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Maldives terror fears spread as ISIS supporters vow to kill another anti-extremist blogger on Brit honeymoon hotspot – The Sun

A BLOGGERwho criticises Islamicextremism in the popular Brit honeymoon destination of the Maldives says he lives in constant fear after receiving death threats.

Muju Naeem, 37, is in hiding in an undisclosed location after becoming a victim of violent messages from ISIS supporters for his anti-Islamic views, expressed on his blog.

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It comes just weeks after his friend and fellow blogger Yameen Rasheed, 29 was found hacked to death in the stairway of his apartment in the Maldivian capital of Mal.

Speaking to The Sun Online, Muju said: There is a fatwa [Islamic ruling] for my beheading, and with my friend Yameen being murdered so brutally its no longer something that can be taken lightly.

Its not exactly easy being on the run. Im constantly looking over my shoulder literally in a fight to stay alive. Im spooked even by the slightest noise or something out of the ordinary.

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The Maldives, which has nearly 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean, is better known as a rich tourists destination than a hot-spot for radical Islamists.

There are fears of rising extremism in the Muslim country as 100,000 British tourists many of them newlyweds flock to the Indian Ocean paradise every year.

From a population of 400,000, as many as 200 young Maldivians are believed to have fled to the Middle East to fight for ISIS.

Those concerns were strong enough for the Foreign Office to warn of a heightened threat to Brits holidaying in thecountry.

A moment of lapse judgement or a wrong move would surely mean my death

Screenshots of abusive messages obtained by The Sun Online show Mujus social media accounts have been targeted by both known and anonymous jihadi profiles.

One of the messages reads: If we get our hands on you, we will sever your head from your body. Hell is for dogs like you forever.

Another says: We are going to kill you and well slaughter every murtadeen [a Muslim who rejects Islam] like you.

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One user told the blogger to stop his online activism if he wanted to continue to live in this world.

The user added: I cant breathe properly with you alive. Youll be the next person to disappear from Male soon.

Some of the violent messages also made references to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre which killed 12 people.

One message read: What can you do in hiding? Do not forget what happened to your brothers in Charlie Hebdo. Do not forget Charlie Hebdo.

Muju, who had complained repeatedly to police, said: When you know these extremists actually mean to do you harm and will do whatever is necessary to kill you its hardly a comforting thought at this point. Nothing is ideal except Im alive.

The security risk posed for anybody involved in the online secular movement like myself cannot be underestimated.

A moment of lapse judgement or a wrong move would surely mean my death.

MUJU NAEEM

Although the activist, who has been campaigning for 13 years, continues to receive threats, hesaid he will never stop speaking against the Maldives political and religious establishment.

Mujusaid: You can kill one person but you cant kill ideas.

I may be vulnerable to an attack but the idea of freedom, human rights and secularism cannot be killed and it will go on.

I may be vulnerable to an attack but the idea of freedom, human rights and secularism cannot be killed and it will go on

Muju, while in hiding, is unable to work and is living off the generosity of friends and well-wishers.

He is currently waiting for a decision on his asylum application submitted last month with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

He hopesto resettle in a safe haven country as a refugee.

In an emotional appeal, Muju said: I am seeking assistance in getting a sponsor in the potential host countries US and Canada to help with my asylum process, so that Im able to get to safety quicker.

Delayed asylum could very well mean the difference between life and death for me

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Mujus pal Yameen was the third media figure to be targeted in the Maldives in the past five years.

He was reportedly found dead with his throat slit, 16 stab wounds on his body and part of his skull missing.

Advice from theForeign Office warns British visitors that there is a general threat from terrorism and attacks in the Maldives.

The website states: There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

You should be vigilant at this time.

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France’s incoming first lady taunted all because she’s older than her husband – Chicago Tribune

It’s been a week since 39-year-old political outsider Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election.

But his wife, 64-year-old Brigitte Macron, has continued to face a litany of misogynistic comments similar to ones that plagued her throughout the campaign, most centering on the couple’s 24-year age difference.

The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday published a cover with caricatures of the incoming French president and his wife, along with the caption: “He is going to work miracles!”

The text was a reference to Macron’s optimistic campaign messaging in a divisive election. But given the illustration – of the president-elect placing his hand on his “pregnant” wife’s belly – it also was a clear jab at the incoming first couple’s age gap.

