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"We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions | Zero Hedge

"We Can Put Refugees On Buses": Leaked Memo Shows Erdogan Blackmailed Europe For Billions | Zero Hedge | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
If there’s anything we’ve learned over the past twelve months it’s that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to employ all manner of nefarious tactics in order to preserve his grip on power in Ankara.

Following unfavorable election results last June, Erdogan plunged the country into civil war be restarting a long simmering battle with the PKK and proceeded to crack down on journalists and anyone else critical of the ruling AKP. Ultimately, new elections were called and AKP put up a stronger showing, effectively paving the way for Erdogan to rewrite Turkey’s constitution and install an executive presidency.

But Erdogan’s bullying isn’t confined to his domestic political agenda. Greek media has obtained an internal memo which suggests the Turkish strongman effectively blackmailed the EU by demanding cash payments in exchange for efforts to curb the flow of migrants into Western Europe. “We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses,” Erdogan allegedly said, on the way to demanding $3 billion per year in aid.
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Migration flow from Turkey must be reduced: France, Germany | French News | Expatica France

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The massive flow of migrants and refugees into Europe must be slowed through closer cooperation with Turkey, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere stressed that the migrant crisis which erupted last year is a real "danger" for Europe's Schengen border-free zone.

The goal "cannot just be to register arriving refugees and to relocate them equitably (but above all) to reduce the flow," de Maiziere said after a two-day visit to registration facilities in Greece.

The German minister called for efforts to "intensify" the repatriation "of those not requiring protection," meaning economic migrants not fleeing war zones.

To this end, Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroublis said all sides had agreed to label Turkey "a third-party country of safe passage."

Both de Maiziere and his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve stressed that there was room for improvement in coordinating security databases on Europe's borders.

Data from the passport-free Schengen zone must include "terrorism (records) by police and intelligence agencies, and conditions must be created to link the Schengen system to other criminal records," Cazeneuve told reporters.

France will contribute experts in the growing fight against passport forgery among exiles desperate to reach Europe, while Germany will send a hundred extra police and two patrol boats, the ministers said.

Facing its gravest migration challenge since World War II and beset with internal divisions on the issue, the European Union has been struggling for a response to the crisis since last year.
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Facebook's War on Freedom of Speech

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.... In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook at a UN development summit in New York. As they sat down, Chancellor Merkel's microphone, still on, recorded Merkel asking Zuckerberg what could be done to stop anti-immigration postings being written on Facebook. She asked if it was something he was working on, and he assured her it was.
At the time, perhaps the most revealing aspect of this exchange was that the German Chancellor -- at the very moment that her country was going through one of the most significant events in its post-war history -- should have been spending any time worrying about how to stop public dislike of her policies being vented on social media. But now it appears that the discussion yielded consequential results.
Last month, Facebook launched what it called an "Initiative for civil courage online," the aim of which, it claims, is to remove "hate speech" from Facebook -- specifically by removing comments that "promote xenophobia." Facebook is working with a unit of the publisher Bertelsmann, which aims to identify and then erase "racist" posts from the site. The work is intended particularly to focus on Facebook users in Germany...

The mass movement of millions of people -- from across Africa, the Middle East and further afield -- into Europe has happened in record time and is a huge event in its history. As events in Paris, Cologne and Sweden have shown, it is also by no means a series of events only with positive connotations.

As well as being fearful of the security implications of allowing in millions of people whose identities, beliefs and intentions are unknown and -- in such large numbers -- unknowable, many Europeans are deeply concerned that this movement heralds an irreversible alteration in the fabric of their society. Many Europeans do not want to become a melting pot for the Middle East and Africa, but want to retain something of their own identities and traditions. Apparently, it is not just a minority who feel concern about this. Poll after poll shows a significant majority of the public in each and every European country opposed to immigration at anything like the current rate.

The sinister thing about what Facebook is doing is that it is now removing speech that presumably almost everybody might consider racist -- along with speech that only someone at Facebook decides is "racist."

And it just so happens to turn out that, lo and behold, this idea of "racist" speech appears to include anything critical of the EU's current catastrophic immigration policy.

By deciding that "xenophobic" comment in reaction to the crisis is also "racist," Facebook has made the view of the majority of the European people (who, it must be stressed, are opposed to Chancellor Merkel's policies) into "racist" views, and so is condemning the majority of Europeans as "racist." This is a policy that will do its part in pushing Europe into a disastrous future.

