(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: A group of serving French soldiers has published a new open letter in a conservative magazine, warning President Macron that the “survival” that the country is at stake after he made “concessions” to Islamism #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.16: Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, a close ally of Macron, slammed the letter as a “crude manoeuvre” and accused its anonymous signatories of lacking “courage”

FRANCE: The letter posted on the Valeurs Actuelles website late on Sunday echoes the tone of a similar letter published by the same magazine last month, which also warned that a civil conflict was brewing: Civil war is brewing’: In second letter, French soldiers accuse Macron of according ‘concessions to Islamism’

May 15, 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. — Reuters/File
French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. — Reuters/File

French generals spark backlash with warning of ‘civil war’

The previous letter, signed by a handful of officers and some 20 semi-retired generals, sparked a furore in France, with the prime minister calling it an unacceptable interference and France’s top general vowing that those behind it would be punished.

It is not clear how many people are behind the current letter or what their ranks are.

In contrast to the previous letter, it is also open to be signed by the public, with Valeurs Actuelles saying more than 93,000 had done so by Monday morning.

“We are not talking about extending your mandates or conquering others. We are talking about the survival of our country, the survival of your country,” said the letter, which was addressed to Macron and his cabinet.

The authors described themselves as active-duty soldiers from the younger generation of the military, a so-called “generation of fire” that had seen active service.

“They have offered up their lives to destroy the Islamism that you have made concessions to on our soil.” 

They claimed also to have served in the Sentinelle security operation within France launched after a wave of jihadist attacks in 2015.

They observed that for some religious communities “France means nothing but an object of sarcasm, contempt or even hatred”.

It added: “If a civil war breaks out, the military will maintain order on its own soil […] civil war is brewing in France and you know it perfectly well.” 

‘Is this courage?

The letter comes in a febrile political atmosphere ahead of the 2022 elections when Macron’s main challenger is expected to again be the far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Analysts say Macron has tacked to the right in recent months to prevent Le Pen from exploiting a series of attacks in late 2020 blamed on Islamist extremists who recently immigrated to France.

“I believe that when you are in the military you don’t do this kind of thing in hiding,” Darmanin told BFM television. “These people are anonymous. Is this courage? To be anonymous?” 

Former president Francois Hollande weighed in on the debate, expressing bewilderment that such sentiments could be expressed by serving soldiers.

“How can we suggest that the army today could have such feelings and a desire to question the very principles of the Republic?” he told France Inter radio.

Prime Minister Jean Castex had labelled the rare intervention in politics by military figures in last month’s letter “an initiative against all of our republican principles, of honour and the duty of the army”.

France’s armed forces chief of staff, General Francois Lecointre, said those who signed it would face punishments ranging from forced full retirement to disciplinary action.

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(PARIS, France.) Domestic Abuse Report: A women’s rights group is calling on the government to remove guns from violent partners, after a brutal murder shocked the country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport May.07: She is the 39th woman to be killed by a partner or ex-partner this year: Hundreds gathered in Mérignac near Bordeaux on Wednesday, laying flowers and paying tribute to the victim:

FRANCE: 39th Victim Killed: Calls for action on guns after woman’s street killing: ‘Chahinez, a 31-year old mother-of-three, was shot and set alight by her husband, less than a year after he was sentenced for domestic violence’

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Chahinez, 31, was killed by her husband

“Horrified by this heinous crime, I extend my sincere support to the family of the victim,” France’s Minister for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa wrote on Twitter. “The fight against domestic violence and femicide continues.”

The French rights group, La Fondation des Femmes (the Women’s Foundation), says guns are used in a third of killings of women by current or former partners or family members.

“The law encourages police to confiscate weapons from the perpetrators of domestic violence. And for good reason: every year, a third of femicides are carried out using a firearm,” the organisation said in a statement on Wednesday, referring to the killing of a woman by a current or former partner or a family member. 

But the Women’s Foundation said that its “repeated warnings” about guns in the hands of violent partners had been ignored by the interior ministry: “What we feared has therefore happened again.”

EPATributes were left outside the woman’s home

What happened?

Chahinez was already separated from her husband when the attack took place on Tuesday evening.

He arrived at her home in Mérignac, close to Bordeaux in south-western France, shot her in the legs as she tried to run away and then set her on fire.

