proof of our French Navy’s capacity to deploy far away and for a long time together with our Australian, American and Japanese strategic partners,“ she tweeted along with a picture of the two vessels at sea.

07.02.2021 - 22:44 [ connexionfrance.com ]

Covid France: Five deaths after vaccine, no link proven

(20.01.2021)

The deaths were all among elderly care home residents aged 75 and over with pre-existing conditions. France’s health minister has said studies will be carried out to determine if there is a link to the vaccine or it is just ‚bad timing‘

02.02.2021 - 21:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will not be recommended for over-65s in France or Sweden as countries follow Germany’s lead

The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine will not be recommended for over-65s in France or Sweden, the countries‘ health ministries announced today.

It comes after Germany advised against administering the jab to those over 65 and Emmanuel Macron claimed it was ‚almost ineffective‘ for the age bracket.

Continental objections to the jab last week came amid a furious row between the Bloc and AstraZeneca over lagging supply, which has seen newly-unshackled Brexit Britain storm ahead in its immunisation roll-out.

31.01.2021 - 05:54 [ theSun.co.uk ]

HEADS ON THE BLOC: Angela Merkel & Emmanuel Macron under fire over EU’s disastrous Covid vaccine rollout

Tory MP Peter Bone last night said: “The EU has long-term problems partly due to its its undemocratic nature.

“It’s clear that they are not serving the nations.

“It’s breakdown will depend on Germany and France and what the people in those countries think.

31.01.2021 - 04:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

Tens of thousands protest against new French security bill

Tens of thousands of protesters turned out in dozens of French cities on Saturday to oppose a security bill they say will restrict the filming and publicising of images of police brutality.

Demonstrators also protested against the restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus and to stand up for the cultural sector, which has been especially hard-hit by the measures.

31.01.2021 - 04:11 [ theGuardian.com ]

‚Half-pregnant is not a concept‘: UK should decide who its allies are, says Macron

Asked about the cross-Channel blame game over not just vaccines, but Brexit and coronavirus controls, in which he is often personally named, Macron laughed off the personal attacks: “Whenever there’s a problem with the EU, the British just love to detest the French – and me – and say we are responsible.

“I have accepted this role. Sometimes when there are tensions, I ask ‘Why me?’ – perhaps making me out to be more important than I am!”

31.01.2021 - 03:25 [ GlobalNews.ca/news ]

Iran rejects new talks on nuclear deal after Macron suggests adding Saudi Arabia

“The nuclear accord is a multilateral international agreement ratified by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and parties to it are clear and unchangeable,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh was quoted by state media as saying.

31.01.2021 - 03:21 [ Arab News ]

Saudi Arabia must be involved in fresh talks on Iran deal, says Macron

(29.01.2021)

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have said that Gulf states must be part of any JCPOA negotiations this time, and that the talks must also address Iran’s ballistic-missile program and its support for proxies across the Middle East.

Macron stressed the need to avoid repeating what he called the mistake of excluding other countries in the region from discussions when the 2015 deal was negotiated, according to Al Arabiya.

31.01.2021 - 03:18 [ Arab News ]

Saudi crown prince receives phone call from France’s President Macron

(16.01.2021)

The crown prince and president reviewed relations between the Kingdom and France and opportunities for joint cooperation during the call.

26.01.2021 - 11:29 [ Novasep.com ]

Coronavirus: NOVASEP partners with ASTRAZENECA to produce Covid-19 Oxford vaccine for Europe

(15.06.2020)

Novasep brings to AstraZeneca more than 20 years of expertise in viral vector production. Novasep’s investment strategy in the large-scale production of biopharmaceutical products for immunotherapy and gene therapy enables Novasep to support the alliance for the production of the vaccine active substance in Europe.

The production operations will be carried out at Novasep’s Belgian site in Seneffe. Furthermore, the biopharmaceutical ecosystem in the region allows Novasep to rapidly mobilize the additional human resources needed to achieve this project.

13.01.2021 - 08:50 [ NationalInterest.org ]

The Russia-Israel Relationship Is Perfect Realpolitik

(March 23, 2017)

The same can be said about the relations of most Western countries with Israel—whether Germany, with its emotional attachment to Israel, or France, with its historically complicated Middle Eastern policy.

23.12.2020 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Kent lorry chaos could get WORSE: Army is performing as little as 200 tests an hour – meaning 10,000 stranded truckers could take DAYS to clear threatening food shortages after clashes with police and blockades

– Truckers try to force their way past police guarding Port of Dover as hundreds leave cabs and walk along road
– Jeering and whistling with some shouting: ‚Open the border‘, ‚We just want to go home‘ and ‚F*** you, Boris!‘
– France announced travel ban on all traffic from UK on Sunday night after emergence of new Covid-19 strain
– Decision meant Port of Dover was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for next 48 hours
– Deal now struck with France which means every driver must be tested for coronavirus using lateral flow tests
– Tensions also boiled over at Manston Airport, where truckers whose lorries are being held staged a protest

23.12.2020 - 10:58 [ Sky.com ]

Lorry drivers scuffle with police as tension mounts over Dover backlog

A group of drivers began booing and whistling police just after 8am this morning, before a small number started pushing officers in an apparent attempt to break through their lines.

UK and French governments have now reached a deal to reopen the border from Wednesday if the drivers test negative for COVID.

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

15.12.2020 - 23:39 [ EMASOH, 8 European countries maritime security initiative in the Strait of Hormuz / Twitter ]

Since the beginning of March 2020 more than 1513 EMASOH flagged vessels have crossed the Strait of Hormuz while surface and air assets were monitoring shipping lanes and FHQ EMASOH was on watch 24/7 for the benefit of maritime security @EMASOH_SCR @FFEAU_ALINDIEN

13.12.2020 - 23:47 [ France24 ]

France debates human rights at home while still selling weapons to oppressive regimes

As the French President Emmanuel Macron faces accusations that he is moving to curtail the civic rights in his country and reduce transparency, the recent state visit of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi underscored France’s longstanding willingness to turn a blind eye to systemic oppression in the countries it sells weapons to.

