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1st Regions of France annual Convention : Will a New 2017 "King" be consecrated at Historic Reims ?

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28.09.16
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*Reims Cathedral-Tau Palace/Angelo Marcopolo/- Between 2 Young Top French Politicians, current Prime Minister Manuel Valls (a Socialist ally of Hollande, of Spanish origin, Married to a Jewish Wife), and President ad interim of Main Opposition Party "the Republicans", recently elected Head of the New Big Auvergne/Rhone-Alpes Region at the Franco-Swiss-Italian Borders , Alain Wauquiez (a self-declared Sarkozy faithful), significantly Both personaly Present at an Exceptionaly Important, 1st Annual Convention of the Brand New "Regions of France" union of 18 Regions, as Recently re-shuffled, mostly via Fusions in Bigger areas, easing Economic Policy, (without excluding, naturaly, also certain Other Young Top Hopeful, as, f.ex., Benoit Hamon, Emmanuel Macron, Bruno LeMaire, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, etc., who were, however, Absent at ToNight's Event), Nobody Knows yet if will Emerge, or not, a  "New King of France", in the forthcoming, April-May 2017, crucial French Presidential Election, (obviously Important also for All Europe, and well beyond), if not, perhaps, still Later-on...

 

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At any case, it's a Fact that Both spoke to "Eurofora", on Brief but Topical Issues, this Evening, at an Extension of the Historic Reims' Cathedral, where Joan of Arc had notoriously struggled to Coronate the King of France who would succeed to Liberate the Country from a former English Army Invasion and Occupation of its Western Regions, inside the prestigious "Palace of Tau".

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They were all Invited by the New President of all French Region's union, Philippe Richert from Strasbourg, (and recently Elected as the 1st President of the New, "Great East" Region of Alsace-Lorraine and Champagne/Ardennes, Comp. several Richert's replies to various "Eurofora"'s Questions, both in the Past and Nowadays), Together with the President of the French Senate, Gerard Larcher, (another Body with significant Territorial bases, that De Gaulle had notoriously wished to Transform, already as Early as since Back on 1969, with a Popular Referendum, into something Similar to a fully-fledged Federal Council, mainly Composed by reinforced Regions),

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in what will be, Tomorrow, Thursday, 29 September 2016, not just a 12th Annual Convention of the Long-time pre-existing former "Association of French Regions" ("AFR"), but rather the 1st Annual Convention of a brand New "Regions of France" ("RoF") Stronger Union, freshly emerging, with a reNewed Popular Mandate's Legitimacy, from the Recent, December 2015 Regional Elections, just after a partialy Controversial, but Important Reform of the Regional DeCentralisation decided by the current Government in France, (Comp. relevant "Eurofora" NewsReports, f.ex., at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/franceregionelelectionsrepublicanswithgreensorfnrightistsforstrasbourg.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozyautonomousalternativewinsregions.html).

 

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In substance, Prime Minister Valls, spoke to "Eurofora" about, apparently a Possible Fresh Look at Crucial, Long-Term Strategy Choices on Funding High-Tech Projects at Strasbourg's Metropolitan-Regional area, particularly After some relevant, New Local/Regional Developments, (See our specific NewsReports at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministervallsonhightechfunding.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministeroninnovationprojects.html).

 

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While President Wauquiez, after personaly Saluting "Eurofora", stressed, with a smile, in front of us and certain other participants of Tonight's event, that, as a matter of general Principle of Democracy, the People should Send Back Home any previously elected Political Representatives who might have Not fullfiled their Pre-electoral Promisses at all...

 

 

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Inevitably, this matched a Topical link with what appears to be one of the "Hot" Issues of this 2016 "RoF" Convention : I.e. that of a Change of Regions' public Funding, (particularly needed Now, given an important Extension of their Competences), from central State Grants, due to be still Decided Each Year in Paris, towards a Part of the VAT fiscal revenue, almost automatically re-conducted accross the years :


- Will it be practicaly Left, for Final Decision, to a Next National President and Government, due to emerge from the forthcoming 2017 Presidential and Parliamentarian Elections, or shall it be really Decided, in a Legaly-Binding way (at least for 2017), by the Current, still on-going President and Government, during the next 7 or 8 Months ?

 

 

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Philippe Richert and several others Prefer the 2nd, obviously more Certain, Option, (also for a Better Previsibility and Long-Term Planning of Private and public potential Economic actors and Investors), but, as he Stressed this Evening, "there is a Lot of Work to do, already Tomorrow", i.e. during the All-Day long 1st Annual Convention of the brand New "Regions of France" union, which will be held at the Convention Center of the City of Reims : a real "Symbol", as all Speakers noticed for that Choice of such an Historicaly prestigious location.

