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  • Muslims Burn About 1,200 Cars on New Year’s Eve in France

    01/01/2013 2:41:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    The Conservative Papers ^ | January 1, 2013 | alpineski
    Muslims Burn About 1,200 cars on New Year’s Eve in France Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday that 1,193 vehicles were burned overnight around the country. Clashes between police and offenders in the New Year’s Eve took place in the Muslim majority districts in the city of Strasbourg and Mulhouse. About seven police officers were attacked New Years eve night. Around 1,200 cars were burned by rioting Muslims on the New Year’s Eve in France, where the mass burning cars in the national holidays are kind of tradition among Muslim residents of the disadvantaged suburbs of immigrants. In recent years,...
  • The Depardieu Revolution

    01/01/2013 7:30:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    When Socialist President Francois Hollande took office, he swiftly made good on his pledge to raise the top tax rate on Frenchmen who earn a million euros a year -- to 75 percent. The regime would now confiscate three of four dollars that the most successful Frenchmen earned. Paris also imposes a wealth tax on assets worth more than $1.7 million. This broke it for Gerard Depardieu, the famed actor and bon vivant who has performed in scores of films in such roles as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" and Cyrano de Bergerac. Depardieu put his Paris mansion up...
  • Hollande refuses to back down on French super-tax

    12/31/2012 11:21:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 18.37 EST | Angelique Chrisafis
    François Hollande on Monday vowed to press on with his super-tax on the rich, despite a damning decision by France’s top court to throw it out as unconstitutional. But it is uncertain when a new version of the tax will be introduced and whether it will be watered down. … “We will still ask more of those who have the most,” said Hollande. He added that the exceptional tax on France’s wealthy would be “adjusted without changing its objective”, but did not provide details of any new proposal. … The tax remains overwhelmingly popular with the French public, 60% of...
  • Failed Syria Envoy Brahimi’s Mission Brings Chemical War Closer

    12/30/2012 8:26:12 PM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 30, 2012, 9:08 PM
    The Syrian crisis unbelievably took another turn for the worse Saturday, Dec. 29: After making no headway with Bashar Assad in Damascus, the UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was told in no uncertain terms by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow: “There is no possibility of persuading Syrian ruler Bashar Assad to leave Syria.” As they spoke, a record 400 people died in hostilities in the country. The burnt remains of hundreds of people slaughtered by the army were discovered in a Homs district. And Syrian opposition leaders have repeatedly preconditioned their acceptance of the Russian invitation to talks...
  • The Outpouring of The Spirit has begun ~ ~ ~

    12/30/2012 7:00:21 PM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-30-12 | Jedediah
    Numbers 21:17-18 17 Then Isra’el sang this song: “Spring up, oh well! Sing to the well 18 sunk by the princes, dug by the people’s leaders with the scepter, with their staffs!” From the desert they went to Mattanah, The outpouring of freedom has begun , Look for things of MY kingdom, My love will always lead the way , It holds My Menorah together every day , My 7 spirits you will find , The Father trimming the branches of My vine , In all we do we always agree, So where we are you will find harmony ,...
  • Hollande: Al-Qaeda 'Not to Be Trusted'

    12/30/2012 3:42:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012
    President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release. There are a total of nine French hostages on the continent. On Tuesday the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said France was snubbing talks proposed by the group to free four French citizens abducted in Niger in September 2010. "The less one speaks, the better one can work," Hollande told journalists during a visit to Rungis, a giant wholesale food market just outside Paris. "There have been...
  • French Weekly to Publish Life of Mohammed Comics

    12/30/2012 1:51:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Charlie Hebdo, the French weekly known for publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and enraging much of the Muslim world, said Sunday that it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam’s founder that will be strictly educational. The weekly often depicts Islam’s prophet using caricatures and parodies in an effort to defend free speech and defy the anger of Muslims who believe depicting Mohammed visually is sacrilegious. The series, entitled "Muhammad's Life," will be “an Islamically authorized biography because it is being written by Muslim commentators,” said the weekly's publisher, known only as Charb. “The only thing...
  • Fateh Missiles and Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation to Bolster Assad

