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ISIS hackers seize control of France’s TV5Monde network in ‘unprecedented’ attack

ISIS hackers seize control of France’s TV5Monde network in ‘unprecedented’ attack

Still unable to broadcast anything but pre-recorded programs  after “unprecedented” cyber attack as French government denounces “act of terrorism”

Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) on Thursday seized control of TV5Monde, France‘s international TV network, knocking out its 11 channels, website and social media accounts in an attack the government dubbed an “act of terrorism”.

TV5Monde was still struggling to regain control of its channels on Thursday morning, forced to broadcast only pre-recorded programmes after what its director called an “unprecedented attack in the history of television” in which its systems were “severely damaged”. It was back to normal operations by 8pm on Thursday night.

Yves Bigot, the network’s chief, said he was shaken when a black screen appeared across the entire network at around 10pm local time on Wednesday night.

“When we discovered the sense of the message appearing on our social media and our websites, it both allowed us to understand what was happening and obviously worried us,” he told RTL radio.

At the same time, a group calling itself CyberCaliphate issued a message on the website of TV5Monde, which broadcasts to 200 countries, stating: “I am IS” – another term for Isil.

Technicians later pulled this down and posted an “under maintenance” sign.

The French government on Thursday denounced the cyberattack as an “act of terrorism”. Manuel Valls, the prime minister, said the cyber strike was an “unacceptable attack on the freedom of information and expression”.

Fleur Pellerin, the culture minister, said: “I offer all my support and solidarity to the team at TV5Monde, victims of an obvious terrorist act.”

She said she would convene a crisis meeting with “representatives from the broadcast media and perhaps the written press” on Friday to look at ways of preventing a repeat of such an attack.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (L), Culture minister Fleur Pellerin (C) and Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius talk to the press after visiting French television network TV5Monde headquarters (AFP/Getty)

Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said an investigation had been launched into the channel hacking, adding:”We are facing determined terrorists and we are determined to fight them.”

The hackers posted documents on TV5Monde’s Facebook page purporting to be the identity cards and CVs of relatives of French soldiers involved in anti-Isil operations, along with threats against the troops.

“Soldiers of France, stay away from the Islamic State! You have the chance to save your families, take advantage of it,” read one message. “The CyberCaliphate continues its cyberjihad against the enemies of Islamic State,” it went on.

A French police officer stands guard in front of the main entrance of French television network TV5Monde headquarters (AFP/Getty)

TV5Monde was due to launch on Thursday a new channel dedicated to French “art de vivre”. Mr Bigot said he doubted the attack was timed to coincide with this at it would have required weeks of preparation.

It occurred on the day that France’s Senate published a report revealing that almost half of European jihadists known to have travelled to territory held by Isil are French. Some 1,500 French nationals are thought to have travelled to the area.

France has moved to strengthen its cyber security in the wake of the January terrorist attacks in Paris by gunmen claiming links to Isil and al-Qaida in Yemen. Afterwards, the defence minister said hackers had targeted some 19,000 French websites.

Isil has claimed complex hackings before – a group with the same name hacked Newsweek’s Twitter feed in February – but this appears to be its most spectacular act of cyber warfare to date.

When the attack was over Fleur Pellerin, the culture minister, warned other French media to remain “vigilant”, saying they could not rule out “similar powerful attacks happening that are already planned”.

Gunmen open fire on French police in Marseille

Gunmen open fire on French police in Marseille

By Brian Murphy

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Hooded gunmen armed with assault rifles opened fire on police in the French city of Marseille on Monday before an expected visit by the country’s prime minister, news reports said.

Details on the attack were not immediately clear, but authorities suggested it was linked to drug gangs and not related to terrorism or the planned visit by the prime minister, Manuel Valls.

The area of Monday’s violence, the Castellane housing project in the city’s northern suburbs, is known as a center for drug networks.

Casualties from the latest shooting also were not immediately known.

Special tactical police units converged on the site, the Associated Press and other news reports said. Some schools, businesses and neighborhoods were placed on lockdown.

Caroline Pozmentier, the deputy mayor of Marseille, suggested the incident was part of ongoing battles with drug traffickers in the Mediterranean port, the Reuters news agency reported.

The shootings come a month after Islamist terrorists staged days of bloodshed in Paris, including the storming of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 10 people dead. A total of 17 people died in the Paris attacks, which ended with twin police raids that killed three suspects.

The Paris attacks were followed by counterterrorism sweeps across Europe, including major crackdowns in neighboring Belgium.

