French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Twitter’s owner Elon Musk for relaxing content censorship policies on the platform, arguing that content on Twitter needs more regulation. Macron made the comments in an appearance on ABC News ahead of his visit to The White House.
Macron said that democracies are under “very strong pressure” from forces like social media where users can say “crazy things about a vaccine, a pandemic, the war.”
This week, Musk said he would relax content moderation policies surrounding topics like the coronavirus.
Good Morning America and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos said, “He’s making it worse, isn’t he?”
“I think this is a big issue,” Macron responded. “I think it deserves to be largely engaged. What I push very much for, want, is exactly the opposite – more regulation.”
Macron further argued that speech in a democracy has to be “based on respect and political order.”
French researchers have reanimated over a dozen prehistoric viruses which have been trapped deep within the Siberian permafrost for nearly 50 million years, according to a pre-print study.
After obtaining seven ancient permafrost samples, scientists from the French National Centre for Scientific Research were able to document 13 never-before-seen viruses that had been lying dormant in the ice, Science Alert reports.
The same researchers found a 30,000-year-old virus in 2014 which was trapped in permafrost. Notably, it was still able to infect organisms. Now, they’ve beaten their own record with a find that’s 48,500 years old, which they named Pandoravirus yedoma, according to Science Alert.
The scientists, who called these “zombie viruses” a public health threat, pointed to global warming as an ongoing risk that could result in the release of deadly pathogens from long ago.
“Due to climate warming, irreversibly thawing permafrost is releasing organic matter frozen for up to a million years, most of which decomposes into carbon dioxide and methane, further enhancing the greenhouse effect,” the authors wrote. “Part of this organic matter also consists of revived cellular microbes (prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes) as well as viruses that remained dormant since prehistorical times.“
French President Emmanuel Macron urged for total submission to globalism during a speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Thailand on Friday.
“We are in a jungle and we have two big elephants, trying to become more and more nervous” Macron said, comparing U.S. and China to large animals who must be controlled.
“If they become very nervous and star a war, it will a big problem for the rest of the jungle. You need the cooperation of a lot of other animals, tigers, monkeys and so on,” he added, amused at his comparison.
Macron said that the multipolar world, without a major global hegemon calling the shots, must be rejected. Instead, the world must bow before what he calls a “single global order,” which is of course a euphemism for new world order.
“Are you on the US or the Chinese side? Because now, progressively, a lot of people would like to see that there are two orders in the world. This a huge mistake, even for both the US and China. We need a single global order,” he said.
A Holocaust denier who fled France after he was convicted under anti-Nazi laws has been arrested in a Scottish fishing village.
Vincent Reynouard, 53, was arrested in Anstruther, Fife, on Thursday after a two-year search.
He had been working as a private tutor while living under a false identity in the UK, according to French media reports.
Holocaust denial has been a criminal offence in France since 1990, and Reynouard has been convicted on numerous occasions.
He was given a four-month jail term in November 2020 and a further six-month sentence in January 2021.
A 12-year-old girl was found stuffed in a suitcase in Paris with her throat slashed and a bizarre, chilling clue — the numbers 1 and 0 “placed” on her corpse, authorities said.
The hands and feet of the French child, who was not named, were bound with tape, and she appeared to have died from asphyxiation, according to Fox News and the Independent.
At least four people have since been taken into custody for questioning in the case, but no arrests have been announced.
The girl’s parents notified police when their daughter didn’t come home after school in the French capital Friday, the outlet said.
The girl’s father, who is a caretaker in their building, told police he saw his daughter with a woman in her 20s on video footage from the building — with the woman later emerging on the footage carrying a suitcase.Cops later found evidence of a kidnapping in the basement of the building.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire for using a gas-guzzling jet ski on the French Riviera while demanding citizens curtail their energy use.
In a modern take on the infamous, if possibly apocryphal, remark of the French queen Marie Antoinette that, if the starving people were unable to buy bread, the state should “let them eat cake”, President Emmanual Macron has caused a stir among his countrymen for jet-skiing while his country faces the worst energy crisis in decades, BFMTV reported.
