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French far-right weekly barred from Twitter over hate speech

PARIS, France – A French far-right magazine had its Twitter account suspended on Monday, February 18, French officials said, after multiple complaints of hate speech including anti-Semitic abuse. Rivarol's Twitter account "called for racial hatred and sympathized with crimes against humanity," a spokesman for the government's racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination body ........»»

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

By John Leicester, Associated Press BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France (AP) — Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It's now easier than ever in France to act out "Star Wars" fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas' saga the same status as the foil, epee and sabre, the traditional blades used at the Olympics. Of course, the LED-lit, rigid polycarbonate lightsaber replicas can't slice a Sith lord in half. But they look and, with the more expensive sabers equipped with a chip in their hilt that emits a throaty electric rumble, even sound remarkably like the silver screen blades that Yoda and other characters wield in the blockbuster movies . Plenty realistic, at least, for duelists to work up an impressive sweat slashing, feinting and stabbing in organized, 3-minute bouts. The physicality of lightsaber combat is part of why the French Fencing Federation threw its support behind the sport and is now equipping fencing clubs with lightsabers and training would-be lightsaber instructors. Like virtuous Jedi knights, the French federation sees itself as combatting a Dark Side: The sedentary habits of 21st-century life that are sickening ever-growing numbers of adults and kids . "With young people today, it's a real public health issue. They don't do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs," says Serge Aubailly, the federation secretary general. "It's becoming difficult to (persuade them to) do a sport that has no connection with getting out of the sofa and playing with one's thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural." In the past, the likes of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers helped lure new practitioners to fencing. Now, joining and even supplanting them are Luke Skywalker , Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. "Cape and sword movies have always had a big impact on our federation and its growth," Aubailly says. "Lightsaber films have the same impact . Young people want to give it a try." And the young at heart. Police officer Philippe Bondi, 49, practiced fencing for 20 years before switching to lightsaber. When a club started offering classes in Metz, the town in eastern France where he is stationed for the gendarmerie, Bondi says he was immediately drawn by the prospect of living out the love he's had for the "Star Wars" universe since he saw the first film at age 7, on its release in 1977 . He fights in the same wire-mesh face mask he used for fencing. He spent about 350 euros ($400) on his protective body armor (sturdy gloves, chest, shoulder and shin pads) and on his federation-approved lightsaber, opting for luminous green "because it's the Jedi colors, and Yoda is my master." "I had to be on the good side, given that my job is upholding the law," he said. Bondi awoke well before dawn to make the four-hour drive from Metz to a national lightsaber tournament outside Paris this month that drew 34 competitors. It showcased how far the sport has come in a couple of years but also that it's still light years from becoming mainstream. The crowd was small and a technical glitch prevented the duelers' photos, combat names and scores from being displayed on a big screen, making bouts tough to follow. But the illuminated swooshes of colored blades looked spectacular in the darkened hall. Fan cosplay as "Star Wars" characters added levity, authenticity and a tickle of bizarre to the proceedings, especially the incongruous sight of Darth Vader buying a ham sandwich and a bag of potato chips at the cafeteria during a break. In building their sport from the ground up, French organizers produced competition rules intended to make lightsaber dueling both competitive and easy on the eyes. "We wanted it to be safe, we wanted it to be umpired and, most of all, we wanted it to produce something visual that looks like the movies, because that is what people expect," said Michel Ortiz, the tournament organizer. Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth 5 points; to the arms or legs, 3 points; on hands, 1 point. The first to 15 points wins or, if they don't get there quickly, the high scorer after 3 minutes. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters "sudden death," where the first to land a head- or body-blow wins, a rule to encourage enterprising fighters. Blows only count if the fighters first point the tip of their saber behind them. That rule prevents the viper-like, tip-first quick forward strikes seen in fencing. Instead, the rule encourages swishier blows that are easier for audiences to see and enjoy, and which are more evocative of the duels in "Star Wars." Of those, the battle between Obi-Wan and Darth Maul in "The Phantom Menace" that ends badly for the Sith despite his double-bladed lightsaber is particularly appreciated by aficionados for its swordplay. Still nascent, counting its paid-up practitioners in France in the hundreds, not thousands, lightsaber dueling has no hope of a place in the Paris Olympics in 2024. But to hear the thwack of blades and see them cut shapes through the air is to want to give the sport a try. Or, as Yoda would say: "Try not. Do! Or do not. There is no try.".....»»

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Killer cells raise hope of universal flu vaccine

PARIS, France – Scientists said Monday, February 18, they had discovered immune cells that can fight all known flu viruses in what was hailed as an "extraordinary breakthrough" that could lead to a universal, one-shot vaccine against the killer disease . Influenza epidemics, largely seasonal, kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, according to ........»»