    12/29/2012 12:26:13 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | December 29, 2012, 11:23 AM
    French and Israeli intelligence sources affirmed Saturday, Dec. 29, that, contrary to reports appearing in the United States Friday, Iran has accelerated rather than slowed down its 20-percent grade enrichment of uranium and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capacity. Furthermore, for the moment, there is not the slightest indication that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has any intention of accepting the Obama administration’s latest plan for a nuclear deal. This plan would require Iran to discontinue production of 20-percent enriched uranium (which can be quickly converted to weapons grade material), and confine itself to producing low 5 percent uranium...
  • France’s highest court rules proposed 75% supertax rate unconstitutional

    12/29/2012 11:42:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:26PM GMT 29 Dec 2012 | Kim Willsher
    French president François Hollande suffered a damaging setback yesterday when France’s highest court ruled his proposed 75% “supertax” rate unconstitutional. The measure, which is blamed for an exodus of wealthy French abroad, was a pillar of the Socialist leader’s successful Spring election campaign. But in an unexpected blow, France’s Constitutional Council ruled that the tax band did not guarantee equality for taxpayers because two households with the same total revenue could end up with different tax bills. Although the tax would have hit only around 1,500 people, it was seen as the totem in Hollande’s political manifesto, which said it...
  • French Court Rejects 75 Percent Millionaire's Tax

    12/29/2012 8:12:40 AM PST · by usconservative · 18 replies
    Reuters Wire Service ^ | 12/29/12 | Emile Picy and Catherine Bremer
    (Reuters) - France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax rate to be introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the public deficit.
  • Depardieu Move to Belgium Divides France

    12/24/2012 10:36:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/24/2012 | Rick Moran
    If people like Paul Krugman get their way, we will be having this debate in America too.And actually, it’s not much of a debate. One of the benefits of being free is you get to go wherever you want without government interference. Evidently in France, this freedom may be in jeopardy as some wealthy citizens, refusing to give the government 75% of their income, have fled France for friendlier climes. Actor Gerard Depardieu is only the most visible individual to choose to leave. The mini-exodus has sparked a fierce debate involving “greed,” “patriotism,” and “solidarity.” Some have even questioned...
  • France monitoring traditionalist Catholics for 'religious pathology'

    12/24/2012 5:46:55 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/13/2012 | Carl Bunderson
    Paris, France, Dec 13, 2012 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A French cabinet member announced that the government will monitor certain groups for "religious pathology," including a traditionalist Catholic organization, and will shut them down if it is discovered. “The objective is to identify when it's suitable to intervene to treat what has become a religious pathology,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism, according to Reuters. “The aim is not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an opinion turns into a potentially violent and criminal excess,” he said...
  • B is For Bizarre -- Also For Boehner, Budget and Washington Bozos

    12/23/2012 12:19:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    How long is this show going to go on in Washington, and must it? They say closing time for its costars is midnight, December 31. That's when the president and the speaker of the House need to agree on the federal budget Or Else, but politicians never met a deadline they couldn't postpone, as in Can, Kick Down the Road. This year's burlesque is turning into a melodrama (working title: Meltdown) as both sides steer the country right over the dreaded (cue scary music) Fiscal Cliff! Thelma and Louise, here we come. The Mayans couldn't have written a scarier doomsday...
  • Blue Cheese May Be Good for Your Health, Study Suggests

    12/22/2012 10:54:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Global Post ^ | December 21, 2012 | Alexander Besant
    A study by the UK-based biotech company Lycotec found that blue cheese may have anti-inflammatory properties that protect against many diseases. Blue cheeses like Roquefort and Bleu d'Auvergne are being credited with helping reduce cardiovascular disease in France. A studyby the UK-based biotech company Lycotec found that blue cheese may have anti-inflammatory properties that protect against many diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties increased the longer the cheese was ripened, said the Globe and Mail. AFP reported that the benefits of the cheese work best in the gut and just underneath the skin, which may help slow signs of aging. The researchers...
  • American Firms Turned off France by Hollande