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EU Migants: Finnish President calls for rethink of the Geneva Convention

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Too many migrants are using the ‘outdated’ Geneva Convention to enter Europe when they are not in genuine need, Finland’s president has warned.
Sauli Niinisto called for a rethink of the 1951 UN treaty that obliges signatories – including Britain – to offer sanctuary to those fleeing danger.
He said it was not right that anyone could say the word ‘asylum’ on arrival and have the right to cross into Europe.
Finland's president Sauli Niinisto, has described the 1951 Geneva Convention as 'outdated' and wants the mechanism changed to place additional restrictions on asylum seekers looking to move to Europe
His comments came as the European Commission warned that the huge influx of refugees into Europe could trigger a new economic crisis. Addressing politicians at the opening of parliament in Helsinki, Mr Niinisto said the migrant crisis posed a serious threat to Western values and called for tougher rules to stop those moving simply in search of a better life.

Mr Niinisto said: ‘Migration is a serious problem. Europe, Finland, the western way of thinking and our values have all been challenged by it. This is a stark transformation. Just a few years ago we were exporting our values and regarded them as unquestionable, now we are having to consider whether even we ourselves can preserve them.’
The Finnish leader said the majority of asylum seekers were not fleeing immediate danger. The Geneva Convention, signed by 145 countries in the aftermath of the Second World War, has been criticised for preventing migrants being returned to Turkey because it does not recognise the rights of refugees from the Middle East. It also takes no account of the impact of large numbers of asylum seekers on the nations they arrive in. Mr Niinisto said: ‘The flow of immigration into Europe and Finland is largely a case of migration rather than a flight from immediate danger.
‘All estimates predict that the flow of people will increase this year. This is challenging the ability of western democracies to help and also challenging the very structures underlying the idea of Europe.
‘The international rules were drawn up and their interpretation evolved under quite different circumstances.
‘I feel sure that if these international regulations, and the national regulations based on them, were drawn up now, their content would be fundamentally more stringent, while still taking account of human rights and helping those in need.’
Mr Niinisto said there were ‘no good options’, but insisted leaders had to ask themselves ‘whether we aim to protect Europe’s values and people – and those who are truly in acute danger – or inflexibly stick to the letter of our international obligations with no regard for the consequences’.
Last night the European Commission warned of fresh economic turbulence if the flow of migration continued. In a report, it said the ‘unprecedented inflow’ presented a ‘major political challenge’.
Another million people driven from their homes by conflict are expected in Europe this year. But failure to deal with it could derail the already fragile economy, said eurocrats. ‘The public perception of the increased number of refugees could impact negatively on economic confidence and thereby lower the growth momentum of private consumption,’ said the report.

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France: 25 migrant networks dismantled over year | Fox News - AP

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France's top security official said investigators have dismantled 25 migrant smuggling networks in the country's north in the past year.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said about 700 people were involved in the networks in the Calais region, temporary home to about 4,000 migrants camped in squalid conditions on the edge of the Channel in hopes of slipping across to a better life in England.

Speaking Thursday to Europe 1 radio, Cazeneuve also defended his ban on protests in Calais, which he said was imposed in response to a demonstration in support of migrants that ended with a group of people breaking into the port and boarding a ship. He said the unrest showed the risks were too great of confrontations involving both pro-migrant activists, and extremists on the right.
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Backlash grows to Schengen backlash

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The migration crisis and anxieties about terrorism have brought into pointed focus the political and security costs of a borderless Europe.
Now pressure to tighten controls at frontiers and possibly gut the Schengen accord that created a passport-free continent is highlighting another cost — the economic one of reinstating Europe’s borders.
It is huge, say the EU pols who want to keep Schengen, as well as businesses that profit from the smooth movement of people and products around the EU.
Every day, some 3.5 million people cross the borders between the 22 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland in the Schengen zone. Almost 1.7 million people in Europe work in one Schengen country and live in another. Every year, a couple of trillion euros in goods and services moves around this area.

France Stratégie, the government economic agency, said France would suffer losses between €1 billion and €2 billion annually in the short term if Europe returns to borders. Tourism would shrink by €500 million to €1 billion a year, while the negative impact on trade would amount to between €60 million and €120 million annually.

In the longer term, the economic effects could even result in a 0.5 percent cut in France’s annual economic growth, or about €10 billion, according to France Stratégie.

