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Licence to kill last wolf in Meurthe-et-Moselle

In in the coming weeks the prefecture of Meurthe-et-Moselle (France) will authorize  shooting of the wolf, accused of a multitude of herd attacks, especially in the south of the department. the decision announced on July 4th. The licence to kill the last surviving wolf is considered as pro-hunting lobby success, phrasing the understanding and sympathy of President Macron to their passion to spend free time killing wild animals. In March Emmanuel Macron announced that from 17% to 19% of the population of wolves can be slaughtered, while the scientific expertise, commissioned by the Ministry of Ecology, indicates that the permissions to hunt should not to exceed 10% of the estimated number so that the population presenting a numerical balance remains stable.

The wolf protection French NGO CAP Loup launched an appeal the state to abandon its plans to slaughter 500 wolves, and to prioritize the policy of protection of herds. They also insist on inclusion in the National Wolf Plan a precision that shooting a wolf should remain a justifiable exception, as provided for by the derogation rules of Annex IV of the Habitats Directive, and not a political solution of ease that becomes the rule.

French conservationists consider the extermination of 500 wolves is not a reasonable measure, pointing that  “France is increasingly  in contradiction with the international texts of the Bern Convention and especially the European Habitats Directive”. Limiting the wolf population in France to its current size means keeping it in a “vulnerablestatus quo, as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is “not a favorable conservation status”, CAP Loup underlines.

Grenoble: Muslim women impose burkini swim wear

With the summer weather, the debate surrounding the ban on burkini in public swimming pools has has reemerged. Muslim women defied a local municipality ban and wore the Islamic full-body swimsuit, violating hygiene rules of exploiting swimming pool in city of Grenoble.

Women who wore the swimsuit, which covers the entire body except for the face, hands and feet, were issued a fine of €35 ($40) by police, when they left the sport center.

The Jean Bron Swimming Pool is among several in France that have banned burkinis, and in spite of it many Muslim women violated the rules as part of an organized protest.

Operation Burkini” has been created this summer by members of the group Citizen Alliance of Grenoble in order to defend Muslim women’s rights. The women are demanding that public pools, which currently require men to wear swim briefs and women to wear bikinis or one-piece swimsuits, change their regulations to accommodate Muslim-style swim wear.

EU top jobs apple of discord

The EU leaders discussion of the attribution of  bloc’s top jobs  started at late dinner concluding agenda of Summit in Brussels (#EUCO). However the chances to come to an agreement remain minimal as France and Germany cast doubt on any imminent deal, also the Eastern European member-states (Vicegrad 4) vividly opposed both leading candidates from biggest European political groups the EPP and S&D for various reasons.

The 28 national leaders meet in Brussels on June 20-21 to assign the top jobs of the bloc for coming years on the entire spectrum of issues.

“In Europe, our coalition of progress must prevail. We need to find the women and men who can carry an ambitious roadmap at the heart of the European institutions. This is a key issue for the European Council meeting today“, French President Emmanuel Macron said at arrival to the European Council.

Antonio Tajani,  the president of the European Parliament, was  reminiscent of cardinals locked to select a Pope, hinting of disagreements among the member-states, and European political families.

However the nominations should be made before the new European parliament starts its session on July 2 in Strasbourg. By the time the European Council has to announce the major appointments, including the top job of the President of the European Commission, de facto “Prime Minister of Europe“.

 

 

 

Tusk hopes for EU top jobs Summit success

The EU member-states are striving for an agreement on the European Union’s top jobs by July 2, by the day of the new European Parliament constitution – in the attempt of avoiding an institutional crisis, the European diplomats say.

The diplomats doubt if the a deal can be reached at the Summit, pointing to a disagreement between Berlin and Paris over a German candidate Manfred Weber’s bid to take over the job of the President of the Commission later this year.

The five top executive positions are to be attributed to start a new political cycle.

