The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Egypt, and Jordan issued a joint statement today saying that they will not recognize the annexation of the West Bank to Israel. The four countries also warned that a possible Israeli move to annex the West Bank could affect relations with Israel.
Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
According to Russian news outlet avia.pro, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that it is time for Turkey to actively continue its military operations in Syria’s Idlib province. The publication quoted him as saying that the Turkish military will continue to fight all “terrorist organizations” that pose a threat to Turkey’s security, whether inside its borders or outside them.
The issue of reading the black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane seems to be coming to an end. French officials have announced that they will begin reading the black box on July 20. The passenger plane was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8.
France has been shaken by violent clashes in Dijon between Chechens and Arabs. The Chechens who came to France and were involved in protests are mostly former soldiers, who lost the war in Chechnya. They also brought their families to France. In fact, many were and still are supporters of terrorists.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Turkey’s actions in Libya by the hands of militants transferred to the region threaten the European Union. Furthermore, France will not allow anyone to annex the Mediterranean Sea. The Head of the French Foreign Ministry said this in an interview with the French newspaper, La Croix.
Venezuela’s foreign minister is accusing France of having given refuge to opposition leader Juan Guaidó at its embassy in Caracas, a charge that Paris denies. “Mr Juan Guaido is not at the French residency in Caracas. We have confirmed this to the Venezuelan authorities several times,” French foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said.
French automaker Renault has announced that it will lay off 15,000 employees worldwide for an estimated €2 billion in savings, and 4,600 of the employees to be laid off are from France. It is stated that the rest will be from those working in the production centers of the company in other countries. Renault has nearly 180,000 employees in 39 countries.
France took new steps towards the return to normalcy on Thursday by announcing the reopening of restaurants, cafes, museums, and beaches as from next Tuesday, June 2. The resumption, however, will take place under restrictions and precautionary measures to prevent a new outbreak.
In conjunction with the announcement of five European countries on the UN Security Council, rejecting Israel’s intention to annex lands in the West Bank, the French Foreign Minister announced a “European move” in response to the move that Israeli government intends to take.
Rwandan Businessman Félicien Kabuga, a fugitive who has been on the radar of international justice for many years, was finally arrested this Saturday in Paris. Mr. Kabuga is now set to face trial for having financed the 1994 Rwandan genocide. French security forces nabbed Kabuga, 84, in a dawn raid in Asnières-sur-Seine, where he had been living under a false identity.
A German journalist has gone public today, saying she had filed a sexual assault complaint against former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. She accused him of abusive conduct, including several unwanted touches on her buttocks. The journalist has thus confirmed the information, published on Wednesday night by the French daily Le Monde and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
In a clear example of a return to life in the shadow of the Coronavirus, Portugal begins easing lockdown procedures on Monday, as it reopens some small shops, hairdressing salons and car parks. However, the Portuguese will have to adhere to strict social distancing rules. Protective masks are also mandatory in shops and centers of public services and transport.
Europe continues to ease the isolation measures imposed on its residents to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus pandemic. New decisions are supposed to be implemented, starting from the beginning of the week in about 15 countries, including Italy, which has been under quarantine for two months.
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe presented a plan to Parliament Tuesday, saying that the new coronavirus countermeasure lockdown will be relaxed from May 11. He said masks will be obligatory for public transport and secondary schools. Mr. Philippe said that stores and markets that sell goods that are not essential daily goods can resume operations from May 11.
French police have seized 14,000 face masks intended for sale on the black market, AFP reported. Two people were arrested while they were unloading boxes in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, a police source said on Sunday. Last month, the French government confiscated all of its mask stockpiles and production for health care workers.
At present, the number of infected with coronavirus is surpassing 3 million and over 205,000 deaths around the globe. Even though many nations seem to have passed their peak of the pandemic. The concern now is the possible second wave of COVID-19. On April 26th, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the need to form the World Health Organization (WHO) and the convening of the conference of leaders of the “five” permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The number of infected and mortality form the coronavirus continue to rise. Thus far, the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has not been contained. However, according to Chinese media Wuhan is lifting its restrictions and starting Wednesday April 8th the high speed trains will start running again.
The United Kingdom, following a number of European countries, will restrict freedom of movement for three weeks in order to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The inhabitants of the UK will be able to leave their homes only for the purchase of essential goods, doctor visits, and individual exercise.
The new coronavirus pandemic continues to have a huge impact on the U.S. economy. The Federal Reserve announced on Sunday that it would lower the benchmark interest rate to the range of 0% to 0.25%. In addition, the Federal Reserve will also launch a $700 billion quantitative easing measure to reduce the impact of the new coronavirus epidemic on the economy.
