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Terrorism a possible motive in knife-attack on French police

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Yesterday a computer specialist named Mickaël Harpon attacked and killed four people inside police headquarters in Paris. A ceramic knife was used in the attack and police are still trying to verify whether he brought it with him or had it stashed somewhere inside. One other person was seriously wounded in the attack but survived. A rookie police officer confronted Harpon and when he wouldn’t drop the knife, shot and killed him.

When the story broke, police suggested the attack may have been the result of a dispute with superiors. Things changed Friday morning when a police spokesperson said that all motives were still being considered. Friday afternoon, police released a brief statement that said anti-terrorism prosecutors had been put in charge of the investigation.

The office announced the decision in a two-line statement and provided no details about the evidence that persuaded prosecutors a terror investigation was warranted.

David Le Bars, head of the Union of National Police Commissioners, told French broadcaster BFM TV it came from easily accessible sources found in a search of the attacker’s home.

“We knew that searching through his computer histories, the websites visited, his relations, we would quickly have some information,” Le Bars said…

Authorities said the attacker had worked for the Paris police force since 2003, didn’t have a history of psychiatric problems, and converted to Islam 18 months ago.

Whatever information the police have gathered from the search of the attacker’s computer and phone, they haven’t shared it yet. In previous terror attacks, the attacker often announces his motive during the attack, i.e. by shouting “Allahu Ackbar.” However, the Guardian reports there are no witnesses left to what happened when the attack began:

There were no surviving witnesses from the room where he first attacked and killed three officers, so it is not clear what he may have said to them before the attack.

The BBC does have one interesting detail that I don’t see being reported anywhere else:

He converted to Islam 18 months ago, according to reports, and had recently stopped talking to female colleagues in the office. But a government spokeswoman said on Friday morning that there was no indication he had been radicalised before the attack.

That seems odd and also contradicts public statements that no one had noticed any changes in his behavior. We’ll have to wait for more information to know definitively what happened here, but for the moment it’s looking possible this was a terror attack.

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Millionaire Said to Have Vital Information about Jeffrey Epstein Suddenly Disappears

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The case surrounding pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is only getting stranger as now as a millionaire said to have vital information to the investigation has suddenly vanished “without a trace.”

The millionaire in question is a model agency boss is 72-year-old Jean-Luc Brunel whose agency had girls that were seen Epstein’s mansion, according to the Daily Mail:

Brunel – who founded New York’s MC2 – denies any involvement with crimes committed by Epstein.

A Paris legal source told the Daily Mirror: ‘He is a ghost who has disappeared without trace.’

It comes after former model Svetlana Pozhidaeva, who was signed to MC2, was pictured at convicted paedophile Epstein’s mansion in New York back in 2016.

One of Epstein’s underage girls, Virginia Roberts, claims that she also slept with Brunel “many times” when she was between the ages of 16 and 19.

Brunel is being searched for by authorities in Paris, whom they believe is where Epstein found a lot of his girls. Brunel lived in Paris, and with his girls appearing in Epstein’s mansions, it’s only natural to want to ask some questions. However, Brunel has vanished like a ghost and authorities cannot find him as the Daily Mail reports that Brunel has no address, internet accounts or social media.

The last confirmed location Brunel was in was Brazil before the start of the summer, where he was searching for new talent.

A list of odd things continues to build surrounding Epstein. Be it the strange circumstances of his suicide, the cameras around his cell cutting out, and his cellmate being threatened into silence, conspiracies have been erupting into the public left and right, but this time, for a good reason.

Epstein was a well-connected billionaire who ran an underage sex ring that was allegedly trafficked by the rich and powerful. A lot could be lost by the information Brunel has.

The post Millionaire Said to Have Vital Information about Jeffrey Epstein Suddenly Disappears appeared first on RedState.

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Brazil Tells G7 to Keep Their Aid Money, then Burns World Leaders by Telling Them What They Can Do With It

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While the leaders at the G7 summit may have felt good about drumming up $20 million for Brazil to help fight the fires in the Amazon, Brazil is shrugging it off and adding a few choice words for these leaders to boot.

According to The Hill, Brazil representatives said that the money is “interference” and added that the language of accepting the term was too “ambiguous.” Furthermore, Brazil said it never asked for this help and it was decided without the input of Brazil at all:

According to The Hill, Brazil did tell them what they could do with that money, though, and that’s to solve their own problems:

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro‘s chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, also told Globo news website in response to the offer: “Thanks, but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” according to Politico.

