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French teacher attacked with box cutter by man claiming Islamic State hyperlink

Posted December 14, 2015 21:52:05

Paris nursery school Photo: A police officer in front of the Jean-Perrin nursery school in Aubervilliers, exactly where the teacher was attacked. (AFP: Jacques Demarthon)

A teacher has been attacked in a Paris suburb by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor’s workplace say.

The teacher was stabbed in the side and throat whilst preparing for his class at a school in Aubervilliers, north-east of Paris, but his life was not in danger, the police supply stated.

The attacker was dressed in painter’s overalls and a balaclava and arrived with no a weapon, but grabbed what appeared to be a box cutter that was lying in the classroom.

Neighborhood prosecutors mentioned the man shouted: “this is Daesh. This is a warning”. Daesh is one more name for IS.

The brief exchange was reported by a witness functioning inside the school.

The attacker fled following stabbing the teacher and the probe has been taken over by anti-terrorist investigators.

The Islamic State’s French-language magazine Dar-al-Islam called in its November edition for its followers to kill teachers in the French education program, describing them as “enemies of Allah” for teaching secularism and “in open war against the Muslim loved ones”.

The attack comes as Paris is on high alert soon after a wave of shootings and suicide bombings at Paris nightspots on November 13 that killed 130 folks and left 350 injured.

Safety has also been boosted at schools.


Subjects: terrorism, community-and-society, police, france

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Surviving WWII bomber pilot awarded highest French military honour

Posted December 08, 2015 14:39:29

WWII veteran Godfrey Flack with the French Legion of Honour Photo: Godfrey Flack, a former WWII Lancaster bomber pilot, flew 40 bombing missions over Germany in the early 1940s. (ABC News: Peta Carlyon)
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A 94-year-old Tasmanian war veteran has been presented France’s highest military award, the Legion of Honour, in an emotional ceremony in Hobart.

Godfrey Flack flew allied Lancaster bombers over Germany during World War II in more than 40 missions, at a time when it was considered almost impossible to survive so many combat operations.

Many of Mr Flack’s comrades survived only a handful of missions and never returned.

In a moving ceremony at the Hobart Town Hall, the French Ambassador to Australia, Christophe Lecourtier, paid homage to Mr Flack’s service as “an adolescent youth” at 20 years of age.

“That year, 1944, you entered legend, you became a hero,” he told an emotional Mr Flack.

“You were no longer a fighter, you had become a liberator.

“You were no longer merely a man, but a living symbol of our common values, the spirit of resistance, the spirit of liberty, the spirit of mateship.”

French Ambassador awards the Legion of Honour Photo: French Ambassador to Australia Christophe Lecourtier awards the Legion of Honour to Tasmanian war veteran Godfrey Flack. (ABC News: Peta Carlyon)

Mr Flack fought back tears as he accepted the award.

“We only did what we could, for whatever group we could whatever represent, or acknowledge,” he said.

“I will say thank you very much to all the people who have become my friends, and all the people … I ever knew.”

We will need new men and women, just like this one, to defend our values, to defend our communities, and that’s unfortunately a never-ending story.

French Ambassador to Australia Christophe Lecourtier

After the ceremony, Mr Flack recalled growing up in Queenstown and driving trucks while harbouring a deep desire to join the Air Force.

He did not originally go to school or attend university, but eventually completed his studies at the top of his class.

“We’re so proud … people come back from the war, they have their problems and their families have got to deal with it too,” his son Patrick Flack said.

“But he’s been positive for us.

“He’s done for us what he did in the war, nothing’s ever a drama.

“He just looked after us and made us stand up, and be accountable, same as he did.”

Mr Lecourtier said Mr Flack’s exceptional service was a reminder of the challenges France and Australia would continue to face, particularly in light of the recent Paris terror attacks.

“Today’s ceremony resonates in a way with what’s happening in the world, not only in France, because we see that probably, unfortunately, this century is no less dangerous than the previous one,” Mr Lecourtier said.

“We are still united, because of the values that we share, because this value is our inner way at stake.

“We will need new men and women, just like this one, to defend our values, to defend our communities, and that’s unfortunately a never-ending story.”

WWII veteran Godfrey Flack Photo: Tears welled in the eyes of Tasmanian WWII veteran Godfrey Flack as he was awarded the French Legion of Honour. (ABC News: Peta Carlyon)

Topics: world-war-2, history, veterans, defence-and-national-security, awards-and-prizes, human-interest, defence-forces, hobart-7000

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French far-proper tops vote in 1st round of regional elections: exit poll

Posted December 07, 2015 06:59:09

France’s far-appropriate National Front topped the vote nationally in the first round of high-stakes regional elections on Sunday, exit polls showed.

