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CINEMA: Georges Lautner, director of "Flingueurs Tontons" died

Sunday, November 24th, 2013


He died at the age of 87 years. Georges Lautner, popular and prolific filmmaker, director of the cult film "Les Tontons gunslingers" and many successes of Jean -Paul Belmondo, died Friday, Nov. 22 following a long illness.

With forty films to his credit in sixty-year career of "Barbouzes" to "Cop or Hood" through the "The Professional", Georges Lautner turned with the greatest: Jean-Paul Belmondo, to whom he gave some of his greatest triumphs, Bernard Blier, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Jean Yanne, Mireille Darc …

Born in Nice January 24, 1926, Georges Lautner had discovered as a child the world of dark rooms by her mother, actress Renée Saint-Cyr, who later appeared in several of his films. He began studying law before making his first steps in cinema from 1949, as assistant director.

Ratings success

He signed his first film in 1958, "La Vie en Rose buttons". Then, in 1960, he directed "Sink or Swim", Bernard Blier, marking the beginning of a long collaboration with the actor.

In 1961, he met the popular success with "The Black Monocle" thriller that allows Paul Meurisse shine in French secret agent. Two years later, Georges Lautner knows the consecration with "Les Tontons gunslingers" comedy driven by cults replicas screenwriter Michel Audiard.

Incorrigible ratings success to each of his television appearances, the film with Bernard Blier, Lino Ventura, Francis Blanche, Jean Lefebvre and Robert Dalban celebrates 50 years Wednesday its theatrical release. "I never understood the miracle of the Tontons gunslingers + + through the ages," said the filmmaker, who is annoyed by this success, having other ambitions.

Close-ups and tight fit

Adept closeups, Georges Lautner knew also give rhythm to his films with a tight fit. "Michel Audiard said that he was the king of editors," recalls Remy Julienne, who performed stunts in many of his films. "He had the knowledge of popular cinema."

After the "Tonton", the duo Lautner / Audiard then connects the audience success between comedies and thrillers franchouillard gangsters, which appear in turn Lino Ventura, Jean Lefebvre, Francis White, Mireille Darc and Jean-Pierre Marielle: "The Great Spy Chase" (1964), "Do not get angry" (1966), "The Suitcase" (1973) …

In the late 1970s, Georges Lautner made two darker movies with Alain Delon ("Breasts ice" and "Death of a rotten") before rotate who would become his great friend Jean-Paul Belmondo: "Cop or Hood" (1978), "The guignolo" (1980), "The Professional" (1981), a huge commercial success in musical theme signed Ennio Morricone, or yet "Happy Easter". 

In the 80s, the success is rare even if it still meets the public in 1986 with "The Murdered House" with Patrick Bruel. In 1992, "Bebel" which will play the hero of the last film by Georges Lautner, "Strangers in the house."

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CHINA: A car caught fire in Tiananmen Square, three dead

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013


Three people died, Monday, October 28, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, after a burning car crashed into several tourists, reported the news agency China .

"The driver of the jeep and two passengers were killed," said the official news agency. On an official account of microblogging, the Chinese police said the car left the road on the north side of the square, breaking through security and then caught fire, injuring "many" tourists and police.


Photographs posted - and quickly erased by the services of censorship - showed a burning vehicle topped with a thick column of smoke before the famou ber portrait of Mao at the entrance to the Forbidden City, which overlooks the north side of Tiananmen.

Two reporters from AFP reported being arrested and their equipment confiscated while trying to get close to Tiananmen square that represents political power in China. 

Thousands of people were killed in the crash of the pro-democracy movement in 1989 near the famous Tiananmen Square, where the Communist Party sent tanks to armed e to end seven weeks of protests. Important security forces are permanently stationed since the vast esplanade where also the entrance to the Forbidden City, the Mausoleum of Mao and the People's Palace.

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FRANCE: Book Price: MEPs vote anti-Amazon legislation

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


It will now be impossible for operators such as Amazon, to accumulate a 5% discount on books with free shipping. The decision was adopted unanimously Thursday, October 3 by members.

