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Official Says Air Algérie Flight Plummeted 10,000 Meters in 3 Minutes

New information by investigators suggests the Air Algérie flight AH5017 dropped 10,000 meters in 3 minutes when it hit a storm. French authorities have not yet ruled out any explanations for the crash but said that bad weather was an important factor in the accident. Burkina Faso officials said radar images produced by air traffic control show that there was a storm in the plane’s path and that the pilot first tried to fly around[Read More…]

New Sanctions Won’t Block France-Russia Warship Deal

The French government has said that it will push ahead with its warship contract with Russia, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to scrap the deal. The government’s announcement to go ahead with the 1.2 billion euro deal came just before the EU began outlining the new round of sanctions against Russia last week. The French naval defense company DCNS signed a deal with Russian defense exporting company Rosoboronexport in June 2011[Read More…]

French Foreign Minister Says Israel’s Right to Self-Defense Does not Justify “Massacres”

“How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Strong words came from the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this morning, condemning what he described as excessive use of force by Israel in the conflict in Gaza. The statement underlined Israel’s right to defend itself, but Fabius said this does not justify “the killing of children and the massacre of civilians.” Fabius drew attention to the recent[Read More…]

Pro-Palestinian Marches in Paris Continue Despite Government Ban

Another pro-Palestinian protest took place in France’s capital Saturday August 2, despite the fact that such protests have been banned. Last weekend over 70 people were arrested after another pro-Palestinian demonstration turned violent in Paris. According to police and organizers, between 4,000 and 10,000 people gathered at Place de la République to demonstrate against Israel’s attack of the Gaza strip, Operation Protective Edge. Young demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at riot police, who responded with tear gas.[Read More…]

by August 2, 2014 0 comments Breaking News, Up To The Minute

The Last Newspaper Vendor: an Unlikely Celebrity of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

PARIS – Seeing Ali Akbar selling Le Monde on the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is startling. Not simply because he is often calling out his own headlines like, “Monica Lewinsky pregnant by Obama! She’s got twins!” or “Sarkozy converts to Islam!” But when was the last time you saw someone selling paper newspapers on foot in the street? Akbar admits, “it’s just me now.” When he began in Paris 42 years ago, he was one of[Read More…]

by July 29, 2014 0 comments Up To The Minute