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New French law compels schools to replace ‘mother/father’ with ‘parent 1/parent 2’

Callum Paton reports for Newsweek that on Feb. 12, 2019, France’s National Assembly voted in favor of an amendment removing the words “mother” and “father” from forms in French schools, replacing them with “parent 1” and “parent 2.” In so doing, the amendment became law, alongside a new school bill.

France’s majority party, La République en Marche! (LREM; in English “Forward!“), which was founded in 2016 by now-President Emmanuel Macron, says that the new law is a necessary step to bring France’s schools into line with the European nation’s 2013 same-sex marriage law — the Marriage for All Law that was passed in 2013. A Forward! legislator, Valérie Petit, told French outlet 20 Minutes: “The amendment aims to anchor into law the family diversity of children in the administrative forms submitted in school.”

Rodrigo Arenas, co-chair of Fédération des Conseils de Parents d’Élèves (FCPEP), the country’s largest federation of parents, called the amendment a “very good thing” because it “takes into account changing family situations” and “resonates with the law passed on the fight against harassment, because often in situations of child harassment, children have been targeted for not conforming.”

In a tweet on Feb. 14, Arenas decries usage of “mother” and “father” as religious tyranny (translated from French):

It will be necessary for the supporters of the “a Papa, a mother” to understand that a religious conception of the family cannot be imposed on a secular public school. This is why private schools exist.

Arenas also retweeted a tweet by LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism), calling for making “homophobia” (whatever that means) a crime:

Racism, anti-Semitism, negationnisme, homophobia must cease to be regarded in our country as “opinion crimes” enshrined in the Law of 1881 which protects the freedom of the press. They must be considered as common law offences.

Conservative parties call the amendment a danger to society:

  • Xavier Breton, a conservative deputy for the country’s Les Républicains (LR), denounced the law as frightening, calling it a result of “politically correct thinking that did not correspond to reality” in that 95% of legal unions in France are comprised of male-female couples.
  • Eric Ciotti, another lawmaker whom Newsweek calls “rightwing” (how come the media never call leftwing parties “leftwing”?), calls the law a “fantasy” and that the “negotiation of gender” would “deconstruct the balance of society.”
  • France’s main “far-right” party, the Rassemblement National (RN), which progressed to the second round of the country’s 2017 presidential elections, also objected to the amendment. RN leader said “the mask had fallen” from the face of Forward!, and that Forward! is showing their contempt for the family.

Meanwhile, the Yellow Vest rebellion continues in the streets of Paris. In the video below, a protester had his hand blown off.

See also “Shocker, not: Macron AWOL as violence, protests continue in Paris“.

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Spontaneous Yellow Vests movement’s domain name was registered a year before in May 2017

The Yellow Vests movement is a mass movement that began online in France in May 2018 as a protest against a gas tax hike (of about 25 cents a gallon). The movement quickly metamorphosed beyond the internet when protesters, wearing yellow vests as a symbol, took to the streets rioting against high taxes, eroding living standards, and what many see as the government’s indifference to the concerns of France’s regions and ordinary people.

Note: Since 2008, all motorists in France are required by law to have high-visibility yellow vests in their vehicles when driving, as a safety measure should the driver be required to exit the vehicle on the roadside.

The movement has spread beyond France to Belgium and the United Kingdom.

“Yellow vests” is gilets jaunes in French. We are told that the Yellow Vests or Gilets Jaunes movement is a spontaneous popular uprising, so it is most curious that a Frenchman who calls himself Jean L. discovered that the internet domain name www.giletsjaunes.com had been registered on May 15, 2017 — a full year before the Gilets Jaunes movement actually began.

See Jean L, “Yellow Vests – Color Revolution Gone Awry?,” henrymakow.com, Dec. 21, 2018.