The champions of a borderless Europe are invoking the economic case to make the political one for keeping Schengen.

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France - After taxis, French Uber drivers plan their own protest

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After a headline-grabbing taxi protest last week against the inexorable rise of private chauffeur apps like Uber, some French drivers will launch a counter demonstration on Wednesday to protest against long hours and low pay.

The drivers are worried that the government, which promised it would increase spot checks on minicabs potentially breaking the law, is too keen to appease the protesting taxi drivers.

Others, who blame the apps companies for making a bad situation worse, are boycotting the event.

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The demonstration is being actively supported by the app companies – including US giant Uber and French app Chauffeurs Privées – who have called on their drivers, and companies that use their services, to take part.

“We need a real debate over how we can repay taxi drivers the cost of their licenses, and for private-hire drivers to have a future,” Joseph François, protest organiser and head of the Alternative Mobilité Transport (AMT) association, told reporters.

Taxi licences, which are sold by retiring cabbies to youngsters entering the market, can fetch up to 240,000 euros, while the required training to become a private hire driver costs less than 2,000 euros.
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Nearly One in Five Muslims Think There Are 'Too Many Jews' in France - Breitbart

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Nearly 20 per cent of Muslims living in France think there are too many Jews in the country, a survey by the French Judaism Foundation has discovered.

In an 18-month long Ipsos survey on “living together”, published in Le Journal de Dimanche, researchers interviewed French people from a variety of backgrounds on their views on race and religion.

In results that will likely cause further concern to France’s embattled Jewish community, investigators found that nearly one in five Muslims believe there are “too many Jews” living in the country, while the wider population also seems to be suspicious.

The Jewish population of France is around half a million, compared to just under five million Muslims.

Among the wider French population, 91 per cent said Jews were “very insular”, while just over half said they had “a lot of power”. Meanwhile, one in 10 Jewish respondents said they had been the victim of a physical assault due to their religion
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France and Netherlands seal historic 160 mn euro Rembrandt purchase

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France and the Netherlands signed a historic deal Monday acquiring two large Rembrandt portraits for 160 million euros ($174 million), the French culture ministry announced.

The agreement, signed by French culture minister Fleur Pellerin and her Dutch counterpart Jet Bussemaker seals the multi-million dollar deal agreed upon in September for two of the Dutch master's works.

The acquisition -- costing the Louvre 80 million euros -- is the largest ever made by a French museum.

The portraits, dating from 1634, are of prominent Dutchman Marten Soolmans and his future wife Oopjen Coppit, both wearing black with white lace on the eve of their marriage.

The ministry said in a statement that the two works will be unveiled at the Louvre "in the coming weeks" before being shipped off to the Netherlands for restoration.

The works will then be shared between the Paris museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam which both house some of the largest public art collections in the world.

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France: ‘Major Risk’ of Islamic State Jihadis Among Migrants from Libya - Breitbart

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Islamic State terrorists hiding among migrants traveling from Libya to Lampedusa are a “major risk” for Europe, according to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

In an interview on French television Sunday, Le Drian said that there is an “urgent” need for a political solution in Libya where “Daesh is being established.” Reports suggest that Islamic State fighters in Libya now number in the thousands.

“I’ve been very worried about Libya since September, 2014,” Le Drian said. “There they are, just 200 miles from Lampedusa, and they are expanding.”

The French minister added that “when the Mediterranean weather is good, there is a risk that [ISIL fighters] will make the crossing, mingling with migrants. It is a major risk.”

Le Drian also expressed his concern that the military struggle in Iraq and Syria, where ISIL has conquered vast swathes of territory, could spread to Libya, where the jihadists have already established an important stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte, as well as a presence in Derna to the east.

“Everyone is aware of the risk that the conflict in Syria and Iraq, where we are seeing some positive results, spreads to become a new conflict in Libya,” Le Drian said.
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France fears ISIL crossing Mediterranean with migrants- World Bulletin

