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    An acclaimed chef who has worked at highly-rated restaurants across North Jersey is helming a French restaurant replacing another in Jersey City. A Nutley native, Chef Jamie Knott has opened Madame, which replaces Madame Claude Bis on 4th Street, located behind Cellar 335 — one of Knott's other restaurants. Knott also owns the Saddle River Inn and Saddle River Cafe in Bergen County.  Madame has been completely renovated to include a 54-seat dining room and 18-seat bar, as reported by NorthJersey.com.  The fare is modern bistro as opposed to classic French, Knott told the outlet. Menu items include a meat and cheese board, oysters, polenta, bone marrow, chicken schnitzel, skirt steak and more. Cocktails and beers are also on the menu. Madame is located at 390 4th St., Jersey City.
    I have traveled widely around the world and generally my wanderings are pleasant. But arriving at the French border equates to a sense of absolute security for me. When I explain this to friends, most of them don’t understand. A cousin of mine living in Germany told me about his experience on a trip to Paris. He told me about the bad condition of the roads, the traffic jams, the lack of cleanliness worthy of a city of such importance, and concluded by saying that he would never return to France. Paris is not France. Even for its natives, it’s a tired city. For foreigners, it is a psychological washing machine. Paris is magically beautiful, but when you live there, the magic fades. If you are rich, there is no worry about work, money, rent and transportation. When I had lived there for more than eighteen years, one day suddenly I saw it through the eyes of a French woman who was not a Parisian. It was painful as I stripped it from its surface of lights, bustle, architectural beauty...
    LaToya Cantrell, the controversial Democratic mayor of New Orleans, repaid the city nearly $29,000 she wrongfully used in city cash for first class flights after justifying it by saying economy class is unsafe for black women.  The mayor paid for the flights after she spent more than $40,000 on a four-day trip in June to France, with her own first-class flight costing almost $18,000 - but her aides traveled in economy. 'My travel accommodations are a matter of safety, not of luxury,' Cantrell, who reportedly earns approximately $188,000 , said at a press conference.  A city attorney determined that Cantrell, as a city employee, was obliged by policy to seek the cheapest fares or reimburse the city for deluxe expenses. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has repaid the city nearly $29,000 after she was found to have used city cash to get a first-class flight to France The mayor paid for the flights after she spent more than $40,000 on a four-day trip in June to France, with her own first-class flight costing almost $18,000 Cantrell also admitted to living in a...
    PARIS is one of the most popular destinations for a city break but there's more to the French capital than its most famous tourist attractions. Here Beauty Editor Tara Ledden shows you how to see the City of Light like a local, with boutique galleries, glamorous cocktails and one-of-a-kind shops. 5Paris is one of the most popular destinations for a city break but there's more to the French capital than its most famous tourist attractions SNIFF OUT THE BEST SHOPS Stylish shopping? Tick. Historic districts to explore? Tick. Incredible food to devour? Tick. 5Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann department store is an attraction in itself and a must if you are in town to shop Plus the French capital is the birthplace of perfume brand Diptyque, so its original boutique in the Saint-Germain area is a great starting point for beauty fans. Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store is an attraction in itself and a must if you are in town to shop. And while you’re there, head up to the eighth floor for stunning views of the city....
    MANCHESTER UNITED have received a Raphael Varane injury boost with his early exit in the Manchester Derby not as bad as originally feared. The Frenchman, 29, sustained an ankle injury at 1-0 in Sunday's 6-3 away defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City. 2Varane was subbed off before half-time in the Manchester DerbyCredit: Getty 2United went on to lose 6-3 to Man CityCredit: Rex Varane was then off the pitch for Erling Haaland's first of the afternoon from a corner, as he was receiving treatment. He then limped off in the 40th minute with the Red Devils 3-0 down - but he did not go straight down the tunnel. And according to the Manchester Evening News, sources say the injury is "not bad". The player drove himself Man Utd's training ground on Monday ahead of Thursday's Europa League group stage game against Omonia Nicosia. READ MORE ON MAN UTDUNITED NEWS Ten Hag's Cristiano Ronaldo comments cause stir, £35m Goncalo Ramos chase Boss Erik ten Hag will clarify nearer to the fixture whether Varane will be available to travel...
    Controversial New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell admitted to living in an apartment in the city's French Quarter rent free.  Cantrell, who previously caused outrage when she spent city funds on first class air travel and excused it by saying economy class was 'unsafe' for black women, claims to have done nothing illegal.   Apartment 530B is located in the city's Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square in the famous district and has a market rate of $2,991 per month.  A spokesperson for Cantrell and the city councilmember who sits on the board of the company, French Market Corp., that manages the building, have said that everything is legal according to the city's terms with French Market Corp.  However, the city's Metropolitan Crime Commission sent a report to the city council Thursday asking for an investigation into Cantrell's use of the apartment.   Controversial New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell admitted to living in an apartment in the city's French Quarter rent free Apartment 530B is located in the city's Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square in the famous district and has a market...
