#AceNewsReport – Dec.12:A massive hunt is underway for a gunman who opened fire near a popular Christmas market in the center of the French city of Strasbourg Tuesday, killing three peopleand injuring 13 others: More than 350 police gendarmes and soldiers supported by air units have been mobilised to find the suspect, who was already known to security services as a possible threat, police said #AceNewsDesk reports
Speaking to French radio station Inter on Wednesday, the county’s Deputy Interior Minister, Laurent Nunez, said that authorities could not confirm that the suspect has “terrorist motivations.” Nunez added that while authorities have secured the border and set up a perimeter around Strasbourg, they are not sure if the suspect is still in France……….Nunez’s comments come after the Paris Prosecutor’s office confirmed to CNN that their anti-terror section was in charge of the investigation.
Strasbourg’s famed Christmas Market is one of the oldest in Europe and draws millions of visitors each year: The suspect entered the perimeter of the market by the city’s Corbeau Bridge, and began shooting at passers-by on the Rue des Orfèvres at 8 p.m. local time, when many were in the middle of their Christmas shopping.
Anti-terror police descended on the market and attempted to apprehend the suspect, who exchanged fire with security forces on at least two occasions between 8:20 p.m. and 9 p.m: French media reported the gunman was injured in one of the exchanges. He is then believed to have jumped into a taxi and fled the scene…………The attack prompted France to raise its national security threat level to its highest “emergency terror attack” status, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said at a press conference……….Eight people were seriously wounded, Strasbourg police said on Wednesday, with five others suffering from minor injuries.
The suspected gunman, who was identified by CNN affiliate BFM as a 29-year-old male born in Strasbourg, was on a French watch list called a “Fiche S” surveillance file…………..The “Fiche S” is a French terror and radicalization watch list that includes thousands of people, some of whom are under active surveillance, meaning they are on law enforcement’s radar…………..The suspect was also “unfavourably known” by police authorities in France and Germany, Castaner told reporters on Wednesday, adding that he was known for non-terror related offences……………..French gendarmes had attempted to bring him in for questioning Tuesday morning before the attack but found he wasn’t home, a spokesperson for France’s National Police told CNN, without providing further details.
Issam Fares, who sells chestnuts at the Strasbourg Christmas market, told AFP he heard several shots and thought they were fireworks “or they’re attacking a store.”“I saw a lot of people running, scared, crying kids and all. Then I said, in my opinion it must be very, very serious, and then … I saw people crying and the crowd leaving,” he told AFP. “They said it was shooting right next door, so I ran away. I went to hide in a restaurant, not far from Gutenberg Street.”……………The injured were taken to a Strasbourg hospital.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted early Wednesday in solidarity with the French people. “Solidarity of the whole Nation for Strasbourg, our victims and their families,” he said.
#Strasbourg, #France Security Alert: Police operations continue to locate the subject responsible for the incident on Tuesday evening, December 11. Movement within several areas of the city remains restricted and authorities request that the public remain sheltered inplace.pic.twitter.com/qCDRFudAxE
A suit claiming Memorial liquidation was lodged with Russia’s Supreme Court by the Ministry of Justice over violations exposed in the society’s activity in late 2012. Thus, according to the claim, the organization “lacks a nationwide status and it has no documented proof of statutory activity.”
Moreover, it allegedly does not observe its own charter.
Human Rights Work of “Memorial”
The Ministry of Justice twice demanded the organization should remedy breaches but it has failed to do that.
The Supreme Court will consider the claim on November 13. The ministry says however that Memorial still has time to correct deficiencies.
Jagland’s press service said he had telephoned to Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov to call on him to use every possibility in order to find a legal solution to that problem to let this organization continue its work.
Memorial’s liquidation will be a shock to many Russians and will pose a threat of undermining Russia’s reputation on the global arena, he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s chief human rights champion Mikhail Fedotov said he hoped the Memorial human rights society would not be wound up.
“We must not allow Memorial to be closed due to formal reasons.
#AceNewsServices – PARIS – May 29 – Thousands of students have demonstrated in France against the far-right National Front (FN) party, following its success in the European elections.
About 4,000 students rallied in Paris, while smaller marches took place in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes and outside the European parliament in Strasbourg.
The National Front came first in last week’s elections, winning 25% of the French vote and 24 MEP seats.
(The Party is Opposed to Mass Immigration, Free Trade and the Euro)
In Paris, students shouted anti-right wing slogans and waved banners reading “No to the National Front”.
One protester, Kevin Motillon, told AP news agency that “Behind [FN’s] anti-EU rhetoric there is also a xenophobic speech, a speech of hate and of rejecting others, and that seems completely unlikely in today’s world.”
However, correspondents say the turnout is small compared with previous protests against the FN.
The Hungarian lawmaker said he was confident that “double standards dominate the so-called values of the Council of Europe and in all other European institutions.” “The irony is that they all are speaking about human rights and democracy but they are unable to follow the right course to solve concrete problems,” Gaudi-Nagy said.
#AceWorldNews – STRASBOURG – April 08 – The PACE Monitoring Committee has passed a draft resolution depriving the Russian delegation of its right to vote at the Assembly until year’s end for Russia’s incorporation of Crimea, Leonid Slutskiy, the deputy head of the Russian delegation to PACE and the head of the Russian State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, told journalists on Tuesday.
The move came definitely in a bid to punish Russia for its incorporation of Crimea, Leonid Slutskiy added.
While rejecting a motion to freeze the Russian delegation’s powers, as proposed by Britain’s Robert Walter, the Committee, in fact, voted for a softer option.
Walter’s proposal, however, can still be ‘reanimated’ in the form of amendments to the draft resolution that PACE will keep receiving until Wednesday, April 9.
PACE will consider a report on the Russian delegation’s powers on Thursday, April 10.