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EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes
Key European Union leaders are unconvinced by Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the bloc and said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into line.
Two women campaign to become France's 1st female president
Two French politicians kicked off their presidential campaigns Sunday, seeking to become France’s first female leader in next year’s spring election. The far-right National Rally party's Marine Le Pen and Paris' Socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, both launched their presidential platforms in widely expected moves. This includes battles among multiple potential candidates on the right — including another female politician Valerie Pecresse — and among the Greens.news.yahoo.com
French far-right chief lays out plans for presidential race
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she will stick with her strategy of making her party a more mainstream political force despite a stinging loss in France's regional elections, and that tactic will carry her into next year's presidential race. Le Pen, 52, was reelected Sunday as the head of the National Rally at a party gathering in the southern town of Perpignan. In her speech, Le Pen instead praised the “healthy and necessary development” of the party and said there will be no return to the National Front, the former name of the party that was changed in 2018.news.yahoo.com
French far-right chief under fire for her mainstream turn
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is facing stinging criticism for making her party too mainstream, dulling its extremist edge, and ignoring grassroots members, with voices from inside and outside warning this could cost her votes in next year's presidential race. The rumblings grew louder after the National Rally's failure a week ago in regional elections, and come just ahead of this weekend’s party congress. Le Pen is the anti-immigration party’s unquestioned boss, and her fortunes aren't expected to change at the two-day event in the southwestern town of Perpignan, hosted by local Mayor Louis Aliot — Le Pen's former companion and, above all, the party's top performer in last year's municipal elections.news.yahoo.com
France's rising conservative star calls for Right to unite behind him
Xavier Bertrand, the rising star of the French conservative party, on Monday called for Right-wingers to unite behind his candidacy for the 2022 presidential election. Mr Bertrand, who has warned against ‘punishing’ Britain for Brexit, issued the rallying cry after fighting off the far-Right in regional elections this weekend. The 56-year-old is seeking to oust Marine Le Pen as the alternative to President Emmanuel Macron in any second round run-off in the crucial vote this spring. “Let's form anews.yahoo.com
Marine Le Pen set to win key battleground of Provence in regional elections
Marine Le Pen's far-Right National Rally party took the lead in the key battleground region of Provence in the first round of voting, the first exit poll said last night, amid a historically low turnout. The regional election on Sunday was regarded as a major test of whether Ms Le Pen can win votes, less than a year ahead of a presidential election which is largely expected to pit the far-right leader against incumbent president Emmanuel Macron. Overall, the National Rally party, or RN, is projenews.yahoo.com
Coronavirus latest news: Outdoor weddings permission a boost for pandemic-hit industry
Exclusive: Hancock kept PM in dark over vaccines success Civil weddings to be allowed outdoors for first time from July How the world can stop future pandemics in their tracks ‘Risk-averse’ NHS 111 algorithm puts pressure on ambulances Civil wedding and partnership ceremonies will be able to take place outdoors for the first time in England and Wales from July 1 - a boost for the wedding industry after the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic. The change is expected to benefit almost 75pc of wenews.yahoo.com
Michel Barnier calls for non-EU immigration into France to be suspended for up to 5 years
Michel Barnier has called for all non-European Union immigration into France to be banned for up to five years. The EU’s former Brexit negotiator said immigration was “not working” in what is seen as a pitch to lead the centre-Right Republicains into next year’s presidential elections. “I think that effectively we need to take some time, between three to five years, and suspend immigration,” he said in comments aimed at sapping support from rival candidate Marine Le Pen. “I’m not talking about students, I’m not talking about refugees who must be treated with humanity and strength. But we need to rebuild the whole process,” he told French television. Mr Barnier has previously warned that France could follow the UK out of the EU amid “social unrest and anger” over immigration and Europe’s failure to defend its borders. He said Paris should hold talks with its EU allies about how to strengthen the bloc’s border controls and about the passport-free Schengen Zone. “The problems with immigration are not moderate [...]We need to talk to our neighbours about the Schengen Agreement, we possibly need to put in stricter border controls,” Mr Barnier said. Mr Barnier criticised Nigel Farage for his use of immigration in the Brexit referendum campaign in his recently published diary of the negotiations. "Extraordinary. The impact of Brexit is only just beginning," Nigel Farage exclusively told The Telegraph. "Immigration has delivered Brexit and destroyed the Labour Party. Barnier sees the electoral opportunity and he is right." Emmanuel Macron is expected to win the elections but the eurosceptic and anti-immigrant Ms Le Pen is expected to reach the second round of the vote and increase her support.news.yahoo.com
