“In these days, he wandered about Paris in the track of Irish exiles. Paris cemeteries were full of Irish graves, her archives were chocked with Irish plots and documents… In old colleges and behind crumbling walls priests, soldiers and secret agents had conspired. Through pic.twitter.com/el8ckOke2p
,and an Irish physician accompanied Napoleon to St.Helena. Here Wolfe Tone met the First Consul. Here Humbert and Hoche received orders for their invasion of Ireland. And the gorgeous sunset behind the Arch de Triomphe goldenised the ashes of the anonymous myriads of Irish dead”
Marine Le Pen and French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron accused his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen of lying to voters about her campaign platform as he sought to rally support two days before the French presidential election’s first round.
Macron, whose re-election seemed a foregone conclusion just weeks ago, is now facing a stiff challenge from Le Pen. Her solid comeback in opinion polls has put her victory within the margin of error in some surveys.
“Her fundamentals have not changed: it’s a racist programme that aims to divide society and is very brutal,” Macron told Le Parisien newspaper. “There was a clear strategy (from Le Pen’s camp) to hide what is brutal in her programme.”
Le Pen told broadcaster Franceinfo that she was “shocked” at Macron’s accusation of racism which she rejected, saying her programme aimed at putting the rights of French people first, regardless of their origin.
“The unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And so, we’re going to continue doing so, until the end. That’s the strategy.
“I won’t send (the unvaccinated) to prison, I won’t vaccinate by force. So we need to tell them, from Jan. 15, you won’t be able to go to the restaurant anymore, you won’t be able to down one, won’t be able to have a coffee, go to the theatre, the cinema…”
French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview with La Parisian.
An independent inquiry into alleged sex abuse of minors by French Catholic priests, deacons and other clergy has found some 216,000 victims from 1950 to 2020, a “massive phenomenon” that was covered up for decades by a “veil of silence.”
Via The Local:
The landmark report, released on Tuesday after two and a half years of investigations, follows widespread outrage over a string of sex abuse claims and prosecutions against Church officials worldwide.
When lay members of the Church such as teachers at Catholic schools are included, the number of child abuse victims climbs to 330,000 over the seven-decade period.
The report, at nearly 2,500 pages, found that the “vast majority” of victims were pre-adolescent boys from a wide variety of social backgrounds.
“The Catholic Church is, after the circle of family and friends, the environment that has the highest prevalence of sexual violence,” the report said.
Commission president Jean-Marc Sauve had already told AFP on Sunday that a “minimum estimate” of 2,900 to 3,200 paedophiles had operated in the French Church since 1950.
Yet only a handful of cases prompted disciplinary action under canonical law, let alone criminal prosecution.
Demonstrators attend a protest in Paris, France last Sunday against vaccine passports announced by French President Emmanuel Macron
People visiting museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France without a vaccination certificate have been turned away, after new rules to stop the spread of Covid-19 kicked in.
On Wednesday, some people in France were disappointed when they arrived at certain venues, museums, cinemas or swimming pools, to find that they would need to present proof of their Covid-19 vaccination to gain entry.
“I was really angry… I had no idea,” a 51-year-old told Reuters after being turned away from the Louvre museum in central Paris. “But then I calmed down and understood there were health reasons,” she said.
Servane de Lansdheer, head of security at the museum, told Reuters that the morning had gone well, with most people turning up with the health pass ready.
The ‘pass sanitaire’ which is being introduced gradually, will also be required from the start of August to enter restaurants and bars and for long-distance train and plane journeys.