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This Evening's exceptional Gathering, symbolically took place in the "Palace of Tau", (from the Greek Alphabet's name of the Letter "T", which corresponds to the Shape of that former Episcopal Building that culminates at an Historic Chapel), where used to stay those who were Preparing to be coronated, at the adjacent Cathedral of Reims, as New Kings of France soon... 

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 Joan of Arc's World Famous "vision" and struggle for the coronation of the future Liberator of France at Reims' Cathedral, at the Beginning of the 15th Century, eve of the European "Renaissance" era, was, in fact, preceded by an almost 1 Thousand Years' Older Tradition, steming from Saint Remis' bapteme rite for the Frank King Clovis at 496, at the nearby Reims' more Ancient "Basilica", that she aspired to ReVive anew, obviously pointing at France's and, by a Now very Topical (as many Recent Elections and other Popular Votes throughout the EU clearly indicate) relevant extension, all Europe's fundamentaly Christian roots.

 (Comp. 1st, Headlines' Photo, taken Earlier Today, at Reims' Basilica of Saint Remi, picturing, precisely, that Bapteme Rite for Historic King of Franks, Clovis : See above).

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[Historic Saint Remi Basilica (Reims) at the 1520th Anniversary of Frank King Clovis' Baptism+Consecration (496-2016) - Eurofora original Photo]

A landmark Monument reminding, precisely, that nowadays crucial point, is also that rare Ancient Sulptrure, in White Marble, which reportedly pictures 3 Baptisms : that of Christ himself, followed by Constantine the Great, Founder of the Longest-thriving, OverMillenary Greek-Christian Empire of Byzance (300 - 1.453, just after Liberating Christian People from former Oppression, and creating that "New Rome" which durated until it was Invaded and Occupied by Ottoman Turks' military attacks), as well as Saint Remi's own baptism, at the Souhern Entrance of Reims' Basilica (a former Abbey) which bears his name until Today) : See relevant "Eurofora" Photo, taken just at our Arrival in Reims, before this Evening's exceptional "RoF" Event, (Comp. Supra). All of the above mentioned Monuments, Buildings and Locations are Classified UNESCO "World Heritage" sites .

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 However, Reims' Historic Symbol is much Wider : It is also Linked with Germany and a larger European Cultural Heritage issue, including some very Topical new offrsprings' potential, as is clearly Indicated, inter alia also by the Fact that visionary Alternative .. Rock Music Group from Germany "Eloy" (from World-Famous, Visionary Science-Fiction Writer H.G. Wells' "Time Machine" landmark Book), has already published a "Joan d' Arc" Video-Song in the recent Past, and is even Now preparing a Bigger, Full Version development Project on that throughout 2016, (i.e. at the 1520th Anniversary from the Initial, Historic Consecration of Clovis at Reims, as Early as since back on 496 : Comp. Supra)... 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK4Jjg3-hWg

 

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(+ Comp.: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=105857 )

 After also the Recent Tragic ISIS' Terrorist Attack this Summer 2016 even against a defenseless Old Priest inside Saint-Etienne de Rouvray nearby Christian Church, which, by a Timely Coincidence had been Built almost at the Same Century as Reims' Cathedral, (Cf: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/churchattackforeseen.html , mutatis-mutandis, reminding that Burned Church shown at the original "Eloy"'s Video-Song on "Jeanne d' Arc" : Comp. Supra), there is certainly something in Reims' European Cultural History or Europe able to Speak to all French and most European Regions and People throughout all our Continent Today... 

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 The Participation, Tomorrow, here in Reims, at RoF's Annual 2016 Convention, f.ex. of Mecklenburg-Pomerania German Region representative in Brussels' EU's HQ, Dr. Reinhard Boest, (together with mainstram French MEP Renaud Muselier, Delegated President of PACA Region of Marseilles, and President of ARF's "Europe" Committee), an area where took place the 2007 "G-8" Global Heads of State/Government Summit at Heiligenam (Comp. f.ex. "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReport from that Summit, published then at "TCWeekly"+), and from which Region stems both Chancelor Angie Merkel and Germany's President Gauck, (among other Topical Symbolic particularities related to the Historic Re-Unification of Europe after the Fall of Berlin War, but also to much more Recent Issues), is another Symbolic sign pointing at a Similar European Direction.

 



 

 

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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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