    12/21/2012 9:43:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | 20 Dec 2012
    France's attractiveness as a place to do business has plummeted in the eyes of US businesses active in the country after the change to a Socialist government, according to a survey released Thursday. The survey among the heads of the French units of US companies found that only 22 percent saw France as an attractive place to do business, down from 56 percent in 2011. Conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris and consulting firm Bain and Company, the survey questioned 52 leaders of French operations of US companies that had 39,000 employees and generated €32 billion ($42...
  • Depardieu Critic 'a Petty-Minded Pygmy' - Deneuve

    12/21/2012 9:31:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Dec 2012
    Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve launched a strong defence of Gérard Depardieu on Friday, calling a virulent critic of her fellow thespian's bid for tax exile a petty-minded pygmy. Deneuve's defence came after the reclusive French film legend Brigitte Bardot castigated attacks on a man who is arguably France's leading actor with roles in nearly 170 films. The hulking 64-year-old star's move to Belgium has been derided as "pathetic" by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault while another top French actor, Philippe Torreton, publicly accused him of sulking like a playground creep. Deneuve, a chiselled blonde actress whose career spans nearly a...
  • France passes contentious budget, heavy on taxes

    12/20/2012 3:30:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 6:01 AM EST
    France’s parliament has passed a contentious budget for next year that includes a raft of new taxes aimed slashing the country’s deficit and putting it on the path to economic recovery. …
  • WWII Veteran Returns Wedding Photos of Dead German Soldier 68 Years Later

    12/19/2012 2:08:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Dec 7, 2012 | Cheryl Hurd
    Even though he is 92, Howard Hensleigh remembers 1944 like it was yesterday. Even though he is 92, Howard Hensleigh of Menlo Park remembers 1944 like it was yesterday. That was the year the Army World War II veteran killed a German soldier during a gun battle in Southern France. “The sergeant that I chose to fire the first shot fired and of course they hit the dirt. Firing going back and forth all the time," Hensleigh said. Hensleigh, who was an intelligence officer and assistant platoon leader, says he knew the German soldiers were not going to give up...
  • Israel approves new settlement between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

    12/19/2012 6:02:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's spate of settlement expansion around Jerusalem has increased again with the approval of 2,612 homes in a move likely to further inflame international criticism of Binyamin Netanyahu's government. Givat Hamatos, across the pre-1967 Green Line between southern Jerusalem and Bethlehem, will be the first new discrete settlement created since 1997. Critics say it will become part of a chain of settlements in the area, further impeding access between the two biblical cities. European diplomats in Jerusalem have warned that the construction of Givat Hamatos is a "game-changer" which could destroy the chance of a viable Palestinian state with East...
  • France Opens the Door to Medically-Assisted Suicide

    12/19/2012 11:59:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12/19/12
    A report commissioned by French President François Hollande has started the ball rolling towards possible legislation that would allow for medically-assisted suicide in France.A government-commissioned report released on Tuesday has recommended that France allow doctors to “accelerate death” for terminally-ill patients who want to end their lives. French people overwhelmingly support medically-assisted suicide, with an October poll showing 89% in favour. Examining the case for medically-assisted suicide was a campaign pledge made by French President François Hollande ahead of his election in May 2012. Hollande pledged to act on the recommendations of the government-commissioned report, which will be referred to...
  • Can The Last Taxpayer Leaving France Please Turn Out The Lights?