“Macron cannot even avoid a predictable fire in a church that is part of the world’s heritage, and he wants to give us lessons for our country?” Lorenzoni added, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron and the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris earlier this year.

Ouch.

It’s not entirely clear what was in the agreement for the money, but it was seemingly insulting to Brazillian leaders if this was their reaction. The decision for the funding from the G7 council was made on Monday without both Brazil’s input and President Donald Trump, who did not attend that meeting.

Bolsonaro himself has been called the “Trump of the Tropics” after running a populist right-wing campaign. One of his goals was to open up the rainforest for business development, as Brazil’s environmental laws were “suffocating” the country according to him. He has expressed his belief that the fires were started in the Amazon by nongovernmental organizations to try to make him look bad, according to The Hill.

 

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Chris Hayes Panics Over the High Summer Temperatures In Paris, the Internet Roasts Him

An irregularity in weather happened somewhere, so naturally, a left-leaning socio-political commentator’s knee jerked and sent out a panic-ridden tweet suggesting climate change is the world ending issue they’ve been saying it is.

This time it was MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who upon discovering that Paris was suffering from record-breaking heat, began repeating the temperature like a paranoid schizophrenic in a padded cell.

As a Texan, this doesn’t seem that big of a deal to me, but in Paris the average summer temperature is 75 degrees in the summer according to various reports. I can see how this heatwave can be a bit shocking. Still, heatwaves happen. The last time Paris was this hot was in 2008 when it hit 101. In 1947 it reached 104 degrees according to Seattle PI.

So it’s irregular, but not unheard of.

Still, every irregularity is another reason to announce on Twitter that the sky is falling, and Hayes took that opportunity. The problem for Hayes is that this is Twitter, and such sensationalism isn’t going to go without punishment.

And so on.

It gets tiresome listening to every talking head on the left immediately resort to declaring what’s happening is a result to climate change, especially with most irregular weather events, you can usually find patterns. Weather is chaotic for the most part, and odd things are going to happen. Mother nature is anything but static.

I find it far odder that we’re in the middle of summer and it’s only 84 degrees here in Dallas, Texas, but I’m too grateful to complain.

Regardless of the political nonsense being made out of a heatwave, I hope Parisians stay safe. My advice is to do what we Texans do. Find the nearest body of clean water, grab a few beers, some sunscreen, and a hunk of meat, throw said meat on a grill and make it a party.

The post Chris Hayes Panics Over the High Summer Temperatures In Paris, the Internet Roasts Him appeared first on RedState.

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It only took a spark: Investigators give first findings on historic Notre Dame fire

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A discarded cigarette, still alive with smoldering tobacco, is one of the most likely causes of the historic fire that saddened millions around the world and destroyed large parts of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

In a preliminary report Wednesday, investigators say they found no evidence of arson after weeks of interviewing 100 witnesses and sifting through tons of blackened debris and some 1,200 possible clues. A judicial inquiry will continue the probe.

The investigators said the most likely causes of the massive blaze are a lone cigarette or possibly an electrical spark from wires being used in an existing restoration effort underway when flames broke out in late afternoon of April 15.

Although seriously damaged with repairs likely to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, this was not the worst thing to happen to the 850 -ear-old cathedral. Construction began in 1163 and was completed in 1345.

It’s been the site of coronations including Napoleon’s and funerals like Charles deGaulle’s and marriages, including Mary Queen of Scots to her first husband Francis in 1558.

Notre Dame has been plundered and sacked including during the French Revolution as a symbol of royalty and the ancien regime. It was remodeled at one point to remove an entrance arch so a horse-drawn carriage could enter and save some royals a few steps. Several German shells inflicted World War I damage.

In 1909, almost 500 years after being burned alive by the English as a heretic, Jean of Arc was beatified there.

But fire, like April’s that fed on the ceiling’s 800-year-old oak beams, has been an infrequent intruder. According to Emily Guerry, a medieval historian:

Gothic cathedrals rarely catch fire. In fact, the Gothic style – with its powerful stone vaults and elegantly pointed arches – developed as a sort of flame-retardant system to protect cathedrals from fire.

The Gothic architectural style first appeared in and around Paris in the mid-12th century and became popular across Europe after a number of Romanesque churches succumbed to incendiary destruction, due in part to the high risk of older barrel vaults made of wood.

