Terrorism Ravaging Africa But Can Be Defeated, France’s Hollande Says

France sees advances on UN Syria resolution

They also see it as a way to blunt competition from low-cost player Iliad, which has taken 10 percent market share since January 2012. Iliad’s Free Mobile service sparked a price war that drove down French mobile prices by 11 percent in 2012, according to telecoms regulator ARCEP. [ID:nL6N0GV3EI] The stakes are particularly high for Bouygues because its smaller size has made it vulnerable since Free’s mobile launch. Now Bouygues is seeking to capitalize on the headstart it has in 4G because of the authorization it obtained from the French government in March to re-use old spectrum once used for voice for mobile data. As a result, Bouygues will have broader coverage than rivals more quickly, and will also be the only operator able to offer Apple Inc’s iPhone users 4G speeds as of October. SFR and Orange are aiming to cover 40 percent of the population by the end of the year. Both have said they aim for at least 1 million 4G customers by the end of the year. Bouygues has not given a customer target. Orange has filed a court challenge to the government’s decision to allow Bouygues to get a headstart in 4G, arguing that the move was unfair. But Orange Chief Executive Stephane Richard said on Monday that Bouygues’s advantage in 4G would not last forever: “Maybe Bouygues will temporarily have better coverage of the population but this advantage will fade.” In a bid to recruit customers quickly, Bouygues will give away one month of 4G usage for free through mid-November. The offer will be open to customers from rival operators. “With the launch, we are offering the opportunity to 40 million French people to discover 4G for free and with no obligation,” Bouygues Telecom Chief Executive Olivier Roussat said in a statement. With its existing 4G offers starting at 29.99 euros a month, Bouygues also added a high-end plan with a generous mobile data allotment of 16 gigabytes for 59.99 euros without a smartphone contract. High-end offers from Orange typically include 6 gigabytes of mobile data or 9 gigabytes at SFR.

New! First Class France-Switzerland Deluxe Pass Exclusively From Rail Europe

Williams September 24, 2013, 1:51 p.m. The Islamic militant siege of a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital that has left scores dead demonstrates the grip of terrorism on Africa and the need for international action to defeat it, French President Francois Hollande told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. “Africa has fallen prey to terrorism and the barbaric attack in Nairobi confirms this,” Hollande said, referring to the standoff between Kenyan troops and extremists of the Somali Shabab militia that began Saturday. But as the French-led intervention to drive Muslim extremists out of Mali earlier this year showed, “victories are possible against terrorism,” Hollande said. France, fearing the militants plan to use impoverished African states as springboards for European terrorist attacks, launched airstrikes and sent in troops and armored vehicles in January to drive out the Al Qaeda-aligned gunmen. Although numbering only a few hundred, the militants seized the northern half of Mali and imposed a harsh form of Islamic law, beating women who failed to veil themselves and smashing historic tombs, shrines and libraries as vestiges of idolatry and an offense to Islam. The fundamentalist invaders fled the remote northern territory within weeks of the French intervention, but lingering extremists still carry out occasional suicide attacks on cities where the elected government in Bamako maintains only tenuous influence. Hollande last year used his appearance at the General Assembly to call for concerted efforts to rescue Mali. “Now, I would like to sound the alarm for the Central African Republic. It is a small country but one ravaged by coups d’etat and conflicts. Chaos has taken root, and the civilian populations are the victims of it,” Hollande said.

