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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:21 am

Witness wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:55 am
Giz wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:07 pm
Seems the usual suspects got annoyed at being left out of the violence: 2 dead and 11 injured in terrorist shooting in Strasbourg.
Irish lecturer stabbed to death in Paris had 'insulted the Prophet Mohammed', says his Pakistani killer
  • John Dowling, 66, stabbed to death outside the Leonardo de Vinci university
  • Ali R., 37, was arrested at the scene and has admitted to killing the Irish lecturer
  • The Pakistani national claims Dowling had ‘insulted the Prophet Mohammed'
  • He also confessed he held a personal grudge against Dowling for failing him
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:02 am

Giz wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:21 am
 “part and parcel of living in a big city” 
Nihilist! :x

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:55 pm

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:50 am

Polish Minister says ‘France is now the sick man of Europe’ while Poland is a ‘bright spot’
Voice of Europe
Poland’s foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz bemoans the ‘sad’ France situation. He mentioned the jihadist attack, where a French jihadist killed five during an attack near Strasbourg Christmas market, and the Yellow Vests protests having made France Europe’s ‘sick man’.

Mr. Czaputowicz asserts that the ‘Yellow Vests’ protests and last week’s jihadist attack made France a ‘drag on Europe’ while Poland is a bright spot.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:18 pm

French ban on home DNA testing can't stop the Christmas craze
The Local (France)
Do-it-yourself DNA testing is officially banned in France but that doesn't mean that the French have avoided being swept along by the craze that has already hit the US and UK.

DNA testing kits appear to be everywhere this Christmas, at least if you're in the US or UK.

But even though home testing kits are banned in France, the French haven't avoided the craze although it's not at the same level as in the US or the UK.

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That it would be banned seems bizarre to me.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Grammatron » Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:43 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:18 pm

That it would be banned seems bizarre to me.
That's bizarre and interesting.
Why is it banned?

French doctors have pointed out that as the popularity of these tests has increased, they have seen more patients who are worried about the results.

"We regularly have consultations with people because they had no idea what they were getting in to," Professor Stanislas Lyonnet, director of an institute on genetic diseases told the French press.

"They did a test they thought would be fun but they are often actually receiving crucial and sometimes scientifically sound information."

Lyonnet went on to say that people might find out they are "a carrier of cystic fibrosis, they have a risk of having Huntington's disease, they have a risk of breast cancer or ovarian cancer ... This comes without further information or medical guidance so finding it out from under a Christmas tree is really ridiculous!"

Some have also suggested the reason for the ongoing ban is to "preserve the peace" in French families, with many incidents of people taking the test and discovering information such as that one of their parents isn't actually theirs.
Facts can make people uncomfortable and confused therefore it's banned? What an odd society.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:41 am

Macron's former aide admits using diplomatic passports months after dismissal for beating protester

Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former security aide, sacked this summer for beating a protester, has sparked a further scandal by admitting that he was still travelling on diplomatic passports.

Prosecutors are investigating allegations that Alexandre Benalla illegally used diplomatic passports, which should have been surrendered after he was fired in July, to travel to Africa and Israel. He is also suspected of trying to profit from his connections as a former presidential insider to win consultancy contracts.

“Perhaps I was wrong to use these passports,” Mr Benalla told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper in a telephone interview from an undisclosed foreign country. “But I want to make it clear that I only did it for my own personal comfort, to facilitate my passage through airports.”

He denied that he was travelling on diplomatic papers to enhance his credentials. “I never used them for my business,” the former aide said.

Mr Benalla, 27, a one-time high-flyer who ascended to a senior post in the president’s office after serving as a bodyguard during his election campaign last year, promised to return the passports “in the coming days”.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/1 ... ts-months/

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:25 am

An interesting map of the "sites of power" in Paris:

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The red dotted lines are the trajectories of "traditional" (read: police approved) protest marches, while the yellow/orange ones are those of the "yellow vests". :twisted:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:21 pm

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:32 pm

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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:00 pm

France has an antisemitism problem? Will be news to captain Dreyfus!

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Re: The France thread

Post by sparks » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:53 pm

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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:50 pm

Former chief inspector Dreyfus!
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:05 am

From the UK yellow vests:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:21 am

They Stand for child abuse?

wtf?


And Brexit? why?


Mostly though, I'd like to know why they are in favor of child abuse???
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Re: The France thread

Post by Doctor X » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:14 am

Because they are annoying little shits who wear squeaky shoes!

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Re: The France thread

Post by Rob Lister » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:01 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:21 am
They Stand for child abuse?

wtf?


And Brexit? why?


Mostly though, I'd like to know why they are in favor of child abuse???
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:27 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:21 am
They Stand for child abuse?

wtf?


And Brexit? why?


Mostly though, I'd like to know why they are in favor of child abuse???
Aw, come on, Anax. The dude isn't very literate and just got for/against mixed up from his first or second point on. (Dunno if they are for or against Brexit.) Proofreading is something you have to learn. :mrgreen:

In France Macron wrote a letter to the YV. It must be so earth-shattering that journalists count the number of words it contains. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:34 pm

A Novel Made for the “Yellow Vest” Moment

A review of "Michel Houellebecq’s latest provocation"

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:45 am

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