Last June the suspect had been sentenced to 18 months in prison, half of which was suspended, according to prosecutors in Bordeaux.

Under the terms of his release, he was banned from approaching his former partner or her home.

AFPLa Fondation des Femmes president Anne-Cécile Mailfert has called on the government to act

The Women’s Foundation has also raised questions about why the man was not wearing an electronic tag.

Anne-Cécile Mailfert, the organisation’s president, told France Info that only around 40 electronic bracelets had been distributed during the previous year, despite the government approving their use to prevent violent partners from breaking restraining orders.

What is France doing to address violence against women?

The issue of femicide in France came to the fore in 2019, when thousands took the streets to protest the issue of gender-based violence.

A total of 146 women were killed by their spouse or partner that year, according to France’s justice minister.

In response, the government introduced measures including more funding for emergency accommodation and increasing the protection for women at risk.

Last year, the number of women killed by their partner fell to 90, although rights groups say it is too early to determine whether the trend will continue.Watch protesters turning Paris purple

What is the situation elsewhere in Europe?

In western Europe, France is said to be among the countries with the highest rate of women killed by their partner, with 0.18 victims per 100,000 women, according to Eurostat figures from 2017.

This compares with a rate of 0.13 in Switzerland, 0.11 in Italy and 0.12 in Spain, but is less than in Germany (0.23).

In 2019, Spain recorded the 1,000th murder of a woman by a partner since records began in 2003.

The country has developed a system of special courts reserved exclusively for cases of sexual violence against women.

All professionals, whether medics, police or judiciary are trained in dealing with conjugal violence. And police must register every complaint with judges required to deal with cases within 72 hours.

Help and advice 

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, these organisations in the UK may be able to help.

All European countries have a helpline:

  • In France: The “Violences Femmes Info” helpline can be reached on 3919
  • In Spain: 24-hour domestic violence helpline 016 and 24-hour helpline for women – (0034) 900 19 10 10

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: A dozen activists from the Extinction Rebellion ecological activism group chained themselves to the gates of France’s National Assembly in Paris ahead of the approval of new climate legislation on Tuesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.05: Ahead of the vote, Extinction Rebellion described the legislation as a “lie of the state” and called on lawmakers to reject its passage. Its objection to the bill centers on the removal of key measures before it was put before MPs. The group claims France’s industrial sector lobbied for the removal of many of the proposals, with only a few remaining:

Extinction Rebellion activists chain themselves to gates of French parliament in protest at scope of new climate bill (VIDEOS) WATCH chaos gripping Paris as violence & vandalism mark May Day protest after Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament approved the draft bill by a majority of 332 votes to 77 following over 200 hours of debate.

4 May, 2021 20:09 

Extinction Rebellion activists chain themselves to gates of French parliament in protest at scope of new climate bill (VIDEOS)

Flares were set off by some protesters chained to the gates and others gathered below, while braziers were also lit.

PARIS – Militants @xrFrance et journalistes sont repoussés par les forces de l’ordre. Une 10aine de militant restent accrochés à l’Assemblée Nationale. pic.twitter.com/r49N79R8zx— Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) May 4, 2021

In footage shared online, police officers could be seen stamping out the fires and dragging protesters away.

Some journalists were also reportedly pushed back by police.

Members of the National Assembly were also reported to have attended the demonstrations, including left-wing lawmaker Adrien Quatennens, who was filmed talking to police.

The draft legislation was approved on Tuesday at a first reading, but still needs the backing of the Senate.

It will then go back to the lower house, where it is likely to receive assent by President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist majority.

The bill includes a ban on short-haul domestic flights that can be taken by train, curbs on landlords renting out poorly insulated properties, and the prohibition of outdoor heaters on restaurant terraces.

Other proposed measures include forcing state-run schools to offer meat-free menus, vetoing the construction of new airports, and clamping down on the use of plastic in supermarket packaging.

The French government has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to its 1990 levels, but this target has been criticized as too low by environmental groups.

The executive director of Greenpeace France, Jean-Francois Julliard, said on Tuesday that the new draft law would “not be enough to effectively tackle global warming.”

