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Jun 12 2021

Leader Of Al-Qaeda In Islamic Maghreb Killed In French Military Operation In Mali

Support SouthFront French soldiers of the 126th Infantry Regiment and Malian soldiers, March 17, 2016. A senior commander of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) responsible for the abduction and murder of two French journalists in 2013 has been eliminated by French troops during an operation in Mali, Florence Parly, France’s Defense Minister, announced on June 11. In a statement, Parly said that the commander, Baye Ag Bakabo, was killed along with three other terrorists on June 5 when troops from Operation Barkhane, the codename of French military intervention in the Sahel region of West Africa, foiled an attack on …

Jun 8 2021

Big Scandal: Emmanuel Macron Slapped In His Face

Support SouthFront On June 8, French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in his face by a man in a crowd during a visit to a small town in southeastern France. On the eve of the elections, he went to the French regions to speak with people. The video showing the incident was immediately spread on social media. The footage showed Emmanuel Macron walking up to a metal fence and clasping the arm of a man, greeting onlookers in the village of Tain-l’Hermitage, in the Drôme region of France.The man slapped the President reportedly yelling for the end of “Macronie” that …

Jun 4 2021

France Suspends Joint Military Operation In Mali To Punish Junta

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On June 3rd, France said that it was suspending its joint military operations with Malian forces “awaiting guarantees” that civilians return to positions of power. This comes after on May 25th, the Malian military detained interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane and stripped them of their powers after a dispute over a cabinet reshuffle, after the previous military coup in August 2020. Assimi Goita, a colonel who led both coups and was Ndaw’s deputy in the transitional administration formed in September with the task of steering the country towards the …

Jun 2 2021

That Old Story: Spying on Friends

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. One has to be repeatedly reminded that the theatre of international relations knows no friends and only national interests, whatever those might be.  Intelligence services, being an expression of those interests, do not necessarily discriminate in targeting their quarry.  The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 about warrantless and unwarranted surveillance by the US National Security Agency was revealing on this point, though it merely confirmed centuries of understanding in politics: In our friends and foes, we mistrust. Having spilled such valuable beans, Snowden readied us for what should have been …

May 29 2021

Lucky Year For French Dassault Rafales

Support SouthFront Rafale seen from the front of the Sanicole Airshow in Belgium. Photo taken by Tom Houquet./www.dassault-aviation.com On May 28, Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic claimed that Zagreb had agreed to buy a batch of second-hand Rafale F3-R  fighter jets from France in a deal worth one billion euros ($1.2 billion). Croatia’s Air Force is aiming to replace its outdated Soviet-designed Mikoyan MiG-21 fighters. “The purchase of the multirole fighter aircraft will strengthen Croatia’s position as a member of NATO and a partner within the European Union. For the first time, we will reach 2 percent of the …

May 23 2021

Thousands Soldiers, Police Officers Looking For “Belgian Rambo” For Fifth Day

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Since May 18th, the Belgian, German, Dutch police officers and soldiers are searching for a “Belgian Rambo”. They are looking for a deserter, an experienced sniper instructor who escaped from the unit, promising to fight the police and the COVID restrictions. 46-year-old Belgian soldier Jurgen Conings, is allegedly hiding in the woods on the border with the Netherlands. He is armed with four anti-tank grenade launchers, as well as a machine gun and pistols. His abandoned vehicle with four rocket launchers inside was found close to the Dutch border . More than 400 …

May 14 2021

Vive La Démocratie: France Bans Pro-Palestinian Protests

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On May 13th, France imposed a ban on pro-Palestine demonstrations amid the escalating situation in the West Bank. This is allegedly due to concerns that previous clashes and riots that took place in Paris over half a decade ago could happen again. “Serious disturbances to public order were noted in 2014. Instructions were given to the Prefects to be particularly vigilant and firm,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter, noting that he had directed Paris police to ban the demonstrations planned on May 8th against Israel’s conduct in Mount Temple. Elsa Faucillon, …

May 11 2021

New Military Letter Warning Of Civil War In France Gains 160,000+ Signatures

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image A group of currently serving French soldiers has published an open letter warning President Emmanuel Macron that the survival of France is at stake after his “concessions” to Islamism. The French government condemned it, as well as a similar letter in April. This previous letter was signed and published by 20 French semi-retired generals. The letter to the government last month came from semi-retired generals. The minister in charge of the armed forces, Florence Parly, said they would be punished for defying a law that forbids reservists or serving members of the military …

