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  1. Gezza

     /  August 10, 2017

    French police seek vehicle after soldiers hit in Paris
    At least six French soldiers have been injured after they were hit by a vehicle in the northwestern Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, according to the city’s police authority.

    Levallois-Perret Mayor Patrick Balkany said at least two of the six were seriously injured in Wednesday’s incident.

    Speaking to broadcaster BFM TV, Balkany said that what he called a “disgusting” act of aggression was “without any doubt” premeditated.
    A police operation was under way following the attack.

    Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler, reporting from Paris, said security was high in the capital, which has seen similar incidents in the past. “The group that was attacked is from the same special squadron of soldiers that have been spread across France after the series of attacks that we’ve seen in the country. They are there to patrol,” she said.

    The incident comes four days after a teenager with psychiatric problems tried to attack security forces guarding the Eiffel Tower.

    • Missy

       /  August 10, 2017

      Have been listening to this on the radio today, the reporter in Paris said they were hit when leaving the Barracks to go on patrol this morning, and that the vehicle was pre-positioned to carry out the attack. They believe there were some similarities to the attack on Lee Rigby in Woolwich 5 years ago.

      An arrest has been made in connection to the attack this morning, but no details about the arrested man have been released as yet. The man was apparently shot before he was arrested – guess that means they didn’t manage to kill him.

      • Gezza

         /  August 10, 2017

        Tbh honest it’s a good policy. Shooting people after you arrest them, generally not so much.

        • Missy

           /  August 10, 2017

          True, they might miss the target and hit the arresting officer instead.

  2. Missy

     /  August 10, 2017

    A Spanish NGO put in an FOI request to the EU on their travel expenses for Jan/Feb 2016. What this showed is that JC himself (Jean-Claude Juncker for the uninitiated) spent 25,000 Euro on an air taxi for a 2 day trip to Rome with members of the EU Commission, he also took a private jet 220 miles from Brussels to Strasbourg.

    Note: I booked my boss to Rome in high season last year, it cost less than 100 pounds return from London, I would be surprised if it was much more than that from Brussels. Also, trains from Brussels to Strasbourg run every 20 mins and start at 59 Euro, probably about twice that for first class.

    These expenses are within the rules, and the Commission have justified the cost by saying that it was $2900 Euro per person (What??? I wouldn’t pay that for a flight in Europe, not even Business Class).

    This revelation isn’t going down too well, especially with the austerity imposed by the EU on some member states, including Greece & Italy, and with the Brexit Bill they are wanting from the UK, not to mention the threat of increasing payments and decreasing funding for the remaining 27.

    This may be in the rules, but it is one small thing in a larger group of spending issues of the EU that shows what can happen when there is no accountability to voters of those spending the money.