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France: Fake News on Polls +Foggy Replies to New Risks on BioEthics =Trend for NO in IVF/LGBT Debate

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12.01.18
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*Strasbourg/Press Club/Angelo Marcopolo/- The Replies to "Eurofora" and Other Journalists' Questions in a  Press Conference by the "European Forum on BioEthics"' President, Professor Israel Nisand, organized by Strasbourg's Press Club, as well as a closer Analysis on the Facts about Latest Polls, (much Publicized by pro-IVF/LGBTI and even pro-Surrogate Mothers'+Euthanasia's fans), at the Beginning of a Crucial Year for French State's Decisions on Artificial Procreation of Human Beings etc., raise Serious Question-Marks about "Fake News" on such Polls and Vague Responses on New Risks for BioEthics, which might Explain a recent Trend towards More People than in the Past supporting now a "NO" to IVF/Artificial Insemination even to Homosexuals, (while, on the Contrary, some Push the Move even to Surrogate Mothers, Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide, etc)...

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First of all, it's an Undeniable Fact that the People are quasi-Unanimous about the "Importance" that have Nowadays, the Topical Issues about "Artificial Procreation" of Human Beings, the "New Genetic Technologies", the "End of Life", the "storage of (Personal) Medical Data", etc.: Polls give about 90% against only some 10% on this point.


But, also an Unquestionable Fact seems to be a Recent Trend, for More People than in the Past, Towards Opposing Now the Artificial Procreation even for Homosexual Couples of Women (Lesbians), Contrary to what some Lobbies had notoriously pushed on 2017 the current Government to consider possibly doing in 2018/2019, on the occasion of a scheduled, regular Review of the Legislation on BioEthics :


- F.ex.,  + 4 % More People than Before, Now Oppose the First Point (IVF/Lesbians), and according also to anOther Polls, (Both by "IFOP", from December 2017, published on January 2018), the Number of Opposed People has Grown even Further, up to + 5% More than what they were on July 2017.  


+ At the Same Time, the Number of those who Were "Absolutely Favorable" to Legalize Artificial Procreation of Children for Lesbian couples Falls Dramatically, from 30% Back on July 2017, Down to Only 22% Now, i.e. a Diminution of - 8 % Less than before ! (And such a Low percentage for that group had Not been seen for Many Years in France : since Back on 2013)...


In consequence, these People appear to have Started Recently to Hesitate, since they seem Transfered among those who would be Merely "RATHER Favorable", (instead of "Absolutely", Contrary to the Past).


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=> WHY this Surprizing Recent Trend (which is also Noted by "IFOP" itself (But Scandalously Ommitted by most Establishment Medias who stick to the Artificial Procreation/Lesbian lobbies) ?


It can't be excluded that it might be due to a recently Rising and Higher Awareness and Consciousness of the People about BioEthical Issues, which would be Normal Each Time that the relevant Legislation is Reviewed, as it seems that it had Already happened in the Past :


F.ex., between 2004 and 2013, the Majority of the People had radically Changed, from a Previous Small "YES" with 51% against 48%, Towards a Strong "NO" to previous demands to Legalize Artificial Procreation of Children for Lesbians, with 53% against only 47%, (as the History of IFOP's Polls show in the Past).


>>> But, Today's New Facts clearly Converge towards anOther, much More Probable, (or even Additional) Explanation, as it results from the Replies given to "Eurofora"s and anOther NewsMedias', Different but relevant Questions, which Both point, indirectly but surely, towards People's perception of recently Growing big Risks, mainly due to some Far-Reaching and Controversial New Technologies, which notoriously Pose Huge New Challenges to Humanity  (Comp. Supra) :


- "Eurofora" asked President Nisand, in substance, whether he Believed that possible Risks of various eventual Abuses, IF the Artificial Procreation of Children was Legalized even for numerous Lesbians' couples, Could be Faced with Efficient SafeGuards, or Not. And, on this occasion, we observed also the New US Administration of President Don Trump's recent Decision to Design and Fund a New "Security Strategy", including "BioWarfare" (according also to UNO's International Convention on Biological Weapons) , "Bio-Terrorism", and even possible Abuse of some New Bio-Technologies, including by the Private sector, asking Nisand if he thought that EU should also Develop a relevant Scientific/Technological Research to Invent and produce such Safeguards, (f.ex. in the current Context of EU's Security and Defence Policy "Boom", where Medical Issues were already Included, at a Collective Decision taken by 25 EU Member Countries and endosed by their Heads of State/Govrnment at the Latest EU Summit in Brussels : Comp., f.ex.: ..., etc).


