Thought for the day

"The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." -- Eugene Ionesco

Nearly seven out of ten French people believe that the state should adopt a stricter policy regarding the reception of migrants, according to a poll by the CSA institute for CNEWS published on Tuesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged France to maintain its independence in foreign relations and “respect mutual core interests” in the first face-to-face meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019.

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An NGO humanitarian vessel carrying hundreds of migrants picked up in the Mediterranean has been granted permission to dock in the French port of Marseille after the newly elected Italian government repeatedly refused it permission to offload passengers in Sicily.

French President Emmanuel Macron is facing a major crisis, as two of EDF's nuclear reactors will delay restarting due to corrosion problems. According to French reports, two other reactors also shut down for corrosion problems, bringing the total number of reactors facing this issue up to 15. Over the past year, France has faced a relatively unique energy crisis when compared to other countries in Europe.

Germany, France ask to bypass Lebanese judges impeding corruption probe into central bank chief MikeRivero Thu, 11/03/2022 - 13:46

Lebanon has received requests from Germany and France to allow judges from the two countries to travel to Lebanon and launch a direct investigation into Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, according to information obtained by 

After French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged that half of all crimes in Paris were committed by foreigners, it has now been revealed that they also account for 70 per cent of all violent robberies.

During an appearance on France 2 television channel last month, Macron admitted, “Yes, when we look at crime in Paris, we cannot fail to see that at least half of the crime we observe come from people who are foreigners, either who are in an irregular situation or awaiting asylum.”

French state-owned utility EDF will restart all its nuclear reactors, more than half of which are now closed for maintenance or technical issues, this winter, France's Energy Minister said on Friday.

Reporting by GV De Clercq; Editing by Richard Lough, William Maclean and Jan Harvey

 

POLARIS 21 was a large-scale French naval exercise in the Mediterranean that took place from November 18 to December 3, 2021, off the island of Corsica between France and Spain.

Officially, the aim of the training was to test the capabilities of the sea and air elements to face future wars, using the latest systems and naval vessels to develop tactics.