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  • How the French Fight Terror

    11/13/2012 1:15:51 PM PST · by BBell · 8 replies
    www.foreignpolicy.com ^ | JANUARY 19, 2006 | BY MARC PERELMAN
    Could Paris teach Washington a thing or two about protecting civil liberties while tracking down terrorists at home? In the United States, revelations that the Bush administration mandated domestic spying have caused a political uproar. France, however, has been spying on its citizens for years, as part of its effective, albeit controversial, counterterrorist system.In 1988, the FBI invited Alain Marsaud, then Frances top antiterrorist magistrate, to speak about terrorism to the bureaus new recruits at its academy in Quantico, Virginia. Marsaud, now a conservative lawmaker, told the audience of would-be feds of the deadly threat that radical Islamist terrorist networks...
  • Twelve EU countries likely to back Palestine’s UN bid

    11/10/2012 8:34:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.11.12 @ 09:27 (November 9) | Andrew Rettman
    Palestine can count on about 12 Yes votes by EU countries when it tries to upgrade its UN status, in a move expected later this month. … A senior EU diplomat told this website the Union remains divided on the question, however. He noted that member states’ votes “will probably follow the same pattern as with UNESCO,” referring to a decision by the UN’s Paris-based cultural wing to admit Palestine as a member last year. At the time, 11 countries—Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Spain—backed Palestine’s UNESCO bid. Another 11—Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy,...
  • France to Become 12th Country in the World to Legalize Gay Marriage

    11/10/2012 8:45:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/10/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    France is next in line to legalize same-sex marriage, according to a disputed bill pushed by President Francois Hollande on Wednesday, which would defy opposition from the country's Roman Catholic and conservative leadership. Currently, less than a dozen countries in the world have legalized gay marriage, although most of them are in Europe. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Iceland and Belgium have all moved away from the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman, and with Hollande's bill, France is set to join them early next year. The top ministers in France have already approved the...
  • EU Budget Battle: Berlin and Brussels Demand More from London and Paris

    11/10/2012 1:28:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/09/2012 | Philipp Wittrock and Roland Nelles/cgh with wire reports
    The European Commission and top German politicians are becoming increasingly exasperated with both France and Britain as the summit in Brussels to determine the EU budget for the seven-year period from 2014 to 2020 approaches. Both countries have been insistent on getting their way as member states position themselves for what promise to be difficult talks—and both London and Paris have threatened to veto the budget if it doesn't meet their expectations. In response, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Germany's representative on the EU's executive body, has harshly criticized the two countries. …
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • NAZIS, COMMUNISTS, ARAB NATIONALIST TERRORISTS: ONE CAMP, ONE KAMPF

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • 10 Observations (For your review) from a globe-trotting Freeper Jew.

    11/07/2012 4:34:44 AM PST · by golux · 7 replies
    11.07.12 | Golux
    1. Not long ago, big business was praised and only a select group of leftist radicals saw America’s businessmen the way Soviet propagandists (Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Alexandrov) painted them: as cigar-munching fat-cat high-hat capitalists with their boots in the faces of the Workers and Peasants. A presidency has now been won largely on mass internalization of this cartoon image. 2. In a time of record job-loss our citizens have decided to kill (soak, attack) the rich, yet I know of no American who has ever been hired by a poor man. 3. Business taxes are lower in Canada than they are...
  • EU: Francois Hollande lurches Right in historic U-Turn to save French economy

    11/06/2012 4:00:22 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/6/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    French president François Hollande has bowed to massive pressure for business tax cuts to pull France’s economy out of slump and stave off industrial decline, ditching a core element of his socialist platform. Francois Hollande Company taxes will fall by €20bn a year equal to 1pc of GDP, to be phased in gradually by 2015 under a convoluted system of rebates. Premier Jean-Marc Ayrault said it amounted to a 6pc cut in unit labour costs, enough to close the gap with eurozone rivals. "France is not condemned to a spiral of decline, but we need a national jolt to regain...
  • Jewish Family Attacked in Marseille, France

    11/06/2012 5:33:29 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5NOV2012 | Chana Ya'ar
    The father of a Jewish family was badly beaten and the family home was completely trashed on Sunday by local youths in Marseille, France. Residents in their Jewish neighborhood are stunned following the incident. Marseilles is home to some 80,000 Jews – 10 percent of the general population but a small fraction compared to the 250,000 Muslims with whom they also live. It has been relatively quiet France's second-largest city this year, compared to other areas in the country where violent anti-Semitism has been on the rise.
  • Jacques Bond’ foiled: Bulgarian peasants outwit French special agents.