The right and left have denounced in unison that "dumping" and adopted the text submitted by the UMP, as amended by the Government. It will now go to the Senate.  

These costs offered free by Amazon, which owns 70% of the market for online sales transport are considered as unfair competition by traditional bookstores, already in poor condition financially , re.

Amazon practice "strategy of dumping, selling at a loss," he denounced during the debate the Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti. "The evidence is that they do not practice in this free country, where there is no single price of the book. […] Once they are in a dominant position and have crushed our network of booksellers, they ascend the price, "she said.

The bill inserts in the Lang Law of 1981 the price of one book, a paragraph stating that, in the case of a book shipped to the buyer, the seller may not receive both a 5% discount and free shipping.

France has one of the densest networks of libraries in the world, with some 3500 traditional bookstores (including 600 to 800 "independent" does not belong to an e , publisher, distributor, chain or a large surface area) against just 1,000 in Britain. 

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AUSTRIA: Austrian Legislative: the ruling coalition threatened by the Greens and the extreme right

Monday, September 30th, 2013


Around 6.4 million Austrians vote Sunday, September 29 to elect 183 members of their National Council, the lower house of Parliament. The ruling coalition, consisting of the Social Democrats of the SPÖ and the conservative ÖVP, should be re-elected for five years, according to the latest polls which credits about 50% of the vote (28% to 22-23% for SPÖ and ÖVP).

But rushed on the left by the Greens and their right by two Eurosceptic parties, the two major training center should nevertheless reap the worst score in history. They could even beings forced to deal with a third party. Despite favorable economic performance, the two traditional allies pay the price of many corruption scandals and infighting that prevented the vote of some reforms, such as education.

Euroscepticism strength

The extreme right, represented by the FPÖ (Freedom Party) is credited with it 20% of the vote. The training promotes the breakup of the euro area and promises to improve pensions, to establish a minimum wage, while denouncing the bailout countries of southern Europe. Activists have for their FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache, a cult of personality. "Love your neighbor. To me, it means our Austrians ", claim the campaign posters. Some members of the conservative party ÖVP would even be willing to ally with the FPÖ to create a right-wing coalition, however improbable, since a configuration would involve leaving the euro area.

At this traditional party adds a newcomer, the Austro-Canadian Frank Stronach, 81, and founder of the automotive supplier Magna. The billionaire has created a party in his name, hostile to the euro, immigration and Islam. Nearly 10% of voters would be willing to vote for it, so that despite the personal rivalry between Heinz-Christian Strache and Frank Stronach, an alliance between the two movements is not eurosceptic excluded.

To a coalition with the Greens?

The composition of the future coalition government would then depend on the scores of two small parties, the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) founded by the late Jörg Haider in a split the FPÖ in 2005, and the Neos Liberal Party. They are credited with nearly 4% of the vote.

If ever these formations are entering the National Council, the team led by the Social Democrat Werner Faymann could turn to the Greens to form a unique tripartite coalition in Austria. Environmentalists, credited with 15% of votes were in fact marked points in leading an anti-corruption campaign.

Preliminary official results will be available from 17:30 GMT.

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GUINEA: Parliamentary elections postponed to 28 September in Guinea

Monday, September 23rd, 2013


The parliamentary elections in Guinea Tuesday were postponed to September 28 to allow to make "adjustments" after consultations with the political class Guinea, announced Saturday night a UN official.

The announcement was made at a press conference in the capital, Conakry, by Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for Africa west. Also present were leaders of the opposition, including former prime ministers Diallo and Sidya Toure, and the presidential majority, which Saloum Cisse and Kiridi Bangoura.  

The decision was welcomed in the room with applause and shouts of joy, a sign of easing the situation as a few hours earlier, majority and opposition were divided on the question of a postponement.

At the end of "consultations" between the Guinean politicians and representatives of the international community, including the UN, "it was agreed that an exceptional period of four days is given to the INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) to make final adjustments before the vote, "said Mr. Djinnit also "facilitator" international in this case.

