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Manhunt continues after fatal Strasbourg Christmas market shooting; suspect identified. Two police officials have identified the suspected Strasbourg, France gunman as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. One police source said Chekatt’s criminal record mentions 25 judicial cases, including several serious cases of robbery. The suspect was still on the run on Wednesday after he fired gunshots near the famous Christmas market of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 13. A Paris public prosecutor said the suspect cried out “Allahu Akbar,” according to witnesses. An official said his apartment was searched by police on Tuesday morning — hours before the shooting — in an investigation for attempted murder. He was not at home at the time. The two officials spoke anonymously because they were not allowed to speak publicly on an ongoing investigation. Authorities said the motive for the attack was not known, but the U.S.-based Site intelligence group, which monitors jihadist websites, said Islamic State supporters were celebrating. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, which is currently hosting a meeting of European leaders. https://globalnews.ca/news/4753897/strasbourg-shooting-christmas-market-suspect-identified/
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/05/20/french-tv-host-makes-fake-gay-online-profile-to-mock-gay-men-live-on-tv/ French TV host makes fake gay online profile to mock gay men live on TV A French TV presenter has created a dating app and used it to mock gay people on live television. Touche Pas A Mon Poste presenter Cyril Hanouna created the fake profile and then pranked people who messaged him. In the segment on the programme Don’t Touch My TV Set, the presenter spoke to those who messaged him using overly camp gestures and feminine voices. The people who were unaware that they were on the phone were coaxed into talking about their sexual fantasies. Hanna defended the incident and claimed that he was a staunch fighter against homophobia. “Homophobia is everything I’ve been fighting against for years, just like xenophobia, racism and misogyny, and today being called homophobic makes me feel really sad,” he said. Max Emerson was used as the picture for the online portfolio, and he has since condemned the “prank”. Since going on air on Thursday, the CSA which regulates television standards has received numerous complaints about the segment of the show. SOS Homophobie, an association in France which protects gay people, has also made a formal complaint. President of the organisation, Joël Deumier, deemed the segment “scandalous, shameful and homophobic”. “When you let people get away with behaviour like this, you trivialise homophobic discourse. “This sketch was deeply homophobic and you would have to be aware of it,” he said. The show has received nearly 6,500 complaints in the last year. A group of French journalists who studied the show over a period of four weeks found that the show had mentioned homosexuality 42 times, and most often it was mentioned with the intention to “demean it”.