13.12.2020 - 23:25 [ France24 ]

French rights groups denounce ‚arbitrary arrests‘ at Paris protest

A statement by several rights groups and the SNJ journalists union condemned „mass arrests, unjustified charges breaking up the procession“ and the detention of people beyond the legal limit „for no legitimate reason“.

13.12.2020 - 01:41 [ France24 ]

French law on filming police triggers third weekend of protests

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in France Saturday for a third consecutive weekend of demonstrations over a controversial security bill that would limit filming of the police.

12.12.2020 - 16:26 [ Reporters Without Borders ]

Iran abducts Paris-based Iranian opposition news provider

(17.10.2019)

Zam is a controversial figure who, according to some sources, was manipulated on several occasions by the Iranian intelligence services into publishing false information. But his wife, Mahsa Razani, insists that he would not have returned to Iran of his own free will. She said he set off for Baghdad on the evening of 11 October on a Royal Jordanian flight and arrived the following morning after a stopover in Amman.

08.12.2020 - 04:27 [ Sarah Abdallah / Twitter ]

Wow. Massive anti-Macron protests are happening right now in France for #MarchesDesLibertes. Have you seen anything about it in the Western corporate media?

(05.12.2020)

07.12.2020 - 05:41 [ DefenseNews.com ]

French Navy puts fresh focus on high-intensity combat training

(19.11.2020)

Last week sailors successfully fired a cruise missile against a land target from a FREMM frigate, just a few weeks after the Suffren submarine fired its first naval cruise missile, trouble-free.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Defense News, Baudouard stressed that the Navy is a combat force and as such not only trains for today’s battles but is also preparing for tomorrow’s wars.

07.12.2020 - 05:35 [ almashareq.com ]

European mission to secure Strait of Hormuz

(25.09.2020)

A new European military mission is aimed at ensuring safe navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane, experts told Al-Mashareq.

The European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH) was established earlier this year by Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, France, Italy and Denmark.

07.12.2020 - 05:30 [ Embassy of France in Abu Dhabi ]

European Maritime Awareness in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH): political statement by the governments of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal (20 January 2020)

(21.01.2020)

Sharing the assessment that the current situation in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz remains unstable in a region critical to global stability, and supporting the de-escalation approach when it comes to dealing with regional security issues, the Governments of BELGIUM, DENMARK, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS, AND PORTUGAL politically support the creation of a European-led maritime surveillance mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH). We welcome any contribution in kind as already declared by DENMARK, FRANCE, GREECE, and THE NETHERLANDS to this effort and look forward to further commitments in the coming days.

05.12.2020 - 15:28 [ Haaretz ]

Mossad Helped Syrian General ‚Escape and Get Asylum‘ in Austria

France issued a Europol request to locate Halabi in 2017, and 2018, Austrian police raided Halabi’s apartment but did not find him. Since then his whereabouts have not been publicly known.

01.12.2020 - 18:31 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Syrian general accused of war crimes ‚given new life in Europe by Mossad‘

(29.11.2020)

By early 2014 he had made it to France with the help of French agents who may have believed the senior official could be a useful asset in the event of President Assad’s downfall, the senior French judicial source told The Telegraph.

“This was also just a few months before the 2015 terror attacks in Paris and the DGSE was desperate to get their hands on any leads about the Islamic State, which they knew was actively planning strikes,” said the source, who asked their name be withheld.

30.11.2020 - 18:48 [ France24 ]

French parliament drops draft law curtailing right to film police

The French parliament has dropped a controversial bill that would have curbed the right to film police officers in action, the speaker of parliament and leader of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party announced on Monday.

30.11.2020 - 09:39 [ France24 ]

France’s top court orders review of Covid-19 restrictions on church attendance

Catholic organisations have challenged the limit, arguing that churches and cathedrals are much more spacious than retail outlets, where the limit is one person per eight square metres.

29.11.2020 - 15:10 [ Le Général, Street journaliste / Twitter ]

„LIBERTE LIBERTE“ à #paris ce soir La bastille

#Violencepolicieres

29.11.2020 - 15:02 [ OpenDemocracy.net ]

France’s ‘global security’ bill

(23.11.2020) Perfectly in line with the trend of the times – and by consequence, we are sorry to have it observed, with very little inventiveness and innovation – these articles impose a general surveillance for the many and a privileged disclosure for the few, as they provide for ground mass surveillance, air mass surveillance and a ban on documenting police action.

29.11.2020 - 14:50 [ Washington Post ]

France’s new national security bill could jeopardize freedom of expression

(26.11.2020)

That was the second protest gathering thousands of people that week, despite the country’s health crisis and lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic. The demonstrations related to a new bill accused of obstructing civil liberties. As critics have argued, the “global security bill,” which received a first-reading adoption by the National Assembly on Nov. 24, jeopardizes the freedom of the press and could herald the introduction of a ubiquitous surveillance system.

29.11.2020 - 14:27 [ leParisien.fr ]

VIDÉO. Paris : un policier frappé au sol par plusieurs personnes place de la Bastille

La dispersion de la manifestation contre la loi « sécurité globale » a terminé en affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre. Quelques centaines de personnes ont affronté les policiers place de la Bastille.

29.11.2020 - 14:17 [ Agence France-Presse / Twitter ]

„Nous sommes choqués par les blessures infligées à notre collègue Ameer al-Halbi et nous condamnons cette violence non provoquée“, a affirmé @philchet , directeur de l’information de l’AFP, demandant également une enquête de police #AFP

29.11.2020 - 14:11 [ Fared_Alhor / Twitter ]

#AmeerAlHalbi, a Syrian photographer based in Paris, was horrendously beaten by the French police for taking photos of the clashes in the « city of lights ».