More curious still, the giletsjaunes.com domain name was registered in Denver, Colorado. Below is the domain’s registrar information from NameBright.com:

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Registrant Street: 2635 Walnut Street
Registrant City: Denver
Registrant State/Province: CO

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The address of the domain name’s registrant — 2635 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205 — is an office loft that LoopNet says is both “for lease” and “off market”. Here’s a street view of the building (I painted the yellow circle around the “For Lease” sign):

Jean L. also points out the pop-culture foreshadowing, aka predictive programming, of the Yellow Vests movement in The Economist‘s 2017 cover, specifically the modified “Hermit” Tarot card depicting hordes of yellow-garbed people protesting against globalization, holding flags against the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the EU (European Union).

The Rothschilds are shareholders (21%) of The Economist. (Wikipedia)

Meanwhile, elements in the French military are in open rebellion against President Emmanuel Macron.

As reported by Voice of Europe on Dec. 14, eleven generals, an admiral, a colonel and a former Minister of Defense signed a letter accusing Macron of treason for signing the UN Global Migration Pact that strips France of even more sovereignty, thereby providing anoother reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”. The letter says mass immigration is erasing France’s “civilizational landmarks” and that “The French state is late in coming to realize the impossibility of integrating too many people, in addition to totally different cultures, who have regrouped in the last forty years in areas that no longer submit to the laws of the Republic.”

The pact, which was signed by 164 countries, has been protested by Yellow Vest demonstrations in five countries.

H/t Seumas

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France prepares “last resort” chemical weapon to control Yellow Vest protestors

Eric Swalwell nods in approval.

From Daily Mail: French security forces are ready to smother the centre of Paris with a ‘last resort’ chemical weapon in a bid to keep protesters away from key buildings, it has emerged.

Astonishing revelations about the debilitating powder – which can be spread across an area the size of six football pitches in just ten seconds – highlights the increasing desperation of President Emmanuel Macron’s administration as it faces up to a law and order crisis.

The country has been hit by five straight weeks of violence sparked by the Yellow Vests protest movement that has seen national monuments including the Arc de Triomphe ransacked.

There were 168 arrests in Paris on Saturday alone as the demonstrators – who are named after their high visibility jackets – fought running battles with police, who responded with water cannon, baton charges and tear gas.

Now senior officers have confirmed that some of the 14 armoured cars deployed by gendarmes contained ‘a radical device that was only to be used as a last resort’ against their own citizens.

A gun-like distributor on the vehicles’ turrets can spray the powder over 430,500 sq. ft. in ten seconds, Marianne magazine reports. The high-density noxious product contains the same power as 200 tear gas grenades, and is designed to knock people out indiscriminately in an emergency.

A source at the Paris police prefecture said: ‘If a large crowd forced barriers through the security perimeter, then the powder would be used as a last resort in order to stop them.’

But it is sure to raise concerned questions among civic rights groups, as well as monitoring organisations, including the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of which France is a member.

Read the whole story here.

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EU armored vehicles deployed against unarmed Paris protesters

Paris is burning.

David Vives reports for The Epoch Times that anti-government protests in France are growing ever larger as an estimated 125,000 yellow-vested demonstrators in Paris took to the streets yesterday, despite Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s concession last Wednesday to scrap the tax hike.

The 4-week long protests, dubbed the Yellow Vest movement because of the yellow vests worn by the protesters as a symbol, began online in May 2018 as a protest against a gas tax hike (of about 25 cents a gallon) and metamorphosed into street riots against high taxes, eroding living standards, and what many see as the government’s indifference to the concerns of France’s regions and ordinary people. The movement has spread beyond France to Belgium.

Note: Since 2008, all motorists in France are required by law to have high-visibility yellow vests in their vehicles when driving, as a safety measure should the driver be required to exit the vehicle on the roadside.

In Paris, a ring of steel of trucks and reinforced metal barriers surrounded President Emmanuel Macron’s Elysee Palace, although Macron himself has gone AWOL, unseen in public all last week.

