Retailers To France: ‘yes Week End’
France selling ships _ and maybe arms _ to Mozambique in unusual deal
The suspect was arrested at her Belleville apartment in northern Paris. (text) Officers with Frances DCRI domestic intelligence agency arrested a Paris woman on Tuesday suspected of having links to a regional branch of al Qaeda based in the Arabian Peninsula. The 21-year-old was arrested as part of an investigation by officers with Frances Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence, or DCRI, into a case of “criminal association in connection with a terrorist enterprise”, said a source close to the investigation. TERRORISM – FRANCE France, US top al Qaeda’s list of Western targets The source said the woman was arrested around 6:30am (4:30am GMT) at her apartment in the working-class Belleville district of northern Paris. She was the first to be arrested as part of a preliminary investigation that began in March 2013 into a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. The suspect is a reader of Inspire — an online magazine published by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — and will be questioned about her suspected contacts with the group. Based in Yemen, AQAP is considered one of the deadliest franchises of the international militant network. Inspire, which aims to radicalise young Western Muslims and has included instructions on bomb making, has been linked to a number of attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15 last year. Copies of Inspire have been seized in other arrests of suspected radical Muslims in France. Earlier this month, French authorities arrested the webmaster of a site that published French-language translations of the magazine. Security efforts have been stepped up in France following a series of attacks launched by al Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah that killed seven people in and around the city of Toulouse in March of last year. (FRANCE24 with wires)
The ship contract, worth at least a quarter of a billion dollars, is raising eyebrows in both countries. More business news Michelle Singletary Once the digital glitches are resolved, online enrollment for the Affordable Care Act should be fairly easy. More business news The government of Mozambique one of the worlds poorest countries and a major recipient of European aid isnt spelling out how much exactly is being spent on the 30 trawlers and patrol boats, or who is putting up the money. And the driving force behind the deal is a Lebanese billionaire with holdings across the Middle East and Africa who once faced investigation for his past financial dealings in France. Shaking hands and smiling, French President Francois Hollande and Mozambique President Armando Guebuza formally launched the ship-building project Monday at a struggling shipyard in Cherbourg, on Frances Atlantic coast. Shipbuilder Constructions mecaniques de Normandie (CMN) says the contract will provide two years of work for around 400 French employees. Mozambique officials say the ships will help fight illegal trafficking and piracy, and protect offshore oil and gas drilling platforms. The patrol ships will need naval guns and other military equipment, and so there are also negotiations under way about buying the needed weaponry from France, Mozambique Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze said. Yes there will be weapons purchases, he told The Associated Press by telephone. Its important not only to have ships. There will also be a need to make sure that they are protected. He would not give details, but said the money for the ship deal came from a loan from another country, but I cant say which one. Hollandes office said the contract with CMN is just part of a larger global deal with the holding company Privinvest, owned by Lebanese magnate Iskandar Safa. Hollandes office wouldnt comment on the possible weapons negotiations because the deal is not public.
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Retailers to France: ‘Yes Week End’ AP 1:04 p.m. EDT September 29, 2013 Cashiers of a do-it-yourself store wear shirts to protest against last week’s court decision to force shorter working hours on Sundays, in Gennevilliers, France, north of Paris, on Sunday. (Photo: Michel Euler, AP) SHARE 1 CONNECT 5 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE GENNEVILLIERS, France (AP) Employees at two big home-improvement retailers are putting the screws to France’s government to let their stores stay open on Sundays. The protests at the Castorama and Leroy Merlin chains cut to the heart of an economic conundrum here: many French view labor protections such as reduced opening hours as sacrosanct, but others say they are one reason the economy is flailing. Some employees led petition drives and wore T-shirts that read “Yes Week End” after a judge ruled last week that 14 Paris-area stores in the chains had violated the law. The stores got waivers or other last-minute exemptions to open this Sunday. A 1906 French law established Sunday as a mandatory day off with some exceptions to help ensure rest and a certain quality of life. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. USA NOW