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The foundation causes of social unrest in France

As famous by Kuper, France was already in turmoil earlier than President Emmanuel Macron’s unilateral resolution to boost the minimal retirement age from 62 to 64, as he did not go the measure by means of the parliament. Nevertheless, the anger goes past the difficulty of pensions, as it’s a continuation of a generalized, long-standing anger towards the state and the president, which is embodied within the French presidential system. The presidential system This embodiment emerged in 1958, amidst the chaos of the Algerian warfare and fears of a army coup, and was strengthened in 1962, when it was decided that the president could be elected by common suffrage. “The constitution was written by and in part for Charles de Gaulle, the 1.80-meter tall hero of war, the ‘man of providence’, whose very name made him the embodiment of ancient France,” notes Kuper. “He agreed to return as leader if France silenced the political parties and the parliamentarians. Thus, the constitution created a strong executive power, albeit not centered on the president.” “It is time to end the Fifth Republic, with its all-powerful presidency – the closest thing the developed world has to an elected dictator – and usher in…

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Dutch police open probe of anti-Semitic textual content projected on Anne Frank museum

Issued on: 10/02/2023 - 18:14Modified: 10/02/2023 - 18:17 Dutch police said on Friday they were investigating the projection of an anti-Semitic laser message onto the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam -- an incident the prime minister condemned as "repr..

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Russia sends reinforcements to Kharkiv to counter Ukrainian counterattack

Issued on: 10/09/2022 - 07:34 Russia said on Friday it was sending reinforcements to the Kharkiv region in eastern Ukraine, where Kyiv says it has re-taken dozens of settlements as part of a broader counter-offensive. President Volodymyr Zelensky ..

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‘A mother figure to us all’: Shock and sorrow as crowds grieve for Queen

Issued on: 10/09/2022 - 07:23Modified: 10/09/2022 - 07:35 Crowds gathered in the rain outside Buckingham Palace on Friday to mourn Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II amid shock that a reign lasting seven decades had finally drawn to a close. Adblock te..

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France opens legal investigation into Pogba extortion claims

Issued on: 02/09/2022 - 17:01 France on Friday launched a criminal investigation into claims by World Cup winner Paul Pogba that he is the victim of a multi-million euro blackmail plot by gangsters involving his brother, the Paris prosecutor said. ..

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Exorcising the ills of the previous: Scotland set to vote on pardoning ‘witches’

Issued on: 02/09/2022 - 16:47 To kick off a new season, Annette Young is in Scotland whose haunting beauty has served as a backdrop to many films and TV series about sorcery and witches such as "Harry Potter" and "Outlander". But in the 16th century..

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For the love of mustard: Hoarding and dishonest as French grapple with nationwide scarcity

Since last spring, France has been hit by an unprecedented crisis: a nationwide shortage of mustard. The lack of the country’s favourite condiment has sent many of the French into a state of almost wild panic, with some going as far as to hoard and t..

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Russia blocks adoption of UN nuclear disarmament textual content

Issued on: 27/08/2022 - 07:33Modified: 27/08/2022 - 08:14 Russia on Friday blocked the adoption of a joint declaration at a United Nations conference to review the Nuclear Non-Prolifeation Treaty, with Moscow denouncing what it said were "political"..

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Heating or dialysis: The selection going through some UK kidney sufferers as vitality costs soar

Issued on: 26/08/2022 - 17:44 Dawn White, who suffers from kidney failure, relies on extensive use of a dialysis machine at her home to keep her alive. But as energy prices in the UK soar, she has seen the cost of running the machine rise from £24 t..

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Macron says UK is a good friend of France, ‘sometimes in spite of its leaders’

Issued on: 26/08/2022 - 16:09 President Emmanuel Macron on Friday called Britain an ally whoever is in charge after the favourite to take over from Boris Johnson refused to say if the French leader was a "friend or foe". Foreign Secretary Liz Trus..

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G7 international locations pledge to cease Russia oil imports

Issued on: 08/05/2022 - 20:46 The G7 club of wealthy nations committed Sunday to phasing out its dependency on Russian oil and issued a scathing statement accusing President Vladimir Putin of bringing “shame” on Russia with his invasion of Ukraine. ..

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Ukraine’s Kherson area prepares for Russian counteroffensives

Issued on: 08/05/2022 - 10:58 Fighting continues to rage in southern Ukraine. Here, Russian forces hold the port city of Kherson and they claim to control the whole administrative region, of which Kherson is the capital. But in fact they don’t: Ukra..

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