The Swiss sure seem to think so, if their unusual war games are any sign. This last August Switzerland held military exercises that simulated a not-too-distant future where debt-ridden France has begun invading their northern neighbors. Swiss officials, however, say that this is not based on any current military threat from France and is merely a fictional scenario. The rather specific details of the Swiss war games however are worth a raised eyebrow, though. The scenario sees France as no longer a nation , BBC News reports. Instead, the country has broken apart into warring factions, some of whom have decided to target Switzerland to reclaim stolen money. One exercise involves a splinter faction based in the Jura region. Named Saonia in the scenario, the faction would launch attacks against Switzerland to reclaim money supposedly stolen from France. Another war game, named Operation Duplex-Barbara, involves a three-point invasion. The enemy forces would come through Neufchatel, Geneva, and Lausanne. Who is behind Frances invasion of Switzerland? The oddly specific war games describe many of the attacks being lead by the fictional Dijon Free Brigade, or BLD, a paramilitary group. The Swiss exercises say the BLDs attacks intend to reclaim money that Switzerland had stolen from France. Some might wonder if this stolen money may refer to the controversial secrecy of Switzerlands banking system.
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The suspect was arrested at her Belleville apartment in northern Paris. (text) Officers with Frances DCRI domestic intelligence agency arrested a Paris woman on Tuesday suspected of having links to a regional branch of al Qaeda based in the Arabian Peninsula. The 21-year-old was arrested as part of an investigation by officers with Frances Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence, or DCRI, into a case of “criminal association in connection with a terrorist enterprise”, said a source close to the investigation. TERRORISM – FRANCE France, US top al Qaeda’s list of Western targets The source said the woman was arrested around 6:30am (4:30am GMT) at her apartment in the working-class Belleville district of northern Paris. She was the first to be arrested as part of a preliminary investigation that began in March 2013 into a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. The suspect is a reader of Inspire — an online magazine published by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — and will be questioned about her suspected contacts with the group. Based in Yemen, AQAP is considered one of the deadliest franchises of the international militant network. Inspire, which aims to radicalise young Western Muslims and has included instructions on bomb making, has been linked to a number of attacks, including the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15 last year. Copies of Inspire have been seized in other arrests of suspected radical Muslims in France. Earlier this month, French authorities arrested the webmaster of a site that published French-language translations of the magazine. Security efforts have been stepped up in France following a series of attacks launched by al Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah that killed seven people in and around the city of Toulouse in March of last year.
The new rules may further dissuade potential buyers. France hasnt seen a major hostile takeover since Mittal Steel Co. bought Arcelor SA in 2006 in a transaction then valued at about $36 billion. The attempt to keep potential predators at bay comes even as French companies remain among the worlds most acquisitive. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC) and Schneider Electric SA are among companies making $135 billion of takeovers since the start of last year, exceeding most nations in western Europe aside from the U.K., according to data compiled by Bloomberg. An Anachronism The measures were clearly thought up by people living in the last century, said Jean-Pierre Martel, a founding partner at Orrick Rambaud Martel, who advised on French drugmaker Sanofis takeover of Aventis in 2004. Its implicitly aimed at foreigners and meant to defend French interests. Its ridiculous. The biggest French companies have significant foreign investors and are very international. Seen from abroad, this will scare everyone. The debate over protecting French interests has been a political hot potato since Canadian aluminum maker Alcan Inc. bought French rival Pechiney SA a decade ago, eventually breaking it up and shutting plants.