    I’M going to Vienne. You mean Vienna? No, Vienne, a city in France. As everyone thought I was off to the Austrian capital, the French clearly need to start shouting about their historical gem from the top of its amazing amphitheatre. 4Trisha takes her free bike for a ride alongside the RhoneCredit: Supplied 4Roll out the barrel and enjoy a look around a wine cellar as part of your trip 4The streets are crammed every Saturday for one of France’s largest markets, where 350 stallholders sell food and fruit, homeware and hats Sitting on the banks of the river Rhone in the south east of the country, Vienne is a good a city break destination as better-known Lyon, 20 miles north.  Wonderful wines, fabulous food, Roman ruins, jazz and jam. It has it all.  I visited during the summer Jazz Festival, when music takes over every corner of the city for two weeks, entertaining more than 200,000 fans.  The beating heart of the event is the Theatre Antique, an amphitheatre built on a hillside around 40 to 50 AD. It...
    Richmond brought its suspended police chief, Bisa French, back to work last week even though a hired investigator concluded she committed misconduct during a dispute with a family member by making “a threat of harm,” among other infractions. According to a letter written by acting Chief Louie Tirona, who ran the department during French’s leave, the city took “appropriate action” in light of the misconduct finding. But the letter doesn’t specify what action was taken, and Richmond city officials did not return phone calls seeking additional information. French had been on leave since October 2021 following a series of misconduct allegations made by the family member; the city announced her return to its own workforce, though not publicly, on July 15. Tirona’s letter revealed that an investigation, conducted by attorney Leslie Ellis at the city of Richmond’s behest, sustained allegations that French threatened to harm a man she believed was her 18-year-old family member’s pimp, but who the relative maintains was her boyfriend. French also took the family member’s cell phone and opened an envelope containing her bank statement, the...
    Richmond police Chief Bisa French returned to work after a third-party investigation found she committed misconduct by making “a threat of harm” and taking a cellphone and a bank statement from a family member, this news organization has learned. According to a letter written by then-acting Chief Louie Tirona, the city took “appropriate action” in light of the misconduct finding. The letter doesn’t specify, citing a section of the state’s public records act that keeps certain information about law enforcement personnel private. The investigation, conducted by attorney Leslie Ellis at the city of Richmond’s request, found that French threatened a man she believed was her 18-year-old family member’s pimp, but whom the relative maintains was her boyfriend. Several similar misconduct allegations were found to be unfounded, not sustained, or French was exonerated. “The finding of sustained means the investigation disclosed sufficient evidence to establish that the act occurred and that it constituted misconduct,” Tirona wrote. Tirona’s letter is dated July 16, 2022, just one day after French’s return to work was announced. French had been on leave since October 2021,...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are having a 15-player fire sale this summer with big guns Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Presnel Kimpembe free to leave. The French champions are looking to thin out their squad and shift some of the deadwood ahead of new boss Christophe Galtier's debut season. 3Neymar is one of 15 PSG players up for saleCredit: EPA 3Icardi is being linked with a move to Serie A newcomers MonzaCredit: Getty 3Kimpembe is being tracked by ChelseaCredit: Rex And a number of top PSG players are free to leave. According to Corriere dello Sport, world record transfer Neymar has been put up for sale and has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks. Chelsea and Prem champions Manchester City were linked. And a potential swap with City for midfielder Bernardo Silva was touted by the French press. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLGET YOUR GOSS Neymar offered to Man City, Lewandowski's first day at Barca, Tielemans news However, City boss Pep Guardiola has rubbished Le Parisien's reporting as "not right". He said: "I’m sorry for Le Parisien...
    ORLEANS, France—“It’s considered less sexy than winemaking.” I’ve just entered a stuffy attic room with Paul-Olivier Claudepierre, the co-owner of the last artisanal vinegar producer in the central French city of Orléans. Hefty wooden barrels line the space, and the air is so thick with the tangy fumes of fermenting vinegar that within seconds my eyes begin to burn, and I can’t stop coughing. We’re clad in white disposable robes with matching hairnets that resemble the unsettling result of a one-night stand between a hospital gown and a hazmat suit, and he’s giving me a tour of the Martin-Pouret factory. Situated in the Orléans suburb of Fleury-les-Aubrais, the space has been the site of the company’s vinegar production facilities since the late 18th century. “You eventually get used to it,” Claudepierrre says to reassure me, and I nod and try to gently breathe in only to succumb to a second coughing and wheezing fit as the acidic fumes launch another assault on my lungs. I’m in too much pain to be embarrassed, and for a second I wonder if I’ll...
    Paris (CNN)A day at the pool will be out of reach for some women this summer in the eastern French city of Grenoble, after a higher court upheld a ban on full-length swimsuits known as "burkinis' in public swimming pools. Following a series of protests by local Muslim women, the city had passed an edict in May 2021 allowing bathers at public pools in Grenoble to use the swimwear. But later that month, the city's administrative tribunal overruled the decision -- a ruling upheld on Tuesday by France's highest administrative court.In its ruling, the French Council of State invoked principles of religious neutrality, concluding that permitting the "burkini" would undermine "the equal treatment of users, so that the neutrality of the public service is compromised.""Contrary to the claimed objective of the city of Grenoble," the city's initial decision to authorize the "burkini" aimed "only to satisfy a demand of a religious nature," the court said.Read MoreIt also said Grenoble's decision would have allowed some bathers to contravene "hygiene and security rules."Religious neutrality is enshrined in modern French administrative principles, which...
