“and all because the french won’t accept lukashenko’s mediation!”

France demands and complains
Colonel Cassad, Nov 22, 0:51

Today is the day of demands and complaints for the French. Everyone is to blame: Islamists, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, Russian journalists, French pogromists, the post-colonial past.

1. The French Foreign Ministry has demanded that Pakistani Human Rights Minister Shirin Mazari stop comparing the President of the Fifth Republic to the Nazis. RIA Novosti reports. The French authorities called the Pakistani official’s statements that Macron’s actions towards Muslims in France resembled what the Nazis did with Jews “shocking” and “offensive.” The French Foreign Ministry strongly condemned such comparisons and called on Pakistan to immediately “correct” the statements of its minister. (The offending tweet has now been removed – RB)

2. French President Emmanuel Macron condemned, as he put it, “the strategy pursued by Russia and Turkey to incite anti-French sentiment in Africa.” The French leader said this in an interview with the Jeune Afrique newspaper published on Friday. According to Macron:

A strategy is at work, sometimes led by African leaders, but primarily by foreign powers such as Russia or Turkey, which are playing on post-colonial resentment. We shouldn’t be naive. Many of those who shoot video which is disseminated in the Francophone media are sponsored by Russia and Turkey.

3. The French police during a demonstration in Paris against the law” On global security, “prohibiting the take video of police officers threatened to bring to responsibility of the journalist RT France Meryem Laribi. Police in Paris threatened to bring RT France journalist to justice. After the crowd began to disperse from the Trocadero square, a journalist from RT France witnessed the arrest of a woman. The journalist showed her “press” ID, while she did not take pictures. Then she began filming from a decent distance, without interfering with the work of the police, but a policeman approached her and threatened to bring to justice, saying:

If you do not leave within 30 seconds, you will be arrested. That is the order.

4. Macron proposed to the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) within 15 days to adopt a charter of republican values, including a strict separation of religion from the state and school, specially prepared by the government in the framework of curbing Islamic extremism. Muslim leaders in France have agreed to establish a National Council of Imams, whose members will receive official accreditation to preach. In the event of a violation of the terms, this accreditation may be revoked. The charter says Islam is a religion, not a political movement. It also prohibits any foreign interference in the activities of Muslim communities. President Emmanuel Macron and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin met with eight CFCM leaders on Wednesday night at the Elysee Palace. a government source told Le Parisien after the meeting:

Two principles will be written in black and white: rejection of politicized Islam, and (Rejection of) any foreign interference.

The meeting also agreed on the formation of the National Council of Imams. President Macron also announced new measures to tackle what he calls Islamic separatism in France. These will include, among other things, restrictions on homeschooling and stricter penalties for those who intimidate government officials under the guise of religious reasons. Homeschooling, currently allowed in France, will be banned from next school year. An ID number will be assigned to each child to make sure they are attending school. For violation, parents will face punishment up to six months in prison and heavy fines. The prohibition on the dissemination of personal data in a way that allows strangers to find a person and harm him will be forbidden. Darmanin commented on the new bill to Le Figaro on Wednesday:

We must protect our children (sic) from the clutches of the Islamists.

The bill will be discussed at a meeting of the French cabinet on Dec 9.

5. In Paris, a rally held near the building of the National Assembly on Boulevard Saint-Germain then led to violent clashes, the police used tear gas and water cannons, more than thirty people were detained, 10 were injured. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin then condemned the actions of the “pogromists”, accusing them of exerting “unacceptable pressure” on the deputies considering the law. “We live in a democracy, parliamentarians cannot act under pressure,” the minister said. At the same time, “deep concern” about the new law has already been expressed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to which French human rights activists have applied. Claire Edon, the chief ombudsman of France (Défenseur des droits), also spoke out against the adoption of a measure banning the dissemination of images of law enforcement officers, urging not to accept Article 24. declare that they will keep this measure. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs assured that she was only called to “protect the police and gendarmes” (who in recent years have increasingly become victims of attacks), but “in no case” to limit the right to freedom of speech.

Everything is fine. And all why? Because they refused to accept Lukashenko’s mediation in resolving France’s problems with Muslims and protests. With Macron, France will not be a free country.

