France Proposes Setting 15 as Legal Age of Sexual Consent

VOA News – March 06, 2018

The French government has proposed a law to set 15 as the age of consent for sex following two high-profile cases in which men escaped rape convictions despite having intercourse with 11-year-old girls.

France currently has no age of consent. However, adult sex with a minor younger than 15 is classified as sexual assault or molesting, punishable by up to five years in prison, compared with 20 years in prison for rape. In order for an incident to qualify as rape, prosecutors have to prove the victim was forced.

In November, a 30-year-old man was cleared of rape after the court found that the victim had not been subjected to “constraint, threat, violence or surprise.”

In the other case, charges against a 28-year-old man, also accused of raping an 11-year-old girl, were downgraded to “sexual relations with a minor.”

In December, Macron said he would push for the age of sexual consent and the presumption of rape to both be set at 15, saying: “Our criminal law contains intolerable ambiguities.”

As Elections Approach, Italy Shows Record Alienation from European Union

Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. – February 8, 2018

As national elections draw near, Italians find themselves further and further removed from the European Union (EU), according to a new study.

Support for the EU has fallen dramatically in Italy over the past 10 years and now ranks among the lowest in all of Europe, according to Berlin-based think tank European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR), a fact that will benefit Eurosceptic candidates in the upcoming vote.

Whereas many EU member-states “feel increasingly European,” this is not the case in Greece, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary and Spain, the study found.

“The biggest concern is Italy, whose combined fall in structural and individual cohesion (-1.7 points) is the largest of any EU state,” ECFR said. It has gone from being one of the most Europhile countries to one of Europe’s most disaffected.”

“As elections approach, with populist parties railing against Brussels and Berlin, Italy’s cohesion profile is sliding ever closer towards that of the UK, which recently voted to leave the union,” the report states.

EU BOMBSHELL: Macron admits France would vote to LEAVE EU if country held referendum

Oli Smith – January 22, 2018

Emmanuel Macron has sent shockwaves throughout Europe after he conceded that French voters would quit the EU if France held an in/out referendum on the Brussels-led bloc.

No other European Union country has risked putting membership of the bloc to a public vote since Britain surprised member-states by voting to leave the bloc in 2016,

However, speaking to Andrew Marr on the BBC, Mr Macron admitted that he would lose a French referendum on EU membership.

Asked about the Brexit vote, the candid president told Marr: “I am not the one to judge or comment on the decision of your people.

“But, my interpretation is that a lot of the losers of globalisation suddenly decided it was no more for them.”

Comment: John Durrad

France is a key member of the European Union, but it seems the European Union is far from united! Opponents of the E.U have always claimed that a project that aims to make one set of rules work for the very different views of many countries is a recipe for failure.

They could be right, and the bombshell from France could be a precursor of a time when the E U will be whittled down to a stronger ten nation conglomerate.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet: but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. Rev 17:12

These ten kings, just as the EU is today, will not remain united for long, but will fracture and fall apart to make way for the Kingdom of God.

“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided, but there shall be in it the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay…but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” Dan 2:41,43

It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the member states of the EU to number ten. When that happens the prophetic end-time events portrayed in God’s Word will be on the horizon.

‘Égalité et Fraternité’: France And Germany Vow to Enhance Cooperation

Sputnik News – January 21, 2017

The historic Élysée Treaty, signed by former President of the Fifth Republic Charles de Gaulle and then-German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer on January 22, 1963, remains a major pillar of Paris-Berlin relations and European integration, providing the basis for trust-based cooperation between the two nations.

On the 55th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty of friendship and cooperation, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to enhance bilateral ties.

“Our ambition is to define common positions on all important European and international issues,” a joint statement read.

It added that the two nations “will study and jointly propose effective policies and new technological approaches, particularly in the areas of climate protection, energy, mobility, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.”

Hurricane Eleanor Death Toll Rises to 6 in France

Sputnik – January 8, 2017

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The death toll from Hurricane Eleanor has risen to six people in France as the body of another victim has been recovered from the Ternin river in France’s Burgundy, local media reported.

A man, 80, has been reported missing since Thursday, 24 heures broadcaster reported. The man’s body was found in the afternoon on Sunday.

