France arrests Paris woman for alleged Al-Qaeda links
The provision forcing a search for a buyer of sites before their closure could be interpreted as telling foreign investors not to invest in France, Jean-Claude Rivalland, a partner at Allen & Overy LLP in Paris, said in an interview. In terms of perception, this could be a disaster. Further Complexity Even without the law, the state has not been shy about blocking deals. One such example this year was the failed attempt by Yahoo! Inc. to invest in YouTubes smaller rival DailyMotion, a unit of phone operator Orange SA (ORA) , in which the state is the single-biggest shareholder with a 27 percent stake. Orange Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard had sought to sell a majority stake in DailyMotion to expand the brand and finance research. Industry Minister Montebourg summoned executives of the two companies to the finance ministry in April, giving them a dressing down and accusing the Orange executive of selling one of Frances crown jewels, said a person with direct knowledge of the discussion. The deal was abandoned. The new rules would add a level of complexity to a process that foreign buyers already deem cumbersome. Constraining Legislation Under the new rules, the workers committee of a target company will be able to name an accountant to assess a bid and would have a month to render its non-bidding view, which would be required before the board of the target company publishes its official response to a takeover offer. The works council could ask a judge to intervene if it feels it didnt get satisfactory responses to its queries, potentially delaying any deal. The reforms will make everything much more complex, particularly when the works council intervenes, Martel said. The law would also force a company with more than 1,000 employees that wants to close down a site to look for a buyer for three months.
The rather specific details of the Swiss war games however are worth a raised eyebrow, though. The scenario sees France as no longer a nation , BBC News reports. Instead, the country has broken apart into warring factions, some of whom have decided to target Switzerland to reclaim stolen money. One exercise involves a splinter faction based in the Jura region. Named Saonia in the scenario, the faction would launch attacks against Switzerland to reclaim money supposedly stolen from France. Another war game, named Operation Duplex-Barbara, involves a three-point invasion. The enemy forces would come through Neufchatel, Geneva, and Lausanne. Who is behind Frances invasion of Switzerland? The oddly specific war games describe many of the attacks being lead by the fictional Dijon Free Brigade, or BLD, a paramilitary group. The Swiss exercises say the BLDs attacks intend to reclaim money that Switzerland had stolen from France. Some might wonder if this stolen money may refer to the controversial secrecy of Switzerlands banking system. Swiss banks have come under fire in recent times for hiding foreign citizens wealth from taxation at home. As The Telegraph reports, Swiss military officials say the war games have nothing to do with any real threat from France . Plans for the recent exercises were actually drawn up before France and the rest of Europe began putting pressure on Switzerland to change their banking practices, the Swiss officials say. In 2010 the Swiss army held war games that simulated a similar scenario of warring factions rising after a collapse of the euro currency.
Officers with France’s DCRI domestic intelligence agency on Tuesday arrested a Paris woman suspected of possible links to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Caption PARIS: Officers with France’s DCRI domestic intelligence agency on Tuesday arrested a Paris woman suspected of possible links to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A source close to the investigation said the woman was arrested around 6:30 am (0430 GMT) at her apartment in the working-class Belleville district of Paris. The 21-year-old was arrested as part of an investigation by anti-terror officers into a case of “criminal association in connection with a terrorist enterprise,” the source said. The source said the suspect had been a reader of Inspire — an online magazine published by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — and would be questioned about potential contacts with the group. Based in Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is considered one of the deadliest franchises of the international militant network. Inspire, which aims to radicalise young Western Muslims and has included instructions on bomb-making, has been linked with a number of attacks. US media have quoted investigators saying Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two brothers believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings in April, had read the magazine and may have followed its instructions on making pressure-cooker bombs. Copies of the magazine have been seized in other arrests of alleged radical Muslims in France. France is grappling with a rise in homegrown Islamist militants and earlier this month arrested the webmaster of a site that published French-language translations of Inspire. French authorities stepped up security efforts and broadened anti-terror laws following the attacks by Al Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah that killed seven people in and around the city of Toulouse last year. – AFP/ec