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Paris (UK: /ˈpærɪs/; US: /ˈpɛərɪs/; French: [paʁi] ( )) is the capital and most populous city of France. Situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country, it is in the center of the Île-de-France region, also known as the région parisienne. The City of Paris has a population of 2,273,305 inhabitants (January 2013), making it the fifth largest city in the European Union measured by the population within the city limits. Paris and its suburbs have a population of 12,292,895 inhabitants, making it the second or third largest metropolitan area in Europe, with London and Berlin, depending on the area measured.
Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe. In the 18th century, it was the centre stage for the French Revolution, and became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today.
The Paris Region has a GDP of €612 billion (US$760 billion) in 2012, ranking it as one of the wealthiest five regions in Europe; it is the banking and financial center of France, and contains the headquarters of thirty companies in the Fortune Global 500. In 2013 the City of Paris received 29.3 million visitors, making it one of the world's top tourist destinations.
Paris is the home of the most-visited art museums in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d'Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d'Art Moderne, a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (12th century); Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914).
Paris is known for its fashion designers and the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants. Most of France's major universities and Grandes écoles are located in Paris, as are France's major newspapers, including Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Libération.
Paris is home to the association football club Paris Saint-Germain FC and the rugby union club Stade Français. The 80,000-seat Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is located in Saint-Denis. Paris hosts the annual French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament on the red clay of Roland Garros. Paris played host to the 1900 and 1924 Summer Olympics, the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
The city is a major rail, highway, and air-transport hub, served by the two international airports Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly. Opened in 1900, the city's subway system, the Paris Métro, serves 9 million passengers daily. Paris is the hub of the national road network, and is surrounded by three orbital roads: the Périphérique, the A86 motorway, and the Francilienne motorway in the outer suburbs.

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The man who attacked an officer Tuesday at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris said, "This is for Syria," French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.
The man, believed to be an Algerian student, attacked the officer with a hammer but was also armed with knives, Collomb said.
Collomb said the officer's condition is not serious.
Another officer shot the assailant in the chest, police union spokesman Yves Lefebvre told BFMTV. The attacker was taken to the hospital, and the situation brought under control, police told CNN.

on June 8, 2017

img Sid Poduval posted a review

- The left’s politicians and pundits has boiled their arguments down to ad hominem attacks and generalizations….you don’t support this? You’re a climate denier, racist, or greedy. (Yes, the ACLU said that opposition makes me racist.) None of this is surprising and any policy promoted with such rhetoric is an immediate red flag.

- The agreement itself seems to accomplish little more than wealth transfers from developed nations (aka the US) to developing nations under very vague conditions which are unachievable and/or unenforceable. In fact, many of the developing nations have said they won’t/can’t comply, but they will take our money – meaning the intent of the agreement will never come to fruition despite large costs imposed on the American people. It’s more of an agreement for the sake of an agreement and pricey foreign aid with an “environmentalism” red bow on top.

- The biggest problem is the violation of American sovereignty. Our legislatures did not vote on this, the American people had no say, and political “negotiators” gain power at our expense while paying no cost for being wrong. It seems Barack Obama single handedly decided what’s best for every individual – in this case, usurping billions from the economy and violating our sovereignty to “do something”. You know why it's a "voluntary agreement" between nations and not a treaty? Because it would never pass the US Senate. Instead, political activists used legalese and technicalities to violate US sovereignty - this is "globalism", for lack of a better word.

- None of this is to say that we shouldn't be concerned for the environment. However, the left has equated opposition to the agreement as denying the impact of economic activity on the environment. In my opinion, the days of fossil fuels are numbered. Nuclear energy and various renewables will naturally take the place of fossil fuels as they become more cost effective and social concern rises, and it will happen without sacrificing our sovereignty and usurping billions from the American people.

All in all, I am glad Trump withdrew us from it. I also am confident that American innovators will continue to outpace the world.

on June 6, 2017

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There has been much confusion surrounding the Paris climate agreement, what it accomplishes, and who actually benefits, if anyone.

The agreement is predicated largely on the wishes of climate alarmists and activists that set a target goal of not allowing warming to exceed 2 degrees C by the end of the century, but that number is not based on any scientific modeling, rather political modeling, as the media ironically frame Trump's decision to back out as merely a "political" win, yet a loss for the planet.

As Joseph Bast, a former guest on UA Live discussing this very topic, points out "There is no scientific evidence suggesting a warming of 1.9 degrees C is safe while 2.1 degrees C is not safe."

Climate models have greatly overestimated warming over the past two decades, not matching observed data of Earth's global temperature, leaving no reason to accept climate models predicting temperatures in 100 years as something to build a sound policy agenda on.

Moreover, no matter how many ways you cut it CO2 is not a pollutant, and there have been times in the past when CO2 levels in the atmosphere have been higher than today, along with a lower global temperature. Joseph Bast explains:

"More CO2 leads to faster, more robust plant growth, including staple food crops. Moderate warming, should it occur, would have a positive effect on humanity, since lower temperatures kill far more people than do warmer temperatures, and warming historically has been associated with economic growth, global peace, and prosperity."

Despite claims that global warming is creating more global conflict, there just doesn't exist any data to back that up. In fact, more data exists to the contrary.

