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Thales to develop Rafale F4 sensors for French military

Thales to develop Rafale F4 sensors for French military

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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- France's defense ministry has awarded Thales a contract to develop onboard sensors and communication systems for Rafale F-4 combat aircraft. The agreement allows the combat aircraft "to maintain its superiority against new threats," Thales said in a news release Friday. On Monday, France's government signed a $ 2.3 billion contract for 28 updated Rafale fighter jets from French-headquartered Dassault Aviation. In all, 500 French firms are part of the Rafale program, including Dassault Aviation, which will serve as the industrial architect and be responsible for deploying new connectivity solutions. Rafale's role includes reconnaissance, air defense and precision strikes during a single mission. The company noted the aircraft is "a crucial component of France's National S...
Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

Yellow vest protesters call for huge run on French banks

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Yellow vest activists are urging French citizens to empty their bank accounts and spark a massive run on French banks in their long-standing fight with the government. Ahead of a ninth straight weekend of planned protests in Paris and across France, yellow vests are issuing calls on social media for massive cash withdrawals from banks. Protesters hope the move will force the government to listen to their demands, notably their call for more direct democracy through the implementation of popular votes that allow citizens to propose new laws. Activist Maxime Nicolle called it the "tax collector's referendum." In a video message, Nicolle said "we are going to get our bread back ... You're making money with our dough, and we're fed up."Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

Tear gas fired as hundreds arrested in violent French protests

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Tear gas and water cannon have been used on thousands of people across France as protests continued against taxes and President Emmanuel Macron. Parts of central Paris were placed on lockdown and 89,000 security officials were deployed across the country amid fears of a repeat of rioting a week ago which damaged a major monument and injured 130 people.Paris Metro stations and tourist attractions including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Musee d'Orsay are closed, as 8,000 security personnel in the capital alone try to quell the rising fury.Earlier, tear gas was fired by officers as protesters stormed towards steel barriers and police trucks stationed outside the presidential palace. ...
French president requests respect following Trump's tweets

French president requests respect following Trump's tweets

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French President Emmanuel Macron said France and the United States must respect each other, in a response to a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump. Macron said in an interview Wednesday with French television TF1 from the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier off the coast of southern France that "the French don't expect from me to answer to tweets." Trump lit into Macron Tuesday over his suggestion for a European defense force, French tariffs on U.S. wine and even Macron's approval ratings. Asked whether Trump's four tweets were unpleasant and inelegant, the French leader answered: "you summed up everything." He said he thinks that Trump "is doing American politics and I let him do American politics." "To be honest, I don't do diplomacy or politics through tweets and comments", he ad...
Scallop wars: British and French fail to reach deal

Scallop wars: British and French fail to reach deal

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British and French fishermen have failed to reach a deal to end the scallop wars in the English Channel. Talks broke down in Paris on Friday, with industry bosses unsuccessful in an attempt to agree a compensation package that would address recent skirmishes.Tensions rose last week when five British vessels sparred with dozens of French boats in the Seine Bay - with footage showing fishermen from both sides ramming each other. 1:05 Video: French v Brit Channel clashes ...