See DCG’s “Shocker, not: Macron AWOL as violence, protests continue in Paris

More than 1,200 people were arrested before the Saturday protest began in an effort to mitigate violence as much as possible. The December 1 riots had damaged the Arc de Triomphe and injured 130 people. Police also confiscated from protesters anything that could be used as protection such as helmets, protective glasses, and cartridges of saline solution for the eyes.

Saturday’s Yellow Vest crowd was overwhelmingly male, a mix of those with financial grievances and apparently experienced vandals, who tore steadily through some of Paris’ wealthiest neighborhoods, smashing and burning.

Demonstrations have been taking place elsewhere in France as well. Police and protesters clashed in the southern cities of Marseille and Toulouse. About 89,000 security forces are deployed across the nation, including military, local police, and special police, who are authorized to engage in physical contact if necessary, as well as use batons and flash-balls, a non-lethal hand-held weapon.

What the French government doesn’t say is that they’ve called in the European Union (EU) military, as indicated by armored vehicles with the EU’s blue-and-gold-stars flag.

Below is a cell-phone video, showing two EU armored vehicles being deployed against the protesters in Paris.

Among Saturday’s protesters was retired General Christian Piquemal in a yellow vest. He said, “France has been a beacon for the world, it was a country with eternal vows, and today it’s totally decaying. We need to find ourselves again as people who share common values.”

Political columnist Eric Verhaeghe says that “The base of the yellow vest movement is ordinary people … who are desperate,” and that the heart of the movement is libertarian, wanting less government and more freedom, with aims similar to the original Boston Tea Party and the modern Tea Party movement in America.

Meanwhile, the French government has taken a leaf from the American Left’s playbook by blaming the Yellow Vest protests on Russia.

Bloomberg reports, Dec. 9, 2018, that France opened a probe into possible Russian interference behind the country’s Yellow Vest protests, after reports that social-media accounts linked to Moscow have increasingly targeted the movement, and that Russian-linked sites, e.g., Sputnik and RT, have reported a mutiny among police, and of officers’ support for the protests.

According to the Alliance for Securing Democracy — a unit of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. which monitors pro-Kremlin activity — about 600 Twitter accounts “known to promote Kremlin views” have begun focusing on France, boosting their use of the hashtag #giletsjaunes, the French name for the Yellow Vest movement. French security services are looking at the situation, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday in a radio interview.

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Paris burns & rioters clash with police during eighth day of protest over increased fuel tax, call for “out of touch” Macron to resign

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I guess the French are finally fed up with being taxed to death.

From Fox News: Thousands of French protesters flooded the nation’s capital Saturday to demonstrate against President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial fuel tax increase — clashing with policies as they called for Macron’s resignation.

The angry clashes, both in Paris and other towns and cities across the country, mark the eighth day of “yellow jacket” protests against the tax, but have also come to encompass a growing anger against Macron and the French ruling class — seen by many as out of touch.

The yellow jackets have become a uniform of sorts for the protesters, originating from the neon yellow jackets French drivers are required to keep in their vehicles.

Authorities said that at least 8,000 protesters flooded the Champs-Elysees in Paris alone, with 81,000 protesters in total nationwide compared to 244,000 last Saturday. Police deployed some 3,000 security forces after an attempt to march on the Elysee Palace last week.

Police used smoke, tear gas and even a water cannon to try and disperse the protesters, Le Monde reported. Officials said that a no-go zone, set up around key areas including the presidential palace and the National Assembly on the Left Bank of the Seine River, has not been breached.

At least eight people, including two police officers, were injured, while dozens of protesters were detained, including for throwing projectiles. In La Madeleine, an area filled with luxury brand shops popular with tourists, businesses shut down due to the protests. In other cities, such as Lyon and Marseille, protests were more peaceful.

The diesel fuel tax has gone up seven euro cents (nearly eight U.S. cents) and will keep climbing in coming years, according to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne. The tax on gasoline is set to increase by four euro cents. Gasoline currently costs about 1.64 euros a liter in Paris ($7.06 a gallon), slightly more than diesel.

