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  • France says conditions still not met to deliver warship to Russia

    10/30/2014 12:49:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:24am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - France said on Thursday that the conditions were not yet met to deliver the first of two controversial Mistral warships to Russia, contradicting reports that Russia had received an invitation to take delivery on Nov. 14.
  • Monster Machines: France's New Ship-Defence Turret Is A Remote-Controlled Missile Launcher

    10/29/2014 8:12:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Gizmodo Australia ^ | October 28, 2014 | ANDREW TARANTOLA
    The US Navy’s SeaRAM is far from the only ship-based missile defence turret sailing the high seas. French weapons manufacturer MBDA, in fact, has just begun testing a remotely controlled missile launcher of its own. One that finally moves the turret’s operator out of the line of fire. The original MBDA SIMBAD twin-missile launcher was originally developed in the 1990s as a stabilised, deck-mounted launcher for the company’s Mistral short-range, anti-air missiles. It performed the same basic role as the SeaRAM, a last line of defence against incoming air threats, but it was operated directly by a sailor using an...
  • A new stealth corvette from France

    10/28/2014 10:35:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Oct 29, 2014
    At Eurosatory 2014 CMS unveiled the latest concept design of its new C Sword 90 stealth corvette, a direct descendant of the Combattante family of compact missile boats that was first introduced in the 1960s. Part of its efficiency results from the inversed stem, contributing for enhanced propulsive efficiency and sea keeping. The round bilge shaped hull also contributes to better endurance in strong wind and rough sea conditions. Image: CMS The distinctive shape of the C Sword 90 depicts an innovative hull formation and superstructure design with sloped surfaces, developed in collaboration with naval architect Thierry Verhaaren, who also...
  • Muslims are 7.5% of France's Population, 60% of Prisoners

    10/27/2014 7:32:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/27/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m sure they’re only moderates who were arrested for crimes of peace. (via Religion of Peace) Muslims in French prisons reach up to 60% claims France’s UMP party deputy Guillaume Larrive.The conclusion drawn by Larrive in a report as part of an action plan “against Islamist radicalisation in prison” This action plan is now likely to involve several hundred prisoners, Le Figaro reported.The report estimates that 60% of the prison population in France, that is to say 40,000 prisoners, can be considered Muslim, “culturally or originally”.French deputy Larrive, who has worked on the budget of the Prison Service for 2015,...
  • Pope Alexander VI's Dealings with the French

    10/26/2014 9:04:06 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 22 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 26 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    [This is part of Catholic Analysis' special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the sixth, grapples with Alexander's interesting relations with the French. Read the fifth part.] With a devout personality, encouraged by his friend, St. Francis of Paola, King Charles VIII was just the man to bring about needed reforms. He was quirky, but responsible, and he was a little naive, but full of ideas. There was only one snag to him: Charles had been taught to covet Naples, and he saw it as a gateway to further expansion. He wanted Alexander to give it to him, but...
  • No laughing matter: Clown terror spreads in France

    10/26/2014 10:02:59 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    AFP ^ | 26OCT2014 | Fran Blandy
    Paris (AFP) - A wave of panic sparked by evil clowns stalking French towns has spread to the south of France where police on Saturday night arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats. A police source said Sunday the group of teens were arrested in the parking lot of a high school in the Mediterranean port town of Agde, as several other complaints poured in about "armed clowns" in the region over the weekend.
  • Front National Councillor urges French far-Right party to convert to Islam

    10/25/2014 10:42:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 25 Oct 2014 | Telegraph.co.uk
    A Front National local councillor has embarrassed France's far-Right party by announcing his recent conversion to Islam – and urging fellow members to join him. Maxence Buttey, 22, offended officials of the anti-immigration party by sending them a video in which he praised the "visionary" virtues of the Koran and urged them to become Muslims. Mr Buttey, a councillor in the eastern Paris suburb of Noisy-le-Grand, said the Front National and Islam had much in common. "Both are demonised and very far from the image portrayed in the media," he told Le Parisien newspaper. "Like Islam, the FN defends the...
  • Inside The French First World War Soldier's Memorial Bedroom

