Fascist Le Pen wants beheadings in France


This video from France is about French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and German ex-officer of Hitler’s SS and neo-nazi leader Franz Schönhuber, a political ally and personal friend of the Le Pen family.

Marine’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen is a Holocaust denier, and the founder and honourary president of, and member of the European parliament for, the French neo-fascist party, the National Front.

On 24 November 2014, Le Pen demanded that the death penalty, abolished in France, should be brought back. He said the death penalty should be beheading by the guillotine. The guillotine was introduced in the eighteenth century. King Louis XVI signed it into law. Little did His Majesty then suspect that he himself would die by it during the French revolution.

Later, the nazi regime in Germany beheaded people by guillotine.

Hitler apologist Le Pen especially wants to behead Muslim suspects. He claims that decapitation is ‘the usual method of execution in the Islamic world’. As usually with Le Pen, that is a lie. Only Saudi Arabia practices beheading. So, if Le Pen’s daughter and Jean-Marie appointed successor Marine Le Pen would become president of France (unfortunately, not a totally impossible scenario) and would act on her father’s advice, that would make France one of only two countries in the world practicing beheading. The so-called ‘Islamic State’ of ISIS is not recognized as a country.

French ex-President Sarkozy’s homophobia


This French video is called Gay Pride de Paris 2013.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Nicolas Sarkozy calls for repeal of France’s same-sex marriage law

Former president says he favours some form of marriage for same-sex couples, but not the same as for heterosexuals

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has told supporters that the country’s same-sex marriage law should be scrapped.

Sarkozy, who is campaigning to lead the opposition centre-right UMP party and is expected to run again for president in 2017, was speaking at a debate organised by the conservative Common Sense (Sens Commun) group on Saturday.

Homophobes calling themselves ‘Common Sense’ … reminding one of George Orwell’s novel 1984, where war is peace and ignorance is strength.

Referring to the “mariage pour tous” or “marriage for all” legislation passed by France’s Socialist government last year, he said it needed “rewriting from top to bottom”.

His comments, two weeks before the UMP’s hotly contested leadership election, prompted catcalls from the 3,000-strong audience and cries of “Repeal! Repeal!”. Sarkozy, appearing rattled, responded: “If you’d rather one says repeal the law and make another one … in French, that’s saying the same thing. It comes to the same result. But hey, if that makes you happy, then frankly, it doesn’t cost much.”

Sarkozy explained he was in favour of some form of marriage for same-sex couples, but something different from that for heterosexuals. He said he opposed surrogate parenthood for same-sex couples.

The same-sex marriage legislation is known officially as the Taubira law, named after the justice minister Christiane Taubira who oversaw its introduction.

“It’s no use being against surrogacy if you don’t repeal the Taubira law,” Sarkozy said to cheers and applause.

The former president, who has been married three times, has previously criticised the legislation, saying it was “humiliating families and humiliating people who love the family”, but it is the first time he has called for its repeal.

An Ifop poll published on Saturday found that 68% of respondents supported same-sex unions and 53% supported adoption by same-sex couples, which is illegal in France.

Sarkozy’s comment and apparent policy-making on the hoof brought angry reactions from the governing Socialist party, which accused him of “appealing to the most reactionary instincts of his core supporters”. A spokesperson said Sarkozy wanted to create “a new form of segregation” with his two-tier marriage proposal.

French football coach is anti-African racist


This video is called Lilian Thuram, one of the best defenders and most capped player in the history of the French national team.

By Kadeem Simmonds:

French club back coach who said African players ‘lack intelligence’

Thursday 6th November 2014

Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol was yesterday backed by the club after his outrageous comments regarding African players “lacking intelligence.”

Speaking on Tuesday, the former France and Bayern Munich player told local French Sud Ouest that while African players were “not that expensive” and “ready to fight and powerful on the pitch” they also were missing “technique, intelligence and discipline.”

Club president Jean-Louis Triaud backed his manager, saying: “For those who know Willy Sagnol, the acknowledgment of what the accused said is unlikely and far-fetched,” adding the interpretation was “malicious.”

Former teammate at club and international level Lilian Thuram and anti-racism association SOS Racisme condemned Sagnol’s comments. SOS Racisme said: “This is laid-back, anti-black racism,” with Thuram adding: “It is damaging that someone can hint that ‘the African players’ lack this or that quality.”

The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism said in a statement: “These abject theories have led to some men and women having their humanity denied.”

Bordeaux coach and former France international Willy Sagnol apologised yesterday for comments he made about African footballers, although he still claims they were misinterpreted: here.

Fifa’s anti-racism adviser Tokyo Sexwale wants a tougher stance on racism before the 2018 World Cup in Russia or black players could boycott the tournament, he said on Tuesday: here.

Italian Alpine chamois and climate change


This is a chamois video from France.

From Wildlife Extra:

Alpine goats shrinking due to global warming

Climate change is causing Alpine goats in the Italian Alps to shrink, say scientists from Durham University.

The researchers, who have been studying the Alpine Chamois for the last 30 years, have found young Chamois now weigh about 25 percent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s. These declines they believe is strongly linked to the region warming by 3-4ºC during the 30 years of the study.

Although this shrinking in itself is not unusual as a lot of studies have found that animals are getting smaller because of the changing climate, this is usually due to the decling availability and nutritional content of their food, which is not true in this case.

The study found no evidence that Alpine meadows grazed by Chamois had been affected by the warming climate. Instead, the team believes that higher temperatures are affecting how chamois behave.

Co-author Dr Stephen Willis said: “We know that Chamois cope with hot periods by resting more and spending less time searching for food, and this may be restricting their size more than the quality of the vegetation they eat.”

“Body size declines attributed to climate change are widespread in the animal kingdom, with many fish, bird and mammal species getting smaller, said lead author Dr Tom Mason. “However the decreases we observe here are astonishing. The impacts on Chamois weight could pose real problems for the survival of these populations.

“This study shows the striking, unforeseen impacts that climate change can have on animal populations. It is vital that we continue to study how climate change affects species such as Chamois. Changes in body size could act as early-warning systems for worse impacts to come, such as the collapses of populations.”

See also here.

New toad species discovery on Jersey


This is a Western Common Toad video from France.

From Wildlife Extra:

New toad species identified in the UK

Toads on the island of Jersey have been found to be an entirely different species to toads found in the rest of the UK.

The Western Common Toad (Bufo spinosus) – which is also found in western France, Iberia and North Africa – is more genetically different from the Common Toad than humans are from gorillas or chimpanzees. In the UK they are found only in Jersey, which is the only location in the Channel Islands to have toads.

As a new species, the toads will need a tailored conservation programme in place in order to ensure their future survival in Jersey.

“We always suspected there was something special about the toads of Jersey,” said Dr John Wilkinson, Science Programme Manager at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC). “They grow larger, breed earlier and use different habitats than English toads. Now we know they are a new species, we can ensure efforts for their conservation are directed to their specific needs.”

Conservationists in the UK, the Netherlands and Portugal collaborated in order to correctly identify the toad. Fieldwork was carried out by Wilkinson along with researchers from Jersey Environment Department, and genetic studies were conducted by Dr Jan Arntzen at the Netherlands’ Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, and Dr Inigo Martinez-Solano at CIBIO in Portugal.

John Pinel, Jersey’s Principal Ecologist, commented on the discovery: “Conservation of biodiversity in Jersey has always had a high priority; this news will help ensure that toads continue to receive the positive action they deserve.”