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Post by Witness » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:28 am

French rightwing power broker jailed for tax fraud

A French court on Friday jailed a rightwing power broker who has dominated politics in a wealthy suburb of Paris for decades, after convicting him of hiding millions of euros' worth of assets from the tax authorities.

The sentence handed down by a Paris court against Patrick Balkany, longtime mayor of Levallois-Perret, was one of the stiffest yet for a French politician convicted of tax fraud.

His wife and longtime deputy Isabelle Balkany, who attempted suicide in May, was given a three-year jail term but not placed under arrest.

In dramatic courtroom scenes, police arrested Balkany, 71, to begin serving his term as the verdict was being read out and his wife looked on. The pair were also banned from holding office for 10 years.

The trial had captivated much of France, where it was seen as a test of the ability of the courts to hold well-connected and long-established power players to account.

The Balkanys, who are close friends of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, also face a second verdict in October on more serious charges of money-laundering and corruption.

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Both have been convicted previously of conflicts of interest, and both were handed suspended prison sentences in 1996 for the personal use of municipal employees, including one who was employed as their private chauffeur.
https://www.france24.com/en/20190913-fr ... -tax-fraud

Quotes from Mrs. Balkany:
  • "We made mistakes like everyone when we were young politicians... but the punishment must be proportionate to the crime," she told the BFMTV news channel.
  • "It's not my fault if I was raised in a 3,000 square-metre townhouse in the 16th (arrondissement of Paris) and went to school in a Rolls!" Isabelle told Le Journal du Dimanche weekly in 2015.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:33 am

Witness wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:38 pm
Plot twist:
The panther of Armentières was stolen last night at the Maubeuge zoo

The panther from Armentières, which had been in quarantine at the Maubeuge zoo for a few days before leaving for the Loire, was stolen last night at an "undetermined time". When the caregivers arrived around 8 a.m. this morning, his pen was empty, revealed La Voix du Nord, information confirmed by the northern police.

Fingerprinting was in progress on site this Tuesday morning. The video surveillance will also be analysed.

The town of Maubeuge, owner of the zoo, sent a press release in which it stated that "the security airlock with high standards, because it is adapted to wild animals, has been forced on 6 security points. Substantial resources were therefore used."

"Six security points have been damaged: the security airlock, the entrance door to the building which is armoured, and the box where the panther was," said Jimmy Ebel, director of Maubeuge Zoo. So in this case, it is indeed a case of a break-in and a strong desire to recover the animal, with significant means. The safety of the park, mainly around the wild animals, is something very controlled. So the means were very substantial to be able to access the animal."

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https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr ... 26991.html

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:04 am

Fin du titre actuel d'homéopathe décidé par l'Ordre des médecins
AFP•03/10/2019 à 19:37

Le Conseil de l'Ordre des médecins a mis fin jeudi au titre actuel d'homéopathe pour les futurs médecins, tout en envisageant de l'accorder à l'avenir sous réserve de la création d'un "éventuel diplôme interuniversitaire", indépendant de l'industrie pharmaceutique.
https://www.boursorama.com/bourse/actua ... e2fb6b176c

End of the current title of homeopath decided by the Order of Physicians
AFP-03/10/2019 at 19:37

The Conseil de l'Ordre des médecins ended on Thursday the current title of homeopath for future doctors, while considering granting it in the future subject to the creation of a "possible interuniversity diploma", independent of the pharmaceutical industry.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:23 pm

An opinion piece which provoked quite a stir (cushy jobs are at stake):
TRIBUNE. "Why psychoanalysts must be excluded from the courts"

A forum signed by sixty psychiatrists and psychologists calls for the Freudian approach to judicial expertise and university teaching to be excluded.

Psychoanalysis must be thrown out of the courts: this is the new battle of Sophie Robert, a young filmmaker who has been fighting against the influence of this discipline for several years, because there is, she says, an urgency. "It is unbearable to hear judicial "experts" claim that babies have sexual "intentions", question the desire of victims of sexual assault, incest or that parents of autistic children have their children taken away from them in the name of pseudo-expertises! »

Today, she is launching a platform to this end (see below), already signed by sixty psychiatrists and psychologists. Among them are, in particular, heads of hospital services or members of the National Council for Universities (CNU). "The families, associations and lawyers I deal with on a daily basis can no longer tolerate the damage and human tragedies caused by this discipline, which claims to be recognized as medical but has no serious scientific basis," she asserts.

Author of the shock documentary "Le Mur" which, in 2011, denounced the psychoanalytical vision of autism and its effects within the hospital environment, the young woman has advanced in France the view of this disorder and its management. Thanks to it, the words of autistic people and their families, revolted by practices such as "wrapping" in icy cloths, by theories systematically calling into question the family environment, were heard.

Inserm now clearly exonerates parents and in particular the so-called "refrigerator mothers" in the occurrence of autism. France is one of the few countries that has not aligned itself with international classifications of psychiatric disorders, with a persistent Freudian approach. In particular, its proponents refute the relevance of the evaluation of psychotherapies.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator & Witness
https://www.nouvelobs.com/justice/20191 ... unaux.html.

Apart from the Viennese charlatan, I think the Froggies also indulge in "memory reconstruction". :|

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:10 am

Damned oldsters!
Man with rightwing links tries to burn French mosque, shoots two

An 84-year-old former candidate for France's ultra-right party shot and seriously wounded two men in their 70s who saw him trying to burn a mosque in southwest France, police said, as the government expressed "solidarity" with Muslims.

