Thursday, April 27, 2017

EU On Track to Pay Turkey Three Billion For Migrants This Year

The European Union says it expects to finish allocating this year all of the 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) it has pledged to Turkey to help the country accommodate the nearly 3 million Syrian refugees living there. Senior European Commission official Myriam Ferran told EU lawmakers Thursday that “we consider we are on track. The deadline should be met.” Ferran said more than two-thirds of the money already has been allocated and 1.5 billion euros worth of contracts have been signed. The EU offered Turkey the money in March 2016 as part of a deal to prevent migrants from reaching Greece. The agreement also calls for giving Turkey fast-tracked EU membership and visa-free travel for Turkish citizens. An additional 3 billion euros has been promised if the initial funds are properly used.

Terror Risk Sees Germany Slump to 51st Place for Security in World Tourism Rankings

Germany now sits between the Gabon and Mongolia in the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report’s “safety and security” field, having plummeted 31 places since the 2015 edition of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) biannual report measuring how “tourism-friendly” economies are.

Overall, Germany was ranked a very attractive tourism economy in the report, coming third out of 136 countries, after Spain and France. They were followed by Japan in fourth place and the UK in fifth.
Germany scored highly in a number of areas, coming top for hygiene and health, and excelling in a number of the report’s categories including cultural resources, human resources, infrastructure, and environmental sustainability.
But travellers have become wary of the security situation in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany’s borders to well over a million people from the third world in 2015, resulting in the country being hit by a series of high-profile terror attacks.
“The overall sense of safety among business travelers across Germany has fallen,” said WEF spokesman Georg Schmitt, and explained the risk of terrorism is playing on tourists’ minds.
Germany isn’t alone in having experienced a marked decline of its reputation as a safe tourist destination, according to Schmitt.
“Germany has slipped further than most, but the same trend can be seen in almost all western European countries,” he told Die Welt.
A number of its European neighbours fared even worse than Germany with regards to their security ratings in the report, with France ranking 67th and the UK 78th.
Earlier this month, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) released a report showing a dramatic rise in migrant crime in 2016 compared to the previous year.
On Wednesday, Breitbart London reported Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)  admitted that thousands of former Taliban fighters could have entered the country, potentially endangering neighbouring countries such as France.

Shock Report: Migrants Become Less Integrated the Longer They Stay in Europe


A new Norwegian study has found the gap in labour participation rates between citizens born in Norway and third world migrants widens the longer newcomers have been in the country.

Researchers at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research uncovered “encouraging signs of labour market integration during an initial period upon migrants’ admission”.
But after a period of just five to 10 years, according to the report, “the integration process goes into reverse with widening immigrant-native employment differentials and rising rates of immigrant social insurance dependency”.
“Basically we were very surprised by these results, because really the differences between immigrants and Norwegian-born citizens should be getting lesser and lesser the longer migrants have lived in Norway. We found that the opposite happens,” said Knut Røed, a senior researcher at the Frisch Centre.
Norway’s acting minister for immigration and integration Per Sandberg said the government is aware of problems highlighted by the report, but suggested that not everything can be solved politically.
“Even if the government went further still in delivering migrants jobs and opportunities, we mustn’t forget that politicians can’t force people to become integrated,” said the minister.
He added: “There must also be a significant commitment from individuals themselves, if they are wanting to succeed in Norway.”
Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang described the findings of the study as “very bad news” for the nation’s welfare state.
“The conclusion is clear: if we do not succeed in getting newcomers into work, our entire welfare model will be in jeopardy,” the paper’s editorial read.
Norway’s welfare state is not the only aspect of life in the Nordic nation that mass migration threatens to disrupt, it has been warned.
Last year, the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) stated that Muslim immigrants are resistant to integration and can cause “problems” for the host nation.
“A strong increase in immigration, particularly from Muslim countries, can cause other long-term challenges. When a large number of asylum seekers come to a local community, it can have unfortunate consequences,” said PST head Marie Benedicte Bjørnland.

Diners flee after explosion at McDonalds in French town - bomb experts at scene

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AN EXPLOSION has rocked a McDonalds restaurant in the French town of Grenoble. Dozens of diners fled the fast-food diner after an eplosion and fire at around 11.30am local time (10.30am GMT). Staff reported seeing flames in an upstairs bathroom shortly before the blast in the south-east of France. Their are also unconfirmed reports a suspect package had been spotted in the bathroom just moments before. Police said they suspect a 'criminal origin' - although they have not clarified whether this constitutes arson or an explosive device. Officers sealed off surrounding roads as they investigate the explosion, which occurred at around midday. According to one local media source someone lit a firecracker in the bathroom, which led to the fire. The loud noise emitted by such a device would also explain the reports of an explosion in the upstairs bathroom, which was badly damaged in the incident.Bomb disposal experts were rushed to the scene by helicopter from Lyon, around 100km from the city in the south-east of France. However at around 2pm local time the incident was handed over to judiciary police. No-one has been injured as all 30 diners in the restaurant fled the scene safely. A security perimitier was established around the fast-food restaurant as investigations took place. A police officer indicated other McDonalds branches in the area would be searched as a precaution. It comes at a time of heightened security in France after a jihadi shot dead Parisian police officer Xavier Jugelé earlier this month.