Macron, however, has said that gas tax increases are necessary to reduce France’s dependence on fossil fuels and fund renewable energy investments.

The protests are the latest blow for Macron, who has been dogged by sinking internal poll ratings for months, dropping into the 20s as he has struggled to shed the perception that he is an out-of-touch elitist.

Responding to those concerns, Macron has noted that he does not face any midterm elections and told Bloomberg News in October he intends to keep “exactly the same pace” with his reforms

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President of Uganda: 'I love Trump for being frank about Africans'

President Trump is said by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who has a history of making things up, to have referred to low-achieving countries such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shit holes,” in a January 11 meeting with members of Congress.

See “Rapper Snoop Dogg threatens to move to Uganda because of Trump’s alleged ‘sh*t-hole’ comment

The meeting was about immigration policy, in which Trump questioned why Democrats welcome immigrants who bring little to nothing of value to the U.S.
Trump has denied using the “shit holes” expression, but that hasn’t stopped Democrats, the MSM, and foreign countries from expressing their outrage and condemnation. As examples:

  • Yesterday, January 22, people in Haiti protested against Trump’s alleged remarks.
  • On Sunday, January 21, French President Emmanuel Macron told the BBC that he shared Africa’s outrage.
  • Deborah Malac, US ambassador to Uganda, called Trump’s alleged words “obviously quite disturbing and upsetting”.


A lone dissenter is Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.
The BBC reports that in his speech during the opening of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in the Ugandan capital of Kampala today, President Museveni said:

“America has got one of the best presidents ever.  I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. The Africans need to solve their problems, the Africans are weak.”


According to Wikipedia, Yoweri Museveni, 73, has been the President of Uganda for 32 years, since 1986.
He was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan dictators Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85). In the mid to late 1990s, Museveni was celebrated by the west as part of a new generation of African leaders. During Museveni’s presidency, Uganda has experienced relative stability and economic growth.
However, Museveni’s suppression of political opposition and a 2005 constitutional amendment scrapping presidential term limits, thus enabling extension of his rule, is a concern of domestic commentators and many in the international community.
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Gender-based insults to become a legal offense in France


From France 24: During his campaign Macron, who won the presidential election in May, promised to rethink sexual politics and gender equality, which he made a national cause for his five-year mandate.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal in the United States has accelerated a rethink of attitudes towards sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance.
“Let’s seal a pact of equality between men and women,” Macron said in a speech marking the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.
About violence and sexual abuse, he said: “It is essential that shame changes camp.”
“Gender-based insults will be punishable by law. Offenders will face a deterrent fine,” he added.
During his speech, Macron observed a minute’s silence for the 123 women killed by their partner or ex-partner in 2016.
Measures announced include educating secondary school children about pornography and simplifying the system for rape and assault victims to go to the police.
Proposals that could be included in a 2018 draft law include criminalising street harassment and extending the statute of limitation for the rape of minors to 30 years from 20 years. Macron also said he was personally in favour of setting the age of sexual consent at 15. Currently France has no minimum age for sexual consent.
Planned changes to the police system include allowing victims of rape and sexual assault to make their initial complaints online, before going to a police station to bring criminal charges. Other measures include “on demand” bus stops, where women can stop a bus anywhere at night so they can get home safely.
French feminist group Osez le Féminisme said the measures were going in the right direction but must be accompanied by adequate funding. “Without funding, any communication, training, awareness or help plan for the victims will be useless,” the statement said.
France has often debated sexual harassment over the past decade following scandals involving French politicians. Six years ago a sex scandal forced former finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn to resign as head of the International Monetary Fund, provoking a round of soul-searching in France about sexual abuse that goes undetected in the upper echelons of power.
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Liberalism is a mental disorder: France and other EU countries criminalize wolf-whistling & asking women for their phone number

Patrick Knox reports for the UK’s The Sun, Sept. 20, 2017, that fulfilling a pledge Emmanuel Macron had made during his presidential election campaign last year, the government of France is declaring war on men “harassing” women in public.
Under new plans, wolf-whistling will be a criminal offense in France, as will asking women for their telephone numbers and following them. The crackdown comes after surveys show virtually all French women said they have been “harassed” on public transport, in the street or elsewhere at some time in their lives.