The octogenarian opened fire when two men, aged 74 and 78, came upon him trying to set fire to the door of the mosque in Bayonne on Monday afternoon, a police statement said.

The victims were brought to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, while the suspected shooter was later arrested near his home. He had also set fire to a car outside the Mosque.

Police identified the man as Claude Sinke, and said he had admitted to being the shooter.

Sinke stood as a candidate for Marine' le Pen's National Front in 2015 regional elections, according to the official list.
https://www.france24.com/en/20191028-ma ... shoots-two

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Re: The France thread

Post by Giz » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:10 am

Pfft, as if France will even be around in 5 years:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-failur ... 1550851097

Snippet (from a former French government minister, now mayor of Lyon)

Gérard Collomb, who is now mayor of Lyon, and who knows as much as anyone about France’s internal security situation. Collomb gave an interview in February 2018 which was only published in November of that year. Here is an excerpt:

In your heart of hearts, how do you judge the security situation in France?

Collomb: It’s very worrying. What I read every morning in notes from the police reflects a very pessimistic situation. The relations between people are very hard, people don’t want to live together…

To what extent is immigration responsible for this?

Collomb: Enormously so. It’s for that reason that, with Emmanuel Macron, we wanted to change the law…

Your law only attacks illegal immigration. Legal immigration allows more than 200,000 people into the country each year…

Collomb: It’s true. We’re doing it bit by bit. But that remains a problem…

You think there is no more need for immigration in France?

Collomb: “Yes, absolutely.

You were speaking of vivre ensemble [living together] just now. What is happening?

Collomb: Communities in France are engaging in conflict with one another more and more and it’s becoming very violent…

What are you afraid of? Partition? Secession?

Collomb: Yes, I’m thinking about that, that’s what worries me.

How much time do we have before it’s too late?

Collomb: I don’t want to create fear, but I think there’s very little time left.

How much?

Collomb: It’s difficult to estimate, but I would say that within five years the situation could become irreversible. Yes, we have five, six years to avoid the worst. Afterwards…

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:46 pm

Partition only works when the people involved really don't hate each other.

Example: Czechoslovakia.

That was about Havel being soft on Gypsies, but Slovaks still don't hate Czechs.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:02 am

French Polynesia govt raises price of baguette

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It has decided to increase the price of a standard bread stick, or baguette, by four Pacific francs or four US cents.

A baguette will now cost 57 Pacific francs or 52 US cents.

Bread is the territory's most common food item and according to regulations, a baguette in French Polynesia must measure between 50 and 60 centimetres and weigh at least 250 grams.

Bakers lobbied for a price increase because their costs, such as staff salaries, had gone up.

Professional bakers get subsidies for flour and fuel, which are worth about $US5 million a year.
https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pac ... f-baguette

Oh no, not the Holy Baguette©! :shock:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:18 am

The real problem with climate warming:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:46 am

And of course it being Europe, the English can't just start manufacturing Champagne like we do in the USA.

Well really they can, but they'll have to call it something else.

"Ramsbottom", perhaps. :BigGrin3:
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Post by Giz » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:03 am

Witness wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:18 am
The real problem with climate warming:

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In France, would that come under “horror” or “dystopian sci-fi”?

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:54 am

↑ Both. (And anyway, as I noted elsewhere, the two genres are merging – or, more precisely, there doesn't seem to be any SF now which hasn't horror components.)

Ans they neglected Burgundy. :roll:




First native Zika cases in Europe confirmed as experts warn climate change could bring more

Three people caught Zika in Hyères, southern France, in August this year, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has confirmed.

While Europe dealt with hundreds of imported cases during the outbreak of the virus three years ago, it never had a native case -- where local mosquitoes developed and spread the virus -- before now.

All three patients developed symptoms within a few days of each other, the ECDC said, meaning they were likely part of the same transmission cycle. They have recovered, and the risk to residents and travelers to the region is low, the organization added.
But the Earth's warming climate and increased travel between continents means that tropical diseases including Zika are becoming more likely to flourish in Europe, experts have said.
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/07/heal ... index.html

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:33 pm

Everything bad in the environment is climate change, ergo we need more power to the existing ruling classes of Europe.

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Post by Witness » Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:28 am

Burgundian winemaker told me the grape harvest came three weeks earlier than in the past. And that was ~ 20 years ago.

The alcohol content has increased too: when I was young most red wines had 12 – 13°, 13.5 being a rarity. Now most show 13.5° with an occasional 14.

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Post by Witness » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:53 am

Macron pension reform: France paralysed by biggest strike in years

France's largest nationwide strike in years has severely disrupted schools and transport.

Workers are angry about planned pension reforms that would see them retiring later or facing reduced payouts.

More than 800,000 workers from a wide range of professions demonstrated against the changes. Some cities saw clashes between protesters and police.

President Emmanuel Macron wants to introduce a universal points-based pension system.

That would replace France's current system, which has 42 different pension schemes across its private and public sectors, with variations in retirement age and benefits.
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What's the latest?

More than 800,000 people had joined demonstrations in more than 100 cities across France, the interior ministry said. The CGT union said 1.5m people had turned out, including 250,000 in Paris.

The CGT also said workers had blocked seven of the country's eight oil refineries, potentially causing fuel shortages if the strike continues.

In Paris, popular tourist sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay and the Palace of Versailles were shut for the day.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50643323