    11/05/2012 6:05:38 PM PST · by tarator · 11 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | 11/04/2012 | John Follain
    FRENCH spymasters are hanging their heads in shame after a team of undercover agents proved no match for a couple of wary Bulgarian peasants. In an exploit worthy of Inspector Clouseau, five officers on a training mission for the elite action service commando of the DGSE — the French equivalent of MI6 — came across the brothers Slavi and Vasko Tsonev watching over their alfalfa crop near the border with Romania. Two of the officers had been parachuted into Romania and had travelled 25 miles to their rendezvous near the village of Koilvotsi. Their fake target was three other French...
  • EU: IMF warns over-taxed France risks slipping behind Italy and Spain

    11/05/2012 5:32:00 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/5/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The International Monetary Fund has told France to take urgent measures to head off national economic decline, warning that the country risks being left behind as southern Europe embraces reform. François Hollande Throwing the guantlet at the feet of the Socialist president Francois Hollande, the IMF said rising tax rates are undermining France as a place "to work and invest" and leading to a "significant loss of competitiveness". "There is a risk it will get worse if France does not adapt at the same pace as its trading partners in Europe, notably Italy and Spain," it said. The IMF challenge...
  • London, Paris, Jerusalem Line Up For Post-US Vote Action On Syria, Iran

    11/03/2012 9:48:17 AM PDT · by drewh · 3 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | November 3, 2012, 11:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
    The UK , France and Israel showed signs this week of lining up for military action with regard to Syria and Iran as soon as America’s presidential election was out of the way Tuesday, Nov. 6, military sources report. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent two days (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) talking to President Francois Holland. As the Defense Minister Ehud Barak landed in London the next day, Prime Minister David Cameron was reported on standby for the dispatch of RAF fighter-bombers to the Persian Gulf. Barak flew to London after US Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...
  • Survey exposes French anxieties over Islam

    10/29/2012 2:08:24 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    France 24 ^ | 26/10/2012 | France 24
    he role of Islam in France was once again under the spotlight on Thursday after right-wing daily Le Figaro published the results of an opinion poll that suggested 43 percent of French people believe the religion is a “threat” to national identity. By FRANCE 24 (text) Six out of ten French people believe the influence of Islam in France is “too big” and 43 percent see the religion as a “threat” to national identity, according to the results of an opinion poll published on Thursday. The sensitive poll, which will likely cause ripples in a country home to Europe’s largest...
  • Lesbian kiss steals spotlight at French anti-gay parenting protest

    10/28/2012 9:53:04 AM PDT · by Salman · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/25/2012 | France 24 staff writer
    Anti-gay parenting activists in Marseille were left irked on Wednesday after two women trumped their protest against same-sex parenting with a lesbian kiss, which was captured by a photographer and promptly went viral. A demonstration against same-sex parenting was interrupted Wednesday by its very target, when two women interrupted the event by sharing a kiss. The “Un papa une maman" ("one dad one mum") demonstration featured a performer sporting a spandex suit and wings, fluttering between “mamas” and “papas” before gaining steam from the cheers of both. The performance was supposed to demonstrate that a child needs both a mother...
  • French Prime Minister: I want Obama to win

    10/24/2012 7:00:27 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 50 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 24 Oct 2012 17:48 GMT+02:00
    French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has broken with diplomatic protocol by openly expressing his hope that Barack Obama wins the upcoming US presidential election. "If I was an American citizen I wouldn't hesitate to vote for Obama," he told a radio interviewer on Wednesday. While it is hardly surprising that Ayrault, a Socialist, would support the Democrat candidate in a US election, prudence normally restricts politicians from making such remarks given the possibility they will end up having to deal with their Republican rivals. Ayrault is not however the first French minister to offer public support for Obama in his...
  • French leader urges UN to back African force for Mali

