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Police Gun Down Knife-Wielding Attacker Who Killed Four Officers

A police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding attacker who murdered four officers at the Paris Police Headquarters on Thursday, according to the New York Times. The attacker worked at the police headquarters located near Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 20 years as an administrative assistant, Alliance Police Nationale union official Loïc Travers told The NYT. “The motive is not ...

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Report: Trump Tentatively Agrees To Deal Allowing Macron To Tax Big Tech

U.S. and French negotiators reached a deal allowing France to tax American big tech companies, Reuters reported Monday. French President Emmanuel Macron pushed a digital tax in July, which prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on French wine imports. France’s 3% tax is discriminatory against Google, Amazon and other companies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said ...

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Hordes Of Yellow Vest Protesters Crash French Bastille Day Parade, Battle With Police

French police clashed with yellow vest protesters on Champs Elysees avenue in Paris following a Bastille Day military parade Sunday. Hundreds of demonstrators from the yellow vest movement occupied Champs Elysees avenue after the roadway was reopened to traffic following the parade, Reuters reported. Police reportedly fired tear gas into the group of protesters, who were attempting to block the ...

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French Police Reported Nearly 900 Acts Of Anti-Christian Vandalism In 2018. What Is Going On?

French police reported 129 thefts and 877 acts of vandalism in Christian spaces in 2018, but neither the church nor French media are calling attention to the widespread incidents, reported RealClearInvestigations Wednesday. “The trend of increased attacks on French churches has been mostly ignored,” Ellen Fantini of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe told the Daily ...

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Notre Dame Schedules First Mass Since Devastating April Fire

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris scheduled its first mass for Saturday after the devastating fire that led to the collapse of its iconic spire. Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit will celebrate mass Saturday with a select group of roughly 30 worshippers in a side chapel. Only a small number of priests, canons and church employees will be allowed in, and ...

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A Cathedral Architect Explains Why Notre Dame Is Still In Grave Danger

The cathedral is still in danger. Notre Dame — an icon of France, a symbol of the West, and one of the most beautiful expressions of Catholic worship — burned Monday while the world watched and the faithful prayed. By morning, thanks to the brave first responders and solid Medieval construction, the thousand-year-old church stood tall and the worst had been ...

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France Launches International Contest To Design Notre Dame Spire’s Replacement

France announced Wednesday that it will launch a contest to design a spire to replace Notre Dame Cathedral’s famous central tower destroyed in the tragic fire Monday. “Notre Dame should be given a new spire adapted to the techniques and goals of our era,” French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said, according to the WSJ. The spire was added to the ...

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Two French Billionaires Offer Hundreds Of Millions To Help Rebuild Notre Dame

Two French billionaires pledged Tuesday to donate a total of 300 million euros to fund the restoration of Notre Dame cathedral after Monday’s massive fire. François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the luxury retail group Kering and president of Groupe Artémis, announced Monday night while fires still burned in Notre Dame that his family would donate 100 million euros to ...

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Notre Dame Is Still Standing, But Not For Much Longer Unless It’s ‘Stabilized,’ Expert Says

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, is still standing after suffering extensive damage from a fire that consumed its roof Monday, but the building’s main structure is still in danger, according to one expert. “It’s wonderful that what has survived, survived,” professional architect and professor James McCrery told The Daily Caller News Foundation. But, “it’s vital that the building ...

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Vatican Offers Technical Expertise to Rebuild Notre Dame

The Vatican culture minister said Tuesday one of the most valuable things the Vatican can offer toward rebuilding Notre Dame cathedral will be technical expertise. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi told reporters that the Vatican would be able to offer some design and engineering expertise based on collections in the Vatican Museums in order to help rebuild Notre Dame’s roof. The cathedral’s ...

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Here’s Why Firefighters Couldn’t Save Notre Dame Cathedral

A Gothic engineering technique used to waterproof the top of Notre Dame cathedral made the structure impervious to firefighter’s efforts to douse the flames. The fire destroyed the cathedral’s roof, spire, and stained glass windows, and may have also destroyed a priceless Christian relic – Christ’s crown of thorns. The collapse of the cathedral’s vault also endangers the structural integrity ...

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Twitter Beats France Over The Head With Its Own Anti-Fake News Law

Twitter used an anti-fake news law France passed in 2018 to block the French government’s social media campaign to get citizens to vote early in an upcoming election. France passed a law in December 2018 requiring online political campaigns to declare who paid for them, and how much was spent. Twitter is now using the law to black out the ...

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Macron Plans More Aggressive Climate Law After Months Of ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests

French President Emmanuel Macron is planning a sweeping energy and climate legislative package months after “yellow vest” protests ignited across the country over a proposed gas tax hike. The French government is putting the final touches on the legislation before releasing it, replacing vague goals with more concrete proposals. Around the country, demonstrations against high living costs and heavy taxes ...

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Anti-Semitic Vandalism Surges Across Eastern France

Vandals defaced a former synagogue in eastern France with swastikas in the latest of a series of anti-Semitic desecrations recently plaguing the region. Staff at the synagogue-turned-sports facility in the town of Mommenheim discovered the swastikas on the building’s door and facade, which still bears Hebrew lettering, Monday, according to The Associated Press. The anti-Semitic incident came hot on the ...

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11th Week of Yellow Vest Protests; Violent Crackdown Attempt Continues

Overtaxed, costs of living rising, wages falling, The Yellow Vest Movement took to the streets again in Act 11, against the deeply unpopular President Emmanuel Macron. The protests have been mostly peaceful with small pockets of violence in response to Macron’s forces firing on the overtaxed protesters. Things are likely to get worse as wages fall and living costs rise. ...

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