 - Professor Nisand's Reply to the above-mentioned Question by "Eurofora", was, in Substance, to -Clearly, but Simply- "Ensure" us that, in such a case, "Everything Will be Done" in order to Prevent and/or Face any such eventual Risks.  


 + When Asked by "Eurofora" if he "Firmly Believed that this would be Technically Feasible", Nisand, briefly but Clearly Replied with a Positive - "Yes !".


- However, he did Not Mention, on this occasion, Anyone of those "Measures" which might Safeguard Human Rights' of all involved, as well as Humankind as such, from possible relevant Abuses. Neither did he gave Any Concrete Example which might have Illustrated his claim, on such a Topical and Serious Issue.


+ Moreover, after a relevant Question raised Afterwards by a Collegue Journalist from a Local French Media (specialized on Medical Science/Technology Issues), about What could be done in order to Alleviate Concerns of several People about the Risks of Abuse, in this area of Artificial Procreation of Children,  by some New Bio-Technologies such as the "Gene-Editing" "CRISP-cas9", (where natural Human Genes can be easily "Cut" and "Replaced" by Other, Different Genes), things much became Foggy :

 - Indeed, Professor Nisand, (who is, personally, an Experienced Specialist in Gynecology), in his subsequent Reply to that Question, apparently trying to be as Honest as possible on the Main Facts, added that, as a matter also of General Principle, in cases of so Radical Technological Innovations in the History of Humankind, "We shall probably see Both the Best, and the Worse !", from that New Gene-Editing Technology... - "However, in the End, we shall Manage, as we did, until now, even for the Nuclear" Bombs and Energy...


 >>> But, precisely, many People, it seems, do Not Want more Dangerous "Nuclear Proliferations", with such Risky "Bombs" interfering even inside Human Beings' Procreation by Artificial Techniques eventually Abusing of Controversial methods, which could Threaten to put all Humankind in serious and Irreversible Jeopardy, able to provoke even Racial and Social Catastrophes...


=> Therefore, the Cause for that Recently Growing Trend towards More "NO" and/or Hesitations vis a vis Attempts to Legalize in France the In Vitro Fertilisations/Artificial Inseminations even for Homosexual Couples of Lesbians, that was Revealed by the Latest Polls (Comp. Supra), could, Probably, be Legitimate Fears or Concerns about that New "Gene Editing" Technology, (CRISP/Cas9+), facilitating Genetic Manipulations of Human Embryos, even on Germ-line, i.e. Risking to provoke Various Separate Races of Beings, (with natural Humans being, as a result, Irreversibly Discriminated and Downgraded) ?  


Many "Classic", World-Famous Intellectuals in the Past (particularly since the Beginning of the 20th Century), as well as, Recently, several Scientists, Politicians, Journalists, Legal Experts, Writers, and other Civil Society Actors, but, particularly, a lot of Simple People, have Notoriously Raised various such Critical Questions, which, Nowadays, (given the Fast-Growing Power of Bio-Technologies, which have Reached a Crucial Level for all Society and Humankind), obviously Need Urgent, Clear and Convincing Answers, responsible Guarantees.


CoE, the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, (including BioEthics), has Already Warned about "the Need to PROTECT the Identity of the HUMAN Being", and "to Preserve the ... NATURAL GENETIC Combination, that gives it its Freedom and Uniqueness, and to Prevent its Exploitation", as it stressed in the Official Texts of "the 1st and Only International Legal instrument" developed on BioEthics, on the occasion of the "Prohibition of Human Cloning", which has just Celebrated its 20th Anniversary (1998-2018) Last Week in Strasbourg.


20 Years Later, the Risks Threatening, precisely, those "Natural Genetics" of the "Human Beings", have obviously Increased at Worrying proportions (Comp. Supra), particulary when it comes to New "Gene Editing" Technologies emerging, by a "Coincidence", at the Same Moment that some Lobbies Push to Legalize Many Thousands or Millions of "Artificial Procreations" of Human Embryos, etc., even at the Orders of Homosexuals' Choices, (i.e. withOut any Vital Necessity)....