    09/27/2012 7:09:33 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    AP ^ | September 27, 2012 | Herve Asquin
    French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the global community to help defuse a crisis in Mali by giving United Nations backing to a West African-led military intervention. Hollande, making his first speech to the UN General Assembly, said Mali needs help to seize back territory from Islamist rebels, who captured the north and east of the country after a coup created a power vacuum in March. France has offered to supply logistical support for any military force, in what is a delicate situation for the former colonial power, with six French hostages held in the area by AQIM. The...
  • Yes, Atlas Will “Shrug,” Eventually

    10/21/2012 6:38:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2012 | Austin Hill
    “People call this the ‘new normal.’ Let me assure you there is nothing normal about this at all. It’s the new ‘abnormal,’ and it won’t last, because as free people we won’t stand for it…”With those remarks, business magnate and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes drew thunderous applause from his audience last Wednesday. Headlining the “Power Up!” business and motivational seminar with Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, and Indian-born Zig Ziglar protégé Krish Dhanam, Mr. Forbes was speaking before a crowd of ten thousand at the Idaho Center indoor sporting complex. Forbes had just finished explaining why a confluence of...
  • Could French victim of the Alpine massacre have been the main target?

    10/21/2012 1:55:29 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 Sept 2012 | Peter Allen
    It had been thought that Mr Mollier was killed because he witnessed the shootings as he cycled past. But Lt Colonel Benedict Vinnemann, who is leading the gendarme inquiry, revealed he was considering other possibilities. He said: ‘Was the al-Hilli family the main target? Was it not the cyclist? Only ongoing work on the scene can answer this question clearly. ‘We’re talking about someone whom everybody says was a gentleman, but who’s to say he did not lead a double life?’ Mr Mollier worked for Cezus, a subsidiary of the Areva Group, specialising in zirconium metalworking for nuclear fuel containers....
  • French Nationalists occupy Mosque, demand end to Muslim Immigration

    10/20/2012 5:00:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    live leak ^ | 10.20.2012 | live leak
    One hundred young men entered the Great Mosque of Poitiers and occupied its roofs, demanding an end to Muslim Immigration in France Video at link.
  • After lawsuit threat, Twitter to pull racist posts

    10/20/2012 1:00:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 19 Oct. 2012 10:52 AM ET | Lori Hinnant
    Twitter agreed to pull racist and anti-Semitic tweets under a pair of French hash tags after a Jewish group threatened to sue the social network for running afoul of national laws against hate speech, the organization said. The decision came a day after Twitter bowed to German law and blocked an account of a banned neo-Nazi group there. … The French Union of Jewish Students, which planned to supply Twitter with a list of the offensive tweets to be pulled, said it would still file a formal complaint against the social network to bring the tweeters to justice. The union...
  • The Neglect of France's Socialist Welfare State - Skeleton of French Man Found in Bed after 15 Years

    10/20/2012 11:29:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Reuters (via Yahoo!) ^ | Fri, Oct 19, 2012 | Pierre Savary; Vicky Buffery
    LILLE, France (Reuters) - Police in France said on Friday they were trying to identify the skeleton of a man believed to have lain undiscovered in bed for more than 15 years. The body, found in an abandoned house in the northern city of Lille, is thought to be that of the elderly owner of the property, who lived alone and appeared to have no relatives. Police said they had found piles of unopened mail at the house dating back to 1996.
  • France 24 TV: Cairo reporter 'savagely attacked'

    10/20/2012 9:57:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    AP ^ | October 20, 2012 | JAMEY KEATEN
    PARIS (AP) — A correspondent for France 24 TV was "savagely attacked" near Cairo's Tahrir Square after being seized by a crowd, the network said Saturday. It was the latest case of violence against women at the epicenter of Egypt's restive protests. The news channel said in a statement that Sonia Dridi was attacked around 10:30 p.m. Friday after a live broadcast on a protest at the square and was later rescued by a colleague and other witnesses. France 24 did not give further details about the attack, but it said its employees were safe and sound, though "extremely shocked,"...
  • The Ghosts of World War II: The photographs found at flea markets superimposed on to modern street

