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'Bring on Brexit' says French mayor in row over Royal Marines veteran who left rowing machine up Mont Blanc

'Bring on Brexit' says French mayor in row over Royal Marines veteran who left rowing machine up Mont BlancARoyal Marines veteran who attempted to climb Mont Blanc with a rowing machine on his back for charity was forced to abandon the device less than 1,500 feet from the summit, prompting a row with the local French mayor. Matthew Paul Disney attempted to scale Western Europe's highest mountain, which stands at 4,809m (15,780ft) but had to turn back on Saturday morning at 4,362m due to bad weather. The charity stunt was in aid of raising funds for Rock 2 Recovery and RMA – The Royal Marines Charity. The fitness enthusiast and global adventurer from Lancashire, left the 26-kilogramme, 2.5-metre long unbalanced Concept2 rowing machine in an emergency hut near the top. Mr Disney, 36, said he was very disappointed not to have completed the ascent with the machine, saying the the main reason was poor visibility due to bad weather. He did, however, go on to reach the top without it. Shortly after descending, he said on Facebook he intended to go back up between September 12 and 30 to retrieve the rowing machine, reach the summit and return with the equipment.  However, his unfinished bid prompted a furious response from Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, which encompasses the French side of Europe’s highest Alp. Matthew Paul Disney had intended to retrieve the rowing machine he left near the top of Mont Blanc but the mayor banned him Credit: Telegraph In an angry Facebook missive to Mr Disney, he wrote: "Can't wait for Brexit that you stay on your island [sic]." “I have received no apologies and even if it is for charity, it’s an aberration, even more so for a soldier of her Majesty. Shameful”, he later told The Daily Telegraph. The mayor said he had banned Mr Disney from going back up Mont Blanc to recover the rowing machine and would be sending a bill of €1,800 (£1,640) plus VAT to the British Embassy in Paris for the costs of his men bringing it down. Mr Disney said the mayor's Brexit comments were "very unprofessional, undiplomatic and could be seen as a mild form of racism". Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, sent an angry message to RM Disney welcoming Brexit "I wouldn't litter anywhere let alone a mountain. This is my 13th country’s highest mountain with a rowing machine and 21st without a rowing machine, so I have a lot of love and passion for mountains. I would never dream of littering or making a mockery of a mountain," he told the Telegraph. Earlier this summer, Mr Disney successfully climbed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and the distance in-between with the Concept2 Rowing Machine on his back. Mr Disney posted a photo showing the rower neatly stored inside the hut. "As you can see in the photo, it is not litter, it is not on the top of the mountain. It is not taking up vital space," he said. Safety hut near the top of Mont Blanc where Royal Marines vet Matthew Paul Disney stored his rowing machine Credit: Telegraph He said could "understand the mayor's concern because there are a lot of foolish people". But he said, he had his climb rubber-stamped by gendarmes after showing them his "experience, skillset, my fitness level and my intention to raise awareness for two military charities, good causes for active and veterans on the brink of suicide." He questioned the decision by the gendarmes to bar him going back up to get the rowing machine as "they had allowed me to go up with it" beforehand after he showed them his plans. Mr Peillex responded: “He’s not in his own home and he doesn’t decide.” This was just one of a string of cases of “disrespect” for the mountain, the mayor said, adding that a German climber forced his dog to the top at night this weekend after being ordered not to by police. The dog came back down alive but with "bloodied paws”. The outspoken official has written to Emmanuel Macron, the French president, calling for him to pass new a new law next year to “punish all the loonies who break the rules” on the overcrowded peak, often leaving rubbish along the way. Earlier this year, two Swiss mountaineers landed a small plane less than 400 metres from the top of the famed mountain before heading for the summit with police in pursuit. The two climbers were equipped with ropes and crampons and had already started climbing towards the summit when they were intercepted by police and asked to turn back. Already threatened by global warming, such people were turning Mont Blanc into an "amusement park" where people expect to see “sea lions juggling with balls and pretty fireworks", the mayor warned. Local authorities tightened rules on ascending the “normal route” to the summit without booking at a refuge earlier this year saying overcrowding was increasing the risk of mortality.



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US Army and police department veteran challenges Rep. Ilhan Omar for her seat in Congress

US Army and police department veteran challenges Rep. Ilhan Omar for her seat in CongressOfficer Chris Kelley says Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments on Sept. 11 inspired him to challenge the progressive 'Squad' member.



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Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq War veteran

Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq War veteranPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday awarded the nation’s highest military honor to an Iraq War veteran who took on an insurgent stronghold and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety during heavy fighting in Fallujah. The president presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia, of New York. The entire thing is impossible to think about unless you’re talking about the men we lost,” Bellavia said after the ceremony.



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Lawyer: US Navy veteran held in Iran sentenced to 10 years

Lawyer: US Navy veteran held in Iran sentenced to 10 yearsDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office.



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Native American veteran: 'Mob mentality' in students seen in viral video was 'scary'

Native American veteran: 'Mob mentality' in students seen in viral video was 'scary'In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Native American leader Nathan Phillips of Ypsilanti describes incident with students caught on video.



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Daughter's plea draws 50,000 birthday cards for US veteran

Daughter's plea draws 50,000 birthday cards for US veteranFULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — When Sue Morse requested on Facebook that friends send her father well-wishes for his Dec. 30 birthday, she expected maybe 160 cards.



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US government shutdown veteran analyzes current crisis

US government shutdown veteran analyzes current crisisPatrick Griffin worked in the White House for Democratic president Bill Clinton and participated in negotiations with Republican lawmakers during the 1995 government shutdown — the longest in recent US history. Now a professor at American University, Griffin analyzes the current shutdown — sparked by a dispute over funding for President Donald Trump’s controversial border wall — that has paralyzed the American government since December 22. “The reality is now nobody is paying much attention to it in the middle of the holidays… but as the battle shifts to the more general public, I think the messaging on the Democratic side will be more aggressive,” Griffin said.



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Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack

Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran recalls 1941 attackHONOLULU (AP) — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the attack that killed and wounded thousands unfolded.



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Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later

Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later'My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,' said his mother, Susan Orfanos



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Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later

Navy Veteran Survived Las Vegas Shooting Only to Be Killed in the Borderline Bar 1 Year Later'My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he came home. He didn’t come home last night,' said his mother, Susan Orfanos



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