(WASHINGTON) Havana Syndrome Report: Numerous US diplomats serving in Paris and Geneva have experienced symptoms consistent with the mysterious ailment according to media reports #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.15: Citing anonymous sources, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that American diplomats in the two cities have been struck down with suspected cases of the unusual illness.

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: Havana Syndrome’ reported among US diplomats in Europe according to the WSJ, Washington became aware of the cases when they were originally reported in the summer.

https://crossroadsofdemocracy.com/report-on-havana-syndrome-prompts-call-for-more-research-into-health-impact-of-5g-2/

At least three American officials serving in Geneva were reportedly taken ill with the ailment and at least one of those was medevaced from Switzerland to the US for treatment. The mission apparently later informed staff about the cases at a town hall meeting.

Diplomats were encouraged to report any unusual symptoms in Paris after senior embassy officials highlighted a suspected case.

Responding to the report on Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told MSNBC that US intelligence agencies had not worked out what was causing the symptoms. 

The affected officials are among as many as 200 others who have fallen ill with the unexplained ailment in China, South America, and elsewhere in Europe. Some reports suggest that half of the sufferers have been CIA employees. 

Speaking in November, Blinken insisted that the Biden administration was “intently focused” on finding the source of the malady which has afflicted so many US officials. His administration has dubbed it an “anomalous health incident.”

The ailment was first reported by diplomats serving at the US Embassy in Havana more than five years ago with symptoms including headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, and vertigo, as well as trouble with vision, hearing, and balance.

Sufferers have reported symptoms years after first falling ill, while a study revealed that some patients had experienced traumatic brain injuries.

US media have suggested it may be caused by a top-secret weapon emitting energy waves, pointing the finger at China or Russia.

However, the US government has yet to get to the bottom of the illness, and has not determined what mechanisms could possibly have been used to cause it.

In September, Cuban scientists dismissed claims of a secret sonic weapon, stating there was “no scientific evidence of attacks.” They claimed the symptoms were related to mass psychosis among US spies.You can share this story on social media:

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(PARIS) #Christmas Mass Attack Report: Migrants attack disrupts Christmas mass, screaming that he is a Muslim but its unconfirmed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.27: The man was very quickly arrested and placed in a sobering-up cell: Friday, December 24, at around 6.30 p.m., police officers intervened on rue Albert-Tomey in Carcassonne, following an incident that had just happened at Saint-Vincent church.

#AceDailyNews says it reported by local media that a drunk disrupts Christmas mass by shouting that he is a Muslim,” translated from “Carcassonne – Ivre, il perturbe la messe de Noël en criant qu’il est musulman,” Calm down. He was just celebrating diversity according to L’Indépendant, December 26, 2021 (thanks to Medforth)

According to reports from L’Indépendant, a drunken man broke in during the Christmas service, shouting to anyone who would listen that he was a Muslim.

Very quickly arrested by the police, present to secure places of worship during this festive period, this 52-year-old Moroccan was taken to the police station for a necessary sobering up. No complaints were filed.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Dec.27: 2021:

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(TURKEY/MEXICO) International Day ELIMINATION Gender Based Attacks Report Riot police in both countries have fired tear gas and smoke bombs at protesters calling for an end to violence against women #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: Mexican media say the incident in Guaymas saw armed attackers storm the city’s municipal palace, shooting dead a female protester and two men – a government worker and a bodyguard for Mayor Karla Córdova, who was in the palace at the time.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC World News Report: In the Mexican city of Guaymas, three people were shot dead in an apparent attack on the city’s female mayor: And in the Turkish city of Istanbul, clashes broke out with security forces: There were also large rallies in Barcelona, Paris and London to mark the international day for the elimination of gender-based attacks.

Woman rubbing her eyes infront of police

Eyewitnesses told local journalists that they heard something like a grenade exploding at the door of the building, before gunshots rang out.

The identity of the attackers and their motives remain unknown.

There was another rally in Mexico City, where crowds chanted “not one (woman) less” as they demanded an end to femicide – the intentional murder of women because of their gender.

“We are always protesting and it shouldn’t have to be this way, violence needs to end at some point,” protester Laura Valle told Reuters news agency. “We notice the authorities are not acting on it, for example, when we report it [violence],” she added.

Police fired smoke bombs at a small group of hammer-wielding protesters who tried to grab their shields.

At least 10 women and girls are killed every day in the Latin American country, according to Amnesty International.

Protesters in Mexico City

“Femicide Mexico! They’re killing us!” one woman reportedly shouted during a tussle with police. 

Some hooded demonstrators threw bottles, stones and flares at police, local media reported. Seventeen people, including 10 female police officers, were injured during the march, according to police.

Protesters condemn Turkish withdrawal from treaty

The demonstration in Istanbul’s Taksim Square came just months after Turkey withdrew from an international treaty aimed at protecting women.

Police scuffled with protesters as they urged them to disperse from the area. 

Many demonstrators were pictured holding banners while others called for the government to resign over its withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention in June. 

Some in the party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had argued that the agreement was inconsistent with Turkey’s conservative values. Mr Erdogan said Turkey would use local laws to protect women. 

“Women are being killed,” one protester told Reuters. “They are being publicly murdered. As of June, we have started to move away from the guarantees that protect us. 

“We do not and will not accept this and we will keep fighting”. 

According to rights groups in Turkey, 345 women have been killed so far this year. 

Mexican police fire smoke bombs at protesters

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Nov.26: 2021:

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(FRANCE) Court Report: A man who murdered an elderly Jewish woman in her Paris apartment has been sentenced to life in prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.12: Knoll, who had narrowly escaped a round-up of Parisian Jews to Nazi death camps during World War Two, was suffering from Parkinson’s disease….

#AceDailyNews Court Report: Mireille Knoll: Killer of French Holocaust survivor jailed for life: Yacine Mihoub, 32, was convicted of stabbing 85-year-old Mireille Knoll 11 times and then setting her body alight during a botched robbery in March 2018: Her killing sparked public outcry over anti-Semitism in France.

A tribute placard for Mireille Knoll
BBC France News:– Mireille Knoll’s murder sparked an outcry over anti-Semitism in France

An accomplice, Alex Carrimbacus, 25, was jailed for 15 years for robbery, motivated by anti-Semitism.

Knoll lived next door to Mihoub’s mother, and the court heard that she had acted as a surrogate grandmother to her killer when he was a child. 

