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Former French prime minister and wife go on trial for fraud

PARIS (AP) — He was the front-runner to be president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed.

The trial formally began Monday in the presence of Fillon and his wife. But it was quickly suspended until Wednesday following a request from all lawyers who wished to display their solidarity with colleagues striking over President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reform.

Fillon’s lawyer, Antonin Levy, said the request was “symbolic” to show anger at the changes, which would make lawyers pay more tax. The bill is currently being debated at parliament.

The trial is scheduled to last until March 11.

Fillon is suspected of having given jobs as parliamentary aides, involving no sustained work, to his wife and two of their children from 1998 to 2013. Altogether, the aide work brought the family more than 1 million euros ($1.08 million).

Once the front-runner in the 2017 presidential election, Fillon, 65, has denied wrongdoing.

The scandal, which made headline in the French media just three months before the 2017 vote, crushed the conservative candidate’s campaign and allowed centrist candidate Macron to gain momentum.

Fillon has been charged with the misuse of public funds, receiving money from the misuse of public funds and the misappropriation of company assets. He faces up to ten years in prison and a 1 million euro fine.

His wife, Penelope Fillon, has been charged mostly as an accomplice.

A former lawmaker, Marc Joulaud, also goes on trial for misuse of public funds after he allegedly gave her a fake job as an aide from 2002 to 2007, while her husband was minister.

Fillon and Joulaud both had other parliamentary assistants.

In addition, charges also cover a contract that allowed Penelope Fillon to earn 135.000 euros in 2012-2013 as a consultant for a literary magazine owned by a friend of her husband — also an alleged fake job. The magazine owner, Marc de Lacharriere, pled guilty and was given a suspended eight-month prison sentence and fined 375,000 euros in 2018.
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Penelope, I've never ever met a Penelope.

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Is this accurate - 150 no go areas?

“ A milieu that according to a secret security report leaked to the press last month has since expanded to encompass 150 districts now under the control of Islamist extremists”

This link (pay protected so I’m not following it):
https://www.lejdd.fr/Societe/islamisme- ... an-3943893

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A bit more
https://www.ruthfullyyours.com/2020/02/ ... -mortimer/
La DGSI a listé 150 quartiers sous l'emprise de l'islam radical
Le 5 janvier, après l'attentat de Villejuif, le ministre de l'Intérieur, Christophe Castaner, a adressé un télégramme aux préfets pour leur demander de réunir les GED (groupes d'évaluation départementaux). La DGSI vient de cartographier les quelque 150 quartiers "tenus" selon elle par les islamistes : un document classé secret-défense, qui n'a pas été divulgué, à l'exception de l'Intérieur, même aux ministres intéressés. Lesquels se voient présenter le document oralement par un fonctionnaire assermenté, tant le sujet est sensible…

Outre les banlieues de Paris, Lyon et Marseille, depuis longtemps touchées par le phénomène, y figurent plusieurs cités du Nord : entre autres Maubeuge, où l'Union des démocrates musulmans français (UDMF) a atteint 40% dans un bureau de vote et où "la situation est alarmante" ; l'agglomération de Denin ; ou encore Roubaix, où, "bien qu'historique, la situation prend des proportions inquiétantes", selon un préfet. Mais aussi des zones plus inattendues, comme en Haute-­Savoie ou dans l'Ain, à Annemasse, Bourg-en-Bresse, Oyonnax ou Bourgoin-Jallieu. Encore plus surprenante, "l'apparition de microterritoires qui se salafisent dans des zones improbables", poursuit ce préfet, comme Nogent-le-Rotrou, en Eure-et-Loir.
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https://www.lejdd.fr/Societe/islamisme- ... an-3943893

On January 5, after the Villejuif attack, the Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, sent a telegram to the prefects asking them to bring together the GEDs (departmental assessment groups). The DGSI has just mapped the 150 neighborhoods "held" according to it by the Islamists: a document classified secret-defense, which has not been disclosed, with the exception of the Interior, even to the ministers concerned. Who are presented with the document orally by a sworn official, as the subject is sensitive ... In addition to the suburbs of Paris, Lyon and Marseille, which have long been affected by the phenomenon, there are several cities in the North: among others Maubeuge, where the Union of French Muslim Democrats (UDMF) reached 40% in a polling station and where "the situation is alarming"; the agglomeration of Denin; or Roubaix, where, "although historic, the situation is taking on alarming proportions", according to a prefect. But also more unexpected areas, such as Haute-Savoie or Ain, Annemasse, Bourg-en-Bresse, Oyonnax or Bourgoin-Jallieu. Even more surprising, "the appearance of microterritories which become dirty in improbable zones", continues this prefect, like Nogent-le-Rotrou, in Eure-et-Loir.
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Giz wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:39 pm
This link (pay protected so I’m not following it):
https://www.lejdd.fr/Societe/islamisme- ... an-3943893
I could access it without problem. Here is the relevant part:
The DGSI has listed 150 neighborhoods under the influence of radical Islam...

On 5 January, after the attack in Villejuif, the Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner, sent a telegram to prefects asking them to convene the GEDs (departmental evaluation groups). The DGSI has just mapped the 150 or so districts "held" according to it by the Islamists: a document classified as a defence secret, which has not been divulged, with the exception of the Interior Ministry, even to the ministers concerned. They are presented with the document orally by a sworn civil servant, such is the sensitivity of the subject...