    10/19/2012 2:43:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | october 18, 2012 | Emma Reynolds
    This haunting collection of images shows what it would look like if the ghosts of World War II returned to our streets. The remarkable pictures overlay modern scenes from France with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war. Historical expert Jo Teeuwisse, from Amsterdam, began the project after finding 300 old negatives at a flea market in her home city depicting familiar places in a very different context.
  • The French Great Socialist Revolution Will Be Homework-Free, And Very, Very Cold

    10/19/2012 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Snuph · 9 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/19/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Whereas some may have welcomed the latest development in the Great French Socialist Revolution chronicles, primarily those 8-16 year olds who would directly benefit from president Francois Hollande's attempt to capture the vote of those still ineligible to actually vote, by promising to do away with homework (because it encourages "inequality" as homework apparently "favors the wealthy"), everyone else saw right through it for the sad attempt at populism it was. Luckily, the impact of this idiotic policy, if it were to actually pass, would not be visible for at least a decade at which point French society would be...
  • Video: Moroccan Jihadi Preacher Calls on All Muslims to Leave France, Compares Europe to a Toilet

    10/18/2012 10:25:28 PM PDT · by Milagros · 29 replies
    Translatingjihad ^ | Apr, 2012
    Video: Moroccan Jihadi Preacher Calls on All Muslims to Leave France, Compares Europe to a Toilet Posted by Translating Jihad http://www.mrctv.org/embed/111937 As seen in the subtitled video above, Moroccan Islamic preacher Shaykh 'Umar al-Hadushi (variant: Omar al-Haddouchi) urges all Muslims to leave France in a video released just over a week ago, citing as reasons for doing so France's banning of hijabs and restrictions on the call to prayer. Al-Hadushi further explains that Islam is to be exalted above all, and never to be lower than anything else. Al-Hadushi additionally compared non-Muslim countries to a toilet, where you go to...
  • Stick-it-to-rich tax plan may backfire on France

    10/18/2012 5:33:51 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 19 October 2012 | Maya Vidon-White - Special to The Washington Times
    PARIS — France’s Socialist government is proposing a slew of taxes — on art, on businesses, on the rich — that are drawing criticism for stifling entrepreneurship and scaring off the wealthy. “Unfortunately, I think the politics we are leading in France will turn out to be catastrophic for the economy, which is already in bad shape,” said French economist Marc Touati, author of “When the Eurozone Explodes.” “This is a serious mistake, something you learn in [Economy 101] — it will aggravate the recession and therefore shrink the tax base.” Led by President Francois Hollande, the French government proposed...
  • Pepe Le Pew! France: One in 29 Don't Shower Even Once a WEEK - 13% Don't Wash After Using Toilet

    10/17/2012 3:18:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 17 October 2012 | David Harding
    One in 29 French people don't take a shower even once a WEEK - while 13% do not wash their hands after using the toilet One in 29 people in France only take a shower once a week, according to a new survey. The study into French washing habits also found that one in five do not shower every day. On the other end of the scale, 11.5 per cent of French men and women shower several times daily. Hand washing, too, is ‘not always a priority for the French,’ said pollster BVA, which was commissioned to carry out the...
  • French President Hollande vows to ban homework as part of 'education reforms'

    10/17/2012 7:33:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/17/2012
    French President Francois Hollande has vowed to ban homework as part of wide-ranging reforms to the country's education system. Hollande has expressed worries over the fact that privileged children benefit from parental assistance on take-home assignments and that disadvantaged children do not have support at home. "An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home," the New York Daily News quoted Hollande, as saying. According to a report by France 24, Hollande's extensive education reform plans also include increasing financial aid while combating truancy. He also intends to provide incentives...
  • The RAFALE Omnirole Fighter: Pushing Forward on New Air-to-Air Capabilities

    10/17/2012 5:26:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Dassault Aviation ^ | 15/10/2012
    The RAFALE Omnirole Fighter: Pushing Forward on New Air-to-Air Capabilities In October 2012, the RAFALE omnirole fighter reached two major milestones: the first delivery of a production aircraft equipped with the first production RBE2 AESA radar, and the initial successful testing of the new-generation, very long-range, METEOR air-to-air missile. Pushing forward on new air-to-air capabilities, the Rafale B301, operating from Cazaux DGA Flight Test Center in southwestern France, successfully completed, on October 4 then on October 10, two successful tests of the beyond visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) Meteor. On December 22, 2010, the French defense procurement agency (DGA: Direction Générale...
  • France to Cover 100 Percent of the Cost of Abortions