Europe is gradually becoming the hardest hit by the new coronavirus epidemic, and the Spanish government has declared a two-week state of emergency nationwide to limit personal movements. Many places, such as France, have also closed down shops and entertainment establishments that have nothing to do with basic living needs.
Russian scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with other Russian institutions, completed research of the properties of a copolymer based on polyaryleneetherketones to assess the prospects of its application in space technology. The purpose of this study is to protect the electronics on a spacecraft, which is effected by the surrounding plasma. There are only three centers across the globe that have the necessary equipment and experts to successfully analyze the effects of electrification of materials for spacecraft in conditions close to its original state.
Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar has told French President Emmanuel Macron he will sign a ceasefire if militias backing the internationally recognized government respect it. The meeting was held discretely for nearly an hour at the Elysée Palace in Paris, and left off President Macron’s schedule.
The vоlumе of wоrld аrmѕ ѕаlеѕ in 2015-2019 іnсrеаѕеd bу 5.5% соmраrеd wіth thе рrеvіоuѕ fіvе-уеаr реrіоd. The Unіtеd States аnd France ѕhоwеd the mоѕt nоtісеаblе grоwth in arms exports, and Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest arms importer. Thіѕ is stated in the аnnuаl rероrt оf thе Stосkhоlm Intеrnаtіоnаl Pеасе Research Inѕtіtutе (SIPRI).
On this March 8, International Women’s Day, tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected in the streets of many cities around the world. Women’s rights activists want to make a point about intersectionality and the convergence of “feminist dynamics.” Women in France will demonstrate against the pension reform and its supposedly negative effects for women.
The total number of deaths due to the new coronavirus now exceeds 3000 worldwide. The vast majority of them have occurred in China. The latest deaths in China have all occurred in the Hubei Province, the virus epicenter, Chinese health authorities said Monday morning local time.
Russian special forces will start training in a virtual reality setting. The new developed simulation training is specifically geared towards paratroopers. The vertical reality simulator was designed by the Man & Technologies Lab. According to the company’s website Man & Technologies lab is a full cycle engineering design bureau. The company specializes in the technology. However, interestingly there is no mention of any defense speciality.
Previously, JSC Kalashnikov presented a semi-automatic sniper rifle Chukavin Sniper Rifle or SVCh. It is much more than just a rifle. The SVCh is a promising platform for the entire line of small arms. The Chukavin Sniper Rifle is expected to replace the Kalashnikov rifle. The semi-automatic Chukavin is also slated to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle, a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. (VIDEO)
The French Health Minister, Agnès Buzyn, confirmed on Saturday the death of an 80-year-old Chinese tourist due to infection from the coronavirus (Covid-19) that causes pneumonia. This was the first case of death caused by the epidemic outside Chinese borders. The outbreak has so far reached twenty-six countries, in addition to China and its autonomous territories.
The new virus has been found by French and Brazilian scientists as a collaborative project. The abstract has been published in the Biorxiv (pronounced “bio-archive”), a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. It is operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and educational institution. The new virus is called Yaravirus. It is named after a character from the Brazilian mythology.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged Europeans to play a more direct role in the face of global turmoil by participating fully in upcoming negotiations on arms control. Macron also invited European partners to engage in a “strategic dialogue” on the deterrent role of France’s nuclear capacity as the country embarks on a costly modernization of its arsenal.
The French Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of people infected by the Coronavirus Friday that generated an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease in China’s Hubei province. France’s Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, warned that, in addition to these two cases— the first ones to be recorded in Europe— new infections were still likely to arise in the country.
On Friday, the French cabinet discussed and passed the controversial pension reform project proposed by President Emmanuel Macron. Opponents of the reform have chosen this date to organize strikes and demonstrations. The head of the General Confederation of Labor, Philippe Martinez pledged to “withstand the withdrawal” of the reform project. Once it is adopted, however, the cabinet will refer the bill to Parliament for decision.
Israel this week is in the center of the world as it is receiving guests from nations of the world to join together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The remembrance of the six million Jews that died in the holocaust is also connected to the remembrance of the forty million people that died in World War II. Technology has brought the whole world together. The goal of every human being is united with the memory of the six million; to prevent a third world war. World leaders arrive in Israel for the country’s biggest diplomatic event.
Russia will host Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar in Moscow in an attempt to achieve peace in Libya. According to Russian news, Haftar is already in Russia. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is a Turkish politician and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey since 24 November 2015, is expected to join them. Hakan Fidan is a retired Turkish army sergeant, teacher, diplomat and the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization. he is expected to attend as well. Hulusi Akar is the current Turkish Minister of Defense and a former four-star Turkish Armed Forces general who served as the 29th Chief of the General Staff. He will be arriving with al Serraj for the talks. Observers from Egypt and United Arab Emirates will be in attendance. The latest development is that Haftar left without signing any type peace resolution.