George Soros ‘Has Ruined the Lives of Millions of Europeans’ Says Hungarian Prime Minister


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a stinging speech in the European Parliament Wednesday, asserting Hungary’s right to self-governance and defending its actions regarding immigration and against American financial speculator George Soros.

“I know that the power, size and weight of Hungary is much smaller than that of the financial speculator, George Soros, who is now attacking Hungary,” Orbán said.
“Despite ruining the lives of millions of European with his financial speculations, being penalized in Hungary for speculations, and who is an openly admitted enemy of the euro, he is so highly praised that he is received by the EU’s top leaders,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s address built upon comments he made in an Easter interview with Magyar Idők, in which he stated the motives behind Hungary’s diffidence toward George Soros.
“There can be no special privileges, and no one may stand above the law – not even George Soros’s people,” he said.
Through his organisations in Hungary, and hidden from the public gaze, Orbán said, “George Soros is spending endless amounts of money to support illegal immigration.”
“To pursue his interests he pays a number of lobbying organisations operating in the guise of civil society. He maintains a regular network, with its own promoters, its own media, hundreds of people, and its own university.”
“I believe that George Soros must not be underestimated: he is a powerful billionaire of enormous determination who, when it comes to his interests, respects neither God nor man,” he said.
In his address before Parliament Wednesday, Orbán said that the basic stance of the government is contrary to the intentions of the European Commission regarding immigration.
“Our position is clear: we do not want, and do not think it is in accordance with the founding treaties of the Union, to settle migrants in our country in a mandatory way,” he said. “The decision on who we live with can only be made by the Hungarian citizens.”
The Prime Minister said it is important to note that “George Soros and his NGOs want to transport one million migrants to the EU per year. He has personally, publicly announced this programme and provides a financial loan for it. You could read this yourselves.”
“We reject this,” Orbán said. “We do not want to lose the right of national ratemaking for public utilities, because we fear that this would increase the burdens of the people and once again lead to drastic price increases, from which Hungarian families have suffered enough.
Regarding the regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Orbán said that the Hungarian proposal “follows the American example.”
The “complicated question,” he said, is “how we can make the operations of financially strong foreign external lobbies, willing to influence democratic decision-making, transparent to everyone.”
“The Hungarian legislation builds on the principal of clarity and transparency. We want nothing else but to be able to know of NGOs what kind of money and what kind of interests are behind them. This does not undermine their constitutional rights to have their voices heard, represent their interests and be able to organise themselves freely,” he said.
Orbán said that Hungarians are in favor of “straight talk” and reject attempts to beat around the bush or hide behind diplomatic language when discussing important issues.
“We talk clearly and unambiguously, so everyone can understand, even if we know that this may not appeal to everyone,” he said. “We on the other hand are irritated by the restrained political language, unable to name things for what they are, that has become widespread in European public life nowadays.”

Armed Police Shut Down Whitehall, Arrest Man With Rucksack of Knives

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A man has been arrested in Westminster and armed police have shut down part of Whitehall adjacent to a number of government ministries.

Witnesses and images from the scene show two large kitchen-type knives lying next to a rucksack bag besides where the man was arrested by armed police after a stop and search. The Daily Telegraph reports the suspect who was in his 20s was of “mixed race” appearance and had a “small beard”.
Counter-terror police from Scotland Yard have started an investigation, and the individual was arrested under powers given under counter-terror laws. He is being held at a South London police station.
The Scotland Yard statement said: “A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation. The man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command.
“The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.Knives have been recovered from him.
“He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat”.The arrested individual is under suspicion for a potential terror attack, and there have been no injuries.

French Conservative Pro-Traditional Marriage Group Calls Macron ‘Anti-Family’ Candidate

French conservative group La Manif pour Tous (“Protest for Everyone”) has slammed globalist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron saying that he is “anti-family” and places money above people.

