If it's just a question of bare breasts, it goes back to the dawn of Man ... um ... Woman.
But the association with Liberty ...
If it's just a question of bare breasts, it goes back to the dawn of Man ... um ... Woman.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53914862Topless sunbathing defended by French interior minister
France's interior minister has defended topless sunbathing after police asked a group of women on a Mediterranean beach to cover up.
The three were approached by officers on the beach in Sainte-Marie-La-Mer [actually it's Saintes-Maries-de-la mer, you journalist] following a complaint from a holidaying family.
The incident generated a huge backlash against the officers.
Backing the women, the minister, Gérald Darmanin, tweeted: "Freedom is a precious commodity".
He said it was wrong the women were asked to put on clothing.
A press release posted on Facebook by the Pyrenees-Orientales police said the incident happened last week.
Two officers asked three people on the beach to cover their chests, after a request from a family concerned about children present.
"Guided by a desire for appeasement, the police asked the people concerned if they would agree to cover their chest after they explained the reason for their approach," it said.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... 5O2M1?il=0France sees nearly 7,400 new daily coronavirus cases in exponential surge
PARIS (Reuters) - France reported 7,379 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, the most since lockdown, in what the health ministry described as an exponential surge just days before millions of children are due to return to school for the first time since March.
The daily tally was just shy of the record 7,578 high set on March 31, at the peak of an initial wave of COVID-19 infections that paralysed Europe. The surge has raised the possibility that the government could be forced to shut the country down again.
“We’re doing everything to avoid another lockdown, and in particular a nationwide lockdown,” President Emmanuel Macron told journalists earlier on Friday. He added it would be dangerous to rule out any scenario.
In a weekly review of the pandemic, the health ministry said the country was seeing an “exponential progression of virus transmission”.
Like other hard-hit western European countries, France imposed a sudden and strict lockdown in March, during which most residents were confined to their homes. The restrictions were gradually lifted from May 11 after infections sharply dropped.
The authorities are now searching for ways to limit the spread of the disease without a new lockdown. On Friday, Parisians were ordered to wear masks at all times outdoors in the capital.
The reopening of schools on Tuesday next week has been widely anticipated as a major step back towards normality. More than 12 million children will return to school, most for the first time in more than five months.
So far, the rapid increase in case numbers has yet to lead to a similar surge in hospitalisations or deaths. The ministry reported 20 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, raising the cumulative total to 30,596. The number of people in hospital with the disease was unchanged at 4,535 and the number in intensive care rose by six to 387.
https://www.dw.com/en/frances-macron-re ... a-54788078France's Macron refuses to condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Prophet Muhammad
The president defended citizens' right to freedom of speech. His remarks came as the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the target of a massacre by gunmen in 2015, said it was republishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was not his place to pass judgment on the decision by Charlie Hebdo to publish a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.
Macron, speaking during a visit to Lebanon, said it was important for French citizens to be respectful to each other, and avoid a "dialogue of hate" but he would not criticize the satirical magazine's decision to republish the cartoon. His comments were reported on French broadcaster BFM TV.
Macron's remarks came as Charlie Hebdo, the target of a massacre by gunment in 2015, announced on Tuesday that it would republish the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to mark this week's start of the trial of accused accomplices in the attack.
"Beyond the trial that will begin tomorrow, and I don't have to express myself on this point as president, we will have a thought for all those who fell," Macron said.
Freedom of speech
Macron extolled the virtues of democracy and freedom of speech as he said: "It's never the place of a president of the Republic to pass judgment on the editorial choice of a journalist or newsroom, never. Because we have freedom of the press."
"There is in France a freedom to blaspheme which is attached to the freedom of conscience. I am here to protect all these freedoms. In France, one can criticize a president, governors, blaspheme," he said.
https://www.dw.com/en/france-russia-spy ... a-54760763France arrests top military officer over Russian-linked 'breach' at NATO base
French authorities are investigating a senior military officer for passing "ultra-sensitive" information to Russian intelligence. The officer was reportedly working at a NATO base in Italy.
French Defense Minister Florence Parly told French media on Sunday that a senior military officer was under investigation for "serious security breaches."
