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France should take more refugees in to help with migrant crisis, says Presidential hopeful

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French Presidential candidate Benoit Hamon

Apparently Hamon believes this is a successful strategy to winning.

From Express UK: Left-winger Benoît Hamon urged EU leaders – including Socialist president François Hollande – to treat Europe-bound refugees fleeing war and persecution in a “humane and just” way. 

Speaking at a rally in Bordeaux on Wednesday, he said: “Government officials have given France-bound refugees the cold shoulder when in fact, they should be doing a lot more to protect them.”  Most immigrants undertake “incredibly perilous journeys” to reach European soil, he warned, before adding that France could take in “more refugees”.

He said: “We must renegotiate the Dublin rules that dictate that asylum seekers must stay in the first European country they step foot in.  They are unnecessary and counterproductive. We must also issue more humanitarian visas so that vulnerable refugees can travel to Europe in safe and decent conditions.”

At the beginning of the EU migrant crisis in 2015, Mr. Hollande pledged to offer sanctuary to 24,000 migrants, but has failed to live up to this promise: since then, no more than 10,000 refugees have been granted asylum in France.

He said: “I’m not saying that we have to find beds for one million refugees overnight. We’re talking about tens of thousands of people. France is the world’s fifth most powerful country, it can afford to take in a handful of desperate refugees.”

Mr. Hamon also shone a harsh spotlight on France’s “poor and inhumane” migrant integration policy, which he says is “not up to scratch”. He said: “Refugees should be able to work within three months of arriving in France. We need to help them take a shot at a new life, but first, we must help them integrate into society. The only solution to the migrant crisis is solidarity.

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Uncle in Germany cleared to have sex with his niece

As proggies like to proclaim, “#LoveIsLove.”

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From NY Post: A teen’s sexual relationship with her uncle is not verboten, a German court ruled this week.

In its ruling, the judges reasoned that the 15-year-old girl, identified as Josephine, risked “serious damage in her social-emotional and mental development” if she and her non-blood uncle, 47-year-old Gerrit Haager, were denied contact.

The loving uncle/CEN Photo

The loving uncle/CEN Photo

In Germany, as in many European countries, the legal age of sexual consent is 14. Since there is no law in Germany prohibiting the relationship, it may continue to blossom, the court ruled.

“The court does not offer any opinion on the non-judicial question of whether a 47-year-old married man should return the love of a 14-year-old fired by adolescent affection and enthusiasm,” it wrote, the Telegraph reported.

“The relationship may be socially undesirable and unacceptable, but it is not covered by criminal law, and not categorically forbidden.”

The girl from Schildow, a town in the German state of Brandenburg, ditched school and ran off with her uncle a year ago — to the dismay of her worried parents, who alerted police.

The pair were later found in southern France, and the teen was brought back to Germany, where her parents forbade her from seeing her uncle. The parents got the court involved in a bid to keep the two apart. The red-haired teen revolted, stopped attending school, and tried to stay in a government shelter.

The teen, whom the court described as of “above average intelligence,” has said her relationship with her uncle is “goal-oriented and stable,” according to CEN.

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Migrants battle on the streets of Paris

Ain’t multiculturalism grand?

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From Daily Mail: Pictures show men lunging at each other with makeshift clubs last night next to a row of tents in the Stalingrad district of the French capital. Amid chaotic scenes, gangs of men were seen brandishing pieces of wood and squaring up for a street battle.

The violence unfolded just hours after demolition workers supported by riot police began smashing up an illegal camp full of UK-bound migrants in Paris. It also came in the wake of the destruction of the Calais Jungle which saw refugees transported around the country. It followed thousands of migrants arriving in the French capital following the razing of the Calais Jungle refugee camp last week.

While some 5,000 Jungle residents agreed to be bused to resettlement centres around France, many others headed off independently, saying they still wanted to get to Britain. Up to 3,000 set up tents on the pavements around the Stalingrad Metro station, which is close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar hub in the north of Paris.

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Shortly before yesterday’s clearance French president Francois Hollande said: ‘We won’t tolerate the camps any longer.’ Referring to the Paris clearance, Mr Hollande said: ‘We are going to carry out the same operation as in Calais.’

CRS riot police around Stalingrad said there would be a ‘gradual operation’ which is likely to go on all week until all the camps are gone.

Meanwhile, the first ever official centre for refugees in Paris is due to be opened by the city’s Socialist council later this week. The £6m facility is also close to the Eurostar hub, and will have beds for 400 men.

But local residents and business owners say it will attract people smugglers, and other criminals. Jean Brossard, who has been living in the area for 30 years, said: ‘None of us asked for an immigrant centre on our doorsteps. Everybody in the area is complaining. If these men want to go to England, then send them to England.’

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Others have accused the Socialists of tokenism, saying they are simply opening the camps as a humanitarian gesture that will have no long term effect on Europe’s immigrant crisis. 

The official centre, which will include a football pitch, will only allow residents to stay for between five and 10 weeks, and is likely to shut down within two years.  Another centre for women with children will also open in the Paris suburb of Ivry-sur-Seine later this year, or early next, but it too will only have a limited capacity of 350 temporary places.

