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Nov 30 06:50

Migrant Camp Reportedly Being Torn Down by French Police Amid Simmering UK-France Channel Row

Illegal migrant crossings by boat from France via the English Channel have been an increasingly acute source of friction, as London officials deplore that not enough is being done by Paris to stop the boats, while the French side says Britain should offer more help in managing asylum seekers and stopping traffickers.

A makeshift camp flanking a disused railway line near the northern French port of Dunkirk that has been housing scores of migrants was being dismantled by police on Tuesday, reported Reuters. Armed officers reportedly entered the camp, followed by workers wearing protective suits, and began tearing down tents and plastic shelters.

According to a charity worker, evictions are regularly taking place, with migrants being taken to holding centres and advised to file for asylum. Large numbers of these migrants are apparently returning to France's northern coast.

Nov 29 07:31

Half of French Believe in Demographic Shift ‘Great Replacement’ Theory

A survey released this week has revealed that half of the French public believe in the “Great Replacement” theory and that elites in politics and business are attempting to replace the native population of France.

The Ifop survey, which asked a number of questions regarding immigration and topics such as Islamisation, found that 50 per cent of the French believe in the Great Replacement, a theory coined by French writer Renaud Camus to describe the demographic replacement of native peoples by mass migration.

Nearly seven in ten of the respondents to the survey, or 69 per cent, stated they believed there were “too many” immigrants in France, while 62 per cent said that immigration was the primary reason for insecurity issues in the country, French news magazine L’Obs reports.

Nov 29 06:17

‘Antifa’ rioters attack cops at march against ‘state violence’ (VIDEOS)

Black-clad ‘Antifa’ rioters in France attacked police officers with fists, projectiles and metal barriers, at a Paris protest they claimed was “against state violence and the extreme right.”

Wearing black and concealing their faces with masks and neckerchiefs, crowds of left-wing ‘Antifa’ protesters turned out in Paris, France, on Saturday, in what they said was a rally “against state violence and the extreme right.”

Clashes soon broke out between the demonstrators and the ranks of police officers there to maintain order. It is not clear which side instigated the violence, but video footage posted to Twitter by a police officer shows the left-wingers hurling projectiles at a group of retreating cops, before picking up metal crowd-control barriers to attack the officers with. The officer posting the video claimed that the “thugs in black” had struck first.

Nov 28 09:19

France Complicit in Heinous Crimes Committed by Egyptian State, Website Reveals

By Global Voices

France has provided Egypt with intelligence and technologies that enabled the North African state to commit crimes and severe human rights violations under the guise of fighting terrorism, the French independent investigative website, Disclose, has revealed.

Based on hundreds of secret documents that are circulated at the highest levels of the French state, Disclose ran a week-long series of investigative reports that began on Sunday November 21, showing “responsibility of France in crimes committed by the dictatorship of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt,” including aerial strikes against civilians.

Nov 28 08:59

France delays vaccine mandate on Caribbean islands amid protests

France has postponed a mandatory coronavirus vaccination requirement for health workers in Guadeloupe and Martinique, after the measure spurred several days of widespread protests and unrest in the French Caribbean territories.

In a statement on Friday, the French health ministry said the implementation of the vaccination requirement – also in place in mainland France – would be pushed back until December 31 to allow for dialogue.

Nov 26 08:32

France withdraws invitation to UK minister over Johnson letter

France has withdrawn UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s invitation to a meeting in Calais, following the publication of a letter by PM Boris Johnson to his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, regarding migrant crossings.

In a message seen by the news agency AFP on Friday, France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said he was “disappointed” by a letter that was sent by Johnson to the French president and simultaneously published on the British prime minister’s Twitter account on Thursday.

Darmanin contends that, while France was dismayed at its contents, its publication on social media only made matters worse. As a result, the French government has canceled an urgent meeting to deal with the uptick in migrant crossings of the Channel that was scheduled with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel for Sunday.

Nov 22 07:41

France's Macron: Situation in Guadeloupe is "very explosive"

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called the situation on the the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe "very explosive" and said public order must be maintained in the overseas territory.

Violence erupted last week after walkouts organised by the territory's labour unions to challenge local COVID-19 restrictions, such as the mandatory vaccination of health workers, degenerated into civil unrest.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Macron said that Guadeloupe must pursue its vaccination campaign.

Nov 22 07:29

AU, Burkinabe government remain mute as French soldiers shot and injured protesters in Kaya

French Troops reportedly shot into a human blockage in the city of Kaya – Burkina Faso in attempts to disperse the crowd and pass through to Niger. According to the locals, the warning shots ended up hitting several protestors who are currently receiving treatment.

Speaking to reporters, an indigene of Kaya identified as Mahamadi Sawadogo said, “today they shot at us with heavy weapons. They first shot in the air and after they shot and wounded people. Is that normal?” He added that, “you (the French Troops) are in our country, even though you colonized Africans there are things you must not do.”

For about three continuous days now, the youth of Kaya who hold the view that, French soldiers are providing support in terms of armory to the jihadist which they are supposed to help fight have stood firm to prevent a French military convoy from passing through the town to Niger.

Nov 20 07:25

Yellow Vests Hit Streets of Paris to Mark Movement's Third Anniversary

The movement marks its third anniversary this month, as the first yellow vests rallies were held in November 2018, in response to fuel tax hikes proposed by the government. The protests became a nationwide movement against economic injustice and police brutality in France.

Sputnik is live from Paris, where the Yellow Vests movement is holding a new round of protests against the government. The demonstrators announced they are protesting against the pandemic measures, including mandatory jabs, vaccinations of children, and the proposed French health pass.

Nov 16 10:47

Putin tells Macron US leading 'provocative' exercises in Black Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday that "provocative" US-led exercises in the Black Sea were "increasing tensions" between Moscow and NATO, the Kremlin said.

Both leaders expressed "dissatisfaction" with what Moscow called a "worsening" situation in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin statement said.

Putin "drew attention to the provocative nature of the large scale exercises led by the United States and its allies in the Black Sea which are increasing tensions between Russia and NATO," the Kremlin said.