On social media, many slammed the magazine’s cover as “sexist” and “ageist.”

Macron herself responded to the cover, tweeting: “All that is technically possible is not necessarily desirable or desired.”

She added the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie, a slogan that became popular after al-Qaida terrorists ambushed and killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices in 2015.

Macron was praised for her tongue-in-cheek response.

“Bravo for your sense of humor!” one Twitter user replied.

By now, the backstory of how Emmanuel Macron and his wife got together is well known in France and elsewhere: He was 15 when they met; she was his high school drama teacher. At the time, she was married with three children.

Two years later, he reportedly declared his love for her. Despite the age difference and the societal conventions, she eventually left her husband for him. “Love took everything in its path and led me to divorce. It was impossible to resist him,” Macron told Paris Match magazine last year, according to the New York Times. She divorced her husband in 2006 and married Macron in 2007.

Their romance captured tabloid headlines during the French presidential campaign, but was not an obstacle to Emmanuel Macron decisively winning over far-right opponent Marine Le Pen last week.

For many French female voters, at least, the age difference was a non-issue, The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan reported.

“It’s normal to see men with younger women,” Martine Bergossi, a shop owner in Paris, told Jordan before the election. “So it’s rather great to see the opposite.”

Macron’s win hasn’t stopped some from attacking his wife on social media, calling her a “pedophile,” among other insults. Those attacks, as well as the Charlie Hebdo cover, prompted many to stand up for Madame Macron – including her daughter from her first marriage, 32-year-old Tiphaine Auziere, who said it was “jealousy” that was fueling such hate toward her mother.

“I think we cannot remain indifferent to this, and now I do not want to give any importance to people who convey this kind of stuff, because I find it totally outrageous in France in the 21st century to make such attacks,” Auziere told French CNN affiliate BFM TV. “These are attacks that we wouldn’t direct at male politicians or at a man who would accompany a female politician. So I think there’s a lot of jealousy, and that this is very inappropriate.”

Even those who were not fans of the president-elect rushed to his wife’s defense.

“I won’t spend 5 years defending (Emmanuel) Macron,” one Twitter user wrote. “However I will spend 5 years defending Brigitte Macron against any misogynistic and ageist remarks.”

French television presenter Cecile de Menibus tweeted that she found the incoming first lady “much more elegant than all those critics that I read… and anyway, what’s the point!?”

Valerie Pecresse, the Republican president of the Ile-de-France regional council, tweeted that Macron was the victim of sexist and misogynistic comments.

“Frankly… (it’s) a shame!” she added.

May-December romances between politicians and their partners are nothing new, as The Post’s Adam Taylor reported in a breakdown of age gaps between world leaders and their partners.

In this case, it’s simply that the woman happens to be older than the man. Case in point: The 24-year age difference between the Macrons is the same as the one between President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, but the latter hasn’t invited as much scrutiny.

The future French leader, for one, seems tired of talking about it.

“If I had been 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldn’t be,” he told the French newspaper Le Parisien this week. “It’s because she is 20 years older than me that a lot of people say, ‘This relationship can’t be.’ ”

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Emmanuel Macron’s wife confronts sexism, misogyny in France – CNN

Many of the unwelcome comments have focused on the fact that Trogneux — age 64 with seven grandchildren — is 24 years her husband’s senior. She famously went from being Macron’s teacher to his partner, and eventually his wife. Now she is France’s next first lady.

On Sunday, French Republican party lawmaker Jacques Domergue joked on Facebook, “We have a new president who is a younger model of the previous one. Except that the previous one lived with a woman who was his daughter’s age and the new one with a woman who is his mother’s age.”

And on Wednesday, the front cover of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo carried a cartoon showing 39-year-old Macron resting a hand on the pregnant stomach of his wife, with the caption: “He’s going to work miracles!”

To put things in perspective, US President Donald Trump is 24 years older than Melania Trump, but few people are making a fuss about their age gap.

Trogneux tweeted an image of the Charlie Hebdo front page herself, saying: “Everything that is technically possible is not necessarily desirable or desired.”

