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Macron draws fire as admirer flouts law over Islamic face veil

first_imgBut while surrounded by police during a neighbourhood tour beforehand, a young woman wearing a burgundy niqab walked up to him through the crowd, a scene caught on camera and soon posted to social media.She then removed the lower part of the veil for a selfie with the president, who obliged as usual with a wide smile.The official fines of up to 150 euros ($160) for wearing clothing denoting a religious affiliation are only rarely applied, which has long irked rightwing parties accusing officials of being too lax against so-called Islamic separatism.A lawmaker from the far-right National Rally party, Bruno Bilde, assailed Macron for “letting this person flagrantly violate the law of 2010”. “Before attempting to win back the republic [from Islamists], we must apply the republic’s laws,” he said in a question submitted to Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.National Rally leader Marine Le Pen, expected to again be Macron’s main adversary in presidential elections set for 2022, had already demanded to know Tuesday if the young woman “had been stopped by police, as the law requires?”During his speech, Macron announced a series of steps to counter “foreign influences” on Islam in France, notably by gradually expelling the roughly 300 imams currently sent to preach in France by countries including Algeria and Turkey.France will also step up its oversight of foreigners brought in to teach optional language classes, who currently are subject to limited oversight by French authorities.”The problem we have today with this system is that we have more and more teachers who don’t speak French,” Macron said.Taking aim at Turkey particularly, he said he would let “no country stoke separatism on French soil, whether religious, political or identity-related”.Turkey’s parliament speaker Mustafa Sentop hit back on Wednesday, accusing Macron of “primitive islamophobia”. Critics argue that in some French immigrant communities, Arabic teachers encourage extremist ideas that could radicalise young people, a potent fear in a country hit by a wave of Islamic terror attacks since 2015 which have killed more than 250 people.Topics : Far-right lawmakers took aim at French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday after a woman wearing a full-face veil approached him ahead of a speech announcing new measures to fight Islamic “separatism” in the country.Such veils, known as niqabs, have become a political lightning rod in France since 2010, when it became the first European country to ban them in public.Critics say their use underscores the push by some Muslims to live apart from traditional French society, something Macron vowed to combat in a speech on Tuesday in Mulhouse, eastern France.last_img read more