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Former French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner was booed at a rally in support of murdered Jewish woman Sarah Halimi, whose alleged killer was not charged due to his heavy marijuana use #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.01: An estimated 20,000 people took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to protest the lack of a trial for the man who allegedly murdered 65-year-old Sarah Halimi in 2017, it is claimed, by pushing her out of the window of her Paris apartment while shouting “Allahu Akbar”.

Left-Wing Politicians Jeered at Rally For Murdered Jewish Woman: Several protests in support of Halimi were held in other cities in France, such as Montpellier, according to a report by the French weekly magazineL’Obs. Protests were also held in Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

People hold placards reading "Justice for Sarah" (2R) and "I won't be the next Sarah Halimi" (L) as they gather to ask justice for late Sarah Halimi on Trocadero plaza in Paris on April 25, 2021. - Halimi, a 65-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman, died in 2017 after being pushed out …
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TOPSHOT – People gather to ask justice for late Sarah Halimi on Trocadero plaza in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on April 25, 2021. – Halimi, a 65-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman, died in 2017 after being pushed out of the window of her Paris flat by neighbour Traore, 27, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic). Traore, a heavy cannabis smoker, has been in psychiatric care since Halimi’s death and he remains there after the ruling. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP) (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)

Chris Tomlinson: Apr 2021GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images

Former Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, a leading member of Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! (LREM), also attended the rally and was reportedly booed by participants, according to a Tweet from French journalist Remy Buisine.

No Trial For ‘Allahu Akbar’ Man Over Death of Jewish Woman on Account of His Heavy Marijuana Use https://t.co/N0uVrLBKxp

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) April 16, 2021

The protest came after Paris’s top court ruled that Kobili Traoré, Halimi’s alleged killer, would not face trial in connection with the murder,upholding previous court rulings that had determined Traoré’s excessive marijuana use had triggered a “delirious episode” and he was not criminally responsible.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that a street in the city would be named after Halimi. President of Licra (the International League against Racism and Antisemitism) Mario Stasi had reportedly asked for a street to be named after Halimi following the top court ruling.

Mayor Hidalgo called for a trial in the case of Halimi and said during the Paris protest: “Antisemitism is a plague. It is a scourge that undermines the foundations of our Republic.”

French alternative news blog FDesouche claims Hidalgo was also booed at the rally, citing social media video recorded at the scene.

Francis Kalifat of the Jewish group CRIF had previously commented on Halimi’s case, saying: “We do not understand the determination and procrastination that consistently seeks to turn this killer into a demented person, when he is a murderer whose presumed detention doesn’t even hide his hateful anti-Semitism.”

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: A terror investigation has been launched after a knifeman stabbed a female police officer to death in the French town of Rambouillet on Friday, authorities said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: The assailant, identified as a 36-year-old Tunisian national, was immediately “neutralized” by the victim’s fellow officers, who shot him, a police source close to the investigation told NBC News, adding that he died from his injuries. His name was not released:

Terror investigation launched after female police officer stabbed to death in police HQ and the country has lost one of its everyday heroines in a barbaric gesture of infinite cowardice,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

24 Apr, 2021 11:05 

‘France has been attacked AGAIN’: Top officials vow to keep fighting terrorism after policewoman’s murder by suspected Islamist

France’s top officials have reiterated their pledge to continue fighting terrorism in the aftermath of the killing of a policewoman by a suspected Islamist outside of Paris. A terror inquiry into the incident has been launched.

The victim, aged 49, died from her wounds.

France’s National Police named her as Stephanie M. in a tweet, which called her killing “cowardly.” As an administrative officer she would not work on the street but in an office.

President Emmanuel Macron also paid tribute to her on Twitter. “In the fight against Islamist terrorism, we will not give up,” he wrote.

Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference that his office took over the probe because the attacker had staked out the station, because of statements he made during the attack and because he targeted a police official.

He did not provide details on the motive.

The source close to the investigation said the assailant cried “Allahu Akbar” when he attacked.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin visited the scene of the attack in the small town to the southwest of Paris known for a grandiose former royal estate.

“France has lost one of its everyday heroines in a barbaric gesture of infinite cowardice,” Castex told reporters at the scene. “To her loved ones, I want to express the support of the whole nation. To our security forces, I want to say that I share their emotion and their indignation.”

“Our determination is more intact than ever to fight against terrorism in all its forms,” he said at a subsequent news conference.

