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Half of French voters eye Le Pen election victory as Macron loses support of Left

Half of French voters eye Le Pen election victory as Macron loses support of Left

Almost half of the French see Marine Le Pen as the “probable” victor of next year’s presidential elections, a new poll suggests, amid signs the “Republican front” to block the far-Right leader at all costs is crumbling.The opinion poll by Elabe surveyed a cross section of more than 1,000 French voters and found that 43 per cent see her victory against incumbent Emmanuel Macron as “probable” while a further five per cent saw it as “certain”.The figure was seven percentage points higher than the previous survey six months ago.With the mainstream Right and Left in disarray in France, Ms Le...

Mar 11
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Sci-fi writers asked to help guard France

Sci-fi writers asked to help guard France

'Scenarios of disruption': sci-fi writers asked to help guard FrancecloseAdvertisementBy Log in, or to save articles for later.Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Paris: Attacks from floating pirate states and hackers on soldiers with neural implants are just two scenarios dreamed up by a "Red Team" of 10 leading science fiction writers tasked with helping the French army anticipate future threats to national security."Astonish us, shake us up, take us out of our habits and comfort zone," Florence Parly, the French defence minister, told the writers at a Defence Innovation...

Dec 14
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France to investigate 76 mosques suspected of 'separatism' in 'unprecedented' crackdown on Islamist extremists

France to investigate 76 mosques suspected of 'separatism' in 'unprecedented' crackdown on Islamist extremists

France’s embattled interior minister on Thursday announced raids on dozens of mosques suspected of Islamist extremism following in the wake of terror attacks.Gérald Darmanin said 76 mosques out of the more than 2,600 Muslim places of worship had been flagged as possible threats to Republican values and its security. Any mosque found to be fomenting extremism would be closed down, he added.Eighteen of the 76 are in the Paris area and 18 face imminent closure, according to reports. The first swoops were due on Thursday afternoon."There are in some concentrated areas places of worship which...

Dec 3
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French children could get ID numbers to keep them from 'the clutches of Islamists'

French children could get ID numbers to keep them from 'the clutches of Islamists'

Each child in France will be given an ID number to ensure they are attending school and not in “the clutches of Islamists” under a proposed French law on preventing radicalisation in the wake of a string of attacks.In September, President Emmanuel Macron had already set out plans to tackle what he called the "Islamist separatism" in poor French neighbourhoods, citing claims of children from ultraconservative Muslim families being taken out of school, and sporting and cultural associations being used to indoctrinate youth."We must save our children from the clutches of the Islamists,"...

Nov 18
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Western multiculturalism doesn't do enough to protect democracy, warns French education minister

Western multiculturalism doesn't do enough to protect democracy, warns French education minister

France's education minister has said that Western multiculturalism does not do enough to protect democracy, as his country doubles down in its defence of secular values over Islamism.Critics who have accused president, Emmanuel Macron of being anti-Muslim are "waging a war against democracy, not Emmanuel Macron", said Jean-Michel Blanquer in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.His comments came as President Macron said France would double the number of police guarding its borders to tackle the "growing threat" of terrorism in the wake of a spate of attacks,Mr Blanquer was speaking just...

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France's spy network should have copied the British to avoid recent embarrassments, says former special forces chief

France's spy network should have copied the British to avoid recent embarrassments, says former special forces chief

France could have avoided a string of embarrassing recent failures involving secret service agents if it had taken a leaf out of Britain's military intelligence command structure, according to the former head of the country's special forces.General Christophe Gomart served as commander of special operations, COS, the French special forces, from 2011 to 2013. Although COS runs covert missions around the world, its 4,000 agents are kept under tight military control.However, the same cannot be said for the Action Service, SA, a secret army of 1,000 agents who conduct anti-terrorist activities,...

Oct 10
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