    10/16/2012 1:47:14 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | October 16, 2012 | Veronique de Rugy
    The French national health-care system is called Sécurité Sociale. It is currently running a $13 billion deficit, but President François Hollande has some ideas about a new direction for the program. For starters, in 2013, it will start covering the cost of abortion entirely. That’s right: If you get an abortion in France, the “government” will pick up the tab and it won’t cost you a dime. But in the name of fiscal responsibility, the president will pay for the new spending by taxing seniors. Hes planning on imposing a tax of 0.15 percent on retirees, which will double in...
  • EU: French business erupts in fury against "disastrous" Hollande

    10/15/2012 10:17:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/15/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France is sliding into a grave economic crisis and risks a full-blown “hurricane” as investors flee rocketing tax rates, the country’s business federation has warned. Francois Hollande is tightening fiscal policy by 2pc of GDP next year to meet EU deficit targets “The situation is very serious. Some business leaders are in a state of quasi-panic,” said Laurence Parisot, head of employers’ group MEDEF. “The pace of bankruptcies has accelerated over the summer. We are seeing a general loss of confidence by investors. Large foreign investors are shunning France altogether. It’s becoming really dramatic.” MEDEF, France’s equivalent of the CBI,...
  • French business erupts in fury against "disastrous" François Hollande

    10/16/2012 6:51:02 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France is sliding into a grave economic crisis and risks a full-blown “hurricane” as investors flee rocketing tax rates, the country’s business federation has warned. “The situation is very serious. Some business leaders are in a state of quasi-panic,” said Laurence Parisot, head of employers’ group MEDEF. “The pace of bankruptcies has accelerated over the summer. We are seeing a general loss of confidence by investors. Large foreign investors are shunning France altogether. It’s becoming really dramatic.” MEDEF, France’s equivalent of the CBI, said the threat has risen from “a storm warning to a hurricane warning”, adding that the Socialist...
  • French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

    10/16/2012 2:26:08 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | OCTOBER 15 2012 | Valerie Strauss
    French President Francois Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country’s education system. And the reason he wants to ban homework?  He doesn’t think it is fair that some kids get help from their parents at home while children who come from disadvantaged families don’t. It’s an issue that goes well beyond France, and has been part of the reason that some Americans oppose homework too. Hollande’s reform plans include increasing the number of teachers, moving the school week from four days to 4 1/2 days, overhauling the curriculum and...
  • ‘Good Jew’ hashtag is third most popular on French Twitter

    10/15/2012 5:12:05 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    JTA ^ | 10-15-12
    A French nonprofit said it was considering making complaints against some Twitter users following an explosion of French-language anti-Semitic messages. SOS Racisme, a Paris-based anti-discrimination organization, made the statement on its website after the phrase UnBonJuif on Oct. 10 became the third most popular hashtag among French Twitter users. Literally meaning “a good Jew,” it served thousands of Twitter users to enter what the French daily Le Monde termed “a competition of anti-Semitic jokes.” One Twitter account registered to the username “Marcel Leblanc” posted a picture of an emaciated Jewish woman taken in a Nazi concentration camp as his or...
  • France to Donate 10 Million Euros to PA

    10/15/2012 12:16:22 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/10/12
    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and France's general consul in Jerusalem signed an agreement, Sunday, under which the government in Paris will contribute 10 million Euros to the PA budget. The two sides said, in a joint announcement, that the agreement "reflects a French decision to contribute to a solution of the economic crisis..."
  • French prosecutors appeal as gang rapists get off lightly

    10/13/2012 6:46:07 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 12 Oct 2012 16:29 GMT+02:00
    French prosecutors said Friday they will appeal the acquittals and light sentences handed down to 14 men accused of repeatedly gang-raping two teenage girls in a run-down Paris suburb. The court decision on Wednesday sparked widespread outrage in France, with one feminist group saying it sent a "catastrophic message" that rape is permissible. Ten men were acquitted in the case while four defendants were handed down sentences ranging from one year in prison to three years suspended for raping one victim, identified only as Nina, now aged 29. Prosecutors had called for eight of the accused to be given sentences...
  • Bypassing Israel, French capital endorses unprecedented agreement with ‘East Jerusalem’