    12/19/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/29/2012 | Jean-Philippe Delsol
    The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France’s economy to a halt; it is also attacking the very foundations of French society by destroying entrepreneurship and responsibility. Taxes are raining down on French citizens, and the promised shelters often disappear before they have even been introduced. The French government’s 2013 finance bill has announced confiscatory tax rates on incomes and capital gains, and payroll taxes will be increased as well. But the socialists are shooting themselves in the foot, as such tax rates will destroy wealth and drive out entrepreneurs, capital, businesses, and young people....
  • France’s new monitoring policy deemed religious liberty threat

    12/17/2012 11:29:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Dec 14, 2012 / 10:21 am
    Religious freedom experts are decrying a recent announcement by the French government that it will deport and dissolve groups that are labeled extreme and appear to suffer from “religious pathology.” … At a Dec. 11 conference, French interior minister Manuel Valls announced that new government surveillance policies will be aimed at shutting down religious groups including traditionalist Catholics if they show signs of a “religious pathology” that could lead to violence, reported Reuters. The conference was held two days after French president François Hollande announced the creation of a new agency, the “National Observatory of Secularism,” to observe and promote...
  • Popular Actor Gérard Depardieu says he will give up French passport over tax rises

    12/16/2012 7:23:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/16/2012
    Gérard Depardieu has said he is handing back his French passport and social security card, lambasting the French government for punishing "success, creation, talent" in his homeland. A popular and colourful figure in France, the 63-year-old actor is the latest wealthy Frenchman to seek shelter outside his native country by buying a house just over the border in Belgium in response to tax increases by the Socialist president, François Hollande. The prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, described Depardieu's behaviour as pathetic and unpatriotic at a time when the French are being asked to pay higher taxes to reduce a bloated national...
  • Depardieu 'to give up passport' in tax exile row

    12/16/2012 4:51:20 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 12-16-12 | BBC
    French actor Gerard Depardieu says he is handing back his French passport after the prime minister criticised him for moving to Belgium to avoid taxes. In a letter to a newspaper he lambasted the French government for punishing "success, creation and talent". Last week the 63-year-old actor announced he was moving to the small Belgian town of Nechin just over the French border. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault described the decision as "shabby". Next year, the top rate of income tax in France is due to become 75% on earnings above 1m euros. It is currently 50% in Belgium. "I...
  • Will this village be the only place to survive the end of the world next Friday?(alien rescue?)

    12/16/2012 3:09:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 December 2012 | Jane Fryer
    Will this village be the only place to survive the end of the world next Friday? French village Bugarach said to be only place that will survive Armageddon Mayan calendar suggests world will end on December 21 Pic de Bugarach mountain overlooking village said to be an alien lair Prophecy suggests aliens will emerge to pluck 'future survivors' to safety The village of Bugarach in southern France doesn’t feel as if it’s braced for the end of the world. Christmas decorations are twinkling, the birds are singing and an alarming number of garden gnomes are gleaming in the December sun....
  • EU leaders back Monti against Berlusconi

    12/15/2012 5:53:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.12.12 @ 18:35 (Dec. 13) | Honor Mahony and Valentina Pop
    Germany’s Angela Merkel and other center-right leaders have indicated they would like to see Mario Monti to keep on running Italy instead of Silvio Berlusconi. The center-right leaders—as well as the two Italian political adversaries—met in Brussels ahead of an EU summit on Thursday (13 December) in an event designed to prevent Italy’s political turmoil from stirring up the euro crisis once again. The center-right European People’s Party (EPP) chief Hans Martens admitted to journalists he stage-managed the whole thing so that neither Monti nor Berlusconi knew the other would be there until the last minute to make sure that...
  • Hollande’s World: French in Denial as Crisis Deepens

    12/13/2012 6:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | Romain Leick
    In the midst of the economic crisis, France’s Socialists are denying reality. The minister of industrial renewal is calling for nationalization of some industries, while the president shies away from necessary structural reforms. Business leaders fear the clock has been turned back 30 years. … France’s business leaders felt as if they had been set back 30 years, to a time when the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, François Mitterrand, began his term with a wave of nationalizations and, after two years, was forced to reverse his policy. Some even drew a comparison with 1945, when the government...
  • France Steps up Struggle Against Religious Radicals [Moslems & "hardline, traditionalist Catholics"]

