Rioters take to the streets of Paris the day after French election to protest the new president’s ‘capitalist’ agenda

Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron who has talked up a hard Brexit faced his first test today when a hard-left demonstration in the French capital descended into a riot. Communists and revolutionary groups clashed with heavily armed riot police in the centre of Paris. Thousands of demonstrators gathered at the Place de la Republique calling for ‘resistance’ to President Macron’s ‘capitalist’ agenda of employment and benefits reforms. There were ugly scenes, as riot police pushed protestors back using batons and tear gas. The march paused on the traditional 2km route to Place de la Bastille – the scene if the first throws of the 1789 French Revolution – where bottles and missiles were thrown at riot police. Squadrons of heavily armed officers responded by firing tear gas and baton charges. France’s new President-elect has vowed to be a tough negotiator. He has described Britain’s decision to leave the EU as ‘a crime’, and is in favour of a so-called hard Brexit that will see the UK kept out of the single market…….Read More


FRENCH ELECTION: Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron through to final vote

Polls released by the Interior Minister handed Ms Le Pen the victory with 23.6 per cent of the vote compared to Mr Macron’s 22.7 per cent, but in the last few moments they have changed to show Mr Macron is slightly in front. Some of France’s major cities are yet to return their votes, but Ms Le Pen issued a stirring speech in which she promised to end mass immigration and the “free circulation of terrorists”. She said: “I accept the responsibility of taking part in the second round of voting with humility and gratitude. “I would like to express to you that this is an historic result and now we have an enormous responsibility to defend the French culture…..Read More

Marine Le Pen Speech: ‘I will stop mass immigration and free the French people

Emmanuel Macron promises to transform French politics – as he refuses to mention Le Pen

RIOTS IN PARIS: Anti-fascists fight armed police after French Election results announced

France prepares to vote for new president amid high security

France is preparing to vote in its presidential election on Sunday, amid high security after a deadly attack on Paris police three days ago. About 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers are being deployed across the country to secure polling. Eleven candidates are vying to be the country’s next president, with leading candidates spanning the political spectrum from far-left to far-right. The two with the most votes will go to a run-off round in a fortnight’s time. Polling stations in France open at 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT), although some overseas territories began the voting on Saturday. Voting ends at 20:00, with exit polls expected quickly afterwards……Read More

How the Champs-Elysees attack unfolded: Witnesses describe the moment terror struck on one of the most iconic avenues in the world as ISIS gunman opened fire on police

Eyewitnesses have told of the confusion, panic and terror that erupted on the streets of the Champs-Elysees in Paris last night when an ISIS terrorist opened fire on police. Parisians were forced to cower in restaurants and flee in fear of their lives as Karim Cheurfi, 39, shot dead one policeman and wounded two other officers. The Kalashnikov-wielding gunman, who used the war name ‘Abu Yousuf the Belgian’, also injured a foreign female tourist when a bullet ricocheted off the police car. Scores of tourists were seen running into side streets, some in tears, as the attack unfolded in the French capital’s popular shopping district. ‘People were running, bumping into each other and crashing into tables’, said a 39-year-old woman who had been dining in a restaurant off the boulevard bustling with visitors. Some took cover in restaurants or shops, while others ran into cinemas to get off the strip that is nicknamed ‘the most beautiful avenue in the world.’…..Read More

TTIP talks are ‘likely to stop’, say officials, as François Hollande signals France will reject deal

European consumer rights activists take part in a march to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, austerity and poverty in Brussels

Talks over the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement could be about to fail after France threatened to block the deal. Paris officials have said negotiations between the US and EU are “likely to stop” amid significant disagreements between the two sides over the free-trade agreement. President Hollande has said he will “never accept” the deal in its current guise because of the rules it enforces on France and the rest of Europe – particularly in relation to farming and culture – claiming they are too friendly to US business. Read Article

A M5.2 is the strongest quake to hit France since April 1914

imageA very rare magnitude 5.2 earthquake hit close to the French city of La Rochelle and port town of Rochefort on Thursday, in the strongest quake to hit mainland France since April 1914, the Central French Seismic Office said. The powerful quake, which lasted several seconds, struck at 8:46am local time (0645 GMT), causing buildings to shake. The epicentre was between La Rochelle and the popular tourist town of Rochefort in the Charente-Maritime region. Read Article

France to restrict movement of cash, gold and crypto-currencies

55120The French authorities have been taking drastic measures to strengthen the control of cash payments. Measures will also be taken in relation to gold sales and the movement of any tangible goods, Pravda.Ru reports.  French Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced a drastic tightening of the use of cash in France. According to Le Parisien, French citizens will be strictly monitored from September 2015 if they make payments in cash. According to new rules, the limit on cash payments will be reduced from 3,000 to 1,000 euros. Tourists will be able to pay up to 10,000 euros in cash, with the current restriction of 15,000 euros. Read Article