French government blasts fresh warning of civil war by serving military personnel as far-Right stunt
France’s interior minister has blasted a new open letter by scores of serving French military personnel to Emmanuel Macron warning of impending civil war at the hands of Islamists as a “crude manoeuvre” by the far-Right. Gérald Darmanin dismissed the letter, which includes dire warnings of societal collapse and army intervention, as a blatant bid to boost the far-Right ahead of regional and presidential elections and called on the anonymous signatories to have the “bravery” to identify themselves. In all, 145,000 people, a mixture of military personnel and civilians, had endorsed the second letter by Monday afternoon and 1.7 million people had read it. There are about 426,000 serving members of the French armed forces, including the Gendarmerie. An initial letter released two weeks ago by a group of semi-retired generals and mostly retired officers made similar claims that France was heading for “disintegration” and “civil war” at the hands of Islamists and Leftists. It was strongly supported by Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally and candidate in presidential elections in 12 months time. The National Rally commands strong support from the armed forces, with one poll suggesting over 40 per cent of the military and 54 per cent of police officers voted for Ms Le Pen in the first round of the 2017 presidential election. She garnered 21 per cent from the wider electorate in round one. The themes of immigration and security are dominating the French presidential pre-campaign after the murders in the past two weeks of a police officer by a drug dealer and a police employee by an Islamist who turned out to have arrived in France illegally from Tunisia a decade ago. The armed forces are taking disciplinary action against at least 18 serving personnel, including four officers, who signed the first letter.news.yahoo.com
Indonesian military pays last respects to submarine crew
Indonesia's military and family members on Friday paid their last respects to the 53 submarine crew members who died when their vessel sank and broke apart in the depths off the resort island of Bali. Indonesia is planning to recover the KRI Nanggala 402 with the help of a Chinese navy ship that's capable of lifting objects 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) deep. President Joko Widodo met the families of the 53 crew members on Thursday and expressed his condolences.news.yahoo.com
French generals who warn of ‘civil war’ face ‘forced retirement’ says head of country’s armed forces
The head of France’s armed forces has pledged to punish 20 French generals and 18 French active soldiers, including officers, who signed an open letter warning of the risks of impending "civil war” at the hands of “fanatics” and Islamists, saying they have breached their “duty of reserve”. Regarding the generals, ”each one (will go) before a senior military council, " General Francois Lecointre told Le Parisian newspaper, and could be "delisted" or "put into immediate retirement”. As “second section” reservists, the generals have left active service but are still answerable to the defence ministry and thus obliged to remain neutral in public. As for the 18 still in active service, including four officers, they face dismissal, in particular the higher-ranking signatories. "I believe that the higher the responsibilities, the stronger the obligation of neutrality and exemplarity," said Gen Lecointre. The letter was initially published in Valeurs Actuelles, a Right-wing news magazine, on 21 April - the 60th anniversary of a failed coup d’état against Charles de Gaulle. Initially signed by 1,200 members of the military, more than 8,000 servicemen and women had added their names to it by Thursday. The letter appeals to President Emmanuel Macron to stop France from descending into chaos and “civil war” fomented by “fanatic partisans” for splitting the country.news.yahoo.com
2 Suspects Charged for Dismembering Vietnamese American Man, GoFundMe Created for Surviving Family
The original report: Shane Nguyen, 55, was found dead in a crashed car in the 1500 block of Forest Park Boulevard in Fort Wayne on April 25, according to WANE, which first reported about it on April 26. Nguyen was last seen as he was leaving the Allen County Memorial Coliseum around 3 p.m. on April 23, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department. The male suspects, Matthew J. Cramer, 21; Jacob D. Carreon-Hamilton, 20; and Cody Clements, 20; were arrested and all in custody on the evening of April 26.news.yahoo.com
Populist leaders meet, seek 'European renaissance'
The trilateral meeting brought Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Italy's former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to Hungary's capital of Budapest. The event came two weeks after Orban’s ruling Fidesz party finalized a break with its center-right European political family, the European People’s Party (EPP). As Italy's interior minister, Salvini worked to ease EU sanctions on Russia. But Poland's ruling party shares Fidesz's disaffection with the EU, with both parties arguing Brussels has infringed on their sovereign decisions. AdOn Thursday, Morawiecki echoed Orban's calls for a European political force that “respects national sovereignty and freedom" and defends traditional values.