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France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

PARIS, France – French prosecutors said Friday, February 15, they were investigating a sexual assault complaint made against the Vatican's envoy to Paris in more unwelcome news for the Catholic church as it looks to turn the page on years of scandal. Pope Francis  has vowed that the church will no ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Al Pacino signs up for Nazi hunter TV series

PARIS, France – Actor Al Pacino is to star in a new series called The Hunt about Nazi hunters in the 1970s, Amazon Prime said Friday, February 15. It is only the 2nd time the 78-year-old, who is soon to appear in Martin Scorsese's new film The Irishman alongside ........»»

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Vatican envoy to France in sexual assault probe – judicial source

PARIS, France – The Vatican's envoy to France is under investigation for sexual assault after being accused of molesting an official at the Paris mayor's office, a judicial source told Agence France-Presse (AFP). The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, has been based in Paris since 2009 and serves as a diplomat ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Renault ends Ghosn era with Nissan-induced profits plunge

PARIS, France – French automaker Renault unveiled Thursday, February 14, a sharp drop in earnings as profit plunged at its Japanese partner Nissan, posing a fresh challenge for their alliance after the shock arrest of former chief Carlos Ghosn last November. The results came as Renault's new chairman Jean-Dominique Senard was ........»»

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Airbus pulls plug on costly A380 superjumbo

PARIS, France (UPDATED) – European aerospace giant Airbus said Thursday, February 14, it would stop building its A380 superjumbo, the double-decker jet which earned plaudits from passengers but failed to win over enough airlines to justify its massive costs. The company announced it would stop deliveries of the superjumbo after just ........»»

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Germany to let NATO use its cyber skills

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Germany is to join the ranks of NATO countries making its cyber warfare skills available to the alliance to help fight hacking and electronic warfare, officials told the Agence France-Presse on Thursday, February 14. NATO has designated cyberspace as a conflict domain alongside land, sea, and air and ........»»

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Airbus stops making superjumbo

TOULOUSE, France — European plane manufacturer Airbus said Thursday it will stop making its superjumbo A380 in 2021 for lack of customers, abandoning the world’s biggest passenger jet and one of the aviation industry’s most ambitious and most troubled endeavors. Barely a decade after the 500-plus-seat plane started carrying passengers, Airbus said in a statement […].....»»

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LOOK: UAAP Season 81 volleyball line-ups