    10/25/2014 8:10:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/22/2014 | Roy Mulholland
    Rochereau's books are arranged in neat piles on the mantelpiece, his collection of sabres hangs on a wall, and his bed is still covered by the same lace spread as when, nearly a century ago, he left home for the last time. A vial on the desk sports a label saying it contains "the earth of Flanders in which our dear child fell and which kept his remains for four years". On his bed the medals he was awarded for bravery, the croix de guerre and the Legion of Honour, are displayed in a glass case next to his képi...
  • Hizbullah Rejects UN Demand to Disarm

    01/14/2012 3:19:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Lebanon-based Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has rejected a call by visiting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his terrorist organization to disarm, saying "The resistance is here to stay." Ban told a news conference Friday after meeting with Lebanese leaders, "I am deeply concerned about the military capacity of Hizbullah and... the lack of progress in disarmament," referring to the requirement for the terrorist group to disarm set forth in the ceasefire agreement with Israel that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Instead, Hizbullah has increased its weapons arsenal to a level beyond that which it had prior to the...
  • This Muslim Woman Tried to Wear Her Veil in Public…But She Wasn’t Expecting This to Happen

    Since 2011, France has enforced a so-called “burka ban” on Muslims covering their faces in public, making it the first European country to take such measures against publicly-demonstrated Islamic dress codes. About five million Muslims live in France. Offenders in and around Paris usually receive a fine, but on Oct. 3, the ban reached a new level of enforcement, as a Muslim woman was kicked out of the Bastille Opera house after refusing to uncover her face. Performers of La Traviata didn’t notice the woman until the second act, at which point they refused to continue performing until she was...
  • Vandals bring down sex toy shaped sculpture in Paris

    10/18/2014 7:47:34 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-18-2014
    Vandals attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the most famous squares in Paris in the early hours of Saturday after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry. The 24-meter-high canvas artwork by U.S. artist Paul McCarthy was unveiled on Thursday in Place Vendome, famous for its luxury jewellery stores and the Ritz Hotel. "An unidentified group of people cut the cables which were holding the artwork, which caused it to collapse," police told Reuters. "The person responsible for the piece then decided to deflate it to avoid it being more seriously damaged." The deflated sculpture...
  • "For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory."

    10/19/2014 1:39:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/19/14 | New Catholic
    Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues. He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops: In what sense did the provisional text [the Forte relatio] signal an important step? The provisional text included two overtures. One regarding the remarried divorcees. The other regarding homosexuals. It was not a revolution, but an evolution. It was not...
  • Marseille Is No Longer a European City

    10/17/2014 2:39:15 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 47 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 October 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The city in the pictures is Marseille, France's second largest city, for many years considered as one of the cleanest, most beautiful cities in the world. See what it looks like now. In her best-selling book The Force of Reason, the great, pioneer counterjihad writer Oriana Fallaci talked about Marseille as a symbol par excellence of the devastation, ugliness and filth brought by the Muslim invasion of Europe. Europe, she wrote, is becoming unrecognisable. Marseille is "no longer a French city, it is a Maghrebin city". Arabic ​is the first language spoken in Marseille, and French only the second. 95%...
  • Egypt, the divine surprise in 2014 (Cairo wants French weapons)

    10/17/2014 12:36:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    La Tribune, France ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michel Cabirol
    Manufacturers of French arms are back in Cairo The Tribune offers a series of new industrial land conquest of French armaments. Egypt, which has offered this year for four corvettes 1 billion euros, shows again interested in the Rafale. Egypt and God will surprise to the French armament industry in 2014 in the absence yet of major contracts signed by more traditional customers in France (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia .. .) For DCNS scored a real coup in Egypt thanks to a very efficient commercial "raid". In less than six months, the naval group sold in Cairo four corvettes...
  • Pat Buchanan: Might the Arabs Have a Point?