Putin's comments came after Western countries raised alarm over Russian military activities near Ukraine.

Nov 16 07:26

Macron, Putin discuss deescalating Belarus border tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin talked on the phone Monday about the need for de-escalating the tensions around the growing migrant pressure on the European Union’s borders with Belarus, Marcon’s office said.

In the almost two-hour talk, they also agreed upon the “need for a humanitarian effort for the migrants” but did not announce any concrete steps, according to the Elysee statement.

The EU says Moscow has a role in building the migration pressure and could actively help in easing it.

Nov 10 09:29

France Says Russia Refused to Hold Ministerial Meeting on Ukraine

France's foreign ministry on Tuesday said Russia had refused to accept a ministerial meeting with France, Ukraine, Germany to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine and denied that it had failed to respond to proposals made by Moscow.

"It's wrong," foreign ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said in response to Russian assertions that neither Paris or Berlin had responded to Russian proposals on a draft statement for such a meeting.

"France and Germany have responded to Russia's proposals. They proposed holding a ministerial meeting in the Normandy format which was refused by the Russian foreign minister."

Tass news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday as saying Paris and Berlin had not responded to Russia's proposal to discuss a final document before the meeting in the so-called Normandy format.

Nov 10 08:16

French Frigate Bristling With Missiles Deployed to Mediterranean Amid Turkey Tensions

France and Turkey are lined up on opposite sides of a regional dispute over gas drilling rights. In late 2019, Turkey and Libya signed a contentious maritime boundaries agreement laying claims to large swathes of the eastern Mediterranean, angering Greece and Cyprus. Athens and Cairo responded with a maritime delimitation deal of their own.

France has deployed its Auvergne frigate to Cyprus, sending a message to Ankara that Paris remains committed to its Cypriot and Greek partners in the ongoing maritime exclusive economic area (EEZ) dispute.

Nov 10 07:28

France releases new advice on Moderna Covid jab

France’s public health authority has advised against giving people under 30 Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, citing higher risks of heart inflammation post-inoculation. Instead, the body recommends Pfizer’s jab for this group.

Drawing on recently published data, France’s health authority, the Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS), said the risk of myocarditis from Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty “appears to be around five times lesser… compared to Moderna’s Spikevax jab” in young people in an opinion published on Monday.

Cases of myocarditis mainly occur within seven days of vaccination, more often after the second dose, and in men under the age of 30, the notice read.

HAS, which acts as an advisor to the French health sector but does not have the power to ban medicines, said the recommendation would apply to first and second doses, as well as a third “booster shot” while it awaits additional data.

Nov 02 07:31

Israel, France to Handle NSO Spyware Case 'Discreetly', Israeli Official Says

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron that the alleged misuse of spyware developed by an Israeli company, including against Macron, would be handled "discreetly", an Israeli official said on Monday.

Israel has been investigating whether cyber firm NSO Group's Pegasus software, which can hack phones and according to the company is intended for vetted law enforcement and intelligence agencies, has been abused on a global scale. Israel's Defence Ministry oversees exports of offensive cyber tools such as Pegasus.

In July, several international media organisations reported that Pegasus was used in hacking smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists and government officials in several countries.

Oct 29 10:46

‘What we did was clumsy,’ Biden tells Macron during first meeting after AUKUS submarine deal row

Meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, his US counterpart Joe Biden apologized for the announcement of a submarine deal with the UK and Australia, calling it “clumsy” and France an “extremely valued partner” of Washington.
“What we did was clumsy, it was not done with a lot of grace,” Biden said on Friday.

I was under the impression certain things had happened that hadn’t happened.

“I want to make it clear, France is an extremely, extremely valued partner,” he added. France is a power in its own right, and “we have the same value system.”

“For me, it’s the future we need to look at,” the French president responded.

Oct 29 05:48

Migrants Riot In French Town, Attack Police And Firefighters

Migrants in the town of Alençon, France, rioted, set fire to vehicles and attacked police and firefighters after authorities arrested a 16-year-old suspect for dealing drugs.

Around 20 young men hit the streets to cause chaos in response to the arrest, throwing fireworks at emergency personnel, a common tactic during migrant riots.

“We deplore this night of urban violence in Perseigne, in Alençon, in which there were a dozen vehicles set on fire,” Françoise Tahéri, prefect of the Orne district, told BFMTV.

Oct 29 05:06

Le Showdown: Furious Liz Truss summons French Ambassador for dressing down as Navy patrols are put on standby and UK mulls retaliation options over 'illegal hijacking' of Scottish trawler whose crew is detained after being forced to dock at Le Harve

Britain was last night preparing to retaliate after a UK trawler was detained by France amid fears the fishing row could spark a full-blown trade war.

The Government accused the French of breaking international law and France's ambassador to London will be hauled in today to face questioning.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said French ambassador Catherine Colonna would be expected to attend the Foreign Office 'to explain the disappointing and disproportionate threats made against the UK and Channel Islands'.

Oct 28 05:27

As the French presidential race heats up, one thing is clear: support for the left is tanking

Recent polls in France show voters are deserting the left in droves prior to next year’s election, dashing the hopes of those who predicted the SPD’s success in Germany might signal a resurgence of socialism in Europe.

The race to be the next president of France is heating up. In recent months, we have witnessed a significant drop in support for Marine Le Pen and the emergence of another insurgent outsider, controversial journalist Eric Zemmour. Moreover, we have also seen the chances of Michel Barnier, the European Union’s former Brexit negotiator, quietly improve.

Oct 27 08:00

France’s Gendarmes & Military Are Starting to Speak Out

ER: here is our translation of the letter in the image below:

I am among you, discreet, because I am under a duty to remain silent.

Know that we also are fighting! We are several thousand gendarmes who do not want these experimental products, imposed on the military on July 29.

Since October 15, those who refuse will be punished with 10 days of stoppage minimum, followed by a disciplinary transfer, with no concern for our families, partners and children at school.

The month of October is already a month of mourning!

October 4, a 17 year old at a military high school died of a stroke during sports practice

October 7, gendarme Gaetan Binet, 27 years old, died of a heart attack during sports

October 13, gendarme Andrea Lombard, 21 years old, died of a stroke. She was part of the French gendarmes’ rugby team.

