The French government is selling 30 Dassault Rafale fighter jets as well as military electronics to the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi . The Egyptian Defense Ministry confirmed the deal in a post on Twitter Monday. Similar large-scale military contracts with Egypt fell through in the past apparently more over concerns about Egypt's ability to pay for the equipment rather than concerns over its human rights record. Originally reported by the French online news site Disclose, the €3.75 billion ($4.5 billion) deal was apparently completed in late April and could be signed when an Egyptian delegation arrives in the French capital on Tuesday. Disclose says this time around 85% of loans linked to the deal will be guaranteed by the French state as well as banks BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, Societe Generale and CIC. The French stance on human rights in Egypt The news was decried by human rights advocates. Benedicte Jeannerod, the director of Human … [Read more...] about France agrees sale of war planes to Egypt
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The French government on Tuesday threatened to take retaliatory measures against the UK, claiming that British officials have set new rules for French fishing boats in violation of Brexit agreements. The post-Brexit tensions over shared fishing grounds have been simmering in recent weeks. French fishermen claim they are being prevented from operating in British waters because of difficulties in obtaining licences. At issue currently, are demands that vessels fishing off the British channel island of Jersey be equipped with monitoring devices that allow UK authorities to track ships "where ships can and cannot go," said Annick Girardin, France's minister for maritime policy. "If we accept this for Jersey, it would imperil our access everywhere," she added. France threatens to turn off power Girardin said Tuesday she told French lawmakers that the UK had awarded 41 fishing licenses to French captains, but that these had come with "absolutely unacceptable" terms. Giradin … [Read more...] about France-UK spat escalates over Jersey fishing grounds
THE BBC's Small Axe leads the way at the 2021 Bafta TV Awards with a massive 15 nominations. The gritty Steve McQueen drama is closely followed by Netflix's The Crown who has 10 nods, and Sex Education who has been nominated in six categories. What are the Bafta TV Award nominations 2021? Drama Series Gangs Of London - Gareth Evans, Matt Flannery, Thomas Benski, Jane Featherstone, Lucas Ochoa, Hugh Warren - Pulse Films, Sister/Sky Atlantic I Hate Suzie - Lucy Prebble, Billie Piper , Andrea Dewsbery, Julie Gardner, Georgi Banks-Davies, Anthony Neilson - Bad Wolf/Sky Atlantic Save Me Too - Simon Heath, Jessica Sykes, Lennie James, Lizzie Rusbridger, Coky Giedroyc, Jim Loach - World Productions/Sky Atlantic The Crown - Peter Morgan, Suzanne Mackie, Michael Casey, Oona O’beirn, Andy Stebbing, Martin Harrison - Left Bank Pictures In Association With Sony Pictures Television/Netflix Leading Actor John Boyega Small Axe - Turbine Studios, Lammas Park /BBC … [Read more...] about Bafta TV Award nominations 2021: Full list revealed including Small Axe, The Crown and Eastenders
Mike Ashley's discount Sports Direct brand has been crowned the worst sports shop in Britain as part of a survey of nearly 11,000 shoppers by consumer specialist Which? The chain scored the lowest marks out of a ranking of 29 stores for a combination of factors - including guarantees to its returns policy and in-store measures during the pandemic. Sports Direct had a customer dissatisfaction score of 65%, placing it with Costco (67%), Littlewoods (67%), American Golf (68%), House of Fraser (69%) and Debenhams (69%) as among the worst sports and outdoor stores in the country. The brand has since confirmed it plans to invest 'significant sums' into improving its customer satisfaction. Sports Direct was ranked as the worst sports and outdoors shop in the country by customers after a Which? survey RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next House-to-house conmen raked in MILLIONS during lockdown by... EU brings antitrust charges against Apple … [Read more...] about Sports Direct is voted WORST sport shop in Britain by customers while Rohan and Sweaty Betty are ranked top, Which? survey finds
THE Oscars is one of Hollywood's biggest awards ceremony. This year is the 93rd Academy Awards event and viewers can either watch live or live-stream. How to watch live on TV After a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Oscars will air Sunday, April 25. The Oscars will be aired live on local ABC affiliate channels this with the awards beginning at 8:00pm ET but red carpet activities starting at 6:30pm ET. How to stream the Oscars The Oscars will also be available on streaming services for viewers to watch without a cable subscription. Some of the streaming options for the Oscars include: ABC.com Hulu+ Live TV Fubo TV YouTube TV The Roku channel While some services require a subscription, the majority of them offer free-trials that users can sign up for to tune in to the special event. ABC.com however does require you to sign in with a local cable provider. What are the Oscars? Dating back to 1929, the Oscars or The Academy Awards is … [Read more...] about Oscars 2021: How can I stream the award show?