On the day when the latest climate conference opens in Paris, French authorities have arrested 24 French climate change activists. That should send them the right message.
French climate change activists have been placed under house arrest ahead of the opening of the UN climate change conference in Paris.
Public demonstrations are banned in France under the state of emergency that was declared after the Paris terrorist attacks two week ago, in which 130 people were killed.
Green groups have described the move as “an abuse of power” but the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the activists were suspected of planning violent protests.
“These 24 people have been placed under house arrest because they have been violent during demonstrations in the past and because they have said they would not respect the state of emergency,” he said.
They must remain in their home towns, report to the local police three times a day and abide by a nightly curfew until December 12, when the climate change conference winds up.
James Delingpole provides 12 reasons why the conference is a total waste.
Also in France:
Marine Le Pen and her Front National (FN) party are together riding a cresting wave of support in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Latest polling shows the FN is on course to govern two – and possibly three – French regions for the first time.
While in England:
Addressing an event in Oldham West on Saturday evening hosted by Momentum – the hard-Left group created from Mr Corbyn’s leadership campaign – Mr McDonnell launched a counter-attack on Ukip’s political stance.
“We can not allow what I think is an evil force within our society – that divides society often on the basis of race, often on the basis on some of the crudest policies that you can imagine any political party advocating,” he told the event according to The Spectator magazine.
It seems that support for Labour in this Thursday’s by-election is crumbling badly, and I suppose that the principal beneficiaries look set to be UKIP. Why else start calling them “evil”?