29.11.2020 - 13:48 [ Axios.com ]

Clashes in Paris as tens of thousands protest France security bill

They say video that emerged this week of police beating a Black music producer during an arrest in Paris — which French President Emmanuel Macron denounced on Friday as „unacceptable“ — may never have been reported on if the law were passed, AFP notes.
The law would criminalize the publication or broadcasting of images of police if the intent is to „physically or mentally harm“ them.

29.11.2020 - 13:47 [ France24 ]

Prizewinning photojournalist injured covering Paris protest

Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, tweeted that the 24-year-old had been wounded at Place de la Bastille by „a police baton“ and condemned the violence.

28.11.2020 - 22:24 [ France24 ]

Tear gas and clashes at Paris protest against police violence

Some 133,000 people took to the streets – including 46,000 in Paris – according to the government’s figures. Demonstrators in the French capital carried red union flags, the national tricolour flag and homemade signs denouncing police violence, demanding media freedom or calling for Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin’s resignation. Bordeaux, Lille, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Nantes and other French cities also saw protests.

27.11.2020 - 00:13 [ France24 ]

Paris police officers suspended over brutal beating of Black man

In a Twitter message posted hours after Loopsider published the video, Darmanin said he asked the Paris police prefect to suspend the police officers concerned as a precautionary measure. “I hope the disciplinary proceedings can be conducted as soon as possible,” said Darmanin.

21.11.2020 - 17:40 [ France24 ]

Rights groups, press freedom advocates protest against French security bill

Thousands protested in Paris and other French cities Saturday against a security bill that would outlaw the publication of images of on-duty police officers. The government says the law is aimed at protecting officers from retribution while critics say it would violate press freedom and the ability to document police abuses.

16.11.2020 - 21:01 [ France24 ]

Macron walks diplomatic tightrope while hosting Trump ally Pompeo

Le Drian said Friday that he would raise the concerns of France – which has been hit by a number of jihadist attacks – over Trump’s plans to speed up the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

14.11.2020 - 19:17 [ France24 ]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour

In an arrival tweet posted Saturday, Pompeo highlighted the “shared values: democracy, freedom, and rule of law” between the US and France. “The strong relationship between our countries cannot be overestimated, and I’m looking forward to my discussions here in Paris,” he said.

01.11.2020 - 20:36 [ France24 ]

France’s independent bookshops struggle to survive a second lockdown

“Since theatres and cinemas are closed, bookshops are the last place where you can have access to culture,” said Anne Martelle, president of the Union of French Booksellers. “Going to a bookshop is a low-risk cultural activity, so it’s a shame to stop it.”

18.10.2020 - 10:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Au revoir to the bars! Millions enjoy a last night of freedom before Covid-19 curfew hits Paris and other cities across France

President Emmanuel Macron announced curfews on around 20 million people in the Paris region and eight other French metropolitan areas starting tonight to try to slow the tide.

08.10.2020 - 22:45 [ Xinhuanet ]

Nigeria joins military exercise in Gulf of Guinea

He added that the Exercise Grand Africa Nemo 2020 is a yearly ritual that is organized by the French government in collaboration with the United States and European Union, among others.

05.10.2020 - 15:38 [ Spiked ]

The revolt against lockdown

Meanwhile, protests have raged again in Madrid, following the imposition of localised measures on particular districts that protesters say are punishing the poor. Comments made by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the president of the Madrid region, suggesting ‘the way of life of immigrants’ was partly to blame for the rises in cases, have also sparked a fierce backlash.

A manifesto signed by various neighbourhood groups denounces the new measures as racist and classist, arguing that they single out the ‘individual behaviours’ of poorer residents for scorn when in all neighbourhoods rules are being broken.

01.10.2020 - 15:53 [ Elysee Palast ]

Déclaration des Présidents de la fédération de Russie, des États-Unis d’Amérique et de la République française sur le Haut-Karabagh

Nous, Président de la Fédération de Russie, Président des États-Unis d’Amérique et Président de la République française, représentant les pays co-présidents du Groupe de Minsk de l’OSCE, condamnons dans les termes les plus forts l’escalade de la violence récente sur la ligne de contact dans la zone de conflit du Haut-Karabakh.

Nous déplorons la perte de vies humaines et nous exprimons notre sympathie aux familles des victimes et des blessés.

01.10.2020 - 15:49 [ armenpress.am ]

Trump, Putin and Macron call for “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Nagorno Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have issued a joint statement regarding the situation at the Nagorno Karbakh conflict zone.

“The President of the Russian Federation, the President of the United States of America and the President of the French Republic, representing the Co-Chair countries of the OSCE Minsk Group, condemn in the strongest terms the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

01.10.2020 - 15:47 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

(30.09.2020)

The presidents discussed the sharp escalation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They expressed deep concern over the continued large-scale hostilities there. Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron called on the conflicting sides to fully cease fire without delay, deescalate tensions and show maximum restraint.

They pointed out that there is no alternative to a diplomatic and political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. In this context, they discussed the practical aspects of their further interaction, primarily within the OSCE Minsk Group. They expressed readiness to issue a statement on behalf of the Minsk Group co-chairs (Russia, France and the United States) regarding the immediate termination of the hostilities and the resumption of negotiations.

20.09.2020 - 11:55 [ France24 ]

Crowds flock to Notre-Dame as France holds its annual weekend of heritage celebration despite Covid

Historic and cultural sites that are usually closed to the public opened their doors this weekend. FRANCE 24’s reporters were among the crowds at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. They watched carpenters demonstrate the medieval techniques that will be required to restore the cathedral after it was damaged by fire on April 14, 2019.

11.09.2020 - 10:26 [ Frannce24 ]

Mediterranean leaders ready for EU sanctions on ‘confrontational’ Turkey

After talks with the leaders of Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Cyprus in the resort of Porticcio outside the local capital Ajaccio, Macron adopted a slightly milder tone, saying the leaders wanted to reengage in a dialogue with Turkey „in good faith“.