Another of her tweets the same day reads: “I’ve become accustomed to listening only to those who convey positive messages. Life with Emmanuel was necessarily like this.”

In turn, public figures have spoken out to support Trogneux and slam the insults directed toward her.

Valrie Pcresse, Republican leader of the Ile-de-France region, tweeted Thursday: “Republican and feminine support for #BrigitteMacron, victim of a wave of sexist and misogynistic commentaries. Frankly… shame!”

Journalist, author and commentator Vanessa Schneider also voiced her outrage, tweeting: “The filthy misogyny of some comments on #BrigitteMacron sends shivers down my spine.”

“Sickening misogyny during the campaign, which we hope will be less harsh during the mandate.. We hope,” tweeted journalist Audrey Pulvar, referring to Macron’s five-year term.

Tiphaine Auzire, Trogneux’s daughter, spoke of her upset over the attacks on her mother in an interview with CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV.

“I think we cannot remain indifferent to this, and now I do not want to give any importance to people who convey this kind of stuff, because I find it totally outrageous in France in the 21st century to make such attacks,” she said. “These are attacks that we wouldn’t direct at male politicians or at a man who would accompany a female politician. So I think there’s a lot of jealousy, and that this is very inappropriate.”

Macron himself commented on what he called “ordinary misogyny” in an interview with “Femme Actuelle” magazine in April, saying that his wife suffered much more as a result of it.

“I often say that if the age relationship were to be inverted, it wouldn’t shock anybody, people would find it great,” he said.

“She is beautiful, and the fact that she’s 20 years older than I am is terrible, because it is an issue of mockery, of terrible discourtesy. I give in to nothing, but it has taught us a lot, including in politics. We never build ourselves in relation to others’ gaze.”

Macron and Trogneux have been determined to ensure that their relationship, while unconventional, is not painted as some sort of scandal, making a point of making it public and posing for glossy French magazines.

Before she met Macron, Trogneux was on the path to living a relatively conventional life. She had a stable career teaching French literature, Latin and drama, and married a banker, Andr Louis Auzire, with whom she had three children.

It’s not clear when a serious romance began between the two, but Macron appeared to be a young man who knew what he wanted — at 17, he professed his love for Trogneux.

She divorced Auzire in 2006 and married Macron a year later, moving to Paris to work as a teacher.

In 2015, she gave up her career to focus on her husband, who was at the time the country’s economy minister.

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Charlie Hebdo in hot water over ‘sexist’ cartoon of a pregnant Mrs … – The Local France

Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte, has come in for sexist and ageist abuse in recent weeks and Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine has been accused of adding fuel to the fire.

Brigitte Macron has been the subject of sexist and misogynistic abuse ever since her husband’s presidential campaign began, all because she is 24 years older than her husband.

Emmanuel Macron, 39, has spoken of the matter recently, telling Le Parisien newspaper that reports about his relationship amounted to “misogyny”.

“If I were 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldnt be an intimate partner.”

“Its because she is 20 years older than me that lots of people say, ‘This relationship cant be tenable, it cant be possible’.”

But now that Macron has been voted president, the commentary about his wife haven’t stopped – with satirical mag Charlie Hebdo proving to be the latest to join the choir.

This week’s front page shows Macron holding the belly of his apparently very pregnant wife.

“He’s going to make miracles happen,” reads the accompanying text, in the picture which has also been added as Charlie Hebdo’s Facebook profile picture.

The caption is not just a reference to Macron’s promise to bring France into the 21st century, but apparently also to the notion that his wife is so much older than him that it would be a miracle if she became pregnant.

While the paper’s Facebook post about the new cover drew in around 3,500 likes, those on the French Twittersphere weren’t so impressed, with many slamming the paper as “sexist”.

“Surely you can do better than just saying ‘Brigitte is old, LOL’,” wrote one user.

“If you’d do the same thing for the guys who have much younger wives then maybe things would actually change a bit,” wrote another.

“This is lamentable and misogynist,” said a third.

The tweet below reads: “Just more daily sexism about the age of Brigitte Macron.”

This tweet says: “The freedom of the press has been combined with bad taste and misogyny this week at Charlie Hebdo. Pitiable.”