The conservative group, who were responsible for mass protests of hundreds of thousands against gay marriage in 2013, released a statement saying that Macron is an “openly anti-family candidate” and told their supporters not to vote for him.
While the group did not openly endorse his rival, anti-mass migration candidate Marine Le Pen, president of La Manif pour Tous Ludovine de La Rochère said: “For families, for children, for the future, May 7: Macron no!”
De La Rochère continued by slamming Macron’s “anti-family” policies saying that issues like maternity, the rights of orphans, gender identity, and various taxation schemes would harm French families. 
The group said that a victory for Macron would mean a “civilizational upheaval” and create “new injustices and inequalities for women and children”.
During the first round of the election, the group was largely attached to conservative Republican candidate François Fillon through the association Common Sense. Though as recently as 2016, Front National firebrand Marion Maréchal-Le Pen took part in their protests against anti-family policies.
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Since its formation in 2012, the group has been active around three main policy issues, opposition to gay marriage, gay adoption, and so-called gender theory.
Whilst the group is entirely opposed to gay marriage, many are divided on the subject of civil unions. As part of her campaign platform, Marine Le Pen has called on France to adopt civil unions for homosexual couples rather than gay marriage which she would abolish.
Despite promising to abolish gay marriage, Le Pen has seen a rapid rise in the number of supporters from the LGBT community as many are more worried about Islamic extremism and security concerns.
Gay artist Kelvin Hopper described why he intends to vote Le Pen saying: “Faced with the current threats, particularly from radical Islam, gays have realised they’ll be the first victims of these barbarians, and only Marine is proposing radical solutions.”
Currently, Marine Le Pen needs to attract former Fillon voters like the supporters of La Manif pour Tous in order to beat Emmanuel Macron on 7 May as recent polls show him with a double-digit lead. Whilst Fillon endorsed Macron only minutes after exit polls were released on Sunday, La Manif pour Tous and others seem not to be convinced. 
Le Pen called Fillon’s endorsement of Macron a “betrayal” to his supporters earlier this week. “These are the people who defended their candidate in extremely difficult conditions and who were rewarded by listening to their candidate at 8:02 pm saying that we must vote for Mr. Macron,” she said.

Germany’s Social Democrats pivot toward PLO and Iran

German Foreign and Vice Chancellor Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s move to pick a fight with Benjamin Netanyahu come as no surprise to longterm observers of Gabriel and his Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) explicit pivot toward Fatah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu told Gabriel he was not prepared to meet with him if he went ahead with meetings with organizations (i.e. Breaking the Silence) that seek to delegitimize the Jewish state and the IDF. Gabriel refused to pull the plug on his meetings and the row mushroomed into a full-blown diplomatic crisis. “Gabriel’s deliberate uproar” was the title of Alex Feuerherdt’s article on the website of the Mena Watch think tank. Feuerherdt, a journalist and expert in German-Israel relations, hammered away at the SPD’s growing anti-Israel tendencies and the largely monolithic media and political criticism in Germany of Netanyahu’s cancellation. He noted the double standard in Germany: There was not a bleep of protest over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to punish Israel for construction of buildings in the disputed territories by canceling her May trip to Israel, noted Feuerherdt. Gabriel is, of course, no stranger to slashing language that assaults Israel’s raison d’être, namely, political Zionism. He termed Israel’s presence in Hebron an “apartheid regime.” His partisan views are clearly written on the wall. For Gabriel, Mahmoud Abbas is a “friend’ and his SPD party declared itself to be in a “strategic partnership” with Abbas’s Fatah party. Moreover, the SPD hosted a Breaking the Silence exhibit in 2012 at the party’s Willy Brandt headquarters in Berlin. The current president of Germany, the Social Democrat’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, waxed lyrical about the Breaking the Silence, a group that uses anonymous testimonies to claim Israel’s army commits war crimes. All of this helps to explain why Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, rejected just days ago a German mediation role (i.e, Gabriel) in the Israel-PLO conflict. The chairman and candidate for chancellor of the Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, described Abbas’s speech to the European Parliament last year as “stimulating.” During the June 2016 speech, Abbas accused Israeli rabbis of urging the government to poison Palestinian water. The New York Times wrote at the time that Abbas’s claim about lethally contaminating water used by the Palestinians echoed “antisemitic claims that led to the mass killings of European Jews in medieval times.” Gabriel has scarce experience in the Middle East. The vice chancellor – his party sits in a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party – is a hardcore economic nationalist who prioritizes his country’s business interests over historical responsibility toward the Jewish people. He rushed to Iran with a large business delegation just days after the nuclear accord was reached in July 2015. Gabriel appears to not have met with any organizations critical of the Islamic Republic while in Tehran. He dashed off to Iran again in 2016 with another business group. Gabriel’s predecessor, Steinmeier, tagged Netanyahu as “very coarse” for his piercing criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. As a result of the atomic pact, German companies are expected to secure a multi-billion dollar windfall from trade deals with the mullah regime. And key leaders within the Social Democrats have been frothing at the mouth over Israel’s opposition to the Iran nuclear weapons deal and over Netanyahu’s opposition to concessions to the Palestinians. As the former economic affairs minister and current foreign minister, Gabriel has not stopped German taxpayer funds from going to the Palestinian Authority, and likely going to convicted Palestinian terrorists and their families. The German government has provides millions of euros to NGOs in the West Bank, the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and Israel that are engaged in political warfare against Israel, according to the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor. Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, said “German funding to organizations like B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence is a small part of the problem; the government also provides money to radical organizations that delegitimize the right of the Jewish people to sovereign equality. This controversy [over Gabriel’s visit] is an opportunity to hold a serious dialogue between elected officials to solve the problems arising from the paralleled European links with Israeli political groups and NGOs.” The shift of the Social Democrats toward the PLO and Iran’s regime will continue to be a source of friction between Israel and Germany. The likely continuation of the current SPD coalition with Merkel after this fall’s election will keep the diplomatic tension high for the German government’s next five-year term.