The court said the attack was fuelled by a “context of anti-Semitism” and “prejudices” about the purported wealth of Jewish people. This led Mihoub to believe Knoll had “hidden treasures” in her home as France warns of steep rise in anti-Semitism

Carrimbacus claimed he heard Mihoub shout “Allahu Akbar”, meaning “God is greatest”, while stabbing her. 

Both Mihoub and Carrimbacus blamed each other for the murder.

Knoll’s murder shocked France’s Jewish community and prompted anger over anti-Semitism in the country.

Tens of thousands of people, including government ministers, took part in a silent march in memory of Knoll. 

The trial took place against a backdrop of rising violent acts against French Jews perpetrated by radical Islamists.

Knoll’s death came just a year after Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman, was thrown to her death from her Paris apartment by a man shouting “Allahu Akbar”.

Her killer, Kobili Traoré, was deemed not criminally responsible in April because his mind was affected by regular consumption of cannabis.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Nov.12: 2021:

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(PARIS) Court Report: The long-running attacks trial heard this week how the once ordinary lives of 14 men in the dock became a mix of petty jobs and petty crime and then joined the #IslamicState #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.07: They had happy childhoods in Brussels, Malmo or Tunis, with plenty of brothers and sisters and parents who worked hard to give them life’s comforts.

#AceDailyNews says according to the latest BBC France Report: On The Paris Attack Trial: Humdrum lives that turned to mass murder after some went to join the war in Syria, and then became caught up in an #IslamicState vengeance plot to wreak terrorist havoc in Western Europe that culminated in the murder of 130 people on the night of 13 November 2015.

By Hugh Schofield
BBC News, Paris

Sketch by Elisabeth de Pourquery/France Televisions shows defendant Salah Abdeslam during trial at Paris courthouse
Salah Abdeslam described his relatively ordinary early life in Brussels (sketch made earlier in trial) Getty Images

This is the moment in major trials in France when prosecutors and lawyers get a chance to look into the private, working – and criminal – lives of defendants. Questions on the actual charges or the men’s religious beliefs were excluded by the presiding judge until January.

After weeks of painful eyewitness accounts, it is the first time since the trial began in September that the spotlight has been on the accused, and their voices help build a picture of the world from which they emerged.

A key place in this world was the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels, and in particular the Les Béguines café there, run by Brahim Abdeslam. 

Two weeks after this café shut down in Brussels in 2015, Brahim Abdeslam blew himself up in Paris

Brahim Abdeslam was one of the café terrace gunmen in November 2015. 

He blew himself up at the Comptoir Voltaire. He was also the brother of Salah Abdeslam, the alleged “10th man” in the Paris attacks and best-known of the defendants. 

Speaking of his childhood on Tuesday, Salah Abdeslam, 32, cut a different figure from the aggressively unrepentant side that he has shown so far in the trial. He even raised a few mild laughs in the courtroom. 

Born in Brussels to Moroccan parents, and with French nationality, he described himself as “quiet – a nice guy”. “I was popular with the teachers… good in certain subjects. I studied hard. I gave my all. I was ambitious.” 

He took a diploma in electrical mechanics and started work, like his father, at the Brussels tram company. But after a year and a half he was fired.

“Why were you fired?” asked the presiding judge. 

“Because I was in prison.”

At the end of 2010, Salah Abdeslam had taken part in a botched robbery with his friend Abdelhamid Abaaoud – the same Abaaoud who would become the ringleader of the Paris attacks. 

“I was born and grew up in Belgium. I went to state school. I lived as I was taught to live in the West. Like everyone else, I wanted to marry and have children,” he told the court. 

“But I put all that to one side the moment I decided to invest myself in another project.” 

What other project, asked the judge. “The things I am accused of now.” 

Another habitué of Les Béguines in Molenbeek was Mohamed Abrini, 36. 

He is accused of ferrying the Paris jihadists from Brussels on the eve of the attacks. He is also believed to be the “man in the hat” who failed to blow himself up in the deadly attack on Brussels airport in March 2016. 

Mohamed Abrini became known as the “man in the hat” after the Brussels bombings in which 32 people died

One of seven children of a Moroccan-born builder who “earned a good wage – we were neither rich nor poor”, he had a first conviction (of six) at 17 for stealing a car. 

Then came a succession of odd jobs, but he was also a compulsive gambler. He planned to marry, but when a younger brother was killed in Syria, he vowed to go there too. 

“Did you not wish to repay your parents for their love and encouragement?” asked the judge. 

“Naturally they were disappointed. I’d have liked to make my father proud. Our parents did all they could to make sure we succeeded in life. I was dragged down by the neighbourhood.” 

“And yet your elder brother, who also grew up there – he did well in life.”

“If you add up those who failed and those who succeeded, it’s about 80-20. I am one of those who did not make a success.” 

This CCTV image captured Salah Abdeslam (R) with fellow defendant Mohamed Abrini (top C) before the attacks

Hamza Attou, 27, also frequented Les Béguines. 

The youngest of six children born to Belgian-Moroccan parents, he said he had a good childhood but after leaving school developed a cannabis habit. To pay for it, he began to deal. 

“That’s how I lived. I sold cannabis resin. I know it’s an offence. I’m not proud of it. But I couldn’t see myself robbing people or mugging them.” 

He is accused of driving from Brussels to pick up Salah Abdeslam late on the night of the attacks. 

One of three defendants who are not in custody for the trial, he was nonetheless found to have occasionally violated the terms of his conditional release, notably by staying out late at night. 

AFP

Judge Jean-Louis Périès is the presiding judge at the trial

“Do you not see you could go to prison for that?” asked the judge. 

“Often in my life I act and then I reflect. That’s how I ended up where I am now,” he said. 

Another Belgian of Moroccan origin, Mohamed Bakkali, 34, grew up one of six children “in a nice house and garden”.

“It was a united family. I played football at a local club and went to the municipal library. I read a lot.”

After leaving school he worked with his father at a garage. “That’s when I began to learn Arabic, to speak to the customers.” At home they spoke Berber. 

But then he began dealing in counterfeit goods: “Clothes, trainers, watches, perfume – I sold it all.” 

Bakkali is accused of helping with the logistics of the attacks. He is serving a prison term for a similar role in the so-called Thalys attack of August 2015. 

In jail, where like other defendants he is kept in isolation, he has taken up studies in sociology. 