European Council President Donald Tusk said that he was “cautiously optimistic” that EU leaders would agree on candidates to hold the bloc’s top jobs when they meet in Brussels on June 20.

I remain cautiously optimistic, as those I have spoken to have expressed determination to decide swiftly. I hope we can make it on ThursdayTusk said.

The top jobs include the successors  for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini, the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt Mario Draghi, and  Donald Tusk, the President of the EU Council.

Following an European election end May, the new European parliament is due to gather in Strasbourg for the first time on July 2 and should then elect its new president for 2019-24.

 

 

 

 

Yellow Vests in decline

With 7,000 protesters across the country on June 15, the participation of Yellow Vests in Act XXXI is in visible decline. Some clashes erupted in Toulouse, the demonstrations passed without major incidents in Paris and Bordeaux.

In total, there were some 7,000 demonstrators throughout the country, according to the Interior Ministry (against 10,300 last week, and 9,500 the previous one). Act XXXI marks the smallest national mobilization recorded since the beginning of the movement, on November 17 (280,000 people had then marched through the streets of the country), although the Yellow Vests dispute the official figures.

As for act XXX in Montpellier, a call had been launched on social networks to make Toulouse the “capital” national movement for that particular day.

More than a thousand people – “several hundred” according to the prefecture – have started up the cry of the usual slogans anti-Macron.

We were happily advancing, we were singing, and suddenly dozens of policemen rushed on us, tearing the banners and clubbing the protesters at the head of the procession,” said to French TV Bastien, one of the protesters, whith eyes red from tear gas.

The procession then dispersed under a thick cloud of tear gas in a few seconds. From then on, divided into several small groups, the protesters played all afternoon with the cat and the mouse with the police. They have also had massive use of water cannon and tear gas.

What do they want from us, why is there so much violence?” Mireille, a retired Yellow Vest.

The prefecture said two protesters were injured, and 17 were arrested.

Caravaggio masterpiece at auction soon

Disappeared for several centuries, rediscovered in Toulouse (France) in 2014, the painting by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioJudith and Holofernes’, the authenticity of which has been the subject of a long debate, should reach peaks at the auction of June 27. 

This is an exceptional sale because it is a masterpiece in a very good condition, of an iconic painter whose painting have not been sold until today’s public auction, “said Marc Labarbe.

Like the version of the painting under the same name created around 1598 and kept in Rome, the masterpiece is inspired by an episode of the Old Testament and represents Judith, the Jewish widow of Bethulia, assassinating the Assyrian General Holofernes to save besieged town.

The painting found in Toulouse was first known for its copy by the Flemish painter Louis Finson, a contemporary of Caravaggio. Two specialists of the Italian genius, Mina Gregori and Gianni Papi, had doubts of the authenticity of the canvas, insisting it could be only a second copy of Finson.

‘Judith and Holofernes’ has been exhibited in Milan, London, New York and Paris and will be on display in Toulouse from June 17 to 23 at the Marc Labarbe auction house. The auction will be held on June 27 at 6 pm at La Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and can be followed live online streaming.

According to art experts the price could mount up to EUR150 million, and it would be purchased by one of the American private collectors. None of European Museums announced allocation of funds to participate in auction bidding.

 

Migrant boats increase at UK coast

The coastguard reported the 13 migrant boats found along the southeast coast of the UK on June 1. A senior British minister Sajid Javid said the situation was “alarming” amid concerns that warming weather could fuel more crossings. (Imge above: Dover)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it used RNLI lifeboats from Dover (pictured), Dungeness and Rye to respond to the small-boat crossings, as well as coastguard rescue teams from Folkestone, Langdon and Rye Bay, the Guardian newspaper reports.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the situation was “alarming.” He added that he would work closely with French authorities to stop human trafficking across the channel. A criminal investigation is now underway.

Those who choose to make this dangerous journey across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world are putting their lives in grave danger — and I will continue to do all I can to stop them, Javid said, commenting the situation during the weekend.

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