Anti-Semitism Claims Force UK Liberal Democrats to Drop Two Election Candidates

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Two Liberal Democrat candidates have been forced to withdraw their candidacy for the UK’s upcoming general election after they were found to be “unfit to represent the party” because of past anti-Semitic comments.

The first to go was Ashuk Ahmed, Liberal Democrat candidate for Luton South, who has left the party following allegations of anti-Semitic posts on social media.
According to a report in Luton Today, the alleged postings on Facebook and Twitter date from 2014 – before the last general election when Mr. Ahmed was the party’s local candidate. They include a series comparing Jews to Nazis, suggestions that Zionists control “half the world” and claims that Labour and the Conservatives are controlled by “Zionist paymasters”.
Mr Ahmed also shared a video made by an extreme anti-Semitic group AshkeNazi, which claims to “expose… the current takeover of the United States by the Jewish Ashkenazi tribe”.
As soon as the posts were made public in an article by the MailOnline the party acted, with a spokesman saying,  “Mr Ahmed is no longer a member of the party and will not be a Liberal Democrat candidate in the coming election.”
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said: “Despite the fact that Ahmed had been exposed as an antisemite, the Liberal Democrats still decided to select him as their candidate for the Luton South Constituency in the forthcoming General Election, just as they did in 2015.
“The Party only moved to suspend Ahmed when Campaign Against Antisemitism exposed him.”
Former Bradford East MP David Ward, who held the seat for five years until 2015, has also been banned from standing again in June’s election by leader Tim Farron.
Mr. Ward, who planned to stand and try to regain the seat he lost in the last election – caused controversy in 2013 when he accused “the Jews” of atrocities against Palestinians.
His party membership has been suspended and an independent panel will carry out an investigation after the election, according to the BBC.
His decision was welcomed by the Jewish Leadership Council, which called Mr. Ward “an unrepentant serial offender”.
In 2013, Mr. Ward posted a tweet calling Israel an “apartheid state” and said that “Zionists” were “losing the battle”.  Mr. Ward refused to apologise at the time and had the party whip withdrawn.

Marine Le Pen SURGES in latest poll as Macron is blasted for first round celebrations

THE French electorate are abandoning Emmanuel Macron after a series of gaffes have helped Marine Le Pen back in contention ahead of the presidency campaign, latest polls show. Europhile Macron, who has previously vowed to go “tough” on the UK’s historic Brexit vote, has been roasted for seemingly swanning around Paris like he has already won the presidency. An Elabe poll for BFM TV found that half of people surveyed considered that Ms Le Pen's campaign had started well, compared with just 43 per cent for Macron.Another found some 61 per cent of French voters think that Ms Le Pen is leading a successful second-round campaign, compared to 48 per cent for Mr Macron, according to a Harris Interactive poll for RMC and Atlantico published on Wednesday. Mr Macron is the current frontrunner ahead of the second round of the French election but has been accused of complacency by both rivals and allies.He was booed and jeered by striking factory workers during a chaotic campaign visit in northern France, marking a stark contrast with Ms Le Pen taking photographs with workers. She vowed to stop the factory from closing if elected on May 7, and told the striking staff: “Everyone knows what side Emmanuel Macron is on - he is on the side of the corporations.“I am on the workers' side, here in the car park, not in the restaurants of Amiens.” Ms Le Pen’s supporters, including her father, are trying to split the unified front against her by praising the defeated far left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.In a Channel 4 interview, aired in February, the En Marche! chief repeatedly promised to ensure Britain faced “consequences” for voting Leave. Rivals and potential allies alike criticised Mr Macron for visiting on an expensive Parisian restaurant, the same choice as unpopular incumbent François Hollande, for celebrations after coming out on top in the first round of voting.Mr Macron won the first-round vote on Sunday with 23.9 per cent of the total vote. His rival, anti-EU Ms Le Pen, finished second after gathering 21.4 per cent of support.Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front, in a radio interview said: “I think that her campaign was too cool.“If I’d been in her place, I would have had a campaign like Trump’s. That’s to say, a wide-open campaign, very aggressive against those who are responsible for the decay of the country, whether right or left.”

French Mayor Fined for Mentioning Demographic Changes in Local Schools

French mayor Robert Ménard has been fined by the government for hate speech after mentioning that French children were being “replaced” in schools in his town.