    12/12/2012 9:49:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/12/12 | Tom Heneghan
    (Reuters) - France will deport foreign-born imams and disband radical faith-based groups, including hardline traditionalist Catholics, if a new surveillance policy signals they suffer a "religious pathology" and could become violent. A French Islamist shooting spree last March that killed three soldiers and four Jews showed how quickly religiously radicalized people could turn to force, Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a conference on the official policy of secularism. His warning came two days after President Francois Hollande announced the creation of an agency to track how the separation of church and state is upheld in this traditionally Catholic country with...
  • French Greens look to ban all future shale drilling with new draft law

    12/12/2012 10:22:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Platts ^ | December 12, 2012 | Robin Sayles
    France's Green party has proposed to parliament a law which extends the nation's ban on shale oil and gas exploration to all drilling methods, Green party MP Francois-Michel Lambert said in a statement Wednesday. The question of whether France should mine its significant shale gas potential is high on the agenda of a national debate on energy which will frame 2013 policy decisions. "It is time to definitively close the door on non-conventional hydrocarbon [drilling]" said Lambert, proponent of the draft law. This is something the Socialist government has not been willing to do, instead choosing to outlaw hydraulic fracturing,...
  • Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage

    12/12/2012 5:21:40 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 February 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    This article analyzes the history of labor union violence, and how Rep. Capuano's comments are a perfect continuation of this historical truth. Labor Unions: A History of Murder and Sabotage The New American 28 February 2011 The raging union-led protests in Wisconsin have resulted in many Americans taking a closer, more critical look at labor unions and their political clout and influence in shaping policy. With the ubiquitous announcement from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka that he is granted an audience at the White House “nearly every day,” the American people have become more skeptical of unions and the role...
  • French actor Depardieu seeks Belgian residency - mayor

    12/09/2012 2:00:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/9/12 | Vicky Buffery | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - Actor Gerard Depardieu has become the latest Frenchman to look for shelter outside his native country after a series of tax hikes by Socialist President Francois Hollande on the wealthy. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" star has bought a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near the French border, local mayor Daniel Senesael told French media on Sunday, adding he had also enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency. ... "I think he wanted to enjoy the atmosphere in Belgium, our identity, the rural, bucolic setting," Senesael told RTL radio. For Depardieu, best known for his roles...
  • In France's Welfare State Status Quo, Are We Seeing America's Future?

    12/12/2012 6:41:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/12/2012 | Sylvain Charat
    Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama’s domestic policies. There has been a surge in American citizens on welfare over the last four years, including a 50-percent increase in people on food stamps (from 32 to 47 million). It is a form of welfareship. As a citizen of France, I know such a society very well. France has 60 years of experience with entrenched welfare policies, beholden to a kind of “welfareship.” It is a democratic society based heavily on welfare, and distrusting the values of free markets. In 2009, 11.2 million French persons received welfare payments, out a...
  • France's Jean-Marc Ayrault slams flight of the 'greedy rich' (Another liberal great idea fails!)

    12/11/2012 8:42:01 PM PST · by Route395 · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/11/12 | Henry Samuel
    Jean-Marc Ayrault's outburst came after France's best-known actor, Gerard Dépardieu, took up legal residence in a small village just over the border in Belgium, alongside hundreds of other wealthy French nationals seeking lower taxes. "Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor," the prime minister declared after unveiling sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis. These individuals are leaving "because they want to get even richer," he said. "We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit...
  • Generation Identity wages war on France's Islamization

    12/10/2012 12:43:37 PM PST · by Bon mots · 10 replies
    CBN viaLiveLeak ^ | December 10, 2012 | CBN
    Encouraging... We need a similar movement in the USA to fight back against the 68'ers who are messing everything up. Check out the video: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a3b_1355162592
  • Actor Depardieu bids ‘adieu’ to France to avoid taxes

    12/10/2012 11:05:26 AM PST · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    French cinema's leading man Gérard Depardieu has set up his home in a Belgian town straddling the French border to avoid paying taxes in his home country, a local mayor has confirmed.
  • So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how.