The French leader, fresh off a stinging defeat in the National Assembly elections, losing his legislative majority and dashing his dreams of a “Jupitarean” presidency — and indeed his hopes of becoming the undisputed top dog of Europe — fled Paris to vacation with his wife Bridgette at Fort de Brégançon, the official retreat of the President of France since 1968.
Paparazzi pictures over the past week have shown the French leader lounging in the sun and cruising the Mediterranean in a not-so-eco-friendly jet ski, less than one month after calling on the public to engage in an “effort of solidarity” by cutting their energy usage in the face of European gas shortages amid the war in Ukraine.
Telecom ministers from European countries have asked the major online platforms to ensure they have the adequate capacity to handle “misinformation” in Central and Eastern Europe, which they say are the major targets of Russian propaganda.
On March 8, officials from EU governments and representatives from the major online platforms met in France to discuss how to fight disinformation being spread by the Russian government. Initially, the agenda of the informal meeting was the Metaverse, how to bring more women to the technology sector, and environment. The agenda was changed in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In a joint statement, the ministers said: “The battles initiated by Russia in the current conflict are raging not only on the ground but also on the internet.”
France’s digital minister Cédric O said that online platforms had made some efforts to fight Russian propaganda, adding that the accounts of Russian state-controlled media outlets Sputnik and RT have been removed on the major platforms. However, O said it was important to put “pressure on the platforms to do even more.”
During the meeting, the ministers made two requests, according to a report by EURACTIV. They asked the platforms to respond to take down requests from governments more quickly. And, they asked them to increase their content moderation teams in the languages spoken in Central and Eastern Europe.
In a wildly authoritarian move, French President Emmanuel Macron has declared the nation’s unvaccinated public to be “not citizens” of France, and claims he is intentionally just trying to “piss them off.”
The bizarre and unlawful declaration comes as the French parliament debates new legislation that would eliminate unvaccinated people from public life entirely, even if they test negative for COVID-19.
The moves belie the oft-repeated claim that COVID-19 vaccines are purely a health measure, especially in the face of new data from surrounding countries that proves the vaccinated are now more likely to contract, and therefore spread, the virus.
Speaking to Le Parisien, Macron furiously ranted:
“I am not about pissing off the French people… But as for the non-vaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And we will continue to do this, to the end. This is the strategy.
A notorious French prankster has reportedly revealed that he was behind last week’s incident wherein multiple people throughout the southern part of the country spotted a glowing cigar-shaped UFO. The mass sighting, which occurred on Tuesday evening, sparked worldwide headlines and a considerable amount of coverage from national media outlets in France. However, the mystery of the eerie object was short-lived as YouTube personality and prominent French practical joker Remi Gaillard came forward over the weekend to take credit for the ‘extraterrestrial affair’ and explained how he pulled off the elaborate hoax.
In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Gaillard proudly introduced Marie, a horse breeder, and Loic, a meteorologist. “Thanks to them,” he boasted, “we succeeded in pranking all of you.” The video then shows how the two accomplices posed as bewildered witnesses who were interviewed by credulous news organizations in France. Looking back on her role in the stunt, which saw her leading a TV program out to a field where she ‘saw the UFO,’ Marie marveled that “I had to tell probably the biggest lie of my life.” Gaillard went on to indicate that the prank was weeks in the making and marveled at how quickly the videos of the odd object wound up becoming something of a media sensation last week in France.
Eight armed, uniformed French police boarded a Eurostar train on Thursday afternoon, after it made an emergency stop in Lille, to forcibly remove a passenger who was accused of “not wearing the right type of mask.”
The incident occurred on a Eurostar service that was traveling from Paris Gare du Nord to St. Pancras on Thursday afternoon but was halted in Lille after a train manager reportedly got into an aggressive argument with a man over his face mask, according to passengers.
Following the confrontation, the manager stated that they would be informing the police at Lille for his failure to follow Covid regulations, with the train making an emergency, unscheduled stop at the station where eight officers forcibly removed the passenger. As he left the train, the passenger, thought to be in his 40s, claimed he had been accused of “not wearing the right type of mask” and would now “be left alone in France,” calling it “very cruel treatment.”