Mr. Ménard, who serves as the mayor of Béziers, was sentenced to a fine of 2,000 euros for the comments he made on Twitter in September of 2016, France 24 reports. The independent mayor, who is supported by the Front National, then told local television station LCI a few days after making the post: “In a class in the city centre of my town, 91 per cent of the children are Muslims. Obviously, this is a problem. There are limits to tolerance”.
Ménard wrote he was witnessing “The Great Replacement”, a term used by the French populist right and coined by openly gay prolific French author Renaud Camus.
According to Camus’ theory, France and Western Europe are undergoing a cultural and demographic replacement due to mass migration. He argues the last time Europe underwent such a rapid transformation was during the so-called barbarian invasions during the collapse of the Roman Empire in the third century.
The judge in the hate speech case against Ménard assigned one thousand euros for the hate speech and another thousand euros to cover the court costs of the seven anti-racist organisations who brought the matter to court including the League for Human Rights and SOS Racisme, two organisations who have received funding from left-wing billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations in the past.
The prosecutor in the case denounced the comments saying of Ménard: “He reduces them to their religion, regardless of whether they have French nationality or do not practice this religion.” Ménard’s lawyer framed the issue as an infringement on freedom of speech and told the court not to pass “a death penalty of the freedom to think”.
“If the truth, what we see, becomes an offence, we can never say anything again,” Ménard said. “I have described a situation, I have said what all the elected officials find and never dare to say,” adding: “To leave them like that is to condemn them. That’s why I’m trying to solve this problem.”
Ménard supports Marine Le Pen in the French presidential race and shares many of the same views on mass migration. Le Pen has promised that if elected she will get France out of the open-border Schengen agreement and has proposed to deport foreign radical Islamists following the shooting on the Champs Élysées that killed a police officer last Friday.

Refugees Rights Campaigners: ‘Inhuman’ to Return Migrants to Safe Countries

Fifty refugees rights groups have together said a policy routinely reviewing refugees’ rights to remain is “inhuman” and “beyond basic morality”, and have called on the Home Secretary to reverse it.

In March, an update to the Home Office’s policy on Refugee Leave made it clear that refugees’ cases would be reviewed after they had spent five years in the country to ascertain whether it was safe for them to return to their home country, known as a Safe Return Review.
Guidance on the website made it clear that “Those who still need protection at that point will normally qualify for settlement.”
But refugee rights groups have slammed the policy, insisting that it leaves refugees facing an uncertain future and is therefore “inhuman”, the BBC has reported. They want to see the migrants granted permanent residency rights.
Fifty groups, including Calais Action, Black Lives Matter UK and Manchester Migrant Solidarity, have written to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, calling for the policy to be dropped. They say it will “put an end to hope of stability” for refugees, preventing them from integrating into British society.
Colin Harvey, professor of human rights at Queen’s University, Belfast, and one of the letter’s signatories told the BBC, “These are troubling times. The very idea of human rights is under threat.
“In times such as these we must stand together in support of the global regime of refugee protection and we must ensure that the rights of refugees are not undermined.”
Luke Butterly from Participation and the Practice of Rights, a Belfast-based organisation which also signed the letter, said:
“We’re asking Amber Rudd to listen to the voices put forward in this letter and recognise that this policy will have a devastating impact on people’s lives and will cost the Home Office an awful lot of money and serves no interest in the public good.”
The Home Office said it could not comment due to ‘purdah’ rules which limit Government activities during election campaigns. However, the policy fulfils a pledge made by the prime minister, Theresa May, when she was home secretary.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

France’s Macron Booed By Factory Workers Chanting ‘Marine President!’

Globalist French President candidate Emmanuel Macron faced animosity from workers at a Whirlpool plant facing closure during a campaign visit after anti-mass migration candidate Marine Le Pen made a surprise visit hours earlier.

What started as a planned campaign stop to visit the union bosses of a Whirlpool plant facing closure in Amiens ended in disaster for Mr. Macron after a surprise visit from his presidential rival.
Mr. Macron was shoved and shouted at by workers who may lose their jobs as the factory is scheduled to be relocated to Poland next June French broadcaster BFMTV reports.
The 39-year-old Presidential hopeful was greeted with shouts of “Marine President!” and was whistled at by some of the 295 workers expected to lose their jobs.
The reaction was in large part due to a surprise visit from the former Front National leader Marine Le Pen just hours before. Ms. Le Pen used the opportunity to talk with workers about their concerns and stressed the need to protect French jobs.
“In Amiens where I went to meet and support the workers at Whirlpool. With me, their factory won’t close!” Le Pen wrote on Twitter and posted pictures of herself with many of the workers. The anti-mass migration candidate was greeted with cheers and applause from the workers in the car park outside the factory.
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Ms. Le Pen released a statement on her campaign website of her proposals to save the plant saying, “after receiving 40 million euros in state aid under the CICE, the group’s managers decided to relocate this profitable plant to Poland. I will require that these amounts paid under the CICE be refunded in the event of the departure of the company.”
“If the group persists in wanting to leave,” she added, “the state will put all its energy, under my direct supervision, to find serious industrial buyers and who are committed to preserving jobs.” Le Pen also slammed globalisation saying, “I consider that nothing is more important than the fate of the employees who could undergo a scandalous decision taken by a multinational eager for profits.”
When Mr. Macron was finally able to address the crowd he attempted to tell them how globalisation was actually good for them.
“The answer is not to suppress globalisation and close borders,” he told the workers.
The En Marche! party leader went on to slam Le Pen on Twitter writing, “Marine Le Pen spends ten minutes with party members in front of cameras, while I spend and hour and a quarter working with the unions, with no press.”