“Originally I wanted to do ethnology, to discover the Berber people and my roots,” he said. “But then I discovered sociology. It has helped me understand the complexity of things. I am learning about the things I no longer have – social relations.” 

Zoe Alexander told the BBC that talking about her brother at the trial was a powerful experience

While most of the accused have Belgian or French nationality, four grew up in Sweden, Tunisia, Algeria and Pakistan. They went to Syria to join Islamic State militants and then crossed Europe in 2015. 

Osama Krayem, 29, was born in Malmo, the son of a Syrian father and a Palestinian mother.

Osama Krayem gave evidence to the trial on Thursday

At 12 he appeared playing football in a Swedish television documentary on the successes of the immigrant experience. 

“So you were given as an example of integration?” asked the judge. 

“You felt you were well integrated at that point?” 

No, he replied: “I lived in a neighbourhood where there was not a single Swede.” 

Pakistani Muhamed Usman lost his farmer father when he was very young. 

He remembered enjoying cricket as a boy, but could not tell how many years he spent working in the fields and how many studying at a madrassa. “I don’t know at what age I stopped my studies. In my people we do not celebrate birthdays.”

Which is a problem, because no-one can determine his age today. 

Fake papers that he was carrying when arrested in Greece say he was born in 1981, but an identity card sent by Pakistani police gives his year of birth as 1993. 

The judge said he looked far too old to be just 28. “I know I do not look my age. It is because of being in isolation,” he said. 

The religious motivation of the accused was not explored, nor were the steps they took that brought them to where they are. 

All that must await another chapter in the trial.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………..Published: Nov.07: 2021:

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(PARIS) Migrant Crisis Report: “We need to negotiate a treaty, since Barnier did not do so when he negotiated Brexit, which binds us on migration issues,” the minister said, adding that we will champion the project when it takes over the EU’s rotating presidency in January #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: Barnier, who is now running for president in France, was the EU’s Brexit negotiator during the fraught talks on a deal to cover relations with the UK after it left the European Union.

#AceDailyNews says according to France24 report their are calls for creation of a migration treaty between the EU and Britain Interior Minister Darmanin also urged the British government to “uphold its promise” to finance the fight against the illegal immigrants who gather on the northern French coast seeking to cross into England he was speaking during a visit to Loon-Plage, a town on the northern French coast.

10/10/2021 – 09:24

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press about border controls and the fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021 in Loon Plage, northern France.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press about border controls and the fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021 in Loon Plage, northern France.  © Francois Lo Presti, AFP

The issue of the trafficking of migrants across the Channel to southern England is a constant source of friction between Paris and London, not least on the question of the costs incurred in policing them.

A total of 15,400 people attempted to cross the Channel in the first eight months of this year, a increase of 50 percent over the figure for the whole of 2020, according to French coast guard statistics.

“The (British) government has not yet paid what it promised us,” Darmanin said. “We call on the British to keep their promise of financing since we are maintaining the border for them”.

Border security agreement

Under an agreement reached in July, Britain agreed to finance border security in France to the tune of 62.7 million euros ($73.8 million),

According to British media reports, British Home Secretary Priti Patel in September threatened to withhold the money in the light of the record numbers of migrants arriving from France.

“France has held the border for our British friends for over 20 years,” said Darmanin.

The French side has hired more gendarmes, purchased more technological equipment and thereby “succeeded in greatly reducing migratory pressure”, he added.

France is “an ally of Britain” but “not its vassal”, he said.

Over the past three months France has stopped 65 percent of attempted crossings by illegal immigrants, up from 50 percent, the interior minister said.

Darmanin added that he had received assurances from the director of the European border surveillance agency Frontex, that it will be prepared by the end of the year to monitor the coastal area, notably through aerial surveillance.

Sources: AFP Via France24

#AceNewsDesk report ………………….Published: Oct.11: 2021:

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(PARIS) RSF REPORT: French “cities campaign” in support of reporter held hostage in Mali after he was reporting in city of Gao #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: Following the City of Paris, which began displaying a large photo of Dubois over the entrance to the 10th arrondissement town hall in July, the city of Bayeux, in Normandy, unfurled a banner in support of this French journalist earlier this week. Bayeux was chosen to start this new campaign because it was the first French city to be liberated in 1944 and is currently hosting a week of events that accompany the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Award for war correspondents….

#AceDailyNews according to an RSF Report: The aim of this “cities campaign” is to show solidarity with Dubois, who is currently the only French citizen held hostage anywhere in the world. A correspondent for Libération, Le Point and Jeune Afrique, he was abducted while out reporting in the city of Gao, in northeastern Mali, on 8 April.

Eleven other cities – Marseille, Lyon, Nice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Rennes, Reims, Pau, Fort-de-France and La Rochelle – will follow suit tomorrow, six months to the day after Dubois was taken hostage.

“Mobilising all these cities across the country – including Marseille where part of Olivier’s family lives, and Fort-de-France in Martinique where he is from – sends a powerful message of support and solidarity with this journalist, who was taken hostage while doing his job,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We will continue to press tirelessly for Olivier to be freed so that he can go back to keeping us informed. And we take this opportunity to thank all those who are working for his release.”

In a short video released on social media on the night of 4 May, nearly a month after his abduction, Dubois was seen confirming that he had been abducted by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (JNIM), a coalition of armed Islamist groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda. Neither his abductors nor the Malian or French authorities have provided any further news about him since then.

RSF organised an earlier show of support for Dubois in Place de la République in Paris on 8 June, the day he completed his second month in captivity. Those attending included six journalists who have been held hostage in the past – Philippe Rochot (in Lebanon in 1986), Jean-Jacques Le Garrec (Philippines in 2000), Georges Malbrunot (Iraq in 2004),  Florence Aubenas (Iraq in 2005), Roméo Langlois (Colombia in 2012) and Edouard Elias (Syria in 2013 and 2014).

On 6 August, Dubois’ 47th birthday, RSF and the news media he works for posted a video message of support on social media. 

Mali is ranked 99th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.09: 2021:

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(PARIS) #Coronavirus Report: Eight armed, uniformed French police boarded a Eurostar train on Thursday afternoon, after it made an emergency stop in Lille, to forcibly remove a passenger who was accused of “not wearing the right type of mask.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: The incident occurred on a Eurostar service that was traveling from Paris Gare du Nord to St. Pancras on Thursday afternoon but was halted in Lille after a train manager reportedly got into an aggressive argument with a man over his face mask, according to passengers.