"On behalf of the facilitator and the international community, I am pleased to announce the Guinean and Guinean that all stakeholders in the electoral process have endorsed this commitment. We are convinced that this agreement, nothing can hinder the holding of parliamentary elections in conditions free, transparent, and inclusive Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Guinea and abroad " has he said.

He urged "all relevant national authorities to take the steps necessary for the immediate implementation of this agreement."


SYRIA: Damascus and Moscow suggest a better control of Syrian chemical weapons

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013


A few hours after Moscow's proposal that called Damascus to its chemical weapons under international control, Syria welcomed the request of his Russian ally.

"Minister Lavrov put forward an initiative related to chemical weapons. I declare Syria welcomes Russia's initiative, based on the concerns of Russian leaders on the lives of our citizens and the security of our country, "said Walid Moallem, the Minister the Syrian Foreign Affairs, quoted by Russian news agencies. He also praised the "wisdom of Russian leaders who are trying to prevent U.S. aggression against our people."

The United States, skeptical of the initiative said, through a spokesman of the State Department, they would "carefully consider the Russian statement […] to understand exactly what the Russians offer. "

For his part, Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said that the Russian proposal was "acceptable". "The proposal of Sergei Lavrov, deserves careful examination," said Laurent Fabius claiming that the Syrian president "agrees promptly to bring under control International and let them destroy all of its chemical "arsenal, and requesting a referral to the International Criminal Court to be tried for the authors of the chemical attack of August 21 in the re region of Damascus.

"Destroy" chemical arsenal

Russia had proposed to Syria, Monday, September 9, to place its stockpiles of chemical weapons under international control and destroy them, hoping that this proposal could prevent military action against Damascus regime. 

"We call on the Syrian leadership to not only take place under international control its stockpile of chemical weapons, and then to destroy, but to fully join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons chemicals ", said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Sergei Lavrov had spoken while his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, had also formulated earlier, the same proposal Bashar al-Assad: "Obviously he [Assad] might restore its entire chemical weapons to the international community in the coming week, to everything, without de lai (…) But he is not ready to do, and he can not do ", said John Kerry.

Jen Psaki, spokesman for the State Department had then insisted on the "rhetorical" nature of the remark of John Kerry, saying it can not be interpreted Tee design as an ultimatum or an offer to negotiate at a "brutal dictator" and untrustworthy.

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UNITED STATES: Vote on Syria: Republican leaders line up behind Obama

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013


Senior Republican leaders of Congress have made Tuesday, Sept. 3 a decisive political support for Barack Obama expressing support for military intervention in Syria, thus boosting the confidence of pre President of the rapid achievement of a parliamentary green light.

After the support of influential Republican Senator John McCain, Barack Obama, in fact, obtained Tuesday supporting the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner. Eric Cantor, another tenor of the meeting dominated by Republicans, was also in favor of a military operation in Syria. "The United States should respond"

Speaking to the press after a meeting with the U.S. President at the White House, John Boehner said that the United States should respond. "This is something that the United States, as a country, have to," explained Republican. "We also have allies in the world and in the region who need to know that America is there when necessary," he added.

This key support should increase the momentum for a parliamentary resolution authorizing the use of force against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at a time when many members of Republicans have indicated their intention to vote against.

Confident about the chances of success of a resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria in Parliament, Barack Obama expressed his gratitude to his political opponents. "I appreciate everyone here has begun to schedule hearings and provides to vote as soon as all the Congress will be back at the beginning of next week," Obama said.

"This represents a serious risk to the national security of the United States and other countries of the region." And to clarify, "accordingly, Asssad and Syria accountable" while warning that any operation would be "limited" and "proportional" without deployment ground troops.

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IMMIGRATION: A Syrian migrant boat ran aground in Sicily, at least six dead

Saturday, August 10th, 2013


Six migrants drowned and more than a hundred, apparently coming from Syria, were rescued Saturday upon arrival on a beach near Catania, Sicily, said the captaincy of this port and Sicilian police and carabinieri still there.

"The bodies were reported by employees of a bathing establishment" to Plaia di Catania, near the great Sicilian town, told AFP an official of the harbor master, stating that the discovery took place at dawn.