    12/08/2012 1:18:07 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | Dec 7, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    So you’ve decided to run away and join the French Foreign Legion? Here’s how. It's Earth's version of taking the Black and heading for the Wall, the way Jon Snow does in Game of Thrones. Joining the French Foreign Legion granted men a safe haven for many for decades. But what does it actually take to join the French Foreign Legion? • Joining the Legion The Foreign Legion, unfortunately, is portrayed in pop culture as packed mercenaries and vagrants — even Jean-Claude Van Damme takes up the cause in one film. A safe haven for men looking for a new...
  • France joins the stealth drone club

    12/04/2012 10:57:28 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 3, 2012 | John Reed
    To kick this week off we thought we'd bring you these pictures showing that France has become the second nation in the world to (publicly) fly a stealth UAV. These images show Dassault's nEUROn (yes, it's really written that way) making its maiden flight in Istres on Dec. 1. nEUROn is a technology demonstrator; basically it's a plane used to prove that all the tech Dassault has designed for a stealth, unmanned strike jet will actually work. Here are some stats about nEUROn from Dassault: "With a length of 10 meters, a wingspan of 12.5 meters and an empty weight...
  • President's Girfriend to Attend Gay Wedding

    12/04/2012 2:21:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Dec 2012
    Valérie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President François Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies. While her partner's commitment to proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriages has been questioned in recent weeks, Trierweiler revealed she had accepted an invitation to participate in the wedding of gay friends. "I'm delighted that I'm going to be a witness at one of the very first marriages for all," Trierweiler said. A law providing for same sex couples to wed and adopt children is expected to...
  • France and Britain Reportedly Considering Pulling Ambassadors from Israel

    12/03/2012 8:32:42 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 12/2/12 | Adam Clark Estes
    Everybody knew that Israel's move to build new settlements in the previously off-limits area outside Jerusalem known as E1 would anger friends and enemies alike. But few probably guessed that it would send European ambassadors fleeing the country. According to a new report from Haaretz, that's exactly what the diplomats from France and Britain are thinking. More specifically, the Haaretz report cites senior European diplomats who say that the two countries are considering "the unprecedented step of recalling their ambassadors." One told the paper, "This time it won't just be a condemnation, there will be real action taken against Israel."
  • UK, France Summon Israeli Envoys in Wake of Housing Approvals

    12/03/2012 8:06:57 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Britain and France have summoned their Israeli ambassadors to protest Israel's decision to authorize housing construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. The ambassadors were summoned Monday amid reports that the two countries would recall their envoys in Israel for consultations. Sweden also has summoned its Israel ambassador, according to reports. "We deplore the recent Israeli government decision to build 3,000 new housing units and unfreeze development in the E1 block," the British Foreign Office said in a statement, threatening a "strong reaction" if construction goes ahead. "This threatens the viability of the two-state solution." The E1 corridor, which...
  • Mum set for trial after sending son named ‘jihad’ to nursery with ‘I am a bomb’ jumper

    12/02/2012 12:31:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    sun ^ | 12.2.2012 | sun
    A MUM who sent her three-year-old son named "Jihad" to nursery school wearing a top bearing the words "I am a bomb" is to go on trial in France. Beneath the boy’s name on the back of the jumper were the words "Born on the 11 September" - the date of the 9/11 terror attacks on New York’s twin towers. The muslim mum was reported to police by the boy’s outraged teacher and has now been charged with supporting a terrorist act. Thierry Lagneau, the mayor of the southern French town of Sorgues, said: “We fully support charges being brought...
  • U.S. Moves Toward Recognizing Syria’s Opposition

    12/01/2012 1:13:36 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2012 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and MARK LANDLER
    Bryan Denton for The New York Times Rebels in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, in August. The opposition to the Syrian government is developing a political structureWASHINGTON — The United States is moving toward recognizing the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people as soon as it fully develops its political structure, American officials said Thursday. A decision to recognize the group could be announced at a so-called Friends of Syria meeting that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to attend in Morocco on Dec. 12. It is the most immediate decision facing the Obama administration...
  • Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper

