Monday, August 3, 2015

Exciting Stories From France

"Teen’s AIDS remission stuns doctors" Associated Press  July 21, 2015

NEW YORK — An 18-year-old French teen born with the AIDS virus has had her infection under control and nearly undetectable despite stopping treatment 12 years ago — an unprecedented remission, doctors are reporting.

What natural remedies worked for her?

The teen might have some form of natural resistance to HIV that hasn’t yet been discovered. But her case revives hope that early, aggressive treatment can limit how strongly the virus takes hold, and perhaps in rare cases, let people control it without lifelong drugs.

A few years ago, doctors reported a similar case: a Mississippi girl who kept HIV in check for 27 months without treatment. But then her virus rebounded, dashing hopes that early treatment might have cured her.

At least a dozen adults have had remissions for a median of 10 years after stopping HIV medicines, but the new French case is said to be the first long-lasting one that started in childhood.

The case was described Monday at an International AIDS Society conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, by Dr. Asier Saez-Cirion of the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

The teen lives in the Paris area and her identity was not revealed.

‘‘This is an exciting story,’’ but it is unknown if the remission will last, said Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, a scientist at the Pasteur Institute and a co-discoverer of HIV.


I think there is a cure; however, there is too much money to be made in treatment for it to ever surface.

RelatedUN official quits after sex abuse flap

Doesn't seem to be any cure for that.

"French say terror plot included beheading" Associated Press  July 17, 2015

PARIS — Three suspects arrested this week in a plot to attack a French military base had planned to decapitate an officer and film the scene, a judicial official said Thursday.

And that is just what it would have been, a staged and scripted piece of pure propaganda.

Fort Bear, overlooking the Mediterranean and used for training by commandos, was the target site, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

The arrests, announced Wednesday by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, injected more tension into a nation already on edge.

In late June, a man with suspected ties to Islamist extremists beheaded his boss at a transport company and hung the head on a factory gate.

He then called a cab to escape.

‘‘We note the power of the threat, a threat level [France] has never before known,’’ said Prime Minister Manuel Valls. ‘‘The threat is outside; the threat is inside.’’

We know.

Thousands of French police and soldiers have been combing streets and guarding sensitive sites — houses of worship to tourist landmarks — since January attacks by three Islamist extremists on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher grocery.

I ended coverage of that French false flag long ago.


They stole grenades, but fortunately French security kept everyone safe.

"Saudi king’s vacation a bother in France" The Washington Post News Service  July 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is about to go on a summer vacation. The likely spot for his getaway (and that of hundreds of royal courtiers tagging along) is a famous modernist chateau on the French Riviera, not far from the glamorous seaside city of Cannes.

Who is watching the ranch?

But there’s a catch: The villa where King Salman is expected to stay overlooks a remote, public beach known as La Mirandole belonging to the town of Vallauris. That beach is slated to be closed during the duration of the Saudi monarch’s visit, despite angry protests over the new security constructions being built ahead of his arrival.

The internal threat!

Moreover, boats will be barred from plying the waters in the vicinity of the Saudi residence, which was purchased by King Fahd in 1979. It’s used regularly by the royal family but not often by the sitting monarch.

‘‘We do the same kind of thing for all heads of state,’’ a regional security official told the Associated Press when asked about the restrictions.

The backlash against the visit has continued, though, with critics saying the incident flies in the face of France’s political traditions....


And thus the French do what they do:

"French farmers block Alpine roads over low meat, milk prices" Associated Press  July 23, 2015

PARIS — Angry farmers on Thursday relented after a day of protesting low prices for milk and meat by blocking roads to Mont Saint-Michel and the Alps. But they warned that other agricultural protests are on the horizon.

The farmers used tires, tractors, and tree trunks to block roads all around the country a day before many French take to the roads to start their summer vacations.

Mont Saint-Michel, in the northwestern Normandy region, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists were forced to park their cars along the road and walk for several miles to the famous island.

The farmers also blocked three major highways for eight hours around the eastern city of Lyon, a gateway to the Alps and the south of France. Some roads in western France, a region with many milk and pork farms, were also jammed.

Farmers say cheap imports and pressure from grocery chains are chipping away at their profits. Low prices have put about 10 percent of France’s livestock farms on the verge of bankruptcy, according to the government.

Xavier Beulin, president of the main farmers union, warned of other possible protests ‘‘in the next two to three days.’’ He said he is willing to immediately work with the government on ‘‘long-term and mid-term solutions.’’

President Francois Hollande met with farmers and union officials Thursday in Dijon. ‘‘We want supermarket chains to make the necessary effort to pay the farmers,’’ Hollande said.


This is exciting to me!

"French farmers turn back trucks with foreign meat, cheese" Associated Press  July 27, 2015

PARIS — French farmers angry over low prices turned back hundreds of trucks at the German border Monday, looking for cargos of foreign meat and milk products.

At the German frontier, farmers stopped refrigerated trucks to verify their contents, and one of the protest’s organizers said 300 trucks had been turned back since the morning. Other vehicles were allowed to cross freely.

Police in France tend to avoid intervening in peaceful protests, and President Francois Hollande said Monday that he backed the farmers and called for a high-level meeting of European agricultural officials.

‘‘Between now and then, we will continue to pressure, so that the farmers are certain, protests or not, that we are at their side,’’ he said.

Agriculture Ministry spokesman Jens Urban of Germany declined to comment on the protest but said he didn’t think it was leading to a total stoppage of German agricultural exports to France.

The farmers also blocked the Spanish and German border highways on Sunday as part of an ongoing protest against low prices caused by cheap imports and pressure from grocery chains that have put about 10 percent of livestock farms on the verge of bankruptcy, according to the government.


Why do the French hate Germans?


French advised more training for pilots of plane model in Wis. crash 

All the plane crash articles have apparently been grounded.