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French edition of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ flies of shelves

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The “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon barrelled into France this week with sales of the bondage-fuelled erotic romance rivalling the Harry Potter franchise two days after its release.

Some 40,000 copies of the “mommy porn” hit — which has sold some 40 million copies worldwide — flew off the shelves on the day of its French release on Wednesday, according to publisher JC Lattes.

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The FNAC megastore said it had sold 15,000 copies by Thursday, the highest sales for any book since the final instalment of J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, in 2007.

Spiced up with sado-masochism, the 2011 novel by British author E.L. James is the first part of a trilogy about a relationship between a college graduate and a young business magnate.

Volumes two and three — “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” — will hit shelves in France early next year.

Rights to the series have been sold in more than 40 countries, despite lacklustre reviews such as The Guardian’s which regretted its “improbable” dialogue, “lame characterisation” and “irritating tics”.

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“Facile, insipid, dull,” was how the French edition of Cosmopolitan summed it up, deriding sex scenes so “overloaded with details that you are reminded more of a lesson in anatomy than a porno.”


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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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