Tag Archives: Toulouse

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.

 

Azeri journalist attempted assassination in France

A journalist from Azerbaijan,  refugee in Toulouse (France) with his family since 2010, was targeted Friday (30.03.2018) morning around  9:00 by gunfire in Colomiers, a neighbourhood bordering Toulouse. Rahim Namazov was accompanied by his wife who was shot and died instantly.

The couple was driving when he was shot at seven times. The journalist was wouldered by a bullet in the back. According to the Toulouse public prosecutor’s office, the journalist’s wife, Ms.Namazov was shot in the head. The judicial police are in charge of investigating this shooting.

Rahim Namazov was expelled from his country, Azerbaijan where he was imprisoned and threatened with death.