    01/16/2006 1:26:24 PM PST · by Hal1950 · 354 replies · 5,475+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 16 January 2006 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Karen Hughes, President Bush’s newest undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and the caretaker of America’s image abroad, has her work cut out for her. A Zogby survey of 3,900 Arabs in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates has uncovered massive distrust of U.S. motives in the Middle East. Unkindest cut of all, Arabs would prefer that President Chirac and France lead the world rather than us, and, rather than have us as the world’s lone superpower, they would prefer the Chinese. While Arabs are not as rabidly anti-American as in the aftermath of the...
  • Plane Isolated In Madrid Over Ebola Fears

    10/16/2014 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 49 replies
    Sky News ^ | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Sky News
    An Air France plane has been isolated at an airport in Madrid after a patient was reported to have a fever and shivers. The situation is being treated as a suspected case of ebola, a health ministry official was quoted as saying.
  • French nurse suspected of contracting Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:59:16 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 16 Oct 2014 16:02 GMT
    A nurse who authorities believe may be infected with Ebola was rushed to a Paris-area hospital on Thursday afternoon for tests and treatment, French paper Le Parisien reported If the woman, who has not been named, is confirmed to be infected with the disease that's killed over 4,000 people in Africa she would be the first person infected in France.Two other suspected cases in Paris in the last seven days, including one involving an American national, turned out to be false alarms. Health authorities believe she could be infected because she treated the Doctors' Without Borders aid worker who arrived...
  • Obama defines US as "Muslim Country"

    10/15/2014 10:25:10 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 91 replies
    Jerusalem online ^ | Oct 13, 2014, 11:00AM | Yoni Ariel | Oct 13, 2014, 11:00AM | Yoni Ariel
    A few days ago President Obama, in an interview he gave France's Canal+ TV Channel, said that the American people need to be better educated about Islam, since US could and should be regarded as a Muslim country. He said that the number of Muslims residing in the US makes it "one of the biggest Muslim nations". In reality the US has one of the smallest percentages of Muslims of any Western country. The number of Muslims in the US is approximately 4.5 million, 1.5% of the population, one of the smallest minorities in the US. Since there are approximately...
  • The 'Apprentice Jihadist': Islamists Conduct Military Training in French Park

    10/15/2014 3:53:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Oliver Lane
    French police were called to local park to investigate a group of "bearded" men in traditional Arabic dress on Monday after they were spotted carrying imitation weapons and conducting military-style combat exercises, reports local media. As officers approached, the group of six "apprentice jihadists" shouted "infidels" at them, and that they "would burn in hell", reports theLocal.fr. When the men were questioned, their leader claimed they were training to "avenge the deaths of their Muslim brothers who died under gunfire", and as they were searched they shouted "Allahu akbar" at the officers
  • [North Carolina] Gov. to French, Irish: Don’t mess with our tobacco

    10/15/2014 2:56:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    In a Trans-Atlantic debate over cigarette packaging, North Carolina’s governor poses a rhetorical question to the Irish and French governments: Would Guinness be recognizable labeled simply as “beer?” Or would champagne sell as well in a bottle lacking its distinctive curves? Gov. Pat McCrory has written letters to French and Irish officials decrying plans in those countries to force manufacturers to package their cigarettes in plain containers. McCrory argues farmers and manufacturers in the top U.S. tobacco-producing state would be hurt by the proposals to remove brand logos and colors from cigarette boxes. “Plain packaging laws are a direct assault...
  • France says will recognize Palestinian state if negotiations fail

    10/14/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters via Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/14/2014 19:18 | (Reuters: John Irish)
    France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that Paris should recognize a Palestinian state only if doing so would help achieve peace, not as a symbolic gesture. However, if negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel fail, Paris “would not shirk its responsibilities” but would recognize the Palestinian state, the minister, Laurent Fabius, said in answer to a question in parliament. His remarks came a day after British lawmakers voted to recognize Palestine. Their vote will not alter government policy, but it does carry symbolic value as Palestinians pursue international recognition. “From the moment when we say that there are two states,...
  • Thousands march in France, Germany, Austria to support Kobane Kurds

    10/12/2014 1:54:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    RFI ^ | Sunday 12 October 2014
    Thousands march in France, Germany, Austria to support Kobane Kurds Created 2014-10-12 10:37 By RFI France - Syria - Turkey - Germany - Austria At least 5,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday to call for international help for Kurds fighting the Islamic State (IS) armed group in the Syrian city of Kobane. Similar protests took place in Germany and Austria, where two men were seriously injured by IS sympathisers. “What are you waiting for? Another massacre?” read a banner on the Paris protest, where the red flag of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), currently in peace talks with the...
  • Bones discovered could reveal behaviour of extinct relatives