May 7 2021

France And UK Send Patrol Warships To English Channel Over Fishing Spat

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image The United Kingdom sent patrol warships to the Jersey Island in the English Channel due to a fishing spat with NATO ally and former-EU compatriot France. In return, France dispatched two maritime patrol boats to the waters off Jersey Island itself. An official from the French presidential administration said the deployment of the French boats “speaks to our concern, and frustration, and is an appeal, which we will also express, for the correct application of agreements,” sealed when Britain left the EU, Reuters reported. The official said the deployment of patrol vessels from …

May 6 2021

Egypt To Buy Aerial Refueling Aircraft, Spy Satellite From France – Report

Support SouthFront Airbus A330 MRTT, Paris-Orly Airport, 4 July 2019, By Olivier CABARET, Source: flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/48196569261/ Egypt may soon announce a new deal with France which would include the purchase of aerial refueling aircraft and a spy satellite, La Tribune reported on May 6. According to the French outlet, Cairo is planning to buy a spy satellite from defense giant Airbus along with two A330 MRTT [Multi Role Tanker Transport] tankers. The deal’s cost is estimated at around 1,4 billion Euros. Click to see full-size image. Sources familiar with the matter told La Tribune that the purchase of the satellite and …

May 5 2021

Video Of French Journalist Abducted By Al-Qaeda In Mali Surfaced Online

Support SouthFront Olivier Dubois as seen in the recently released video. On May 5th, a video showing French Journalist Olivier Dubois, who went missing last month while working in Mali’s northern city of Gao, surfaced online. In the video, Dubois says he was kidnapped on April 8 by al-Qaida-linked Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM). The journalist calls on his family, friends and French authorities to work for his release. Dubois works for a number of French news outlets including Le Point Afrique and Libération. According to Libération, he has been based in Mali for six years. Christophe Deloire, head …

May 4 2021

Eric Zuesse: Marine Le Pen Has The Strongest Chance To Succeed, Of All Progressive Political Leaders In The World Today

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Written by Eric Zuesse. Marine Le Pen has continued her gradual political rise in France so that in the French political polling she now stands as the likeliest to succeed the man who beat her in 2017, Emmanuel Macron. If she does that, then she will probably bring bigger changes to international relations than any national leader has done ever since U.S. President Harry S. Truman started the Cold War on 25 July 1945. She is the daughter of the far-right Jean-Marie Le Pen, but after taking over leadership of the far-right Party …

May 4 2021

Egypt To Buy 30 Rafale Fighter Jets From France, As It Looks To Replace U.S. As Key Weapon Provider

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Egypt signed a contract with France to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets in a deal that investigative website Disclose said was worth $4.5bn. Egypt’s defense ministry revealed early on May 4th. Egypt’s defense ministry said the deal would be financed through a loan to be repaid over at least 10 years but did not give details about the value of the deal or any other information. President Emmanuel Macron said in December he would not make the sale of weapons to Egypt conditional on a commitment to respect human rights because he did …

Apr 30 2021

Killer Of French Police Officer In Paris Suburbs To Become Al-Qaeda’s Winner

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On April 23rd, in the French city of Rambouillet, an, initially unidentified individual, attacked a police officer with a knife. The man shouted “Allahu Akbar” while doing so. The attacker was killed. The victim died of her wounds. According to preliminary data, the attacker is a citizen of Tunisia. Tabat, an al-Qaeda affiliated agency, praised the knife attack in Rambouillet, France. The propagandists say that the attack was carried out by “brother-fighter” Jamal Karshan. It should be recalled that a few days before the terrorist attack in France, the al-Qaeda-linked cyber terrorist group …

Apr 27 2021

Tensions Rise In The South China Sea: British Flotilla To Sail Through Asian Waters

Support SouthFront HMS Queen Elizabeth, via Global Look Press A flotilla of Royal Navy of the United Kingdom leaded by HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will pass through Asian waters on port visits to Japan and South Korea, according to the British embassy in Tokyo. The decision was made after Australia had warned of threats of conflict in the region. “Today, as free nations again hear the beating drums and watch worryingly the militarisation of issues that we had, until recent years, thought unlikely to be catalysts for war, let us continue to search unceasingly for the chance for peace …

Apr 23 2021

France Supports Chad’s Military Government, As Rebels March On The Capital

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image On April 22nd, France backed the Chadian Army’s takeover of the country, after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby. Any other choice allegedly undermines its superficial fight against militants in the Sahel. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian justified the installation of a military council headed by Deby’s son on the grounds that stability and security were paramount at this time. “There are exceptional circumstances,” Le Drian said. Deby’s son Mahamat took control of the country and its armed forces on April 21st, dissolving the parliament and suspending the constitution. According to the …