    10/12/2012 9:55:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 4, 2012, 12:28 pm | Elhanan Miller
    France’s most populous administrative zone, encompassing the capital Paris, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Palestinian district of Jerusalem, a move organizers say is designed to send a “political message” of solidarity with the Palestinians and their aspirations for a future capital in the city. The French region described the agreement as the “first of its kind.” The decision is a blow to Israel’s claim that the eastern sector is part of its united capital. A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said east Jerusalem “does not exist” as a separate entity and that the French council was “living in...
  • French Minister warns of hundreds of #savage jihadists

    10/11/2012 10:11:51 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | October 11, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Where are the voices of condemnation from leftwing rabbis, the political elites, the compromised Pastors, and media shills? French Minister Warns of “Hundreds” of Homegrown Islamist Terrorists Algemeiner, October 11, 2012 Following the arrest of a terror cell responsible for planning and executing a grenade attack on a Jewish store in Sarcelles, France, earlier this year, the country’s interior minister has spoken out regarding the threat that homegrown Islamist terrorists pose to all French citizens and French Jews in particular. “We know that there are dozens, even hundreds of individuals who are capable of organising themselves like the group that...
  • Francois Hollande 'shared' his mistress Valerie Trierweiler with Sarkozy minister

    10/11/2012 1:29:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Oct 2012
    Francois Hollande 'shared' his mistress Valerie Trierweiler with Sarkozy minister Francois Hollande "shared" his mistress Valerie Trierweiler with a minister from Nicolas Sarkozy's government in a Jules et Jim-style relationship, a new biography on France's first lady claims. La Frondeuse (The Troublemaker), claims that Miss Trierweiler, 47, had an affair with Patrick Devedjian, 68, a former economic recovery minister, in the early 2000s, but that the Socialist Mr Hollande, 58, muscled in when the Right-winger failed to commit himself further to the relationship. There followed a period "a bit like Jules et Jim," said the co-author Christophe Jakubyszyn, a close...
  • The "Marathon of the Bible" banned in Paris

    10/09/2012 5:39:00 PM PDT · by annalex · 10 replies
    www.christianophobie.fr ^ | October 7, 2012
    For eight years, at the initiative of Evangelical Protestant Churches of Paris-Ile de France and organized by the association A Bible Foyer, a "Marathon of the Bible" is held in Paris, Place de la Bastille. For four days and three nights, the Bible is read, discussed, prayed. A peaceful demonstration - I attended a part of this gathering here three or four years - is public and free. On September 30, the site of the event stated that the organizers had not received permission from the police headquarters for the rally scheduled for October 4 to 7. I received yesterday...
  • Radicalism Prompts Warnings in France

    10/08/2012 9:32:30 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | Oct. 8, 2012 | By MAÏA de la BAUME
    PARIS — Jewish and Muslim leaders here warned on Monday of rising anti-Semitism among young Muslims, two days after the police arrested 11 men and fatally shot one in raids in a handful of cities aimed at young radical French Muslims. President François Hollande met with Jewish and Muslim leaders on Sunday and promised tighter security at Jewish religious sites. He said that a new law would soon make it a crime to travel to militant training camps. “Nothing will be tolerated; nothing should happen,” Mr. Hollande said in a statement. “Any act, any remark will be prosecuted with the...
  • Business Fleeing France as 75% Income Tax Looms

    10/07/2012 5:36:46 PM PDT · by Snuph · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 07 Oct 2012
    A flood of top-end properties are hitting the market as businessmen seek to leave France before stiff tax hikes hit, real estate agents and financial advisors say. "It's nearly a general panic. Some 400 to 500 residences worth more than one million euros ($1.3 million) have come onto the Paris market," said managers at Daniel Feau, a real-estate broker that specialises in high-end property. Read more on Newsmax.com: Business Fleeing France as 75% Income Tax Looms Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!
  • France boosts security at Jewish sites

