cross-posted from: > **Germany** remains heavily reliant on coal power, which from 2017 to 2021 generated 31% of the nation’s electricity. Despite the dependence on the carbon intensive fossil fuel, wind and solar energy generation together made up more of Germany’s electricity generation at 33% (23% for wind and 10% for solar). > > **France** is Europe’s largest economy that primarily relies on nuclear power, with nuclear power making up more than half of the country’s electricity production. > > **Italy**, the **UK**, and the **Netherlands** are all primarily natural gas powered when it comes to their electricity generation from 2017 to 2021. While Italy is the most reliant of the three at 42% of electricity generated by natural gas, the Netherlands (40%), and the UK (38%) aren’t too far off.

cross-posted from: > The protest was the culmination of months of dissatisfaction from the nation’s farmers, who have increasingly been gathering throughout the country to not only decry the increasingly difficult regulations, but also the soaring cost of production due to the energy crisis and a lack of water storage for irrigation.

French fine over App Store privacy violations undermines credibility of one of Apple's two favorite pretexts for monopoly abuse, pours fuel on fire of German antitrust authority's ATT investigation
cross-posted from: > Yesterday it became known that on December 29 a panel of the Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL; National Commission on Informatics and Liberty)--which is tasked with the enforcement of the EU's General Data Privacy Regulation in France--"imposed an administrative fine of 8 million euros" on an Ireland-based Apple subsidiary for failing to obtain the consent of French iPhone users (specifically, users of version 14.6 of the operating system) "before depositing and/or writing identifiers used for advertising purposes on their terminals."

Apple to appeal €8 million fine imposed by French CNIL over personalized ads in App Store
cross-posted from: > The French Commission Nationale Informatique & Libertés (CNIL) has found Apple in violation of the Data Protection Act and levied an €8 million fine over personalized ads in App Store on iOS 14.6. > > iOS 14.5 introduced App Tracking Transparency (ATT) which mandates all developers including Apple to seek users’ permission to track their online activity across third-party apps and websites. The feature is designed to prevent invasive tracking and preserve users’ privacy.

An unnamed French woman set up a rendezvous with an illegal African migrant, copulated with him in a train station toilet, apparently regretted her poor decision-making, and proceeded to file an official complaint blaming a phantom white man. What’s shocking in this case, as in the Jussie Smollett pseudo-lynching race hoax and other analogs, is that if her ludicrous story had been believed, and the police had found an innocent white man to arrest for the crime that never happened, she presumably would have sadistically watched him be prosecuted and imprisoned with no moral qualms. The Western “rape culture” narrative would have been further buttressed, and the corporate media would have had another juicy case study in the unique evil of the White Patriarchy™.

Meloni slams France and Germany for accepting less than 100 relocated migrants as Italy takes in 94,000 this year
cross-posted from: > Meloni recalled that “of the 94,000 (migrants) landed” in Italy this year, “the relocated migrants are 38 in France and 57 in Germany,” a figure she derided as laughable. She claimed it was unacceptable that this has been the response of affluent European nations content with “Italy being the only port of disembarkation in Europe.”

cross-posted from: > The mainstream money quotes keep missing the separation with the US and the recognition of a European security architecture that takes Russia’s concerns about NATO expansion seriously. The more inclusive money quotes from both France and China included that recognition and exposed that separation

The probe covers suspicions of accepting bribes, influence peddling, illegal conflicts of interest and breach of trust, the national financial prosecutor's office said, confirming a report from daily Liberation. Graft-fighting group Anticor triggered the probe by filing a criminal report in June, with the investigation launched in September.

Wonder if this applies to the private jets used by the elites and ruling class. Or just the working class plebs?

cross-posted from: > European refinery outages are closely monitored after strikes in France led to a severe tightening in the continent's diesel supplies. Supply woes come as the EU plans to cease Russian diesel imports.

cross-posted from: > Nuclear power generation in France has suffered setbacks this year, and currently, just over 50% of the French nuclear power fleet is available.

cross-posted from: > "The situation changed drastically this year, when France swung from being one of Europe's largest exporters of electricity to a net importer because of issues with its reactors. The outages worried officials that France and the broader region might run short of electricity in the winter, when power demand in Europe peaks,"

cross-posted from: > U.S. natural gas exports to France increased 421% during the first eight months of 2022—but the value of that LNG increased by 1094% in August alone due to the higher prices of LNG.

cross-posted from: > Even if I were fully vaccinated, I would admire the unvaccinated for standing up to the greatest pressure I have ever seen, including from spouses, parents, children, friends, colleagues, and doctors. > > People who have been capable of such personality, courage, and such critical ability undoubtedly embody the best of humanity. > > They are found everywhere, in all ages, levels of education, countries, and opinions. > > They are of a particular kind; these are the soldiers that any army of light wishes to have in its ranks. > > They are the parents that every child wishes to have and the children that every parent dreams of having. > > They are beings above the average of their societies; they are the essence of the peoples who have built all cultures and conquered horizons. > > They are there, by your side, they seem normal, but they are superheroes. > > They did what others could not do; they were the tree that withstood the hurricane of insults, discrimination, and social exclusion. > > And they did it because they thought they were alone and believed they were alone. > > Excluded from their families’ Christmas tables, they have never seen anything so cruel. They lost their jobs, let their careers sink, and had no more money… but they didn’t care. They suffered immeasurable discrimination, denunciations, betrayals, and humiliation… but they continued. > > Never before in humanity has there been such a casting; we now know who the resisters are on planet Earth. > > Women, men, old, young, rich, poor, of all races and all religions, the unvaccinated, the chosen ones of the invisible ark, the only ones who managed to resist when everything fell apart. Collapsed. > > You’ve passed an unimaginable test that many of the toughest marines, commandos, green berets, astronauts, and geniuses couldn’t pass. > > You are made of the stuff of the greatest that ever lived, those heroes born among ordinary men who shine in the dark.

cross-posted from: > Fuel supply is already tight in Europe amid an ongoing strike at most of France’s refineries, and if the Dutch refinery malfunction leads to further supply losses, the European diesel market will find itself even shorter on supply, less than four months before the EU embargo on imports of Russian fuels by sea.

cross-posted from: > “Today some unions, despite the deal, wants to continue the strike action and blockades, we cannot accept that,” Borne told the lower house , according to Reuters, adding that she wants "this situation to change fast," adding the government was prepared to take further action if needed.

cross-posted from: > “Because I was an MP and I didn’t want to give the feeling that I wasn’t doing my job. But I did not know that Emmanuel Macron was not vaccinated. I did not know that most of the government members were not, and I did not know, as many of my fellow MPs were not either. I wanted to set an example.” Lasalle said.

cross-posted from: > France's domestic fuel output has fallen by more than 60%, straining nerves across the country, as waiting lines grow and supplies have run dry.

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