France has seen deadly attacks against police in the past, including some by Islamic extremists or Islamist-inspired individuals in recent years. Around 250 people have been killed.

Tackling religious extremism, domestic security and notions of French identity are likely to be important issues in the presidential election next year.

Friday’s attack was six months after an Islamist teenager beheaded a schoolteacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, another Paris satellite town after he showed students and offensive image of the Prophet Muhammad.

That followed an attack which saw two people stabbed and wounded near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine where Islamist militants killed 12 people in 2015.

The French capital was also rocked by multiple gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city in November 2015, which left 130 people dead and 368 wounded. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, although two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three others were French.

Factbox-Deadly attacks in France:

Factbox-Deadly attacks in France:

(Reuters) – An attacker with a knife stabbed to death a female police worker in Rambouillet, near Paris on Friday.

Here are some other attacks that have taken place in France

  • Oct 29, 2020 – A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice before being shot and taken away by police.
  • Oct. 16, 2020 – School teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on the street of a Paris suburb. Paty had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression, angering some Muslim parents. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. Police shot dead the 18-year-old attacker of Chechen origin.
  • Sept. 15, 2020 – Two people were stabbed and wounded in Paris near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, where Islamist militants carried out a deadly attack in 2015. A man originally from Pakistan was arrested over the attack.
  • Oct. 3, 2019 – Mickael Harpon, 45, an IT specialist with security clearance to work in the Paris police headquarters, killed three police officers and one civilian employee before being shot dead by police. He had converted to Islam 10 years earlier.
  • March 23, 2018 – A gunman killed three people in southwestern France after holding up a car, firing on police and taking hostages in a supermarket. Security forces stormed the building and killed him.
  • July 26, 2016 – Two attackers killed a priest and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by police. Francois Hollande, France’s president at the time, said the hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
  • July 14, 2016 – A gunman drove a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring scores more in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The attacker was identified as a Tunisian-born Frenchman.
  • June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabbed a police commander to death outside his home in a Paris suburb and killed his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police he was answering an appeal by Islamic State.
  • Nov. 13, 2015 – Paris was rocked by multiple gun and bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city, in which 130 people were killed and 368 wounded. Islamic State said it was responsible. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three were French.
  • Jan. 7-9, 2015 – Two Islamist militant gunmen broke into satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s offices on Jan. 7 and killed 12 people. Another militant killed a policewoman the next day and took hostages at a supermarket on Jan. 9, killing four before police shot him dead.

By Nancy Ing and Henry AustinApril 23, 2021, 1:50 PM EDTA police officer stands guard in the area where an attacker stabbed a female police administrative worker, in Rambouillet, near Paris on Friday.Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

Nancy Ing is a Paris-based producer.Henry Austin is a London-based editor for NBC News Digital: Nancy Ing reported from Paris and Henry Austin from London. Nancy Ing

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Protesters throughout France have shown up for rallies against a controversial draft law on public safety, under which filming a police officer on duty may result in a hefty fine. Critics say it fosters impunity for misconduct (RT NEWS PHOTOS, VIDEOS) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: The protests were organized in many large French cities, including Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Brest and Nice, with thousands participating despite Covid-19 concerns. The main event is happening in the Place de la République in the capital:

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The demonstrators are voicing their anger over a draft law on public security, which was approved by the lower chamber of the parliament this week: Article 24 of the bill bans filming of police officers on duty with an intention to harm them. Lawmakers who voted for the bill are among the officials who were shamed by the protesters:

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The reasoning behind the provision, which introduces a fine of €45,000 ($53,450) or even a one-year jail term, is that members of the force need to be protected from doxxing and online harassment: Critics say it curtails journalistic freedoms and would be used to intimidate people who want to expose police brutality and other forms of misconduct:

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The protests were organised by unions, but they have many supporters: The Yellow Vests movement, which was sparked by growing social and economic inequality and for months remained a major problem for President Emmanuel Macron, is among them:

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There is also a component of racism in why the proposed law sparked so much anger. Police abuse of people of color became more visible thanks to the spread of mobile phones with good cameras and social media:

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One such incident, which was filmed on CCTV rather than a personal device, went viral this week after the footage was leaked online: It showed French police beat and racially abuse a black man, apparently for not wearing a face mask: Police have also been slammed for their heavy-handed tactics in clearing a migrant camp in central Paris earlier this week:

