Wednesday 17th of October 2018

fondly remembering the anti-US, anti-UK general de gaulle...


The French president urged citizens of the populous European country to be like Charles de Gaulle, the 20th-century general and politician, and avoid complaining in the face of economic difficulty.

During a visit to the northeastern village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises — de Gaulle’s home and burial place — on Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron, after announcing significant cuts to pensions in the nation, cited the wartime leader, according to the Independent.

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“You may speak very freely but the one thing you have no right to do is complain,” Macron said, citing de Gaulle, and adding: “I think the general had the right idea. The country would be different if everyone did the same.” 

“We don’t realize how immensely lucky we are. We are seeing more and more elderly people in our country in good health,” Macron added, referring to social welfare budget cuts.

Earlier, during celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the country’s de Gaulle-introduced constitution, Macron claimed that the durability of France’s presidential system “allows me to avoid the tyranny of immediacy, which is an absurdity of our times, which means day-to-day vagaries should not decide a nation’s course.”


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macron got his feet caught in the carpet...

Between the disgrace for the President of the Republic and the honor finger of a young Antillean, controversy blew up ... Nadia Le Brun returns to the scandal triggered by the photo of Emmanuel Macron taken during his trip to St. Martin.

The photo on which Emmanuel Macron poses alongside two young men, one out of prison, the other addressing a honor finger to who knows, is perplexing. To see the President, all smiles, casual, between the two shirtless West Indians, one first wonders if it is not a photomontage, but when you understand that this picture is not a hoax, we are caught between astonishment and consternation.

Has this picture, undeniably vulgar, been validated by the president, who displays a satisfied and mocking air? Was there a flaw in his media plan, orchestrated to reconnect with the French people, to stop his downfall in the polls?

He had been embarrassing by his presumptuousness. "I really love to be close my fellow citizens, within kissing distance, embrace and conversation," he said, stating: "But I will not change politics." As if, in his overconfidence he did not understand that the faith of France is in crisis. From Macron, France suffers from indigestion due to being too well fed.

Yet, employment stagnates, growth slows, deficits continue to grow. His fellow citizens can not stand to be treated like beggars. From workers of Gad - the "illiterate" - to the strikers in Lunel: "You will not scare me with your T-shirt; the best way to pay for a suit is to work." Next, riling the unemployed and the "sans-abris": "I cross the street and I find at least one." [meaning there are lazy bums everywhere].

In the West Indies, what was to be a publicity stunt ended with a bloody nose. In these theatrics, Emmanuel Macron got his feet caught in the carpet and fell.


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Translation by Jules Letambour.

Note: in regard to the toon at top, the elderlies have died or are too sick to complain or there is nowhere to complain any more about Macron's social policies...

toxic bananas...

French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe want Paris to take responsibility for harming their land with a toxic pesticide. Ruptly crew went to see its effects on the people, who suffer skyrocketing cancer and fertility problems.

Kepone, also called chlordecone, is a chemical, which was used in the past to kill insects. Just like closely related compounds DDT and Mirex, it proved to be a bad choice, since it doesn’t degrade well in the environment, tends to accumulate in animals and causes various health problems. The chemical caused a health scare in the mid-1970s in the US and was promptly banned. The World Health Organization listed it as a possible carcinogen in 1979.


"Small doses are very harmful because they have an effect on our DNA, in an epigenetic way. And this is transmitted to our children. This propensity to being affected by cancer, obesity and fertility problems spreads over three, four generations, leading to a possible extinction of Martinicans," said Dr. Christiane Jos-Pelage, a pediatrician on Martinique

The chemical’s spread is hardly surprising. It made its way into water supply, aquatic animals and up the food chains. In addition to health effects, it harms the islands’ agriculture, since products containing chlordecone cannot be exported to mainland France.

“People started to wonder because some food is good enough for Martinicans but not for people from mainland France,”said David Desnel, a spokesperson for the Federation of Fishery and Waters Association of Martinique.


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