04.09.2020 - 02:39 [ Oilprice.com ]

Cyprus Makes A Major Bet On LNG

The assignment has been given to a multinational consortium led by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPEC). The floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) includes onshore pipelines and additional facilities will be built at Vassiliko Port. The FSRU will have 125,000 m3 of storage capacity while being capable of unloading LNG carriers ranging from 120,000 m3 to 217,000 m3. The project’s value is €500 million and is co-financed by a 40 percent grant from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which is scheduled for completion in 2021.

22.08.2020 - 05:15 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Turkey has cut water to 1 million people in Hasakah. Meanwhile the Kurdish SDF are helping US steal our oil, Gulf & Turkish-backed jihadists are running Idlib; UK, US, FR troops running around… All of these countries occupying Syria are like a fucking virus that won’t go away.

21.08.2020 - 04:28 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

E3 Foreign Ministers‘ Statement on the JCPoA – Statement by the United Kingdom, France and Germany on the JCPoA

On 20 August, the US sent a letter to the UN Security Council requesting to initiate the ‘snapback’ mechanism, which allows a participant to the JCPoA to seek the reimposition against Iran of the multilateral sanctions lifted in 2015 in accordance with resolution 2231, adopted by the UN Security Council.

France, Germany and the United Kingdom (“the E3”) note that the US ceased to be a participant to the JCPoA following their withdrawal from the deal on 8 May, 2018. Our position regarding the effectiveness of the US notification pursuant to resolution 2231 has consequently been very clearly expressed to the Presidency and all UNSC members. We cannot therefore support this action which is incompatible with our current efforts to support the JCPoA.

21.08.2020 - 04:12 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: European nations ’siding with ayatollahs‘ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of „siding with the ayatollahs“ after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.

The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger „snapback“ sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

19.08.2020 - 07:00 [ The Hill ]

Mali president resigns after being arrested by troops

Keita and his Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested along with other government officials earlier in the day, according to the head of the African Union.

15.08.2020 - 18:41 [ DutchNews.nl ]

As coronavirus cases rise, Paris, Madrid and Ibiza are added to Dutch ‘no go list’

Britain has also been added to the code orange list, but travellers will not have to quarantine on their return to the Netherlands. Travel advice to the UK has been tightened up as a warning, because the British have introduced quarantine requirements for people from the Netherlands, the foreign ministry said.

15.08.2020 - 18:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Unfortunate Brits who just missed the 4am France quarantine deadline arrive home including a mother whose train was delayed and must now isolate with her disabled son – after 160,000 raced through the night on midnight ferries and even FISHING BOATS

– From 4am onwards, all those arriving from France must quarantine for 14 days after spike in coronavirus cases
– The 11th-hour move sparked chaos for an estimated 500,000 Britons who were holidaying in France
– There are also fears that the new rules will cause thousands of children to miss the start of the school year
– Pupils who don’t return to UK by Tuesday night will be self-isolating at home when majority of schools go back

11.08.2020 - 21:12 [ theWire.in ]

UNSC: US Looks to Extend Iran Arms Embargo, Threatens ‚Snapback‘

A last-minute attempt by Britain, France and Germany to broker a compromise with Russia and China on an arms embargo extension appeared unsuccessful so far, diplomats said. Russia and China, allies of Iran, have long-signalled opposition to the US measure.

09.08.2020 - 07:09 [ NBC News ]

Beirut explosion: Trump to discuss aid response with Lebanese, world leaders

Trump will join a conference call on Sunday, led by France and the United Nations, to rally aid and funds in the aftermath of the colossal explosion, which killed more than 150 people and injured at least 5,000, many of whom are now homeless.

„We will be having a conference call on Sunday with President Macron, leaders of Lebanon, and leaders from various other parts of the world. Everyone wants to help!“ Trump tweeted Friday.

09.08.2020 - 06:42 [ AnNahar.com ]

Is France helping Lebanon, or trying to reconquer it?

Macron himself firmly rejected the idea of reviving the French mandate.

“You can’t ask me to substitute for your leaders. It’s not possible,” he said. “There is no French solution.”

But he made a point of noting that he plans to return to Lebanon to verify that promised reforms are being undertaken on Sept. 1, the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Greater Lebanon – and the beginning of French rule.

28.07.2020 - 05:08 [ Al Jazeera ]

Rafale: First French fighter jets head to India after purchase

They will refuel midair several times on the way, and will also make a stopover in Al Dhafra in the United Arab Emirates, where France has an airbase.

12.07.2020 - 15:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Scientists from the Wuhan virus lab have ‚defected‘ to the West, reveals senior Trump ally Steve Bannon – as FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak

He said: ‘The thing was built with French help, so don’t think that there aren’t some monitoring devices in there. I think what you are going to find out is that these guys were doing experiments which they weren’t fully authorised [for] or knew what they were doing and that somehow, either through an inadvertent mistake, or on a lab technician, one of these things got out.

‘It’s not that hard for these viruses to get out. That is why these labs are so dangerous.

‘You essentially had a biological Chernobyl in Wuhan, but the centre of gravity, the Ground Zero, was round the Wuhan lab, in terms of the casualty rates. And like Chernobyl, you also had the cover-up – the state apparatus reports to itself and just protects itself.’

01.07.2020 - 22:22 [ France24 ]

France suspends role in NATO naval mission over tensions with Turkey

Ties between NATO allies France and Turkey have soured in recent weeks over Libya, Northern Syria and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.

20.06.2020 - 00:03 [ ERR News ]

France awards medals to Estonian troops for service in Mali

The medals were awarded to 48 members of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) by French Defense Attache Lt. Col. Frank Piffer and Lt. Col. Mathieu Courtaban, head of the French contingent currently serving the Baltic Air Policing mission out of Ämari Air Base.