Apr 1 2021

France Hands Over Anti-Tank Guided Missiles To Lebanese Army (Photos)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image. Source: lebarmy.gov.lb On March 31, France handed over a shipment of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and other military equipment to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The equipment was handed over in a ceremony attended by the deputy chief of staff for equipment Brig. Gen. Ziad Nasr representing LAF Commander-in-Chief Gen. Joseph Aoun, the French Ambassador to Lebanon Anne Grillo and the French military attaché, Col. Fabrice Chapelle. Depuis 2017, la 🇫🇷 a cédé à titre gracieux pour près de 60 M€ d’équipements à @LebarmyOfficial. Elle a développé en particulier la coopération dans le …

Mar 12 2021

France Conducts First Military Space Exercise Feat. U.S. Space Force

Donate Click to see full-size image On March 8th, France launched its first military exercise in space to evaluate its ability to defend its satellites and other defense equipment from an attack. The exercise involves 18 simulated events from 8 to 12 March, conducted in France’s Space Command operations room in Toulouse. It is “first for the French armies and even the first in Europe,” according to General Michel Friedling, commander of French Space Command. The newly-created US Space Force and the German Space Situational Awareness Centre are also participating in this exercise. The exercises are a “stress-test of our …

Mar 8 2021

Who Benefits From Death Of Dassault?

Donate French billionaire MP Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash Read more At: https://www.aninews.in/news/world/europe/french-billionaire-mp-olivier-dassault-killed-in-helicopter-crash20210308005052/ On March 7th evening, French politician and billionaire Olivier Dassault has died in a crash of his private helicopter in northwestern France. He was an heir of the French industrialist who led one of the county’s biggest defense companies. Passionate about aviation, he was professional pilot who has broken several world records. The plane crashed at about 18:00 local time in the Calvados department near the city of Deauville. According to the local prosecutor of the Lisieux commune, Delphine Mienniel, an AS350 Squirrel helicopter crashed during …

Mar 1 2021

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Sentenced To Jail

Donate Source: Jonathan Rebboah / Imago-images / EPA / ТАСС On March 1, a French court sentenced former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2012) to a year in prison and two years suspended for corruption, influence peddling and violation of secrecy of the court investigation. He became the first French president to be sentenced to jail. In accordance with French law, if the sentence is to less than two years, then the convicted person may ask to serve the sentence at home. Two other defendants are Sarkozy’s ex-lawyer Thierry Erzog and former judge of the French Constitutional Court Gilbert Azibert. They …

Feb 6 2021

CAR Rebels Ask France For Help In Their Fight Aganist ‘Evil’ Russians

Donate French troops are in the CAR. IMAGE: AFP 2018 / ISSOUF SANOGO The leader of the Central African Republic Rebels (CAR) main rebel coalition, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), has asked French President Emmanuel Macron for support against Russian military advisers. On February 5, a message by CPC leader François Bozizé to Macron, containing the request for help, was leaked. The message was sent on January 11. Former #CentralAfricanRepublic leader François Bozize recently wrote a letter to Emmanuel Macron asking him to help the rebel group Coalition of Patriots for Change in the CAR. In the letter, …

Feb 6 2021

French Special Forces Helicopter Spotted Over Northeastern Syria (Video)

Donate Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP | French soldiers On February 6, a French military helicopter believed to be carrying special forces operators was spotted over Syria’s northeastern region. The helicopter, an Airbus H225M, was filmed near the town of al-Dashisha in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. According to the Rojava Media Center, which shared the footage, the helicopter came from Iraq and was escorted by another helicopter of the US-led coalition. The H225M is a long-range tactical transport military helicopter capable of undertaking various mission roles including combat search and rescue, aeromedical transport, logistic support and shipboard maritime operations. At least …

Jan 6 2021

At Least 20 Killed In Helicopter Attack In Mali, Blamed On French Military

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 3rd, an unidentified helicopter opened fire on a civilian wedding in Mali, killing at least 20 people. The helicopter, flying at low altitude, opened fire on what was a wedding party in a remote desert region in central Mali, according to health workers and locals speaking to the Reuters, AFP, and AP news agencies. The helicopter appeared to be in pursuit of jihadist fighters on motor bikes near the villages of Bounti and Kikara, but ended up killing more than 20 people, including children. It was not immediately clear who carried out …

Jan 1 2021

New Year’s Celebrations French Style: Burning At Least 60 Cars In Strasbourg Riot

Donate Click to see full-size image On December 31st, rioters in Strasbourg, France, took to the streets on their annual “New Year’s Celebration” event. They didn’t adhere to a 20:00 curfew, and also burned at least 60 cars, according to French daily Le Figaro. Ça commence à #Strasbourg, la racaille brûle les voitures 😡 #nouvelan2021 #HappyNewYear2021 #bonneannee2021 pic.twitter.com/cXwel8Qiek — Enzo Alias (@Enzo_Alias) December 31, 2020 “We are already at a certain number of burnt vehicles,” said the office of Josiane Chevalier, the prefect of the Bas-Rhin region, adding that several arrests had been made throughout the night. #Strasbourg🔴💥⚡Le réveillon commence …