A lot of coincidence! Too much coincidence!

Oct 27 06:11

No reaction from Paris, Berlin to Kiev’s threats of missile strike at Russia — diplomat

Berlin and Paris must provide their assessment of how Kiev’s threats of a missile strike at Russia influence the Normandy Four negotiations process, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Tuesday, adding that their lack of reaction raises questions.

"The behavior of our partners on the Normandy Four format - Berlin and Paris - raises questions," the diplomat pointed out.

According to Zakharova, France and Germany do not react to Kiev’s open sabotage of the Minsk Agreements and "the recent degradation to threatening Russia openly."

"We urge German and French authorities, who advocate new Normandy format meetings, to assess how the direct threats of Ukrainian politicians against Russia facilitate progress at the negotiations, and urge Ukrainian citizens to contemplate where the aggressive militaristic statements of Ukrainian politicians can lead to," Zakharova noted.

Oct 25 09:21

French gov’t seeks to extend COVID ‘state of emergency’, vaccine passport until 2022

A scant 260 members of the French National Assembly – out of 577 – joined a crucial debate about increasingly totalitarian COVID-19 measures during a night session from Wednesday to Thursday. On the table was the government proposal extending its capacity to prolong the need for the “sanitary pass” until July?31st, 2022, beyond the presidential and legislative elections that will take place in spring next year.

135 members voted for the government bill, which under the title “sanitary surveillance” aims to prolong the “sanitary state of emergency” giving the executive the possibility to lift, prolong, or reimpose sanitary pass requirements at will and use other “tools” such as lockdowns and curfews over the next eight months without parliamentary control. 125 voted against.

Oct 25 06:13

Covid-19: Thousands march against French health pass for fourth week in row

Almost a quarter of a million people took to the streets across France on Saturday for the biggest protests yet against a coronavirus health pass needed to enter a cafe or travel on an inter-city train, two days before the new rules come into force.

Championed by President Emmanuel Macron, the regulations make it obligatory to have either a full course of vaccination against Covid-19, a negative test or be recently recovered from the virus to enjoy routine activities.

Macron, who faces re-election next year, hopes to encourage all French to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and thereby defeat the virus and its fast-spreading Delta variant.

But opponents -- who have now held four weekends of consecutive protests -- argue the rules encroach on civil liberties in a country where individual freedom is prized.

'Encroaches on my liberty'

Oct 22 07:22

Israel said trying to mend France ties strained over NSO phone hack

National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata reportedly visited France in recent days in an attempt to defuse a crisis involving the suspected use of Israeli spyware developed by NSO Group to hack the phones of French President Emmanuel Macron and other senior French officials.

Citing senior Israeli sources, the Walla news site reported that Hulata met at the Elysee Palace with Macron’s diplomatic adviser Emmanuel Bonne, with the crisis one of the central issues discussed.

According to the report, an international investigation that in July unveiled the alleged hacking caused a diplomatic rift and Macron called Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who promised to investigate the matter. Days later, Defense Minister Benny Gantz flew to Paris and presented initial findings.

Oct 20 06:08

French Air and Space Force hosts major combat readiness training with NATO allies, NATO partner Switzerland

The French Air and Space Force is concluding its major annual combat readiness training, Exercise VOLFA, which has involved more than 50 Allied aircraft, between September 27 to October 15 at Mont-de-Marsan Air Base, France.

The high intensity combat training exercise, VOLFA 2021 pitted Allied crews and commanders against a scenario involving operations over hostile terrain in a contested threat environment. French fighters, transports and helicopters worked alongside Allies from Germany, Canada, Spain, Belgium and NATO Partner Switzerland, alongside airborne troops from France, Belgium, Denmark and the UK.

Oct 18 09:53

Millions Protest in Paris against Manadate and The PASS

Oct 18 09:52

Paris Protesters Shut Down Country.... Backup Channel Link in Description

Oct 14 19:18

Vaccine obligation rejected in France / Senate, the law does not pass: 262 against

The Covid vaccine 19 it will not be mandatory in France. The Senate rejected yesterday 13 October the bill presented at the end of August by the socialists with 262 votes against, 64 in favor (the entire socialist group and three senators from the center and right) and 14 abstentions. The government also expressed its opposition: “We prefer to convince than to force”, said Adrien Taquet, Secretary of State for Children and the Family. Vaccination coverage in France has increased, especially since the entry into force of Green pass, a tool that the government wants to use, if necessary, until July 31, 2022. A bill to this effect was presented on Wednesday.

Oct 14 05:12

Nuclear-Powered France Has Electricity Prices Nearly Half That Of "Green"-Powered Germany

France went all-in on nuclear power back in the 1970s and it's paying dividends.

Oct 13 08:06

French Finance Minister Issues Declaration of Independence – From the US

"Clear Differences Remain Between France and the U.S, French Minister Says," is the headline to a remarkable piece appearing in the New York Times today. The Minister, Bruno Le Maire, is brutally frank on the nature of the differences as the quotations below Illustrate. (Emphases in the quotations are jvw’s.) In fact, they amount to a Declaration of Independence of France and EU from the US.

It is not surprising that the differences relate to China after the brouhaha over the sale of US nuclear submarines to Australia and the surprising (to the French) cancellation of contracts with France for submarines. Mr. LeMaire, sounding very much like a reproving parent, characterized this as "misbehavior from the US administration."

Mr. LeMaire made it crystal clear that the disagreement over submarines is symptomatic of deeper differences in world view that have emerged not only in France but in the EU as a consequence of China’s rise. The article states:

Oct 12 07:05

French Conservative Condemned for Comment on ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Native French

French conservative politician Gilles Platret has been condemned by some in his own party after claiming that some neighbourhoods see native French being “ethnically cleansed” by migrants.

A vice-president of the centre-right Les Républicains (LR) and Mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône, Platret spoke out earlier this week on French television saying, “What we see today in some neighbourhoods — and I will use a word that will necessarily make reactions around this table — I feel a kind of ethnic cleansing.”