According to investigators, the boat carrying about 120 migrants, including women and children at a very young age.

"We are in the process of transferring passengers from the small fishing boat where they were. We assume that they are all Syrians, "the official added contacted by AFP, which could not say in what port immigrants were initially shipped.

Divers explore the area around the fishing boat to see if there would be no more victims.

According to Italian media, the six migrants died could not swim and drowned trying to reach the shore when the fishing boat they were traveling in was stuck in the sand 15 meters from shore. They were carried in the bottom of a sort of channel depth of several meters.

Another group of one hundred immigrants, mostly Syrian families, was rescued in the night from Wednesday to Thursday off the coast of Calabria, the toe of the Italian boot.

These immigrants had left two weeks ago to Syria and after changing boat several times, had been abandoned on a small boat 11 meters adrift .

Taking advantage of calm seas, arrivals of illegal immigrants have intensified in recent days.

Many shipwrecks occur, boats are old and overloaded, and the smugglers abandoned their passengers when they are identified by the Italian and Maltese coast guard.


TOURISM: In pictures: the heart of Paris from the top of the Saint-Jacques Tower

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013


It was half a century Alain expected that. Armed with a camera and a small camera, the Parisian to large drooping mustache climbed the 300 steps of the tiny spiral staircase that separates the top of the Saint-Jacques Tower. His effort is rewarded with a magic 360 degrees.

Yet Alain starts ignore the unprecedented views of the monuments all around (the Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie, etc..) To scrutinize carefully one block to few tens of meters north of the tower, and find where he lives since 1968. In total, it's 45 long years so that the silhouette of the ancient tower standing in the heart of the capital mocks his curiosity.

"I think 90% of the first visitors are Parisians who wanted to see what long look inside and the top of the Tour Saint-Jacques," said Rémi Rivière, the expert in cultural engineering behind the exceptional opening. It took 13 years of lobbying the City of Paris for the right to supervise and lead small groups of visitors to the top of the tower 62 meters. FRANCE 24 was alongside one of the first groups to discover this unique monument.

LIBYA: In Libya, anger is brewing against political parties after a series of murders

Saturday, July 27th, 2013


There is anger in Libya where thousands of people marched Saturday, July 27 against the political parties and the Muslim Brotherhood in particular, accused of being responsible for the instability in the country. These events, which came a day after a series of assassinations that targeted including anti-Islamist militant, was marred by acts of vandalism against the premises of two main parties, the ruling Justice and construction (PJC), the political arm of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, and its rival the Alliance of National Forces (AFN, liberal).

In Benghazi (east), birthplace of the revolt that toppled the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, young protesters stormed and ransacked the premises of the PJC. During the night, several hundred people were protesting against the killing shot Friday lawyer and anti-Islamist political activist Abdessalem al-Mesmari and two army officers. The protesters accuse the Islamists of being behind the assassination of al-Mesmari Abdessalem, who regularly intervened on television to denounce armed militias and to flaunt its hostility to the Muslim Brotherhood, such as those described for the revolt dozens of officers, particularly in Benghazi. "Solidarity with Benghazi" in the capital Tripoli, hundreds of people gathered tô , t Saturday in the heart of the capital in "solidarity with Benghazi" and against the Muslim Brotherhood. Slogans were also chanted against the AFN, winner of the elections of July 2012. Chanting "the blood of martyrs was not shed in vain," the protesters converged on Martyrs' Square as they left mosques after prayers of dawn. A little later, a hundred young people went to the local PJC, in the neighborhood of Ben Achour, where they ransacked offices and smashed the windows of the building. The headquarters of the AFN in Hay al-Andalus was also ransacked . "We want the dissolution of all parties. They are the cause of all our problems. We must adopt a Constitution and a law organizing political life before allowing parties to exercise, "he told Ahmed Trabelsi, a protester told AFP. The protesters believe that political rivalries prevent the stabilization of the country, where weapons abound and where and the PJC and the AFN are also accused of manipulating the armed militias that serve their interests and prevent the formation of a professional army and police. With despatches