    BURNLEY’S hopes of landing Vincent Kompany as their new manager could be scuppered by French club Nice. The Clarets are hoping to appoint the Manchester City legend despite their relegation to the Championship last month. 2Burnley want to sign Anderlecht manager Vincent Kompany as their new bossCredit: Reuters 2Burnley target Vincent Kompany has been approached by NiceCredit: Getty However the move has been held up by red tape – with the former Belgium international requiring a work permit to come back to work in England. And that delay has alerted Nice who are looking to replace their current coach Christophe Galtier during the close season despite finishing fifth last season. Reports in Belgium say Kompany spoke with club chiefs last week as he waits for a possible move to Turf Moor to be finalised. The 36-year-old would be willing to move back to the North West as his wife Carla hails from Manchester. Read More on FootballTransfer news live Real Madrid close in on Tchouameni, Liverpool 'prepare' Gavi bid' He has already sounded out his former City team-mate Craig Bellamy...
    PARIS (AP) — The French news broadcaster BFM TV said a 32-year-old French journalist was killed Monday in eastern Ukraine, fatally hit by shell shrapnel while covering a Ukrainian evacuation operation. BFM TV said its journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was killed as he was “covering a humanitarian operation in an armored vehicle” near Sievierodonetsk, a key city in the Donbas region that is being hotly contested by Russian and Ukrainian forces. He had worked for six years for the French television channel. French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Leclerc-Imhoff on Twitter. He “was in Ukraine to show the reality of the war. Aboard a humanitarian bus, alongside civilians forced to flee to escape Russian bombs, he was fatally shot,” Macron tweeted. Macron expressed condolences to his family, relatives and colleagues and spoke of “France’s unconditional support” to “those who carry out the difficult mission of informing in theaters of operations.” French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna called the journalist’s death “deeply shocking.” “France demands that a transparent inquiry be launched as soon as possible to shed full...
    In an effort to become more inclusive and welcoming to LGBT people, the French city of Marseille is moving to scrap mother and father from civil documents and replace the terms with “parent 1” and “parent 2”. The city of Marseille is moving to update its civil status forms, such as administrative documents and marriage certificates, to become “more inclusive, in coherence with the law” according to deputy mayor Jean-Marc Bonnaffous. So far the forms have been updated in select boroughs in the city but Marseille is hoping to implement the new changes across the entire city as part of the initiative, the newspaper La Marseillaise reports. Along with the changes to the forms, around 300 civil registrars are also being trained in LGBT issues, according to deputy mayor Sophie Roques, indicating the registrars will be trained on sexual lifestyles as well as gender identity issues. Where does it end? https://t.co/Ac8pUpNPOq — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 15, 2021 Last November, the French Minister Delegate for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa announced that civil status forms would become more inclusive to same-sex couples and that they would...
    Survey – The country is competing with the United States in gravity due to its wide open spaces, easy job search and business creation, and effective policy. Goal: To overcome the birth rate deficit and reach 100 million people by 2100, thanks to select immigration based solely on skills. To Montreal Montreal, a traditionally French-speaking city of four million people, today has a variety of accents. Chinese merchants, Ukrainians and poles near Old Montreal, in Saint-Laurent Boulevard, increasingly north of the South American city in Little Italy. And French? The plateau has long been in the Boho district of Mont-Royal, and they are now coming to Rosemond, less trendy but much cheaper. Read moreOttawa police crack down on antivox truckers The long frosty winter does nothing about it. In Canada, 37 million souls in the last census, despite the Govt epidemic, attracted 405,000 immigrants by 2021. Sharply rising numbers. Ottawa “Launches program to welcome 1.3 million newcomers” Over the next three years, the headline recently Toronto Star. A real boom from the early 1990s to 2015 as 250,000 people migrated...
    ERLING HAALAND jetted to Monaco on Sunday to meet with agent Mino Raiola, according to reports. The striker is expected to join Manchester City this summer after it was claimed that he agreed a £500,000-a-week contract with Pep Guardiola's side. 2Erling Haaland is set to join Manchester CityCredit: Getty With City set to trigger his £64million release clause, Haaland is believed to have flown out to the French Riviera for talks with agent Raiola, who lives in the Principality. He is claimed to have attended a brief session with Dortmund on Sunday morning before jetting out to see Raiola. According to Ruhr Nachrichten, the purpose of the meeting was to finish finalising Haaland's future. April 30 is reportedly the deadline to activate his release clause, as they are expected to do. Read More Football StoriesPLAYING HAARDBALL Man City 'set to include Real Madrid clause in Haaland deal' to land star Haaland's move to City could even be announced in the next week. The Premier League leaders are set to win a hotly-contested race for his signature ahead of the likes...
    The prosecutor’s office in the French city of Rennes has opened an investigation following a riot involving hundreds of people that took place after the first round of the French presidential election. Around 500 people took part in the rioting, which took place in the city centre of Rennes on Sunday evening following the end of voting for the first round of the French presidential election that saw President Emmanuel Macron and populist Marine Le Pen advance to the second round run-off vote. The mob are said to have smashed the windows of local shops, smashed bus shelters and the storefronts of local banks, as well as spraypainted far-left extremist graffiti calling to “burn the right” and demanding “social war,” broadcaster Europe1 reports. Rennes is largely known as a left-wing city and has a socialist mayor. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon came first in the presidential vote in the city followed by Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who scored just 7.29 per cent of the vote, far below her national average. Macron and Le Pen Both Improve Vote Shares in First...
