Monthly Archives: February 2015

AFP apologises to French industrialist after death reported

AFP issued an apology to French industrialist Martin Bouygues, chairman and CEO of the conglomerate Bouygues, for reporting his deathAFP on Saturday issued an apology to French industrialist Martin Bouygues, chairman and CEO of the conglomerate Bouygues, for reporting his death. "We take this incident very seriously and are carrying out an investigation among editorial staff to understand how such an error could have been made," AFP's global news director Michele Leridon said. "We offer our humblest apologies to Martin Bouygues, his loved ones, his group and all our clients," she added. The error arose from a misunderstanding between a village mayor and an AFP journalist who was following up a tip-off that Bouygues had died.

Thousands protest against march of UK branch of German anti-Islam PEGIDA

Men weat T-shirts as they take part in a counter-demonstrations against a rally by supporters of the Pegida movement in Newcastle, northern EnglandAround 2,000 people protested on Saturday in Newcastle, northeast England, against a march held by the British branch of Germany's anti-Islam group PEGIDA which drew up to 400 people, a Reuters witness said. Northumbria police, which kept the two protests apart, said five people were arrested for alleged offences from assault to being drunk and disorderly, but that largely both demonstrations passed without any problems. The German organisation 'Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West' (PEGIDA), has for months been warning that Germany was being overrun by Muslims and held marches mostly in the city of Dresden. Although in Britain the local branch has had little exposure in the national media, the Facebook page of PEGIDA United Kingdom shows it has had over 17,000 "likes".