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ISIL fighters hiding among migrants travelling from Libya to Italy pose a "major risk" to Europe, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Sunday. 
Le Drian said there was an "urgent" need for a political solution to the crisis in Libya to help combat the spread of the ISIL, which now has several thousand fighters in the North African country.
"Daesh is installing itself," Le Drian told French TV, using the Arabic acronym for the ISIL group. 
"I have been very worried about Libya since September 2014. They are there, nearly 300 kilometres from the coast, and they are spreading."
He said that put ISIL only 350 kilometres from the Italian island of Lampedusa, the arrival point for thousands of migrants and refugees leaving Libya for the European Union.
"When good weather comes to the Mediterranean, there is the risk that (ISIL fighters) could make the crossing, mixing in with refugees. It's a major risk," said Le Drian.
"Everyone is aware of the danger of transferring the conflict in the Levant (Syria and Iraq) where we are starting to see some positive elements, to a new conflict in Libya," he said, adding that a political solution was the "only way to eradicate" the problem.
"There must be a government of national unity. There's a serious p

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German Jews fear rising antisemitism during Mideast refugee influx

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German Jews fear rising antisemitism during Mideast refugee influx
By Reuters Staff January 30, 2016
Tags: GERMANY SYRIA MIGRANTS JEWS JEWISH PREJUDICE IMMIGRATION HOLOCAUST MERKEL

(Nina Peretz, head of Jewish initiative “Friends of the Fraenkleufer Synagogue”, plays drums with migrant children at a refugee shelter in Berlin, Germany, December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

When Judith G. helped out at a refugee center near Frankfurt last October and identified herself as Jewish, she was spat on and insulted.

German Jews say the case of Judith G., a 33-year-old optician who asked not to be fully named, isn’t isolated and underlines concerns many have about the record arrivals of asylum seekers, largely from Muslim countries in the Middle East.

Official figures show German-born far-right supporters commit the vast majority of antisemitic crimes in the country, and Muslim leaders say nearly all asylum seekers – who can be targets of hate crime themselves – are trying to escape conflict, not stir it up.

Nevertheless, Jews across Germany are hiding their identity when volunteering at refugee shelters for fear of reprisals, adding another layer of complexity to a social, economic and logistical challenge that is stretching the fabric of German society.

“Among the refugees, there are a great many people who grew up with hostility toward Israel and conflate these prejudices with hatred toward Jews in general,” Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews, told Reuters in an interview conducted in October
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German populists in 'shoot migrants' storm

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Germany's eurosceptic right-wing populist AfD party created a storm Saturday by suggesting police "if need be" should threaten to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country.

"We need efficient controls to prevent so many unregistered asylum-seekers keeping on entering via Austria," said party chairwoman Frauke Petry, in comments carried by the Mannheimer Morgen regional daily.

Border police "should be able if need be to have recourse to their firearms -- as laid down by law," the paper quoted Petry as saying.

"No policeman wants to fire on a refugee and I don't want that either. But as a last resort there should be recourse to firearms," said Petry in comments which drew a storm of criticism.

"No policeman would be ready to fire on" migrants, police union GdP said in a statement.

"Whoever wants to deploy such methods clearly wants to suspend the rule of law," said GdP head Joerg Radek.

"We have already seen that over the course of German history and we don't ever want to go down that road again," Radek said.

The head of the main opposition Social Democrat parliamentary group, Thomas Oppermann, blasted "an unacceptable mobilisation of public opinion against refugees while opposition Green Party lawmaker Konstantin von Notz blasted Petry as "irresponsible," not least given a spate of recent attacks on some refugee centres.
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Airbnb pays city of Paris 1.2 million euros in tourist tax

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The home rental web platform Airbnb, which last year agreed to start charging users in Paris a tourist tax, handed over nearly 1.2 million euros to city authorities in the last quarter of 2015, according to city authorities.

After coming under fire from hotel chains, Airbnb reached an agreement with the Paris authorities last year and from October 2015 has charged users a tourist tax of 83 cents per night which it then passes on to Paris City Hall.

As a result, Airbnb contributed 1.169 million euros to Paris city coffers for the last quarter of 2015. The municipality told French news agency AFP the amount corresponds to 1.4 million overnight stays over this period.

The agreement followed similar pledges by the San Francisco group to collect and remit taxes in Amsterdam from January 2015 and the US capital Washington and Chicago from February 2015.
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German spy agency says ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugees

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Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said on Friday, a day after security forces thwarted a potential IS attack in Berlin.

Hans-Georg Maassen said the terrorist attacks in Paris last November had shown that Islamic State was deliberately planting terrorists among the refugees flowing into Europe.

"Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists ... have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing," Maassen told ZDF television.

"We are trying to recognize and identify whether there are still more IS fighters or terrorists from IS that have slipped in," he added.