    By The Associated Press PARIS __ Societe Generale has announced it is ending its Russian activities — making it the first big Western bank to announce it’s quitting Russia. SocGen is also selling its entire stake in Rosbank to a company linked to a Russian oligarch, costing the French bank some 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion). Rosbank is a heavyweight in the Russian banking sector, and Societe Generale was the majority shareholder. “After several weeks of intensive work,” the bank said in a statement, it had signed an agreement with Russian investment fund Interros Capital to sell all of its stake in Rosbank as well as its insurance subsidiaries in Russia. Interros is one of the largest funds in the country, which holds assets in heavy industry and metallurgy. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: — Mariupol mayor says siege has k illed more than 10K civilians — Biden, Modi to speak as US presses for hard line on Russia — Ukrainian nuns open their monastery doors to the displaced — US doubts new Russian war chief can end...
    By The Associated Press BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has spoken by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and inquired about the current status of efforts by Russia and Ukraine to find a diplomatic solution. Government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in a statement Wednesday night that the chancellor urged Putin to achieve a ceasefire and an improvement of the humanitarian situation in Ukraine as quickly as possible. After his conversation with Putin, Scholz spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and asked about his assessment of the current situation and the negotiation process. Scholz and Zelenskyy agreed to remain in close contact. ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: — NATO estimates that 7,000 to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in four weeks of fighting — The Biden administration has made a formal determination that Russian troops have committed war crimes in Ukraine — Biden has embarked on a trip to Europe as Russia’s war in Ukraine bogs down — Russian Olympic athletes who participated in a rally supporting President Vladimir Putin are facing a backlash — A new...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was set to meet with U.S. lawmakers Wednesday to discuss a possible freeze on Russian reserves of gold. The move comes after several lawmakers introduced the Stop Russian GOLD Act, meant to target Russia’s ability to sell its gold reserves to avoid the impact of sanctions. Current sanctions on Russian elites, the country’s Central Bank, President Vladimir Putin and other measures do not impact Russia’s gold stockpile, which Putin has been accumulating for several years. Russia holds roughly $130 billion in gold reserves, according to lawmakers. The Bank of Russia announced Feb. 28 that it would resume the purchase of gold on the domestic precious metals market. The lawmakers’ effort to impose stronger sanctions on the Russian Federation come as President Joe Biden and administration officials travel to Brussels and Warsaw this week with key allies to try to prevent Russia’s war on Ukraine from spiraling into an even greater catastrophe. “I look forward to speaking with Secretary Yellen about our bill and what additional steps Treasury can take to...
    By The Associated Press PARIS — French energy giant TotalEnergies said it has decided to halt all its purchases of Russian oil and petroleum products by the end of 2022 at the latest. The French company said in a statement it will “gradually suspend its activities in Russia” amid the “worsening situation” in Ukraine. Russia represented 17% of the company’s oil and gas production in 2020. TotalEnergies holds a 19.4% stake in Russia’s natural gas producer Novatek. It also has a 20% stake in the Yamal LNG project in northern Russia. The group said it continues to supply Europe with liquefied natural gas from the Yamal LNG plant “as long as Europe’s governments consider that Russian gas is necessary.” “Contrary to oil, it is apparent that Europe’s gas logistics capacities make it difficult to refrain from importing Russian gas in the next two to three years without impacting the continent’s energy supply,” the statement said. TotalEnergies has also decided to put on hold its business developments for batteries and lubricants in Russia. It will provide no further capital for the...
    BERNARDO SILVA has named his dog 'John' in honour of Manchester City teammate John Stones. Silva and Stones have been close friends since the Portuguese star signed from Monaco in 2017. 2Bernardo Silva and Ines Degener Tomaz, with their dog JohnCredit: Instagram @inesdegenertomaz 2Silva’s partner Ines with his dog, John, named after his City team-mate John StonesCredit: Instagram @inesdegenertomaz Ig Walker: “Only @BernardoCSilva would call his dog John” [kylewalker2] pic.twitter.com/YZFseuk9a9— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) September 26, 2021 Silva bought the dog with his partner, model Ines Degener Tomaz. In an instagram video, the 27-year-old said: "This is John. We really wanted to have a dog. "He was named after my good friend John Stones because we're very close and I've always said to him if I ever get a dog I would call him John. "It's actually a great name, we love it. "It suits him, he is a beautiful boy and very intelligent." Silva even admitted to taking the French Bulldog to training. He added: "I took him [to training] twice, it was nice. Most read in SportDEJI VS ALEX...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — After her nomination was stalled for months, interim Civilian Office of Police Accountability chief Andrea Kersten was confirmed for the permanent job on Wednesday, despite opposition from aldermen infuriated by the police watchdog agency’s disciplinary recommendation for slain Police Officer Ella French. Kersten’s nomination was approved on a 31-14 vote on Wednesday. READ MORE: Suspect In Custody After Lakeview Carjacking Leads To Expressway Chase, Crash Near JolietMayor Lori Lightfoot’s choice of Kersten for the full-time job running the city’s police oversight agency had been bogged down since her nomination in November, amid furious criticism from aldermen over COPA’s recommendation of a three-day suspension for French for her role in the botched 2019 raid of social worker Anjanette Young’s home. While many aldermen said they could not support Kersten’s nomination over that perceived slight to an officer who was killed in the line of duty, several aldermen rose to the interim COPA chief’s defense, saying she had no choice under city rules but to release the full report on the Anjanette Young investigation, even though the report recommended...