In fact, she noted, that after fire collapsed Britain’s Romanesque Canterbury Cathedral in 1174, monks invited French masons to rebuild their church in the fire-resistant Gothic style.

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild the cathedral within five years, estimated by architects to be an extremely optimistic view.

Meanwhile, workers are dismantling some 50,000 sections of pipe scaffolding erected for the pre-fire renovation. According to Notre Dame officials, the 15-hour fire heated some pipe sections to nearly 1,500 degrees.

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Sweden eases past Canada to reach Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

Stina Blackstenius scored early in the second half and Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada on Monday night.

Blacktenius scored in the 55th minute. Canada had a chance to pull even in the 69th but goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stopped Janine Beckie’s penalty kick after a handball was called on Kosovare Asllani.

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Ninth-ranked Sweden will face No. 2 Germany in a quarterfinal on Saturday in Rennes. Germany advanced to the quarterfinals for the eighth straight time, beating African champion Nigeria 3-0 on Saturday.

Sweden was eliminated with a 4-1 round of 16 loss to Germany four years ago at the World Cup in Canada.

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Beckie took the penalty rather than captain Christine Sinclair, whose 182 goals remain two shy of matching the record set by retired American Abby Wambach.

Sinclair, who had a goal in Canada’s final group stage match against the Netherlands, is the second player to score in five straight World Cups, joining Brazil’s Marta. Eight of Sinclair’s goals have come against Sweden.

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Sweden finished second in its group behind the defending champion U.S. The Swedes wrapped up the group with a 2-0 loss to the Americans, who they famously knocked out of the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.

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Sweden has been to all eight World Cups since the women’s tournament started in 1991. Its best finish was runner up in 2003.

Fifth-ranked Canada, which finished second in its group after a 2-1 loss to the Dutch, has bronze medals in the last two Olympics but fell to England in the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

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The Latest: FIFA says arrest of Platini is ‘concerning’

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The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local):

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12:50 p.m.

FIFA says it is “concerning” to hear that former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in France in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

FIFA says it is aware of the reports concerning Platini but does not have the details of the French investigation.

As UEFA president, Platini was also a FIFA vice president.

FIFA says it “reiterates its full commitment to cooperating with the authorities in any given country of the world where investigations are taking place in connection with football activities.”

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11 a.m.

A judicial official in France says former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Confirming a report by online news publication Mediapart, the official says Platini was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the awarding of the tournament. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Platini, a former France soccer great, was being detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris.

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Notre-Dame to celebrate first Mass since April fire

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The Notre Dame cathedral is holding its first Mass since the April fire that ravaged the edifice’s roof and caused its masterpiece spire to collapse.

Saturday’s mass at the Gothic building will be celebrated by Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit amid reduced attendance. For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — will be admitted inside the cathedral. Aupetit will be wearing a construction worker’s helmet in addition to his miter.

Worshippers won’t be authorized in the cathedral but can watch the Mass on a Catholic TV station that is broadcasting the service. Aupetit has also invited some of the workers hired to rebuild the church.

French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of rebuilding the cathedral in just five years, which some experts consider impossible to reach.

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End of prison hostage standoff in France, 2 guards freed

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The French justice ministry says two guards have been freed after a hostage-taking by an inmate armed with a hand-made weapon at a top security French prison in Normandy.

The inmate surrendered overnight to special intervention forces called to the scene at Conde-Sur-Sarthe Penitentiary, the ministry said Wednesday.

The prisoner had taken the two guards hostage at dinner time Tuesday.

Prison union representatives described the 35-year-old inmate as “professor of hostage-taking” as he was previously involved in five similar incidents.

The man, convicted for rape and the murder of a prison cellmate, has a history of psychiatric problems, the ministry said.

Conde-Sur-Sarthe was also the site of a hostage-taking in March.

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Man killed in electric scooter accident in Paris

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Paris police say a man on an electric scooter has died after being hit by a van in Paris on Monday night.

It was the first deadly accident in the French capital after mayor Anne Hidalgo announced last week a crackdown on electric scooters.

Twelve scooter startups have flooded the city’s streets with their vehicles over the past year, prompting a spate of injuries and near-misses.

Hidalgo wants to limit electric scooter speeds to 20 kilometers per hour (12 mph) in most areas, and 8 kilometers per hour (5 mph) in areas with heavy foot traffic. She plans to limit the number of operators to three and cap the number of scooters.

Hidalgo said there are so far no accident statistics regarding electric scooters.

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