Dec 29 2020

Three French Soldiers Killed In Mali

Donate The French Ministry of the Armed Forces acknowledged the death of three French soldiers in Mali. The incident took place on December 28. The armored personnel carrier of the French Armed Forces was blown up with an improvised explosive device (IED) when it was carrying out an escort mission between the villages of Gosse and Mount Ombori, near the Burkina-Faso border. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. Al-Qaeda remains the main suspect. “On Monday, 28 December, in the early morning, during an escort mission between HOMBORI and GOSSI, a light armored vehicle (LAV) of the Barkhane …

Dec 24 2020

Government And UN Forces Recapture Bambari From Rebels, France Wants To “Support” CAR

Donate Click to see full-size image On December 23rd, the UN said that its peacekeepers and local forces had recaptured the Central African Republic (CAR) city of Bambari, shortly after it was put under rebel control. “The situation in Bambari is under control,” Abdoulaziz Fall, spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSCA, told a press conference in the capital, Bangui. “The civilians are starting to return. The armed groups have been pushed back into the bush.” The attacks followed government accusations that former president Francois Bozize was plotting a coup with armed groups ahead of presidential and legislative elections that …

Dec 6 2020

US-styled Chaos In France: Protests Against Security Law And Police Brutality Turn Paris Into Battle Zone

Click to see full-size image On December 5th, violence escalated in Paris for the second consecutive weekend at a mass protest against a new security law and police brutality. The weekly nationwide protests are becoming a major crisis for President Emmanuel Macron’s government, with tensions intensified by the beating of a Black music producer by police in November. Windows of a supermarket, property agency and a bank were broken while several cars burst into flames along Avenue Gambetta as demonstrators marched towards the central Place de la Republique. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 64 people were detained across the country, …

Jul 31 2020

Al-Qaeda In Mali Claimed Responsibility For Major Attack On French Military Camp

Donate Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) announced on July 29 that its fighters had carried out a large, coordinated attack on a French military camp in the southern Malian region of Gossi. In a statement, the terrorist group said the attack, which took place on July 23, began with the use of two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). The first VBIED blew up at the camp’s gate, opening the way for the second, which exploded inside the camp. JNIM fighters then raided the camp under the cover of mortar shelling. Heavy clashes broke out. The terrorist group acknowledged that …

Jul 24 2020

French Soldier Killed In Suicide Vehicle Attack In Mali

Donate Click to see full-size image On July 23rd, a French soldier from the army’s First Parachute Hussar Regiment was killed in combat operations in Mali. This was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron’s office. “This soldier … was killed in fighting against armed terrorist groups, when an improvised explosive device was triggered next to his armoured vehicle,” the presidency said in a statement. The soldier’s identity was revealed as Tojohasina Razafintsalama. 🕯️ EN MÉMOIRE – Tojohasina Razafintsalama, 1ère clase francais de 25 ans, a perdu la vie aujourd’hui au #Mali dans le cadre de l’opération #Barkhane. Il a accompli …

Jun 13 2020

Fire Breaks Out On Board Of French Navy Nuclear Submarine (Video)

Donate Click to see the full-size image On June 12, fire broke out onboard a French Navy nuclear submarine docked at the Mediterranean port of Toulon and was raging for about 14 hours. According to French aurthorities, nobody was hurt and no nuclear materials or weapons were on board the vessel, the Perle, which was in dry dock for repairs. [embedded content] Toulon is the French biggest naval base and is home to most of its fleet, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, nuclear submarines and other warships. The Ruby-class nuclear submarine Perle was launched in 1990 and …

Jun 5 2020

CAESAR 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (Infographics)

Donate Click to see the full-size image The CAESAR (CAmion Équipé d’un Système d’ARtillerie) is a French self-propelled 155 mm self-propelled howitzer. [embedded content] MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Apr 9 2020

COVID-19’s Benefit: Crime Rates In France Halved Since Lockdown

Donate Click to see full-size image A Conjunctural analysis of crimes and offenses recorded by the police and gendarmerie at the end of March 2020 was released by French authorities. It would appear that the COVID-19 hype is good for something (apart from presumably being good for the environment) and that is: it almost halved crime rates in France. In the context of the COVID-19 health crisis, which has led, in particular, to self-isolation measures since March 17, 2020, the French Ministerial Statistical Department for Internal Security (SSMSI) published the main monthly crime rates recorded by the security service. The …