Pakistani minister lashes out at Macron amid uproar over French leader’s ‘ultimatum’ to Muslims
RT.com, Nov 22 2020

Pakistan’s minister for human rights has accused Emmanuel Macron of treating his country’s Muslim population like Jews in Nazi Germany, after the French president called for new measures to crack down on Islamic extremism. Minister Shireen Mazari did not hold back with her criticisms of Macron’s insistence that Muslim leaders in France agree to a “charter of republican values,” among other policies aimed at discouraging radicalism. The senior Pakistani official wrote:

Macron is doing to Muslims what the Nazis did to the Jews – Muslim children will get ID numbers (other children won’t) just as Jews were forced to wear the yellow star on their clothing for identification.

(The offending tweet has now been removed – RB)

Without mentioning Mazari by name, the French foreign ministry later issued a statement rebuking a member of Pakistan’s cabinet for using social media to spread “deeply shocking and insulting remarks” about Macron that contained “blatant lies.” The ministry demanded that the Pakistani government “rectify” the incendiary comments. The French Embassy in Pakistan was more direct, responding to Mazari’s tweet by saying:

Fake news and false accusation.

Under legislation submitted by Macron, each child in France would be given an identification number that would be used to ensure that they are attending school. Parents who keep their children at home could face fines and even jail time. However, the measures would apply to all children, not just those from Muslim households. The proposed law is part of a larger package of new measures and bills put forward by the French president this week. On Wednesday he issued an ultimatum to the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), giving the group 15 days to work with the interior ministry on ways to crack down on radical Islam. The CFCM agreed to create an organization that will issue accreditation to imams. The accreditation can be withdrawn if religious leaders espouse extremist views.

Macron also wants to implement a ban on sharing personal information which could lead to individuals being located by people who want to harm them. He also hopes to impose harsher punishments on those who intimidate public officials on religious grounds. The bundle of new laws will be discussed by the French cabinet on Dec 9. Mazari isn’t the only public figure to denounce the French leader’s latest initiatives. British Labour MP Zarah Sultana said she was concerned about the “frightening direction” of Macron’s government, stating that “we must condemn Islamophobia & all forms of racism.” The UK’s Muslim Public Affairs Committee expressed similar displeasure with Macron, describing him as “not just a threat to law-abiding Muslim citizens, but to France & the EU itself.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) earlier condemned Macron for attempting to “dictate the principles of the Islamic faith,” blasting the president’s proposed measures as “hypocritical and dangerous.”

The crackdown comes after France saw a wave of attacks reportedly carried out by Islamic extremists. The string of violence began with the murder of schoolteacher Samuel Paty on Oct 16, who was beheaded by a radicalized Chechen refugee after showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a lesson about free speech. Nearly two weeks later, three people were killed in a knife attack in Nice, France. The suspect is a Tunisian migrant who was reportedly radicalized. Macron has become the target of protests and condemnation from around the Muslim world. Earlier this month, 50k people took to the streets in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to protest against the French leader’s defense of the right to publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

French riot police remove HELMETS as crowd cheers at Paris protest against new security bill
RT.com, Nov 22 2020 08:36

Aurelien Morissard/Global Look Press

Police officers were pictured taking off their helmets to cheers from the crowd at an overnight protest in Paris sparked by the so-called Global Security Bill, which makes it illegal to distribute pictures of law enforcement. The symbolic gesture was met with applause from the demonstrators, footage from the scene shows. Multiple officers removed their helmets, putting on soft service hats instead.

Other police and gendarmerie officers, however, were not that cooperative and refused to take off their helmets. Some were seen pushing aggressively against the crowd and reporters, refusing to be filmed.

Another powerful scene occurred when police deployed a water cannon truck against the protesters. The large machine was confronted by a lone wheelchair-bound protester, and the police were apparently hesitant to remove him from the truck’s path. However, he ultimately backed down on his own. The protest, held at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower, was organized by Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders and other rights groups and journalist unions. The gathering was largely peaceful, yet after dark some protesters got rowdy and set various objects on fire, invoking a police response. A total of 23 people were arrested and a police officer was slightly injured during the scuffles, Paris police said. The Global Security Bill, pushed forward by the French government, was passed by the National Assembly on Friday and is expected to be approved by the Senate next week. Among other things, it criminalizes the distribution of images of law enforcement, both by the media and the public. Violation of this new rule could result in a hefty fine of up to €45k or a one-year prison sentence. While the legislation came under a storm of criticism as a gross violation of freedom of speech, the French government insisted it was needed to protect the officers from images shared with a clear intent to “harm” them.

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