In France, military forces were deployed to guard places of worship and other sites following the Paris attacks. Last week, a knife-wielding man attacked soldiers patrolling outside a Jewish center in the southern city of Nice.

The prime minister Valls was due in Marseille later Monday to talk about security and education.

French Police: Gun Control Isn’t Work For Us!

French Police: Gun Control Isn’t Work For Us!

Muslim Terrorist in Paris

Following the deaths of two French police officers during the January 7 Charlie Hebdoattack and another officer death during an attack the following day, French police are demanding more guns and guns that are more powerful.

The situation during the Charlie Hebdo attack was very lopsided–in favor of the terrorists–because of current policing and arms policy. Breitbart News reported that “unarmed Paris police officers” were forced to flee when confronted with the armed attackers. UK’s Independent reported that “three policemen arrived [at the scene of the attack] on bikes but had to leave because [the attackers] were armed.” A policeman assigned to the duty of body guard to Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier was killed, and an officer on a mountain bike was gunned down.

The Associated Press reports French police unions met with Interior Ministry officials on January 19, seeking to take the advantage away from terrorists and other attackers. The unions demanded “more” guns and “heavier” guns, as well as “protective gear, better training for first-responders, and more legal tools to guard against terrorists.”

The violence and death French police endured over a two-day period because of gun control is a perfect microcosm of the violence and death gun control has caused on larger scale in other European countries, like England. On September 24 Breitbart News reported that gun control had made England “the most violent country in Europe.”

In 2009, twelve years after England’s most stringent gun controls were enacted, the Daily Mail reported “the UK [had] a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and South Africa.”

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Paris mayor threatens to sue Fox News, faces uphill fight

Paris mayor threatens to sue Fox News, faces uphill fight

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses near a banner which reads 'Charlie Hebdo, Honorary citizen of Paris' displayed in front of the Paris City Hall January 9, 2015. REUTERS-Jacky Naegelen
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses near a banner which reads ‘Charlie Hebdo, Honorary citizen of Paris’ displayed in front of the Paris City Hall.

(Reuters) – The mayor of Paris on Tuesday said she intended to sue Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News over insults she said the U.S. cable television network hurled at the French capital following this month’s massacre at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Paris planned legal action because the city’s honor was “prejudiced” by Fox reports that wrongly suggested areas of the city were “no-go zones” that were closed to non-Muslims.

“The image of Paris has been prejudiced and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced,” Hidalgo said.

Fox on Saturday issued several apologies for statements made on-air that suggested such zones existed in Europe.

In one such apology, anchor Julie Banderas said the network “made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe,” and apologized “to any and all who may have taken offense, including the people of France and England.”

It was not immediately clear where Paris might sue Fox, a division of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

Legal experts said the city faced an uphill legal fight, especially in the United States, which has strong protections for media against defamation and libel claims.

“I believe there is no cause of action in the United States, period,” said Jane Kirtley, a media law professor at the University of Minnesota.

“This is an example of someone from another country not recognizing the force of the First Amendment, which allows criticism of governmental entities,” she said, referring to part of the U.S. Constitution.

Kirtley said France has potentially more accommodative “insult” laws that could let government officials claim that published statements, even if truthful, assaulted their dignity.

But even if Paris prevailed in France, enforcing a judgment might be difficult, because a 2010 U.S. law called the Speech Act makes a variety of foreign libel judgments that conflict with U.S. laws unenforceable in U.S. courts.

“Even if a judgment were obtained in France, it would be impossible under American law to enforce it here,” said Robert Drechsel, a journalism professor who teaches media law at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Michael Clemente, Fox News’ executive vice president of news, said in a statement on Tuesday: “We empathize with the citizens of France as they go through a healing process and return to everyday life. However, we find the mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.”

Gunmen on Jan. 7 stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people to avenge cartoons they said had mocked Islam.

(Reporting by Jennifer Saba and Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Toni Reinhold, Leslie Adler and Howard Goller)

The White House Admits Fault in Not Attending Paris Unity Rally

The White House Admits Fault in Not Attending Paris Unity Rally


Amid criticism, the White House admitted fault by not sending President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden or other top-ranking official to the unity rally in Paris on Sunday where more than 40 heads of state marched through Paris.

“It is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday. The only noted American official in attendance was the U.S ambassador to France.

Earnest said the rally was conceived on Friday evening and did not allow enough time to pull off the security feat required for President Barack Obama to march amid the public, which attracted more than three-and-a-half million people. Earnest said it posed “significant security challenges.”

