“Macron, resign!” — yellow vest protesters back in Paris

admin   •   January 9, 2019   •   1437

Yellow vest protesters in Paris on January 5, 2019 | REUTERS

Thousands of yellow vest protesters were back on the streets of Paris on Saturday (January 5), flooding the Champs Elysees and calling for the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron, though with no signs of the violence which has marred recent demonstrations.

In the eighth consecutive week of nationwide protests, people wearing the familiar high-visibility vests which have become their symbol called for a boost in purchasing power and direct democracy via a “people’s initiative referendum”.

Unusually, the protests in the capital were organised and the Paris police department was alerted to their planned route.

The protesters marched from the Champs Elysees to the city’s former stock exchange in the busy shopping district around the Grands Boulevards.

No immediate figures for participation were available but the numbers in the streets have been steadily declining in recent weeks.

Saturday’s protest comes after the French government on Friday dismissed the protesters as agitators whose only goal was to topple it, signaling a toughening stance against the movement. — Reuters

Filipinos warned of rampant pickpocketing when in France

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2019

PARIS, France – The Philippine Embassy in Paris on Monday (October 28) issued safety guidelines for Filipinos traveling in France as incidents of petty street crimes occur throughout major cities in the country.

“Filipinos traveling to Paris are advised to be extra vigilant and to be alert to avoid being victims of break-ins, robberies, snatching, and pickpocketing,” the Embassy said in an issued advisory.

The Embassy advised Filipino travelers to secure personal belongings even when walking or riding public transportations even those in hotels and apartments as thieves just roam around spying for a possible victim.   

Specifically, the Embassy advised Filipinos to keep their passports and other valuables safe and be wary of people using diverse methods to divert your attention to catch you off guard.

Also, Filipino travelers are reminded not to bring bulk of cash and make sure to hide your bags when inside vehicles as robberies happen even in broad daylight during traffic jams.

“Make sure to follow the instructions of police and military personnel in case of any incident,” the Embassy reminded.

For assistance, Filipino tourists may visit or reach the Embassy through its 24/7 hotline at +33 6 20 59 25 15 or send a message through its e-mail paris.pe@dfa.gov.ph.

Travel Advisory https://parispe.dfa.gov.ph/images/Travel_Advisory-as_of_28_October_2019.pdf

Posted by Philippine Embassy in France on Monday, 28 October 2019

According to the world’s largest database of user-contributed data about cities and countries worldwide, www.numbeo.com, Paris’ crime index rate is at 51.58 as compared to its safety index which is only at 48.42 as of midyear of 2019.

This brings Paris at 105th place among 352 cities in terms of crime rate index in the world.

Caracas in Venezuela tops the list with 84.76 crime rate index while Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is considered the safest with only 11.10 crime rate index.

The Philippines is at the 40th spot with a 64.46 crime rate index and only a 35.54 safety index, according to the database.

Death toll climbs to at least 27 in Iraq on day-3 of protests- police, medics

UNTV News   •   October 4, 2019

Iraqis protest in east Baghdad, Iraq, 03 October 2019. According to local media reports at least 27 people have died since protests erupted two days earlier. Despite an unlimited curfew that was declared in Baghdad on 03 October from 5 am, the protesters went out again and shouted slogans against the government demanding better services and jobs. EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

 Iraqi security forces opened fire on thousands of demonstrators who defied a curfew in Baghdad on Thursday (October 3) and exchanged fire with gunmen in a southern city, killing two people on the third day of nationwide anti-government protests.

The protests, in which at least 27 have now been killed and over 600 wounded, began over unemployment and poor services but have escalated into calls for a change of government and pose one of the worst security challenges in years.

They appear to be independent of any political party and seemingly took the security forces by surprise.

At least 4,000 protesters gathered in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square and attempted to march onto the central Tahrir Square only to be met with open fire and heavy tear gas.

Police used live ammunition in the Zaafaraniya district of Baghdad, where a protester was shot dead, and there were protests in the northwestern Shula district.

Police said protesters had fired at them in the town of Rifaen near the southern city of Nassiriya where seven people were killed overnight and one more was killed on Thursday.

Fifty people were wounded in Rifae, including five police, they said. (REUTERS)

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Rare Tintin comic set to fetch over $400,000 at auction in Paris

UNTV News   •   September 19, 2019

An original Tintin comic strip by Herge from 1942 is expected to sell for up to 400,000 euros ($442,000) at auction in Paris on Wednesday (September 18).

An artwork comprised of three strips from the comic “The Mysterious Star” will go on sale at the Piasa auction house in the French capital.

The work, drawn in Chinese ink, was the first design in a new format for the Tintin comics to be printed on thinner sheets due to a wartime shortage of paper supplies.

The buyer will receive an extra perk: Herge’s blood, which dripped on the comic strip after the artist injured himself with a compass at his drawing desk.

Tintin has already broken world record sales for a comic – a page from the 1954 book ‘Explorers on the Moon’ fetched 1.55 million euros ($1.71 million USD) at auction in 2016.

At a Paris auction in 2017, an original drawing from the 1939 “King Ottokar’s Sceptre” and the 1941 “The Shooting Star” sold for 505,000 euros ($557,000 USD) and 381,800 euros ($421,000 USD) respectively. (REUTERS)

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