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 => Despite this New, seriously Dangerous Context, it's Astonishing to observe, on the Contrary, the scandalously Superficial, Misleading, almost "Fake News" and Irresponsible way, with which a lot of Establishement's Medias at least misregarded or even abused of that Latest Polls on BioEthics, published by "IFOP" at the Beginning of January 2018, i.e. practically at the Eve of the Opening of crucial Public Debates on "Hot" BioEthical Issues (as IVF evenn for Lesbians, Surrogate Mothers etc, Euthanasia, Assistes Suicide, etc), due to be, almost Immediately, Followed by Political Decisions :


- Most of those French Médias, (including, f.ex., from "Liberation", "La-Croix" and other Left-leaning Establishment's Newspapers, to several "LGBTI" and/or Technocratic Lobbies' Groups, etc.), have just designed an overall Picture of almost ...Triomphal and UnHindered, quasi-Linear and Steadily Rising, Super-Winning Big Trend towards a Fast Growing, Massive Popular Support to Opening all Articificial Procreation Techniques ("PMA" in French) even to Lesbian Couples, added to "Surrogate Mothers", etc., not to mention Euthanasia and/or Assisted Suicide, etc...


- According to their overall Presentations, It's as if nothing else happened in this area during the Last Decades, but only a Constant Growth of so-called Popular "Majorities" wishing more and more to Legalize all Artificial Procreation Technologies, even for Lesbians, even withOut any Safeguard against the Obvious Risks of New "Gene Editing" Techniques (Comp. Supra)...


And, in their view, (i.e. as those Establishment's Medias -especially of the Left-present things), the Facts would have been Clearly and Unquestionably Established, in this regard, mainly by a Series of Polls asked to, and made by "IFOP", between 1990 and 12/2017.


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>>> However, in fact, all these Claims depend from some Too  "Shaky" and UnCertain Bases, blatant MisRepresentations, UnTrustworthy Sources, full of various Contradictions, obvious Risks of Abuse, too open to possible Manipulations, and quite UnConvincing, so that they seem UnFit in order to definitively Judge on so Serious and Far-Reaching, Big BioEthical Issues, as those cited above.

 

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STRANGE "FUNDERS" : 

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- The very Large Majority (6 out of 8 !) among the Funders, who Asked and Paid for those Polls by "IFOP", between 1990 - 12/2017, are from Big "Pharma" Lobbies, various "Leftist" outlets, (such as Globalist "Fashion", an NGO headed by Technocrats and Funded by "Socialist" Politicians, etc.), and even ..."LGBTI" Associations !


F.ex., the Biggest Funder, Buyer and User of those "IFOP" Polls is "ADFH" : an Association explicitly claiming to serve  the Interests of ..."Homosexual" couples ! (3 Times in a Row : on 10/2014, 8/2016 and 6/2017, i.e., practically, when the Program of the New President + Government of France had been Prepared).  It was Preceded by Globalist "Fashion", notoriously superficial Magazine "Elle", only for Women, (4/2004), and Followed by a "Pharma" outlet (on 9/2017), together with a Local  NGO Headed by a Gynecologist and a Genetician,  (recently dealing with "BioEThics"), which is Funded by a "Socialist" Municipality (12/2017)...


-- Only Two (2) (out of a Total of Eight : 8) Funders of "IFOP" Polls on BioEhics, seem to be something Else. (F.ex. 1990's Poll, for an UnSpecified Group, and a 2013 Poll, for Christian Magazine "Pelerin").


=> +By a "Coincidence", it's, precisely, Those 2 Polls (of 1990 + 2013) which are the ONLY ones to Find a Majority of People OPPOSED to attempts to legalize Artificial Procreation of Human Beings even for Lesbians !


- On the Contrary, ... ALL the Other 6 relevant IFOP's Polls, Funded by Leftists, Big "Pharma", and/or mainly "LGBTI" Lobbies, (Both Before and After those 2 Different Funders : Comp. Supra), Routinely Claim that a Popular Majority would have, Suddenly, Changed its Mind, and reportedly Started to Always Ask to ALLOW Massive Artificial Procreations of Human Beings at the order of Lesbian couples, etc.