According to a report from broadcaster LCI, he added that “people of foreign origin… gradually drive out what is called in demography natives, that is to say, people from the country, to make room,” adding that people from a “Muslim bloc” were pushing native French out.

Damien Abad, a member of the Republicans in the French parliament, condemned the words of his party colleague, saying he was in total disagreement and the words were “not acceptable.”

Oct 08 08:02

AUKUS Inadvertently Opens Diplomatic Opportunities for Russia with France & India

Ideally, Russia would like to regulate its growing competition with France in Africa (especially in the vast region of ‘Françafrique’ that Paris considers to be its exclusive ‘sphere of influence’) while encouraging India to enter into a meaningful rapprochement with China.

The Ruckus Over AUKUS

Last week’s announcement of the new trilateral Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) anti-Chinese military alliance is already backfiring on America after it unprecedentedly offended its oldest French ally and also resulted in uncomfortable racial optics of Anglo-American superiority within the Quad that strongly implied India’s “junior partner” status within that structure. These consequences are still manageable though since France won’t leave NATO in protest like some have speculated nor will India abandon the Quad.

The Diplomatic-Strategic Backdrop

Oct 06 10:58

French Senate Introduces Bill to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations for All Beginning January 1, 2022

Following in the footsteps of much of Europe, France has introduced several stringent vaccine mandates that have irrevocably changed the landscape of life in the nation. The city of lights has been illuminated with the allegorical ambiance of pitchforks and torches as massive protests have taken to the streets of Paris since President Emmanuel Macron announced measures on July 12th that require proof of vaccination to enter cafés, restaurants, and even hospitals. The forewarning of the outcries of those protesters has now reached its apotheosis as the Social Affairs Committee of the French Senate has introduced a bill that will require mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19 for all citizens beginning on January 1st, 2022.

Oct 01 04:54

TASS launches French-language news feed

TASS News Agency is expanding the range of its products for its foreign audience and is launching a newswire in the French language – TASS French News Service. It will publish up-to-date information about the most important events in Russia and around the world in a real-time mode.

Subscribers of TASS French News Service will get access to key news about foreign and domestic policy, security, military and technical potential, civil society and the financial situation in Russia. The agency will cover in the French language major international projects with Russia’s participation in the sphere of energy, space exploration, science and culture.

Sep 30 12:25

Sarkozy: Ex-French president gets jail sentence over campaign funding

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign.

The 66-year-old was found guilty in a Paris court of spending tens of millions of euros more on his campaign than was permitted under the law.

He will not be jailed, however, and can serve his sentence at home with an electronic bracelet, the court ruled.

Sep 30 06:47

Former French president Sarkozy sentenced to 1-year jail term over illegally financing 2012 election campaign

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of illegal campaign financing and sentenced to one year in prison. The court will let him serve the sentence at home.

The ex-president will be able to complete his sentence without going to jail, but he will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, the court ruled.

Sarkozy, who was president between 2007 and 2012 and still maintains a strong influence in the country's conservative circles, wasn't present at the hearing. The 66-year-old politician has the legal right to appeal against the ruling.

He earlier denied any wrongdoing, telling the court in June that he hadn’t been involved in the logistics or allocation of funds in his campaign for a second term as president in 2012.

Sep 30 06:46

‘Someone lied’: French foreign minister accuses Australia of submarine betrayal in latest broadside

France has accused Australia of lying shortly before Canberra cancelled a major submarine contract, with the French foreign minister declaring “someone lied”.

With no sign of any imminent easing of tensions between the two countries, Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing that Australia had never expressed doubts about the €56bn (A$90bn) submarine contract or the strategic Indo-Pacific pact before breaking the contract.

“Everything I have told you is confirmed by the letter I received on 15 September from the Australian ministry of defence that said everything is OK let’s continue,” Le Drian said.

The French foreign minister said this suggested “someone lied”. He added: “Something doesn’t add up and we don’t know what.”

Sep 28 11:37

With militarised media as a weapon of mass deception, what is the plan?

Fernando Guevara argues that mainstream media, the police and other "civilian institutions", have become militarised. "Even on the internet, algorithms are re-set to catch what suits Zionists/Israel, while a lot of what sheds light on their terror is simply removed/de-platformed.">>

Sep 28 05:45

WATCH 'Egg' Get Thrown at French President Macron

The incident isn't the first of its kind for the embattled French president, who has faced intense criticism in recent months over the economy and coronavirus-related restrictions.
An individual has been detained after throwing an egg-shaped object at French President Emmanuel Macron. The incident reportedly took place in the southern French city of Lyon on Monday.

Sep 28 05:26

FRANCE AND GERMANY WANT TO REVISE THE NATO CONCEPT

There's a short article over at Russia's Sputnik website that, while small, indicates that the geopolitical waves from the Afghanistan fiasco continue to ripple throughout the American alliance system. This was shared by B., and it's well worth pondering its implications:

NATO Partners Agree to Revise Alliance's Concept, French Defence Minister Says

Note two significant things in this article:

NATO partners, at the initiative of France and Germany, agreed to revise the strategic concept of the alliance, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said.
"The reason for NATO's existence is transatlantic security. This is what we want to remind the United States of. Therefore, our partners decided, on our initiative, as well as on the initiative of Germany, to revise the strategic concept of the alliance," Parley said at a meeting of the French Senate.

Sep 27 06:29

Phones of 5 French ministers said infected with malware from Israel’s NSO Group

The mobile phones of at least five French ministers and a diplomatic advisor to President Emmanuel Macron were infected by the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware, sources told AFP on Friday, confirming a report by the Mediapart investigative website.

French security services detected the software while inspecting the phones, with the intrusions believed to have taken place in 2019 and 2020, according to the report from Mediapart on Friday.

Pegasus, made by the Israeli firm NSO Group, can switch on a phone’s camera or microphone and harvest its data, and was at the center of a storm in July after a list of about 50,000 potential surveillance targets worldwide was leaked to the media.