#AceDailyNews says according to a RT News report: Armed police drag passenger off Eurostar train after staff member accused him of wearing the ‘wrong type of mask’ and it turned into an aggressive argument ….

Armed police drag passenger off Eurostar train after staff member accused him of wearing the ‘wrong type of mask’
RT NEWS:

Following the confrontation, the manager stated that they would be informing the police at Lille for his failure to follow Covid regulations, with the train making an emergency, unscheduled stop at the station where eight officers forcibly removed the passenger. As he left the train, the passenger, thought to be in his 40s, claimed he had been accused of “not wearing the right type of mask” and would now “be left alone in France,”calling it “very cruel treatment.”

Train manager told the police to arrest the poor guy and when asked by the press why they arrested him they said “Je ne sais pas”https://t.co/w7wHOqbceu— Bones Terwilliger 🟨 🟥 (@DrStedx) October 8, 2021

A spokesperson for Eurostar defended the response to the situation, claiming that “the passenger became aggressive and intimidating toward the on-board team” after they reminded him of their rule on mask wearing and, as a result, he “was asked to leave the train at Lille station.”In accordance with the company’s “normal procedure” police officers were called “to attend and assist.”

French police confirmed the man had been arrested over the incident on the train but provided no further update on the situation.

Eurostar states on its website that all passengers must wear a face covering on its trains, even if they have been fully vaccinated, with those who fail to comply potentially being refused travel. The company’s guidelines don’t state what type of mask is required, only that it must cover the mouth and nose of passengers.

#AceHealthDesk report ……………….Published: Oct.09: 2021:

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(PARIS) #Paedophile Priests Report: Nearly one third of a million children aged as young as 12 ‘sexually abused’ as French Catholic Church ‘ bishops today ask for forgiveness #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: A representative of France’s Catholic’s bishops on Tuesday asked victims of sexual abuse by clergy for their forgiveness, after a report was published on the scale of abuse in the French church going back decades.

#AceDailyNews says that French bishops ask for forgiveness after report released on church sex abuse according to Reuters an Independent investigation finds about 3,000 paedophiles in French Catholic Church since 1950s according to ABC Wires Monsignor Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, head of the French conference of bishops, said he and his fellow bishops wanted to express to victims their shame at the abuse revealed in the report.

A woman walks into the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, France, October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Oct.5, 20219:37 AM BSTLast Updated 34 minutes ago

PARIS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A representative of France’s Catholic’s bishops on Tuesday asked victims of sexual abuse by clergy for their forgiveness, after a report was published on the scale of abuse in the French church going back decades.

People attend mass at a Catholic church.
The French Catholic Church has proposed financial compensation to those who were victims of abuse.(Reuters: Benoit Tessier)

The French Catholic Church has had an estimated 3,000 paedophiles in its ranks over the past 70 years, the head of an independent commission investigating the sex abuse scandal has revealed. 

The Roman Catholic Church has been rocked by sexual abuse scandals around the world, often involving children, over the past 20 years.

The French commission is due to publish its findings on Tuesday, marking the culmination of two-and-a-half years of work, probing allegations of abuse going back to the 1950s.

“We have estimated the number [of paedophiles] as standing at 3,000, out of 115,000 priests and religious officials, going back to the 1950s,” commission head Jean-Marc Sauve told the Journal du Dimanche paper.

A spokesperson representing the French Catholic Bishops’ Conference declined to comment on Mr Sauve’s remarks.

A Vatican spokesperson said it would wait for the full report to be published before deciding on whether to comment.

In June, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis was a worldwide “catastrophe”.

The French Catholic Church posted a prayer on its official Twitter account on Sunday, on behalf of victims, and added it would also hold a prayer on October 5 – the day of the publication of the report.

“Dear Lord – we entrust to you all those who have been victims of violence and sexual attacks in the church. We pray that we will always be able to count on your support and help during these ordeals,” it wrote on its Twitter account.

Pope Francis pictured against white wall of St Peter's Square ahead of his weekly audience with followers
Pope Francis has described the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis as a worldwide “catastrophe”.(AP: Andrew Medichini)

Steps to wipe out abuse

Since his election in 2013, Francis has taken a series of steps aimed at wiping out sexual abuse of minors by clerics.

In 2019, the Pope issued a landmark decree making bishops directly accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up, requiring clerics to report any cases to church superiors and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed.

This year, he issued the most extensive revision to Catholic Church law in four decades, insisting that bishops take action against clerics who abuse minors and vulnerable adults. Critics have said he has not done enough.

The church, which has seen dwindling numbers of faithful in France in recent years, said in March it would propose financial compensation to those who were victims of abuse.

Last month, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne decided to take a “spiritual time-out” from his duties after committing grave errors in a crisis over clerical sexual abuse.

A report published last year in Britain said the Catholic Church received more than 900 complaints involving over 3,000 instances of child sex abuse in England and Wales between 1970 and 2015, and that there had been more than 100 reported allegations a year since 2016.

Sources: Reuters/ABC News/BBC News/ Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Christian Lowe

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Oct.05: 2021:

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(PARIS) JUST IN: France says its killed the leader of the #IslamicState group in the Greater Sahara, French officials said Thursday, calling him “enemy No. 1” in protracted anti-terrorism efforts in the region #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.21: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday on France-Info radio. He urged African governments to fill the void and seize back ground taken by the extremists.”

#AceDailyNews says that France says it killed #IslamicState jihad leader who is said to be behind deaths of U.S. soldiers, hails big victory,” Associated Press, September 16, 2021:

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the death of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi overnight.

According to Macron’s office, al-Sahrawi personally ordered the killing of six French aid workers and their Nigerien colleagues last year, and his group was behind a 2017 attack that killed U.S. and Niger military personnel.

He was killed in a strike by France’s Barkhane military operation “a few weeks ago,” but authorities waited to be sure of his identity before making the announcement, French Defense Minister Florence Parly told RFI radio Thursday.

She did not disclose details of the operation or where al-Sahrawi was killed, though ISIS is active along the border between Mali and Niger.

“He was at the origin of massacres and terror,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday on France-Info radio. He urged African governments to fill the void and seize back ground taken by the extremists.

