Tuesday, July 16

Day: May 6, 2017

Russia blamed as Macron campaign blasts massive hacking attack ahead of French presidential election
ENGLISH, Europe

Russia blamed as Macron campaign blasts massive hacking attack ahead of French presidential election

    The campaign team of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said on Friday night it had been the victim of a massive hacking attack after a trove of documents was released online. The apparent hack came on the final day of campaigning in the French presidential election, with Mr Macron, the centrist, facing Marine Le Pen, the far-Right candidate in tomorrow's run-off. Immediate suspicion fell on Russia, which has been accused of meddling in the US election to help get Donald Trump elected in November. Campaign officials stated authentic documents had been mixed on social media with fake ones to sow doubt and misinformation and that it was a clear attempt to undermine Mr Macron. Democracy at risk The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinat...
British motorists on the continent face £640 speeding fines from today
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British motorists on the continent face £640 speeding fines from today

    Motorists drive by a radar part of an average speed measuring system near Englos, northern France. Hundreds of thousands of British motorists will face fines for speeding in Europe under new rules coming in on Saturday. For the first time UK drivers who get caught by speed cameras going too fast on roads in countries including France, the Netherlands and Belgium will face fines of up to £640. However a quirk of the European law will crate a "one way" system in which Europeans caught speeding in the UK cannot be pursued by British police. It comes just as millions of British families are preparing to set off on summer holidays around Europe. In just one year an estimated half a million UK motorists will face prosecution for driving offences in France alone. Under the new ru...
France bans extremely thin models
ENGLISH, Europe

France bans extremely thin models

    A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect, reports BBC. Models will need to provide a doctor’s certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI)— a measure of weight in relation to height. The health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty. Digitally altered photos will also have to be labelled from 1 October. Images where a model’s appearance has been manipulated will need to be marked photographie retouchée (English: retouched photograph). A previous version of the bill had suggested a minimum BMI for models, prompting protests from modelling agencies in France. But the final version, backed by MPs 2015, allows doctors to dec...
Danish brewer puts the P in pilsner
ENGLISH, Europe

Danish brewer puts the P in pilsner

    A Danish brewery is drawing on 50,000 liters of urine collected from the largest music festival in Northern Europe in producing a novelty beer aimed at the more adventurous drinker. The beer named Pisner a word-play combining pilsner with local slang for urine contains no human waste, but is produced from fields of malting barley fertilized with human urine rather than traditional animal manure or factory-made plant nutrients. When the news that we had started brewing the Pisner came out, a lot of people thought we were filtering the urine to put it directly in the beer and we had a good laugh about that, said Henrik Vang, Chief Executive of brewer Norrebro Bryghus. Using human waste as fertilizer on such a scale is a novelty, said Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Council, w...
Young women who went to marry ISIS fighters desperate to go home
Arab world, ENGLISH

Young women who went to marry ISIS fighters desperate to go home

    In Iraq and Syria, ISIS is losing ground to forces backed by the U.S. And now hundreds of young women who went to marry ISIS fighters are desperate to go home to Europe. Sarah is a French citizen who traveled to Syria when she was just 18, married an ISIS fighter and had a baby. Three years later, though, Sarah's had second thoughts. Her husband was killed, she's run away from the extremists, and she wants to take her baby back to France. She told us she wants to forget everything and get her life back. She wants to start again and protect her daughter. She's one of hundreds of young, European women who joined ISIS -- some of them just teenagers -- easily lured to Syria with false promises of a romantic life in the so-called Islamic State. Along with other foreign defector...