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  • Mali Islamists 'enter' Konna after clashes with army ('Mujao' risin'?)

    01/10/2013 2:07:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10/13 | BBC
    Militants Islamist in Mali say they have entered the key central town of Konna, advancing further into government-held territory. This is the most serious fighting since Islamist groups captured the north from government forces in April 2012. The army has not commented on the claim by the Ansar Dine group that its fighters are in Konna. Earlier, it said it had advanced on Douentza, a central town held by another Islamist group. A resident in Douentza said no fighting had so far taken place for control of the town, about 800km (500 miles) north-east of the capital, Bamako. It was...
  • WWII soldier’s duffel bag returned 7 decades later (Kleenex alert)

    01/09/2013 5:42:24 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 22 replies
    gjsentinel.com ^ | 1/9/13 | AP
    <p>MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A World War II veteran who served in France during the war has been reunited with his Army-issued duffel bag nearly seven decades after it went missing.</p> <p>William Kadar, 92, opened a carefully wrapped package Tuesday at his Merrillville, Ind., home and found his drab green duffel bag inside, still stenciled in black with his name and serial number. Kadar last saw the bag used by soldiers to tote their gear in November 1944, a month before he was captured by the Germans.</p>
  • Gérard Depardieu May Have Ruined François Hollande's Presidency

    01/08/2013 8:04:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/08/2013 | Rob Wile
    By now you've probably heard Russian President Vladimir Putin has bestowed Russian citizenship upon Gérard Depardieu as part of the French actor's quest to seek refuge from his country's onerous income taxes. It's a pretty funny situation. But French President Francois Hollande is not laughing. Because after all the fuss, the 75 percent marginal income tax that was the highlight of the new taxes which Depardieu and others were attempting to flee was ultimately vetoed by the country's Constitutional Council. The ruling came on technical grounds, and the government has vowed to resubmit a similar proposal. But the project has...
  • France’s Hollande escalates row with Catholics over gay marriage

    01/07/2013 5:13:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 6, 2013 12:09pm EST | Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
    France’s President François Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalization of same-sex marriage. He defended Education Minister Vincent Peillon on Saturday for urging Catholic schools, which teach about one-fifth of all pupils in France, to stay neutral in the debate. … The shrill polemics could not drown out another big news story: the growing unpopularity of Hollande and his government. One poll said 75 percent of voters doubt he can keep a New Year’s promise to turn around rising unemployment this...
  • Renowned French economist to join Obama’s team

    01/06/2013 11:13:34 PM PST · by Buddy Sorrell · 26 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/5/2013 | France 24
    France’s Esther Duflo, a star economist who was once named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to help shape US global development policy. France’s Esther Duflo, a world renowned economist, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to join a government body dedicated to advising the administration on global development policy. Duflo, who was raised in a “left-leaning Protestant” family, said she became aware of economic divides and social injustice at a very early age.
  • France's President Hollande pulls plug on new national museum plans fearing controversy

    01/06/2013 1:49:51 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 5 January 2013 | Bond and Peter Allen
    It is not the only country which has a controversial history of which it may not be entirely proud. But it seems that for French president Francois Hollande, his country's past is not something he thinks should be revisited. This week, ambitious and expensive plans for a museum about the history of France were binned because the Socialist president felt it would be too controversial. A number of academics were left delighted by the decision, because they had argued that French history is too divisive to be recounted in a museum. However, some historians have been left furious over the...
  • Catholic churches set ablaze in Austria and France

    01/05/2013 2:22:20 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | January 4, 2013
    Vienna, Austria, Jan 4, 2013 / 02:08 pm (CNA).- Several Catholic churches in Europe were reportedly set on fire in the days before Christmas, raising concerns of vandalism motivated by an opposition to Christianity.   The Observatory on the Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe reported that three churches were burned in Austria on Dec. 23, while a Nativity scene was burned at a church in France on December 18.   In the small Austrian town of Amstetten, three churches were set aflame, with one being severely damaged. The alleged suspect – a young man – was interrogated by...
  • Bardot: Save Elephants, or I'll Go to Russia too