Marlène Schiappa, 34, France’s under-secretary for gender equality, defended the plan and gave an example of behavior that would be illegal. She said:

“You are a woman in an underground train. I am a man. I follow you. You get off the train. I get off. You get on another train. I get on too. I ask you for your telephone number. I ask again. I ask a third time. You feel oppressed. That is street harassment.”

Attorney Gilles-William Goldnadel accuses Schiappa of seeking to outlaw “heavy Latin chat-up lines”. He said the only consequences of the law would be to enrich feminist lawyers and to clog up the court system.
Some choice comments from readers of The Sun:

chris perrien: “Only will apply to native white Frenchmen, as to apply such to anyone else would be racist and the French government will have none of that.”
Mike Irish: “Ah France, I wonder if most of your women are also happy with flooding your country with men who do not think of women as humans?”
KJ: “And women wonder why sexbots will replace them”
JD: “Yeah, because women being asked for their phone numbers is the BIGGEST social problem in France right now. Talk about ‘arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.'”
Steven Jacks: “It’s becoming illegal to reject the advances of a Transsexual and now illegal to ask for the phone number of a real woman, it’s almost as if they don’t want us Europeans to breed at all…”

It turns out that other EU countries, including Belgium and Portugal, had already banned wolf-whistling and other “sexist” “harassing” behavior.
In March 2012, the UK Mirror reported that “wolf-whistling is now set to become a criminal offence” under new EU rules drawn up by the Council of Europe’s convention on violence against women.
The convention’s legislation criminalizes or imposes other sanctions for “unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular when creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”. The legislation also outlaws “psychological violence,” compensates victims of domestic abuse, and punishes someone for forcing abortions or sterilization.
The EU rules have the support of at least 18 countries, including Germany and the UK.
On March 8, 2012, at a special event to mark International Women’s Day, UK Prime Minister David Cameron declared the UK would sign up to the European convention. He said:

“The agreement is not just a piece of paper. It’s going to lift the standards of protection for women across Europe, give greater support for victims and – crucially – bring many more perpetrators to justice.”

Julia Gray, who founded the London branch of US movement Hollaback! that is dedicated to getting rid of street harassment, told The Guardian:

“The way we see it is if you want to tackle it you tackle all of it – you say no to all forms of unwanted sexual harassment; that includes wolf-whistling, comments, everything.”

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Reebok goes to the dark side

On July 14, 2017, during President Trump’s visit to France, he complimented 64-year-old Brigitte, the wife of newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron, 39. Trump called her “beautiful” and “in such good shape”. (The Independent)
The MSM Left went berserk, calling Trump sexist.
Reebok, a sports footwear and clothing company, tweeted this patronizing poster to scold President Trump on when it’s “appropriate” and when it’s not “appropriate” to tell a woman she’s in good shape:

Just so you know, this is the same Reebok that actually advocates and approves of infidelity:

Founded in England in 1958 by brothers Joe and Jeff Foster, Reebok is now a subsidiary of Adidas, a German multinational corporation.
By the way, Brigitte Macron is a female pederast — a “Mary Kay Letourneau” schoolteacher who preyed on an adolescent Emmanuel Macron.
Brigitte met 15-year-old Emmanuel, 25 years younger, when she was his literature and theater teacher at a Jesuit high school. Brigitte was a married woman with three children. In 2006, she divorced her banker husband, André-Louis Auzière, then married Emmanuel a year later. (IBT)
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