A complete guide to the 2019 Women’s World Cup

first_imgWith the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup set to take place in France beginning June 7, there’s sure to be excitement from all parts of the world. Twenty-four teams will vie for a spot in the finals, with only one taking home the championship. Seven countries (Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and the USA) have participated in every Women’s World Cup, while four nations will make their debut in 2019 — Chile, Jamaica, Scotland and South Africa. Getty Images What will the weather be like in France for the Women’s World Cup?While the weather will vary slightly by host city, high temperatures should range from the low to high 70s between June and July. It doesn’t look like rain and/or thunderstorms will play a factor, though that could change as the tournament gets closer.Who are the favorites to win the Women’s World Cup 2019?The United States has a chance to reach a historic fourth World Cup championship with a Jill Ellis-led team. The USWNT enters as favorites to win, four years after taking down Japan 5-2 in the final to clinch the 2015 title. The U.S. secured its bid to France with a dominant 6-0 performance against Jamaica in October 2018 at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.The Americans could face major challenges, though, especially when it comes to the fourth-ranked team in the world — France. Les Bleus could face the U.S. in the quarterfinal stage if they both make it out of the group stages.Another possible threat? Germany. During qualifying, Germany racked up an impressive 35 goals and conceded just three times. There wasn’t another European team that was able to score that often.Which country has won the most Women’s World Cup titles?The Women’s World Cup began in 1991 and out of the seven previous tournaments, just four countries have won the title. The USA leads with three championships, while Germany has two and Japan and Norway have one each.For comparison, the men’s World Cup started in 1930 and the 21 titles have been split among eight different nations.#USA have won the 2015 #FIFAWWCFinal.— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) July 6, 2015How does qualifying for the Women’s World Cup work?France received an automatic bid as the host country, while the remaining 23 nations qualified through their confederations. Qualifying matches started April 3, 2017, and the final match was played Dec. 1, 2018. What was the result of the Women’s World Cup draw?The 2019 Women’s World Cup draw was held Dec. 8, which divided the 24 teams into six groups of four. Nations found out the dates of their matches in the group stage as well as the venues where they will be competing. From the basics of when and where the tournament will be to the group stage format and schedule, we take an in-depth look at everything you need to know heading into the Women’s World Cup this summer.When is the Women’s World Cup 2019?The Women’s World Cup begins Friday, June 7, and ends July 7. The tournament starts with group stage fixtures across six different venues and will feature 24 teams broken into six groups of four teams each.The winner and runner-up of each group will automatically make it to the round of 16. The four third-place teams to earn the most points will also advance to the knockout stage and will compete against the group winners and second-place finishers. Where is the Women’s World Cup 2019?The Women’s World Cup will be held in France for the first time and will be played across nine different venues. Seven of the nine venues will host at least three group stage games. GameCityStadiumGroup stage & Round of 16ParisParc des PrincesGroup stage & Round of 16ReimsStade Auguste-DelauneGroup stage & Round of 16GrenobleStade des AlpesGroup stage & Round of 16RennesRoazhon ParkGroup stage & Round of 16ValenciennesStade du HainautGroup stage & Round of 16MontpellierStade de la MossonGroup stage & Round of 16 & third placeNiceAllianz RivieraGroup stage & Round of 16 & QuarterfinalLe HavreStade OceaneSemi-finals & Round of 16 & FinalLyonParc Olympique LyonnaisFrance edged out South Korea for hosting rights. With the 2019 event, Europe and North America are the joint leaders for hosting the tournament. The United States has hosted the tournament twice (1999 and 2003), while Canada hosted it in 2015. Sweden (1995) and Germany (2011) are the other two countries that have held the tournament in Europe.Where will the final for the Women’s World Cup 2019 be? The final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais (also known as Groupama Stadium), home of Ligue 1 side Lyon. The venue can hold up to 59,186 fans.The stadium was built in 2013 to replace Lyon’s former home of Stade de Gerland. It will be one of the venues for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Before the draw, the 24 teams were put into four pots of six teams based on their FIFA Rankings. The highest ranked teams went into Pot 1 and then the next six teams went into Pot 2, etc. From there, the teams were drawn into six groups (A through F) until each group had four teams.Here are the results:Group AGroup BGroup CGroup DGroup EGroup FFranceGermanyItalyEnglandCanadaUnited StatesNorwayChinaBrazilJapanNetherlandsSwedenNigeriaSpainAustraliaScotlandNew ZealandThailandSouth KoreaSouth AfricaJamaicaArgentinaCameroonChileWhat is the format for the Women’s World Cup group stage?The 24 nations will first compete in the group stage in six groups broken down to four teams. The winner and runner-up of each group will automatically advance to the knockout stage where 16 teams will compete for the title in a bracket style. The four third-place teams to accumulate the most points will also move on to the round of 16. What is the schedule for the Women’s World Cup 2019 group stage?Friday, June 7 MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityFrance vs. South Korea3 p.m. AParc des Princes, ParisSaturday, June 8MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityGermany vs. China 9 a.m. BRoazhon Park, RennesSpain vs. South Africa12 p.m. BStade Oceane, Le HavreNorway vs. Nigeria3 p.m. AStade Auguste-Delaune, ReimsSunday, June 9MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityAustralia vs. Italy7 a.m.CStade du Hainaut, ValenciennesBrazil vs. Jamaica9 a.m.CStade des Alpes, GrenobleEngland vs. Scotland12 p.m.DStade de Nice, NiceMonday, June 10MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityArgentina vs. Japan12 p.m. DParc des Princes, ParisCanada vs. Cameroon3 p.m. EStade de la Mosson, MontpellierTuesday, June 11MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityNew Zealand vs. Netherlands9 a.m. EStade Oceane, Le HavreChile vs. Sweden12 p.m. FRoazhon Park, RennesUSA vs. Thailand3 p.m. FStade Auguste-Delaune, ReimsWednesday, June 12MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityNigeria vs. South Korea9 a.m. AStade des Alpes, GrenobleGermany vs. Spain12 p.m. BStade du Hainaut, ValenciennesFrance vs. Norway3 p.m. AStade de Nice, NiceThursday, June 13MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityAustralia vs. Brazil12 p.m. CStade de la Mosson, MontpellierSouth Africa vs. China3 p.m. BParc des Princes, ParisFriday, June 14 MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityJapan vs. Scotland9 a.m. DRoazhon Park, RennesJamaica vs. Italy12 p.m. CStade Auguste-Delaune, ReimsEngland vs. Argentina3 p.m. DStade Oceane, Le HavreSaturday, June 15 MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityNetherlands vs. Cameroon9 a.m. EStade du Hainaut, ValenciennesCanada vs. New Zealand3 p.m. EStade des Alpes, GrenobleSunday, June 16MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CitySweden vs. Thailand9 a.m. FStade de Nice, NiceUSA vs. Chile12 p.m. FParc des Princes, ParisMonday, June 17 MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityChina vs. Spain12 p.m. BStade Oceane, Le HavreSouth Africa vs. Germany12 p.m. BStade de la Mosson, MontpellierNigeria vs. France3 p.m. ARoazhon Park, RennesSouth Korea vs. Norway3 p.m. AStade Auguste-Delaune, ReimsTuesday, June 18 MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityJamaica vs. Australia3 p.m. CStade des Alpes, GrenobleItaly vs. Brazil3 p.m. CStade du Hainaut, ValenciennesWednesday, June 19MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityJapan vs. England3 p.m.DStade de Nice, NiceScotland vs. Argentina3 p.m. DParc des Princes, ParisThursday, June 20MatchupTime (ET)GroupVenue, CityCameroon vs. New Zealand12 p.m.EStade de la Mosson, MontpellierNetherlands vs. Canada12 p.m. EStade Auguste-Delaune, ReimsSweden vs. USA3 p.m. FStade Oceane, Le HavreThailand vs. Chile3 p.m. FRoazhon Park, Renneslast_img read more