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Marguerite Alibert. Marguerite began to make a living by seducing and courting wealthy men, and it was paying off well. She was receiving many valuable trinkets and gifts – along with a settlement from Andre Meller – but wanted more.

Murder at The Savoy Hotel

Marguerite Alibert’s story is one of gritty survival followed by a lucrative life of prostitution. She pulled herself up from a world of poverty to mingle among France’s elite, and accomplished her goal of turning affairs into large sums of money. She is commonly remembered as Maggie Meller, a surname she took from the man she claimed was her husband at 17.

In 1907, Marguerite met a man named Andre Meller. She was 17, he was 40. He was wealthy, and owned a stable full of horses – since Marguerite loved horses, that may very well have played a part in their romance. He bought her an apartment so they could conduct their relationship in private, and she took his last name. She claimed that they were married, but in reality Andre was still technically married to his first wife. Her lack of faithfulness ended the relationship in 1913. It was only one of four different surnames she would use throughout her exotic and exciting life.

She saw love not from a romantic’s point of view, but as a way to survive and thrive. Maggie Meller was even one of Prince Edward VIII’s mistresses, and went on to marry an Egyptian Prince. However, that monumental moment is where her story takes a murderous turn. Marguerite would go down in infamy as the princess who got away with murder.

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The Papin sisters committed horrendous murders in Le Mans, France. Christine and Lea grew up in a dysfunctional family, witnessing violence and various forms of molestation. They were inseparable, even though they were rarely seen talking to each other. This gave off an eerie impression as the two sisters looked as though they were telepathic.

The Papin Sisters

In the north-west of France, there is a city by name of Le Mans, which is known for little more than a famous car race that takes place once a year: the “24 Hours of Le Mans.” Sisters Christine and Léa Papin gifted the city with a degree of infamy that would otherwise never have been achieved. But instead of being known for a grand and auspicious accomplishment, the Papin sisters are notable only for murdering, in a most gruesome way, their domestic employer and her daughter in 1933.

These two women were presented as monsters in the press of the day. Mental illness, dysfunctional relationships, and exploitative working conditions played a part in a double murder in Le Mans, France – one that sent shockwaves through French society.

Christine and Léa Papin, sisters and servants in the provincial French town of Le Mans, murdered their mistress and her daughter one evening in 1933 when a blown fuse had plunged the house into darkness.

The crime was grisly — the dead women’s eyes had been torn out and their bodies horribly mutilated — and more scandalous still for the familiarity that had linked killers and victims. The sisters had been ideal maids, serving Monsieur and Madame Lancelin for some seven years. Christine, the elder, was particularly prized for her needlework and cooking. During their brief trial, which caused a national sensation, they were revealed to be lovers, locked in an incestuous and deadly folie à deux.

A studio portrait taken a few years earlier showed them carefully coiffed and wearing identical dark dresses with white lace collars. In mug shots after the crime, they appear as dishevelled harpies with wild eyes and hair undone. Were they mad women or agents of the class struggle? Opinions differed, but a jury of 12 men quickly found the sisters (who had immediately confessed) criminally responsible. The more passive Léa was given 10 years’ hard labour; Christine’s death sentence was commuted to life in prison, though she died in an asylum four years later.

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The Mysterious Disappearance of  Pauline Picard

A young girl goes missing from her family home only to be discovered 300 miles away with apparent amnesia. That is until her remains are found months later

Sometimes strange events sound like they could have been plucked straight out of the plot from a movie, but  fact can often be much stranger than fiction. And that’s just the case with the incident of Pauline Picard, a young French girl who went missing in 1922 right off her family’s farm in Brittany, France. The story got stranger and stranger as events unfolded and it was, in fact, her potential recovery that turned the entire investigation and searches completely on its head.

These days when a child goes missing and is miraculously found, it is a joyous event that usually causes a tragedy to turn into a happy ending. But in the case of Pauline Picard, the so-called ‘happy ending’ only made things more complicated.

In April of 1922, two-year-old Pauline Picard went missing from her family home in Goas Al Ludu, France. There was a thorough search performed by the local police as well as volunteers, but no results were found. Everything seemed bleak for the Picard family until a few weeks later when they received word of a young girl, matching Pauline’s description, who had been found wandering around the Cherbourg area. Her mother identified her via photograph and the officer who found the girl was satisfied that it was the same person.

The mystery of how the little girl had travelled over 300 miles away was brushed aside at the time due to the relief of her safe return. The Picards travelled to retrieve their daughter, but the happy reunion was not without some strange occurrences. The little girl seemed very distant with her parents and didn’t respond when spoken to in her native Bretron dialect. Her parents and the police all assumed it was due to the trauma of the kidnapping and the Picards took their daughter home.

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Six Dots

Louis Braille

How a tenacious boy created one of the most life-changing inventions in human history

Louis Braille was born near Paris, France on January 4th, 1809. At the age of three, he lost sight in his left eye due to an accident in his father’s workshop. A year later, an infection took his vision in his right eye as well.Six dots. Six bumps. Six bumps in different patterns, like constellations, spreading out over the page. What are they? Numbers, letters, words. Who made this code? None other than Louis Braille, a French 12-year-old, who was also blind. And his work changed the world of reading and writing, forever.