The Berliner Zeitung newspaper cited Maassen on Friday as saying that the BfV had received more than 100 tip-offs that there were Islamic State fighters among the refugees currently staying in Germany.

German fears about an attack have risen since the Paris killings. On Thursday, German forces arrested two men suspected of links to Islamic State militants preparing an attack in the German capital.

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Not the oignon: fury as France changes 2,000 spellings and ditches circumflex

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French linguistic purists have voiced online anger at the loss of one of their favourite accents – the pointy little circumflex hat (ˆ) that sits on top of certain vowels.
A change in the spelling of some 2,000 French words will come into effect in new primary school textbooks being released for the start of the school year in September, the education ministry and publishers have announced.
The circumflex accent will become optional for many words, as will other spelling changes that have purists rubbing their eyes – such as onion, which can now be spelled “ognon” as well as the traditional “oignon”.
The changes, which have caused uproar on French Twitter, were first approved by the prestigious guardians of the French language, the Academie Française, in 1990.

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Robots and Refugees

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As the EU struggles to strengthen its border security, tracking and finding refugees and economic migrants before they reach European soil will become a priority. But no technology can address the underlying problem: the conflicts from which millions of people are seeking refuge...

...the majority of the million refugees flooding into Europe this past summer – primarily from Syria – had access to that “ubiquitous and mobile Internet” that is part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Many received real-time guidance via social media that they accessed on their smartphones.
Michel Bauwens, founder of the Peer-to-Peer Foundation, describes 2015 as the year in which millions of refugees “were organized by social media (specifically through secret Facebook groups) and in which scores of citizens organized themselves through peer-to-peer networks to assist them.” These “Facebook refugees,” as the press quickly dubbed them, used the platform not only to coordinate with smugglers, but also to help one another.
According to UNHCR official Alessandra Morelli, the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos “know exactly where they have to go, who they have to talk to. They know what to buy.” Facebook posts showed them what kinds of tents to purchase, which routes to take, and what tactics to implement, such as slashing the rubber boats they arrived in to avoid being pushed back out to sea by Greek officials.

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BÉHEN (80) Arrest of migrants ends in shootout several injured | Courrier picard

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ABBEVILLE, France – A vehicle carrying ten Iranian and Iraqi migrants crashed on the A28 on Wednesday morning as the migrants fled from a border control barrage set up across the road, French news has reported. One officer was struck by the car, and was taken to hospital with a leg injury. His fellow officers gave chase and were forced to use their firearms when the migrants resisted arrest. All eleven occupants of the car, including the driver, were arrested. The car was registered in England.(via Breitbart rolling wire)

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End to Schengen would cost Europe €110bn French think tank warns | Open Europe

End to Schengen would cost Europe €110bn French think tank warns | Open Europe | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
A permanent return to border controls within the Schengen area would cost €110bn over the next decade, France Strategie, a think tank directly attached to the French Prime Minister’s office has estimated. The drop in cross-border tourism and trade by ending the free-travel area would cost Europe 0.8% of economic output over the period – with a loss of €10bn to France alone.

Meanwhile, Spiegel Online reports that German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to extend border controls, which have been in place in Germany since September, for an “indefinite period” when they are due to expire on 13 February. The German Cabinet is today expected to adopt the highly controversial ‘Asylum Package II’ – a package of reforms to reduce and control the influx of migrants and asylum seekers into the country.
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Shakespeare on stage in squalid migrant camp in north France (!!)

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Shakespeare's Globe theater company is staging "Hamlet" in a squalid refugee camp in northern France, bringing the Bard's best-known play to some of the more than 4,000 people living in what is known as the "jungle."

Wednesday's performance may be among the boldest shows by the Globe in its world-wide tour that began nearly two years ago on the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and ends back home in Britain this April, the 400th anniversary of his death.

For camp residents, the British production may seem a good fit: they come to Calais in hopes of sneaking to Britain.

The play is hosted by the Good Chance theater in the heart of the camp, one of numerous structures set up by volunteers to fill the void for displaced camp residents.
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Disneyland Paris 'gunman' told to live his with his mum for six months

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A man found with guns in a Disneyland Paris hotel was on Tuesday condemned by a French court to six months' house arrest and made to wear an electronic tagging bracelet.
Prosecutors had sought a nine-month suspended sentence for the 28-year-old who was found to be carrying two handguns, ammunition and a Koran when he was arrested last Thursday.
Disneyland Paris said the guns were picked up by routine scanning of the man's bags at the hotel entrance.
A police source said at the time of the arrest that preliminary investigations did not point to terrorism, and that the man had said he was carrying the guns because he feared for his safety.
The Paris restaurant worker, a convert to Islam, will spend his sentence at his mother's house in the Loiret region southwest of Paris.