    11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29,2012 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines.  French media reported Friday that Strauss-Kahn, 63, former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Manhattan hotel.   The parties are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in May 2011 after Ms. Diallo, an immigrant from...
  • French Center-Right Party Declares Sarkozy Protégé as Leader

    11/27/2012 2:20:15 PM PST · by Cincinna · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2012 | NICOLA CLARK
     After more than a week of wrangling over the outcome of its hotly contested party election, the leadership of France’s center-right opposition party on Monday confirmed Jean-François Copé, a right-leaning protégé of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, as the party’s new chief, staring down a last-minute legal challenge from his centrist rival, François Fillon.  The disputed election has sown confusion and embarrassment across France and in particular within the already bruised party, known as the U.M.P. The drawn-out battle, which has played out on live television and via social media networks, follows Mr. Sarkozy’s loss in the presidential race in May,...
  • France Surrenders Again!(Agrees to Recognize Palestinian State)

    11/27/2012 10:03:15 AM PST · by muleskinner · 4 replies
    Mike Huckabee Show/J.D. Hayworth
    France to U.N.: I'm shocked, shocked to find the nonsense going on in here! [ a member of Hamas hands France a pile of money] Abdul: Your winnings, sir.
  • Europeans to Hezbullah: Just not in my backyard

    11/25/2012 11:12:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/25/12 | Carl In Jerusalem
    Some of you may remember the picture above and the post that went with it. The picture was taken at the train station in Bologna, Italy on August 2, 1980. I missed being there by a couple of days. Italy thought it had a deal with the PLO not to carry out terror attacks on its soil. It was wrong. The European Union is about to repeat the mistake. The EU may declare Hezbullah a designated terror organization, but only if they reach the conclusion that Hezbullah was behind the terror attack at a Bulgarian airport a few months ago....
  • Choose Jesus and no other and you "shall" walk in his fullness ![Charistmatic caucus]

    11/22/2012 10:58:09 AM PST · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 11-22-12 | Jedediah
    Many of my children have stepped backword into a precipice of darkness "yeah" into a revelation not of Me for I desire for my children to walk in the fullness of my glory and goodness each day. I came to stand in the road to Damascus to deliver Paul out of just this thing for truly though he knew My word he had yet to meet me and it is these "Sauls" of disaster I am after in these last days . So "GO" My church and declare the wonders of my fullness for there is no one thing or...
  • MUST SEE – French Youth Declare War on Multiculturalism and Collapse of Western Society (Video)

    11/20/2012 10:39:46 AM PST · by kabar · 91 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 20, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In October, 70 members of the French youth group Génération Identitaire occupied the Poiters mosque to protest against the influence of Islam in France. The youths climbed to the roof and unfurled a banner with the name of their movement. Now the movement is back with a powerful video—
  • German soldiers 'ready to defend Turkish-Syrian border'

    11/19/2012 3:06:00 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 17 Nov 12 09:58 CET
    German soldiers and missiles seem likely to be posted to Turkey’s border with Syria soon. One report suggested the government was checking the legality of such a posting, ahead of a Turkish request expected on Monday. The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Saturday that government officials were discussing whether a parliamentary mandate would be needed to send the 170 soldiers which would be needed to staff two Patriot missile units as part of a NATO mission. The Turkish government said ten days ago it wanted the air defence missiles for its border with Syria, where rockets from the civil-war-wracked country...
  • Several EU leaders opt out of Nobel peace bash

    11/19/2012 3:10:47 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    The Local (Norway) ^ | 14 Nov 2012 16:57 GMT+01:00
    Fewer than a dozen European leaders have so far accepted an invitation to attend next month's Oslo ceremony to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union, this year's controversial winner, the Nobel Institute said on Wednesday. "Between eight and 10 have said they would come and and somewhat fewer have responded in the negative," the director of the institute, Geir Lundestad, told AFP. After the unexpected awarding of the peace prize to a crisis-stricken EU on October 12th the bloc's President Herman Van Rompuy invited all the leaders of the 27 member states to attend the ceremony, which...