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: The Eiffel Tower was the scene of the latest unrest in the capital directed at the law, which makes it illegal for the public and journalists to share images of police officers #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: The rally, which went on amid a heightened police presence at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower, was organized by Reporters without Borders, Amnesty International as well as other human rights groups and journalist unions. Opponents of the Global Security Bill insist that it’s a major infringement on the freedom of the press: Activists carried banners decrying the law, chanted slogans, while also singing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Some in the crowd sported yellow vests, a symbol of the larger protest movement against economic injustice across France:

The rally was staged despite a national lockdown and a ban on public gatherings, in an attempt to stem a second wave of the coronavirus. Many demonstrators neglected social distancing rules and the government’s order to wear face masks:

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The rally went on peacefully for hours, but tensions began rising after dark when some demonstrators started setting trash bins on fire: The protesters threw bottles and other objects at riot police, an RT France correspondent reported from the scene:

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The police initially refrained from action, but then deployed a water cannon and to disperse the crowd.

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Smaller protests against the law were also held in Marseille, Lille, Montpellier and other French cities on the day.

The Global Security Bill, which is pushed forward by the government of President Emmanuel Macron, among other things criminalizes the distribution of images of law enforcers by both the public and the media. A violation could carry a one-year prison sentence or a €45,000 fine.

The legislation got the greenlit from the National Assembly on Friday and is expected to be approved by the Senate next week. 

In response to the criticism, Prime Minister, Jean Castex, assured that the bill “won’t impede the freedom of information,” but will only focus on images shared with “clear” intent to harm a police officer. 

Emmanuel Macron has proposed controversial legislation that would ban the publication of pictures of police officers on duty

French move to outlaw images of police at work is a clumsy attempt to hide the everyday brutality that passes as law enforcement

Videos of police using excessive force against demonstrators and criminal suspects have recently caused a vast public outcry in France: The most vivid incident was the death of Paris man, Cédric Chouviat, in January, which strongly resembled what happened to George Floyd in the US: Chouviat, a 42-year-old father of five, was filmed shouting “I’m suffocating” as he was held down by seven officers. The probe into the case saw three officers charged with manslaughter:

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: #BastilleDay Today its the #YellowVests and Friday it was the #BlackVests protesting: The yellow are citizens with grievances and the black are migrants with grievances: But which is Macron listening too either, both or none ? At this moment, an uncoordinated protest is taking place in the centre and a Sputnik correspondent is live at the scene to stream it #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.14: Organisers have associated this Sunday’s protest with the symbolism of Bastille Day; this year marks the 230th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which started the French Revolution: The wave of yellow vest rallies started in France in mid-November over planned hikes in fuel taxes. While the French government has abandoned its plans to raise fuel taxes and introduced other measures to improve the country’s socioeconomic situation, protesters continue to take to the streets across France every weekend for demonstrations to express their discontent with government’s policies: LIVE: #YellowVests hold protest in #Paris on #BastilleDay2019 (video) https://t.co/iODOUp6O9i pic.twitter.com/UXysnTfzUG — Sputnik (@SputnikInt) July 14, 2019: Riot police and anti-government protesters faced off during Bastille Day celebrations in Paris: Dozens of people were arrested, with calls for president Emmanuel Macron to resign again being chanted out loud: RT World News https://ift.tt/2xKdNBZ

Undocumented migrants are surrounded by police after having occupied the Panthéon in Paris, 12 July 2019Reuters” Undocumented migrants are surrounded by police during the protest

Hundreds of undocumented migrants have stormed the Panthéon in Paris and demanded the right to remain in France: The protesters, who were mainly from West Africa, surged into the building at around midday (11:00 GMT) on Friday.

Tourists were evacuated from the mausoleum, where many of France’s most famous figures are buried: The group called themselves the “black vests” – a reference to the yellow vest protest movement that spread through much of France earlier this year: They waved papers in the air, chanted, and demanded to hold talks with Prime Minister Édouard Philippe over their immigration status:

In a statement, the protest group described themselves as “the undocumented, the voiceless and the faceless of the French Republic” “We don’t want to negotiate with the interior minister and his officials any more, we want to talk to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe now!” it said.