19.06.2020 - 23:31 [ France24 ]

Turkey says will work with Italy for Libya peace, excoriates EU

Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments during a joint news conference with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio. Italy and Turkey support the U.N.-backed government that is based in Tripoli against the rival forces under the command of Khalifa Hifter, who is supported by France, Russia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and other key Arab countries.

19.06.2020 - 10:25 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Victory for free speech as France’s supreme court crushes authoritarian “hate speech” laws

France’s Supreme Court equivalent rejected most parts of a bill that would obligate social media companies to remove so-called hate speech within 24 hours.

The ruling by the Constitutional Council on Thursday, June 18, 2020, is a win for free speech and even for big social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook.

25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

19.05.2020 - 18:45 [ OpenDemocracy.net ]

DemocracyWatch: COVID-19 ushers in a new era of surveillance apps

Last week, Palantir got the US government contract to run a new system for tracking the spread of COVID-19.

It’s not just the US that is boosting surveillance in the pandemic. In tiny Liechtenstein, the government has launched biometric tracker bracelets that automatically collect key medical information. The statelet plans for all citizens to wear them by autumn, while Germany, Turkey and France are also among the 23 countries that have looked at high-tech surveillance measures in response to the crisis.

17.05.2020 - 08:29 [ Tout va bien / Youtube ]

Interpellation par la police à Montpellier d’une gilet jaune manipulant une gigantesque marionnette

Moment de liesse à l’arrivée d’une marionnette géante, place de la Comédie.
#Montpellier #deconfinementjour6 #manifestation #GiletsJaunes marqués malheureusement quelques minutes plus tard par l’interpellation de la dame à la marionnette.
#deconfinementjour6 #Montpellier #GiletsJaunes

17.05.2020 - 08:25 [ John Lichfield / Twitter ]

Biggest turnout of Gilets Jaunes, on defiance of epidemic rules, was an estimated 350 in Montpellier. Crowd refused to disperse. Some scuffling, some tear gas. Police used batons at one stage. One woman hurt. Just like old times…

17.05.2020 - 08:11 [ TVLiberties.com ]

Des manifestations de « Gilets jaunes » interdites ce samedi à Nantes, Angers, Saint-Nazaire, Toulouse, Montpellier et Lyon

Alors que des appels à manifester ce samedi ont été lancés dans plusieurs villes où les Gilets jaunes espéraient de nouveau battre le pavé, ils ont reçu l’interdiction de manifester à Angers, Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, Toulouse, Montpellier et Lyon.

15.05.2020 - 05:42 [ France24 ]

French parents set up woodland classroom in protest at school closure

Around nine children, aged 4-7, attended the first day of classes in woodland owned by one of the parents near the town of Montmeyran, in the Drôme, with desks, chairs and whiteboards all set up in a specially pruned clearing.

Lessons included maths, physics and reading with parents acting as teachers.

07.05.2020 - 14:59 [ i24News.tv ]

Israel demands more access for UN peacekeepers in Lebanon

The new measures reportedly have the backing of the United States, according to The Times of Israel.

Israel’s envoy, Danny Danon, made the demands during a video press briefing, adding that the UN Security Council must be immediately informed if Lebanon moves to block any of the new measures.

06.05.2020 - 18:03 [ InvestmentWatchblog.com ]

France Calls for ‘Health Passports” As Germany Rolls Out ‘Immunity Cards’

(02.05.2020)

The mayor of Nice has urged French PM Edouard Philippe to introduce new travel controls during the Covid-19 pandemic through “health passports” in the parts of France which border other countries.

05.05.2020 - 21:25 [ 511host.com ]

Prof Neil Ferguson coronavirus mastermind of the UK lockdown, others – Business Insider

(25.04.2020)

– Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, authored a paper that prompted the UK to scrap its coronavirus strategy.
– Ferguson’s team warned Boris Johnson that the quest for “herd immunity” could cost 510,000 lives, prompting an abrupt U-turn.
– His simulations have been influential in other countries as well, cited by authorities in the US, Germany, and France.

25.04.2020 - 11:43 [ Ansa.it ]

WHO and UN launch drive to accelerate vaccine development

As the deaths caused by the coronavirus passed 190,000 at the global level and the number of cases crossed the 2.7 million threshold (Johns Hopkins University data updated Friday), a „historic collaboration“ was launched to accelerate the arrival of a vaccine.

25.04.2020 - 10:41 [ UN.org ]

Secretary-General’s remarks at the launch of the Statement of Commitment and Call for Support for the Global Collaboration to Accelerate the Development, Production and Equitable Access to New COVID-19 Tools [as delivered]

This launch brings together world leaders, the private sector, scientific and humanitarian actors and other partners to promote health, keep the world safe and advance the public good.

Human health is the quintessential global public good.

And today, we face a global public enemy like no other.

25.04.2020 - 10:35 [ LA Times ]

$8-billion effort aims to speed development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments

Friday’s launch event was co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.

Leaders from South Africa, Rwanda, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Costa Rica joined the call to pledge their commitment to work with and support the ACT Accelerator.

Representatives from the United States and China were noticeably absent.

25.04.2020 - 10:21 [ World Health Organization WHO.int ]

Global collaboration to accelerate new COVID-19 health technologies

The launch of the new collaboration is being co-hosted by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The virtual event will include senior United Nations, government and public health and industry leaders from around the world.

25.04.2020 - 10:15 [ southafrica.watsupafrica.com ]

World leaders call for global collaboration in COVID-19 fight

World leaders have joined the World Health Organisation in calling for global collaboration to accelerate the development and equitable access to new COVID-19 tools, including vaccines.

07.04.2020 - 11:04 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU project in ‘mortal danger’ if Italy and Spain are abandoned

(29.03.2020)

Conte said anybody who thinks they can force Italy to accept disciplinary terms as a condition for loans – a sort of „Troika“ regime – have gravely misjudged the mood of his nation. Italy will not take the money. “We will do it alone,” he said.

The message is that if there is no EU solidarity when it matters, then it no longer makes sense for Italy to accept EU surveillance and constraints, or for Italy to forgo use of its own sovereign policy instruments in self-defence.