"What I can confirm is that a senior officer is facing legal proceedings for a security breach," Parly told Europe 1 radio. She made similar statements to French television network Cnews and Les Echos newspaper.
The lieutenant-colonel was reportedly based at a NATO facility in Italy and was arrested while holidaying in his native France. He had reportedly passed on "ultra-sensitive" information to Russian intelligence services.
Parly said France's armed forces have taken "necessary protective measures" following the security breach.
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54009642France in huge coronavirus recovery plan focusing on green energy
France has unveiled a 100bn-euro (£89bn) economic stimulus package to help repair the economic damage caused by coronavirus.
Unveiling the plan, whose €100bn price tag is the equivalent of 4% of France's annual economic output, Prime Minister Jean Castex said it was almost four times bigger than the rescue strategy implemented after the financial crisis of 2008.
Its goal is to move away from the emergency funding of the coronavirus crisis and to make long-term investments in employment and training, as well as in France's transformation to a green economy.
About €40bn of the funding will come from the new European Union recovery fund.
About €35bn has been earmarked for projects to make the economy more competitive, and €30bn will be used on greener energy policies. About €6bn is slated for making public buildings and homes better insulated. The hydrogen industry, a sector which is receiving huge investment in Germany, will get €2bn.
The rest of the investment package will go on supporting jobs, training and broader social initiatives with the aim of creating at least 160,000 jobs next year.
LInk corre tedWitness wrote: ↑Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:38 am If interested about the hydrogen part: French Economic Recovery Package to Include 7 Billion Euros for Hydrogen Industry (can't be copypasted)
https://www.ledauphine.com/social/2020/ ... -sataniqueAnti-mask rally in Chambéry: "The mask is a rite of satanic sorcery".
About 150 people participated in an anti-mask demonstration on Sunday afternoon in Chambéry. On the initiative of the sovereign Senate of Savoy, the demonstration also welcomed Swiss doctor Tal Schaller, known for his anti-vaccine writings and a follower of shamanism.
The call had been launched on social networks and invited all those opposed to the wearing of masks to peacefully demonstrate this Sunday afternoon, September 6, in front of the courthouse in Chambéry. And they are 150 people who presented themselves, without mask, to listen in particular to the speech of Thierry Becourt, spokesman of the sovereign Senate of Savoy.
It is indeed the Savoisiens who organized this gathering. They took advantage of it to recall that they always disputed the authority of the French State and that they called all its representatives to gently fold the tricolor flag and to pack their suitcases. They will appreciate this. On the coronavirus, the mask and a possible vaccine, Thierry Becourt defends Professor Raoult and has a theory: "With the complicity of the media, Big Pharma and the WHO, the deep State sets up a sanitary dictatorship and operates a massive social control. »
Vaccine, nanoparticles and 5Gs
For the Savoisiens, viruses are the friends of humanity and humanity has always lived with them. Thierry Becourt has driven the nail in: "The mask is a ritual of satanic witchcraft" which ends up making people sick by causing respiratory diseases.
Seeking to give scientific credit to the gathering, the controversial Swiss doctor Christian Tal Schaller took the stage. Affirming that he would soon release an "indisputable" report proving that the Pasteur Institute was at the origin of the virus. Their vaccine will contain nanoparticles that will work with 5G to control our lives. A good point for those who still have a Nokia 3310. Together with his wife, who presents herself as a shaman, they explained that "you have to learn to be healthy as you can learn to walk".
While waiting to kick the prefect out of Savoie, Savoisiens are always liable to be fined for not wearing a mask when it is mandatory. And that's 135 euros.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54137319Coronavirus: Cases in France leap past 10,000 a day
France has reported a record daily increase in coronavirus cases as the country struggles to contain a fresh surge in infections.
On Saturday health authorities said there were 10,561 new cases, rising by more than 1,000 from Friday's figures.
The numbers of people admitted to hospital and intensive care are also increasing.
A group of doctors have urged people to avoid private gatherings amid the fresh outbreak.
"After the joy of reuniting this summer, it's time to be careful in the private world," the doctors said in a column published in Le Journal du Dimanche on Sunday.
"The smaller a room, the more people it contains, the less airy it is, the more you increase the risks."
Infection rates have risen for all age groups since June, but officials say the increase is particularly significant among young adults.