    A French-inspired New York City cafe has opened its first New Jersey location. Maman — launched in 2014 by husband and wife duo Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall — is located on Hudson Street in Jersey City. Maman's famous nutty chocolate chip cookie was named one of "Oprah's Favorite Things" in 2017, and one of the best chocolate chip cookies in New York by "NY Magazine." The menu boasts breakfast spreads and sandwiches, brunch, soups and salads, a bevy of French pastries, coffee, tea and more. Maman has eight NYC locations, two Canada shops, and one cookbook. Maman, 70 Hudson St., Jersey City
    A French-inspired New York City cafe has opened its first New Jersey location. Maman — launched in 2014 by husband and wife duo Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall — is located on Hudson Street in Jersey City. Maman's famous nutty chocolate chip cookie was named one of "Oprah's Favorite Things" in 2017, and one of the best chocolate chip cookies in New York by "NY Magazine." The menu boasts breakfast spreads and sandwiches, brunch, soups and salads, a bevy of French pastries, coffee, tea and more. Maman has eight NYC locations, two Canada shops, and one cookbook. Maman, 70 Hudson St., Jersey City
    PARIS (AP) – Paris police intercepted at least 500 vehicles attempting to enter the French capital Saturday, in defiance of a police order, to take part in protests against virus restrictions. The police said on Twitter that several convoys were stopped from entering at key city arteries and over 200 motorists were handed tickets. Elsewhere, at least two protesters were detained amid a seizure of knives, hammers and other objects in one central Parisian square. Some 7,000 officers have been mobilized for the weekend protests. Police have created checkpoints, deployed armored personnel carriers and set up water cannons to brace the city for the protests. So far, the police blockade action has seemed effective. Railing against the vaccination pass that France requires to enter restaurants and many other venues, protesters have tried to weave toward Paris from north, south, east and west, waving and honking at onlookers from their car windows. Some convoys sought to avoid police detection Friday by traveling local roads instead of the major highways leading into the capital. PARIS – Le périphérique est à l’arrêt, la...
    At the expense of the British taxpayer, a number of cameras are set to be installed across the northern French coast at “strategic points” in order to help prevent illegal crossings of the English Channel. The cameras will be installed in various points along the coast in the Pas-de-Calais region which stretches from the city of Dunkirk to the bay of the Somme, with at least twenty municipalities applying for funds to set up cameras in their areas. “At the beginning of March, the specific projects will be sent to local authorities to enable them to mobilise British funds by 31 March at the latest,” the Pas-de-Calais prefecture said, broadcaster BFMTV reports. French authorities are still determining how the data from the cameras will be shared and used by French police and gendarmeries services, yet, despite paying for the cameras, the British authorities will not have access to the footage. France Deploys Drones to Monitor English Channel Migrants https://t.co/7jTm789DXm — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) March 27, 2019 Mayor Laurence Prouvot of the town of Wissant near Calais said that the cameras...
    PARIS (AP) — Paris police intercepted at least 500 vehicles attempting to enter the French capital Saturday, in defiance of a police order, to take part in protests against virus restrictions inspired by Canada’s horn-honking “Freedom Convoy.” The police said on Twitter that several convoys were stopped from entering at key city arteries and over 200 motorists were handed tickets. Elsewhere, at least two protesters were detained amid a seizure of knives, hammers and other objects in one central Parisian square. Some 7,000 officers have been mobilized for the weekend protests. Police have created checkpoints, deployed armored personnel carriers and set up water cannons to brace the city for the protests. So far, the police blockade action has seemed effective. Railing against the vaccination pass that France requires to enter restaurants and many other venues, protesters have tried to weave toward Paris from north, south, east and west, waving and honking at onlookers from their car windows. Some convoys sought to avoid police detection Friday by traveling local roads instead of the major highways leading into the...
    NICE, France (AP) — Two years after the pandemic shut down the Carnival in the French Riviera city of Nice, artists, florists, actors, technicians and drivers are putting the final touches on their costumes, lavish flower arrangements and giant floats set to roll down the city’s famed boulevards and squares on Friday. It will be a loud, rich and crowded chain of events over the next two weeks. The Carnival’s 149th edition is led by the King of Animals, celebrating nature, light, human connection and life itself after months of lockdowns, silence, social distancing and banned public gatherings. “It’s rejuvenation,” said Nicole Bravi, the director of the florist association, La Nouvelle Vague, that has been designing flower arrangements for the Carnival floats for 20 years. Flowers are a prominent part of the Nice Carnival and feature in their own parade known as the Battle of Flowers. Traditionally, people throw flowers at the spectators but this year they decided to hand them out to people. “It’s to express our desire to reconnect with people,” Bravi said. “There has been...
    French police on Thursday banned demonstrations in Paris through the weekend in anticipation of a "Freedom Convoy" of anti-vaccine mandate protesters arriving in the capital city by Friday.  Inspired by the Freedom Convoy of Canadian truckers protesting Ottawa’s vaccine mandate, a group of about 200 protesters gathered in the southern French city of Nice Wednesday morning for a "Convoi de la Liberté" of their own. The protesters said they planned to converge on Paris before moving to Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union, to protest vaccine mandates.  A man puts a poster reads "Liberty Convoy" on a van before leaving for Paris , in Bayonne, southwestern France, Wednesday, Feb.9, 2022. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) Departures were also reported or planned in about a dozen other cities, with groups calling for them to converge on Paris on Friday evening and to protest there on Saturday. INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST WRITES ‘WHAT THE TRUCKERS WANT’ FOLLOWING 100 FREEDOM CONVOY INTERVIEWS The Paris Police Prefecture, which serves Paris and the surrounding suburbs, said it was prohibiting demonstrations through Monday because of "risks of trouble to...