Boosted by fears more than the November 13 Islamic State attacks that killed 130 individuals in Paris, stubbornly higher unemployment and worries about immigration, Marine Le Pen’s party secured 30.six per cent of the vote nationally, an exit poll by Ifop-Fiducial showed.

The anti-Europe, anti-immigration celebration beat former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative Les Republicains party and their allies, who secured 27 per cent, into second place.

As expected, president Francois Hollande’s ruling Socialists came third, polling 22.7 per cent.

Ahead of a second round in a week’s time, the National Front (FN) has not won any region outright. But if the outcome is confirmed, it would be well-placed in the December 13 run-off. It has so far only ruled in fewer than a dozen French towns.

Ms Le Pen herself came 1st in the north and her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen in the southeast, each gaining much more than 40 per cent of the votes in those two regions.

The FN has come 1st in six regions out of 12, another poll for France 2 tv showed, with the result for the 13th region, Paris, not yet recognized.

Winning even 1 regional constituency would be a key boost for Ms Le Pen, who desires to use a base of locally elected officials to target the prime levels of power. Her eye is on the 2017 presidential and common elections.

The important question will now be whether the Socialists, third behind the FN and the Republicans in regions which the far-correct could win on December 13, will pull out of the race in these regions to try to maintain them out of power.

The Socialist party’s prime officials have been meeting on Sunday evening but might make their choice recognized only on Monday.

French regions rule more than local transport and economic development as effectively as higher schools and vocational coaching, with beefed-up powers after a reform that cut their numbers from 22 to 13.


Subjects: globe-politics, france

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French Muslim stares down Islamic State to declare jihad

Updated December 03, 2015 01:55:54

A French Muslim who designed headlines when he went on national tv in France to declare jihad on Islamic State (IS) extremists says he is not deterred by the death threats he has received considering that.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Mohammed Chirani, a specialist in religious radicalisation, delivered an impassioned speech telling IS that Allah would not protect them.

“Know that our dead, the innocent French citizens, are in paradise,” he stated.

“And your dead, the terrorists, are in hell.”

Holding up a copy of the Koran and his French passport, he mentioned he would use both to wage jihad against the extremists.

“I’d like to say we’ll wage jihad against you with the Koran,” he said.

“I’d like to inform the traitors who deceived France, betrayed their nation and burned their IDs, that we are kissing our documents.”

His address received national acclaim in France, but he also received death threats from Islamic State.

Mr Chirani told Lateline that he was not worried

“I think in God. Till I obtain my destiny I will not leave this life I am positive of that,” he said.

“I lived in Nigeria throughout the civil war from nine to 19 and I was ready all my life for this confrontation against fanatics.

“So I am not shocked and I am ready.”

Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, terrorism, islam, religion-and-beliefs, france

First posted December 03, 2015 00:13:41

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The Latest: French, UK leaders pay homage at concert venue

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have visited the Bataclan concert venue in central Paris, which saw the worst carnage of the attacks that killed 130 people.

Hollande and Cameron have been meeting Monday in Paris as the French leader presses for a stronger international coalition against Islamic State. He is headed to Washington and Moscow later in the week.

The selection to head to the Bataclan was not announced in advance and came amid tight safety in both Paris and Brussels, house to several of the guys identified as suspects in the Nov. 13 attack.

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French state of emergency allows website blocking, device search powers

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In the wake of last Friday’s attacks in Paris, France is bringing in new legislation extending the country’s temporary state of emergency to 3 months, and granting the authorities new powers to carry out searches of seized devices, and to block web sites.

Under the new law, police searches of digital equipment are no longer limited to the device itself, but may possibly also extend to consist of any data that is “accessible from the initial technique or offered for the initial method,” as the French digital rights web site La Quadrature du Net explains. In practice this implies police might use seized devices in order to search for “any variety of details on any kind of electronic device of any French resident and particularly any details offered via usernames, passwords collected throughout a police search, any content material stored on-line.”

The state of emergency legislation also extends measures place in place in November 2014 that enable France’s Minister of the Interior to block any web site “promoting terrorism or inciting terrorist acts.” Previously, the Minister was only in a position to force websites to be blocked after a delay of 24 hours, but now this occurs quickly.

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