France passes anti-radicalism bill that worries Muslims
The wide-ranging bill, titled “Supporting respect for the principles of the Republic,” covers most aspects of French life. But Le Pen criticized the bill as too weak and offered what she called her own, tougher counter-proposal. The bill mentions neither Muslims nor Islam by name. The measure has been dubbed the "separatism" bill, a term used by Macron to refer to radicals who would create a “counter society” in France. Associations must sign a contract of respect for French values and pay back state funds, if they cross a line.
Lawmakers debate bill to rout out radical Islam in France
The bill is broad and controversial, with around 1,700 proposed amendments, and it guarantees heated debate for the next two weeks in the lower house. Multiple attacks in France by Islamist extremists provide a backdrop for the bill, even if recent violence was committed by outsiders. Other critics say the bill covers ground already addressed in current laws while far-right leader Marine Le Pen says the bill doesn’t go far enough or even name the enemy: radical Islam. It is necessary because “French society, the French nation is traumatized by attacks and the reality of radical Islam.” While radicals are a minority, “it's minorities that make up history,” Bencheikh added. The proposed law also seeks to halt the issuing by doctors of virginity certificates, the practice of polygamy and forced marriage.
Fascinated and trepidatious, world braces for America's vote
“America votes and gives the world a president,” tweeted the editor in chief of the Ashraq Al-Awsat newspaper, which is Saudi-owned and published from London. As ballots were cast, global onlookers both fascinated and trepidatious braced for the butterfly effect of America’s choice and its knock-on effects big and small. A very real feared repercussion for some was the prospect of a reelected Trump further closing pathways to immigrants and some visitors. “The incumbent president ... says this is the most-rigged U.S. election throughout history,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised address Tuesday. “I’d like to have a president in France who thinks a bit like him,” Tanne said.
Is France really growing more 'savage'? Word stirs trouble
But has France really grown more savage as Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin says? Or is the problem a growing sense of insecurity fueled by the word savage itself, as Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti contends? But has France really grown more savage, as Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin says? Or is the problem a growing sense of insecurity fueled by the word savage itself, as Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti contends? The justice minister says the word "savage itself is the root of France's security problem.
Anger after French magazine depicts Black lawmaker as slave
PARIS A French magazine apologized Saturday after portraying a Black lawmaker as a slave, as France's government and officials across the political spectrum decried the publication. You can still write racist s- in a rag illustrated with a Black French parliament member repainted as a slave," she tweeted. The extreme right odious, stupid and cruel.The magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, which caters to readers on the right and far right, apologized in a statement Saturday. Prime Minister Jean Castex from the conservative Republicans party tweeted: This revolting publication calls for unambiguous condemnation. French President Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who raised eyebrows when he gave an interview to Valeurs Actuelles last year, has pledged to root out racism.