>>> I.e. an Astonishing, almost 100% "Coincidence" (on Both Sides) between the obvious Interests served by Funders, and Polls' Results...
=> How could, Anyone, seriously Trust such Polls, mainly Paid by "Homosexuals"', Leftists and "Pharma" Lobbies, and Always Reflecting, in their "Results", the Interests of their Funders, (See blatant Facts cited Above), concerning so Critical "BioEthical" Issues, of Crucial Importance for all Humanity (Comp. Supra) ?


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+ Moreover, even the Technical "Methodology" of Each one among those Polls by "IFOP" on BioEthics, looks rather Fishy, and, at least, Controversial :


- F.ex., the Only 2 Polls by "IFOP" on BioEthics which were made according to the Traditional, well-known and Tested Methods "BY PHONE", (i.e. with a Clear Choice of the Individuals who are Interviewed, under the Exlusive Responsibility of the Pollster), have resulted Either at THE STRONGEST MAJORITY of People OPPOSED to Artificial Procreations of Children, even for Lesbians : Up to 70% Against Only 24% (!), OR at just a Small, Tiny, almost INSIGNIFICANT Difference between those supposed too be "in Favour", and those who Refuse : Only 51 % versus 48 %, i.e. Near to the "Statistical Error"'s Margin : About 2%. (Polls of 1990 and 2004, respectively).


- On the Contrary, almost ALL Other such Polls, which were made with a Completely DIFFERENT and Controversial METHOD, that of "On-Line, AUTO-ADMINISTRATED (sic !) Questionaire", gave Radically OPPOSITE Results : With 1 Only Exception (that of 2013/"Pelerin" Christian Magazine : 53% Opposed), in their Quasi-TOTALITY, 6 out of 7 Such Polls, suddenly started to give, for the 1st Time, several UnUsually BIG  MAJORITIES for supposed Fans of Artificial Procreations of Human Beings, (f.ex.: 53%, 59%, 60%, 64%, and again 60%, on 10/2014, 8/2016, 6/2017, 9/2017 and -less- 12/2017, respectively)...


It is Well Known that this Different, "Auto-Administrated", "On-Line Questionaire" Method, is mainly used by some Because it's ... "CHEAPER", (Not Better) !


But it's also UnClear and Controversial, How Pollsters could "ATTRACT" a Sufficient Number of the Right Persons in order to be Interviewed in such a way : Some even speak of ...Commercial "PUBLICITY", Various Other ways to "MOTIVATE" them, and/or Paid AWARDS, etc !


 I.e., the Real Conditions, under which is operated the Choice of those whose Views are Counted, or not, in in such "Auto-Administrated" On-Line Questionaires, obviously appear much More UNCLEAR, UNCERTAIN, and/or Controversial, than what it's in the Traditional, Well-Tested Methods, as "By Phone" etc. under the Direct Responsibility of the Pollster. (F.ex., it's easy to imagine what Falsifications might result from a Poll Asked and Paid by a LGBTI, "Pharma" and/or "Socialist" Lobby, if it was conducted Only by such an "Auto-Administrated" Method, in Only 1 of 2 Days, When it's mainly the Fans of that Lobby who were Timely Informed about the Existence and the Importance of such an "On-LIne Questionaire", while its Adversaries and/or Various Other People with Different, Critical Beliefs, knew Nothing !)...

+ And it would be FALSE to eventually Claim that those "Auto-Administrative" Polls, might, perhaps, be more "MODERN", than those traditionaly made "By Phone", according to Well-Tested Methods, under the Direct Responsibility of the Pollster , (Comp. Supra), so that the First might have Succeeded, Recently, to the Latter, almost Everywhere.


Indeed, recent Facts reveal that even "IFOP" Continues to use Nowadays such Traditional "By Phone" Methods, also in its Newest Polls, (on various Other Issues), as, f.ex., even on January 2018 !  (i.e., for "Paris-Match" and "Sud Radio", on some "Political" matters)...      

Why, then, some, suddenly, Started to use Exclusively Contradictory, Uncertain Methods, Only for Topical BioEthical Issues (Comp. Supra) ?