Sep 26 06:33

The nouveau head of Nato? Dreamez on Madame May, say the French after Boris Johnson's ‘donnez-moi un break’ spat with Emmanuel Macron

Theresa May's chances of landing a plum job have been torpedoed – by a row over submarines.

The former Prime Minister was cited as Britain’s likely candidate to be the next Nato Secretary-General, but seething French MPs say she has ‘no hope’ following the AUKUS defence pact signed by Britain, the US and Australia.

The deal resulted in Australia tearing up a multi-billion-pound French submarine contract in the process.

Sep 24 08:24

Biden Going Across The Pond To Say Sorry

President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron intend to meet in Europe in late October "in order to reach shared understandings and maintain momentum" in wake of the AUKUS nuclear submarine announcement, the White House announced Wednesday afternoon.

According to White House officials, Biden and Macron talked for the first time by phone on Wednesday since the joint announcement by the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom on Sept. 15.

Sep 23 06:30

‘From October 20, the Covid pass and vaccination will be abolished on the entire territory of the EU’ – French Doctor

DISTRIBUTE TO EVERYONE who does not want to be “vaccinated”.
All vaccines will no longer be justified from 20.10.2021: verified information.

The European Union has approved (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/ip_21_3299) 5 therapies that will be available in all hospitals in the Member States for the treatment of Covid.

These therapies have been approved by a decree of the European Council (European Parliament) and will be in force from 1/10, so they will be distributed little by little around 20/10.

Vaccines were approved on a “temporary experimental basis”.

Sep 22 05:27

France rallies EU as trust in US, UK and Australia wanes

France’s European Union partners agreed Tuesday to put the country’s festering dispute over a major Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain at the top of bloc’s political agenda, including at an EU summit next month.

The Indo-Pacific security pact known as AUKUS will see Australia cancel a multibillion-dollar contract to buy diesel-electric French submarines and acquire U.S. nuclear-powered vessels instead. The French government is suggesting it was betrayed by the deal.

“It’s definitely something that raised interest and will occupy us in the months to come,” Gasper Dovzan, Slovenia’s foreign affairs chief, told reporters after chairing a meeting of the bloc’s European affairs ministers in Brussels.

EU leaders are set to meet in Slovenia on Oct. 6 and again in Brussels on Oct. 21-22.

Sep 21 08:18

France Won't Let Go Of Submarine Dispute "Crisis" - Threatens To Torpedo EU-Australia Trade Talks

Over the weekend France's top diplomat continued calling out the United States and Australia over their "duplicity, contempt and lies" after "no warnings" were given ahead of the AUKUS pact, which led Australia to scrap a French submarine order for more than $60 billion.

French President Macron will reportedly hold a phone call within the coming days with President Biden in order to seek clarification from the White House - this after late last week Paris for what's believed to be the first time in history recalled its ambassador to Washington (a dramatic move France also made with Australia, and further canceled a high level defense meeting with the UK).

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's latest scathing criticisms were issued to France 2 television, where he said the move to recall the ambassadors "signifies the force of the crisis today" between France, the US and Australia.

Sep 20 10:02

Macron Sure Looks Stupid Now for Having Picked a Fight With China on America’s and Australia’s Behalf

As far as slaps across the face go, they don’t come much bigger than this. And the giant backhander Australia just delivered France and its President, Emmanuel Macron, is bound to be repaid in kind.

Just as Prime Minister Scott Morrison can point to legitimate reasons for axing a $90 billion contract for the French to help build Australia’s new submarine fleet, Macron has more than reasonable grounds to feel angry and deceived.

To say the French are seething over the surprise new defence pact between Australia, the United States and United Kingdom would be an understatement. Overnight, Paris has gone from viewing Australia as a friend and ally to a nation which can’t be trusted.

“This decision is contrary to the letter and spirit of the co-operation that prevailed between France and Australia,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said in a joint-statement.

Sep 20 08:30

This Never Happened Under Trump, Now Biden Admin Scrambling To Save Face

President Joe Biden’s new opportunity to aid Australia to launch nuclear-powered submarines may have added one alliance in an effort to counter China.

Though for France — which on Friday returned its ambassadors to the United States — the deal might have sent what little trust had been restored after four years under former President Donald Trump, experts said.

As Biden celebrated the new AUKUS pact with Australia and Britain on Thursday, French officials revealed outrage over the deal, which brought that nation's 2016 contract to build submarines for Australia to an unexpected end.

Sep 20 07:35

US-UK-Australia submarine deal is a dangerous joke which will only worsen geopolitical crisis with China

Australia struggles to keep its current six diesel-powered submarines operational; it now wants to build eight nuclear-powered submarines, despite having neither the trained manpower nor the nuclear infrastructure necessary.

This is a story of geopolitically driven military procurement gone mad.

Australia is an island nation whose very survival is dependent upon its ability to access strategic sea lines of communication (SLOCs) so that critical commerce links can operate on a sustained basis. In short, if any nation or group of nations were to cut off Australia’s sea links to the rest of the world, the country would eventually wither away and die.

Sep 20 07:29

France is ‘vital partner & oldest ally,’ US says as Australia ‘regrets’ recall of French envoys over nuclear submarine deal

Washington has insisted that Paris remains a “vital partner” after France recalled its ambassadors from the US and Australia, in protest over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal that killed a French shipbuilding contract.

“France is a vital partner and our oldest ally, and we place the highest value on our relationship,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Friday, according to Reuters. He added that the US would continue to work to resolve the spat at the senior level in the days ahead, namely at an upcoming UN General Assembly meeting in New York next week.

Sep 20 06:56

Biden Asks For Early Macron Talks As Allies Try To Smooth Tensions

The United States and Britain sought Sunday to smooth tensions with Paris over a new security pact with Australia, with US President Joe Biden requesting early talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

The announcement of the defence alliance, and Australia's related decision to tear up a deal to buy French submarines in favour of American nuclear-powered vessels, sparked outrage in Paris, with Macron recalling France's ambassadors to Canberra and Washington in an unprecedented move.

But on Sunday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to downplay France's concerns about the deal, saying the pact was "not meant to be exclusionary... it's not something that anybody needs to worry about and particularly not our French friends".

