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A Year After Mali Action, France Remains 'africa's Gendarme'








France to cut troops in Mali, says mission accomplished



With nearly 6,000 men permanently stationed across the continent, France is uniquely placed to act quickly when law and order break down and regimes collapse. Its deployment is organised around two main poles, Libreville in the west (940 troops), and Djibouti in the east (2,000) and it also has troops in Chad (950), Senegal (350) and Ivory Coast (450), as well as special forces stationed notably in Niger. With the gradual return to stability in Mali, the emergence of the CAR crisis and the more general threat of Islamist terrorism across the vast, ungovernable Sahel region, France is in the process of redrawing its military presence across Africa. View gallery A French soldier from the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment of the Sangaris Operation patrols the street "I'm seeing the heads of state to discuss with them how we will in the coming months... reorganise and expand our presence geographically in Africa," Le Drian said Thursday last week in Bangui. France intervened in Africa 19 times between 1962 see page and 1995, often to sway a state's internal politics under the murky "francafrique" system put in place by Charles de Gaulle to maintain political and business interests in the former colonies. <br>More: http://news.yahoo.com/mali-action-france-remains-39-africa-39-gendarme-213210914.html







Consequently, they are not able to exercise their rights, in particular their right of access, objection or deletion. The company does not comply with its obligation to obtain user consent prior to the storage of cookies on their terminals. It fails to define retention periods applicable to the data which it processes. Finally, it permits itself to combine all the data it collects about its users across all of this site its services without any legal basis. CNIL's announcement also noted that data protection regulatory groups in Spain and the Netherlands came to similar conclusions in November and December of last year. <br>More: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57616888-93/france-slaps-google-with-fines-remedial-measures/







France slaps Google with fine, remedial measure



France isnt alone in rolling out the welcome mat for foreign productions. Since 2013, the U.K. has extended rebates to vfx work, animation and TV production, tempting 24 to London. A $27 million Dutch fund for international productions launches in 2014. But in bidding to lure runaway shoots, few countries have been as aggressive as France. Just last year, the ceiling per movie for Gauls Tax Rebate for Intl. <br>More: http://movies.yahoo.com/news/france-fights-bidding-war-lure-hollywood-filmmakers-005102342.html





France slaps Google with fines, remedial measures



View gallery A French soldier stands at the military base in Gao on December 31, 2013 (AFP Photo/Joel Saget) Creil (France) (AFP) - France will cut its troops in Mali to 1,600 by the middle of next month from the current level of 2,500, President Francois Hollande said more? info… Wednesday. Speaking at an airbase in Creil in northern France, Hollande said the "situation is well under control" in Mali, where the "key objectives of the mission have been accomplished." "The troop size will be reduced from about 2,500 at present to 1,600 and then to 1,000 which is the number necessary to fight any threat that might resurface as these terrorist groups are still present in northern Mali," the president said. France launched the military Operation Serval in its former colony on January 11, 2013 to repel an Islamist advance following a coup. The intervention has been widely hailed as a success internationally for stopping Al-Qaeda-linked militants and Tuareg rebels from descending south of the sprawling country and advancing on the capital Bamako. Politics & Government PROVO, Utah (AP) A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks to her first grandchild. <br>More: http://news.yahoo.com/france-cut-troops-mali-says-mission-accomplished-194311616.html





France Fines Google 150,000 Euro After It Refuses To Comply With Data Protection Act



It fails to define retention periods applicable to the data which it processes. Finally, it permits itself to combine all the data it collects about its users across all of its services without any legal basis. CNIL's announcement also noted that data protection regulatory groups in Spain and the Netherlands came to similar conclusions in November and December of last year. Google took a noncommittal stance in its response to CNIL's demands. "We've engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process to explain our privacy policy and how it allows us to create simpler, more effective services. We'll be reading their report closely to determine next steps," said a Google spokesperson. <br>More: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57616888-93/france-slaps-google-with-fine-remedial-measure/





Former SS soldier, 88, charged over 1944 village massacre in France



The privacy watchdog, known as CNIL, has also ordered Google to post the decision on its google.fr homepage for 48 hours within eight days of being officially notified of the ruling. At issue was the new approach to user data that Google began in March 2012, in which it consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one and started combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. It gave users no means to opt out. "The company does not sufficiently inform its users of the conditions in which their personal data are processed, nor of the purposes of this processing," CNIL said in a statement. A Google France spokesman told Reuters the company will take note of this decision and consider further action. "Throughout our talks with CNIL, we have explained our privacy policy and how it allows us to create simpler and more efficient services," he said. Spain, Britain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have also opened similar cases against Google because the U.S.-based web giant's privacy policy introduced in 2012 does not conform with local rules protecting consumers on how their personal data is processed and stored. <br>More: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/france-google-fine-idINDEEA070EP20140108





France fines Google over data privacy



Oradour is an ambiguous symbol because it represents not just the atrocities committed by the Nazis but also a post-war failure to punish the perpetrators. Heinz Lammerding, the Waffen SS general in command of the unit that committed the massacre, was captured by Allied forces but never extradited to France and was sentenced to death in absentia by a Bordeaux military court in 1951. He died in his bed in Bavaria in 1971. Hengstenberg said the new charge resulted from a fresh look at a previous investigation into the events. In 1953, 12 Alsatian soldiers who took part in the massacre while serving in the German army were sentenced to life in prison and one to death, but France's parliament immediately pardoned them in the name of "national reconciliation". <br>More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-germany-nazi-massacre-idUSBREA071G320140108





France Fights Bidding War to Lure Hollywood Filmmakers



In early 2012, Google consolidated its multiple privacy policies into a single document, which prompted the working group of all EU data protection authorities to look into these changes. The EU decided that Google wasnt in compliance with its legal framework and asked the company to make a number of changes to the policy, which Google never made . France asked Google for a relatively small number of changes to the document, define retention periods, limit the combination here. of users data and to fairly collect and process passive users data. CNIL, as well as other EU data watchdogs, then started its own enforcement proceedings and issued this rather small penalty on January 3. Given Googles size, 150,000 euros arent exactly going to hurt the company. Indeed, the amount may be smaller than what Google would have to pay its lawyers to work on these documents. In the U.S. the FTC recently settled with (source) Google for a full $22 million after it discovered that the company bypassed Safaris privacy settings. <br>More: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/08/france-fines-google-150000-euro-after-it-refuses-to-comply-with-data-protection-act/



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