The UAAP Season 81 men's and women's volleyball tournament starts once again this Saturday, Feb. 16! Take a look at the official lineups of all eight member schools of the most popular collegiate league in the country! Adamson Soaring Falcons Alicando, Geffrey B.. Alvarez, Mark Angelo Q. Amburgo, Lenard Frans B. Bello, Royce H. Dela Cruz, Archie M.. Garcia, Marc Edsel` N. Gudoy, Jadewin Jairell C. Hernandez, Alecson S. Jimenez, Carlo B. Labang, George Jr. L. Miranda, Leo C.. Nuguid, John Philip U.. Pablico, Paolo P. Valdez, Jesus S.. Head coach: Domingo Custodio Adamson Lady Falcons  Ave, Gracelchen .. Balang, Princess Niña O.. Dacoron, Mary Joy C. Flora, Bernadette A. Genesis, Trisha Mae C.. Igao, Mary Jane P.. Infante, Hannah Nicole .. Macaslang, Krich Aesheluoz L. Perez, Lea-ann M. Permentilla, Chiara May T. Pinar, Ceasa Joria E. Ponce, Tonnie Rose F. Soyud, Christine Joy P. Yandoc, Nikka Sophia Ruth S.. Head coach: Airess Padda Ateneo Blue Eagles Aguilar, Kurt Mikhael M. Cuerva, Sebastian Enrique E. Glorioso, Gian Carlo A. Koyfman, Anthony P. Ligot, Luis Alfonzo Martin M. Llenos, Canciano C. Magadia, Lawrence Gil R. Medalla, Ron Adrian D. Morado, Jr, Ariel C. Njigha, Chumason Celestine M. Rivera, Ishmael John T. Sumanguid Iii, Manuel D. Tan, Jasper Rodney .. Trinidad, Paulo Lorenzo S. Head coach: Timothy Sto Tomas Ateneo Lady Eagles De Leon, Isabel Beatriz P. Delos Reyes, Jeycel Ann F. Furukawa, Ayumi B. Gandler, Vanessa S. Gaston, Pauline Marie Monique M. Gequillana, Kassandra Miren C. Gequillana, Candice C. Madayag, Madeleine Yrenea A. Maraguinot, Janel A. Raagas, Erika Beatriz G. Ravena, Danielle Theris C. Samonte, Julianne Marie B. Tolentino, Katrina Mae D. Wong, Ma. Deanna Izabella A. Head coach: Oliver Almadro De La Salle Spikers Anima, Billie Jean-henri G. Aquino, Ashbery John A. Bacon, Geraint Bell P. Balanong, Gibson P. De Jesus, Gian Edrei P. Delos Reyes, John David A. Dumago, Cris Bernard B. Inocentes, John David S. Llige, Rian Ozzie R. Macaspac, Rafael P. Marco, Wayne Ferdi O. Reyes, Keiffer Arvex P. Serrano, Angel Paul C. Sumalinog, John Raphael N. Head coach: Arnold Laniog De La Salle Lady Spikers Alba, Marionne Angelique A. Cheng, Desiree Wynea T. Clemente, Maria Lourdes Cobb, Michelle Monique L. Dela Cruz, Jolina V. Hatulan, Ynna Nicole Angela F. Instrella, Rovena Andrea G. Ipac, Norielle O. Luna, May M. Nomil, Ferlyn S. Ogunsanya, Aduke Christine P. Saga, Carmel June V. Santos, Erika Mae T. Tiamzon, Ernestine Grace P. Head coach: Ramil de Jesus FEU Tamaraws Barrica, Jeremiah G. Bugaoan, John Paul M. Calado, Mark Frederick C. De Asis, Reco B. Fernandez, Clark M. Garcia, Jude U. Lorenzo, Vince Patrick P. Padon, Sean Victor U. Paler, Redijohn M. Quiel, Peter John B. Salabsab, John Paul D. Silang, Kris Cian S. Solis, Richard E. Suarez, Owen Jaime L. Head coach: Rey Diaz FEU Lady Tamaraws Agudo, Ivana Marie C. Bautista, Angelica T. Carandang, Czarina Grace Dc. Cayuna, Maria Angelica P. Domingo, Celine Elaiza B. Duremdes, Ria Beatriz Glenell J. Ebon, Lycha C. Guino-o, Heather Anne L. Hernandez, Carlota M. Malabanan, Jerrili P. Mora, Mary Martha Louise B. Negrito, Kyle Angela P. Ronquillo, France Elize B. Villareal, Jeanette Virginia P. Head coach: George Pascua NU Bulldogs Almendras, Angelo Nicolas H. Ancheta, Jann Paulo G. Bagunas, Bryan B.. Daymil, Berhashidin H. Gampong, Madzlan A.. Maclang, Marco Ely A. Malabunga, Kim N. Marcos, Ricky A. Mondero, Banjo O.. Natividad, James Martin I. Ponti, Krisvan D. Retamar, Ave Joshua S. Saura, Francis Phillip C. Head coach: Dante Alinsunurin NU Lady Bulldogs Cagande, Joyme G. Chavez, Joni Anne Kamille F. Cloza, Elaine D. Doria, Roselyn B. Lacsina, Ivy Keith L. Landicho, Mary Antonette C.. Luceño, Gelina Mae P. Nierva, Jennifer D. Orillaneda, Mary Klymince D. Paran, Audrey Kathryn S. Robles, Princess Anne N. Head coach: Norman Miguel UE Red Warriors Abalon, Al-jhon .. Adriano, Kim .. Alba, Angelu Noel A. Bonoan, Bryan Ross D. Cacayan, Mori B. Ernacio Jr, Danilo F. Imperial, Adrian Rafael C. Imperial, Ralph Ryan C. Inoferio, Clifford S.. Josafat, Lloyd C. Medina, John Lester A. Ortega, Geric Rodmar T.. Reyes, Jose Mari C. Solis, Aldwin D. Head coach: Turing Victorio IV UE Lady Red Warriors Abil, Judith O. Alcayde, Jasmine Gayle J. Arado, Kathleen Faith P. Babol, Jasckin May R. Baliton, Roselle P. Bendong, Laizah Ann P. Clavano, Lhara Maye M.. Gabarda, Mariella R. Manabat, Mialyn G. Mendrez, Mary Anne B. Olarve, Zilfa Geline M. Rodriguez, Seth Marione P. Santos, Remcel Joyce M. Sta Maria, Jana Katrina S. Head coach: Rod Roque UP Fighting Maroons Baldelovar, Jarahmeel A. Castillo, John Mark Joshua D. Consuelo, Nicolo Brylle A. Enteria, Bryan Christian C.. Evaristo, Julian Miguel T.. Fortes, Joshua Emmanuel V. Ijiran, Ruskin Joss V. Ilao, John Stephen V. Madrigalejos, John Carlo P. Millete, John Mark T. Nasol, John Miguel B. San Pascual, Gian Kyle S. San Pedro, Jerry Earl Jr P. Yan, Martin David A. Head coach: Hans Chuacuco UP Lady Fighting Maroons Altomea, Remelyn P.. Bautista, Mary Mirgie B.. Bernardo, Lorie Lyn F. Buitre, Marian Alisa L. Carlos, Diana Mae M. Dorog, Justine M. Estranero, Ma. Arielle L. Gannaban, Aieshalaine R. Layug, Maristela Genn G. Molde, Maria Lina Isabel M. Ramos, Jessma Clarice E. Rosier, Roselyn M.. Sandoval, Caryl D. Sotomil, Marianne B.. Head coach: Godfrey Okumu UST Tiger Spikers Buro, Juren Jireh M. Carodan, Tyrone Jan L. Casillan, Aldous Darcy M. Corda, Hernel Gem L. Del Rosario, Josh Robert G. Medina, Manuel Andrei M. Mendiolla, Jelex Jay V. Requinton, Jaron -. Sawal, Lester Kim V. Sumagaysay, Jayvee G. Tajanlangit, Timothy James C. Tajanlangit, Jerald David C. Umandal, Joshua A. Valenzuela, Vyxen Vaughn P. Head coach: Arturo 'Odjie' Mamon UST Golden Tigresses Bicar , Alina Joyce R. Alessandrini, Milena L. Balcorta, Janinie Kyla O. Delerio, Janel O. Galanza, Maria Fe C. Galdones, Kecelyn -. Jimenez, Ysabel Jamie M. Laure, Ejiya C. Pacres, Mary Dominique P. Rivera, Rica Jane B. Roldan, Rachelle M. Rondina, Cherry Ann Q. Tuazon, Donna May R. Viray, Caitlin N. Head coach: Emilio 'Kung Fu' Reyes, Jr.    Action starts on Saturday, Feb. 16 on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap, and iWant. .....»»