    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday: ENGLAND Manchester City looks to extend its lead in the Premier League to 12 points when it hosts Brentford. Second-place Liverpool will have two games in hand going into its match against Leicester on Thursday so is looking for a favor from Brentford, which will not include new signing Christian Eriksen because he only started training with his new teammates on Monday. Tottenham will look to stay in touch with the Champions League qualification positions when Southampton visits north London. Relegation-threatened Norwich hosts Crystal Palace, and Leeds travels to Aston Villa. SPAIN Real Betis visits Rayo Vallecano in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals. Betis, revamped under coach Manuel Pellegrini, is trying to return to the final for the first time since 2005, when it won the competition. The Sevilla club sits in third place in the Spanish league. Rayo is in the Copa semifinals for the first time in four decades and is trying to reach the final for the first time. The modest Madrid club,...
    A new family-run eatery is set to open its doors in the Hudson Valley just in time for Valentine's Day.  Upstream Café will hold its grand opening in Dutchess County on Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14. The new café is located at 368 Main St. in Poughkeepsie According to the announcement, the eatery will offer a blend of French and Caribbean cuisine. The menu includes French fish, vegetable and soup dishes, along with Jamaican cuisine, according to the announcement. Check out the full menu here. “Good food is electrifying,” Shereen Salmon, who owns the eatery with her husband, Garfield, told the city. “It brings energy, good vibes and uplifts customers. Our goal is to re-energize this end of Main Street by providing four-star dining options at an affordable cost for dine in or take out.”  The business is set to be open Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the city said.
    The Chicago dispatcher who was widely praised for his calm demeanor while assisting officers who came under fire over the summer issued a stark warning on social media last week, saying at least one district is dangerously understaffed. Keith Thornton Jr., the dispatcher, took to Facebook to inform followers that there is a staffing problem in the 16th District, despite assurances from city leaders, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Chicago police investigate the shooting of rapper FBG Duck in the first block of East Oak Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood on Aug. 4, 2020. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) "If you are a Chicagoan, living here or doing business here, even just visiting as a tourist here, your safety is compromised and in jeopardy," he said according to the paper. The city’s police department did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.  Chicago Police Department officer Ella French was killed in August. Thornton Jr. was credited with his effort to help two Chicago officer who came under fire. (Facebook) ABC 7...
    An 18-year-old illegal migrant in the French city of Lille has appeared in court after being accused of luring police officers into a violent ambush. The incident took place on October 27th and is said to have seen 18-year-old Malek B., who arrived in France in 2014 and is described as being in an irregular situation, allegedly call the police from his friend’s mobile phone to inform them that someone was in the middle of stealing the wheels from a car. “There are three of them, they are masked, two wheels have already been stolen, and they are stealing the third!” the teen allegedly told the police, Actu reports. After police arrived on the scene to find there was no car with its wheels removed, they were then set upon and violently attacked by four individuals. Following the ambush, police traced the phone back to a young woman who had created the phone account for the teen. Police were able to identify and arrest Malek B. on November 24th. Investigations also found he had a criminal record that included acts of...
    The day before he arrived in London, the Royal Institute canceled a conference of French paramedics. Sadiq Khan has spoken out against what he said in the British capital. Flooding in the media for months, the name Zemmour will no longer be foreign to you. A controversial French lawyer and columnist convicted of inciting racism in 2011 and inciting hatred against Muslims in 2018, he now appears to be running for president. Although his candidacy is not official, he is fueling televised debates and media interference: a lucrative strategy aimed at getting him 12 to 17% of the vote in various French polls. As he travels to London over the weekend to reaffirm his international visibility and support, strong opposition to his coming to the London Town Hall side emerges. The Royal Institution canceled the signing session of Eric Zemmer Eric Zemore was about to hold a conference and book signing at the prestigious Royal Institution, which canceled the event at the last minute. The 300 educated foreigners who registered to participate in the plaintiff’s speech were not prevented from...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing opposition from more than 20 aldermen over her pick to lead the city’s police oversight agency, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Civilian Office of Police Accountability interim chief Andrea Kersten should apologize for a report recommending a three-day suspension for slain Police Officer Ella French. Lightfoot has nominated COPA interim chief administrator Andrea Kersten for the full-time job, despite a letter from 20 aldermen opposing that pick, arguing the agency’s report on the botched 2019 raid at the home of Anjanette Young should disqualify Kersten from leading the agency, because the report recommended French be suspended for three days for not wearing a body camera during the raid. READ MORE: Up To 10 Municipal Employees Under Scrutiny In Markham After Receiving Paycheck Protection Program Loans Without Any Prior Record Of Their BusinessesThe report was prepared before French was shot and killed in the line of duty, but many aldermen and even Lightfoot and Chicago Police Supt. David Brown have said the report should have been amended or redacted to remove mention of French in light of her death....
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police review agency that recommended eight officers involved in the botched 2019 raid of a social worker be suspended or fired is being harshly criticized for including the name of the officer who was fatally shot during an August traffic stop. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, members of the City Council, the president of the city’s police officers’ union and a brother of the slain officer all decried what Lightfoot called the “height of tone-deafness” to recommend that Officer Ella French be suspended for three days. A spokesman for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) explained that while the report on the raid of the home of Anjanette Young was made public this week, it was completed in late April — months before French was killed. He said that a city ordinance prohibits the agency from redacting the information regarding French. “Following the review and concurrence by the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, as well as serving of administrative charges, we carefully considered the release of the report and its impact on Ms. Anjanette Young...
