Month: Feb 2017

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Donald Trump attacks media in a press conference 

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The U.S president violently attacked the media for an hour, calling them dishonest.

“The press has become so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people, tremendous disservice.” In a press conference in the White House that lasted more than an hour Thursday, Donald Trump attacked journalists. He accused media of being hostile and dishonest in their reporting on his first month in office, while his statement was to address the appointment of a new Minister of Labor.

“We have to talk to find out what’s going on, because the press honestly is out of control. The level of dishonesty is out of control,” Trump said. The U.S president assured that when he turns on the TV, when he opens the newspapers, he sees “Stories of chaos. Chaos,” he said. “Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine, despite the fact that I can’t get my cabinet approved.”

Donald Trump concentrated much of his attacks on CNN, one of his favorite targets. He even renamed the reporters of CNN by “very fake news”. Donald Trump also called stories about his campaign advisers’ communications with Russia “fake news”. He said the New York Times was failing: “You’re the one that wrote about them and reported them, I mean the leaks are real. You know what they said, you saw it and the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake.

Estelle Priam, IEJ 3C

4 people killed by an avalanche in Alps

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The victims are “a monitor of the station”, a 48-year-old father, his 15-year-old son and his 19-year-old stepson.


Four people died in Tignes (Savoie) on Monday (February 13th), in the deadliest avalanche since the start of the ski season, announced the sub-prefect. The four snowboarders were off-piste, preparing to descend a steep slope when the avalanche hit, officials said.

Avalanche 400 meters wide

The avalanche was probably caused by shock waves of strong winds against a thick slab of snow. This avalanche, which was 400 meters wide, occurred during French school holidays. The risk of avalanche on Monday was at three on a scale of one to five, according to the French weather forecast website MeteoFrance.

“The avalanche of 400 meters wide was triggered on the off-road sector of Tovière. A windscreen stuck out as a group of skiers went on vacation in the resort, supervised by a professional,” the station wrote in a statement.

Thirteen accidents in the Alps and the Pyrenees

Before the recent accident, there had been 13 avalanche accidents in the Alps and the Pyrenees, which had resulted in a total of three deaths.

Last season, forty-five accidents caused a total of twenty-one deaths. The deadliest avalanche occurred on January 18, 2016 when eleven soldiers were swept away during a training session on a runway in Valfréjus (Savoie). Five were killed instantly and a sixth died a few days later.

Léo Arthuys IEJ 3C



Polanski wants to return to US to close rape lawsuits

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The director could go to the United States to try to put an end to the rape case, of which he has been accused for 40 years.

Will that allow the case to be concluded? Roman Polanski, accused of raping a 13-year-old minor 40 years ago in California, is reportedly on the verge of traveling to the United States to conclude the case once and for all, according to TMZ. The site even says that this trip could take place “next week”. The filmmaker’s lawyer wants to enforce an amicable agreement mentioned in a document under seal. If the agreement is recognized, “Roman can come to Los Angeles and the court without fear of  custody,” said Harland Braun, in a letter to the court received by AFP. The 83-year-old Franco-Polish filmmaker has not been back in the country since 1977. After 42 days in prison and then released on bail, the filmmaker who pleaded guilty to “illegal sex” with a minor had fled before the announcement of the verdict, fearing he would be heavily sentenced, despite an agreement with the US court.  For 40 years the United States has been demanding extradition. In December 2016, the Supreme Court of Poland refused to open the extradition proceedings. “I forgave him,” the victim, Samantha Geimer, has repeatedly called for the final abandonment of the prosecution, wanting to turn the page once and for all. She says in her memoirs that she pardoned Polanski: “I did not forgive him for him, I did it for me.” On January 24, the director had renounced to preside the César award ceremony, the French equivalent of the Oscars, after the controversy that the announcement had triggered. A call for a boycott had been launched, along with a petition calling for his dismissal.

Jérémy Attal IEJ 3C

Emmanuel Macron: controversial words on colonisation

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Emmanuel Macron made statements which shocked Tuesday on Algerian TV: he described the colonization as a crime against humanity.  The far-right reacted immediately, denouncing his words as insulting.

The presidential candidate’s words have not gone unnoticed. In Algeria at the beginning of the week, Emmanuel Macron was invited on an Algerian television set. This is when he described the French colonization as a crime against humanity. We remember Francois Hollande who went to Algiers in 2012, when he denounced this “deeply unjust and brutal system”. Macron even explained that France had to apologize… However, in November, the presidential candidate held quite a different speech, evoking the colonisation as part of the French culture.

Then the youngest candidate of the upcoming election has attracted the wrath of the French right as well as the far right, accusing him of denigrating France and “stabbing the country in the back”. Many personalities have reacted by condemning the remarks of Macron, including François Fillon (still at the heart of a court case concerning his wife, Penelope’s shadow employment) who says that these remarks are “unworthy of a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic”, and Marion Maréchal Le Pen, then in a meeting at the city of Compiègne.

Emmanuel Macron tried to calm the controversy in a video. He took the opportunity to call for a new relationship with Algeria, a proposition that would probably go unnoticed without the controversial reference to colonization.

Aurélie Robert, IEJ 3C

5G arrived in France in 2018!

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EUR 1,300 million. This is what 5G should bring to the world economy, according to the English firm IHS Markit. But what is this new mobile phone network going to change exactly?

