'Incoherent and inconsistent' France hits out at ‘angry’ Trump as US pulls out of G7 pact

Mr Trump, who initially appeared ready to endorse the communique, pulled out after firing off a series of angry tweets aimed at Canadian premier Justin Trudeau.

But a French official insisted France and its fellow G7 European nations were maintaining their support communique and said anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency”.

He said: "International co-operation cannot depend on being angry and on sound bites. Let's be serious.”

The official hit out after Mr Trump's backed out of the statement drawn up at the Quebec summit, wrecking any attempts for elite group’s efforts to show a united front.

The US President’s announcement, made after he left the summit in Canada early, torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its allies.

And he made no secret of who he held responsible for his decision to withdraw support.

Mr Trump tweeted: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting' and he 'will not be pushed around.'

“Very dishonest and weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270 percent on dairy!" the U.S. president tweeted.

Mr Trump had already left the summit when Mr Trudeau announced retaliatory measures Canada would take next month in response to US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Mr Trudeau said: ”Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around.”

Reacting to Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau's office said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the summit.

“The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President."

Mr Trump's salvo capped a rollecoaster two days of controversies that began with his suggestion Russia be readmitted to the G7, then what a French official described as a "rant" full of "recriminations" against US trading partners, followed by a denial of any tensions with leaders at the summit and his description of their relationship as a "10."

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the international nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Cuba Domadores earn narrow first-leg lead in World Series of Boxing semi-final

Cuba Domadores celebrated victory in the first leg of their World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-final against the French Fighting Roosters in Paris.

Cuba Domadores, the 2014 and 2016 champions, were hoping a strong away performance could set them up for a fifth consecutive appearance in the finals of the franchise event.

Jorge Grinan looked to give the Domadores an ideal start when he met the French Fighting Roosters overseas boxer Gabriel Escobar Mascuñano in the under 52 kilogram flyweight bout.

The Cuban fighter suffered defeat as Mascuñano earned a unanimous points victory.

Sofiane Oumiha represented the hosts in the 60kg lightweight event at Salle Wagram, where he faced Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez, a two-time Olympic bronze medallist.

Victory was earned by Oumiha, who edged Alvarez after a closely fought encounter.

Action continued with the 69kg welterweight division, which saw France’s Patrick Momene take on Roniel Iglesias.

Iglesias, London 2012 Olympic champion in the light welterweight division, prevailed via a unanimous points verdict.

The penultimate fight of the evening saw home favourite Gaetan Ntambwe meet the Domadores’ Julio La Cruz in the 81kg light heavyweight event.

The first leg concluded with an over 91kg super heavyweight showdown between the Roosters’ Mihai Nistor and Cuban rival Jose Larduet.

A strong performance saw Larduet secure victory on points.

The Domadores will seek to defend their advantage when the two teams meet again next Friday (May 25).

The second leg of the semi-final will take place at the Coliseo Ciudad Deportiva in Havana.

Defending champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan will hope to hold off the British Lionhearts the following day.

Yesterday, the Kazakh team earned a 3-2 victory in their away match in Sheffield.

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French Art to Flood Havana during May, June

Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) With a varied and attractive activity program, the 3rd edition of the French Culture Month in Cuba will take place in this capital from May 10 to June 30, according to its organizers.

The annual meeting proposes an event in which all the artistic expressions will converge, valorizing the relations of cooperation and friendship between both peoples, assured in a press conference French ambassador to Cuba, Jean-Marie Bruno.

Created on the initiative of the former French president François Hollande during his visit to Havana in May 2015, the activity will show a creative dialogue between contemporary artists of the two countries, in the fields of visual arts, dance, theater, music, design and architecture, said the French diplomat.

The event will open with the unveiling of an art nouveau-style stained glass by the artist Aguste Labouret (1871-1964), rescued from one of the stately mansions of the Cuban capital and whose author was one of the most renowned master glassmakers in the world.

The world premiere of the work 'The Consecration', based on 'The Consecration of Spring', a version of French choreographers Christophe Beranger and Jonathan Pranlas-Descours performed by Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, stands out among the planned shows.

The program also includes the staging of the opera Romeo and Juliet, with a cast composed of soloists from lyric groups of the island, Cuban soprano Barbara Llanes and French mezzo-soprano Juliette Vialle.

Clashes with police in Paris during rally against Macron’s public-sector reforms

Police have clashed with protesters in Paris during a demonstration against Emmanuel Macron’s public-sector reforms. The rioters were seen throwing stones at police and igniting firecrackers.

The protesters were marching near Place de la Bastille and Place de la Nation, the usual spots for all sorts of rallies in the capital. Once some of the demonstrators started pelting law enforcement with stones, officers in riot gear moved in, resulting in clashes. The stand-off continued after some of the demonstrators fled to the narrow streets.

A young male with his face covered in blood was later seen in the Ruptly live transmission. It is, however, not clear whether he was a protestor or not.

@RT_com Clashes with cops in Paris get violent - WATCH LIVE: https://on.rt.com/91mi

Train workers, civil servants, airline pilots, lawyers, teachers and doctors joined the protests across the French capital. “If we do nothing, the government will not back down,” Philippe Martinez, the leader of the CGT, one of the largest civil servant unions, said ahead of the protests.

The protest is the latest test for the 40-year-old centrist president, who has recently been pushing his new reforms for the public sector and state railways. The date, March 22, has been specifically chosen by demonstrators in reference to massive strikes that brought the French economy to a virtual halt in 1968.