Hurricane Eleanor hit France last week as a result of which 15 France’s departments remained on orange alert due to the risk of floods as of Sunday. The excessive rainfall brought by Eleanor caused the water level in the Seine to increase by over 3 meters (9.8 feet). At least 25 people have been injured by the hurricane, according to media reports. 35,000 households homes had their power cut, according to the official data.

The French authorities estimate the damage caused by the hurricane at 200 million euros ($240 million).

One Third of Germans Want ‘United States of Europe’

Liam Deacon – December 29, 2017

Approaching a third of German and French people want the European Union (EU) to become a single country, or ‘United States of Europe’, but only 10 per cent of Brits agree.

The plan to turn the bloc into a federal superstate by 2025 was put forward by Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament and a contender for German chancellor, earlier this month.

He called for an EU constitution and for the bloc to rapidly expand its power and erode the sovereignty of nation-states, as well as demanding that any country standing in the way must be ejected.

In a survey conducted before Christmas and published Thursday, YouGov found that 30 per cent of German respondents favoured the idea, making Germany the country that was most supportive of the plan among the seven European nations surveyed.

French respondents were also comparatively supportive of the idea, with 28 per cent endorsing the proposal of a United States of Europe.

EU Army: ‘Continental’ Defence Force Progressing at ‘Full Speed’

Liam Deacon – November 24, 2017

The European Union’s (EU) foreign minister has said the bloc is working at “full speed” to create a unified “defence force” on a “continental scale”.

Federica Mogherini, who is formally known as the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, made the announcement at the Annual Conference of the European Defence Agency.

“Exactly ten days ago, I received the letter notifying that 23 Member States are ready to embark on a Permanent Structured Cooperation on defence. And, let me add, that others might join in the coming days,” she said, referring to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) pact signed earlier this month.

Led by France and Germany, 23 member-states agreed to a common defence fund, which will see them develop and deploy armed forces together.

They earmarked £4.9 billion (€5.5 billion) to fund research and development into new military hardware and the joint purchase of equipment, as well as committing to integrate their armed forces and the establishment of a joint headquarters.

Germany & France to develop ‘new generation’ European fighter jet to replace existing fleets

RT – July 14, 2017

Germany and France have agreed to develop a “new generation” European fighter jet in an effort to strengthen the EU and increase cooperation between the two countries. French President Emmanuel Macron called the plan a “profound revolution.”

The announcement was made by France following talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Macron in Paris.

“The two partners hope to finalize a joint roadmap by mid-2018,” the French presidency said in a statement, as quoted by AFP.

The fighter jets, which will replace the two countries’ current fleets, “were very heavy projects for our armies and our governments,” Macron said during a joint press conference with Merkel.

He went on to state that joint European aircraft will save money and remove competition between different jets which are currently on the market.

Paris Gets ‘No-Go-Zone’ Warning App

Victoria Friedman – June 29, 2017

An app has been launched in Paris, France, which warns people if they are in a No-Go Zone and gives live alerts telling users if they are at risk of sexual assault.

Designers of the app say it can be used to “report, locate and avoid hazardous locations around you and elsewhere”, and has already gained positive review ratings.

The app allows users to report assaults, thefts, sexual molestation, and “rudeness” in the capital city which has seen illegal migrants camping on the streets and near metro stations.

Parisian women have complained they face constant harassment from migrants in certain parts of the city. Women in the east Paris district of Chapelle-Pajol claim they cannot leave their homes without receiving verbal abuse from migrants and drug dealers who have flooded to the area.

German, French defense ministers talk new European security force

DW – June 1, 2017

At the press conference in Berlin after their first bilateral meeting, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her newly-appointed French colleague Sylvie Goulard started with a few words in each other’s language. The message was obvious. France and Germany want to be seen as a unit, working hand-in-hand to make Europe more responsible for its own security.

“We know that our common friendship and common work goes far beyond bilateralism,” von der Leyen said. “For both of our countries it’s crucial that we create more for Europe and that we work together toward a European defense and security union.”

At the core of those efforts is the so-called Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO, which in the words of the European Commission, “allows a core group of countries to take systematic steps towards a more coherent security and defense policy without dividing the Union.” Essentially, it is a mechanism allowing willing countries to launch joint security projects without requiring all EU member states to agree or participate.