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French Animation/VFX Expects a Major Boost from its 30% TRIP Rebate Hike

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France is increasingly vying with the U.K. as the leading hub in Europe for animation and visual effects services.

The sector has been one of the prime beneficiaries of France’s TRIP tax rebate scheme since its launch in 2009, and the recent rate hike to 30% will further intensify the sector’s growth.

“This is the sector where the TRIP scheme has had its biggest impact,” says Olivier René Veillon, executive director of the Paris region Ile de France Film Commission. “We have five-to-six companies that have attained an international level and are able to work on major projects with American companies.”

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Since 2009, 26% of the 96 projects approved under TRIP have been animation or VFX projects – eight animation features, 11 animation series and six VFX feature film projects – but they rep 48.5% of the total spend under the scheme.

In 2015, the sector was responsible for two-thirds of total spend under TRIP and this proportion may well rise even further in 2016 under the revised 30% rate.

The slide in the number of shooting days for live action pics since 2013 has been compensated by rising investment in animation films and VFX work, and as a consequence the total investment in France in 2015 was higher than in previous years, according to data from Film France.

The combination of French tax rebates and expertise in animation and VFX, is further leveraged by combining tax rebates available in other French-speaking territories, in particular Belgium, Luxembourg and French-speaking Canada.
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France to build new "Louvre of the grape vine" to safeguard world wine gene pool

France to build new "Louvre of the grape vine" to safeguard world wine gene pool | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it

France is to build a new “Louvre of the grape vine” to house over half of the world’s grape varieties in a bid to safeguard wine diversity for future generations. The country first started trying to safely store the world’s grape vines in the mid-19th century in the wake of the Phylloxera plague of aphids that wiped out many of the country’s grape-growing plants. In 1949, the plants were taken to the Domaine de Vassal, a spit of sandy land on the southern coast between Agde and Sète immune from pest attack. Each year, some 80 new varieties were added and today it is home to 7,500 types from 54 countries. But the vines are under threat.

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Catering to Connoisseurs: The Paris Louvre has a Rival … the Louvre of the Vine at Marseillan

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'Muslims are trying to expel the Christians': Gunfight erupts between gangs at migrant camp in France

'Muslims are trying to expel the Christians': Gunfight erupts between gangs at migrant camp in France | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
A gunfight has erupted in a migrant camp in northern France, leaving four people wounded after clashes that were thought to have involved rival gangs of smugglers.

Two men were treated overnight for gunshot wounds, a third for stab wounds and a woman for blows to the head following the clashes at the Grande-Synthe camp near Dunkirk.

Four people were held for questioning on charges of attempted voluntary homicide. Police believe the fight erupted between rival people smuggling gangs against a backdrop of simmering tensions between Muslims and Christians in the camp.

The Muslims are trying to expel the Christians from the camp.
David Michaux, a CRS anti-riot officer from the Unsa Police union, told Le Figaro: “There is a real problem of Muslims and non-Muslims. Most of the camp’s 3,000-odd occupants are Muslim Kurds from Iraq, Iran and Syria but a minority are Christians from Iran.

“The Muslims are trying to expel the Christians from the camp.”
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10,000 migrant children are missing, says Europol

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At least 10,000 unaccompanied child migrants have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates.

In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the migrant crisis, Europol’s chief of staff told the Observer that thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities.

Brian Donald said 5,000 children had disappeared in Italy alone, while another 1,000 were unaccounted for in Sweden. He warned that a sophisticated pan-European “criminal infrastructure” was now targeting refugees. “It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children. Not all of them will be criminally exploited; some might have been passed on to family members. We just don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or whom they are with.”

The plight of unaccompanied child migrants has emerged as one of the most pressing issues in the migrant crisis. Last week it was announced that Britain would accept more unaccompanied minors from Syria and other conflict zones. According to Save the Children, an estimated 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe last year. Europol, which has a 900-strong force of intelligence analysts and police liaison officers, believes 27% of the million arrivals in Europe last year were minors.

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