samedi 3 janvier 2015

Top Breaking News of 2014 in France

A lot of stories mark 2014 in France, thanks to her President François Hollande whose infidelity affair marked the begining of incredible happenings in France.

Here are the top stories that broke the French media in the past twelve months :

François Hollande's cheating scandal
French magazine Closer revealed François Hollande's secret love affair with actress Julie Gayet
publishing pictures showing the President arriving on the back of a scooter. He disguised himself by a black motorcycle helmet to go up to his lover's appartment so her neighbours do not recognise him.

Valerie Trierweiler's admission for depression
Valérie Trierweiler - Photo credit : AFP/Getty Images
François Holland's girlfriend was checked into a hospital following news of the French president's affair with Julie Gayet. Valerie Trierweiler suffered from "stress" and spent eight days at the hospital.

François Hollande's break-up with Valerie Trierweiler
The French President humiliated his first lady by dismissing her unceremoniously on January 25 in a short official statement.

France in shock with
 Front National's European victory
Front National receiving 26% of the vote, giving them 24 out of France’s 74 seats in the European Parliament. beating both president Hollande's Socialists and Nicolas Sarkozy's centre-Right UMP An impressive increase compared to the three seats they won in 2009. It is the first time the party,which wants to cut immigration drastically and reduce the influence of Islam, has come first in a nationwide election in its 40-year history. Right-wing parties also gained ground in Austria, Demark and Greece.

French police arrested suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting
French customs agents arrested Mehdi Nemmouche, an armed "jihadist" from Roubaix, northern France, who is suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum. He was arrested in May during a chance check by customs agents searching for illicit drugs at the main Marseille bus station. He was on a coach travelling from Amsterdam to Marseille via Brussels. The 29-year old had a Kalashnikov and a pistol in his possession, identical to the weapons used in the museum attack on 24 May in which two Israeli tourists, a French volunteer and a Belgian museum employee were shot dead. The suspect also had in his bag a GoPro camera and a large quantity of ammunition.

70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy
François Hollande, Barack Obama and D-Day veterans Photo credit US News
French President Francois Hollande render honors in the presence of world leaders including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery.

After Germany had successfully invaded France in what is known as the Fall of France or the Battle of France during the Second World War, The Allied operation launched a successful seaborne invasion of German-occupied western Europe, the biggest amphibious invasion in history. 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops landed shortly after midnight on 6 June 1944 (known as D-Day) in Normandy. They freed Paris and northern France from Nazi control. By the end of August, over three million allied troops were in France forcing their way through to Germany.

Germany sent France home at quarterfinal of World Cup 2014
Photo credit : Scoop Empire
Germany defeated France, 1-0 at World Cup 2014.  Mats Hummels scored the only goal in the 13th minute of  of the game. At the final whistle, several French players were in tears.

During one month, 32 countries, battled for the Cup which was finally won by Germany. French team, Les Bleus, entered into the competiton on 15th June against Honduras.

70th anniversary of Operation Dragoon
Photo credit TFI
70e anniversaire du Débarquement is the 70th Anniversary of the Allied landings in the South of France on 15 August 1944 during World War II. France paid tribute to the Allied troops during a ceremony at the Mont Faron memorial in Toulon, southern France.

Operation Dragoon took place two months after Operation Overlord in the North. The combined parachute battalions which included veterans from the United States and from French colonies in Africa (Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco), was initiated by the 1st Airborne Task Force. Some 100,000 men landed on Mediterranean shores : Le Muy, La Motte, and on the beaches of Cavalaire, St. Tropez and St. Raphael to liberate French land from Nazi occupation. The liberation of Provence involved 450,000 troops and 881 warship. The Allied troops forced the German Army Group G to abandon southern France and to retreat under constant Allied attacks to the Vosges Mountains. They then marched north to join with comrades who had freed Paris and northern France and were forcing their way through France to Germany. Operation Dragoon is not well known since it came in the later stages of the war and was overshadowed by the earlier and larger Operation Overlord that invaded Normandy on 6 June 1944.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married in France
Photo credit : Grazia Daily
Brangelina got married secretly on 23 August 2014 in a small, private ceremony in a chapel, in the South of France following a long engagement.

François Hollande's popularity at rock bottom
The French president's approval ratings sank to 13% after multiple scandals, economic crisis and two government reshuffles in five months.

The release of Valerie Trierweiler's memoir : Merci pour ce Moment 
Valérie Trierweiler
Former First Lady of France’ wrote a kiss & tell book "about her nine-year relationship with Hollande and her 18 months at the Elysée Palace. Thank You For This Moment"  became Amazon’s top seller on its first day.

Nicolas Sarkozy's return to politics
Photo credit : VALERY HACHE/AFP
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his comeback to politics on Facebook saying he could not remain a spectator given the situation in which France finds itself, The bling-bling ex-president had however vowed never to return to politics after losing the 2012 polls to François Hollande.

Butt Plug art installed in Paris
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American artist Paul McCarthy erected his sculpture, called “Tree” in Place Vendôme in Paris on Thursday. But the Frenchies did not appreciate the art being exposed in public because of it's resemblance to a sex toy. They felt humiliated that the giant inflatable butt plug disguised as a Christmas tree could be placed next to a great art work like the statue of Napoleon in the famous Paris square.

French hostage Herve Gourdel beheaded in Algeria
Photo credit : France24
An Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded French mountain guide Herve Gourdel in Seotember, after its deadline for France to cease air strikes on IS in Iraq ran out. The group Jund al-Khilifa released a 4 minute 46 second video titled A Message in Blood for the French Government which showed the decapitation of Herve Gourdel.
Gourdel was captured in Algeria's Djurdjura National Parka day after he arrived in the country for a hiking holiday

France added two new French Nobel Prize winners among her many laureates
Patrick Modiano & Jean Tirole © JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP
Patrick Modiano, Nobel Prize for Literature and Jean Tirole, Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economics in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

French Kim Kardashian was arrested for attempted murder
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22 year old TV personality and model Nabilla Benattia was accused of stabbing her boyfriend, Thomas Vergara, with a kitchen knife. in a Paris hotel room.

Nicolas Sarkozy elected to head UMP party
Photo credit : The Guardian
The former French president was elected head of the French opposition UMP party in November, two months after announcing his political comeback.

French Hostage Serge Lazarevic held by Al Qaeda in Mali was released
Photo credit : Le blog d'Odoma
France's last hostage was freed in December after being held for more than three years by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Lazarevic and Philippe Verdon were kidnapped from their hotel in northeastern Mali in November 2011 while doing a feasibility study for a cement factory. Verdon was later found shot to death in July 2013. There were reports four jihadists had been freed from prisons in Mali in exchange for Lazarevic’s freedom.

Hope 2015 brings better things for France and also for Nigeria !!!

Read also :

Is Francois Hollande having affair with actress Julie Gayet ?

French first lady in hospital after alleged Hollande's infidelty

French First Lady Valérie Trierweiler leaves hospital

C'est officiel ! French president announces split from first girlfriend

This French woman ain't loyal !

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