Rumors of the militant leader’s death had circulated for weeks in Mali, though authorities in the region had not confirmed it. It was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim or to know how the remains had been identified….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.21: 2021:

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(PARIS) #Coronavirus Report: French vaccine maker Valneva says the UK government has scrapped a deal for its #COVID19 vaccine #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Sept.13: The UK had about 100 million doses on order, after it increased its request by 40 million in February…..

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that UK has scrapped the #COVID19 vaccine deal with French firm Valneva the company said in a statement that the UK government served notice over allegations of a breach of the agreement, which it “strenuously denies” as the Valneva’s jab is still being tested in trials although regulators must be satisfied before the rollout of any vaccine, manufacturing at a site in West Lothian, Scotland, had already started……..

Vials of vaccine against the coronavirus

In a statement on its website, Valneva said: “Valneva SE, a specialty vaccine company, today announced that it has received a termination notice from the UK Government (HMG) in relation to the Supply Agreement for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, VLA2001: The contract provides HMG with the right to terminate. HMG has alleged that the company is in breach of its obligations under the supply agreement, but the company strenuously denies this.”…….The firm said on Monday that results from its phase three trials were due later this year: It added: “Valneva has worked tirelessly, and to its best efforts, on the collaboration with HMG including investing significant resources and effort to respond to HMG’s requests for variant-derived vaccines.”………The company hopes that, dependent on the results of its continuing trials and sign-off from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, initial approval could still be granted in 2021: Its vaccine is expected to be given as two doses and contains a dead version of coronavirus that cannot cause disease, but should teach the body’s immune system how to fight it: But given that it is not yet approved for use by UK regulators, it will not affect the current rollout of jabs.

Speaking to BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland, Scotland’s Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We have enough supply even for a booster programme. I want to give absolute confidence to anyone listening that we have the supplies necessary to continue to vaccinate and particularly with a booster programme on the horizon.” …..Mr Yousaf said that while the announcement would be a big set-back for the Livingston plant, he would speak to Valneva to discuss its future.Valneva said on Monday that it would also look to other potential customers to ensure that the vaccines can still be used in the fight against the pandemic.The Scottish Health Secretary added that he was waiting for further information from the UK government over Valneva’s alleged failure to meet the terms of its contract.The Department for Health did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: Sept.13: 2021:

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(PARIS) Court of Cessation Report: France’s top court on Tuesday overturned a decision by a lower court to dismiss charges brought against cement giant Lafarge for complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria’s civil war #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The ruling by the Court of Cassation marks a major setback for Lafarge, which is accused of paying nearly 13 millions euros ($15.3 million) to jihadist groups including the Islamic State (IS) to keep its cement factory in northern Syria running through the early years of the country’s war.

#AceDailyNews report on cement corporation Lafarge paid $15,300,000 to jihad groups to keep Syria factory running and loses ruling in Syria ‘crimes against humanity’ case,” by Eleonore Dermy and Clare Byrne, AFP, September 7, 2021:

Lafarge’s lawyer refused AFP’s request for comment.

Lafarge, which merged in 2015 with Swiss group Holcim, has acknowledged that its Syrian subsidiary paid middlemen to negotiate with armed groups to allow the movement of staff and goods inside the war zone.

But it denies any responsibility for the money winding up in the hands of terrorist groups and has fought to have the case dropped.

The Paris Court of Appeal had in 2019 dismissed the crimes against humanity charge, saying it accepted that the payments were not aimed at abetting IS’s gruesome agenda of executions and torture.

It however ruled that the company be prosecuted on three other charges — financing terrorism, violating an EU embargo and endangering the lives of others.

Eleven former employees of Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) challenged the decision at the Court of Cassation, with the backing of NGOs.

Quashing the lower court’s finding on complicity, France’s highest court of appeal ruled Tuesday that “one can be complicit in crimes against humanity even if one doesn’t have the intention of being associated with the crimes committed.”

“Knowingly paying several million dollars to an organisation whose sole purpose was exclusively criminal suffices to constitute complicity, regardless of whether the party concerned was acting to pursue a commercial activity,” it added.

The judges added that “numerous acts of complicity” would go unpunished if courts adopted a more lenient interpretation….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.10: 2021:

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(PARIS) Court Report: An historic trial has started in France over the 2015 Paris attacks which left 130 people dead #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: Over the next nine months, there will be over 140 days of hearings involving about 330 lawyers and 1,800 survivors and relatives of victims. About 300 witnesses will be heard, including François Hollande, French president at the time of the attacks.

#AceDailyNews says that Paris Attacks 2015 Historic Trial of 20 suspects opens in France: The only surviving attacker, Salah Abdeslam, is in court with 13 other defendants at a purpose-built facility in Paris: In a trial that is being described as the biggest in France’s modern history.

French police officers secure a convoy believed to be transporting suspects
The suspects on trial in Paris were transported to court in a police convoy

The shooting and bombing assault by #IslamistState (IS) group extremists was the worst post-World War Two atrocity in France:

Ahead of the trial, Mr Hollande told French media that this was an important moment for the victims of the attacks, which he described as an “act of war” at the time.

IS admitted carrying out the attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars on 13 November 2015.

Philippe Duperron, who lost his son Thomas in the Bataclan attack, said there were mixed feelings about the trial, not least impatience and anxiety.

“It will be the occasion for all the victims to bear witness, so it will be a very painful moment, and bring back the pain again,” he said.

One survivor, Jérôme Barthélemy, said he wanted to hear how other victims had been coping since the attacks but didn’t expect the accused to speak.

Of the 20 suspects on trial, six are being tried in absentia. They are facing charges of murder, complicity and terrorist conspiracy.

Most of the accused, including Abdeslam, could be sentenced to life in jail if convicted.

Getty ImagesThe courtroom has been specially constructed for the trial, said to be France’s biggest ever

Abdeslam, 31, is accused of providing logistical support to the assailants. Abdeslam fled the scene of the carnage after abandoning his suicide belt, which investigators later found to be defective.

Europe’s most-wanted man at the time, he was captured four months later in the Belgium capital, Brussels, after a shootout with police.

Abdeslam has since refused to co-operate with French investigators. He remained largely silent throughout a separate trial in Belgium in 2018. There is much speculation about whether he will speak during this trial.

On Wednesday morning he and the other suspects arrived at court in police vehicles under heavy security. Reporters in court said they were seated together in the witness box, wearing face masks, before the trial opened.Inside the Bataclan: Survivors’ stories

The area around the court was blocked off and armed police with dogs were on patrol ahead of the proceedings.