Meanwhile, French authorities have started transporting migrant children out of Calais to processing centres around France, amid tensions around the closure of the vast Jungle camp.

Three buses carried a group of unaccompanied boys, mainly teenagers, out of the camp on Wednesday morning. French authorities transferred more than 5,000 adult migrants out of Calais last week, but the fate of its 1,500 unaccompanied children remained unclear.

Migrants from the Middle East and Africa converged on the Jungle in hopes of crossing the English Channel to Britain.

President Francois Hollande said this week that the children would be transferred within days to ‘dedicated centres’ where British officials can explore whether they have the right to UK asylum.

Mr .Hollande said the others would be put in the care of French child welfare services.

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Rich bimbo who wants stricter gun control laws in the US gets robbed at gunpoint in strict gun-controlled France

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian: ““I’m not a gun person,” she said. “I think we need gun control. We don’t have strict enough gun control laws.

From TMZ: Armed gunmen broke into Kim Kardashian‘s Paris apartment, taped her mouth shut and stole more than $10 million in jewelry.

There were 5 gunmen, posing as cops, who threatened the concierge and made him open the door to her room. Our sources say at least 2 gunmen bound and gagged Kim with handcuffs and tape and then put her in the bathtub. We’re told Kim begged them to spare her life, telling them she had babies at home.

The gunmen knew exactly what they were doing … we’re told they beelined it for her jewelry and took a $4.5 million ring and a jewelry box.

After the gunmen left she was able to break out of the restraints and called for help. We’re told Kim was badly shaken but unharmed, calling it “the worst moment in my life.” She was interviewed by police and then hurriedly left Paris by private jet.

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FYI: Gun laws in France.

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Deeply unpopular Hollande calls for France to ’embrace’ Islam and rejects calls for a nationwide burkini ban

President Unpopular

President Unpopular

From Daily Mail: Islam can co-exist with secularism, President Francois Hollande said Thursday, warning in a speech seen as preparing the ground for a re-election bid that the anti-terror fight should not undermine French values.

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The deeply unpopular Hollande has yet to announce whether he will run for a second term next year, but is widely expected to be a candidate. In a passionate plea for tolerance, he defended the country’s Muslim minority following a vitriolic debate on the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit. ‘Nothing in the idea of secularism opposes the practice of Islam in France, provided it respects the law,’ Hollande said. Secularism was not a ‘state religion’ to be used against other religions, he said in the speech in Paris, denouncing the ‘stigmatisation of Muslims’.

Mayors in around 30 towns this summer cited France’s century-old secular laws in banning head-to-toe swimwear on their beaches, unleashing a furore. Several of the towns later revoked the bans after France’s highest administrative court ruled they were a ‘serious’ violation of basic freedoms.

The oh-so-attractive burkini

The oh-so-attractive burkini

Hollande rejected calls by conservatives, including his arch-rival, former president Nicolas Sarkozy, for the state to ban the burkini, saying it would be ‘unconstitutional’. 

Asking whether Islam could co-exist with secularism, like Christianity and Judaism, he insisted: ‘My answer is yes, certainly.’ ‘The question the Republic must answer is: Is it really ready to embrace a religion that it did not expect to be this big over a century ago? There too, my answer is yes, certainly.’

In a wide-ranging address Hollande cast himself as a guardian of democracy, resisting calls for more repressive laws following a string of jihadist attacks that have left over 230 people dead in France since January 2015.

The authorities this week launched another anti-terror investigation, following the discovery of six gas cylinders in an abandoned car near Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. Seven people are being held over the find, which comes two months after a Tunisian radical slammed a lorry into a crowd of Bastille Day revellers in Nice, killing 86 people. Hollande said attack plots had been foiled ‘in recent days’ but did not elaborate.

The government has responded to the threat by deploying thousands of troops to patrol the streets, enacting a raft of anti-terror laws and repeatedly extending a state of emergency – measures deemed insufficient by the conservative opposition.

Sarkozy, who has announced a bid to try to win back the presidency in next year’s election, has called for suspected radicals to be interned in camps. The former president responded late Thursday to Hollande’s comments, saying that ‘democracy can’t be weak. We are France, we cannot accept impotence.’

Sarkozy, putting himself forward as a strong contrast to Hollande, added; ‘I want to be president of a Republic which will protect the French people and which will defend France.’

Hollande warned that France could not sacrifice its core values of liberty, equality and fraternity. ‘The declaration of human rights is not some old scroll to be framed and hung in reception rooms,’ he said. ‘Did the Patriot Act and Guantanamo protect Americans from the (terrorist) threat? No,’ he said, declaring: ‘Democracy is our weapon.’

Polls predict a drubbing for the 62-year-old Socialist if he throws his hat in the ring again after five years marked by stubbornly high unemployment and only timid attempts at reform. Hollande has deferred his decision on whether to run until December.

A poll published Tuesday showed he would only get between 11 and 15 percent in the first round of voting. A separate survey for BFMTV Wednesday showed 88 percent of the French opposed to Hollande standing again.