07.04.2020 - 11:01 [ Edmund Knowles ?? #VoteBrexitParty / Twitter ]

„When Italy invoked the EU’s formal disaster procedure with desperate calls for protective gear and ventilators, no country responded. Germany and France instead imposed export bans. The EU’s single market did not exist when push came to shove.“

(30.03.2020)

06.04.2020 - 15:52 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

„A response to the corona crisis in Europe based on solidarity“

Article by Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, on the corona crisis in Europe. Published April 6th, 2020, in different language versions in Les Echos (France), La Stampa (Italy), El País (Spain), Público (Portugal) and Ta Nea (Greece).

04.04.2020 - 19:23 [ France24.com ]

Lifting lockdown: France looks ahead to options for easing coronavirus restrictions

France’s Prime Minister Édouard Philippe was grilled by fellow MPs at the National Assembly on Thursday, asked to explain what strategies were being considered for how to ease the country out of its coronavirus lockdown (or confinement in French).

The French government, Philippe said, hoped to be able to present the „outline of a strategy in the coming days on how to ease the confinement“.

18.03.2020 - 08:16 [ Xinhua ]

Turkey, Germany, France, UK discuss Syria’s Idlib, coronavirus via teleconference

The leaders of Turkey, Germany, France, and Britain discussed issues, including the latest situation in Syria’s northern province of Idlib and the COVID-19 outbreak, at a televised meeting on Tuesday.

17.03.2020 - 07:03 [ France24.com ]

France to deploy 100,000 police to enforce coronavirus lockdown

France will deploy 100,000 police to enforce a lockdown ordered by President Emmanuel Macron aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s interior minister said on Monday, and fixed checkpoints will be set up across the country.

15.03.2020 - 22:51 [ Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News - genengnews.com ]

CureVac, Sanofi Pasteur, and In-Cell-Art Collaborate on €33.1M DARPA-Supported Vaccine Program

(November 15, 2011)

The four-year DARPA-supported program will exploit CureVac’s RNActive technology along with In-Cell-Art’s nanoparticle expertise and Sanofi’s vaccine development capabilities.

The option agreement signed between Sanofi and CureVac in parallel with the DARPA collaboration covers pre-agreed license terms for the development of vaccines against a number of predefined pathogens.

15.03.2020 - 19:23 [ France24.com ]

Lockdown: France orders closure of restaurants and all ’non-essential‘ commerce to stem coronavirus

France has gone on lockdown after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ordered the closure of restaurants, cafés and all other „non-essential“ commerce beginning at midnight on Saturday. Groceries, pharmacies, tobacconists and petrol stations will remain open.

08.03.2020 - 15:37 [ The Chronicle Herald ]

U.S. creates new envoy position to counter rising terrorism in Sahel

The U.S. currently has around 6,000 military personnel in Africa. Although some experts say a repositioning of forces is overdue, many U.S. officials share French concerns about relieving pressure on militants in Africa.

28.02.2020 - 19:15 [ France24 ]

France summons Mali envoy in dispute over ‚false‘ remarks about soldiers

France on Thursday summoned Mali’s ambassador after dismissing as “false” and “unacceptable” his claims of rowdy behaviour by French soldiers helping the West African nation combat an Islamic insurgency.

Toumani Djime Diallo was summoned to the foreign ministry, where “we expressed our indignation at his baseless and shocking remarks on behalf of an allied country in the fight against terrorism,” the ministry told AFP.

27.02.2020 - 15:18 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkish navy’s star frigate joins NATO drill

The Dynamic Manta 2020 drill – an annual advanced anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare exercise – kicked off on Feb. 24 off Italy’s Sicily Island and will continue through March 6.

14.02.2020 - 13:36 [ Time.com ]

‘Our Hearts Are Dead.’ After 9 Years of Civil War, Libyans Are Tired of Being Pawns in a Geopolitical Game of Chess

Though Libyans shaped the ebb and flow of battle, they were hardly alone, even then: circling high above were foreign warplanes from the NATO-led coalition that kept at bay fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. And contrary to some official denials, there were also “boots on the ground” in the form of foreign special operations forces and intelligence personnel, from France, Britain, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, who discretely channeled weapons and training to fractious anti-Gaddafi groups. In such meddling, there were already signs of a proxy rivalry that would explode into open warfare years later.

03.02.2020 - 03:22 [ The Times of Israel ]

Morocco’s military said to receive 3 Israeli reconnaissance drones

Morocco’s military reportedly took possession last week of three Israeli-made reconnaissance drones, sold to the Arab nation via France, despite the lack of any formal relations between the two countries.

The drones, of the “Heron” long-endurance models developed by Israel Aerospace Industries, were bought for some $48 million, according to French website Intelligence Online.

03.02.2020 - 03:10 [ France24 ]

France to send 600 more troops to Africa’s Sahel

Parly added that Chad “should soon deploy an additional battalion” within the joint force of the G5 Sahel, which brings together Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad in the three borders zone.

02.02.2020 - 12:09 [ Spiked ]

The French government is at war with the people

Macron’s assault on living standards and liberty cannot be ignored any longer.

02.02.2020 - 11:44 [ France24.com ]

Brexit is a ‚historic warning sign‘ for the European Union, says Macron

Brexit is a „historic warning sign“ for the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron said hours before Britain’s departure from the EU, adding that it meant „we need more Europe“.

29.01.2020 - 00:40 [ Kathimerini ]

Charles De Gaulle to dock in Limassol

Dumont noted that France also has its eyes set on joining the East Med Gas Forum, a platform for East Mediterranean natural gas cooperation, which was formally established as an international organization earlier this month when a memorandum of understanding was signed in Cairo by Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine.

26.01.2020 - 12:51 [ ABC News ]

Iranian FM: Tehran still willing to negotiate with US

“For us, it doesn’t matter who is sitting in the White House, what matters is how they behave,” he said, according to Der Spiegel. “The Trump administration can correct its past, lift the sanctions and come back to the negotiating table. We’re still at the negotiating table. They’re the ones who left.”