Many countries have issued statements urging calm and restraint among all parties, since the U.S. launched a rocket attack on Baghdad International Airport early Friday, killing Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian general was the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. At least eight other people have died in this and other subsequent American airstrikes.
There has been a tug of war for geopolitical influence and attempts to disrupt the already established balance throughout 2019. We also saw the formation of interesting and very invasive social media polices around the globe. Hence, there were ramifications and changes to the social media landscape:
- France implementing new measures to track and monitor the social media of its citizens.
- Russia is working to complete their digital iron curtain.
- China implementing draconian verification process impacting social credit and privacy.
- UK to ruthlessly start collecting DNA.
- We’ve also seen the rise of deep fake technology that could have a great impact on the US 2020 Presidential elections as well as on the global scale.
Let’s look at the world’s main players and regions:
The French government announced additional measures to curb tax evaders. France’s constitutional council ruled the government has a right to expand its powers to monitor the social media of its citizens in order to collect information pertaining to tax evasion. The Constitutional Council is the highest constitutional authority in France. It was established by the Constitution of the Fifth Republic in 1958 to ensure that constitutional principles and rules are upheld. It is housed in the Palais-Royal, Paris.
A rise in the attacks by terrorists in West Africa has raised concerns over French military involvement in the region. The current French operation has been on-going since 2014, coordinating security related issues with Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad. Currently, over 4,500 French troops are in the region. Despite the challenge, the French President, Emmanuel Macron vows to give a new force to the fight armed groups in the Sahel states in West Africa.
An ambush by suspected Islamic militants in a military base in western Niger has left more than 70 soldiers dead. Twelve soldiers were injured in the attack that is said to be the deadliest in the region in living memory. Niger’s Defense Minister, Issoufou Katambe, said that there was a fierce battle after around 700 militants attacked the military base in Inates, near the border with Mali. “Sadly, we regret to announce the following toll: 71 military personnel killed, 12 injured. Other missing,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement aired on national television.
The Normandy Format talks started on December 9, 2019 in Paris. The countries present are Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The main goal is to resolve the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The group was created in 2014 but the talks have been stalled until now. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky stated peace with Russia is his top priority.
The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Rifaat al-Assad, is on trial in France in a case of “unlawful enrichment.” The trial began Monday in the French capital, Paris. Assad is accused of building a real estate empire in France from Syrian public funds. Rifaat al-Assad was one of the former pillars of the Assad regime, and the commander of the “Defense Brigades,” a special force that was instrumental in the devastating attack on the city of Hama in central Syria in 1982.
French President Emanuel Macron has not been a strong leader. France is experiencing a negative pattern and the next election will be held in 2022. France reached its zenith in global influence in 1812. Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France in 1804. The title was created for Napoleon to preserve the appearance of the French Republic and show that after the French Revolution, the feudal system was abandoned and a nation state was created.
Germany refused Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for a moratorium on missile deployment in Europe. Putin had sent a proposal to the leaders of several countries this fall to introduce a moratorium on deploying intermediate-and shorter-range missiles in Europe. The intermediate-range missile is defined as ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBM) or GLCM having a range between 1,000 km to 5,500 km. The shorter-range missile was defined as GLBMs or GLCMs with a range between 500 km and 1,000 km.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a budget increase to $15.866 billion. The expansion of the budget was finalized on November 28. The ESA is an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris. The national bodies who sit on ESA’s governing council are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On November 14, the NASA Inspector General Office of Audits published a report entitled NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station. The audit data was collected from February 2019 to November 2019 as per the audit standards. One of the main goals of the audit is to compare the piloted programs by Boeing, Space X and Soyuz.
On November 7, professor Oleg Sokolov murdered his live-in girlfriend Anastasia Yeshchenko in St. Petersburg. She was only 24 years old. Sokolov is a Russian historian of the Napoleonic era. He is a Candidate of Historical Sciences and was a Docent of the Department of Modern History, and Faculty of History of Saint Petersburg State University. His scientific and social activities were acknowledged by the Legion of Honour in 2003 by French President Jacques Chirac. The Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte and retained by all later French governments and régimes.
In rеѕроnѕе tо a ѕtаtеmеnt bу thе Eurореаn Unіоn, urging Iran to stick to their commitments under the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Foreign Minister ассuѕеd France, Britain, and Germany оf fаіlіng tо соmрlу wіth their оblіgаtіоnѕ. Mоhаmmаd Jаvаd Zаrіf ассuѕеd them оf “kіllіng tіmе,” аnd оf fаіlіng tо meet thеіr оblіgаtіоnѕ undеr thе ѕо-саllеd nuсlеаr dеаl.