4G is not available everywhere in France, but researchers from around the world are already working on a new network: 5G. Because, at the time when connected objects multiply, the network will have to adapt. Home automation, connected cars, surgical operations via robots … These innovations require faster and more stable connection. The 5G network is expected to deploy at the end of 2019, and even before, in 2018 for the industrialized countries, including France.

On February 7, the 3GPPP consortium in charge of the development of 5G presented its project, as well as its new logo.

The 5G technology on smartphone promises a speed about 100 times higher than the current 4G. Orange and Ericsson said in January they have reached 10 gigabits in tests, while 4G is at 300 megabits maximum.

However, the priority is not the speed. The main purpose of 5G is to reduce latency in the transmission of data. The response time of mobile networks today can reach half a second; which is too much if you want to use a stand-alone car or a robot for surgery.

Antoine Sennepin IEJ3C

A big Zlatan allows Manchester United to win

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic shined against Saint-Etienne last night. He scored 3 goals in a 3-0 victory that gives a big advantage to the Mancunians before the return game.


In a difficult confrontation, Manchester United won its first leg of Europa League last-32 clash against Saint Etienne 3-0. At Old Traford, Jose Mourinho’s team took advantage of the hat trick of its Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. One more time, his favourite victim Stephane Ruffier couldn’t do anything to prevent the former PSG player from having fun.

In fact, the meeting between Zlatan and Saint-Etienne turns everytime to the advantage of the Swedish player. In 14 games against the Stéphanois, Ibrahimovic scored 17 times in France. With 23 goals this season, he is the best scorer in England in all competitions. For the sixth consecutive time, Ibrahimovic will surely break the 30 goals record this a season. At 35 years old, it’s a remarkable performance for a player who has not yet won a European title in his career.

“It feels good. I got a lot of help from my teammates. We played an open game today and it was important to get a good result so we can take it into the second leg. We won 3-0 and I got to score the three goals so I am happy for that.”

Red Devils are definitely the leading team of the tournament, with Rome and Shakhtar Donetsk. Paul Pogba’s partners are motivated to win the Europa League, for the first time in Manchester. After a few difficult years, the Mancunians could realize this year a perfect return to the European scene.

Guillaume Lanchard, IEJ3C

Nokia 3310 : the icon is reborn

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The Finnish company decides to revive the mythic Nokia 3310. 

Everybody knows it : the famous unbreakable phone which was released in 2000. The Nokia 3310 is about to be reborn, it was announced on the Mobile World Congress yesterday. Before being retired from the market in 2005, the 3310 was the best-selling ever, with About 126 million units sold.

During the presentation, the phone was announced to go on sale for 59€, a price which is obviously competitive  enough to quickly convince all aficionados to buy one.

Unfortunately, the shape of the new 3310 will probably disappoint the fans :

It is the end of the unbreakable keyboard and the green screen. However, everyone is waiting for the one really mythic characteristic of the Nokia 3310 : the Snake. Another good reason to make it one’s second phone.

The new phone is explicitly targeting the European market, as it is not planned to be sold on the American continent for the moment.

The launch is planned for the 26th February in Barcelona.

Marine Gaultier, IEJ 3C

Mourning Pakistan after ISIS attack

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Suicide bomber kills more than 70 persons in Pakistan.

Sehwan City was the target of a terrorist attack on Thursday February 16th. The attack, committed in a Sufi sanctuary by a kamikaze, killed more than 70 civilians and injured dozens.
« A huge number of people come to the shrine every Thursday to take part in ritual dances and prayers. It is not possible to ensure the security of every person coming and going », explains a police officer.
The jihadist organization ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The location, a very popular Sufi temple, was not chosen by coincidence. Sufism is considered heretical by some radical Islamist groups.
The Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, condemned this attack. « Operations against terrorists will continue throughout the country », as the President explained.
For several years, the country is the target of ISIS. This week, several horrific assaults have mourned Pakistan. Two suicide bombings took place in Peshawar and left seven people dead.


Nicolas Le Hérissé, IEJ 3C

Love Actually sequel for the good cause

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The cult Richard Curtis’s Christmas romcom will premiere on the BBC on 24 March. A suite that will bring together the original cast.

What did they become 14 years later ? The symbolic characters of the cult British comedy Love Actually will return in spring for a mini continuation on the BBC. The mini-project who’s writing by Richard Curtis, is a charitable short film in honor of Red nose day. The initiative collects every year of funds for the sick children. Red Nose Day Actually will be broadcast on BBC1 on Red Nose Day, 24 March in the UK, and on NBC to coincide with the US equivalent on 25 May. Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, and Andrew Lincoln confirmed their presence on their respective roles. Emma Thompson is not listed among their number. Alan Rickman, who played her unfaithful husband, died last January. The director said “We’ve been delighted and grateful that so many of the cast are around and able to take part – and it’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together and recreating their characters 14 years later.” The movie told the loves and the fate of several couples or characters, in London, during the Christmas time. The original film made £194m worldwide and won a supporting actor Bafta for Bill Nighy and it marked Curtis’s debut as a director. After the announcement, a lot of fans enjoyed the similarity between Hugh Grant that plays the English Prime Minister in the movie and the current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.


Liam Neeson was reunited with Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who played his stepson Sam in the film, for a Comic Relief sketch. We can’t wait for the result !