Three of Hollande’s former ministers have already announced their own presidential bids. They could soon be joined by ambitious former economy minister Emmanuel Macron, who resigned from government last week.

Despite his own camp being in disarray Hollande has cast himself as a unifying force at the helm of the state. ‘When there is danger we must come together,’ he said. Prime Minister Manuel Valls praised the speech, saying Hollande had set out his vision with ‘new vitality’.

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Cannes bans full-body ‘burkini’ swimsuits from beaches

Some people are upset about a burkini ban. Heaven forbid they get upset about how those who practice Islam actually treat women.

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From USA Today: The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits from its beaches, citing security reasons — a measure some are decrying as a discriminatory anti-Muslim move that only worsens religious tensions.

The ban on “burkinis,” at the height of the French Riviera’s vacation season, comes as France remains on edge after deadly Islamic extremist attacks on nearby Nice and on a Catholic church in northwest France.

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard issued an ordinance in late July forbidding beachwear that doesn’t respect “good morals and secularism.” It notes that swimwear “manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target of terrorist attacks, could create risks of trouble to public order.”

A City Hall official said the measure, in effect until the end of August, could apply to burkini-style swimsuits. Violators risk a $42 fine.

The mayor calls the burkini “the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion.” In an interview published Friday in Nice-Matin newspaper, Lisnard said the measure could also apply to saris worn by Indian bathers, because the clothing could hamper rescuers’ efforts to save them in an emergency.

The Cannes beach ban is just the latest of many French measures seen as singling out Islam, the country’s No. 2 religion, in the name of official secularism.

Last week, the mayor of a town outside Marseille banned a swimming day for women at a local park, citing a risk to public order because swimmers were required to cover up from chest to knee. The association Smile 13 organized the event for women, girls and boys, asking swimmers respect the Islamic notion of “awra,” a reference to parts of the body to be hidden.

French law already forbids face-covering veils anywhere in public, and headscarves in public schools. Proponents say the laws preserve secular values and protect women from religious oppression. But critics say they’ve deepened the religious divide, and Islamic State extremists say the laws are justification for attacking France.

The local branch of the Human Rights League warned that Cannes’ “burkini” ban could further alienate French Muslims.

The Collective Against Islamophobia in France said it’s filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Cannes measure. It urged tolerance, noting that Muslims made up about a third of the 85 victims of the July 14 truck attack on the Nice seafront. Two weeks later, after extremists killed a Catholic priest near Rouen, Muslims across France attended Mass in a symbol of solidarity and a denunciation of terrorism.

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Mother and her three daughters, aged between 8 and 14, are stabbed by ‘Muslim’ man in French holiday resort because they were ‘scantily dressed’

Religion of Pieces strikes again.

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From Daily Mail: A mother and her three daughters were reportedly stabbed while on holiday in France because they were ‘scantily dressed’. A knifeman attacked the woman and her three daughters, aged eight, 12, and 14, in the village of Garda-Colombe near Laragne-Monteglin, in south-east France, at around 10.30 yesterday morning.

The attacker, named locally as Moroccan-born Mohamed Boufarkouch, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody. 

Local reports suggest the Boufarkouch attacked the victims because they were ‘scantily dressed’. The victims are believed to have been wearing shorts and t-shirts at the time.   It is also understood that the victims were known to the attacker and his family as they were staying next door to each other in the holiday village.  The victims, who have not been named, were attacked while eating breakfast at the holiday village.

Local mayor Edmond Francou, told Le Parisien that the attacker was on holiday with his own family, including two children, from their home in Yvelines, near Paris.

At a press conference, the Prosecutor said so far there was no motive.

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However local reports suggest the attacker had made references about the woman and children being ‘too lightly dressed’. Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the nearby town, said the attacker was upset because the victims were wearing shorts and t-shirts. French TV channel TF1 said he ‘may have acted out of religious motives’.

A small folding knife with a blade measuring from 8 to 10 centimeters was found at the scene.  Boufarkouch, who is now in custody, has been known to police for at least 15 years. He reportedly fled after the attack, leaving behind his family and his wife ‘in tears’.  The mayor suggested Boufarkouch, who lives with his family in Yvelines, west Paris, could be ‘pyschologically sick’ and he is set to be seen by a psychiatrist today.

The eight-year-old victim was the most severely wounded in the attack and remains in a critical condition in hospital.  The mother reportedly suffered an injury to her sternum. French channel TF1 claimed the mother had helped the knifeman by bringing him medication when he fell ill on Monday.

Francois Hollande’s deputy chief of staff Christophe Pierrel said: ‘It is time to keep calm and let the investigators do their job.’

Karine Berger, member of the French National Assembly representing Hautes-Alpes, said she was shocked by the attack on a family holiday village. ‘This tragedy affects us all by the age of the victims and the circumstances,’ she said.

Laragne-Monteglin is 180 kilometers 110 miles northwest of Nice, where a Tunisian man killed 84 people last week by driving through a crowd on Bastille Day.

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