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Benoît Quennedey: French official charged with spying for N Korea

Benoît Quennedey is suspected of treason and "supplying information to a foreign power". He faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.

Mr Quennedey holds a senior position in the French Senate's department of architecture, heritage and gardens.

He is also president of the Franco-Korean Friendship Association, which promotes closer ties with North Korea.

In recent years he has written books on the country, including North Korea's Economy: Birth of New Asian Dragon (2013).

Mr Quennedey has travelled several times to Pyongyang in recent years and met officials and academics working in the architecture and construction fields, according to his association's website.

Following his arrest in Paris on Sunday, he was questioned for 96 hours by France's counter-intelligence service.

Investigations into Mr Quennedey began a year ago, French media say.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46390723
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Jeezus, the Norks have access to all the secrets of architecture, heritage and gardens!
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Gilets jaunes ("Yellow vests"):

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And on the ground:



(Burger King Wagram street.)
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Yes, I meant to ask, what's the deal with the riots? I thought you Europeans liked paying taxes.
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Whoooah! "Like other people paying taxes".

Sheesh. Next you'll be saying that they like [paying for] being defended by NATO!
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Tomorrow will be a harsh day in Paris.

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Stores are shuttered, construction sites dismantled, mailboxes sealed and some métro stations closed. :|
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Are these people (the rioters) like "Antifa" in the US?

Can't they be arrested or something? When protests turn into riots with property destruction and violence, I feel like the police should take a heavy hand to quash them. Peaceful protests are fine, but when you starting setting things on fire, smashing windows, etc. I think that should not be allowed to happen and the police should use whatever amount of force is needed to quash it.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:36 am Do you think a possible revolution?
Isn't it an old French tradition, every fifty years or so? :mrgreen:
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You wouldn't count 1968?
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Anaxagoras wrote: Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:48 am. . . I feel like the police should take a heavy hand to quash them.
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Red - the blood of angry men!
Black - the dark of ages past!
Yellow - the pissed off angry farts!
Red - a world about to dawn!
Black - the night that ends at last!
Yellow - will Macron fold at last?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:43 pm I think it's debatable.

The political system did not change.
I agree with that, of course, but society changed a lot in the process (just watch some ads from some years before/after).

Or 1871:

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Rats! You beat me to it! :x
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So now we know how to get the government to do your bidding in France:

Contrite Macron, Confronting Protests, Promises Relief to France
PARIS — Faced with violent protests and calls for his resignation, President Emmanuel Macron of France said Monday that he had heard the anger of the many whose economic suffering has burst into the open in recent weeks and that he would take immediate steps to relieve their hardship.

Mr. Macron’s mea culpa on national television signaled a remarkable step back from his ambitions to reshape France’s economy and become the European Union’s foremost leader. For now, his chief goal is shoring up his own political support in France.

He announced tax cuts and income increases for the struggling middle class and working poor, vowing to raise the pay of workers earning the minimum wage. He promised to listen to the voices of the country, to its small-town mayors and its working people.

“There is anger, anger and indignation that many French share,” he said in 13-minute prerecorded speech from the Elysée, the presidential palace.
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Seems the usual suspects got annoyed at being left out of the violence: 2 dead and 11 injured in terrorist shooting in Strasbourg.
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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
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... stReadNews
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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
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... stReadNews
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Giz wrote: Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:21 am  “part and parcel of living in a big city” 
Nihilist! :x
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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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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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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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Fucking Frogs and their creepy anime,
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France has an antisemitism problem? Will be news to captain Dreyfus!
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Chief Inspector!
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Former chief inspector Dreyfus!
- chief inspector clousseau
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From the UK yellow vests:

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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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Because they are annoying little shits who wear squeaky shoes!

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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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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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A Novel Made for the “Yellow Vest” Moment

A review of "Michel Houellebecq’s latest provocation"

Not yet available in English.
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The King is dead, long live the King!
Henri d’Orléans, Count of Paris, has died at the age of 85

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Henri d’Orléans, Count of Paris and Duke of France died Monday afternoon at the age of 85. The news was announced on Facebook by his son, Prince Jean, the Duke of Vendôme.

Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France was head of the House of Orléans, and was one of the pretenders to the defunct French crown as Henry VII. A descendant in the male-line of France’s “Citizen-King” Louis-Philippe d’Orléans (ruled 1830–1848), he is was recognised as the legitimate claimant to the throne by those French royalists, called Unionists. Henri d’Orléans was a former military officer as well as an author and painter.
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Died on the anniversary of Louis XVI's beheading. :mrgreen:
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The Treasure Behind the Wall

Something in the new Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris was not what it seemed.

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The story: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/21/fash ... -wall.html
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Inches my boy, inches
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Montand, bah! Wonder if you'll make something of these lyrics:



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