Tag Archives: France

The Trump-Macron “Friendship Tree” Has Died

The Guardian reports: It was a symbolic gift from Emmanuel Macron to Donald Trump at the height of their “bromance” last year: an oak tree ceremoniously planted in the manicured lawns of the White House by both leaders. Once the cameras had departed, the tree was uprooted and placed into quarantine to avoid the spread of non-native diseases and invasive …

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Trump Delays D-Day Ceremony For Fox News Interview

Mediaite reports: The ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day Thursday morning were set to start sharply at 11:00 AM local time, but actually started 15 minutes later than planned. According to MSNBC White House reporter Hallie Jackson, President Donald Trump’s conversation with Fox News primetime host Laura Ingraham may be the reason for the delay. Jackson noted via Twitter …

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#YellowVest Rioters Turn Ire To Notre Dame Donations

Deutsche Welle reports: A total of 60,000 police were deployed across France on Saturday as the country prepared for the latest protest by the “gilets jaunes” or Yellow Vest demonstrators. At least 5,000 police were being stationed in Paris alone, as authorities warned protesters to keep away from Notre Dame cathedral and the banks of the Seine. For many Yellow …

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Exiting French Ambassador Blasts Trump As “Big Mouth Who Reads Basically Nothing,” It’s Not Normal [VIDEO]

French ambassador Gérard Araud on Trump: Suddenly you have this president who is an extrovert, really a big mouth, who reads basically nothing or nearly nothing, with the interagency process totally broken and decisions taken from the hip basically. And also, for an ambassador, you had a normal working administration with Obama. People in the executive branch offices were able …

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Notre Dame Officials Forecast Three Years Of Repairs Before Reopening, Pledged Donations Top $700 Million

ABC News reports: Ravaged by a massive fire that completely destroyed its roof, the Notre Dame Cathedral will likely not be reopened to the public for three years, a spokesman for the 13th Century basilica told ABC News. Andrew Finot, head of communications for Notre Dame, said he got a brief look inside the decimated sanctuary and reported the “entire …

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Billionaires Pledge €300M To Rebuild Notre Dame

Buzzfeed News reports: Two French billionaires have pledged to donate a total of 300 million euros to help reconstruct the Notre Dame Cathedral after a catastrophic fire tore through the historic structure, collapsing its spire and causing significant damage. Their donations came as Paris firefighters declared Tuesday morning that “the entire fire is out”. “A group of experts are analysing …

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French Officials Walk Back Claim Of Total Loss Of Notre Dame, Interior Relatively Unscathed, Bell Towers Saved

The Hill reports: Fire officials said late Monday that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was saved from “total destruction” after a massive fire broke out, engulfing much of the building and destroying its iconic spire and stained-glass windows. The blaze spread to the cathedral’s two rectangular towers Monday evening but was later contained. The news that the building has been …

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Notre Dame Cathedral Likely A Total Loss, Scramble To Save Artwork, “Nothing Will Remain From The Frame”

USA Today reports: The fire burned for hours, virtually unabated despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters. The flames continued to glow when darkness fell. “A special mission has been launched to try to save all works of art that can be saved,” Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy to the mayor of Paris, said on French TV. “Everything is burning, nothing …

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PARIS: Fire Engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: A fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, a spokesman from the fire department said. Smoke could be seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, as flames lept out besides its two bell towers, a Reuters witness said. A major operation was under way, the fire department added, while …

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France’s EU Minister Names Her Cat “Brexit” Because After He Cries To Go Out, He Won’t Actually Leave

France’s The Local reports: Natalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs in Emmanuel Macron’s government wrote on her private Facebook page that she had named her pet Brexit, according to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper. According to the report in the JDD, Loiseau explained that she had named the animal Brexit because: “he wakes me up every morning meowing to death …

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FRANCE: Top Cardinal Convicted In Abuse Coverup

France 24 reports: The archbishop of Lyon, the most senior French Catholic cleric caught up in the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church, was convicted of helping covering up abuse and handed a six-month suspended jail term on Thursday. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was found guilty of failing to report the abuse of a minor between 2014 and 2015. His …

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France Recalls Italy Ambassador Over Yellow Vest Row

The BBC reports: A diplomatic row between France and Italy has deepened, with France complaining of “unfounded attacks and outlandish claims” by Italian leaders. France recalled its ambassador to Italy for talks on Thursday, saying the situation was “unprecedented” since the end of World War Two. It comes after Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio met French “yellow-vest” protesters near …

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Singer Chris Brown Arrested In Paris For Rape [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: US singer Chris Brown has been arrested in Paris on suspicion of rape, French police say. A 24-year-old woman alleges that the star assaulted her in a hotel suite in the city earlier this month. She reportedly told police that the pair met at a nightclub in central Paris, close to the Champs-Elysées, before they returned to …

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Paris Again Rocked By “Yellow Vest” Riots [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Rioters in Paris torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on the upmarket Boulevard Saint Germain on Saturday, as protests against high living costs and the perceived indifference of President Emmanuel Macron turned violent on the fringes. The latest “yellow vest” marches began peacefully but degenerated in the afternoon as protesters threw missiles at riot police blocking bridges over …

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Kremlin-Backed Social Media Trolls Spread False Claims That French Police Are Near “Mutiny” Against Macron

Bloomberg reports: Emmanuel Macron successfully dodged cyberattacks and fake news reports that were widely blamed on a Kremlin effort to destabilize his 2017 presidential campaign. Now, with France convulsed by violent protests, the Russians appear to be back – and may be hitting closer to their mark. Among 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views, the top hashtag now …

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Macron Halts Fuel Tax Hike In Bid To Curb Riots

Agence France-Presse reports: The French government plans to announce Tuesday the suspension of fuel tax increases slated for January in a bid to quell the fierce protests which have ballooned into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, sources said. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will also unveil other measures to help boost the living standards of low-income households, the government …

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Macron Mulls Emergency Decree As Paris Riots Worsen

The Associated Press reports: France’s most violent urban riot in more than a decade engulfed some of central Paris on Saturday as “yellow jacket” activists torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with multi-colored graffiti. Protesters angry about rising taxes and the high cost of living clashed with French riot police, who closed off some …

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FRANCE: Riot Police Battle Fuel Tax Protesters [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse violent demonstrators in Paris on Saturday, as thousands gathered in the capital and beyond and staged road blockades to vent anger against rising fuel taxes. Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain the eighth day of deadly demonstrations that started as protests against tax but …

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Trump: No Country Is More Nationalist Than France

The Hill reports: President Trump on Tuesday continued his ongoing attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron, hitting the French leader’s “low” approval rating, unemployment rate and trade policies. Trump in the next tweet went on a more personal attack, referencing Macron’s speech about “nationalism” over the weekend. Trump’s weekend visit to France was marked by multiple indications of a souring …

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Trump Mocks France’s History In World Wars

Business Insider reports: President Donald Trump appeared to mock France’s record in World War I and II in a Tuesday morning tweet that again waved the idea of the US pulling out of, or modifying its relationship to NATO. French President Emmanuel Macron has long pushed for a European army separate from NATO, the global alliance that includes the US …

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