Demonstrations by so-called "Yellow Vest" protesters in Paris turned to riots as those taking part demanded the resignation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Police used tear gas and water cannon as demonstrators became violent. Police also tackled them with batons and controversial Flash-ball guns. Crowds calling for Macron to step down also carried coffin-shaped items to represent the ten people who have died in the protests.

French government deploys army on nineteenth consecutive weekend of “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron

Yellow vest protesters in Paris ransack shops on Champs-Elysees

Five bare-breasted protesters dressed as Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic confronted a phalanx of CRS riot police in Paris on Saturday, bringing an unexpected turn to a fifth weekend of “yellow-vest” protestsCRIMSON TAZVINZWA//AIWA! NO!

PARIS (Reuters) – French military forces joined police in Paris on Saturday to tackle the nineteenth consecutive weekend of “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Artist Deborah de Rebortis and the four others stayed in place for about half an hour. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP
Five bare-breasted protesters dressed as Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic confronted a phalanx of CRS riot police in Paris on Saturday, bringing an unexpected turn to a fifth weekend of “yellow-vest” protests.
Artist Deborah de Rebortis and the four others stayed in place for about half an hour. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Protesters were banned from gathering on the Champs Elysees after shops and businesses there were looted and wrecked last weekend, prompting the government to call in “Operation Sentinelle” military units.



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Violent yellow vest protesters in France ignited fires and ransacked shops on Paris’ Champs-Elysees in what were the most violent street clashes so far this year. Police reacted with tear gas and water cannons. This is the fourth month of demonstrations by a loose coalition of activists, unions and citizens who are angry with French President Emmanuel Macron and his policies. Protesters accuse him of forgetting about ordinary people and favoring France’s elite, who tend to frequent the shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees. #France #YellowVests #Macron

Pockets of demonstrators began to gather in other parts of Paris and other major French cities in the latest protests which began in November after public anger against fuel taxes rises.

The movement has morphed into a broader backlash against Macron’s government, despite it scrapping the fuel taxes.

 

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It looks like this is being taken out of the Prime Minister's hands. Emanuel Macron of France has said enough is enough, he will oppose any extension of Article 50 in Council tomorrow: https://www.lepoint.fr/politique/emmanuel-berretta/emmanuel-macron-refuse-de-reporter-la-date-du-brexit-20-03-2019-2302680_1897.php …

British Prime Minister Theresa May ‘Weak, weak, weak’; Scottish National Party’s Peter “Pete” Wishart

‘Weak, weak, weak’ – May battered from both sides at PMQs
‘Weak, weak, weak’ – May battered from both sides at PMQs

Brussels opposes Theresa May request for Brexit extension until 30 June but will accept long delay – AIWA! NO!

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The Brexit kerfuffle has been so much fun that she wants three more months of it. That was the PM’s message to parliament today. At the start of this rowdy session some members seem to think they could terminate May’s career live on TV. Pete Wishart, the first member called, laid into her mishandling of Brexit and flung three blunt syllables at her, ‘weak, weak, weak.’

Evening Standard European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier kisses Theresa May's hand as she arrives in Strasbourg
Evening Standard European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier kisses Theresa May’s hand as she arrives in Strasbourg

This struck the wrong note. Too brutal. And rather cheap to use a phrase coined by Tony Blair to undermine John Major.

There was a hint that the PM wishes to retain control of her destiny. She laid special emphasis on her official rank when she said, ‘as prime minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30th June.’ Is that a promise to resign? Good news for May-bashers. Order the fizz and send out the party invites. The trouble is that her political methods are far from straightforward. She treats promises like pancakes. Always worth flipping over.

She discovered her gift for dissembling while she was in Downing Street and she knows that a talented fibber always ignores a difficult question and instead answers an easy one. When Bill Cash asked her why Britain should not quit the EU in nine days time, ‘as parliament has enacted,’ she came over all helpless and tinkly. ‘What I have done today is to ask for a short extension till the end of June.’ She sounded like the Head Girl ordering extra fruit juice for the netball team. In reality this may be the most precipitate climbdown in parliament’s history. On 108 occasions she has ruled out any delay to Brexit, as Peter Bone reminded her. He called today’s letter to Donald Tusk ‘betrayal’, and he asked her to tear it up. Deliberately breaking protocol to intensify his effect, he spoke to her directly.

‘Prime minister it is down to you. History will judge you.’

Bone is usually a source of merriment at PMQs but his chilly tone sounded ominous.

Blairite voices pulled the PM in the opposite direction. Ed Miliband made a short, vigorous speech describing her as ‘the roadblock’ that prevented agreement. Yvette Cooper worked herself into a tearful lather on behalf of her beloved EU. ‘I beg you,’ she whimpered,’ in the interests of the nation, think again.’

Anna Eagle urged the PM to strike a deal that enjoys ‘the support of majority in parliament.’ A deal to Remain, in other words. ‘Stop kowtowing to Brextremists’, she said, referring to the handful of MPs who want to honour the referendum and get Brussels out of British politics.

Anna Soubry made history and became the first member of the TIGs to be called at PMQs. Her name was greeted by a collective gasp of pain, as if parliament had stubbed its toe.

She quoted David Lidington who last week described any delay to Brexit as ‘downright reckless.’ It seems that yesterday’s recklessness has become today’s masterstroke. Throughout the session, Mrs May argued for her postponement as if it were a political triumph which historians will one day speak of with awe and wonder.

A price may be demanded. Natalie Loiseau, France’s Europe minister, has asked for a specific ‘purpose or initiative’ as a pre-condition of extending A50. She means a People’s Vote, of course. And that would fit in perfectly with the EU’s democratic principles. Britain can leave the EU once it holds another referendum neutralising its decision to leave the EU.