In addition to the suburbs of Paris, Lyon and Marseille, which have long been affected by the phenomenon, there are several cities in the North: among others Maubeuge, where the Union of French Muslim Democrats (UDMF) reached 40% in a polling station and where "the situation is alarming"; the Denin agglomeration; or Roubaix, where "although historic, the situation is taking on worrying proportions", according to a prefect. But also more unexpected areas, such as in Haute-Savoie or the Ain, in Annemasse, Bourg-en-Bresse, Oyonnax or Bourgoin-Jallieu. Even more surprising, "the appearance of micro-territories that get "salafised" in unlikely areas," continues this prefect, such as Nogent-le-Rotrou, in the Eure-et-Loir.

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France is reaping what it sowed even before the Algerian war, preferring cheap underpaid/non-unionized workers over the task of making full citizens of these invited/imported immigrants. (I already blathered about that somewhere.) And so you get pockets where crime is high.

And if Islam is such a convenient tool for the Saudi "nobility" – to keep people in line, to seem or feel better than the rest –, why shouldn't it be for the local drug dealer and his pals? :mrgreen:

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After kicking homeopathy out of medical studies and getting the products out of insurance reimbursements, the first results are in:
The Boiron laboratory, a specialist in homeopathy, cuts 646 positions in France

Thirteen of the group's 31 sites are due to close in France. The world leader in the homeopathy sector had strongly protested against the progressive delisting decided by the government last year.

Boiron has been in the horse remedy business, even hard medicine, as employees and unions feared. The Lyon laboratory, specialising in homeopathic products, announced on Wednesday March 11, the elimination of 646 positions in France, a quarter of its workforce in France. It justifies this unprecedented redundancy plan by "the virulent, unjustified and repeated attacks against homeopathy in France", two years after the government's decision to phase out its reimbursement by the health insurance funds (the delisting will be complete in 2021).

Created in 1932, the group employs 3,700 people worldwide, but only its activities outside France are spared. In total, 13 of the 31 French sites will be closed […]

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https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article ... _3234.html

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Les Smourfes sont toujour provocants. 8)

Reckless and Unrepentant Smurfs Continue Their Defiance
New York Magazine ( That is *not* The New Yorker, m'deah. )
I don’t know about you, but if I had plans to attend the world’s largest gathering of Smurfs last weekend, I probably would’ve reconsidered. Instead, I think I would’ve put on my blue body paint and my white hat and done my Smurf cosplay in the comfort of my home, where I may have felt slightly disappointed but ultimately safe from the spread of coronavirus.

This past Saturday, more than 3,500 French people said non to this precaution and gathered in Landerneau to break the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed up together as Smurfs — one day before the French government banned events with more than 1,000 people. Since France reported its first coronavirus case in late January, the country has confirmed nearly 2,300 more cases, making it the second-largest outbreak in Europe, behind Italy.

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French antitrust regulator fines Apple $1.2 billion

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s competition watchdog on Monday fined iPhone maker Apple 1.1 billion euros ($ 1.23 billion), saying it was guilty of anti-competitive behavior towards its distribution and retail network.

The fine, the biggest ever levied by the French antitrust body, comes at a time of heightened scrutiny on U.S. tech giants by European regulators, who have been delving into the firms’ powerful market position, the tax they pay, and how they protect consumers’ privacy.

Apple said it would appeal the watchdog’s ruling, which it said was at odds with legal precedent in France.

In its decision, the French regulator said Apple imposed prices on retail premium resellers so that the prices were aligned with those charged by the California firm in its own shops, or on the Internet.

The watchdog said Apple’s two wholesalers in France fully followed the U.S. company’s instructions on how to allocate its products to customers, instead of freely determining their commercial policy.

“Apple and its two wholesalers agreed not to compete with each other and to prevent distributors from competing with each other, thereby sterilizing the wholesale market for Apple products,” the watchdog said in a statement.

The two wholesalers, Tech Data and Ingram Micro, were fined 76 million and 63 million euros respectively, the authority said. Tech Data had no immediate comment to make and Ingram Micro could not immediately be reached.
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French antitrust regulator fines Apple $1.2 billion
Like me having to pay a $50 ticket. Big enough to feel it, but not big enough to deter anything more than being more careful not to get caught.
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Apple laughs and flips off all of France and says "No".
You can lead them to knowledge, but you can't make them think.

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Will France use the apple-pay app?

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↑ Wikipedia has a list of such fakes in Paris: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_des ... s_de_Paris

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Coronavirus: 89 new deaths in France, 3,626 people still hospitalized

France is experiencing its second day of containment this Wednesday. 100,000 policemen and gendarmes are now checking people who are on the move, and who must be able to justify their movement. The coronavirus has caused 89 new deaths in 24 hours in France and 3,626 patients are now hospitalized, including 921 in intensive care, according to a report released Wednesday evening by the Ministry of Health.

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There were 4,095 fines on Wednesday for non-compliance with the rules of containment throughout France, put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Christophe Castaner announced on the 8 p.m. news on TF1.

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Parisian friend sent me this (no it's not a hoax: http://www.eure.gouv.fr/Actualites/Coro ... erogatoire):

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It's a "derogatory travel certificate" you have to fill out before you venture outside, to avoid a fine. Paper only.

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Huh, having to show your papers, please. I did nazi that coming.

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Desperate measures for desperate times. I'm of the mind that doing this half-assed is going to be nothing short of a total fail. I'm also of the mind that doing it full-assed will get us restrictions that never totally go away. It's 6am. Too early for a nap.

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Giz wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:45 am
Huh, having to show your papers, please. I did nazi that coming.
I wonder if they have already forgotten the "ligne de démarcation"?

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Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:34 am
It's a "derogatory travel certificate" you have to fill out before you venture outside, to avoid a fine. Paper only.
Self-issued permit:

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Containment: Fake gendarmes organize controls and demand 135 € from drivers.
https://actu17.fr/confinement-des-faux- ... obilistes/