In the latest confirmation of deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin canceled a visit to Paris next week after President Francois Hollande said he would see him only for talks on Syria.
Over the weekend, tensions emerged between Moscow and Paris after the Russian UN delegation vetoed a French-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria. French officials’ growing anger over a Russian-backed Syrian offensive against rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo had led them to reconsider whether to host Putin on Oct. 19, Reuters reports.
“I made it known to Mr Putin that if he came to Paris, I would not accompany him to any ceremonies, but that I was ready to continue the dialogue on Syria. He decided to postpone the visit,” a questuionably hospitable Francois Hollande said earlier at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
It is becoming increasingly apparent there is actually no reason for the UK to show up at the Brexit “negotiations”.
Judging from EU reactions from the “gang of 27”, and more recently from France and Germany there is no reason at all for the UK to show up.
The EU doesn’t want Brexit “negotiations”, the EU wants “blood revenge”
Please consider Hollande Demands Tough Brexit Negotiations
Britain should accept hundreds of migrant children from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp while continuing to fund £87 million worth of security measures around the port, the French President has said.
Speaking after making a pledge to close the camp by the end of the year, François Hollande said Britain “would be called upon” to help his plan to resolve the migrant crisis in northern France.
ARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande says he hopes authorities can relocate as many as 9,000 migrants massed in a squalid camp in Calais to reception centers across France in the coming weeks.
Hollande, visiting one of France’s 164 such reception centers in the city of Tours on Saturday, reiterated his pledge to shut the Calais camp, known as “the jungle.”
(AFP) – President Francois Hollande, under pressure from the right wing, on Saturday stepped up his pledge to combat illegal migration, vowing to dismantle a squalid settlement near Calais and prevent similar camps from becoming established in France.
“There will be no camps in France,” said Hollande, two days ahead of a maiden visit to the notorious “Jungle” settlement near Calais, where between 7,000 and 10,000 desperate migrants live.
Shortly after the latest terror attack on French soil by two ISIS “soldiers”, President Francois Hollande, who was roundly disparaged 12 days ago for the country’s lack of preparedness to the Nice truck terror attack which killed 84, vowed to wage war against the Islamic State “by every means“.
“We are confronted with a group, Daesh, which has declared war on us,” Hollande said, using an alternative name for Isis. “We have to wage war, by every means, (but through) upholding the law, which is because we are a democracy.”
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 26, 2016
Hollande was speaking in a lightning visit to the northern French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, just hours after the attack took place. Shortly after he spoke terror group Isis claimed responsibility saying that its “soldiers” had carried out the attack.
The French president has admitted delivering weapons to the Syrian rebels during a period of EU embargo, a new book about to be published in France reveals.
The deliveries took place in 2012, before the embargo was canceled in May 2013, according to François Hollande’s last year interview with journalist and writer Xavier Panon. “We began when we were certain they would end up in the right hands. For the lethal weapons it was our services who delivered them,” Hollande told the writer, AFP reports.
Panon used the interview in his book “In the Corridors of French Diplomacy” which comes out in France this month.
“[Hollande] may actually do it, but people will just start breaking the law. [Hollande] should start negotiating and stop making idle threats,” Hedley tells Loud & Clear host Brian Becker, referring to the French president’s threat to ban mass protests is real.
Asked why Hollande would make such threats if he can’t effectively stop the protests, Hedley notes that this move is hard for him to understand, but assumes the president is acting out of panic. The last demonstration in Paris involved, by some estimates, one million people, in addition to protests in other French provinces.
“He can’t honestly believe he can legislate this out of existence,” Hedley says.
Saudi Arabia on Sunday carried out its 70th execution so far this year.
(MIDDLEEASTEYE) President Francois Hollande has awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, to visiting Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the president’s office confirmed on Sunday.
The office had released no statement on the visit that took place Friday, but it was reported by the Saudi news agency SPA, which said Nayef was cited for his “efforts in the fight against terrorism and extremism”.
