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Battle of the kitties: Exhausted French police versus injured yellow vests

A fund to raise money for the French police officers who have been injured during the "yellow vest" protests has just passed the €1 million mark. But a competing fund for gilets jaunes who have been injured in the demonstrations has also been launched. *French language learner article*

Battle of the kitties: Exhausted French police versus injured yellow vests
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*This is a French language learner article. The words in bold are translated into French at the bottom of the article.
 
The kitty or fund for the French police force on the Leetchi fundraising website hit the €1 million mark on Thursday after receiving 36,000 donations
 
On Twitter, the national police account thanked internet users for their generosity, but called for their “daily support” and their “civic spirit” rather than giving money to a fund when they have “no guarantee” how it will be used.
 
The initiative came from French politician Renaud Muselier from the right wing Les Republicains party as a response to the fundraising campaign launched to support Christophe Dettinger, the former pro-boxer who was caught on video assaulting police officers at Saturday's protests in Paris. 
 
That fund raised €117,000 before it was closed by Leetchi on Tuesday morning. 
 
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According to a spokesman for Renaud Muselier, who is the President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the money will be donated to the National Police association which will distribute the cash between the wounded members of the police force. 
 
“I am pleasantly surprised, it proves that there are many people in this country who do not condone acts of violence,” Muselier told the French press, adding that the average donation was €27.
 
But the battle of the kitties doesn't end there. 
 
On Wednesday night a third fund was created by one of the controversial leaders of the gilet jaunes Eric Drouet on PayPal to help “yellow vests” who have been injured in the protests.  
 
“Official fund for the wounded 'yellow vests' of France!! All the people who say they support the cause of the gilets jaunes, especially the one who are media-friendly are invited to participate to prove their sincerity!!”, Drouet wrote on Facebook.
 
At the time of writing (Thursday 5pm) €79,220 had been raised for the injured gilets jaunes.
 
Drouet was arrested for a second time on January 3rd for organising a central Paris protest without declaring it, causing widespread outrage on the part of supporters of the “yellow vest” movement. 
 
Language learning
 
Kitty, pool, fund – une cagnotte 
Police force – les forces de l'ordre
To hit – atteindre
Donation –  un don
money – l'argent
Daily support – soutien quotidien
Civic spirit – esprit civique
Police officer – policier, policière
Protest – une manifestation
To wound – blesser
To raise (money) – récolter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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