Biden has requested a phone call with Macron, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said, which would happen "in the coming days".

Sep 19 07:44

'Why Would US Ensure Our Defence?' France Urges EU to Boost 'Strategic Autonomy' Amid AUKUS Fallout

France earlier recalled its ambassadors from the United States and Australia amid Washington, Canberra, and London creating a trilateral security deal to supply Australia with nuclear-powered submarines instead of French-made conventional vessels.
French Secretary of Foreign Affairs Clement Beaune urged Europe to "strengthen [its] capacities for reflection, strategic autonomy, and defence" when speaking to France24 on Saturday.

Sep 19 07:30

AUKUS fallout: France pledges to ‘defend truly multilateral international order’ with India amid diplomatic row with Australia-US

The French and Indian foreign ministers spoke over the phone on Saturday, vowing to deepen their strategic partnership now that Paris’ ties with the US and Australia have been strained by a submarine deal debacle.

France and India will “work on a joint program of concrete actions to defend a truly multilateral international order,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, said in a statement on Saturday. Released by the French foreign ministry, it also said the two had discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific.

Sep 17 13:37

In One Sentence, France Just Insulted Biden & Vindicated Trump

The French Embassy in Washington, D.C., canceled a gala to protest being pushed out of a multibillion-dollar deal between the United States and the United Kingdom to support Australia getting nuclear-powered submarines.

Friday’s gala was scheduled to celebrate the long history of diplomatic ties between France and the U.S., but a French official told the New York Times that continuing with the event would be “ridiculous” in light of the pressure.

It was specifically going to mark the 240th anniversary of the 1781 Battle of the Capes, in which the French navy secured sea supply lanes to give goods and weapons the Americans needed to win the Revolutionary War. The party was to take place at the embassy in Washington, D.C., and on a French frigate docked in Baltimore.

Sep 17 08:10

Medical staff shortages feared in France as health care workers balk at COVID-19 vaccine mandates

The French government noted that as of Sept. 7, about 84 percent of the country’s health care staffers were vaccinated, but that leaves a lot of workers who, potentially, won’t be able to work and fill shifts if they don’t comply by the deadlines.

And it’s very likely that the employers will comply; under Macron’s order, companies and hospitals who don’t will be fined $160 (130 euros) per violation but those can climb to $4,430 (3,750 euros) if they are fined three times in a month, French media reported.

Oh, and there is prison time involved as well; six months behind bars, potentially.

It’s insanity — all of this over a virus with a 99.7 percent recovery and survival rate.

Sep 16 07:47

France Accuses "Backstabbing" Biden Of Being 'Worse Than Trump' As UK-Aussie Defense Pact Sinks Sub Deal

As it turns out, while President Biden was celebrating yesterday's "historic" security pact between the US, UK and Australia to establish a "partnership" that will help furnish Canberra with US nuclear submarine technology, one American ally was sulking in defeat.

Back in 2016, Australia had signed $40 billion contract with France's Naval Group to build a new submarine fleet to replace the Aussie's aging fleet of Collins subs. But apparently, the new deal with the US and UK makes this deal unnecessary (since Australia will now be getting its subs from the US, not France), essentially stealing a major $40 billion deal out of the mouth of the French defense industry.

Sep 15 06:01

France leads the way in holding Covid incompetents to account for their mismanagement and indecision as millions died

Former French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn faces a possible prison term and heavy fine for “endangering the life of others” in her mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, as France leads the way in making its leaders accountable.

Despite the massive failures by governments and public health officials across the globe in dealing with the pandemic, it’s only the dead that really pay any sort of price. Most of the so-called experts simply move on, retire, or fade back into academia or big pharma where many of them came from.

Sep 13 08:26

WATCH: Tear gas & clashes in Paris as thousands protest over Covid-19 health passes for 9th consecutive weekend

Demonstrators took to the streets of the French capital on Saturday to voice their discontent with the coronavirus health pass policy for the ninth weekend in a row. The protest quickly descended into clashes with police.

Four large-scale demonstrations were scheduled in Paris for Saturday. Crowds of people marched through the streets in various parts of the city, surrounded by tight cordons of police officers wearing riot gear.

The protesters were waving French national flags and holding placards that read: ‘health is not a business’. Some flags of leftist and even Royalist groups were seen in the crowds as well.

Sep 13 07:30

The Streets Of France Turn Into Warzones As Hundreds Of Thousands Clash Over Vaccine Passports

There have been ugly scenes in one French city as those protesting a vaccine passport mandate clashed with masked people.

More than 120,000 people demonstrated across France on Saturday, according to official figures, to protest the coronavirus health passes they say discriminate against the unvaccinated.

Footage posted to Twitter by @HZ_Press shows those marching in the southern French city of Toulouse clashing with people wearing masks.

The video, which has been viewed more than 3.4 million times, shows people physically attacking each other with long sticks, with things becoming so chaotic that crowds scatter.

The health pass, or a recent negative Covid test, is required to enter cafes, restaurants and many other public places.

The French interior ministry said 121,000 had demonstrated in France, 19,000 people of them in the capital Paris where police arrested 85 people after clashes broke out.

Sep 08 07:41

After calling vaccine passports a “conspiracy theory,” U.K. government now says everyone will need to show proof of vaccination to live

The U.K. is moving in the same direction as France, which recently imposed a much stricter vaccine passport scheme that requires proof of vaccination to even just shop at the grocery store.

Sep 01 04:58

Thirteen Police Officers Injured at Protests Against Health Passes in France's Marseille

Thirteen law enforcement officers received injuries during protests against the COVID-19 health passes in the French city of Marseille, the Bouches-du-Rhone police said on Saturday.

"Police prefect expresses its support to the 13 injured police officers," the police department tweeted.

It added that three people had been arrested.

Almost 160,000 demonstrators took part in the nationwide rallies against the health passes on Saturday.

Aug 31 05:19

France, Britain to Propose ‘Safe Zone’ in Kabul at UNSC Meeting

France and Britain are expected to propose a resolution for the establishment of a safe zone in Kabul at an emergency meeting on Afghanistan of the United Nations Security Council which will be held on Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said the proposal for the creation of a safe zone is aimed to allow humanitarian assistance and safe passage for people trying to leave Afghanistan.