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* DOUBTS, inevitably, Grow, when observers Examine also the Precise Content of the Questions raised by those Controversial "IFOP"'s Polls on BioEthics :

- F.ex., Initially that Question concerned, Explicitly, all "Artificial Procreation Techniques", (currently "PMA" in French) i.e. Both In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), and Artificial Insemination, etc.


=> Indeed, that was the case at that "IFOP"'s Poll which Scored ...THE BIGGEST "NO", with 70% of People OPPOSED ! (f.ex. on 1990).


- But, Later-on, "IFOP" started to raise Only a Question mentioning Simply "Artificial Insemination" for Lesbian couples, with Nothing Else...


=> Such a Move coincided with absolutely Different Results in its Polls : With only 1  Exception (of 2013), ...ALL Other such Polls gave various Majorities of "YES", more or less, (f.ex. on 2004, 2014, 2016, 6/2017, 9/2017, and -Less- on 12/2017).

>>> A Point is that "IVF", (which was Ommitted to be mentioned in those Controversial recent "IFOP"s Polls), is, notoriously, the Most Exposed to various Risks of eventual Abuse by "GENE EDITING" Recent Techniques, (as, f.ex., that of "CRISP-cas9", etc.: Comp. Supra).
In Consequence, that strange and unexplained Ommission to even mention it, in those "IFOP"s Polls, inevitably Affects their Credibility, with even More Question Marks...


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+ Moreover, Recent "IFOP"s Polls made also AnOther Strange OMMISSION : They curiously ERASED the Mention of "a DONOR EXTERNAL to the Couple" (or Taken "OUT of the Couple") :

- A Polls which had INCLUDED an Explicit Mention of that Fact, has Resulted in the Biggest Majority of "NO", with 70% of the People OPPOSED  to such "Artificial Procreation Techniques" against Only 24% "For", (1990). On the Contrary, Recent "IFOP"s Polls on similar BioEthical Issues EXCLUDE Any Mention of that, and (with 1 Exception) Result in various Majorities of "YES", (47% to 60% at the Latest : Comp. Supra).

>>> The Point is that, Among Various Other Factors, In Addition to the Core of Christian People, several Jewish, Most of the Right side of the Political Spectrum, Real "Greens", Real "Humanists", Real "Progressive", "Anti-Establishment" People, some Enlightened/Conscious "Intellectuals", etc., it's Also a Large part of MUSLIMS, who should, normally, be Opposed at least to those Artificial Techniques which threaten to Introduce +Third Individuals (i.e. Strangers) inside a Couple in case of Artificical Procreation, (f.ex. a "Sperm Donor" with Gametes External to the Family, a "Surrogate Mother" who Lends her own Body, etc). Some sources already spole about Eminent Islamologues' relevant "Opinions", and/or of a "Fatwa", etc. But, by Ommitting Any Mention of that Fact, "IFOP"s Recent Polls, obviously Hinder them to Realize what is really going on, on such delicate BioEthical Issues...

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=> All that, Taken Together, when, according to some Polls (f.ex. by "OpinionWay" for a Disident NGO, on 2017), while a Large Number of People : 47% or 45%, Expect from the French Government to "Fight against UnEmployment" and "against Terrorism", on the Contrary, just a Tiny Minority of ... Only 2% is Interested on "Opening the Debate" on Artificial Procreation for Lesbians, (i.e., at the LAST Level, near the "Reform of Transport policies" !), naturally Diminishes the "Triomphal" Boasting of some Establishment's Medias on those Controversial "IFOP"'s Polls, (that Others have also Found to be Grossly Abused by some, almost to a level of "Fake News")...


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More could and should be Added, sooner or later, But, Already, at least One Conclusion clearly Results from All Facts and Logical Arguments that are Published here:


Too Many Legitimate Question-Marks are raised on those Misleading Claims about some recent Polls with which some Technocratic Lobbies obviously Seek to "Burry" any Real Democratic Debate, even Before it Starts in France, from the 18th of January 2018, in view of Final Political Decisions Later this Year...

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(NDLR : Graphic on CRISP-cas9 from "QUANTA" Magazine, specialized on Science/Technology news)
 
+ (In Part : Fast Translation from Original in French)
 
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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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