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Gingrich praises Macron's response to Notre Dame fire

Gingrich praises Macron’s response to Notre Dame fire

Citing reconstruction efforts after World War II, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich expresses confidence that Notre Dame Cathedral will be restored to its former glory following devastating fire. #AmericasNewsroom #FoxNews FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC),…
Notre Dame Cathedral fire is out, French firefighters say

Notre Dame Cathedral fire is out, French firefighters say

Inspectors descend on the iconic Parisian landmark to check the cathedral's structural integrity following massive blaze; Greg Palkot reports. #AmericasNewsroom #FoxNews FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7,…
Live: French Interior Minister tours Notre Dame area after massive blaze

Live: French Interior Minister tours Notre Dame area after massive blaze

France's Interior Minister surveys the neighborhood surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral, where a massive fire took the building's iconic spire as well as much of the roof yesterday. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN),…
French billionaires pledge $339 million to help rebuild Notre Dame

French billionaires pledge $339 million to help rebuild Notre Dame

The billionaires behind many of France's top luxury brands have pledged $339 million to help reconstruct Paris' Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. LVMH Group (LVMHF), which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy, said that the company, along…
Notre Dame's iconic spire collapses in cathedral fire

Notre Dame’s iconic spire collapses in cathedral fire

Onlookers caught the heartbreaking moment as Paris' historic 12th-century cathedral burns. #FoxNews FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, and the direct-to-consumer streaming service, FOX Nation. FOX…

France, Spain and Belgium ‘ready for no-deal Brexit next week’

The diplomatic cable reveals that the French ambassador secured the support of Spanish and Belgian colleagues in arguing that there should only be, at most, a short article 50 extension to avoid an instant financial crisis, saying: “We could probably extend for a couple of weeks to prepare ourselves in the markets.” The chances of Theresa May’s proposal of an extension to 30 June succeeding appeared slim as France’s position in the private diplomatic meeting was echoed by an official statement reiterating its opposition to any further Brexit delay without a clear British plan. Tusk is pushing the EU to offer at a summit next Wednesday what he has described as a “flextension” in which the UK would be given a year-long extension with an option to come out early if the deal is ratified. Responding to May’s letter publicly, France’s secretary of state for European affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, told the Guardian in a statement: “The European council took a clear decision on 21 March … Another extension requires the UK to put forward a plan with clear and credible political backing.” The council would then define the necessary conditions attached to that extension, she said. “[I]n the absence of such a plan, we would have to acknowledge that the UK chose to leave the EU in a disorderly manner.” According to the diplomatic cable of the EU27 meeting, the French ambassador said he “failed to see in Theresa May’s letter any argument in favour of a long extension”. “Some member states insisted on the need to have a clear UK plan before granting a long extension,” the source added. “There are positive elements to the letter,” the ambassador added. France, with the agreement of the Belgian and Spanish ambassadors, agreed that the current position coming from London did not meet these conditions. A senior EU official briefing the ambassadors conceded there were concerns about a tweet earlier on Friday by the Conservative MP and chairman of the Eurosceptic European Research Group, Jacob Rees-Mogg, stating that the British government should disrupt the EU from within in the event of a long extension of EU membership. “The tweet of Jacob Rees-Mogg showed what they are capable of.” Earlier in the day a European commission spokesman played down the impact of Rees-Mogg’s remarks. “We hope for more clarity from London before next Wednesday.”

‘The Brexodus is under way’: meet the Brits leaving the UK

Nearly three years after the EU referendum, I no longer feel the same connection. Then Brexit happened. People who were aware of my plan to move to Greece, people whose children are dating foreign nationals, how could they vote for Brexit? I don’t want to say I’ll never come back to the UK because I will always be British. I started to think about going back to Europe the next day. I stopped speaking to people who voted leave. Everyone keeps saying we don’t know what people voted for. We’re lucky – some of our friends here have only British passports and are worried that they will be told to go home. They are sad about Brexit, but have moved on. We’re sorry we asked you to do the same thing every other country was doing!” Maybe now the politicians will realise the world is bigger than Great Britain.