    Wes Anderson’s new film was released this Wednesday French dispatch. Citroen plays a key role here as there are Type H and tractions throughout this unique cinematic adventure. Citroen in the heart of the latest Wes Anderson! Wes Anderson (Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel,) A “special” director with a very colorful, very energetic and very humorous universe. His latest film “French shipment” Takes place in France. So it is very natural to have French vehicles there. With its “50s” style, it makes sense to invent identity cars from this period. Citroன்n took control of this aspect of the film by establishing a partnership in production. This is why we find out Citroen type h And Citroen traction Throughout the film. There are more 2 CV, Ami 6, DS and GS ! Traction is also the star of a whole scene as it is at the center of a very original and colorful chase. French dispatch Contains a collection of stories from a recent issue of a well-known American magazine published in the fictional French city of the 20th century....
    The family of a man with intellectual disabilities shot and killed by an off-duty Los Angeles Police officer in 2019 in Corona was awarded slightly more than $17 million Wednesday by a Riverside federal jury after a trial over allegations of wrongful death and civil rights violations. Kenneth French, 32, and his parents, Paola French and Russell French, were shopping at a Costco on June 14, 2019 when Kenneth hit off-duty LAPD officer Salvador Sanchez in the back of the head while Sanchez held his 18-month-old child. Sanchez drew his firearm and both parents pleaded with Sanchez not to shoot, saying their son had a mental illness, the wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit filled in December 2019 alleged. Sanchez opened fire and struck Kenneth and Paola French in the back, and Russell French in the abdomen. The bulk of the verdict will be borne by the City of Los Angeles, with the eight-person jury finding that Sanchez was acting within the scope of his LAPD employment when he opened fire inside the store, attorney Dale K. Galipo said. The...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury on Wednesday awarded $17 million to the parents of a mentally ill man who was shot in a Costco store by an off-duty Los Angeles police officer. The panel in Riverside ruled in a lawsuit filed against the city of LA and the former officer in the June 14, 2019, killing of 32-year-old Kenneth French. “I am pleased with the verdict and hoping it brings some justice to the family,” Dale Galipo, an attorney for the family, told KNBC-TV. The jurors in the lawsuit trial concluded that Salvador Sanchez, a seven-year LAPD veteran, was acting within the scope of his employment even though he was off duty. That means the city may be liable for much of the award. The city will review its options, including an appeal, said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office. Sanchez was shopping at a sausage sample table in the Corona store, southeast of Los Angeles, when French struck or shoved him from behind without warning, authorities said. Sanchez was holding his 1 1/2-year-old son...
    On October 24, the city of Châlons-En-Champagne, France, honored the centennial anniversary of the United States Unknown Soldier selection, which took place at Châlons-En-Champagne’s City Hall on October 24, 1921. Current and former guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, veterans, Gold Star mothers, military spouses, and spectators attended the event to pay respects at the historic site, according to Stripes. Mayor of Châlons-En-Champagne, Benoist Apparu, shared his sentiments with Stripes regarding the centennial anniversary. “It’s a part of our history,” Apparu said. “We need to celebrate this for the younger generation, so that they do not forget what happened here.” On November 11, 1920, both France and Great Britain dedicated tombs to their unknown who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War I, according to Stripes. In December of 1920, New York congressman and World War I Veteran Hamilton Fish Jr. introduced legislation for one unidentified American, who fought in World War I, to be buried at a special tomb in Arlington National Cemetery, according to the cemetery’s website. Fish Jr’s legislation aimed “to bring home the body of...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The French consulate in New York is rallying to help French businesses hit hard by the COVID crisis. As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reports, an educational wine tasting in Midtown with 2018’s best sommelier of France and the consul general of France is one of several events being held across the New York City area for “Good France Week.” READ MORE: 'Devastated And Shocked'; Family Mourns Mia Sala, Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death During Attempted RobberyThis year, the consul general is highlighting the country’s Centre-Loire Valley region. It produces five different variations of goat cheese, truffles asparagus, and a large selection of wines. Until Oct. 22, there are tastings, documentary screenings like how female chefs are redefining gastronomy, and a campaign to support local French businesses. The consulate has a map on its website of participating restaurants, bars, epiceries, shops and bakeries in the Tri-State Area. READ MORE: Reaction Pours In To The Death Of Gen. Colin PowellIn New York City alone, there are 183 French restaurants, including Le Rivage along restaurant row. “As the French say, everything...
    Riyad Mahrez has been lined up to become the Stormzy of sport... by playing a rapper on French TV. The Manchester City winger, is pals with Franck Gastambide, who produces the Canal Plus show Valide. 2Riyad Mahrez is set to appear as a rapper in French TV show ValideCredit: Getty The drama focuses on the rap scene in France, with many real-life stars taking part. Mahrez, 30, came close to filming an episode before his City committments scuppered the plan. However the Paris-born Algeria international could yet take a role in the series in future. Gastambide, 42, said: "Riyad and I have mutual friends, and he phoned me during the lockdown last year. "He told me he loved the series. I said: 'Come on over, and we'll do something together for it.' "Riyad was due to be in Season 2. The problem was, what with him playing for Manchester City, he was unable to come over and record. Most read in Premier LeagueLive BlogFOOTIE NEWS Emery to Newcastle odds tumble as Klopp blasts Saudi takeover, Tuchel backs itLive BlogUNITED LATEST Pogba...
