France to hold an international competition for the redesign of Notre Dame’s iconic spire

France will hold a competition among international architects to design a new spire for the Notre Dame Cathedral after the one atop the famed church collapsed in this week’s fire, the country’s prime minister said.
Edouard Philippe said Wednesday that officials will consider whether the new spire should replicate the one that fell in Monday’s blaze or have its own original design.

“This is obviously a huge challenge, a historic responsibility,” Philippe said. “Should we rebuild the spire envisaged and built by Viollet-le-Duc under the same conditions … (or) give Notre Dame a new spire adapted to the technologies and the challenges of our times?”

The destroyed 300-foot spire was not an original piece on the medieval cathedral. It was designed and built by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc during his 19th-century restoration.

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Tasha Wibawa

Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up his overseas jaunt of the year, visiting Europe on a mission to strengthen Beijing’s ties to the region.

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

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

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: …

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

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.’

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

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.

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