    10/11/2014 9:09:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Friday, October 10, 2014 | Leon Siciliano
    Pre neanderthal bones 200,000 years old have been discovered on a building site, and could shed light on every day behaviour of our extinct relatives It is thought that these pre neanderthal bones could shed light on the everyday behaviour of our closest extinct relative. They were discovered in Northern France by chance on a building site and it is though the arm bones could be as much as 200,000 years old. It is a rare find, only 12 other sites in Europe have discovered such significant archeological remains. The bones are of particular scientific interest because they hint at...
  • As deadline looms, Kerry to attend talks on Iran nuke deal (trying to stall past another election?)

    10/08/2014 11:49:47 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 8, 2014, 8:43 pm | Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee
    With Washington pressure rising, secretary of state heads to Vienna next week as target date for agreement on curbing Tehran atomic program nears America’s top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks, keeping one eye on the longtime US adversary and the other on political developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic Republic cannot become a nuclear state. The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash with a late-November deadline approaching for an agreement. Kerry, European Union negotiator Catherine...
  • Report: Growing Numbers of French Leaving Homeland

    10/11/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 06:18 PM | Todd Beamon
    As many as 2.5 million French men and women live abroad—and more are leaving every year, mostly heading to London. The French Foreign Ministry said 1.6 million people left the country last year, The Independent of London reported Saturday. The data include those who had registered at French consulates abroad. “The real figure is twice as high,” Hélčne Charveriat, the delegate-general of the Union of French Citizens Abroad, told the Independent. […] “Young people feel stuck, and they want interesting jobs. … Businessmen say the labor code is complex, and they’re taxed even before they start working. Pensioners can also...
  • Pat Buchanan Oddly Thinks Israel is a Bigger Threat Than Iran

    02/22/2012 4:19:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News Contributor Network ^ | February 22, 2012 | Mark Whittington
    Pat Buchanan, the columnist, author, and until recently MSNBC's token right-winger, garnered a lot of sympathy when he was fired from his job at the left-leaning news network apparently because of a book he wrote. Too bad, as reported in the Daily Caller, Buchanan had to ruin things by articulating how obnoxious his views really are. In essence, he suggested that Israel with its 300 estimated nuclear weapons was a bigger threat to the United States than is Iran with its nuclear program on Russian television. Buchanan went on about how his favorite Jewish conspiracy, which he called the "neocons,"...
  • CALAIS MIGRANTS REJECT FOOD HANDOUTS AS 'NOT SPICY ENOUGH' (France)

    10/09/2014 2:21:25 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-8-14 | DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
    Migrants living rough near the port of Calais in France have turned down free food hand-outs, claiming the food on offer was not spicy enough for their tastes in an incident branded “very disappointing” by charity workers. A small group of the migrants prevented others from taking the food, leading to the food on offer having to be scrapped, the Local has reported. The food was being handed out by aid charity ‘Salam’. Jean-Claude Lenoir, a worker with the charity described the scene: “The leaders staged a small coup, and prevented the others from coming to eat.” The food was...
  • France probes suspected Ebola case near Paris

    10/09/2014 10:52:06 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 10-9-2014 | The Local
    A building was cordoned off on the outskirts of Paris on Thursday after a suspected case of Ebola was reported to authorities. Around sixty people have been effectively quarantined, according to reports, while checks are carried out. According to media reports in France a building in the suburb of Cergy-Pointoise, to the north west of Paris was cordoned off after reports that a person had fallen ill with 'Ebola-like symptoms". However the latest reports suggest it may have been a false alarm. It has been reported the sick person is from Guinea, one of the countries in West Africa hit...
  • Entire French Family Heads to Syria to Join the Jihad

    10/08/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 34 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 8 October 2014 | Unknown
    An investigation is being conducted by French DGSI anti-terror police after reports that eleven members of one family including the grandmother and six-month-old baby, have left the country bound for Syria in the hope of joining the Islamic State.
  • Feminists Claim Iconic WWII Victory Kiss Statue Depicts 'Sexual Assault'

