Climate change activists on trial in Paris for stealing Macron portraits Sep 12, 2019 0 381 12345 AFPParisEight activists went on trial in Paris on Wednesday for stealing official portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron from public buildings as part of a protest over climate change.The activists, aged 23 to 36, have been charged with theft after taking down the pictures from local government offices around the capital in February.The acts of civil disobedience were part of a movement called ‘Take Down Macron’ which was intended to highlight alleged inaction by the French government over global warming.The group behind it, Non-Violent Action COP21 (ANV-COP21), claims that 128 portraits have been stolen across France, while 57 people face ‘group theft’ charges which carry a maximum 5-year jail term.“We came to a point when he had tried everything,” Felix Veve, one of the defendants, told AFP outside the court in northwest Paris on Wednesday where several hundred supporters held up banners and signs in support.“We’d marched, we’d organised petitions, we’d tried to convince as many people as possible. The government doesn’t listen. Emmanuel Macron is deaf to our calls,” Veve said.At the end of August, several hundred protesters held up some of the stolen portraits during a protest in southwestern France near Biarritz where Macron was hosting a G7 summit of world leaders.The 41-year-old French leader said recently that he had “changed very profoundly” in his attitude to climate change and has promised to put the issue at the heart of the second half of his presidency.“The mobilisation by young people for several weeks and months, that is still going on, has made me think about things,” he told the Konbini website on August 23. RELATED ARTICLES Embattled Trudeau launches federal election campaigning in Canada Sep 12, 2019 0 1522 Brexit in chaos after court rules PM’s suspension of parliament was unlawful Sep 12, 2019 0 275 Poland suspends parliament’s session until just after election on October 13 Sep 12, 2019 0 237 Greece to sell 30% Athens airport stake AFP Athens Greece will seek a buyer for a 30-percent stake in Athens International Airport, the finance minister said on Wednesday, amid a privatisation push by the country’s new conservative government. “We will .. Britain intercepts 21 migrants in English Channel London: British authorities on Wednesday intercepted two small boats in the English Channel carrying 21 migrants, one of whom required hospital treatment, the latest in a spate of attempted crossings. The operation .. UK to let foreign students stay two years after graduation post-Brexit London: Britain’s government on Wednesday announced new post-Brexit immigration plans that will allow international students to work in the country for two years after graduating. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom .. US backs proposed $6.5 bn sale of 32 F-35 Lockheed jets to Poland REUTERS WASHINGTON The US State Department said on Wednesday it had approved a proposed sale of 32 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets worth $6.5 billion to Poland. In April, the Pentagon told Congress it was .. German Chancellor Merkel still sees ‘every chance’ of orderly Brexit BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Britain could still leave the European Union with a deal but if that proved not to be the case then Berlin was prepared for a disorderly Brexit. “We still have .. Climate activists hope to bring US capital to standstill on Sept 23 WASHINGTON: Environmental groups, including Extinction Rebellion, said on Wednesday they plan to shut down traffic in Washington, DC, on September 23 and bring daily life to a standstill to demand action by US .. Portugal condemns ‘dictatorship museum’ proposal LISBON: Portugal’s parliament voted on Wednesday to condemn a plan by the hometown of the late dictator Antonio Oliveira Salazar to open a museum dedicated to his New State regime after complaints from former political .. Trump looking at five ‘highly qualified’ people to replace security adviser Bolton REUTERS WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering five “very highly qualified” people to replace John Bolton as his national security adviser. Speaking to reporters at the White House, ..