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — It’s been nine years since Islamic extremists in northern Mali arrested Zahra Abdou on charges of showing her hair and wearing an outfit they said was too tight. The al-Qaida-linked militants who had seized control of this fabled desert center in 2012 whipped Abdou in front of a throng of people in her neighborhood. Older women tried to stop the flogging but were prevented by the extremists. “I received dozens of lashes in front of a large crowd and because of the pain I passed out,” she recalled. “It was a total humiliation for me. For a long time, I felt ashamed in front of the people of my neighborhood.” The trauma still torments her, she says. Her anxiety has increased since France announced in July that it will halve its 5,000 troops in Mali by 2022. After years of leading the fight against jihadis in Mali’s north, the French military will close its bases in Timbuktu and other northern centers. Just as the Taliban has returned to power in Afghanistan, Abdou says she fears...
    By Alexandre Rajbhandari | Bloomberg French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Paris next Tuesday, in a bid to improve ties after the recent diplomatic crisis between the two countries. The two ministers will hold in-depth talks “in order to identify the steps that could allow the restoration of confidence between our two countries,” French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said in a statement. The two met recently in New York. “As the minister said in New York, getting out of this crisis will take time and will require action,” Legendre said. Blinken is visiting Paris next week for meetings at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. is trying to mend relations with France after the announcement of a defense pact, known as AUKUS, triggered the cancellation by Australia of a $65 billion submarine deal with France. As a response, France recalled its ambassador to the U.S. for the first time ever. Related Articles ‘Everybody is frustrated,’ Biden says as his...
    PHIL FODEN loves the Carabao Cup so much he even named his dog after the competition. The Manchester City star, 21, has lifted the trophy in each of the last four seasons. 4Phil Foden certainly has a love affair with the Carabao Cup - winning all 17 times he has played in the competitionCredit: Reuters 4He was man of the match in the 2020 final against Aston Villa - then named his dog CarabaoCredit: The Sun And after his man-of-the-match performance against Aston Villa in the 2020 final, the playmaker found the perfect way to commemorate it. As reported by The Athletic, Foden bought a French bulldog the day after that Wembley win - and duly named it Carabao. It is no wonder, too, considering his remarkable record in the competition. He has made 17 appearances in it - and won all 17. The first came in a tense shootout win at Leicester in December 2017. Then the following season, Foden grabbed his maiden City goal with a strike away at Oxford, wheeling away to celebrate with a...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Five more names were added to the Chicago Police Department memorial for fallen officers, including Officer Ella French.CPD officers in formal dress attended the ceremony."Each one died doing a job they loved, serving a city they loved even more," said Phil Cline, president of the Chicago Police Memorial Fund.Sgt. Clifford W. Martin, Sr., Officer Marco DiFranco, Officer Ronald Newman and Field Training Officer Titus Moore all died of COVID-19 in 2020. Officer Ella French was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Englewood last month.One by one, the officers' families stepped forward to uncover their loved one's name, permanently etched on a wall among the fallen.Officer DiFranco was the first Chicago police officer to die of the coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic."They gave valuable contributes to the good of the city," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at the ceremony. "They represent who we are as a people, our values, and we can never forget that."The loss of 29-year-old French is still raw."I didn't know them personally," said Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. "I...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A prayer service was held Friday for Chicago's first responders that included a special tribute to fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French.Forty-five nuns from seven countries finished their week-long training on restorative justice in Chicago in West Englewood. Before they start their five-year assignments in parishes across the U.S., they prayed at 63rd and Bell.SEE ALSO | CPD Officer Ella French's mother thanks city of Chicago in letter on daughter's 30th birthday On August 7, 2021, Chicago Police Officer Ella French and Officer Carlos Yanez Jr. were shot during a traffic spot at 63rd & Bell. Yanez was critically injured. French did not survive.The sisters left roses at the memorial to Officer French."She we able to change lives in some way, touch people's lives with her service so I am grateful today that I witness this," said Sister Mayela Ortega, Sacred Heart of Jesus.SEE ALSO | Fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French laid to rest after being killed in line of duty "We are deeply grateful for the officers and all they are doing to serve and...
    The lights are slowly coming back on in New Orleans, though the city's main energy provider said "full restoration will take time." Power was restored to some of the French Quarter on Wednesday, three days after Hurricane Ida took out all the power in the city. Around 11,500 customers regained power as of Wednesday morning, yet more than a million were still without electricity later that day, as the New Orleans Advocate reported  Power returns to parts of the French Quarter 3 days after #hurricanida @NOLAnews pic.twitter.com/8ffYyEzuuf— Sophia Germer (@SophiaGermer) September 2, 2021 According to the Entergy, the city's main energy provider, around 950,000 customers were affected by the power outages, the second largest number to be affected by a disaster in the city, just behind Hurricane Katrina which affected 1.1 million customers. "Early Wednesday morning, Entergy crews turned power on for some customers in Eastern New Orleans with generation supplied by the New Orleans Power Station," Entergy said in an update on Wednesday. "While initial service can be provided to some customers, full restoration will take time given the significant damage across the region....