Between 200 and 300 migrants took part in the protest, a police spokesman told Reuters news agency. There were 37 arrests made: But other estimates – from activist groups and witnesses – said as many as 700 people were involved in the demonstration.

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#EURefugeeCrisis FRANCE: Authorities close the ‘ Jungle ‘ and #Refugees move to a new camp on the streets of Paris as they fill up the local boulevards in new ‘ Tent City ‘ – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Oct.28: Asylum seekers pour into Paris, set up tents on streets as Calais camp closes (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Preview The number of asylum-seekers seeking shelter on the streets of Paris has noticeably jumped since the start of the week and the closure of the notorious Calais ‘Jungle’ camp.

Some of the boulevards are filled with tents and makeshift shelters….

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FRANCE: ‘ Stanislas Wawrinka stuns Novak Djokovic to win French Open ‘

#AceBreakingNews – FRANCE:June.07: Stan Wawrinka stunned Novak Djokovic to win his first French Open title and thwart the world number one’s career Grand Slam hopes.

The Swiss eighth seed played magnificently in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 victory at Roland Garros.

Wawrinka, 30, brought an end to Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak as he claimed his second Grand Slam title.

Djokovic had been hoping to become the eighth man to complete the set of all four major titles.

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FRANCE: ‘ ANONYMOUS BURIAL OF CHARLIE HEBDO TERRORIST SAID KOUACHI ‘

#AceWorldNews – Update:France:Jan.17: City officials in Reims say one of the terrorists responsible for deadly attacks last week that killed 17 people was buried in the eastern French city over their objections and despite concerns that the grave could become a shrine for extremists AP reported.

Said Kouachi, the elder of the two brothers who together gunned down 12 people Jan. 7 in their attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was buried at the demand of the French government, Reims city officials said in a statement Saturday.

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VIDEO TRIBUTE: FRANCE: ‘ RALLY OF DEFIANCE & SORROW HONOURING VICTIMS OF PARIS BLOODSHED ‘

#AceNewServices – Featured Post: FRANCE: Jan.11: A rally of defiance and sorrow, protected by an unparalleled level of security, on Sunday will honour the 17 victims of three days of bloodshed in Paris that left France on alert for more violence AP reported.

Unity against extremism is the rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands expected to attend the gathering, including the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president.

Hours before the rally was to start, France’s enormous Republique plaza began to fill with people.

The Sunday rally, dubbed a cry for freedom, will commemorate the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and comes after three days of stand-offs and hostage situations, with one terror suspect still on the run. Latest reports, however, indicate the suspected woman might have been in Syria at the time of the attacks, which took 17 lives, journalists and policemen among them.

It will be an unprecedented manifestation that will be written in the history books,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. “It must show the power and dignity of the French people, who will cry out their love of liberty and tolerance.

Starting at 14:00 GMT, the rally will have tens of thousands marching down three major routes in the capital. They will be joined by world leaders, including the Palestinian and Israeli leadership, leaders from Germany, Britain, other NATO countries and representatives from the Arab League, as well as the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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This is expected to present a formidable security challenge for France’s law enforcement, whose presence has been boosted across the board, with tens of thousands already guarding sensitive locations like schools, places of worship and others – more than 2,000 are being deployed in addition.

Top US security brass will also arrive, and they will meet with their European counterparts in Paris to discuss an anti-terrorism strategy.

On Saturday, some 700,000 people marched in solidarity in Paris, Orleans, Nice and other cities. Candlelight vigils were held for the victims.

The Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda is widely thought to be the group that coordinated the Charlie Hebdo attack. A statement sent to several media outlets by an alleged member of the group claimed it as “revenge for the honor” of Prophet Muhammad. The kosher shop situation that transpired later was motivated by similar feelings, that Islam is being berated and mocked by the West.

Twelve people, including four noted cartoonists, were killed in the original attack and have since come to symbolize a non-violent fight for freedom of expression across France and the world. The global outcry of sorrow and condemnation followed three tense days, with the Twitter hashtag #JeSuisCharlie (“I am Charlie”) gaining some of the widest popularity ever witnessed on the social network, with over five million reposts.

Some news outlets in a show of solidarity reprinted Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons. On Sunday, just as world leaders were gathering to discuss security and the global fight against terrorism, one such paper – the Hamburger Morgenpost – was set ablaze. However, police have not yet confirmed that the arson was indeed related to the Hebdo situation. No one was injured in the fire.