Those attending the trial will need to pass through several checkpoints before being allowed into the specially built courtroom, which can seat hundreds.

The trial will be recorded for the archives, but will not be broadcast live. Survivors and relatives of victims, know as civil plaintiffs in France, will be able to follow along via streaming radio if they cannot attend.

The first days of the trial are expected to be largely procedural until victims are called to give testimony at the end of September. 

Who are the suspects on trial?

Abdeslam is the only surviving member of the group suspected of carrying out the attacks. He has been in jail since he was arrested in Belgium in 2016. 

The 13 other defendants appearing in court are accused of a range of crimes, including financing and planning the attacks.

Belgian/French policeAbdeslam was arrested in a dramatic raid not far from his home in Brussels in March 2016

Among them is Mohamed Abrini, who is accused of financing and supplying weapons to the attackers. The 36-year-old is due to stand trial over the 2016 Brussels bombings next year.

Other suspects include Mohammed Amri, 33, and Hamza Attouh, 27, who were arrested in Belgium and admitted picking up Abdeslam in France and driving him back to Brussels immediately after the attacks.

Six more are accused of helping organise the attacks and will be tried in absentia. Several are thought to be dead.

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(PARIS) LATEST: A Rwandan man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a Roman Catholic priest in western France #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.11: The unnamed suspect, a failed asylum seeker housed by the priest, turned himself in and confessed, reports say: The 40-year-old man is also suspected of starting a fire that seriously damaged the cathedral in nearby Nantes in July last year….

#AceDailyNews says that a suspect in Nantes cathedral fire has been held over French priest’s killing after the body of Olivier Maire was found in the village of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre in the Vendée area on Monday morning.

French police walk where a French catholic priest was killed in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevres
The priest’s body was found in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevres, a small village in western France

French President Emmanuel Macron praised the “generosity” of Fr Maire and said his thoughts were with all Catholics in France.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin echoed those sentiments and visited the area later in the day.The killing has sparked political debate about why the suspect was still in France.

On Twitter Mr Darmanin criticised a post by far-right politician Marine Le Pen, who asked why the man suspected over the Nantes fire had not been deported.Mr Darmanin said that although the asylum request had been rejected, the suspect could not be expelled while being investigated on charges of arson: French reports say the suspect was involved in the fire at Nantes cathedral in July 2020:

The suspect, who worked as a volunteer warden at the cathedral, was charged after reportedly admitting to starting the fire…………..He was detained until May this year and later transferred to a psychiatric hospital. Fr Maire, 60, had been welcoming the man into his church for several months, French media say.

Sister Dorothee Harushinana told Reuters news agency that the priest “close to the people. You could always call on him.”Last year’s fire destroyed stained glass windows and the grand organ in the cathedral. It came months after the devastating 2019 fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.The blaze destroyed stained glass windows and the grand organ..

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.11: 2021:

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(PARIS) JUST IN: A priest was beaten to death by refugee he welcomed into his community despite being on bail for torching a Cathedral, say investigators #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: The 40-year-old suspect is said to have confessed to killing 60-year-old Father Olivier Maire in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, south of Nantes, in western France.

#AceDailyNews says French Priest Is Beaten to Death by Refugee He Welcomed Into His Community Despite Being on Bail for Setting Fire to Cathedral according to Sun News report

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Source: Peter Allen, the Sun

“The priest is 60-years-old and had welcomed the suspect into his community after he was released from prison,” said an investigating source.

“He was recently placed under judicial control, and went to live in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre.

“He said to have carried out the killing on Monday morning, before handing himself into police.”

The source added: “Early evidence suggests he beat his victim to death.”

The suspect, who is from Rwanda, was still awaiting trial for the Nantes Cathedral arson, but was bailed from prison in May, said the investigating source.

He was under formal investigation over a blaze in July 2020 that engulfed the inside of the 15th-century cathedral in Nantes, destroying a grand organ, stained-glass windows and a painting.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.10: 2021:

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(PARIS) #MigrantCrisis French authorities said on Friday they had rescued a boatload of 42 migrants in the English channel after their boat got into difficulty #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: The emergency services were alerted by the migrants, and a rescue vessel picked them up in the sea off the Pas-de-Calais area, according to a French police statement.

#AceDailyNews says that U.K. reportedly paid France £54-million to search for illegals leaving their country and they say they have rescued a boatload of 42 migrants in the English Channel and they were taken to the nearby port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, and all are in good health, the statement said.

July. 23, 20217:32 PM BSTLast Updated 14 hours ago

Thousands of migrants each year attempt the dangerous sea crossing from France to the coast of Britain, often paying human smugglers to help them through one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in overloaded rubber dinghies: Britain has repeatedly pressed French President Emmanuel Macron’s government to do more to prevent the migrants leaving France.

When Europe turns a blind eye: Life and death in the Mediterranean – Reporters

In the Mediterranean, the years go by and almost nothing changes. In 2021, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 955 people have already died trying to reach Europe by sea – twice as many as during the same period last year. NGOs believe these figures are no doubt an underestimate.

23/07/2021 – 19:00

REPORTERS
REPORTERS © FRANCE 24

According to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), coastal states have a legal obligation to organise and assist searches in the event of a distress signal. However, since 2016, civil society groups have been plugging the gap.

On April 21, the Ocean Viking began a race against time to try to rescue a dinghy in distress amid a storm, with nearly 130 people on board. But without assistance from the competent authorities, the vessel arrived too late at the scene of a fatal shipwreck. 

A few days later, 236 survivors, including 119 minors, were rescued from two other inflatable boats on which they were adrift, before being transported to a port on the European continent. Among them were men, women and children fleeing the hell for migrants that is Libya

In this documentary, FRANCE 24 brings you an in-depth look at the reality for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life.