China as part of the agreement and the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, agreed to reach peak carbon production in 2030 and by one estimate, that's when it was going to peak anyway.

Moreover, the liberal publication Vox described one of the deals parameters as setting "a non-binding agreement for countries to reach peak greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible."

The deal is at its core is entirely voluntary, and did little to reach the goal of emitting less CO2 in the next century. Even John Kerry, a huge proponent of the deal, was forced to admit that it doesn’t have mandatory targets for [temperature] reduction and it doesn’t have an enforcement, compliance mechanism.”

Why risk American jobs based on ideological convictions, with our anemic economic growth rate that has plagued us over the last 8 years on the line, in part due to regulations predicated on alarmism flowing from the Paris climate deal, as opposed to rationalism and scientific inquiry?

The agreement also asks richer countries to invest in "green technologies" in poorer countries without any reassurance that the money won't be used to merely fund third world dictators. At a time when the U.S. is 20 trillion dollars in a hole, is it at all prudent to send money to places where the rule of law is tenuous at best, in order for them to maybe invest in green technology?

If this green technology was economically viable and possessed the ability to increase the standard of living as claimed, investors would with far more oversight as to where it's used would be shelling out cash in droves in order to make profits.

In a world were media narratives prevail, the truth is often overlooked. This is not to say that we shouldn't try to reduce certain pollutants and strive for "cleaner" energy, but why assume such high costs without any notable benefits?

Backing out was a no brainer.

on June 3, 2017

img Sid Poduval posted a review

Latest update 5:45pm et - Isis is now claiming responsibility for a Paris attack in which police officer was killed and two were seriously wounded along the Champs-Élysées. A gunman exited a vehicle and fired a Kalishnikov rifle into a police van that was waiting at a stop light. The gunman was then shot and killed as he attempted to flee. He was known to authorities, having been flagged by intelligence services as an Islamic extremist.

The attack comes just three days before the first round of France's presidential election. Earlier this week police arrested two men in what they described as a thwarted terror attack. An arsenal of weapons and bomb-making equipment along with an Isis flag were found in their apartment.

on April 22, 2017

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Ex-Muslim journalist whose colleagues were killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack

on April 11, 2017

img Zainab Zaidi posted a review

Hemmed in and closely watched by police, hundreds of Muslims unrolled rugs and prayed outdoors Friday in the busy streets of a Paris suburb to protest the closure of their prayer hall.

The show of strength by throngs of worshippers in Clichy highlighted a long-standing issue for France's Muslim community, estimated at 5 million people: a shortage of mosques.

Such protests aren't without risk of a backlash, especially in the politically heated atmosphere of France's upcoming presidential election. Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has previously decried street prayers, part of her anti-immigrant, anti-Islam outlook.

Clichy Muslims had been using a prayer hall rented from City Hall. But the town's mayor now wants to turn that space into a multimedia library for the town's 60,000 residents.

City Hall refused to renew the three-year lease when it expired last June and, following a court battle, closed down the prayer hall last week with help from French police.

City Hall says Muslims can worship at a new Islamic cultural and prayer center, already used by hundreds of people, that the town inaugurated in May 2016.

However, the Muslim group that helped organize Friday's protest and which is calling for another demonstration Sunday says the new mosque is too small and remote.

The building is a disused former office block that City Hall "turned into a mosque by throwing down a few rugs," said Smail El-Baz, a spokesman for the group.

He warned that the closure of their prayer hall could drive worshippers underground and increase the risk of them becoming radicalized.

The group wants its prayer hall reopened until the end of Ramadan in July and space for the building of a new mosque.

on April 4, 2017

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A “radicalised Muslim” known to security services has been shot dead after attempting to steal a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly Airport. 

The 39-year-old French citizen, identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, shot at police officers manning a checkpoint in northern Paris with an “air pistol” before launching the airport attack, the French interior minister said.

During a visit to the airport, Bruno Le Roux said one officer was shot during the routine check and was undergoing hospital treatment for injuries to his face.

on March 21, 2017

img Dan Ficke posted a review

Initial indications were that the man, who was fighting for his life after being shot, was an Egyptian who arrived in France at the end of January, a source close to the investigation said.

Two security sources said the attacker has been identified as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, a 29-year-old Egyptian born in Dakahlia, a province northeast of Cairo.

Reports say the on-duty soldier opened fire after the man tried to attack him with a machete outside the Louvre Carrousel shopping centre in central Paris. 

The man is thought to have tried to enter the museum's underground shop carrying two backpacks at around 10am (local time). 

A French police spokesperson said the man cried out "Allahu Akbar" - meaning God is the greatest in Arabic - as he "launched" himself at the soliders, according to reports.

on February 6, 2017

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Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, has written a letter to an unknown woman sharing his thoughts since the massacre.

According to extracts of the letter, which was published by the French newspaper Libération after gaining permission from French authorities, he said " I am not ashamed of what I am."

The anonymous woman reportedly has written many letters to him. But the identity of her cannot be confirmed and she is completely unknown to the justice system, according to Libération.

Since his incarceration in March last year, Abdeslam has refused to say anything to the judges that have questioned him.

This appears to be the first time he has shared his thoughts over the incident.

on January 15, 2017
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