Playground politics: ‘Yellow Vests vs. Police’ game hitting French schoolyards

Get short URL As France experiences its worst turmoil in decades, a new craze is sweeping French schoolyards. Alongside football, tag, and hopscotch, perceptive kids are taking sides in a new game at recess: Yellow Vests against the police. “The Yellow Vests are the bad guys, they break the shop windows, so we fight between the bad guys and the policemen,” explained 6-year-old Adam, a schoolboy in Paris’ 8th District, to France’s BFM TV. Admitting he preferred to play as a Yellow Vest because less running was involved, Adam said that he chooses not to shout anti-government slogans alongside his friends because he ‘doesn’t agree’ with them. "Gilets jaunes contre CRS", le nouveau jeu des écoliers dans les cours de récré — BFMTV (@BFMTV) January 22, 2019 Since November 17, the Yellow Vest movement has been staging weekly protests, initially against proposed fuel hikes. However, it has since morphed to include wider discontent against the “reform” agenda of President Emmanuel Macron, which critics say favor the country’s elites. “One hears 'Macron resignation' all day long in the yard, and even in class,” one teacher, known as Emma, told the station. She added that the school was eventually forced to ban the song, explaining to the pupils that they should not say such things as they are too young to vote. Yellow Vests ‘the consequence of the corporate world taking over’ – Kusturica to RT The slogan has become a regular war cry at the weekly Yellow Vest demonstrations and forms the chorus of a popular song written about the movement by rapper Kopp Johnson, which has received almost 18 million views on YouTube. Instead, she advises teachers to have frank discussions with children about the topic and explain to them the difference between genuine protesters and “saboteurs,” the name given to those who only want to cause trouble with the police.

Romania EU Presidency, Yellow Vests, Brexit | Raw Politics

Aa Aa Yellow Vest Protests in France pick up steam After a hiatus over the festive season, demonstrators were back in action across France as the Yellow Vest movement gains momentum again. Meanwhile, protests are spreading to cities across Europe, with security personnel in Berlin demanding better pay and trade unions, while protesters in Belgium were blocking roads and calling for better treatment of transport workers. US government shutdown continues Across the pond, US lawmakers are at loggerheads over a Trump demand for the funding of a border wall with Mexico. The government is now entering its third week of being partially shut down. The Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives with Nancy Pelosi taking over as House Speaker while the deadlock with Republicans set to continue. EU-Romania spat overshadows bloc Presidency Romania has become president of the bloc for the next six months, but disagreements with the EU are set to overshadow their reign.

The Politics of Fury

The “Yellow Vests” movement in France was unexpected. “Macron get out!” was the main slogan of the Yellow Vests. The Yellow Vests claim to be the people; they express the popular will directly. Yellow Vests leaders cynically admit this fact in their oft-repeated media slogans: “We firmly condemn violence, but we have to admit that it is efficient.” Indeed, their violence was instrumental in the retreat of the government. According to a national poll in December 2017, 35 percent of respondents believe that the American government took part in the Sept. 11 attacks, a statement that attracted 47 percent belief among young people (ages 18-34). Even after it was established that it was an Islamist attack that killed five people, many Yellow Vests stuck to some version of this conspiracy theory (“a highly suspicious coincidence”). The far right is the only political force that survives on the ruins of the party system, and therefore the only one benefiting from the Yellow Vests movement. To be back in the political game, it seems she just has to whisper the magic words: The Yellow Vests are “the Forgotten.” Meanwhile the vocal support of LFI for the Yellow Vests brings it nothing, despite the inflammatory declaration of its leaders. Except that the politics of fury Macron is facing is not only French. The outcome of a populist anti-European majority in the European Parliament could be a partial or larger collapse of the EU, which would usher in a new and terrifying form of chaos that most Europeans have not experienced in their lifetimes.