Sacré Bleu! Old-School Satirical Paper Upends French Presidential Race

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For a small duck it packs one hell of a peck.

PARIS (AP) One-time French presidential front-runner Francois Fillon is slowly finding his dream of winning the Elysee Palace under water.

And it’s because of the revelations of one old-school, eight-page satirical newspaper with ink that comes off on your hands: “Le Canard Enchaine,” or “The Chained Duck.”

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The dirt-digging weekly’s claims that Fillon’s political clout helped secure handsomely paid jobs for his wife, Penelope, and two of their children are the just the latest scoops from the 102-year-old newspaper which is showing that traditional gumshoe reporting and the ink-and-paper format still have value in the increasingly online world.

“‘Canard’ or ‘duck’ was taken from French slang for ‘newspaper.'”

With its old-school typography, puns on every page and thick, rough paper, “Le Canard” may seem like an unlikely source of hard-nosed political journalism.

But the controversy has seriously hurt the conservative Fillon and has upended the race for France’s spring presidential election. It has pecked away at his popularity as his critics cry foul. Fillon, who was France’s prime minister from 2007 to 2012, has denied any wrongdoing.

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The paper first published the allegations against Fillon on Jan. 25 and then came out with a second report containing further accusations on Wednesday. Copies of the latest edition were hard to come by in Paris.

Financial prosecutors are investigating whether Penelope Fillon actually worked, as he claims, as her husband’s parliamentary aide or whether her job was fake, which would be an illegal use of public funds.

“Le Canard Enchaine,” available in kiosques and proudly not online, is a modern anachronism that flies in the face of claims that old-school newspapers are relics of the past.

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The weekly, costing 1.20 euros ($1.29), continues to be an influential player in the French media landscape, and a go-to for whistle-blowers — despite dwindling newspaper sales across the world. The paper, which has no advertisements, is mainly financed through newsstand sales and subscriptions.

Editor Louis-Marie Horeau recently revealed his paper’s winning journalistic methods for exposing the so-called Penelope-gate scandal. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] Shield Used by French Police When They Entered the Bataclan Theater

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This shield was used by French Police when they entered the Bataclan Theater to rescue the victims and stop the carnage. Despite taking withering fire, the police continued charging the threats until they were shot dead or detonated their suicide belts.

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[VIDEO] Shows French Muslims Undisturbed By Charlie Hebdo And Supermarket Attacks

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Peter Malcolm reports: Ami Horowitz has released a video in which he asked young Muslim men in Marseilles what they thought of the massacres at the Charlie Hebdo office and the kosher supermarket, and the answers he got belie the conclusion that French Muslims overwhelmingly condemned the attacks. Marseilles has the largest Muslim population in France.

This is what Horowitz found:

One Muslim man said, “They defended their religion. They provoked the Muslim religion. They took care of it.”

Another young Muslim man said, “Already they are saying it’s a terrorist religion. Confusing terrorists and Muslims. I say it’s a government set-up. Somebody important who’s high up with money. To buy weapons, finance travel, to buy lots of things, you need money. It has to be someone high up in the government. It has to be.” Asked whether it was possible the Israeli government was behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermaket in Paris, he replied, “It’s possible. Yes, it’s possible. It was probably sponsored by someone in the government.”

Asked whether the Charlie Hebdo people deserve what they got because they insulted the Prophet, a black man answered, “Yes. You cannot play with the religion or the faith of people. There are some people who really love the Prophet; you cannot play.” Read the rest of this entry »


Ms. Hayat Boumeddiene, Still at Large: Partner of Paris Gunman Believed to Be in Syria

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Police have been hunting for Ms. Boumeddiene since her partner, Amedy Coulibaly, was identified as the alleged shooter of a policewoman on Thursday and stormed a Parisian kosher grocery on Friday, leaving four hostages dead.

PARIS — Noémie Bisserbe, Daniel Michaels and Stacy Meichtry reporting: French authorities believe Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of one of the gunmen who was killed during a police raid at a kosher store on Friday, left France Jan. 2 and has reached Syria, people familiar with the matter said Saturday.

“The French Justice Ministry on Friday issued a wanted notice for Ms. Boumeddiene and Mr. Coulibaly in connection with the murder of a policewoman near Paris on Thursday and the attack Wednesday on Charlie Hebdo.”

Police have been hunting for Ms. Boumeddiene since her partner, Amedy Coulibaly, was identified as the alleged shooter of a policewoman on Thursday and stormed a Parisian kosher grocery on Friday, leaving four hostages dead.

This photo released on Friday by the French police shows Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of one of the gunmen responsible for terror attacks in Paris earlier this week. French Police/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

This photo released on Friday by the French police shows Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of one of the gunmen responsible for terror attacks in Paris earlier this week. French Police/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

French prosecutors have described Ms. Boumeddiene as a dangerous individual who has trained to use firearms.