    10/07/2012 4:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7 October 2012 | Last updated at 08:19 ET
    The French president has promised the Jewish community a major increase in security after police shot dead a man suspected of targeting a kosher shop. François Hollande said there would be "total mobilization of the state to fight all terrorist threats". A suspected radical Islamist, believed to have thrown a grenade at a kosher grocery in Paris last month, died in a raid in Strasbourg on Saturday. Hours later, blank bullets were fired outside a Paris synagogue. …
  • Op-Ed: France Bows to Islam

    10/07/2012 4:14:07 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/10/12 | Giulio Meotti
    After Hitler and Stalin, France bows to Islam. A new literary case easily explains what's going on in Paris. What eminent, now villified author Richard Millet has to say about it, talking to Meotti. The new French leftist government approved the mega project of the Islamic Emirate of Qatar to finance the disadvantaged suburbs, which are home to a significant number of France’s estimated 4-6 million Muslims. Is Paris on sale to the Gulf monarchies, which support - anywhere in the world - radical Islam and jihad? Qatar's $ 65 million objective is to peddle religious hatred and separation among...
  • 1 Dead, 11 Arrested in anti-Terror Sweep in France

    10/06/2012 4:54:54 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Police carried out raids across France on Saturday after DNA on a grenade that exploded last month at a kosher grocery store led them to a suspected jihadist cell of young Frenchmen recently converted to Islam
  • EU preparing to ban gas imports from Iran

    10/06/2012 9:56:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05 October 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. … The moves come as European governments and the United States are searching for new ways to pressure Tehran into scaling back its nuclear work after diplomacy foundered earlier this year. Tehran denies its work has any military intentions. …
  • The Free-Fall of Sergeant Magee January 3rd, 1943 Over Saint-Nazaire, France

    10/04/2012 6:12:35 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Check Six ^ | Unknown
    The Free-Fall of Sergeant Magee January 3rd, 1943 Over Saint-Nazaire, France The war-torn skies over Europe were the scene of numerous acts of heroism, bravery, and courage. On a daily basis, men on both sides fought hard, wagering life and limb, in pursuit of the glory of their respective nations. In late 1942, the United States Army Air Forces had begun a campaign of daylight precision bombing raids over central Europe, determined to destroying the production and manufacturing infrastructure of the Third Reich. In September of 1942, ground elements of the 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) arrived and set up base...
  • Hollande's Insane Proposal: "Make Layoffs So Expensive For Companies That It's Not Worth It"

    10/04/2012 7:57:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 10/03/2012 | MIKE SHEDLOCK
    Unemployment in France touched 10.2% in April, a number last seen in 1999 according to data from Eurostat. click on chart for sharper image The question on newly-elected President Francois Hollande's mind is what to do about it. Economic Insanity  Hollande's layoff clampdown solution according to Labour Minister Michel Sapin is to "make layoffs so expensive for companies that it's not worth it." France's new Socialist government is planning to ramp up the cost of laying off workers for companies in the coming months, its labour minister said on Thursday after data showed the jobless rate hit the highest...
  • A Capitalist Revolt In Socialist France

    10/04/2012 7:26:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2012 | Wolf Richter, Testosterone Pit
    The French government is trying to reign in its deficit by jacking up taxes, including the capital gains tax, which it wants to bring to the same level as the tax on income earned by the sweat of your brow—an old philosophical pillar of the French left. But an explosive essay published last Friday hit a nerve with entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, artisans, and mom-and-pop business owners. And their anger, which spread across the social media, the papers, and finally TV news, turned into an open revolt. The trigger was an editorial in La Tribune by John-David Chamboredon, Executive President...
  • FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra

    10/04/2012 12:41:54 AM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    FBI - Boston - Press Release ^ | October 3, 2012 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.fbi.gov/boston/press-releases/2012/fbi-seeks-assistance-in-locating-wanted-fugitive-ahmad-abousamra FBI Seeks Assistance in Locating Wanted Fugitive Ahmad Abousamra $50,000 Reward is Being Offered for Information Leading to His Arrest FBI Boston October 03, 2012 BOSTON—FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers announced today that the FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to locate wanted terrorist Ahmad Abousamra, a U.S. citizen from Mansfield, Massachusetts who left the United States in 2006. He may be living in Aleppo, Syria, with his wife, at least one child (a daughter), and extended family. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered for information...