President Barack Obama has received significant fallout for not attending the rally or sending some of his top lieutenants. Critics argued that the President owed it to France, a U.S. ally, to show his solidarity and to send a message to violent extremists that the U.S. will not stand down.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote a scathing opinion piece in Time on Monday, saying, “Many of our allies gathered together in Paris yesterday in an admirable display of determination. Our President should have been there, because we must never hesitate to stand with our allies. We should never hesitate to speak the truth. In Paris or anywhere else in the world.”

Attorney General Eric Holder was in Paris during the time of the march Sunday for an international security summit but didn’t join in the march. He appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying “the French have been among our best allies, our greatest friends in this fight against global terrorism. And we are here to express our solidarity with them.”

But critics thought that the visual presence of attending the march was too significant of an opportunity to pass.

During a trip to India Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said he didn’t attend because of a previously scheduled visit to India, but that he is traveling to Paris later this week.

“I asked my team what the earliest is I could travel to Paris to show, once again, to reaffirm the connection between the United States and our oldest ally,” Kerry told reporters while in India.

As the defense budget has been reduced and retooled and as President Obama has ended the war in Iraq and wound down the war in Afghanistan, criticism continues to mount among critics questioning his commitment to fighting Islamic extremism.

A large amount of money is still spent on the effort to defeat terrorists however. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service found “annual war costs decreased from a peak of $195 billion in FY2008 to $95 billion enacted in FY2014.” The 2015 budget includes about $79 billion for war funding.

CEO of French oil giant killed in plane crash in Russia

CEO of French oil giant killed in plane crash in Russia

by cbsnews.com

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French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie poses prior to a press conference, in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. AP / JACQUES BRINON

MOSCOW – The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, the company said.

Total “confirms with deep regret and sadness” that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated Tuesday and posted on its website.

Airport officials told Russia’s Tass news agency that the collision occurred at 11:57 p.m. Monday, killing de Margerie and three crew members, all of them French citizens.

“The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie’s wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the three other victims,” the company news release said.

A representative of the transport investigative department told Tass that the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 business jet, headed for France, collided with the snow removal machine during takeoff. Airport officials said the driver of the snow removal machine was not hurt.

The Reuters news agency reports that Russia’s Investigative Committee says the plow’s driver was drunk.

Visibility at the time of the crash was 1,150 feet, airport officials told Tass.

De Margerie, 63, known as “Mr. Moustache” for his bushy facial hair, rose through the ranks at Total to become CEO in 2007, and added the post of chairman in 2010.

De Margerie joined Total after graduating from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in 1974, according to the company’s website. He served in several positions in the Finance Department and Exploration & Production division before becoming president of Total Middle East in 1995. He became a member of Total’s policy-making Executive Committee in 1999.

Paris-based Total is the fifth-largest publicly-traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world, with exploration and production operations in more than 50 countries, according to a profile on the company’s website.

Topless in Paris, Feminist Protest ISIS

Topless in Paris, Feminist Protest ISIS


FEMEN: Topless in Paris, Earns Epic Response on Twitter [NUDITY]

Russian news journalist Ria Novosti reported the radical Ukrainian feminist group Femen was to take to Paris streets on Wednesday to protest ISIS and radical Islam. While they are earning attention world-wide from their topless stunts, one post on Twitter in response to their protest is epic.

According to Ria Novosti, Femen organized a protest against ISIS and radical Islam on Wednesday, September 26. For once the group showed up to the protest fully clothed, but that didn’t last long.

FEMEN: Topless in Paris, Earns Epic Response on Twitter [NUDITY]

Multiple sources, including Breitbart, Twitter users, and Ria Novosti reported more than a dozen of the group stripped with messages of “rise up” and “speak out,” as well as “infidels” on their naked breasts, before taking to the streets with toy Kalashnikov rifles covered in flowers. They marched through the streets shouting in megaphones, much to the bewilderment of tourists and shoppers.

“French and American citizens and all those who are threatened by Isis jihadists, show your hostility towards Isis’s ideas,” shouted one of the women. “Don’t be scared of being politically incorrect or intolerant. It’s only by criticizing them publicly that we can destroy them. Infidels, rise up against Isis,” she exhorted. ~Breitbart

This is not the first topless stunt of the protest group. Last year, they showed up in Notre Dame Cathedral with bare chests, painted with slogans like “a Pope No More” in protest of the Catholic Church’s stance on gay marriage. They have even protested world leaders and political situations, such as urinating on a photo of the Ukraine president outside the Ukraine Embassy in Paris.