According to Macron, the safe zone will operate under the oversight of the United Nations.

“It can mobilize the whole international community, and it also puts pressure on the Taliban,” Macron said.

The Taliban has responded to France and Britain, saying the creation of a safe zone in Kabul is unnecessary.

“When you create a safe zone in a time of peace, it means the country is not secure. In the past, around 300 to 400 people were killed daily, but today no one is being killed in the entire country,” said Sayed Akbar Agha, a former Taliban commander.

Aug 26 12:41

VIDEO: French Protest Vax Passports by Picnicking Outside of 'Vax-Only' Restaurants

Video out of France shared Wednesday on social media shows protesters picnicking in the streets in front of restaurants that require vax passports to enter.

Aug 26 06:25

100+ people denounce Covid health passes by holding protest ‘picnic’ outside restaurants in Reims, France (VIDEO)

Protesters dined while sitting on the ground outside cafes and restaurants in the French city of Reims on Wednesday, rejecting the country’s restrictive Covid-19 health-pass system.

In an action dubbed “the giant picnic”, people sat on the cobbles of Erlon Square, enjoying their meals outside cafes and restaurants where they could not enter unless they had a valid health pass.

The calm protest was different from louder demonstrations against Covid-related restrictions that have been taking place in the last six weeks. During such rallies, participants banged on drums, carried flags and placards, and sometimes clashed with police in Paris and elsewhere.

The use of health passes was expanded in France last month as the country has been fighting against a surge in infections with the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.

Aug 25 06:20

‘Afghan Roulette’ UK, France Accidentally Evacuate Security Risk Individuals

The French government admitted on Monday that it has repatriated an Afghani man and his four relatives despite being aware of intelligence that he was connected to the Taliban, with similar security failures witnessed in the UK.

As nations across Europe grapple with increased security concerns over the evacuation of asylum seekers from Afghanistan following President Joe Biden’s disastrous military withdrawal from the country, the French government has been accused of helping the Taliban establish a “fifth column” in the nation.

On Monday, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin admitted: “Even if this person greatly assisted in the evacuation of the French embassy, ??we believe that he may be linked to the Taliban.”

Aug 24 09:43

French government attempts to STARVE OUT the unvaccinated by blocking their access to grocery stores… nation on the verge of REVOLT

A new video is circulating that shows angry French shoppers protesting outside of a grocery store that refuses to let them buy food without first showing proof of Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccination.”

The incident occurred just a few weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron decided to force Chinese Virus injection “passports” on the French people, who ever since have been protesting all across their land.

While many stores and restaurants throughout France are refusing to go along with Macron’s fascist scheme, some, including the store depicted in the video – you can watch it below – are attempting to starve out people who refuse to permanently alter their DNA with experimental gene therapy (mRNA) chemicals.

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Aug 24 07:48

French government attempts to STARVE OUT the unvaccinated by blocking their access to grocery stores… nation on the verge of REVOLT

A new video is circulating that shows angry French shoppers protesting outside of a grocery store that refuses to let them buy food without first showing proof of Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccination.”

The incident occurred just a few weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron decided to force Chinese Virus injection “passports” on the French people, who ever since have been protesting all across their land.

While many stores and restaurants throughout France are refusing to go along with Macron’s fascist scheme, some, including the store depicted in the video – you can watch it below – are attempting to starve out people who refuse to permanently alter their DNA with experimental gene therapy (mRNA) chemicals.

Aug 24 07:47

Hundreds of thousands protest discriminatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in France

France’s COVID-19 vaccine passport mandate that stops unvaccinated people from going into restaurants or bars and taking long-distance trips is being met with a significant amount of resistance as tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets this weekend to demonstrate their opposition.

According to France’s Interior Ministry, 215,000 people are believed to have participated in protests, which is only slightly less than the 237,000 people who were estimated to have protested the week before. Around 1,600 police officers were sent to three separate marches in Paris, but authorities did not release any information about possible arrests.

Demonstrations were held in cities such as Paris, Marseille and Nice, where protesters chanted refrains about freedom and told the government to “take back your pass” in reference to the vaccine passport.

Aug 23 14:22

La Dépêche: How low can you sink?

Aug 23 12:39

‘Liberté’: Thousands take to the streets in Paris to once again decry Covid-19 health pass restrictions

Thousands of people have marched in the center of the French capital for the sixth consecutive weekend to denounce the so-called coronavirus health pass that they see as an infringement of the rights of unvaccinated citizens.

The rallies began in mid-July after Emmanuel Macron’s government introduced a system that made presenting a vaccination certificate or negative Covid-19 test obligatory for those willing to visit a restaurant, theater, cinema and shopping mall or travel on a long-distance train.

The authorities insist that the QR codes are needed to encourage people to get the jabs and avoid the fourth lockdown in the country, which saw some 6.6 million getting infected and over 113,000 dying due to the coronavirus.

Aug 23 06:07

Unreal scenes in France as people not allowed into supermarkets without"covid passports".

Also in France ... French supermarkets have hired bouncers in order to deny people basic human rights to food and water because they didn’t get the right government permission slip

Aug 22 06:01

White House Omits Macron Plea For 'Moral Responsibility' In Afghanistan; ABC Cuts 'Unflattering' Interview Segments

In the French government's readout of the conversation between the two leaders, Macron tells Biden that the US and its allies have a "moral responsibility' to ensure the safe evacuation of Afghan citizens who assisted US and European troops for the past two decades - who, along with their families, are now at great risk Taliban death squads, according to The Guardian.

"We cannot abandon them," Macron told Biden.

The White House, however, made no mention of Macron's comments about 'moral responsibility.'

"They lauded the tireless efforts of their personnel working closely together in Kabul on the evacuation of their citizens, the brave Afghans who have stood by us and our Nato partners, and other vulnerable Afghan nationals," reads a White House description of the call.

