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France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

Technology
Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, would be impossible to enforce and is sure to backfire. Macron's stance "could be just the beginning of actually censoring freedom of speech. We believe it is a very dangerous situation," Xenia Fedorova, director of RT's newly launched French-language channel, told The Associated Press. Yet in a world where a falsehood can reach billions instantaneously and political manipulation is increasingly sophisticated, Macron argues something must be done. A congressional repo
France to ban mobile phones in primary, middle schools starting in September 2018

France to ban mobile phones in primary, middle schools starting in September 2018

World
Banning cellphones in French schools was one of the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during his campaign to become president of France last spring. Six months after he won the election, the French president and his government are trying to enact the new measure for the start of the next school year in September 2018. Last Sunday, French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer discussed the issue on French radio station RTL radio. "We are working on this issue, and it can take different forms," Blanquer said. "You may need a mobile phone, for example, for educational purposes, for emergency situations, so perhaps the phones can be confined somewhere inside the school." The measure will apply to all French students from the time they start school at age of six, up to roughly 15 years of ...
France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

Technology
Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants — a nod to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan — are part of Macron's efforts to counter Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a contest for the projects in June, hours after Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. More than 5,000 people from about 100 countries expressed interest in the grants. A majority of the applicants — and 13 of the 18 winners — were U.S.-based researchers. Macron's appeal "gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support, t
England lose to late France goal in Marley's first game – report & highlights

England lose to late France goal in Marley's first game – report & highlights

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device England ended a tumultuous week for the women's game with a 1-0 friendly defeat against 2019 World Cup hosts France.The match - England's first under interim coach Mo Marley - was a cagey affair with few clear-cut chances before Viviane Asseyi capitalised on goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain's mistake to snatch victory.On Wednesday, the Football Association was forced to apologise to two players for racially discriminatory remarks by previous England boss Mark Sampson.Sampson was sacked in September following evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour with female players in a previous job.England goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall - under investigation for alleged "unacceptable behaviour...
Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEuropean countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response.French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge "airlift" was bringing more aid.UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is due in the region and the king of the Netherlands is touring Dutch islands.Irma killed at least 23 people in the three countries' overseas territories.The victims include 10 dead on the French island of St Barts and on the French part of St Martin - which is shared with the Netherlands.As he arrived in the region on Tuesday, President Macron said the government had responded with "one of the biggest airlifts since World War Tw...