The victory caps an extraordinary rise for the 39-year-old former investment banker, who will become the country’s youngest-ever leader.
He has promised to heal a fractured and demoralised country after a vicious campaign that has exposed deep economic and social divisions, as well as tensions around identity and immigration.
Initial estimates showed Macron winning between 65.5 percent and 66.1 percent of ballots ahead of Le Pen on between 33.9 percent and 34.5 percent.
Patrick Calvar, who is the head of the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI), told members of a French parliamentary commission, ” “We are on the brink of civil war.”
Calvar said that the situation in France is so potentially explosive that one more major Islamist terror attack or mass migrant sexual assault could lead to a massive right-wing backlash
“This confrontation I think it will take place. Even one or two attacks and it will happen. It therefore behooves us to anticipate and block all these groups,” said Calvar.
Hundreds of German women were sexually abused during a series of attacks in Cologne on December 31st, a situation that eyewitnesses describedas being akin to a war zone.
Abroad, however, it seems the faith and family background of Sadiq Khan is seen through a somewhat different prism: in much foreign media coverage of the elections, it was overwhelmingly more important than his politics.
“Sadiq Khan likely to become the first Muslim mayor of London”, was the headline in France’s leading left leaning news weekly L’Obs. The country’s largest commercial broadcaster, TF1, went for: “Sadiq Khan: Muslim, immigrant’s son, self-made man – and future mayor”? The Metronews freesheet went further, saying a Khan victory would make the Tooting MP “the first Muslim mayor of a European capital.”
This decision comes after careful consideration regarding the range of possible threats to honeybees and other pollinators. While agencies in the United States are still evaluating the overall impact of neonics on pollinator populations, it’s time for Ortho to move on.”
We encourage other companies and brands in the consumer pest control category to follow our lead,” he said.
Ortho is a division of Marysville, Ohio-based Scotts Miracle-Gro Co.
The announcement comes on the heels of other actions taken by companies and states. Aldi Süd, a German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has already announced a ban in Europe, taking action against neonics such as neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in France recently approved plans to totally ban the bee-killing chemicals, going above and beyond European Union (EU) restrictions.
Rising tensions in France, especially in Paris following a series of Islamist terrorist attacks in 2015, have spurred an exodus of its super-wealthy citizens, a new report on migration trends of millionaires and high-net worth individuals across the world reveals. The report warns that other European countries, including the UK, Belgium, Germany and Sweden “where religious tensions are starting to emerge”, will also see similar trends.
Regarding a Brexit, the report suggests millionaires would want to stay in Britain even if it leaves the single currency bloc.
On Nov. 15, [Aitboulahcen] and a friend drove out to a remote spot along the freeway, where Mr. Abaaoud came out of the bushes and joined them, the report said, quoting the account of the friend.
According to the friend’s account to the police, Mr. Abaaoud regaled them with stories about how he had made it to Europe by inserting himself in the stream of migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean. He explained that he was among 90 terrorists who had made it back and who had gone to ground in the French countryside, the friend told the police.
“Abaaoud clearly presented himself as the commander of these 90 kamikazes-in-waiting, and that he had come directly to France in order to avoid the failures they had experienced in the past,” the police said the friend had told them.
The Times reported on the seeming ease with which the attackers in Paris were able to move between Belgium and France, and even between the Middle East and Europe. The newspaper attributed some of this to what the Times described as “the inability or unwillingness of countries to share intelligence about potential terrorists, for legal, practical, and territorial reasons.”
“We don’t share information,” Alain Chouet, a former head of French intelligence, told the Times. “We even didn’t agree on the translations of people’s names that are in Arabic or Cyrillic, so if someone comes into Europe through Estonia or Denmark, maybe that’s not how we register them in France or Spain.”
Airports across Europe stepped up security after attacks in Belgium, which took the lives of at least 13 people, according to local media.
Key air transport hubs in Paris, London and Frankfurt stepped up security measures after terror attacks in Belgium’s Brussels, which targeted the city’s airport and subway system.
Blasts at the Brussels airport led to its closure and flights were rerouted to other Belgian cities, which also stepped up security after the attacks.
Despite changes in airport security at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the United Kingdom’s Home Office told Sputnik that across-the-board security measures have yet to be introduced. France boosted transport security, while President Francois Hollande is holding an emergency meeting to discuss further measures.