FRANCE 24’s Emmanuelle Chaze tells us more about filming her report:

Ocean Viking: Life and death in the Mediterranean
Ocean Viking: Life and death in the Mediterranean  © FRANCE 24

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Giles Elgood

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.26: 2021:

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(FRANCE) #Coronavirus Report: Health officials in areas of the country with relatively low vaccination rates are warning the public about an influx of unvaccinated patients who are becoming severely ill

#AceHealthReport – July.19: Over 100,000 people protested across France on Saturday against the government’s latest measures to push people to get vaccinated and curb rising infections by the delta variant of the #coronavirus

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says PARIS: Thousands of people marched around France to protest mandatory vaccinations for health care workers and #COVID19 passes that will be required to enter restaurants and other venues acording to AP

By CONSTANTIN GOUVY Associated Press: 17 July 2021, 21:47

CDC director: COVID-19 spreading among unvaccinated

In Paris, separate protest marches by the far-right and the far-left wound through different parts of the city. Demonstrations were also held in Strasbourg in the east, Lille in the north, Montpellier in the south and elsewhere.

Thousands of people answered calls to take to the streets by Florian Philippot, a fringe far-right politician and former right hand of Marine Le Pen who announced earlier this month that he would run in the 2022 presidential election. Gathered a stone’s throw away from the Louvre Museum, protesters chanted “Macron, clear off!”, “Freedom,” and banged metal spoons on saucepans.

While Philippot has organized small but regular protests against the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, Saturday’s demonstration drew a larger and more diverse crowd of people broadly disaffected with politics: yellow vest activists angry over perceived economic injustice, far-right supporters, medical staff and royalists.

They denounced the government’s decision on Monday to make vaccinescompulsory for all health care workers, and to require a “health pass” proving people are fully vaccinated, have recently tested negative or recovered from the virus in order to access restaurants and other public venues. President Emmanuel Macron’s government is presenting a draft law Monday to enshrine the measures.

“I will never get vaccinated,” Bruno Auquier, a 53-year-old town councilor who lives on the outskirts of Paris. “People need to wake up,” he said, questioning the safety of the vaccine.

While France already requires several vaccinations to enter public school, Auquier pledged to take his two children out of school if the coronavirus vaccine became mandatory. “These new measures are the last straw,” Auquier said.

The government warned of the continued spread of the delta variant, which authorities fear could again put pressure on hospitals if not enough people are vaccinated against the virus. The pandemic has cost France more than 111,000 lives and deeply damaged the economy.

During a visit to a pop-up vaccination center in the southwest, Prime Minister Jean Castex exhorted the French to stick together in order to overcome the crisis.

“There is only one solution: vaccination,” he said, stressing it “protects us, and will make us freer.”

At the Paris protest, a manual worker in his sixties expressed bitterness about jobs in his sector sent offshore. A 24-year-old royalist said he was there to demand “the return of God and the King.”

Lucien, a 28-year-old retail shop manager, said he wasn’t anti-vaccine, but thought that everyone should be able to do as they please with their own body. “The government is going too far,” he said. His 26-year-old friend Elise said, “I am vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. But the COVID vaccine is just too experimental.”

While a majority of French health care workers have had at least one vaccine dose, some are resisting the government’s decision to make vaccination compulsory for all staff in medical facilities.

At Saturday’s Paris protest, a 39-year-old green party supporter and hospital laboratory worker said she might resort to buying a fake vaccination certificate to avoid losing her job. A health care worker dressed as the Statue of Liberty called it “act of violence” to force people to get vaccinated.

In Montpellier, more than 1,000 people marched to the train station, chanting “Liberty!” and carrying signs reading “Our kids aren’t Guinea pigs.” Security officials closed the main entrance to travelers and a dozen police officers took posts in front.

The Interior Ministry said 114,000 people took part in protests nationwide.

Overnight on Friday, vandals ransacked a vaccination center in the southeast. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin asked prefects and police chiefs to reinforce security for elected officials, after several complained they had received threats in recent days over the latest anti-COVID measures.

Vaccine hesitancy is considered widespread in France, though appears to have faded somewhat as 36 million French people have gotten coronavirus vaccine doses in recent months. Millions more have gotten injected or signed up for vaccinations since Monday’s announcement.

French health care workers have until Sept. 15 to get vaccinated. The requirement for COVID passes for all restaurants, bars, hospitals, shopping malls, trains, planes and other venues is being introduced in stages starting Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the French government announced tightened border controls starting Sunday, but also said it would allow in travelers from anywhere in the world who have been fully vaccinated.

That now includes people who received AstraZeneca’s Indian-manufactured vaccine. The move came after a global outcry over the fact that the European Union’s COVID-19 certificate only recognizes AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Europe.

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Elaine Ganley in Montpellier and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.

#AceHealthDesk report ……Published: July.19: 2021:

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(PARIS) Court Report: On Thursday a man was jailed for 30 years after he attacked soldiers with machetes outside the world-famous Louvre Museum in Paris in 2017, AFP reports #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: A married father who did commercial work for a Dubai-based company, Hamahmi rushed at a group of soldiers patrolling the Louvre area early on February 3, 2017, armed with a machete in each hand and wearing a T-shirt with a skull motif.

France: Machete-wielding man who attacked soldiers outside Louvre while screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ gets 30 years Egyptian who carried out attack outside Louvre sent to prison,” by Elad Benari, Arutz Sheva, June 25, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Judges issued a sentence in line with anti-terror prosecutors’ demands for Egyptian citizen Abdalla El Hamahmi, 33, who did not react from behind his coronavirus mask as it was read out to him via an interpreter.

Shouting “Allahu Akbar”, he wounded one soldier on the scalp before himself being severely wounded when the patrol opened fire.

Hamahmi insisted throughout the trial that he had planned to protest against French policy in Syria by destroying art masterpieces inside the Louvre Museum, which houses thousands of works including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

He claimed to have been surprised to encounter soldiers, who have patrolled central Paris since a wave of Islamist terrorist attacks that killed more than 250 in France from 2015. He said that he attacked them “as a reflex”, saying he was acting “like a robot”.

During the trial, Hamahmi attempted to deny the authenticity of a video in which he swore allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group. However, he later admitted that he tried to join ISIS in the Middle East before turning his sights on France….

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.02: 2021:

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(FRANCE) JUST IN: Police are searching for two women after the death of a pedestrian who was hit by an electric scooter in Paris, officials say #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.21: The pair were reportedly travelling at high speed, and did not stop: The public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into homicide aggravated by failure to provide help.

PARIS: ‘Police search for two e-scooter riders after pedestrian killed: The 31-year-old victim, an Italian citizen named only as Miriam, was walking along the Seine early on Monday when she was hit’

A man rides an electric scooter in Paris on 17 June 2019
The fatal incident has renewed the debate over e-scooters in Paris (file photo)

Europe battles with safety as e-scooters take off

The victim, who was reportedly walking with a friend, hit her head on the pavement and suffered cardiac arrest. Divers from the river police patrolling the Seine gave her emergency medical treatment, and managed to restart her heart after 30 minutes.