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Renault blocks payouts to Ghosn as he shuffles legal team

PARIS, France – French carmaker Renault said Wednesday, February 13, it would block a major payout for detained former boss Carlos Ghosn  as the group seeks to avoid the prospect of an embarrassing "golden parachute." A month after Ghosn  resigned from Renault , the company's board announced it would not pay the equivalent ........»»

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U.S. seeks to increase pressure on Iran at Warsaw meeting

WARSAW — Foreign ministers and senior officials from 60 nations gather in the Polish capital Warsaw on Wednesday where the United States hopes to ratchet up pressure against Iran despite concerns among major European countries about heightened tensions with Tehran. The absence of foreign ministers from major European powers, Germany and France, highlights festering tensions […] The post U.S. seeks to increase pressure on Iran at Warsaw meeting appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

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Armored van driver flees with 3M euros, arrested

LILLE, France -- The driver of a cash delivery van who disappeared near Paris with his vehicle and an estimated 3.4 million euros (3.85 million dollars) has been arrested, police sources said Tuesday. The 28-year-old driver and a large part of the money were tracked down to a flat in the centre of the city of Amiens, some 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of Paris, the sources said on condition of anonymity. The driver and his truck disappeared after stopping outside a Western Union office at around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) on Monday in Aubervilliers, a suburb just north of the capital. The driver stayed behind the wheel as two of his colleagues went inside. "When they came back...Keep on reading: Armored van driver flees with 3M euros, arrested.....»»

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Tour de France veteran rules Ronda Pilipinas

Francisco Mancebo Perez of Matrix Powertag Japan used the fifth and final stage as his victory lap even as he fended off the last-ditch efforts by Filipino riders and ruled the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2019 that ended in this serene and scenic town yesterday......»»

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Spain joins France, Germany on new combat fighter Manila Bulletin News

Spain joins France, Germany on new combat fighter Manila Bulletin By Agence France-Presse. Spain will join a Franco-German project to build a new fighter plane to replace the Eurofighter and Rafale,.....»»

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Light rail collision in Paris suburb injures 12

NANTERRE, France: A rare light rail collision in a southwestern suburb of Paris on Monday evening (Tuesday in Manila) left 12 people injured, one of them seriously, the fire brigade…READ The post Light rail collision in Paris suburb injures 12 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Tour de France vet retains Ronda red jersey - Inquirer Sports

ROXAS CITY, CapizSpaniard Francisco Mancebo Perez expects his challengers to throw every trick in the book just to see him fall off the perch. The post Tour de France vet retains Ronda red jersey appe.....»»

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I don t want to hide says Salman Rushdie, 30 years after fatwa

PARIS, France – After decades spent in the shadow of a death sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Salman Rushdie is quietly defiant. "I don't want to live hidden away," he told the Agence France-Presse (AFP) during a visit to Paris. The novelist's life changed forever on February 14, 1989, when Iran's ........»»

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Moving Sala homage as emotional Nantes crumble

NANTES, France – Emiliano Sala's former club Nantes gave a final rousing send off to the Argentine striker, whose body was recovered from a crashed plane this week, with a series of moving gestures on Sunday, February 10.  Known as the Canaries because of their yellow strip, Nantes played in a ........»»

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