It’s not just France’s social media users that have taken to calling out the sexism. Several news sites have pointed out that the jokes need to stop, with Buzzfeed France writing “We didn’t vote for five years of jokes about the age of Macron’s wife”.

Music megastar Madonna even chimed in on the debate, taking to Instagram after the election to write:

“Congrats to Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. Fun Fact for Monday is that the first Lady of France is 24 yrs older than her husband and no one in France seems to care about their age difference nor insisted that Brigitte “Act her Age” Vive La France!”

The post garnered almost 100,000 likes.

Charlie Hebdo, meanwhile, is no stranger to controversy. It has drawn ire over front pages featuring cartoons about Down Syndrome, and one about the drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi.

Charlie Hebdo made a name for itself worldwide by choosing to publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, which lead to protests in Muslim countries around the world.

Cherif and Said Kouachi, two Muslim extremists said they were avenging those cartoons when they stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7th, killing 12 people.

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Charlie Hebdo in hot water over ‘sexist’ cartoon of a pregnant Mrs Macron – The Local France

Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte, has come in for sexist and ageist abuse in recent weeks and Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine has been accused of adding fuel to the fire.

Brigitte Macron has been the subject of sexist and misogynistic abuse ever since her husband’s presidential campaign began, all because she is 24 years older than her husband.

Emmanuel Macron, 39, has spoken of the matter recently, telling Le Parisien newspaper that reports about his relationship amounted to “misogyny”.

“If I were 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldnt be an intimate partner.”

“Its because she is 20 years older than me that lots of people say, ‘This relationship cant be tenable, it cant be possible’.”

But not that Macron has been voted president, the comments about his wife haven’t stopped – with satirical mag Charlie Hebdo proving to be the latest to join the choir.

Its Wednesday front page shows Macron holding the belly of his apparently very pregnant wife.

“He’s going to make miracles happen,” reads the accompanying text, in the picture which has also been added as Charlie Hebdo’s Facebook profile picture.

The caption is not just a reference to Macron’s policies, but apparently also to the notion that his wife is so much older than him that it would be a miracle if he made her pregnant.

While the paper’s Facebook post about the new cover drew in around 3,500 likes, those on the French Twittersphere weren’t so impressed, with many slamming the paper as “sexist”.

“Surely you can do better than just saying ‘Brigitte is old, LOL’,” wrote one user.

“If you’d do the same thing for the guys who have much younger wives then maybe things would actually change a bit,” wrote another.

“This is lamentable and misogynist,” said a third.

The tweet below reads: “Just more daily sexism about the age of Brigitte Macron.”

This tweet says: “The freedom of the press has been combined with bad taste and misogyny this week at Charlie Hebdo. Pitiable.”

It’s not just France’s social media users that have taken to calling out the sexism. Several news sites have pointed out that the jokes need to stop, with Buzzfeed France writing “We didn’t vote for five years of jokes about the age of Macron’s wife”.

Music megastar Madonna even chimed in on the debate, taking to Instagram after the election to write:

“Congrats to Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. Fun Fact for Monday is that the first Lady of France is 24 yrs older than her husband and no one in France seems to care about their age difference nor insisted that Brigitte “Act her Age” Vive La France!”

The post garnered almost 100,000 likes.

Charlie Hebdo, meanwhile, is no stranger to controversy. It has drawn ire over front pages featuring cartoons about Down Syndrome, and one about the drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi.

Charlie Hebdo made a name for itself worldwide by choosing to publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, which lead to protests in Muslim countries around the world.

Cherif and Said Kouachi, two Muslim extremists said they were avenging those cartoons when they stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7th, killing 12 people.

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Man who threatened Charlie Hebdo seller admits trying to join terrorists – BBC News


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An extremist who threatened a shopkeeper for selling Charlie Hebdo magazines has admitted trying to join terrorists in Syria. Shamim Ahmed pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts, during a hearing at the Old Bailey. The 24-year-old was stopped
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France arrests over Charlie Hebdo and supermarket attacks – Wortfm

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Maldives terror fears spread as ISIS supporters vow to kill another anti-extremist blogger on Brit honeymoon hotspot – The Sun

