Far right French presidential candidate put in headlock

Far-right French presidential candidate put in headlock by protester at rally. The far-right French presidential candidate Éric Zemmour appeared to be put in a headlock by a protester at his first campaign, a few days after he formally declared his candidacy in a video highlighting his anti-migrant and anti-Islam views.

Videos online appeared to show Zemmour being grabbed by a man at the heated rally near Paris on Sunday, during which anti-racism activists were also reportedly attacked. He was later reported to have suffered light injuries.

The former TV pundit announced on Tuesday that he would run in next April’s election, joining the field of challengers seeking to unseat centrist President Emmanuel Macron.

He held his first event at an exhibition centre in a suburb of Paris where thousands cheered every mention of reducing immigration and booed every reference to Macron loudly.

“The stakes are huge: if I win it will be the start of winning back the most beautiful country in the world,” Zemmour told the crowd.

Fighting broke out and chairs were thrown at activists when they stood up with “No to Racism” written on their T-shirts, with at least two of them seen bleeding as they were ejected from the auditorium.

A crew from the popular but critical Quotidien nightly TV news show were also booed and removed by security, with hostility to the media a feature of the speeches at the event.

The rally was seen as a chance for Zemmour to regain momentum after opinion polls showed support for him falling over the last month as he attempted to maintain suspense about his intentions.

Polls show that voters currently believe Marine Le Pen, the veteran leader of the far-right National Rally party, would make a more competent president than Zemmour.

The latest surveys suggest he would be eliminated in the first round if the election were held now, with Macron tipped to win ahead of Le Pen, but analysts warn that the outcome remains highly uncertain.

Zemmour vowed to reduce immigration to almost zero if he were elected, dramatically toughen up the naturalisation process, and expel failed asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants.

France’s right-wing Republicans party picked the boss of the Paris region Valerie Pecresse as its nominee on Saturday after a primary dominated by talk of immigration and crime.

Police were on alert for far-left activists and anarchists who disrupted Zemmour’s trip last weekend to the southern of port city of Marseille, which ended with the candidate showing the middle finger to a woman who was protesting.

It’s not just Virginia. Education and critical race theory are on the ballot across the US in 2022. Ronda Nassib found herself among fed-up parents wanting to know how she and a small band of Northern Virginia activists took on the local school board and sparked a movement that help turn Virginia from blue to red last month.

The parents trekked from suburban communities in Arizona, Texas, Florida and other parts of the country to a retreat in Washington, D.C., in part to hear Nassib and other Fight For Schools members from nearby Loudoun County, Virginia. They wanted to channel parents’ outrage over critical race theory (CRT), curriculum and COVID mandates into political action, the way it had propelled Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin into the Virginia governor’s mansion last month.

Bob Dole, former senator and presidential candidate, dies at 98

Former Sen. Bob Dole, a Kansas lawmaker and decorated World War II veteran who never realized his ambitions to win the presidency but left an indelible mark on the nation’s capital and history, died Sunday. He was 98. Dole died in his sleep, according to an announcement from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. For all his accomplishments, Dole wanted to be remembered for his service – particularly as a soldier who lost the use of his right arm on the battlefield in Italy. Late in life, Dole was hospitalized from time to time at Walter Reed National Military Center with a variety of ailments. In February, Dole announced he had lung cancer. In a statement, President Joe Biden called Dole “an American statesman like few in our history. A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation.”

CNN fires anchor Chris Cuomo for aiding brother amid allegations of sexual harassment

CNN announced it fired anchor Chris Cuomo “effective immediately” after an evaluation “of new information that came to light” regarding his involvement with his brother’s sexual harassment allegations. According to dozens of transcripts, video interviews and text messages released by the New York Attorney General’s Office, Cuomo used his media “sources” and “other journalists” to look into the women who accused his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment. Chris Cuomo called CNN’s decision disappointing. “This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” he wrote on Twitter. Even with the firing, CNN said it will continue to investigate Cuomo’s conduct “as appropriate.”

Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect plead not guilty; bond set at $500,000 each

James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the 15-year-old charged in the Oxford High School shooting, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges Saturday, hours after police say they were found in a commercial building in Detroit and taken into custody. A judge, citing her concern that the couple did not appear at an arraignment Friday, set bond at $500,000 each. Each is charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the Crumbleys bought the firearm for their son, Ethan Crumbley, as a Christmas gift. He is accused of killing four students and injuring seven people at the suburban Detroit high school on Tuesday.

Third party will probe Oxford shooting as questions mount over warning signs.

Leaders say ‘no need to panic’ as omicron confirmed in more states

Researchers are still piecing together data to better understand the omicron variant of the coronavirus. But less than two weeks into the global effort, those clues are giving experts a glimpse of the variant’s threat. The consensus so far: Vaccines will likely continue to protect against severe disease, but the variant may prove highly infectious –even among people who are fully vaccinated or have been previously infected. Politicians and public health leaders repeated similar messages again and again as the weekend began: The omicron variant has arrived in at least 15 states, but everything we know about preventing COVID-19 remains the same. When announcing a case in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy urged residents to wear masks, get vaccinated and get a booster shot to reduce the spread of the virus.

A West Windsor man was killed early Sunday morning while trying to cross U.S. Route 1 on foot in the township, police said.

The man, a 64-year-old whose name was not made public, was struck by a northbound vehicle in front of The Square shopping center, just south of Meadow Road, at about 6:20 a.m., West Windsor police said in a statement.

The man was crossing in a westerly direction and cleared the northbound deceleration lanes when he stepped into the right, northbound lane and into the path of a car driven by a 31-year-old Plainsboro woman. The car then came to a rest on the shoulder. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and other emergency authorities shut down the northbound lanes of the highway for about three hours to investigate.

Anyone with information about the crash can call police at 609-799-1222, their anonymous tipline at 609-799-0452 or email investigator Officer Nick LaRocca at

Police on Sunday identified the woman who died after being injured by a sheep at a Bolton farm this weekend as Kim Taylor, 73, of Wellesley.

Taylor was a longtime volunteer at Cultivate Care Farms in Bolton and was injured just after 9 a.m. Saturday, according to NBC 10 Boston. The news station reported that Taylor had been rammed by a sheep while alone in a pen and went into cardiac arrest not long after first responders arrived at the farm.

Bolton Police Chief Warren Nelson told WCVB on Saturday that Taylor was taken to Marlborough Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police said Bolton Animal Control is working with the farm staff regarding the sheep’s future.

Cultivate Care Farms, a nonprofit that provides farm-based therapy to children and adolescents, including through comfort animals, canceled a planned winter market event on Saturday after the incident.

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