Ms. Boumeddiene left France before the French capital was plunged into a three-day spree of violence that began with the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine Wednesday, the people said.

She crossed into Syria from Turkey, the people said.

“The wanted notice included a photograph of Ms. Boumeddiene with her face and hair exposed but other images purported to be of her, reprinted widely in French media, show a woman clad from head to toe in a black burqa. In some of the images, shown alongside photos of Mr. Coulibaly apparently at the same forested location, the woman is shown firing a weapon resembling a crossbow.”

A senior Turkish official declined to comment on whether Ms. Boumeddiene transited through Turkey recently.

It isn’t clear whether Ms. Boumeddiene went to Syria to join one of the radical Islamist groups fighting in the bloody civil war. Read the rest of this entry »


Not Just the Paris Massacre: Islamic Attacks Having Chilling Effect on Journalists

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As reporters try to exercise their freedom of speech, they’re being killed in record numbers by Islamic jihadists and brutal regimes.

John Waage writes: The terrorist attack in Paris is a bleak reminder that Western values are under assault, with journalists being front and center in that battle.

As reporters try to exercise their freedom of speech, they’re being killed in record numbers by censored-hand-overIslamic jihadists and brutal regimes.

“It’s a fact that it’s a visual medium and it can grab you instantly. It’s in a lot of ways more effective than the written word; and while this attack is incredibly high profile and incredibly terrible, there are cartoonists that are attacked every year.”

— Cartoonist Mark Fiore

At Notre Dame in Paris, the bells toll, and around the world, demonstrations are taking place in support of the journalists murdered by Islamic terrorists at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper that often poked fun at Islam.

From Moscow to San Francisco, signs read “Je Suis, Charlie” (“I Am Charlie”).

“The Soviet Union under Stalin or the Nazis under Hitler or the Stasi in East Germany – what do they control? They control information. And who do they try to eliminate? Journalists or people who speak the truth.”

— Robert Rosenthal, director of the Center for Investigative Reporting

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In Washington, journalist Stephane Raynud De Fitte is stunned. He was in the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris just a day before the shooting.

“Just ordinary heroes fighting for liberty of the press. I’m really sad first, angry–really angry as well.”

— Washington journalist Stephane Raynud De Fitte

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The terrorist attack in France, as well as the gruesome beheadings of journalists in Syria and other Muslim hotbeds is having a chilling effect on the profession.

The BBC reported in August that 69 journalists had been killed in Syria alone in just two years, although many of them died in battle.

The threat is especially great for cartoonists. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Second Jihad Attack in Paris: Female Police Officer Shot Dead, Male Colleague Injured in New Slaughter

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Last week Muslims attempted to kill police officers in Paris – today they succeeded in yet another jihad attack in less than 24 hours.  The assailant identified the assailant as “North African” mediaspeak for Muslim.

The man opened fire with a machine gun… It happened at the start of the morning rush hour, with an M5 assault rifle believed to have been used.

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The Mirror is reporting that the gunman did escape the scene. There are conflicting reports as to whether a suspect has been arrested.

Some French media claim one gunman was apprehended at the scene and is in custody, while another fled via the Metro.

The man is 52-years-old and was wearing a bulletproof vest, and had a handgun and a machine gun, sources suggest.

“Around 8:09 he shot towards the police officers who were at the scene for a road incident,” said Mr Cazeneuve.

“The police woman – who is in very critical condition – was shot in the back.”

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The France and the UK better start arming their cops. That is madness. Sheer madness. The citizenry needs to be armed…(read more)

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BREAKING: Blast Hits Restaurant Near Mosque as Violence Erupts in Eastern France

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PARIS, January 8 (Sputnik) – An explosion took place at a kebab restaurant near a mosque in Villefranche-sur-Saone, eastern France, 20 Minutes newspaper reported Thursday, citing a police source.

According to the newspaper, the blast blew out the window of a neighboring restaurant. No injuries have been reported. The area is currently cordoned off by the police and the explosion is being investigated.

“I’m afraid that this is connected with the dramatic event which happened this Wednesday.”

Bernard Perrut, the mayor of the city, told Le Progres newspaper.

On Wednesday, three men attacked the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others….(read more)

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An explosion has hit a restaurant near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, but no casualties have been reported.

A local official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, described the Thursday blast as “a criminal act.”

Police have launched an investigation into the incident. Read the rest of this entry »


UNCENSORED [VIDEO] Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Terrorist EXECUTE Paris Cop

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Journalists and police officers are among 12 people shot dead at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which three years ago controversially published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.


BREAKING: FRANCE: Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Drives into Crowd, Injuring at Least 11