READ MORE: Arson at German paper that reprinted Charlie Hebdo cartoons

France is not alone in its quest to send a message to the terrorists. Hundreds of Australians also took to the streets in Sydney. They gathered at Martin Place, which became the scene of a deadly siege in mid-December, to show support for the victims of the French attacks, as the global show of solidarity continues.

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PARIS: ‘ FIRE BREAKS OUT IN FRANCE’S PUBLIC RADIO HQ AND STAFF WERE EVACUATED ‘

#AceWorldNews – PARIS – October 31 – A fire broke out at France’s public radio headquarters in Paris on Friday, forcing live programmes off the air as staff evacuated the vast Paris complex where major building work has been under-way.

Public radio complex in Paris on fire, staff evacuated

Public radio complex in Paris on fire, staff evacuated

“The fire is not put out but it is under control,” said Paris fire brigade spokesman Gabriel Plus, adding that there were no victims and that there was no longer any risk of the fire spreading to other parts of the building.

Photographs circulating on Twitter shortly after the fire broke out showed thick black smoke billowing from upper floors of the building on the banks of the Seine river in the western part of the French capital.

“Staff … had to be evacuated because of a fire,” said a Twitter message from France Info, one of several public radio channels housed at the building, the Maison de la Radio.

A fire broke out at France’s public radio headquarters in Paris on Friday, forcing live programs off the air, Reuters said.

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PARIS: ‘ ACTIVIST GROUP FEMEN RUN WILD THROUGH STREETS OVER RECENT ARRESTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – PARIS – October 28 – Topless feminist group FEMEN was at it again, and is beginning to prove too athletic for some cops to catch.

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Topless FEMEN runs wild in Paris, cop rams into wall failing to catch activist (VIDEO)

The video shows the half-naked ladies running away from the police, and dodging the law enforcers like skillful footballers. For some time, the police’s attempts to catch the fleeing ladies failed.

At one point there is a slapstick moment where an officer trips over and slams into a building while chasing the flock of bare-chested females.

The topless women rallied in central Paris in front of the Palace of Justice in support of an arrested member of the feminist group. Over 20 FEMEN members were eventually arrested.

Their fellow activist, Iana Zhdanova, was arrested on October 15 for stabbing a statue of Russian President Vladimir Putin. She was fined 1,500 euros ($1,897) by a Parisian court for destroying the wax statue at the Grevin museum in June.

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PARIS: ‘ Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame ‘

#AceNewsServices – PARIS – October 09. /TASS/. The Polish Catholic mission in Paris has been allowed to place a statue of Pope John Paul II, a work of Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, near the French capital’s landmark cathedral, Notre Dame, the archbishop of the Polish city of Lodz said on Thursday.

' Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame '

‘ Statue of Pope John Paul II by Russian Sculptor to be Placed Near Notre Dame ‘

The 3.6-meter bronze statue weighing 1.5 metric tonnes, Tsereteli’s gift to the mission, will be placed in Square Jean XXIII, named after Pope John XXIII, on October 25.

Tsereteli’s sculptures can be found all over the world, from New York and London to Jerusalem and Tokyo.

Among them is a giant statue of Peter the Great in Moscow and the Tear Drop monument in New Jersey commemorating 9/11 victims.

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FRANCE: ‘ Protesters Brandishing Placards Proclaiming “Humans Are Not a Commodity ‘ March Against Anti-Family Policies ‘

#AceNewsServices – FRANCE (Paris) – October 05  – Brandishing placards and flags proclaiming, “Humans are not a commodity” and “No to the demolition of the family,” tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris Sunday to oppose what they call the government’s “anti-family” policies.

As the march made its way through the affluent neighbourhoods of west Paris, some residents hung banners of support and cheered on the demonstrators from their windows.

The protesters, including a mix of hardline Catholics and traditional conservatives, declared their opposition to a number of causes, including surrogate mothers and artificial insemination technology for non-married couples.

' Manif pour Tous '

‘ Manif pour Tous ‘

Above all, the demonstrators wanted to deliver the message that “all children need a mother and a father,” said Caroline, a 54-year-old retiree from Paris, as she waved a flag with a picture of a man, a woman and two children standing hand-in-hand – the symbol of the Manif pour Tous movement that organised the rally.