    10/07/2014 7:34:53 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 7, 2014 | Andre Walker
    The 25ft statue which weighs 13 tonnes was placed close to Pegasus Bridge to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Whilst the Caen Memorial Museum have described it as an “iconic work” French feminist group Osez Le Féminisme have started a petition to have it removed. They maintain the women in the original photo did not consent to being kissed and it was therefore a sexual assault. Alfred Eisenstaedt who took the original photo has confirmed the sailor in the photo was kissing any woman who came close to him. He is said to have had little regard for whether...
  • Euro Disney shares dive as it needs bailout

    10/06/2014 1:08:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 6, 2014 9:25 AM EDT | Greg Keller
    In Europe, even Mickey Mouse is getting a bailout. The Disney resort on the outskirts of Paris is getting a financial lifeline from owner The Walt Disney Company to handle rising debt and a decline in visitors at a time of economic uncertainty in Europe. The €1 billion ($1.3 billion) lifeline will see the park’s California masters take control of Euro Disney, which runs Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park. Until now, the U.S. company owned only 40 percent of the theme park operator, alongside Saudi prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal and a host of small European investors who originally...
  • Mistral deal dispute can have negative impact on France’s military export — French expert

    10/06/2014 8:34:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | October 06, 2014
    Situation with the Russia-France Mistral deal can have negative influence on France's plans to deliver Rafale fighter jets to India © EPA/Marcus Brandt PARIS, October 6. /TASS/. The situation with the contract on two Mistral helicopter carriers can have a negative impact on France’s military export if the Mistral supplies to Russia are cancelled, editor-in-chief of the French military magazine Defense et Securite Internationale Joseph Henrotin said on Monday. Information saying the implementation of the contract can be suspended arouses serious concern by those who follows India’s position in the sphere of weaponry on France because the contract on the...
  • High risk Ebola could reach France and UK by end-October, scientists calculate

    10/05/2014 8:43:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2014 | By Kate Kelland
    Scientists have used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75 percent chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and a 50 percent chance it could hit Britain by that date. Those numbers are based on air traffic remaining at full capacity. Assuming an 80 percent reduction in travel to reflect that many airlines are halting flights to affected regions, France's risk is still 25 percent, and Britain's is 15 percent. "It's really a lottery," said Derek Gatherer of Britain's Lancaster University, an expert in viruses who has been tracking the epidemic...
  • MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missile Production Started and Program is Progressing Well

    10/06/2014 4:45:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 06 October 2014
    As part of the EURONAVAL Press Tour, Navy Recognition had the chance to visit the MBDA site of Selles Saint Denis last week. This “missile factory” is the European Missile Integration Center. During our tour, we got the chance to see the production lines of the Exocet family of anti-ship missiles, Mica and Aster anti-air missiles and Scalp cruise missiles. But the highlight of the visit was by far when MBDA showed us two freshly assembled Naval Cruise Missile (NCM or MdCN in French). NCM Programme The ability to strike strategic and military targets with exceptional precision from extended stand-off...
  • High risk Ebola could reach France and UK by end-Oct, scientists calculate

    10/06/2014 2:09:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/6/2014 | Kate Kelland
    Scientists have used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75 percent chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and a 50 percent chance it could hit Britain by that date. Those numbers are based on air traffic remaining at full capacity. Assuming an 80 percent reduction in travel to reflect that many airlines are halting flights to affected regions, France's risk is still 25 percent, and Britain's is 15 percent. "It's really a lottery," said Derek Gatherer of Britain's Lancaster University, an expert in viruses who has been tracking the epidemic...
  • Ten of thousands march for ‘family values’ in France

    10/05/2014 11:29:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux Sunday to demonstrate for what protesters called “traditional family values” and against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy. The demonstrations were organized by the «Manif pour Tous» (“Protest for Everyone”) group that waged an ultimately unsuccessful grassroots movement against the adoption of same-sex marriage in France last year. Their target this time is medically assisted procreation techniques for lesbian couples and surrogacy, which must be “fought at all costs,” according to the group’s president Ludovine de la Rochčre. …
  • Formula 1 star Jules Bianchi 'fighting for life' with severe head injuries

