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Nantes: Riotous Assembly over an Ayrault-port

Nantes: Riotous Assembly over an Ayrault-port

Riots reminiscent of events in Kiev badly damaged the city of Nantes over the weekend as around 1000 leftist extremists battled police, water cannons and teargas at the end of a pacific tractor-led protest against 46-year-old plans to build a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of the city. The carnage and damage shocked many including […]

Ayraultport Warriors Hijack the French PM

Ayraultport Warriors Hijack the French PM

Angered farmers, local residents, eco-warriors and tree-dwelling squatters are embarrassing French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and fuelling tensions between Socialists and Greens in government as an increasingly confrontational 40-year-battle continues around Nantes over efforts to build a new airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. (This story has been updated  scroll to end) On November 10  skirmishes took  place at Rennes over […]

The Butcher and His Burqa are Back

The Butcher and His Burqa are Back

The Halal butcher from Nantes and his bevy of burqa-wearing “concubines” is back in the news and for all the wrong reasons. (Read more online French News here) A year ago Algerian-born Lies Hèbbadj, 36, hit the headlines just as government was discussing plans to outlaw the wearing of the burqa in public space. At the […]

‘Crottoirs’ or Fertiliser Factories?

‘Crottoirs’ or Fertiliser Factories?

It can’t all be blamed on the French poo-dle but with nearly 9 million pet dogs in the country, big city sidewalks are more than ankle deep in canine poo and les citoyens appear to be tiring of hop, skip, slip and slide. “Dégueulasse — Immonde — Ignoble — Abject — Abominable” – Disgusting, Dirty, […]

Muslim ‘Occupation’ Remark Sparks Rage

Muslim ‘Occupation’ Remark Sparks Rage

Remarks comparing Muslims who take over streets in parts of Paris and elsewhere for Friday prayers, with the Nazi German occupation of France during World War 11, have provoked outrage across the political spectrum as left and right jockey in the run-up to the 2012 presidential race. With predictably routine anger mainstream parties across the […]

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