France pushes for U.N. action on Central African Republic

View gallery French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius addresses the press during the UN General Assembly in New York, September 26, 2013. (AFP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand) 5 hours ago New York City (AFP) – Talks are making progress on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons including coercive measures to ensure compliance, France said Thursday. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who took part Wednesday in a meeting of the five veto-wielding powers, said that negotiations “have progressed overall” and he hoped for a resolution “soon.” But Fabius also said there remain “some issues to clarify” before adoption of a resolution on ending Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical arsenal. “France’s demands have been satisfied at this point,” Fabius told reporters. France has been seeking a reference to the UN Charter’s Chapter VII which makes the resolution obligatory for a country. But diplomats say that the Security Council resolution will not threaten military force or sanctions but instead will mention the possibility of future action if Syria does not comply. Russia, the main ally of Assad, has resisted references to Chapter VII, calling it a pretext to war. France has also demanded accountability for crimes in Syria and language calling the use of chemical weapons an attack on international security, which would give the Security Council power to act. “On these three points things have moved forward,” Fabius said. The UN Security Council is working on a resolution to accompany a US-Russia agreement under which Assad would give up his chemical stockpile. The deal put on hold threatened military action by the United States and France in response to an August 21 chemical attack which US intelligence says killed more than 1,400 people in suburban Damascus. Politics & Government

France’s Bouygues says 4G rollout ahead of schedule

Customers are seen inside a Bouygues Telecom store in Paris August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Book the First Class France-Switzerland Deluxe Pass between September 19 and October 16, 2013, and experience three days of travel in each France and Switzerland. With two very extensive rail networks and the high speed Lyria trains connecting France and Switzerland, the choices are vast.** In addition to first class train travel, simply show your pass to enjoy a wide selection of bonuses including free entrance to over 400 museums as well as discounts on mountain railways, cable cars and city passes in Switzerland and discounts on castles, shows, attractions, museums and city passes in France. A few highlights include Chateau du Clos Luce (last residence of Leonardo Da Vinci), Futuroscope theme park, Mount Rigi rail excursion, and the Paul Klee Center. With this bevy of bonuses, your sightseeing can be as wondrous as your travel! Prices begin at $399 USD *** for First Class France-Switzerland Deluxe Pass. Visit Rail Europe’s website at raileurope.com or call Rail Europe’s contact center to book and save now. *Offer is subject to change or extension without notice. No other discounts can be combined (except for qualified free shipping). Valid for bookings made on or before 5:00 p.m. ET on October 16, 2013.Offer is limited to the first 250 passes or until the promotion’s end date of 5:00p.m. ET on October 16, 2013, whichever comes first. ** NOTE: The First Class France-Switzerland Deluxe Pass includes a 3 Days in 1 month France Rail Pass and a 3 Days in 1 month Swiss Pass. The France Rail Pass is valid for travel in France and the Swiss Pass is valid for travel in Switzerland.

Kenyan president declares victory, says mall siege over

Security Council to adopt a resolution next month to boost U.N. operations in the Central African Republic, which he said risked becoming a new Somalia if it did not get immediate support. The landlocked, mineral-rich Central African Republic, or CAR, has slipped into chaos since northern Seleka rebels seized the capital, Bangui, and ousted President Francois Bozize in March. U.N. officials and rights groups say both sides may have committed war crimes. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius co-hosted a meeting with the European Union and U.N. humanitarian affairs officials on Wednesday in an effort to raise awareness for a crisis that has struggled to galvanize international interest, shadowed by other conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. “CAR has become a lawless state and in a lawless state, the exactions increase and without any action it can become the refuge of all terrorists,” Fabius told reporters, having earlier told delegates that radical Islamist groups were already operating in the country. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told the meeting on the Central African Republic that the United States was “deeply alarmed” by the prospect of the country becoming a safe haven for violent extremists. “The devastating events in Kenya the last few days only underscore how terrorist groups and other extremists take advantage of lawless or ungoverned spaces,” said Power, referring to the deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday claimed by Somali Islamist militants. She said the situation in the Central African Republic “constitutes a terrible human tragedy and a threat to international peace and security, and that merits the full and immediate prioritization and attention of the international community at the highest levels.” The country’s former colonial power, France – which intervened earlier this year to oust Islamist rebels from another one of its former colonies, Mali – has been reluctant to get directly involved in the crisis.

© 2016 pulpedfiction.com.