A BLOGGERwho criticises Islamicextremism in the popular Brit honeymoon destination of the Maldives says he lives in constant fear after receiving death threats. Muju Naeem, 37, is in hiding in an undisclosed location after becoming a victim of violent messages from ISIS supporters for his anti-Islamic views, expressed on his blog. MUJU NAEEM It comes just weeks after his friend and fellow blogger Yameen Rasheed, 29 was found hacked to death in the stairway of his apartment in the Maldivian capital of Mal. Speaking to The Sun Online, Muju said: There is a fatwa [Islamic ruling] for my beheading, and with my friend Yameen being murdered so brutally its no longer something that can be taken lightly. Its not exactly easy being on the run. Im constantly looking over my shoulder literally in a fight to stay alive. Im spooked even by the slightest noise or something out of the ordinary. Getty Images Getty Images The Maldives, which has nearly 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean, is better known as a rich tourists destination than a hot-spot for radical Islamists. There are fears of rising extremism in the Muslim country as 100,000 British tourists many of them newlyweds flock to the Indian Ocean paradise every year. From a population of 400,000, as many as 200 young Maldivians are believed to have fled to the Middle East to fight for ISIS. Those concerns were strong enough for the Foreign Office to warn of a heightened threat to Brits holidaying in thecountry. A moment of lapse judgement or a wrong move would surely mean my death Screenshots of abusive messages obtained by The Sun Online show Mujus social media accounts have been targeted by both known and anonymous jihadi profiles. One of the messages reads: If we get our hands on you, we will sever your head from your body. Hell is for dogs like you forever. Another says: We are going to kill you and well slaughter every murtadeen [a Muslim who rejects Islam] like you. Facebook Twitter MUJU NAEEM Muju Naeem One user told the blogger to stop his online activism if he wanted to continue to live in this world. The user added: I cant breathe properly with you alive. Youll be the next person to disappear from Male soon. Some of the violent messages also made references to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo massacre which killed 12 people. One message read: What can you do in hiding? Do not forget what happened to your brothers in Charlie Hebdo. Do not forget Charlie Hebdo. Muju, who had complained repeatedly to police, said: When you know these extremists actually mean to do you harm and will do whatever is necessary to kill you its hardly a comforting thought at this point. Nothing is ideal except Im alive. The security risk posed for anybody involved in the online secular movement like myself cannot be underestimated. A moment of lapse judgement or a wrong move would surely mean my death. MUJU NAEEM Although the activist, who has been campaigning for 13 years, continues to receive threats, hesaid he will never stop speaking against the Maldives political and religious establishment. Mujusaid: You can kill one person but you cant kill ideas. I may be vulnerable to an attack but the idea of freedom, human rights and secularism cannot be killed and it will go on. I may be vulnerable to an attack but the idea of freedom, human rights and secularism cannot be killed and it will go on Muju, while in hiding, is unable to work and is living off the generosity of friends and well-wishers. He is currently waiting for a decision on his asylum application submitted last month with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He hopesto resettle in a safe haven country as a refugee. In an emotional appeal, Muju said: I am seeking assistance in getting a sponsor in the potential host countries US and Canada to help with my asylum process, so that Im able to get to safety quicker. Delayed asylum could very well mean the difference between life and death for me Facebook Mujus pal Yameen was the third media figure to be targeted in the Maldives in the past five years. He was reportedly found dead with his throat slit, 16 stab wounds on his body and part of his skull missing. Advice from theForeign Office warns British visitors that there is a general threat from terrorism and attacks in the Maldives. The website states: There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time. We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us attips@the-sun.co.ukor call 0207 782 4368.

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France’s incoming first lady taunted all because she’s older than her husband – Chicago Tribune