Remember when showing ‘progress’ in Europe was as simple as pointing to your high stock market or low bond yields to “prove” everything is awesome.
Since 2012, when Mr Hollande came to power, more than 600,000 people have joined the ranks of the unemployed at a time when joblessness has decreased in most of the other large European economies.
Well for Francois Hollande, the days of hiding behing manipulated data are over and the open kimono reveals a nation whose stability is wracked by record unemployment. In a desperate-for-re-election speech today, The FT reports that socialist leader Hollande admitted his policies needed reform and that France is an economic “state of emergency.”
And as predicted….
From the article:
“This is what we do not understand. The targets bombed by French warplanes were mostly abandoned by ISIL fighters.”
French authorities are still largely in the dark regarding how many people were ultimately involved in the attack and with suspected “mastermind” Abdelhamid Abaaoud out of reach in Syria, police are focused on locating Salah Abdeslam who allegedly helped with logistics and rented a black Volkswagen Polo used by the gunmen who stormed the Bataclan concert hall.
– France Prepares To Bomb Syria In Retaliation For Refugee Crisis (ZeroHedge, Sep 7, 2015):
Filed under ‘what the f##k?’, French President Francois Hollande is preparing for air strikes in Syria in a somewhat mind-numbing approach to to stem a flood of refugees from the Middle East into Europe. Using the always-ready excuse of “grappling with the threat of terrorism,” Bloomberg reports Hollande’s response to Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II by increasing the bombing of the very place from which the refugees are fleeing…
– The President Of France Wants Eurozone Members To Transfer Their Sovereignty To A United States Of Europe (Economic Collapse,. July 19, 2015):
The President of France has come up with a very creative way of solving the European debt crisis. On Sunday, a piece authored by French President Francois Hollande suggested that the ultimate solution to the problems currently plaguing Europe would be for every member of the eurozone to transfer all of their sovereignty to a newly created federal government. In other words, it would essentially be a “United States of Europe”. This federal government would have a prime minister, a parliament, a federal budget and a federal treasury. Presumably, the current national governments in Europe would continue to function much like state governments in the U.S. do. In the end, there may be some benefits to such a union – particularly for the weaker members of the eurozone. But at what cost would those benefits come?
Putin, Poroshenko ‘handshake’, Minsk talks behind the scenes
– Ukraine peace deal: Ceasefire starting February 15, removal of heavy weapons (RT, Feb 12, 2015):
An agreement has been brokered in Minsk to stop hostilities in Ukraine from Sunday. The deal was reached after marathon talks between the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, and signed by the Ukrainian rebels.
“I believe we agreed on a big deal. We agreed to a ceasefire starting at 00:00 on February 15,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told the media after the talks were finished.
“The main thing achieved is that from Saturday into Sunday there should be declared – without any conditions at all – a general ceasefire,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told journalists in a separate statement.
Just as the existing ‘truce’ in Ukraine has been made a total farce as 1000s of military and civilians have been killed, so any ‘hope’ that this weekend’s “peace efforts” will result in anything but more talk is rapidly diminishing… Germany’s Merkel exclaimed honestly that it’s “uncertain whether this will be successful,” seemingly resigned to the fact as she added, “but it’s at least worth making an attempt.” French President Hollande admitted that Ukraine’s eastern regions likely need “strong autonomy.” Ukraine’s Poroshenko blustered that he “trusts” Merkel, that the economy is collapsing (more money please), that the country does not need peacekeepers and a lack of arms is fueling conflict (so send us weapons) while pushing for a Russian withdrawal and quick cease-fire. Finally Vladimir Putin blasted that Russia is unwilling to tolerate a post-Cold War global system dominated by one absolute leader, to which US VP Joe Biden remarked simply “get out of Ukraine.”But apart from that, talks are going great…
Stocks rallied after hours on Friday on a spurious headline that peace talks were progressing…
That appears to be entirely false…