Macron’s first year in office is facing harsh reviews from many corners. According to a survey by the Ipsos polling group published on Wednesday, his approval rating stands at 37 percent. At least 55 percent have a negative view of his presidency.

 

 

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Cuba, France to Promote Marine Sciences Collaboration

Specialists from the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and the Cuban Meteorology Institute (INSMET) announced today the development of regional collaboration projects to reduce the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems.

Both institutions, supported by the French embassy in Havana, organized an International Oceanography Course in which meteorologists, biochemists, biologists and ecologists from Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana are also participating.

National and foreign experts of these disciplines are meeting for the first time in the Cuban capital to exchange methods and techniques that can be used not only in physical but also biological oceanography.

Amilkar Calzada, National Coordinator of the event, told Prensa Latina that as a result of the scientific exchange, the proposal of a joint project among Brazil, France and Cuba will be presented to guarantee the training and updating of technologies between those countries.

The idea is to extend it throughout the region to promote the protection of marine species, its presence in some coastal areas and the course of their migrations, he said.

According to Calzada, the meeting's agenda also includes issues related to the main biochemical cycles in marine waters, the ocean-atmosphere interaction and the maritime processes related to tropical cyclones.

The scientific event based at the Meteorology Institute in Havana will conclude on March 9.

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Cuba, France Sign Agreement to Strengthen Academic Cooperation

Cuban ambassador to France, Elio Rodríguez, and the rector of the Academy of Paris, Gilles Pécout, have signed an agreement aimed at strengthening academic cooperation between the parties, diplomatic sources informed today.

According to a statement, the deal was signed at the headquarters of the Paris-Sorbonne University, in order to also promote exchange in the technical-professional training.

The two officials agreed to highlight the positive state of the academic and university ties between Cuba and France, and reiterated the will to continue strengthening them.



A representation of professors and students of the Lycee Hotelier Guillaume Tirel, which cooperates with the schools of the system for professional tourism training in Cuba, Formatur, transferred their positive impressions on the internship carried out on the island last year.

Authorities of the Academy of Paris, such as its director, Jean-Michel Coignard, and officials of the Cuban embassy in France, attended the ceremony.

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France Increases Migrant Expulsions in 2017

Paris, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The expulsions of migrants in France have increased by 14.6 percent in 2017 to reach 14,859, according to figures released today by the Ministry of the Interior.

While the number of expulsions from the national territory in 2016 was 12,961, they almost reached 15,000 last year, the General Directorate of Immigration said in a report.

The announcement comes when the French government is boosting a new asylum law aimed at toughening immigration policy, so that humanitarian associations fear that these numbers can continue to grow.

According to data published today, the number of undocumented people rejected trying to enter the country also increased by 34 percent last year, going from 63,732 in 2016 to 85,408 in 2017.

The French Office for Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) stated that France recently responded positively to only 36 percent of asylum claims filed in 2017, less than 38 percent reported in 2016.

According to disclosed figures, refugee applications also grew by 17 percent, reaching 100,412.

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Cuban cartoonist won in France his long-sought cow

Angel Boligan, aka Boli, cartoonist native from Ariguanabo, was stunned after he was awarded with a “meatball” in Sant Just le Martel, little cattle town in France.

He is the first Cuban-born cartoonist in receiving such award. We talked about the story and the cow via email from Mexico —country where he is living right now—, even though he still feels like a farmer from San Antonio de los Banos.

For how long has Saint Just le Martel been giving cows as the award?

The Festival in St. Just was born in 1982. Since 1987, a cow is awarded to one cartoonist. Therefore, this is cow number 30!

More than 200 cartoonists competed this year. Did you compete with already published or unpublished works? What did you do?

Cartoonists send their published or unpublished works and a jury, or commission decides the winner of the year. But I believe the work of the year outweighs the drawings. Last year, one hundred of my drawings were exhibited. I was asked to send thirty this year. But I also know they follow my work via social media.

Is it true you stay in the villagers’ houses?

Yes, it is really a very small town fifteen kilometers away from the city of Limoges. At the very beginning, they held the event in a circus tent and villagers welcomed contestants in their homes. A majestic cultural center was built to carry out the exhibitions and events, but visitors continue staying at the villagers’ houses. This is a very nice tradition that citizens wait for every year. Of course, they must be noticed some months in advance if you plan to attend and wait for the confirmation.

Why did you want to attend this event?

I received the call in my house in San Antonio de los Banos every year since 1987. The invitation was sympathetic since they urge me travel to any point in France, and they were responsible for taking me to St. Just. I always listened to comments and anecdotes from colleagues who attended and winning the cow as the award. I think many colleagues would want to participate as St. Just is heaven for cartoonists and…winning a cow.

Are you the first Cuban to win it?

Yes, several French cartoonists won the cow such as Wolinski, Tignous, Cabu (they were all murdered in the attacks to Charlie Hedo). In recent years, the cow has been awarded to Venezuelan Rayma, American Cagle, Israelite Kichka, and Tunisian Gueddar.

What did you do with the cow?

The cow is immense and her name is Glycine. She escaped once she stepped down the truck and ran all over the town until we captured her near the church. There I knew I was the chosen one to own her. The truth is I had a hard time to convince her. As farmer, I persuaded her with patience. Everyone wanted a photo with her. I was nervous about how should I take this cow home but I was relieved when I was told the cow would remain in Limonges and someone would pay the price to me!

How many international awards do you have?

174 with this one.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz // CubaSi Translation Staff

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