It’s been a week since 39-year-old political outsider Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election. But his wife, 64-year-old Brigitte Macron, has continued to face a litany of misogynistic comments similar to ones that plagued her throughout the campaign, most centering on the couple’s 24-year age difference. The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday published a cover with caricatures of the incoming French president and his wife, along with the caption: “He is going to work miracles!” The text was a reference to Macron’s optimistic campaign messaging in a divisive election. But given the illustration – of the president-elect placing his hand on his “pregnant” wife’s belly – it also was a clear jab at the incoming first couple’s age gap. On social media, many slammed the magazine’s cover as “sexist” and “ageist.” Macron herself responded to the cover, tweeting: “All that is technically possible is not necessarily desirable or desired.” She added the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie, a slogan that became popular after al-Qaida terrorists ambushed and killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices in 2015. Macron was praised for her tongue-in-cheek response. “Bravo for your sense of humor!” one Twitter user replied. By now, the backstory of how Emmanuel Macron and his wife got together is well known in France and elsewhere: He was 15 when they met; she was his high school drama teacher. At the time, she was married with three children. Two years later, he reportedly declared his love for her. Despite the age difference and the societal conventions, she eventually left her husband for him. “Love took everything in its path and led me to divorce. It was impossible to resist him,” Macron told Paris Match magazine last year, according to the New York Times. She divorced her husband in 2006 and married Macron in 2007. Their romance captured tabloid headlines during the French presidential campaign, but was not an obstacle to Emmanuel Macron decisively winning over far-right opponent Marine Le Pen last week. For many French female voters, at least, the age difference was a non-issue, The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan reported. “It’s normal to see men with younger women,” Martine Bergossi, a shop owner in Paris, told Jordan before the election. “So it’s rather great to see the opposite.” Macron’s win hasn’t stopped some from attacking his wife on social media, calling her a “pedophile,” among other insults. Those attacks, as well as the Charlie Hebdo cover, prompted many to stand up for Madame Macron – including her daughter from her first marriage, 32-year-old Tiphaine Auziere, who said it was “jealousy” that was fueling such hate toward her mother. “I think we cannot remain indifferent to this, and now I do not want to give any importance to people who convey this kind of stuff, because I find it totally outrageous in France in the 21st century to make such attacks,” Auziere told French CNN affiliate BFM TV. “These are attacks that we wouldn’t direct at male politicians or at a man who would accompany a female politician. So I think there’s a lot of jealousy, and that this is very inappropriate.” Even those who were not fans of the president-elect rushed to his wife’s defense. “I won’t spend 5 years defending (Emmanuel) Macron,” one Twitter user wrote. “However I will spend 5 years defending Brigitte Macron against any misogynistic and ageist remarks.” French television presenter Cecile de Menibus tweeted that she found the incoming first lady “much more elegant than all those critics that I read… and anyway, what’s the point!?” Valerie Pecresse, the Republican president of the Ile-de-France regional council, tweeted that Macron was the victim of sexist and misogynistic comments. “Frankly… (it’s) a shame!” she added. May-December romances between politicians and their partners are nothing new, as The Post’s Adam Taylor reported in a breakdown of age gaps between world leaders and their partners. In this case, it’s simply that the woman happens to be older than the man. Case in point: The 24-year age difference between the Macrons is the same as the one between President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, but the latter hasn’t invited as much scrutiny. The future French leader, for one, seems tired of talking about it. “If I had been 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldn’t be,” he told the French newspaper Le Parisien this week. “It’s because she is 20 years older than me that a lot of people say, ‘This relationship can’t be.’ ”

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Emmanuel Macron’s wife confronts sexism, misogyny in France – CNN