FRENCH PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron Tells Egyptiant Counterpart President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Human Rights And Stability co-exist

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as he leaves the Elysee palace, in Paris, France, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as he leaves the Elysee palace, in Paris, France, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

Macron tells Sisi human rights go together with stability

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|REUTERS| – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that he told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a visit to Cairo that stability and security cannot be separated from human rights, Trend reports referring to Reuters.

“Stability and durable peace go together with respect for individual dignity and the rule of law, and the search for stability cannot be dissociated from the question of human rights,” Macron said in a joint press conference with Sisi.

After saying in 2017 that he would not lecture Sisi on human rights, Macron has been under pressure from non-governmental organisations to take a firmer stance and had said he would be more outspoken during his three-day visit to Egypt.

“Stability and durable peace go together with respect for individual dignity and the rule of law, and the search for stability cannot be dissociated from the question of human rights,” he said during a joint press conference with Sisi that was dominated by the subject of rights.

“Things haven’t gone in the right direction since 2017 — bloggers, journalists are in prison and because of that Egypt’s image can find itself suffering,” Macron said.

Sisi told reporters that rights should be taken in the context of regional turbulence and the fight against terrorism.

“Egypt does not advance through bloggers. It advances through the work, effort and perseverance of its sons,” he said.


FORMER US PRESIDENT H.W. BUSH: Life of Privilege, Political Dynasty & Public Service

The world has been paying tribute to the 41st US President George HW Bush, who died late on Friday aged 94.

The world has been paying tribute to the 41st US President George HW Bush, who died late on Friday aged 94.

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|George Bush was an American patrician who brought great talents to the presidency and wrought great achievements, but never quite grasped the pitiless frivolity of US politics. At his zenith, he shone in the international firmament, as the embodiment of US hegemony; at home his grasp was never so sure, and his single term in the White House ended in frustration, controversy and bitter defeat. 

Bush was elected to office in 1988 after eight years as vice president to his fellow Republican, Ronald Reagan. Where Reagan’s great achievement, in foreign affairs, was to perceive the weakness of the Soviet Union, to stand up to the Soviet leadership and eventually to reach agreements with the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bush inherited a world in which Communist regimes were already collapsing, in which the United States found itself, somewhat to its own surprise, as the only superpower.

  • Former US President George H.W. Bush has died at the age of 94
  • The 41st president was a World War Two aviator and Texas oil tycoon before entering politics in 1964
  • His son, former President George W Bush, announced his death
  • President Trump paid tribute to Bush’s “unwavering commitment to faith, family and country”
  • George HW Bush was in office during the final days of the Cold War when the USSR collapsed in 1991


Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has described George HW Bush as “an extraordinary and exemplary public servant, a man dedicated to his country, the values it stands for at its best and to making the world better, more stable and more peaceful”.
“He was a great friend and ally to Britain, a supporter of the Transatlantic Alliance and a huge influence in the development of Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“My deepest sympathies and condolences go to the Bush family at this time,” Mr Blair said.

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"My deepest sympathies and condolences go to the Bush family at this time," Mr Blair

“My deepest sympathies and condolences go to the Bush family at this time,” Mr Blair

French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to George H.W. Bush, describing him as a “world leader, who strongly supported the alliance with Europe”.

On behalf of the French people, I convey all my condolences to the American nation for the loss of former President George Bush. He was a world leader, who strongly supported the alliance with Europe. Our sympathy to his family and beloved ones.

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US President is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week; however, he said that it would depend on the results of a report about the incident being prepared by his national security advisers. He is quoted to have said:”Maybe I won’t have the meeting. Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” Ukrainian President warned that the clash at sea could herald more drastic developments in the simmering Ukraine-Russia military standoff.

US PRESIDENT Trump Spent the WW1 Armistice Centenary weekend in Europe, and in a foul mood too after his dreams for a grand military parade evaporated

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” Macron said. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying ‘our interests first; who cares about the others?’, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great, and what makes it essential — its moral values.”
|AIWA! NO!|US PRESIDENT Trump spent the weekend in France, skipping World War I commemoration events and apparently sulking in front of the television, instead of enjoying the grand military parade he’d once envisioned for himself.

The president was dazzled last year by the 2017 Bastille Day parade in Paris, and he notified defense officials he wanted a display like that for Veterans Day the following year, reported CNN.

But military officials balked at the nearly $100 million cost, and eventually persuaded the president he needed to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I’s end with other world leaders.

The solemn events he found in Paris were more stately than spectacular, and he sent a series of tweets grousing about vote recounts back in the U.S. and blaming massive California wildfires on forest management.

World leaders in Paris for World war one centenary

U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of monarchs, princes, presidents, and prime ministers joined French President Emmanuel Macron to mark the moment guns fell silent across Europe a century ago

Trump remained at the U.S. ambassador’s residence Saturday after military and security officials determined cloud cover posed a safety hazard for the president’s Marine One helicopter, but the White House did not have a backup plan in place to get Trump to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery.

The White House declined to say how Trump spent those hours that opened up in his schedule, but the president tweeted that evening he’d had “some very productive meetings and calls for our country today.”

Trump arrived late, and alone, as other world leaders marched shoulder to shoulder down the Champs-Élysées.

The White House cited unspecified “security protocols” for Trump missing out on the event.

French president Emmanuel Macron took a pointed shot at Trump, who bragged ahead of the midterms that he was a “nationalist,” during the ceremony marking the armistice.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” Macron said. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying ‘our interests first; who cares about the others?’, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great, and what makes it essential — its moral values.”