    10/05/2014 8:31:59 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5 October 2014 | Amanda Williams
    Formula 1 star Jules Bianchi is fighting for his life in hospital after spinning off a rain-soaked track and into a recovery vehicle clearing up an earlier crash in the Japanese Grand Prix. The race was cut short by nine laps as Marussia driver Bianchi dramatically crashed out at the same site as Adrian Sutil's Sauber - which had aquaplaned off the track and was being recovered by marshals and machinery at the time. Unconscious but breathing for himself, Bianchi was taken to Mie University hospital, 10 miles away, and the race was stopped on lap 46. Bianchi's father has...
  • Frenchman wins legal right to marry his ex-stepmother

    10/04/2014 12:29:59 PM PDT · by Stoat · 51 replies
    Elisabeth Lorentz to tie knot with Eric Holder after divorcing his father despite French law banning such unions   A former stepson and stepmother are finally due to tie the knot on Saturday after fighting for months with French authorities for the right to marry. Elisabeth Lorentz, 48, will marry Eric Holder, three years her junior, in the small village of Dabo in Alsace-Lorraine, northeastern France. She was previously married to Mr Holder's father but the couple are not blood relatives. Nonetheless, French law prohibits all unions between stepchildren and step-parents – even former ones. The couple pleaded their...
  • The black gold of Alsace (France puts old oil wells back into production)

    10/03/2014 10:25:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 2, 2014 | Merkwiller-Pechelbronn
    A rusty truck and abandoned oil pumps form part of the French Oil Museum in Alsace. In the mid-18th century, the region was the cradle of the oil industry and provided 5 percent of French needs before fading into insignificance in the 1960s when the barrel lingered around $15. Now with oil prices hovering around $100, a dozen fields are pumping again. The activity near the Rhine on the German border does not amount to an oil boom. The region provides 1 percent of French oil production, which is just under 2 percent of European output. Nonetheless, 13 wells are...
  • Why isn't France engaged in Syria?

    10/03/2014 5:01:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The News Hub ^ | October 04, 2014 | Paul Iddon
    Given the country's clear eagerness to deploy its jets over the skies of Syria last year it is a little bit peculiar that France to date has not flown any missions over Syria as part of the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition. It was only about a year that at the very last minute France was the one who called off air strikes in Syria. It was the last one in fact to do so, and unlike its allies in London and Washington its air forces' Dassault Rafale fighter jets, armed with Scalp cruise missiles, were just off the coast, poised...
  • Dutch Catholic school cancels trip to Paris over fear of militant attack

    10/03/2014 9:35:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/3/2014
    A Dutch Catholic school called off a one-day trip to Paris for 400 students on Friday because of fears of an attack by Islamic militants in the French capital's metro, although French officials have cited no evidence of a specific threat. The graduate students from the southern Dutch town of Etten-Leur had been set to leave on Friday but the school said in a statement that the trip had been cancelled as a precaution after media reports about possible militant violence in France. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said last month he had credible intelligence that networks affiliated with Islamic...
  • France Is 'Finished' Says UK's Best Retailer

    10/03/2014 4:20:25 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | 10-3-2014 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird October 3, 2014 John Lewis, the retailer regularly voted the UK’s best by customers, has a pretty friendly brand. Its mutual business model is regularly praised as one for the entire country to copy. So after being awarded the status of one of the world's best retailers in Paris this week, you might have expected managing director Andy Street to have some kind words to say about his French hosts. Not quite. He says the country is "finished." Speaking in London yesterday, the Times reports that John Lewis' most senior executive said: “I have never been to a...
  • Strikers threaten to blow up French factory, stalling Hollande’s bid for economic reforms

    10/02/2014 2:53:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | 10-1-14 | Rory Mulholland
    Striking factory workers in France have threatened to blow up their place of employment in the latest round of hostile industrial action stalling President Francois Hollande’s economic reforms. Employees at the Electrolux vacuum cleaner factory near the Belgian border in Revin lit a trail of wooden pallets on Tuesday that was intended to act as a fuse leading to a propane gas tank near the main building of the factory. The stunt, which drew French police and fire crews to the scene, was the latest in a wave of strike action that has threatened to derail President Hollande’s government. It...
  • Russia preparing legal action over French Mistral halt