This time the protest went off without having to call for police involvement.

Femen states they are protesting because they are “not afraid” of ISIS or the latest statement by ISIS that they will execute French tourists if France does not stop bombing, after killing a French journalist in a similar fashion to the three American Journalists beheaded.

United Arab Emirate Female fighter pilot taking the fight to ISIS.

United Arab Emirate Female fighter pilot taking the fight to ISIS.
So far, despite the “Fatwah” on seeing naked women, there are no reports of mass suicide of Jihadists from seeing Femen topless.  Meanwhile, it is confirmed that the fighter pilot does have a few dozen ISIS and radical Islam confirmed kills under her belt.

‘No survivors’ in Air Algerie crash; first images emerge

‘No survivors’ in Air Algerie crash; first images emerge

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French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in restive northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed with the loss of 116 people. France’s interior minister said on Friday that terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the tragedy, though it was likely due to bad weather.

The first images of the Air Algerie crash site in Mali emerged Friday, showing a stark terrain littered with bits of a plane that appears to have been pulverised on impact.

The video, aired on France 2 television, was filmed by soldiers from Burkina Faso from where flight AH5017 took off early Thursday morning before disappearing from radar screens.

The grainy footage shows bits of the fuselage scattered over a large, sandy-looking terrain of dry shrubs, which is blackened in some areas.

Such was the violence of the apparent impact, that the debris seen on the video was barely recognisable as parts of an aircraft. A soldier is seen taking photos of the remains of the wreck.

French president Francois Hollande announced Friday that there were no survivors in the crash of the MD-83 aircraft, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria’s flagship carrier, which disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, for Algiers. The plane had requested permission to change course due to bad weather.

The MD-83 airplane that crashed was leased from Spanish company Swiftair. (Reuters file photo)

Speaking after a crisis meeting, Hollande also announced that one of the aircraft’s two black boxes has been found in the wreckage, in the Gossi region near the border with Burkina Faso. It is being taken to the northern Mali city of Gao.

A French Reaper drone based in Niger spotted the wreckage, French transport minister Frederic Cuvillier told France-Info radio on Friday. Two helicopter teams also overflew, noting that the wreckage was in a concentrated area. A column of soldiers in some 30 vehicles were dispatched to the site, he said.

Read: Disasters wreak havoc on airline industry this week

A statement early on Friday from the Hollande’s office said the aircraft had been clearly identified “despite its state of disintegration.”

Quick discovery of the wreckage is “decisive” in piecing together what happened, the transport minister said, describing the aircraft as “disintegrated” and debris “in an apparently small area.”

“We think the plane went down due to weather conditions, but no hypothesis can be excluded as long as we don’t have the results of an investigation,” French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told RTL radio.

“Terrorist groups are in the zone. … We know these groups are hostile to Western interests,” Cazeneuve said.

The pilots had sent a final message to ask Niger air control to change its route because of heavy rain, Burkina Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedraogo said Thursday.


Read: ‘Most probable’ cause of Air Algerie Flight AH5017 crash is weather

French forces intervened in northern Mali in January 2013 to rout Islamist extremists controlling the region. A French soldier was killed earlier this month near the major town of Gao, where French troops remain. Separatist Touaregs also have been fighting each other.

Nearly half the 110 passengers aboard the plane were French, and France is deeply shaken by the drama. The president promised to mobilise all French military and civilian means in the region and call on partners to help.

The French gave the location of the crash site as in the Gossi region of Mali, on the border with Burkina Faso.

“We sent men, with the agreement of the Mali government, to the site, and they found the wreckage of the plane with the help of the inhabitants of the area,” said Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a close aide to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore and head of the crisis committee set up to investigate the flight.

The crash was the third airline disaster within a week.

Watch: Crashed Air Algerie plane found in Mali

Last week, a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine; the US has blamed it on separatists firing a surface-to-air missile. On Wednesday, a Taiwanese plane crashed during a storm, killing 48 people.

French forces had joined the search for the Air Algerie flight, alongside Algeria and other neighboring countries plus the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA. Algerian aircraft also participated in the hunt.

Swiftair, a private Spanish airline, said the plane was carrying 110 passengers and six crew, and left Burkina Faso for Algiers at 0117 GMT on Thursday.

The passengers were 51 French, 27 Burkina Faso nationals, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, five Canadians, four Germans, two Luxembourg nationals, one Swiss, one Belgian, one Egyptian, one Ukrainian, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian, Ouedraogo said. The six crew members were Spanish, according to the Spanish pilots’ union.