In her speech after the first round of the French presidential election Sunday night, Le Pen framed the second round as a debate between globalisation and French patriotism saying the “survival of France” was at stake.

Merkel calls PM's decision to cancel meeting 'regrettable'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday it was "regrettable" that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denied her foreign minister a meeting after the diplomat held talks with radical leftist groups. Merkel's spokesman said that talks with non-governmental organisations were common during foreign travel and should not set off a rift between allies. "The chancellor finds it regrettable that a meeting between Foreign Minister (Sigmar) Gabriel and Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Netanyahu did not take place," he told reporters at a regular government briefing. "It should not be problematic for foreign visitors to meet with critical representatives of civil society." Netanyahu called off the planned meeting Tuesday with Gabriel after the German diplomat decided to go ahead with talks with Israeli radical groups Breaking The Silence and B'Tselem. Netanyahu's rare move marked an affront against one of Israel's closest international partners. Israeli critics of the German funding of radical groups say that it is unacceptable for other nations to undermine a democratic ally by funding radical and subversive organizations which seek to overturn the will of the electorate as expressed in legitimate elections.

Austrian President: Day will come when we ask all women to wear headscarf

Because of “rampant Islamophobia,” to stand in “solidarity” with hijab-wearing Muslim women.
Great. But who stands in solidarity with Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it? Or with Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab? Or the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; or Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm her family because she stopped wearing the hijab in Britain; or Amira Osman Hamid, who faced whipping in Sudan for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Egyptian girl, also named Amira, who committed suicide after being brutalized for her family for refusing to wear the hijab; or the Muslim and non-Muslim teachers at the Islamic College of South Australia who were told that they had to wear the hijab or be fired; or the women in Chechnya whom police shot with paintballs because they weren’t wearing hijab; or the women also in Chechnya who were threatened by men with automatic rifles for not wearing hijab; or the elementary school teachers in Tunisia who were threatened with death for not wearing hijab; or the Syrian schoolgirls who were forbidden to go to school unless they wore hijab; or the women in Gaza whom Hamas has forced to wear hijab; or the women in Iran who protested against the regime by daring to take off their legally-required hijab; or the women in London whom Muslim thugs threatened to murder if they didn’t wear hijab; or the anonymous young Muslim woman who doffed her hijab outside her home and started living a double life in fear of her parents; or the fifteen girls in Saudi Arabia who were killed when the religious police wouldn’t let them leave their burning school building because they had taken off their hijabs in their all-female environment; or all the other women and girls who have been killed or threatened, or who live in fear for daring not to wear the hijab?
Who is standing in solidarity with them? Those who taunt or brutalize hijab-wearing women are louts and creeps, and should be prosecuted if they commit any acts of violence. At the same time, the women who don’t wear hijab in Muslim countries are far more likely to be victims of violence than hijabis in the West. Who speaks for them?