    10/01/2014 2:05:48 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 5 replies
    Janes DEfense Weekly ^ | 9/30/2014 | Nikolai Novichkov
    Russia is preparing legal action against France over the country's halt in the delivery of the Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) Vladivostok , Russian sources have told IHS Jane's . "We hope that despite the repeated statements of the French party concerning the possible refusal to hand over in late October through early November Vladivostok , the first of the ordered ships, it will eventually be delivered to Kronstadt where it will get a superstructure and onboard weapons. Anyway, the Rosoboronexport lawyers have received orders to start preparing all possible claims against DCNS as a contractor," a source involved in...
  • Socialist President of Bankrupt France Pledges $1 Bil for Global Warming

    10/01/2014 8:05:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Someone obviously read Obama’s handbook on governing. Crisis-hit France is “sick”, the country’s new economy minister said.“France is sick. It’s not well. We have to describe the situation as it is,” Emmanuel Macron told French radio.Added to its economic woes, the country is weighed down by a political crisis that has seen President Francois Hollande plumb record lows in opinion polls and a shock cabinet reshuffle in August to purge dissenters.The government’s unpopularity “is due to a lack of results”, said Macron. But President Hollande, the garden gnome of European politics, has the cure. More Global Warming ecoscam spending. French...
  • France's Socialists detail hefty spending cuts

    10/01/2014 7:04:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 10-1-2014
    France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion-euro ($26.5 billion) cost-cutting plan, the deepest-ever spending cuts in the country's modern history. Presenting the 2015 budget Wednesday, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said, "These spending cuts are crucial to our credibility in the eyes of the French and Europeans, they'll be fully applied." A significant part of the savings is to be made on France's generous welfare system. The government plans to cut 3.2 billion euros from health spending, and to cut family benefits by 700 million euros.
  • DCNS will unveil the SMX OCEAN at Euronaval 2014: A Conventional Barracuda (French sub design)

    09/30/2014 4:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 30 September 2014
    Navy Recognition learned that DCNS will introduce a new submarine concept at Euronaval 2014 which be held from October 27th to 31st at Paris Le Bourget in France. The SMX OCEAN is based on a Barracuda hull, the next generation SSN of the French Navy, fitted with a conventional propulsion system (SSK) with AIP technology. The SMX OCEAN concept to be unveiled at Euronaval 2014. Picture: DCNS The focus of DCNS engineers in developing this concept was put on endurance and high sustained speed. We learned that the 4,700 tons SSK was designed for an endurance of 14,000 nautical miles...
  • European Leaders Speak Out Against Increasing Anti-Semitism

    09/28/2014 10:23:02 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9-28-14 | Hillel Fendel
    Possibly fearing the increasing loss of their Jews as European Aliyah escalates, European leaders and communities are taking steps to combat local anti-Semitism. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the Great Synagogue in Paris just before Rosh Hashanah, and declared, "Denying the existence of Israel is the first step towards anti-Semitism." Speaking to more than 1,000 representatives of the French Jewish community, Valls assured them that the fight against anti-Semitism is a national cause. 'To be a Jew, to be French, French and Jewish identities are inseparable,’’ he said. In Italy, the Jewish community announced the launch of a special...
  • French conservatives capture control of Senate

    09/28/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 2:43 PM EDT | Sylvie Corbet
    Conservatives won French Senate elections Sunday to take control of parliament’s upper house, handing President François Hollande’s Socialists a new setback. The far-right National Front party also gained its first two Senate seats in the balloting. The Senate press office said a final count will await tallies from all of France’s overseas holdings—not likely until Monday, but it was already clear that the conservatives were back in control of the 348-seat chamber. …
  • Pressure on French Muslims to denounce IS group 'is madness’

    09/26/2014 10:29:51 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2014-09-26 | Tony TODD
    As Muslim groups prepare to demonstrate in Paris Friday against the “barbarism” of the Islamic State group (IS), pressure on the country’s Muslim community to denounce Islamist militancy has been described as Islamophobic "madness".