    01/04/2013 5:54:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Jan 2013
    French cinema legend Brigitte Bardot on Friday threatened to follow Gérard Depardieu to Russia unless two elephants under threat of being put down are granted a reprieve. Depardieu the Russian praises 'democracy' (04 Jan 13) Putin makes Depardieu Russian citizen (03 Jan 13) Bardot leaps to Depardieu's defence (19 Dec 12) In a surreal twist to the saga over Depardieu's move into tax exile, the veteran animal rights campaigner said she would emulate his request for Russian nationality unless authorities intervened to save Baby and Nepal. The two elephants face being put down because they have been diagnosed with tuberculosis...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez

    01/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PST · by SteelToe · 27 replies
    Voltaire Net ^ | January 3, 2013
    The Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has announced on her Twitter account the expulsion of a French citizen known as Frédéric Laurent Bouquet, December 29, 2012 Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different calibers, 3 machine guns, 4 hand guns of different calibers, 11...
  • IDF and Syrian Rebel Officers Meet Clandestinely In Jordan

    01/02/2013 3:42:45 PM PST · by drewh · 2 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | January 1, 2013, 11:10 PM
    Israeli officials have been holding talks in Jordan with Syrian opposition officials “in advance of a possible Israeli-U.S. operation in Syria to protect the Golan Heights,” Western intelligence sources reported Tuesday, Jan. 1. There was no further information about this operation or how rebel commanders were involved in military plans “to protect the Golan Heights.” Altogether, the goings-on on the Israeli and Jordanian borders with Syria are in deep hush. But European intelligence sources, some of them French and Russian, reveal nightly clashes taking place between US, Jordanian, Israeli special forces and Syrian rebels, on the one hand, and Syrian...
  • Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

    01/03/2013 3:07:06 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | January 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    "IRAN SPY NETWORK 30,000 STRONG Pentagon report: Iranian intelligence linked to spying, terror attacks" SNIPPET: "Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report." SNIPPET: "“MOIS provides financial, material, technological, or other support services to Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), all designated terrorist organizations under U.S. Executive Order 13224,” the report said. The spy service operates in all areas where Iran has interests, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Central Asia, Africa, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France,...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'took Ł40m from Colonel Gaddafi to fund 2007 election campaign'

    A massively wealthy arms dealer with close links to Britain is set to provide proof that Nicolas Sarkozy received millions in illegal cash from Colonel Gaddafi. Ziad Takieddine, 62, insists that the former Libyan dictator funded the former French presidentÂ’s election campaign in 2007. ....................... TakieddineÂ’s explosive testament follows similar claims from other witnesses, all of whom insist that Sarkozy was a corrupt head of state. French law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above ÂŁ6,300, but it is claimed that GaddafiÂ’s donations were laundered through bank accounts in Panama and Switzerland. An Arabic language document made public last year...
  • France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech'

    01/02/2013 4:09:36 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02 Jan 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    Few ideas have done as much damage throughout history as empowering the government to criminalize opinions it dislikes Writing in the Guardian today, Jason Farago praises France's women's rights minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, for demanding that Twitter help the French government criminalize ideas it dislikes. Decreeing that "hateful tweets are illegal", Farago excitingly explains how the French minister is going beyond mere prosecution for those who post such tweets and now "wants Twitter to take steps to help prosecute hate speech" by "reform[ing] the whole system by which Twitter operates", including her demand that the company "put in place alerts and...
  • French Youths Torch 1,193 Parked Cars in New Year’s Eve ‘Tradition’ ( Koranimals ? )

    01/01/2013 7:01:49 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Blaze - Agence France-Presse ^ | January 1, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    A New Year’s Eve tradition for some in France of torching empty, parked cars has continued into 2013. Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday that 1,193 vehicles were burned overnight around the country, where the stunt began in the 1990s. “In France’s rundown suburbs, it has become as much of a New Year tradition as champagne and fireworks in more affluent neighbourhoods,” the Agence France-Presse
  • 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...