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Roma girl expulsion sparks online outrage in France

Today on the net, outrage in France following the deportation of a Roma girl. Colombian artists show support for their farmers.And a groom-to-be showing off some pretty incredible football skills at the church.

Roma girl expulsion sparks online outrage in France

High school students in Paris leave the classroom to pound the pavements. As we can see from these images circulated via social networks, dozens of schools across France staged demonstrations on Thursday to protest the expulsions of foreign students.

One student union and the « education without frontiers » network have been particularly instrumental in the protest movement, posting an article, on the site Mediapart, describing the way in which Leonarda was treated. The fifteen year old Roma student was arrested by police last week when she was on a school field trip, so she could be expelled back to Kosovo with her family.

The story has sparked heated debate online. Countless web users, like socialist politician Laurianne Deniaud have taken to Twitter to voice their outrage, saying the expulsion goes against the values of the French republic and those advocated by the ruling left. Disgusted French web users have been sharing this petition demanding the school girl be allowed to return to France – it has been signed by some 13 500 people.

Others however like the general delegate for the UMP party Valérie Debord say the deportation was conducted in compliance with the law and people should not let emotions take precedence over the law. Web users say if the majority is not happy with the law then it should be changed.

Colombian artists show support for farmers

Colombia’s agricultural sector has been campaigning for some weeks now demanding, amongst other things, additional subsidies from the authorities and reforms to the country’s land policy. A nationwide movement that’s been receiving a great deal of online coverage where farmers now have the support of a number of Colombian artists …

Well-known musicians and committed activists have come together under the name « Papa con Yuca » and have recently uploaded this track written for Colombian farmers. The accompanying video sees the celebrities surrounded by local produce, and literally singing the praises of the country’s agricultural sector: reminding the government, in a very original fashion, that’s its high time they paid some attention to the farmers.

The initiative has been given a warm reception on social networks where users have been posting under the #yoquieropapaconyuca hashtag in particular, to let the authorities know that they believe taking care of the farmers is of the upmost importance, that they need to be able to continue working in decent and economically viable conditions.

And this particular project has already inspired others. As we can see here, another group of artists has also turned to music to show support for Colombian farmers. The piece is called “we are all farmers” and features a number of well-known faces saying how important the country’s agricultural tradition is to them.

Now trending on social networks

French web users have been slamming the government’s decision to protect Paris taxi drivers from the so called tourist vehicles with chauffeurs, the French equivalent of minicabs. From January 1st, the authorities will impose a15-minute delay between the moment a customer books a minicab and its arrival. A lot of people in France think this is ridiculous and have taken to social networks to say as much, with more than a hint of irony, imagining for example similar measures being implemented to protect postal mail from email.

Furniture item or metal band name?

Tickled by how the names of furniture from the well-known chain of Swedish-based discount-furniture stores often sound like Heavy Metal Bands and vice versa, a US advertising company has created a quiz where web users have to guess. It’s great fun and will teach you for example that Absu is a heavy metal group from Texas and not a coffee table and it would be very difficult to go to a Boholmen concert as it’s actually a stainless steel sink.

Video of the day

To keep his guests entertained whilst they waited for his bride, football freestyler Daniel Cutting gave a pretty impressive performance in the aisle of the church where the wedding was taking place. It was no doubt a great way of getting rid of some natural pre-wedding nerves, and you can check it out in this video which has been doing the rounds online over the past few days.

By Electron Libre

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