Many of the unwelcome comments have focused on the fact that Trogneux — age 64 with seven grandchildren — is 24 years her husband’s senior. She famously went from being Macron’s teacher to his partner, and eventually his wife. Now she is France’s next first lady. On Sunday, French Republican party lawmaker Jacques Domergue joked on Facebook, “We have a new president who is a younger model of the previous one. Except that the previous one lived with a woman who was his daughter’s age and the new one with a woman who is his mother’s age.” And on Wednesday, the front cover of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo carried a cartoon showing 39-year-old Macron resting a hand on the pregnant stomach of his wife, with the caption: “He’s going to work miracles!” To put things in perspective, US President Donald Trump is 24 years older than Melania Trump, but few people are making a fuss about their age gap. Trogneux tweeted an image of the Charlie Hebdo front page herself, saying: “Everything that is technically possible is not necessarily desirable or desired.” Another of her tweets the same day reads: “I’ve become accustomed to listening only to those who convey positive messages. Life with Emmanuel was necessarily like this.” In turn, public figures have spoken out to support Trogneux and slam the insults directed toward her. Valrie Pcresse, Republican leader of the Ile-de-France region, tweeted Thursday: “Republican and feminine support for #BrigitteMacron, victim of a wave of sexist and misogynistic commentaries. Frankly… shame!” Journalist, author and commentator Vanessa Schneider also voiced her outrage, tweeting: “The filthy misogyny of some comments on #BrigitteMacron sends shivers down my spine.” “Sickening misogyny during the campaign, which we hope will be less harsh during the mandate.. We hope,” tweeted journalist Audrey Pulvar, referring to Macron’s five-year term. Tiphaine Auzire, Trogneux’s daughter, spoke of her upset over the attacks on her mother in an interview with CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV. “I think we cannot remain indifferent to this, and now I do not want to give any importance to people who convey this kind of stuff, because I find it totally outrageous in France in the 21st century to make such attacks,” she said. “These are attacks that we wouldn’t direct at male politicians or at a man who would accompany a female politician. So I think there’s a lot of jealousy, and that this is very inappropriate.” Macron himself commented on what he called “ordinary misogyny” in an interview with “Femme Actuelle” magazine in April, saying that his wife suffered much more as a result of it. “I often say that if the age relationship were to be inverted, it wouldn’t shock anybody, people would find it great,” he said. “She is beautiful, and the fact that she’s 20 years older than I am is terrible, because it is an issue of mockery, of terrible discourtesy. I give in to nothing, but it has taught us a lot, including in politics. We never build ourselves in relation to others’ gaze.” Macron and Trogneux have been determined to ensure that their relationship, while unconventional, is not painted as some sort of scandal, making a point of making it public and posing for glossy French magazines. Before she met Macron, Trogneux was on the path to living a relatively conventional life. She had a stable career teaching French literature, Latin and drama, and married a banker, Andr Louis Auzire, with whom she had three children. It’s not clear when a serious romance began between the two, but Macron appeared to be a young man who knew what he wanted — at 17, he professed his love for Trogneux. She divorced Auzire in 2006 and married Macron a year later, moving to Paris to work as a teacher. In 2015, she gave up her career to focus on her husband, who was at the time the country’s economy minister.

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May 13, 2017   Posted in: Charlie Hebdo  Comments Closed

Charlie Hebdo in hot water over ‘sexist’ cartoon of a pregnant Mrs … – The Local France

Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte, has come in for sexist and ageist abuse in recent weeks and Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine has been accused of adding fuel to the fire. Brigitte Macron has been the subject of sexist and misogynistic abuse ever since her husband’s presidential campaign began, all because she is 24 years older than her husband. Emmanuel Macron, 39, has spoken of the matter recently, telling Le Parisien newspaper that reports about his relationship amounted to “misogyny”. “If I were 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldnt be an intimate partner.” “Its because she is 20 years older than me that lots of people say, ‘This relationship cant be tenable, it cant be possible’.” But now that Macron has been voted president, the commentary about his wife haven’t stopped – with satirical mag Charlie Hebdo proving to be the latest to join the choir. This week’s front page shows Macron holding the belly of his apparently very pregnant wife. “He’s going to make miracles happen,” reads the accompanying text, in the picture which has also been added as Charlie Hebdo’s Facebook profile picture. The caption is not just a reference to Macron’s promise to bring France into the 21st century, but apparently also to the notion that his wife is so much older than him that it would be a miracle if she became pregnant. While the paper’s Facebook post about the new cover drew in around 3,500 likes, those on the French Twittersphere weren’t so impressed, with many slamming the paper as “sexist”. “Surely you can do better than just saying ‘Brigitte is old, LOL’,” wrote one user. “If you’d do the same thing for the guys who have much younger wives then maybe things would actually change a bit,” wrote another. “This is lamentable and misogynist,” said a third. The tweet below reads: “Just more daily sexism about the age of Brigitte Macron.” This tweet says: “The freedom of the press has been combined with bad taste and misogyny this week at Charlie Hebdo. Pitiable.” It’s not just France’s social media users that have taken to calling out the sexism. Several news sites have pointed out that the jokes need to stop, with Buzzfeed France writing “We didn’t vote for five years of jokes about the age of Macron’s wife”. Music megastar Madonna even chimed in on the debate, taking to Instagram after the election to write: “Congrats to Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. Fun Fact for Monday is that the first Lady of France is 24 yrs older than her husband and no one in France seems to care about their age difference nor insisted that Brigitte “Act her Age” Vive La France!” The post garnered almost 100,000 likes. Charlie Hebdo, meanwhile, is no stranger to controversy. It has drawn ire over front pages featuring cartoons about Down Syndrome, and one about the drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi. Charlie Hebdo made a name for itself worldwide by choosing to publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, which lead to protests in Muslim countries around the world. Cherif and Said Kouachi, two Muslim extremists said they were avenging those cartoons when they stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7th, killing 12 people.