Braille would later attend the Royal Institute for Blind Children in Paris. There, he learned of a system used in the military known as “night writing” which allowed soldiers to communicate without light or speech. This system utilised 12 raised dots used to represent different sounds,

Intrigued, the young Braille adapted this system and created the modern Braille system as we know it today. The system has been adapted to most languages and it is still the most popular way for the blind to read.

“Communication is health; communication is truth; communication is happiness,” Virginia Woolf wrote in contemplating the elemental human need for communication. Indeed, a life deprived of that essential sustenance of the soul, whatever form it may take, is a life of unthinkable tragedy.

In the first few weeks of 1809, three baby boys were born who changed the course of history: Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States; Charles Darwin, British father of the theory of evolution; and Louis Braille, the French inventor of a means of literacy for blind people worldwide. Unlike Lincoln and Darwin, Braille’s genius is little known outside his native land, except among those who have been touched by his gift of literacy.

No cultural hero has delivered more people of that tragedy than Louis Braille (January 4, 1809–January 6, 1852).

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It’s a hundred and six years since the man who stole the Mona Lisa was finally caught, two years after vanishing with the masterpiece. Today it’s easily the most famous painting in the world, but it took a theft to cement its status.

The Mona Lisa

Art Crime of The Century

Even at the beginning of the 20th century — before mass reproductions, package tours to France and The Da Vinci Code — Mona Lisa was different from other pictures. The woman with the enigmatic smile got so many love letters that her portrait was the only artwork at the Louvre to have its own mailbox. A heartbroken suitor once shot himself to death in front of her.

So is it any surprise that somebody finally eloped with her?

The surface story is simple: Former Louvre employee Peruggia wanted to restore the “Mona Lisa” to her native Italy. He said it was a matter of national pride (though it seems like profit was a pretty good motive, too). So he went into the Louvre, hid, and snuck the painting out underneath his coat after the museum had closed. It took a day for the Louvre to even notice, and for two years Peruggia kept the painting before being caught when trying to unload it on a gallery in Florence.

He made more money as a handyman than as an artist, but Vincenzo Peruggia’s personally responsible for making the Mona Lisa what it is today. Leonardo da Vinci painted Lisa del Giocondo in the early 16th century, but Peruggia made her famous worldwide by walking out of the Louvre with the painting wrapped in his smock on August 21, 1911. With that daring daylight robbery, the Mona Lisa began her ascent into the stratosphere of cultural fame, while Peruggia sank further and further into the hazy mists of vague infamy. How and why did Peruggia do it? More importantly, what would have happened if he hadn’t?

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Muslim segregation of public swimming pools is not just happening in NZ

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France has passed the point of no return

France has passed the point of no return.

If I was Jewish and in France I would be booking my flight out.

Times of Israel reports:

Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant.

The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident Tuesday night in Bondy. A case report published Thursday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, based on a police complaint by the alleged victims did not specify their medical condition.   Read more »

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Marine le Pen tells Muslim cleric to stick it when asked to wear head scarf

An aide of Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, left, offers a headscarf to French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, right.

Marine le Pen has told a Muslim cleric to shove it when she was asked to wear a head scarf in order to meet him:

Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, has provoked a row by refusing to wear a headscarf to meet an eminent Islamic scholar in Beirut.

The French far-right presidential candidate walked out of the offices of Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, the grand mufti of Lebanon, after being told she could not see him unless she covered her head.

The incident is likely to bolster Ms Le Pen’s popularity among National Front supporters, many of whom are hostile towards Islam. But it may undermine her attempt to portray herself, during a two-day visit to Lebanon, as a serious future world leader, not least because the trip included her first meeting with a head of state — President Aoun.   Read more »

If you want to know who rules you ask yourself who you cannot criticise

The French are already well on the way to becoming a Muslim caliphate as their harsh treatment of those who tell the truth about how Arab families raise their children is a strong indication that Muslims are already ruling them. In what has been called the French Inquisition or a jihad against the truth, a trial in France has been held to punish George Bensoussan who is a historian of Moroccan heritage. This is a man who has studied Moroccans and is an expert on their culture. Putting him on trial for making statements about Arab families is like putting a Science teacher on trial for making statements about the Periodic table.

What George Bensoussan said is something that everyone knows to be true. Socialists, however, are known for being more concerned about how they want the world to be rather than about how the world actually is. What Bensoussan said does not describe the kind of world they want in France even though it is exactly the kind of world they are living in.

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French criminalise moral arguments because of psychological pressure

Recently I wrote about French censors banning an ad that valued the lives of people with Down Syndrome. They banned it because they didn’t want to upset French women who had aborted their baby because of the syndrome. In France 96% of pregnancies that involve a down syndrome child end in abortion. The French have now turned their attention to those who value all human life and who exercise their freedom of speech in order to try to protect it. In a world where we should have a free marketplace of ideas they want to protect women from moral pro-life arguments because they might feel pressured to keep their baby.

The truely sad irony of this attack against freedom of expression is that French government allows  Jihadist websites to exist with no criminal sanctions at all. It seems that a pro-life argument is a criminal act because it might make someone feel bad enough to let a baby live but a jihadi website dedicated to pro-death arguments to persuade people to kill non-Muslims is perfectly acceptable. The French have lost the plot. They protect their women from hurty feelings but not from Islamic terrorists plotting death and destruction.

PARIS, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) –The socialist government of France passed a bill after one day’s debate that criminalizes websites that might dissuade women from abortion.

The “digital interference” bill is aimed at cracking down on French websites that would, in the words of the bill, “deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion.”

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