France: As Fillon Switches to Macron, Many of His Voters Break for Le Pen

By Michele Antaki

The French voted on Sunday to elect their president and their verdict came like a thunderbolt, marking their desire to turn the page on their big traditional parties .
The two candidates to go into a run-off in a fortnight are Emmanuel Macron - the globalist candidate who claims to represent both the right and left, and Marine Le Pen, the nationalist candidate who refuses to be defined by right or left.
With the nominal conservative, Francois Fillon defeated, it was the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic instituted by Charles de Gaulle that a large right-wing party was not represented.
But the real bombshell occurred when Fillon announced he would vote for Macron, moments after the results were out. He cited the fight against the extremist course that Le Pen represented as his motivation.
The man who, not so long ago, mockingly called  Macron "Emmanuel Hollande” or “Hollande’s towel holder,” was asking now for his his fans to rally behind him? In doing so, Fillon also revealed his true colors and proved he was, in fact, a globalist, even though his version of globalism was softer than Macron’s and could have represented a real alternative to Le Pen, had the establishment not mounted a defamation campaign against him.
In the "Les Républicains” camp, Alain Juppé (Fillon’s defeated rival at the primary) and François Baroin, his presumptive prime minister, also rallied for Macron. The spokesman for Les Républicains said the political bureau was to meet to adopt a common position but that "not a voice should go to Le Pen."
It was the first time that the LR party departed from the line of neutrality it had set for itself, by taking sides in the second round.
Fillon’s decision to back Macron, to block the Front National did not sit well with some of his voters for whom Plan B had never been Macron, but Le Pen. First comments revealed that they felt betrayed and unlikely to follow Fillon’s voting instructions.
This was the case for George Fenech, a judge and member of Les Républicains party, who told journalists with irritation that of course he would never vote for Macron or instruct Fillon’s voters to do so. For how could he back a candidate that he had previously fought without losing all credibility? He also believed that such a wholesale transfer of votes to a rival party was a tactical mistake, a political suicide, for it meant for LR would cease to exist as an independent political entity, and would effectively merge into Macron’s En Marche movement.
Fillon’s speed in backing his former competitor was especially shocking given the circumstances of his campaign. Fillon had been investigated for a claim of fake jobs that cost him his lead in the polls. He had counter-attacked and accused Hollande of dirty tricks against him to boost his protégé Emmanuel Macron, even going so far as filing a claim with the Public Prosecutor for the President, a French office, to investigate the president.
In the camp of the old Left, political alliances also began to recompose as soon as the results were announced. Socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve made a solemn appeal to vote for Macron to combat "regressive forces." The socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, followed suit.
As for socialist party leader Benoit Hamon, despite his enmity toward Macron, and the latter's betrayal of the party, which he left six months before the campaign to run as an independent, he announced he was supporting Macron, who was “a mere political rival” while Marine Le Pen was an "enemy of the Republic.”
Hollande himself made a solemn appearance on the following day to say he was voting for Macron. In a pathetic display of demagoguery, he lashed out at Le Pen who he claimed represented “extremism, narrow parochialism and discrimination against a whole segment of the French citizens, based on their origin and religion.”
All this political effervescence was captured in a humoristic show
In view of the outpouring of support from the traditional left and right for the candidate of La France en Marche, the gap separating him from the candidate of the Front National is likely to widen further.
Macron could conceivably embody "renewal" for voters with his youthful looks that get him likened to “the ideal son-in-law,” provided they are able to filter out his “Rothschild candidate” profile - a reference to the four years he spent at Rothschild & Cie Banque as a managing partner. Rothschild bankers are known as globalists and some believe that in case of a Le Pen victory, they would block all credit to France.
Le Pen does not miss an opportunity to say that Macron stands for “unbridled globalization” and “a world without borders.” When he was Minister of Economy and Industry, he sold Toulouse airport to the Chinese, and Alstom [a French multinational company in the rail transport industry] to General Electric.
Polls indicate that many French are reluctant to embrace globalization with open arms - especially in rural France where Le Pen has widespread support.
In the second round of the election, the key topic of globalization and the EU, “euro-globalization’ as it is called in France, will be brought front and center in the political debate, which explains Le Pen’s declaration that the real debate would then finally begin.
She said she did not fear having Macron, that media creation, as her opponent. She repeatedly said he was the one she dreamed of confronting, for he represents her polar opposite and thus offers her an opportunity to showcase her program in the areas of terrorism, migrants, financial dictatorship, the EU and globalism.
Macron, on the other hand, does not have a defining theme that could mobilize his supporters. He distinguished himself during the campaign by the vacuousness of his speeches. He gave the impression of being a 'default' candidate, while Le Pen could count on a base of convinced fans.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine Le Pen's father, interviewed on the BFM TV channel on election night, described Macron as a smiley but masked man, whose intentions were largely unknown.
In his message to his supporters  that night, Macron positioned himself as the future president “of all patriots facing the threat of nationalists." By introducing this specious distinction, he was laying claim to patriotism. He had been criticized as unpatriotic a few weeks ago for saying - while on a trip to Algeria - that French colonization had been a crime against humanity. He celebrated his victory  at the Rotonde-Montparnasse with his wife Brigitte, friend and mentor Jacques Attali, and European MP Daniel Cohn-Benditt, all of them inveterate globalists.
Le Pen enjoyed another kind of treat - “anti-fascist demonstrations," where nine were wounded, including six policemen, and 29 were arrested. They were likely financed by non-government organizations affiliated with the ubiquitous George Soros, who was reported to have invested in Google to step up its “Fake News” campaign designed to depress the vote of anti-globalist Le Pen. Soros has also invested 970,000 euros this year to thwart France’s counter-terrorism efforts, under the guise of defending "human rights."