19.01.2020 - 10:28 [ Michael Tanchum ‏/ Twitter ]

FRANCE-GREECE Naval Cooperation in E. Med sending signal prior to Berlin Conference | The Paris-Abu Dhabi alignment welcomes Athens

15.01.2020 - 01:48 [ PressTV.com ]

Zarif slams EU’s dispute mechanism as ‘a strategic mistake’

On Tuesday, the three European signatories to the Iran deal — France, Britain and Germany — formally triggered the dispute mechanism, which accuses Iran of violating the agreement and could lead to the restoration of the anti-Iran UN sanctions that had been lifted by the JCPOA.

15.01.2020 - 01:46 [ PressTV.com ]

Zarif urges E3 to stop 20 months of bowing to US diktat

Tehran has particularly been disappointed with the European trio’s failure to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States‘ withdrawal.

After patiently watching for more than a year and seeing no clear action from the other signatories of the nuclear deal, Iran invoked Articles 26 and 36 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to let go of some of the limitations put on its nuclear work.

14.01.2020 - 18:35 [ Khamenei.ir, Iran's Supreme Leader / Twitter ]

It’s been repeated recently that Europeans have created #instex financial channel. This is more like a joke, a bitter joke. What they’re responsible to do is totally different from what they’re doing. Once again, Europeans stabbed us in the back. We can’t expect them anything.

(21.03.2019)

14.01.2020 - 18:26 [ Sina Toossi ‏/ Twitter ]

3. Even when European countries had waivers to buy Iranian oil, few did. The „INSTEX“ mechanism—originally aimed at facilitating broad trade—failed to take off even for allowed humanitarian trade.

14.01.2020 - 18:10 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

Joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: 14 January 2020

Since May 2018, we have worked together to preserve the agreement. The E3 have fully upheld our JCPoA commitments, including sanctions-lifting as foreseen under the terms of the agreement. In addition to the lifting of all sanctions, required by our commitments under the agreement, we have worked tirelessly to support legitimate trade with Iran, including through the INSTEX special purpose vehicle.

14.01.2020 - 18:00 [ theHill.com ]

UK, Germany, France move to sanction Iran over nuclear steps

Germany, France and the United Kingdom moved on Tuesday to formally sanction Iran over claims that Tehran has violated the 2015 nuclear agreement.

12.01.2020 - 20:26 [ Elysee Palast - Elysee.fr ]

Déclaration conjointe des chefs d’État et de gouvernement de France, d’Allemagne et du Royaume-Uni

Nous prenons note de l’annonce de l’Iran concernant la destruction du vol UIA PS752, et nous engageons à travailler avec l’Iran sur les prochaines étapes.

Aujourd’hui, notre message est clair : nous restons attachés au JCPoA et à sa préservation ; nous exhortons l’Iran à annuler toutes les mesures incompatibles avec l’accord ; nous appelons l’Iran à s’abstenir de toute nouvelle action violente ou de prolifération ; et nous restons prêts à engager le dialogue avec l’Iran sur cette base afin de préserver la stabilité de la région.

12.01.2020 - 20:24 [ Downing Street No 10 - Gov.UK ]

Statement from the heads of state and government of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, 12 January 2020.

We note Iran’s announcement with regard to the shooting down of UIA Flight PS752 and commit to working with Iran on next steps.

Today, our message is clear: we remain committed to the JCPoA and to preserving it; we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance; we call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation; and we remain ready to engage with Iran on this agenda in order to preserve the stability of the region.

11.01.2020 - 17:17 [ CGT Télécoms Paris / Twitter ]

#Retraites #Retrait #greve11janvier On est 150 000 aujourd’hui dans Paris

11.01.2020 - 16:37 [ thelocal.fr ]

Why do rich people in France live much longer than the country’s poorest?

(08.02.2018)

11.01.2020 - 16:11 [ Le Média - Correspondants citoyens ‏/ Twitter ]

À #Rennes les #GilletsJaunes ouvrent le cortège de la #manifestation de la #greve11janvier contre la #reformedesretraites. Images de @JBourrieau pour @LeMediaTV

11.01.2020 - 15:58 [ @GNantais / Twitter ]

? Tous Ensemble à #Nantes avant d’arriver à la #Préfecture ?✊? #greve11janvier #GreveGenerale

11.01.2020 - 15:52 [ Ian56 ‏/ Twitter ]

Thousands of #GiletsJaunes and unions are marching to protest in #Toulouse. This will not be shown on mainstream TV. #greve11janvier #Acte61

11.01.2020 - 15:49 [ Jacobin agazine ]

“This Strike Is Uniting the Resistance Against Macron”

A government bid to cut back pensions has pitched France into its longest strike in decades. But as one railworker organizer tells Jacobin, the dispute is about more than retirement insurance — it’s about stopping Emmanuel Macron’s whole agenda.

11.01.2020 - 15:43 [ Cerveaux non disponibles ‏/ Twitter ]

1/ #ViolencesPolicieres : nous sombrons vite. Jeudi 9 janvier, un voile supplémentaire s’est levé sur la réalité de ce qu’est la Police. #manif9janvier #paris

Vidéo complète : https://www.facebook.com/cerveauxnondisponibles/videos/2585958411689021

09.01.2020 - 17:03 [ France24 ]

Live: French pension reform strikes enter sixth week with nationwide day of protest

The 36th day of the longest continuous transport strikes in France’s modern history is taking place today, January 9, which is also the fourth day of major, cross-sector protests since the strikes began on December 5.

07.01.2020 - 17:26 [ europa.eu ]

EU HR Borrell meets Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, France, Italy and United Kingdom: roundtable

Josep BORRELL, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, meets with Heiko MAAS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany; Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France; Luigi DI MAIO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy; Dominic RAAB, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State of the United Kingdom, on 7 January 2020, in Brussels.

