Posts Tagged ‘french’

French lawmaker Claude Goasguen, staunch Israel supporter, dies of virus aged 75

Claude Goasguen, a Republican deputy and long-time right-wing Parisian figure, died Thursday morning of a heart attack brought on by coronavirus, his family told AFP. In intensive care for the past 22 days because of coronavirus, the former mayor of Paris’s 16th arrondissement was said to have been in a “much better condition and was […]

FAMAS G2: The French Navy Updates its Bullpup

The FAMAS rifle was originally adopted for use with 55 grain ammunition, with a 1:12 inch rifling twist rate and, of course, a proprietary 25-round magazine. This was the F1 pattern. Further development of the rifle with an eye toward international sale led to the G1 pattern, with a 1:9 inch twist suited to the […]

French care homes face manslaughter investigation: Victims’ lawyer tells RT details of ‘scandal amid epidemic’

Several French retirees, with some as old as 96, died in nursing homes in Chaville, Clamart and Clichy-la-Garenne back in March and April, amidst the coronavirus epidemic that is still blighting France. Now, their families have rolled out a criminal lawsuit against the care facilities. According to local media citing an announcement by the public […]

‘Desperate even before Covid-19’: Underequipped French nurses roast Macron at Paris hospital

French President Emmanuel Macron was met with an angry reception when he came to visit the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris this Friday. Talking to the healthcare staff, he told them not to let “good energy fall and despair set in,” but the morale-raising jibe didn’t play well with some of the nurses listening. READ MORE: […]

Top German politician wants to ‘urgently’ reopen French border despite Berlin’s reluctance to ease Covid-19 travel restrictions

“We urgently need to open the border with France,” Armin Laschet, minister president of the country’s North Rhine-Westphalia state, which borders France, told German media. The lockdown there ends on May 11. That would be a good time to send a signal to our neighbors that we are striving for a common European response to […]

French doctors say country’s first coronavirus case may have been in December

PARIS (AP) — French scientists say they may have identified a possible case of the new coronavirus dating back to December — about a month before the first cases were officially confirmed in Europe. In a study published in the International Journal of Microbial Agents, doctors at a hospital north of Paris reviewed retrospective samples […]

French Mayor Calls For Coronavirus ‘Health Passports’ To Enter Or Leave France

The mayor of Nice has called on French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to introduce new travel controls during the Coronavirus pandemic. Christian Estrosi wants “health passports” to be introduced in the parts of France which border other countries. RT reports: Estrosi posted the details of his letter on Facebook a day after PM Philippe unveiled […]

French PM unveils plan to ease Covid-19 lockdown citing risk of economic disaster, admits ‘second wave’ still possible

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Philippe said people will need to be cautious as the strict national lockdown ends to avoid setting off a second wave of infections which he said would “strike a weakened hospital fabric” and impose a “re-confinement” that would ruin progress made during the initial restriction period. Never in the history […]

Covid-19 mortality in French intensive care units THREE to FOUR TIMES HIGHER than official figures – report

Between 30 and 40 percent of all Covid-19 patients, who are transferred to intensive care units and are put on ventilators in France, are dying, a new study by the European Research Network on Artificial Ventilation (REVA) suggests. This figure is several times higher than the data revealed by Jerome Salomon, the director general for […]

French Gendarmerie C96: A German Pistol for the Occupation

This is lot #579 in the upcoming RIA Premier Auction. It was scheduled for April, but has been postponed – check their web site for upcoming Online Only auctions every month, though! In the immediate aftermath of World War One, it appears that the French government purchased 2,000 Mauser C96 pistols for use by occupation […]

Germans on French border go fishing to get their baguettes

VOLKLINGEN, Germany — German gourmets refuse to let a virus keep them from their favorite French pastries, with one even resorting to a fishing rod to reel in his baguettes. Residents in the German border town of Lauterbach are fond of popping across to neighboring Carling in France for their daily croissants. So when the […]

‘Why risk so many lives?’ asks French town councilor, as several mayors reported dead of coronavirus after non-banned election

On March 15, municipal elections were held across France as the country was battling the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The government decided to go ahead with the vote despite the fact that the nation had already seen thousands infected and the number of deaths linked to the dreaded disease was nearing 100. Also on […]

Almost HALF of French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier group tested positive for Covid-19

The Charles de Gaulle coronavirus tally surged by over 300 confirmed cases on Friday when the country’s military revealed new official figures. Speaking to the country’s National Assembly via video link, Defense Minister Florence Parly said that 2,010 tests had been carried out within the carrier group and 1,081 sailors tested positive. Some 545 of […]

‘I wasn’t elected for that!’ French mayor forced to run NAKED from his house after attack by angry local during lockdown

The bizarre confrontation started as a seemingly ordinary meeting between Pascal Houbron, the 53-year-old mayor of the town of Bihorel in France’s northern Normandy region, and one of the local residents on Tuesday morning.The official was conducting work meetings at home because the town hall is closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the meeting, […]

No Cannes do! French police turn away would-be holidaymakers fleeing London lockdown in private jet

The group of Croatian, German, French, Romanian, and Ukrainian nationals had planned to spend a few days on the French Riviera despite the fact that the country has been in lockdown since March 17. Their flight arrived last Saturday but the incident was only publicized by French police Thursday. The group of seven men, aged […]

French ‘Health’ Minister Complains About ‘Alarming’ Drop In Number Of Abortions During COVID-19 Lockdown

With some 7,000 COVID-19 patients still in ICU while France remains in a complete lockdown, its ‘Health’ Minister seems more concerned about “feedback” he’s received “showing that there is an alarming decrease in abortion procedures:” Olivier Véran, the Minister for Solidarities and Health, was asked April 1 in the French Senate to clarify whether measures […]

Google ‘seriously damaged’ French media sector, must negotiate compensation – antitrust regulator

On Thursday, the French antitrust watchdog, the Competition Authority, gave Google three months to negotiate with the country’s media companies on the amount of payment for displaying their protected content in Google’s search results. The US-based tech giant’s current practices “have likely constituted an abuse of its dominant position, and have caused serious and immediate […]

French authorities investigating deadly Lyon knife attack as Islamic terror

PARIS (AP) — French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation after a knife attack south of Lyon left two people dead on Saturday. In a statement, prosecutors said charges will be pressed later Wednesday against the assailant, who was arrested by police minutes after the attack as he was kneeling on the sidewalk praying […]

Cheesus crisis! ‘Cry of alarm’ as Covid-19 bites French cheese industry after coming for iconic wines

Producers of France’s top quality ‘protected designation of origin’ (PDO) cheeses are struggling to stay afloat, industry group Sodiaal warned in a statement on Wednesday. PDO cheeses have recorded a “drop in orders of 25 to 80 percent” since the beginning of France’s coronavirus lockdown measures came into force, the French dairy cooperative said. There […]

Two killed, several injured in stabbing attack in French town of Romans-sur-Isère

Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident in the town in southeastern France after the man launched the frenzied attack on Saturday morning. Two people died in the stabbing spree and at least five others were injured, Le Dauphine Libéré reports. Three of the injured people are in a critical condition. The provincial newspaper […]

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