Beyond the euphoria of the Lepenistes, the chance for Le Pen to win on May 7 is objectively slimmer than Macron's, unless the 21.75% of voters who abstained in the first round decide to come out and massively cast their ballots for her. True enough, her anti-globalization stance is shared by 50% of the French population, but a good segment of this potential electorate is ‘sterilized’ as it perceives her as a “racist” and a “xenophobe.” The way forward in the rest of her campaign is, therefore, to focus more on the anti-globalization dimension of her program, and less on the migrant issue, in order to capture as much of that dormant electorate as possible.
Other than that, she might be able to tap into 33% of François Fillon's electorate, mainly from members of  'Sens Commun.' This is a movement which had opposed same-sex marriage back in 2013 and formed the last bastion of loyalists to Fillon during his judicial woes. There is no way they could identify with Macron's values and therefore, they are likely to switch to Le Pen or abstain from voting altogether. Moments ago, that movement, also calledLa Manif pour tous, because it had called people to take to the streets to protest same-sex marriage, asked supporters not to vote for Macron, “the openly anti-family candidate.” Meanwhile, on Royalists' Facebook pages (yes, France still has royalists), its adherents are also voicing opposition to a Macron vote, such as this one of the Prince of Orleans.
Other sympathizers go so far as to express a preference for Le Pen.
A reader of the conservative magazine Valeurs Actuelles wrote: “We want a fighting party, with a warrior at the head. Not weather-vanes rotating in every direction .”
Another denounced the “patronizing approach” of Fillon's call to vote for a designated candidate. "The best for him would have been, like Melenchon, to shut up and tell his voters to follow the promptings of their conscience. We are not children to be told what to do.” He added that he would personally vote for Le Pen, and that five years of Hollande were quite enough without having to endure five more years under his “spiritual heir.”
As things stand now, two days after results came out, and depending on whom you pop the question to, only around one-third of former Fillonists are saying they will vote for Le Pen, while one-third will abstain or return a blank ballot. The remaining third will dutifully do as told and rally behind Macron. However, abstentions will ‘mechanically’ boost Le Pen more than Macron, and this prompted Juppé to warn against them in a tweet this week.
Le Pen may also possibly count on the 5% votes obtained by the sovereignist Dupont Aignant - who had been asking Fillon to desist and transfer his votes to him. He announced that he would communicate his voting instructions early next week.
She could perhaps also benefit from a small segment of Jean-Luc Melenchon's electorate (19.4% of the votes), since he left his voters free to vote for whomever they wanted. He said he was not mandated by his constituents to represent them at the poll. Consequently, he would not ask them to vote for a particular candidate. The leader of La France insoumise remained unbending to the end.
Although Melenchon is a populist like Le Pen, his is a leftwing and socially liberal brand of populism, and he recoils in horror at what he views as her "racism" and “xenophobia.” Consequently, very few Melenchonists could realistically cross the Rubicon into Le Pen’s lap. Furthermore, the spokesperson for Melenchon’s party, called today on voters to refrain from giving a single vote to Le Pen’s Front National. He also told them not to vote for Macron and abstain altogether, focusing on the next legislative race instead. It was not clear whether he was speaking in Melenchon's name or his own
Le Pen, who was also interviewed today on prime time TV, winked at Melenchon’s electorate when she portrayed Macron as a the “submission” candidate who bowed to everything and everyone - lobbies, banks,  Brussels…etc. She said France under Macron would be a “submissive France,” as opposed to the France Insoumise in Melenchon's motto, meaning, unbending France.
According to political scientists, the Front National can realistically gain 10% to 15% during the second round. This party has previously shown its ability to gain traction even between the two rounds of an election. Polls are currently predicting 38% for Le Pen, versus 62% for Macron at the end of the second round.
Le Pen has taken leave from her party’s presidency to devote herself to her campaign, and she is traveling all over France to speak to the people.
Last night, another thunderstorm brought the curtain down on Fillon’s political involvement in the foreseeable future. He kissed goodbye his Les Républicains party, announcing to its political bureau that he would not campaign for the legislative elections next June. "I no longer have the legitimacy to lead the fight," he said. "I will become a militant in spirit among the rest of you.” He said he now intends to rebuild his bruised family.
The knives were out for him in his own clan. Alain Juppé, his crushed rival at the presidential primary, said the defeat of the Right in the first round was partly attributable to Fillon, the other part being his program - too liberal economically but too conservative socially, with its emphasis on the ‘work, patriotism and family' trinity. Others echoed his denial of Fillon, so subtly that poison would be more appropriate a term than knife.
Almost simultaneously, rearguard maneuvers started, indicating that good old Nicolas Sarkozy could perhaps vie for the party’s leadership. He denied it, claiming all he was interested in was the unity of his political family and to provide ‘the unifying cement” among its members. A meeting organized at the party’s headquarters on the day following the results of the first round pointed to a Right feverishly trying to strategize to win the upcoming legislative elections and avoid political death.
A working breakfast on Wednesday morning, supposedly among members of Les Républicains, but in actual fact with only a subset of 40 Sarkozyistes, was also held to devise a way forward. It emerged from it that François Baroin - formerly slated to become prime minister in a Fillon presidency - would probably become the leader of Les Republicains. This would position him to also be selected as prime minister under a Macron presidency, given that the LR is the largest political formation and that Macron has no MPs of his own, having created his En Marche ‘party’ a mere six months before the presidential campaign. A final statement was issued, urging voters to block Le Pen, but falling short of instructing to vote for Macron because of lack of consensus.
The winners of the presidential first round are, too, already projecting themselves into the legislative elections of June 11 and June 18. Given the recomposition of the political chessboard, neither Macron nor Le Pen would have a majority in the National Assembly if elected president. But if Le Pen is unable to win the presidency, her party is in a position to win many constituencies in Spring 2017. The Front National is now a party that carries substantial political weight. Le Pen is looking, therefore, to turn it into a fixture of the political landscape.