‘I may be next Irish PM’: Sinn Fein leader | AFP

Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates winning the popular vote in Saturday’s Irish general election. Counting is still underway but McDonald says she could be the next leader of the Republic after an election set to end the historic duopoly of two centre-right parties.

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Jewish graves vandalised in France: “an act of hatred” (minister) | AFP

French Interior minister Christophe Castaner condemns an “act of hatred” that “desecrates all the Republic” after more than 100 graves were found covered with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg in eastern France on Tuesday. SOUNDBITE

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French press review after European election drama

French press review on Monday after a night of European election drama: Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement national (RN) came out on top in France, 0.9% ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move (LREM) party, while Yannick Jadot’s environmentalists took a surprising third place. IMAGES

MAP: Protests gripping Europe over past month

Past month has been really rough on the EU, as protests, both violent and non-violent, have consumed some of the largest countries in the bloc.

We’ve compiled the list of all the demonstrations which have taken place in Europe during the November-December period:

• France

The Yellow Vest demonstrations began on November 17th and have since swept their way throughout France, resulting in violent clashes with police, with more than 1,000 people being arrested nationwide. The protests are motivated by rising fuel taxes and the high cost of living. More than 125,000 people have taken part in ‘Act IV’ of the demonstrations on December 8. Protesters call for the reduction of fuel prices, the raising of the minimum wage, and the resignation of Emmanuel Macron as president.

• England

Two rival marches clashed in London on December 9. Thousands of people have taken part in the “Brexit Betrayal” march, led by the far-right activist Tommy Robinson. The movement was opposed by anti-racist groups, which claim to have gathered some 15,000 people in counter-demonstrations. Mounted riot police and officers in riot gear were deployed to keep the rival demonstrators apart.

• Hungary

Nearly 5,000 Hungarians rallied in Budapest on December 8 against a proposed labor legislation dubbed “slave law.” Some of the protestors wore yellow vests, expressing solidarity with demonstrators in France over discontent with the government.

• Belgium

More than 400 people were detained by the Belgian police during the copycat yellow vest protests in Brussels on Saturday, December 8. This is the second violent demonstration in the capital in the past 8 days. A crowd of more than a 1,000 people faced riot police, which used tear gas and water cannons to subdue the masses. The movement demands the removal of Belgium’s center-right coalition government.

• Greece

Angry protests broke out in Athens on December 6, the 10th anniversary of the police shooting of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos. Police said that around 1,700 people were protesting peacefully, until masked youths started attacking police with rocks and Molotov cocktails. Law enforcement responded with stun grenades and tear gas. More than 100 people were detained.

• Norway

Thousands of Norwegians joined together all over the country to express their opposition to the suggestion, by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, to toughen abortion laws. The demonstration took place across 14 cities across the country on November 17.

• Czech Republic

On Saturday, November 17 tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Prague to demand the resignation of the Czech Republic’s billionaire prime minister Andrej Babis, who is accused of defrauding the EU by nearly €2m. The protest comes on the 29th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which ended the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia.

• Italy

In light of Turin–Lyon high-speed railway construction going through, tens of thousands gathered in Turin on December 8 to protest against the project, claiming that it is a waste of public funds and is damaging to the environment. The organizers of the demonstrations claimed that the rally was attended by some 70,000 people, however these numbers haven’t been confirmed by police.

• Spain

Catalan independence activists, calling themselves “Committees to Defend the Republic” blocked a highway in Tarragona for 15 hours on Saturday, December 8, preventing the flow of traffic. In Barcelona, 250 people blocked traffic on the main avenue. The Spanish government threatened to send in national police, if regional authorities couldn’t prevent such protests.

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The Champions parade in Paris

The World Football Champions are expected to descend the Champs-Elysées this Monday before being received by the President of the Republic at the Elysée Palace, then spending the evening at the Crillon Hotel. Their parade in the streets of Paris in videographic.VIDEOGRAPHICS

The French National Assembly

French President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move (REM) party is heading for a large majority in Sunday’s legislative elections, a new poll shows. Videographic tour of France’s National Assembly, one of two chambers which make up the country’s parliament.VIDEOGRAPHICS

Bush Training for a Unified Ireland (Excerpt from ‘Ireland’s Young Warriors’)

Earlier this year, VICE News filmed with a republican youth movement in Ireland called Na Fianna Éireann (“Warriors of Ireland” in English), a small group of around 30 boys considered to be hardline dissidents. They support a violent IRA splinter group known as the Continuity IRA, and believe that a renewed armed struggle is needed to free Ireland from British occupation in the North.

Considered “junior terrorists” by some, the Na Fianna sees itself simply as Ireland’s true republican boy scouts, training with the main aim of being ready for a new resistance — a fight that they believe is inevitable.

In this excerpt, members of Na Fianna Éireann commence their “bush training,” which consists of drills that have the boys sneaking through the forest with fake assault rifles. It’s hardly an IRA training camp, but they say they’re doing this to ready themselves for a new campaign of violence that they believe will “liberate” Northern Ireland from “British occupation.”

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From Na Fianna to the IRA (Extra Scene from ‘Ireland’s Young Warriors’)

Earlier this year, VICE News filmed with a republican youth movement in Ireland called Na Fianna Éireann (“Warriors of Ireland” in English), a small group of around 30 boys considered to be hardline dissidents. They support a violent IRA splinter group known as the Continuity IRA, and believe that a renewed armed struggle is needed to free Ireland from British occupation in the North.

Considered “junior terrorists” by some, the Na Fianna sees itself simply as Ireland’s true republican boy scouts, training with the main aim of being ready for a new resistance — a fight that they believe is inevitable.

In this extra scene, VICE News speaks to the former vice president of Republican Sinn Fein, who describes how moving from Na Fianna to the IRA could be considered “a natural progression.”

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The Republic’s Dissident Youth: Ireland’s Young Warriors

Earlier this year, VICE News filmed with a republican youth movement in Ireland called Na Fianna Éireann (“Warriors of Ireland” in English), a small group of around 30 boys considered to be hardline dissidents. They support a violent IRA splinter group known as the Continuity IRA, and believe that a renewed armed struggle is needed to free Ireland from British occupation in the North.

Considered “junior terrorists” by some, the Na Fianna sees itself simply as Ireland’s true republican boy scouts, training with the main aim of being ready for a new resistance — a fight that they believe is inevitable.

VICE News followed Na Fianna members as they carried out “bush training” in the mountains, and attended their Easter Rising march through Dublin, to get an idea of what the young face of dissident republicanism looks like, in an age where support for political violence in Ireland has all but ended.

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