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‘ Paris and US Subway Attacks by ISIS Unconfirmed ‘

#AceNewsServices – September 26 – There has been no confirmation of the Iraqi Government claim about possible attacks on the US and Paris subway system by Islamic State militants, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday that Baghdad had credible intelligence that Islamic State was planning to hit subways in Paris and the US, Reuters reported.

The Iraqi prime minister was accused of “crying wolf” Thursday after he suddenly announced that the Islamic State was plotting to launch attacks on subways in the U.S. and in Paris.

Haider al-Abadi dropped that bombshell during a brief meeting with reporters at the United Nations, citing “accurate reports” from back home in Baghdad.

But as local officials scrambled to reassure the public that they were prepared for any threat, the National Security Council poured cold water on Abadi’s announcement and U.S. Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island) threw diplomacy aside and blasted the Iraqi leader.

If you cry wolf,” King said, people will stop listening to real threats “and you will have more casualties.”

King, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Counter-terrorism and Intelligence, said “there is absolutely no evidence” that at an ISIS attack on New York City was imminent.

People should not take it seriously until they are told by the NYPD, by the FBI or by Homeland Security that there is something there,” he said. “And I don’t expect anything to be there.”

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton agreed that the ISIS threat has been overblown and said the NYPD was waiting for a “clarification of the Iraqi prime minister’s remarks.”

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‘ Wrangle Over Joining Air-Strikes in Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – PARIS – September 25 – President Francois Hollande will convene an emergency meeting of his defence council Thursday after the beheading of Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old French tourist taken hostage in Algeria, AFP said.

Hollande said France would “never give in to blackmail” after the militants demanded an end to French military operations in Iraq.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said French combat jets were in the air on Thursday morning as:  

France carried out air strikes in Iraq according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. The strikes were the first by French jets since September 19 when France joined the US military action against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq, Reuters reported.

He also voiced an opinion of France’s possible participation in air-strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is “on the table,” Reuters quoted the defence minister as saying on Thursday.

Jean-Yves Le Drian’s statement came hours after President Francois Hollande ruled out such strikes.

The opportunity is not there today.

We already have an important task in Iraq and we will see in the coming days how the situation evolves,” Le Drian told RTL Radio, speaking about the possibility France might join raids in Syria.

AFP – RT – Reuters – RTL Radio 

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‘ Sarkozy Corruption Case Suspended Days After He Announces His Political Come-Back ‘

#AceNewsServices – PARIS – September 24 – A French court has suspended an investigation launched in July against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence-peddling, AFP reported on Wednesday.

The Paris appeals court decided the previous day to drop the probe and does not have to give a reason, a source close to the inquiry said.

The decision came days after he announced his political comeback.

Sarkozy still remains mired in several other judicial matters, including for alleged corruption.

His announcement ended months of speculation about the intentions of the conservative former president, who vowed to give up politics after he failed to be re-elected in 2012.

The UMP party elections are due to be held in November.

Although Mr Sarkozy has kept a low profile since leaving office, he has faced a series of investigations that involve him in some capacity.

The suspended case relates to an alleged attempt to influence judges who were looking into his affairs.

The suspension could last several months, according to AFP news agency.

Other inquiries include one into his links with late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi and another into illegal campaign funding in 2012.

Mr Sarkozy denies wrongdoing.

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' French Hostage Allegedly Beheaded by Algerian Terrorists '

#AceBreakingNews – FRANCE – September 24 – An Algerian jihadist group has released a video that appears to show the beheading of French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was seized on Sunday.

An undated photo of Herve Gourdel taken in the Nice area of southern France

An undated photo of Herve Gourdel taken in the Nice area of southern France

‘ Not the Beheading Video but Group Admitting to Kidnap ‘

Militant group Jund al-Khilafa had set a 24-hour deadline on Tuesday for France to halt air strikes in Iraq.

Jund al-Khilafa

Jund al-Khilafa

Mr Gourdel, 55, was abducted in the north-east Kabylie region.

France joined the US last week in launching air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq but did not take part in the strikes on IS in Syria.

French President Francois Hollande and his Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, publicly rejected the group’s ultimatum on Tuesday.

The video of Mr Gourdel apparently being killed was entitled “Message of blood for the French government”, reports said.

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