Aug 21 07:24

UK, France Sending in Troops to Rescue Citizens While US Relies on Taliban for Safe Passage of Americans

While other countries rescue their citizens from the Taliban-controlled country of Afghanistan, President Joe Biden’s military has decided to, instead, negotiate with terrorists.

The Kabul airport has been secured by U.S. forces, but for American citizens left outside its perimeter, it doesn’t appear that a rescue is coming any time soon.

Taliban soldiers quickly surrounded and secured the perimeter of the airport and are reportedly blocking the entrance from both U.S. residents and eligible Afghans.

Aug 20 05:33

French government official, feminists, journalists furious at private TV station for airing ‘Unplanned’

A small French private television channel, C8, is in the crosshairs of the national media watchdog CSA (“Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel”) because it broadcast Unplanned, the true story of Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion after a career at Planned Parenthood. Even government ministers stepped in to condemn the program, suggesting that it might be against the law.

The full-length film was aired on Monday evening at prime time, garnering an audience of 304,000 (1.5 percent of total viewers that evening in France, instead of an average of 2 percent on other evenings, according to “PureMedias,” an audience rating agency). But the event made national headlines after a three-week long build-up of controversy that started late last month when two “off” voices for C8, Chloé Sitbon and Guillaume Orsat, went public about their refusal to contribute to teasers announcing the film.

Aug 19 04:54

Crash! France’s repeated health pass system fails are leaving citizens without the QR codes needed for daily life

France has gone authoritarian in inept fashion, as its bid to control the movement of its citizens failed TWICE in a week when the platform that generates government QR codes was overwhelmed. The result, predictably, was chaos.

France and other budding authoritarian countries with ambitions to lord over their citizens’ movements by introducing health passes have eyes that are bigger than their stomachs. They have proven repeatedly that they’re far too incompetent to practice proper authoritarianism. Events last week are a case in point.

Aug 18 08:16

Macron In Provocative Afghan Remarks Warns Europe Must "Protect" Itself Against New Refugee Wave

After the last 72 hours of mayhem and shocking scenes of tens of thousands of Afghans who previously assisted US and NATO occupying forces attempting to desperately catch any departing plane out of Kabul's airport as the Taliban's grip closed in, Turkey, Europe and the US are bracing for a new refugee wave akin to the 2015 crisis.

Turkey is expected to feel the shock first, given it's already long been a jumping-off point for Afghans making the arduous trip to Europe. The past decade alone has seen some 600,000 Afghans settle in Turkey - all the while a mass wave of Syrian refugees exited there as well, many which are still along Turkey's southern border (over 3 million).

Aug 17 10:33

Yellow Vest announces candidacy to topple Macron and calls for big Frexit 'electro-shock'

Fabrice Grimal, a leading organiser of the Gilet Jaunes and Le Gouv, has been chosen as the presidential candidate for a group of citizen associations known as La Concorde Citoyenne. He hopes his candidacy will help to revolutionise French politics by placing ordinary citizens at the heart of the the political system with real power to influence legislation and to make traditional parties obsolete. "I am for now the only citizen candidate as opposed to a professional politician," he told Express.co.uk

Aug 17 07:55

Emmanuel Macron’s Covid ‘health pass’ tyranny reveals the true extremism of globalist faux-centrism

Macron was billed as the ‘moderate candidate’ in the 2017 French presidential election but there’s nothing moderate about this authoritarian who has transformed France into a police state under the guise of countering a virus.

Aug 17 07:05

France's long-time vaccine policy chief: Covid policy is "completely stupid" and "unethical"

UK Column was recently able to interview top French vaccine expert Professor Christian Perronne on the subject of Covid-19 vaccines.

Professor Perronne is Head of the Medical Department at Raymond Poincaré Hospital in Garches, the teaching hospital for the University of Versailles-St Quentin near Paris. He was the University's Head of Department for Infectious and Tropical Diseases from 1994 onwards, but was fired from that position a few months ago. He is a Fellow of France's biomedical research centre of world standing, the Institut Pasteur, from which he graduated in bacteriology and virology and where he served as Deputy Director of the National Reference Centre for Tuberculosis and Mycobacteria until 1998.

Aug 16 06:33

France sees fifth weekend of protests against Macron Covid pass

Protesters opposing a health pass championed by President Emmanuel Macron to defeat Covid-19 massed in streets across France for the fifth successive weekend Saturday, refusing to give in after the measure was fully implemented.

Macron sees the health pass -- which essentially makes vaccination essential to carry on with routine activities like sipping a coffee in a cafe or travelling on a train -- as the key to emerging from the pandemic and avoiding further lockdowns.

But protesters -- an eclectic mix of far-right, yellow vest anti-inequality activists, anti-vaxxers and civil liberties campaigners -- say that the policy encroaches on the basic freedoms so prized by the French.

Two separate protests were taking place in Paris -- in a sign of the inability of the protesters to fully unite -- with slogans like "free France!", "stop the corona-madness" or "yes to the freedom to choose" being chanted and brandished.

Aug 16 05:22

‘I joined the march in Avignon’: massive protests across France for fourth Saturday in row

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in France on the fourth Saturday running since President Macron announced mandatory vaccination for health workers and an extended “sanitary pass” proving anti-COVID “vaccination” or negative SARS-CoV-2 status.

I joined the march in Avignon, in the south of France, where thousands of people of all ages and political horizons walked for more than two hours through the ancient streets of the city where nine popes had their residence in the 14th century. The weather forecast that had promised showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon did not deter a peaceful but determined crowd whose numbers –?as in 180 other cities in France, not counting spontaneous gatherings in many small towns across the country – had grown once again compared with previous weeks.

Aug 16 05:16

Protesters pour into Paris as resistance to Macron’s ‘health pass’ spawns array of unauthorized street cafes (VIDEOS)

Opposition to France’s compulsory vaccine regime and its so-called health pass has sparked another weekend of protests across the country. In Paris, residents are marching – but also eating and drinking – in defiance of the rules.

Thousands of demonstrators marched through the French capital on Saturday as riot police clad in helmets and body armor tagged along. The vast majority of protesters appear to have been peaceful, although several isolated incidents were observed in which police deployed pepper spray.

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