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Charlie Hebdo in hot water over ‘sexist’ cartoon of a pregnant Mrs Macron – The Local France

Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte, has come in for sexist and ageist abuse in recent weeks and Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine has been accused of adding fuel to the fire. Brigitte Macron has been the subject of sexist and misogynistic abuse ever since her husband’s presidential campaign began, all because she is 24 years older than her husband. Emmanuel Macron, 39, has spoken of the matter recently, telling Le Parisien newspaper that reports about his relationship amounted to “misogyny”. “If I were 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I couldnt be an intimate partner.” “Its because she is 20 years older than me that lots of people say, ‘This relationship cant be tenable, it cant be possible’.” But not that Macron has been voted president, the comments about his wife haven’t stopped – with satirical mag Charlie Hebdo proving to be the latest to join the choir. Its Wednesday front page shows Macron holding the belly of his apparently very pregnant wife. “He’s going to make miracles happen,” reads the accompanying text, in the picture which has also been added as Charlie Hebdo’s Facebook profile picture. The caption is not just a reference to Macron’s policies, but apparently also to the notion that his wife is so much older than him that it would be a miracle if he made her pregnant. While the paper’s Facebook post about the new cover drew in around 3,500 likes, those on the French Twittersphere weren’t so impressed, with many slamming the paper as “sexist”. “Surely you can do better than just saying ‘Brigitte is old, LOL’,” wrote one user. “If you’d do the same thing for the guys who have much younger wives then maybe things would actually change a bit,” wrote another. “This is lamentable and misogynist,” said a third. The tweet below reads: “Just more daily sexism about the age of Brigitte Macron.” This tweet says: “The freedom of the press has been combined with bad taste and misogyny this week at Charlie Hebdo. Pitiable.” It’s not just France’s social media users that have taken to calling out the sexism. Several news sites have pointed out that the jokes need to stop, with Buzzfeed France writing “We didn’t vote for five years of jokes about the age of Macron’s wife”. Music megastar Madonna even chimed in on the debate, taking to Instagram after the election to write: “Congrats to Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. Fun Fact for Monday is that the first Lady of France is 24 yrs older than her husband and no one in France seems to care about their age difference nor insisted that Brigitte “Act her Age” Vive La France!” The post garnered almost 100,000 likes. Charlie Hebdo, meanwhile, is no stranger to controversy. It has drawn ire over front pages featuring cartoons about Down Syndrome, and one about the drowned Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi. Charlie Hebdo made a name for itself worldwide by choosing to publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, which lead to protests in Muslim countries around the world. Cherif and Said Kouachi, two Muslim extremists said they were avenging those cartoons when they stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7th, killing 12 people.

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Man who threatened Charlie Hebdo seller admits trying to join terrorists – BBC News

BBC News Man who threatened Charlie Hebdo seller admits trying to join terrorists BBC News An extremist who threatened a shopkeeper for selling Charlie Hebdo magazines has admitted trying to join terrorists in Syria. Shamim Ahmed pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts, during a hearing at the Old Bailey. The 24-year-old was stopped … Extremist tried to join ISIS after Charlie Hebdo threats Daily Mail Would-be Stepney terrorist admits trying to join Islamic State East London Advertiser all 4 news articles »

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France arrests over Charlie Hebdo and supermarket attacks – Wortfm

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France charges 3 people over 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack | Middle … – Middle East Eye

The Indian Express France charges 3 people over 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack | Middle … Middle East Eye Three people were charged with supplying arms to militants who staged deadly attacks in 2015 on a Jewish supermarket in Paris and the Charlie Hebdo … Three charged with supplying arms to terrorists in 2015 Paris attacks The Times of Israel all 3 news articles »

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