She was taken unconscious to hospital, where she remained in a coma until her death on Wednesday. Originally from the region of Capalbio, in Tuscany, she worked as a waitress in a small Italian restaurant.

The incident happened at 01:00 local time on the Voie Georges-Pompidou on the right bank, near the Pont au Change bridge. Police have appealed for witnesses and are examining CCTV footage from the area.

The case has renewed the debate over e-scooters in Paris, where there have been concerns for the safety of pedestrians. 

They can travel at more than 50km/h (30mph), and are growing in popularity, in part because of their low environmental impact.

In 2019, the French government introduced rules after hundreds of incidents, including several deaths. Riders are required to be at least 12 and cannot ride their scooter on the pavement.

In the UK, London has become the latest city to trial e-scooters. More than 30 areas – including Newcastle, Bristol and Bournemouth – are already operating rental schemes.E-scooters have been introduced to six London boroughs after trials in 30 towns and cities across the UK

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(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Marine Le Pen: Polls suggest her National Rally party [formerly the National Front] will top Sunday’s first-round vote in around six of 13 regions this Sunday. And it is on track to win at least one, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA), in the run-off vote next weekend #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.19: This time it was only a glimpse of blonde hair at the heart of the scrum that gave it away, as the head of France’s far-right party inched slowly through Brusc market near Toulon, posing for selfies with her supporters every few yards:

FRANCE: France’s Le Pen on track for regional power with an eye on presidency and not so long ago, a walkabout by French far-right leader would announce itself with some heckling, maybe a protester or two, a few tight lips among observers, and the sense of wary curiosity that surrounds someone outside the political mainstream.

By Lucy Williamson
BBC Paris correspondent

Marine Le Pen goes walkabout in Le Brusc
Marine Le Pen is a popular visitor as she goes on walkabout in the coastal village of Le Brusc

“You’re virtually on home turf here!” one journalist shouted to Mrs Le Pen as she toured the Côte d’Azur. Behind her, ripe cherries were piled high on the stalls, and bottles of olive oil glinted in the sun. 

“I tend to think I’m on home turf everywhere,” she responded drily. 

Winning in a vast region like this, with a budget of billions, would mark a turning point for her party, which currently controls just a dozen town halls in France and only one city. 

Dry run for 2022 race against Macron

This is also a crucial test of the party’s electoral strategy ahead of the presidential race next spring, when Marine Le Pen is again tipped to face President Emmanuel Macron in the second round. 

In both elections, her strategy rests on winning over mainstream conservatives. Mr Macron needs to do much the same, setting the stage for a battle over France’s traditional centre right. 

No accident, then, that the National Rally’s regional candidate for this coastal region, Thierry Mariani, used to be a member of the main centre-right Republicans party. 

Thierry Mariani is favourite to win the key southern PACA region for Ms Le Pen’s National Rally

No accident either that Marine Le Pen has worked hard to appear electable and politically safe, emphasising the party’s “calm” and “responsible” approach to change, and lecturing government ministers on upholding democratic principles. 

Macron steers clear of Le Pen duel in south as the leader buffeted by protests and #Covid19 after he jails a man who slapped Macron on official visit

In the market, Rose pauses her shopping to confide that the party’s new image is indeed winning over some conservatives.

Rose, voter in Le Brusc

BBC

There are a lot of people around me, right-wingers like me, who are going to try the National Rally

Centre-right incumbent Renaud Muselier has warned that the party’s new image is a front and that Mr Mariani is a “Trojan horse”. In a TV debate with Mr Mariani this week, he called his rival and former colleague a “puppet” and said he was being manipulated by the far right. Adding to the sensitivity, the government last month announced that President Macron’s party, La République En Marche, would not be running its own list of candidates for the elections in PACA, but would instead be lending its support to Mr Muselier. ReutersThe president’s party has thrown its weight behind the Republicans’ candidate Renaud MuselierThe National Rally are making the most of it.”Real” right-wing voters were being turned off the centre right, Thierry Mariani told journalists this week, by a list of candidates that was “more and more the list of Macron”. Difficult vote for Macron’s party France’s governing party is contesting its first regional election. Formed just five years ago, it so far has few roots at the local level. Polls suggest it’s possible that La République En Marche won’t win a region at all. “We’re new,” said Marlène Schiappa, the minister in charge of citizenship who is the party’s top candidate in Paris. “We don’t have officials already elected, yet we’re always second or third in the polls. We’re on an upward trajectory.” Getty ImagesMarlène Schiappa argues that France’s political mainstream should unite against the far rightAlliances made sense in some places, she told us, and given the threat posed by the far right, France’s traditional parties should “ally to form a collective block against [them]”. The National Rally is currently predicted to win around 40% of the vote here on Sunday. That’s pretty much the score it won in the first round of the last regional elections in 2015, only to be defeated in the run-off by other parties working together to keep them from power.

Le Pen shatter ‘glass ceiling’?The pattern is so familiar to the National Rally that pollsters have nicknamed it their “glass ceiling”. But some believe that glass ceiling is now starting to fracture, as voters demand change, and concerns over security and immigration increase. “For a long time, a vote for the National Rally was a vote of protest against mainstream parties,” says Jean-Philippe Dubrulle of the Ifop polling agency. “That’s changed since Emmanuel Macron’s victory [in 2017] erased mainstream parties.

Now you have a situation where, if you don’t agree with Mr Macron – and a majority of French don’t agree with him – the most efficient way to express that is to vote for Marine Le Pen.” President Macron was slapped in the face on a visit to south-eastern France earlier this monthAt least one of the stallholders in the market thinks it’s all over-stated. “There’s always talk around election-time of a win for Le Pen, but it never actually comes,” he told me, declining to give his name.”People say they’re going to vote for them now, but at the last minute they won’t. We have bad memories of the party and its racist past.”

If he’s right, that’s a change in itself. It used to be the case that Le Pen supporters were shy of sharing their intentions, while voting for her in private. The first signs of how much really has changed will come on Sunday, but the proof will have to wait for the run-off in a week’s time. The whole point of a glass ceiling is that you can’t see it. Until it’s tested, it’s not easy to see when it’s gone.

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