07.01.2020 - 17:24 [ TRT World Now / Twitter ]

Foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Italy are meeting to discuss Iran and Libya. Journalist Lucy Hough reports from Brussels

06.01.2020 - 06:08 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs ]

PM statement on the situation in Iraq following calls with President Macron, President Trump and Chancellor Merkel

We are in close contact with all sides to encourage de-escalation. I will be speaking to other leaders and our Iraqi friends to support peace and stability. The Foreign Secretary has been in constant contact with leaders and foreign ministers from across the globe and we have taken steps to increase the security of our personnel and interests in the region. Following further international engagement and ministerial meetings here in the UK, Parliament will be updated on Tuesday.

01.01.2020 - 19:42 [ EHA News ‏/ Twitter ]

New general strike call in #France… ▪️The French General Confederation of Labour (CGT) called on workers to occupy all oil facilites and fuel depots in the country between January 7 and January 10 – Le Monde –

01.01.2020 - 19:38 [ Jean-Luc Mélenchon, @FranceInsoumise / Twitter ]

Ce ne sont pas des voeux mais une déclaration de guerre aux millions de Français qui refusent sa réforme. Tout le reste de son discours sonne faux et creux. Un extraterrestre a parlé. #VoeuxMacron2020

01.01.2020 - 19:34 [ ibtimes.com ]

French Unions Vow No Surrender In Month-long Strike

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, head of the France Unbowed (LFI) party, added on Twitter: „These are not (New Year) wishes but a declaration of war to the millions of French who refuse his reform.“

Already another day of mass protests is set for January 9, when teachers, dockers, hospital workers and other public sector employees are expected to join transport workers by striking for the day.

Energy workers have also called for a three-day blockade of the country’s oil refineries and fuel depots starting January 7, raising the spectre of petrol shortages.

30.12.2019 - 19:42 [ RadioFarda.com ]

Russia’s Foreign Minister Says Either Abide By Iran Nuclear Deal Or Kill It

Lavrov made the comments on December 30 after meeting in Moscow with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said that the European signatories to the deal were „not taking any practical steps“ to support it.

30.12.2019 - 18:56 [ France24 ]

France, Egypt urge ‘restraint’ in Libya as Turkey weighs sending troops

Macron held talks late Sunday with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi when both agreed that warring Libyan powers need to negotiate a political solution under UN auspices.

29.12.2019 - 18:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack

he global chemical weapons watchdog is facing renewed questions after fresh details emerged about how it suppressed the findings of its own inspectors who raised serious doubts about an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.

29.12.2019 - 18:50 [ Tim Hayward ‏/ Twitter ]

Once again, Peter Hitchens is the one journalist to break ranks within mainstream media and report on further damning leaks revealing political capture of chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

29.12.2019 - 18:08 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

This appears to be Twitter’s explanation. Make of it what you will.

29.12.2019 - 18:07 [ Tim Hayward / Twitter ‏ ]

Twitter is proactively censoring news about the OPCW scandal and central involvement in it of French diplomat.

29.12.2019 - 18:05 [ Ben Norton ‏/ Twitter ]

Twitter has also censored some of our tweets at @TheGrayzoneNews. These tweets are factual reporting; they don’t violate any rules. Here is an example of Twitter hiding a tweet with a link to our journalistic interview with Bolivia’s leftist leader:

29.12.2019 - 18:02 [ Max Blumenthal, Editor, the @GrayzoneProject ‏/ Twitter ]

This is bizarre, I have never seen anything like it before… Italian reporter @SMaurizi had a tweet on OPCW and Douma arbitrarily blocked by Twitter. It contained important info and did not violate any rules.

28.12.2019 - 16:08 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 4

27 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more internal documents from the OPCW regarding the investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018.

One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation:

“Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA”.

The main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack, was that they were more likely manually placed there than dropped from a plane or helicopter from considerable heights. His findings were omitted from the official final OPCW report on the Douma incident.

28.12.2019 - 15:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Media’s Deafening Silence On Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

This new WikiLeaks drop includes an email from the OPCW Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha (who is reportedly so detested by organisation inspectors that they code named him “Voldemort”) throwing a fit over the Ian Henderson Engineering Assessment which found that the Douma incident was likely a staged event. Braha is seen ordering OPCW staff to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever” from the organisation’s secure registry.

26.12.2019 - 10:38 [ theTrumpet.com ]

The Persian Gulf Is About to Become Dangerously Crowded

(12.12.2019)

France and Qatar signed an agreement allowing France to deploy and station military forces within Qatar.

The Netherlands said on November 25 that it would join Denmark and France in the European naval mission, reported the NLTimes. The Netherlands said it would deploy a navy ship to the Persian Gulf for six months but said it would play an “observing” role. Belgium, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden are also expected to join the European coalition, the Tehran Times reported.

24.12.2019 - 13:33 [ Paul Embery, Blue Labour / Twitter ]

There has been literally not a word on this from the ‘internationalist’ TUC. Our fellow workers are engaged in mass strike action just a few miles across the Channel, and the voice of the British trade union movement is silent. Totally shameful.

17.12.2019 - 15:40 [ France24 ]

Live: French unions rally en masse for ‚Black Tuesday‘ protests against pension reform

As nationwide strikes continue in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s signature pension reform, unions are planning mass demonstrations on Tuesday in a pre-Christmas push to get the government to withdraw its reform plan altogether.

09.12.2019 - 06:14 [ Haaretz ]

From Now On, Every Palestinian Is an anti-Semite

The plague is spreading. Under cover of the (just) war against anti-Semitism, Europe and the United States silence every voice daring to criticize Israel. Under cover of this war, they are undermining their freedom of speech. Incredibly, this new phenomenon is not triggering any protest, as one would expect. Laws labeling anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism and the anti-occupation movement as anti-Semitic, are passed with overwhelming majorities.