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  • When an Army of Artists Fooled Hitler

    05/21/2013 4:54:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | May 21, 2013 | Leah Binkovitz
    <p>Mixing real tanks alongside the inflatable ones, the troops appeared to be assembling a massive attack. Their fake observation planes were so convincing, American pilots tried to land in the field next to them. When the offensive finally made its move across the Rhine, with General Dwight Eisenhower and Prime Minister Winston Churchill watching, they were met with little German resistance. The riverbanks were left for the taking and the Ghost Army earned a commendation for its success.</p>
  • France in talks with US, Israel to buy drones

    05/21/2013 3:17:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/19/2013
    France in talks with US, Israel to buy drones Paris looks to modernize fleet, seeks to purchase drones from Washington, J'lem "straight away," says French defense minister. PARIS - France is in talks with the United States and Israel to buy intelligence-gathering drones to build up a modern fleet, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday. France's existing hardware is outdated and its military intervention in Mali this year has exposed its shortage of surveillance drones suitable for modern warfare. The United States provided French commanders with intelligence from its drones based in Niger. "We need this capacity in...
  • Right-wing historian shoots himself in Notre Dame cathedral 'in protest at gay marriage'

    05/21/2013 10:32:00 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2013 | Sam Webb
    A right-wing historian shot himself dead in front of hundreds of tourists at the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris today, apparently in protest at France's legalisation of gay marriage. Dominique Venner, who had recently been campaigning against gay marriage in France, is said to have calmly walked past the crowds milling around the 850-year-old Cathedral, one of the most popular tourist sites in the world, before taking out a Herstal automatic pistol. The 78-year-old put the gun in his mouth and fired before collapsing on to the altar, according to French media reports.
  • U.S. flies more than 200 air refuel missions to Mali

    05/21/2013 9:51:55 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | Shaun Waterman
    U.S. aerial tankers have flown more than 200 missions this year to fuel French airpower supporting Paris’ intervention against al Qaeda linked extremists in Mali. The aid underscores NATO’s reliance on U.S. military capabilities to stage even their own unilateral operations. Air Force Times reported the U.S. Air Force’s 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, forward deployed to Morón Air Base, Spain, from RAF Mildenhall, in Suffolk, England, has offloaded more than eight million pounds of fuel in 204 separate missions in support of the French Air Force as of May 15. ... But French forces could not have gotten to...
  • Doctor: Report Affirms Al-Dura Story Was a Hoax

    05/20/2013 5:22:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/5/13 | David Lev
    Dr. Yehuda David, who was sued for libel by the father of Muhammad al-Dura – and eventually won his case – expressed great satisfaction at the issuing of a report by a special report by a government panel that revisited the infamous incident, in which IDF soldiers were accused of killing the 12 year old Arab boy at the start of the second intifada. The committee determined that not only were the allegations – and a report by French television purporting to show IDF soldiers shooting and killing the boy – a lie, but that the al-Dura is not even...
  • French tests ease fears of coronavirus transmission

    05/11/2013 10:41:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Reuters) - ^ | May 11, 2013 6:42am EDT
    Three people who came into contact with France's only confirmed case of coronavirus have tested negative for the SARS-like disease, with results pending on two others, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Saturday. Lab results were expected later in the day on a friend or family member of the infected man, who remains in serious condition, and another patient who shared his hospital room, the minister and doctors told reporters in Lille, northern France. A doctor, a nurse and a third health professional who had come into contact with the 65-year-old confirmed to have coronavirus are in the clear
  • Taxes on some wealthy French top 100 pct of income

    05/19/2013 6:36:17 AM PDT · by mkmensinger · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-18-13
    "More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data."
  • Dangerous Price Manipulation Rocks Energy Markets (Natural Gas)

    05/18/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 37 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | Friday, May 3, 2013 | BUSINESS WIRES
    A new investigation released by Wall Street Daily just revealed a disturbing pattern of price manipulation in the energy markets. The six-month investigation, conducted by renowned energy analyst, Karim Rahemtulla, was triggered by the incredible disparity in gas prices between the United States and Europe. The price of natural gas in the United States is presently about $4/mcf. Yet the price in Europe is upwards of $15/mcf. “Such mispricing simply cannot occur in an efficient market,” says Rahemtulla. For the global economy to function properly, the energy markets must be priced efficiently. It can be no other way. Any malfeasance...
  • Hollande Asks ECB to Engage in Japanese Style Currency Debasement

    05/18/2013 10:28:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 18, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    French president Francois has had enough of austerity but claims he "cannot do it alone". The Financial Times reports François Hollande goes on ‘offensive’ over stalled EU economy. François Hollande promised an “offensive” to bring “more growth and less austerity” to Europe as he launched a bid to resurrect his presidency. Mr Hollande said the first priority of his second-year “offensive” was a four-point plan to “get Europe out of its torpor” – concentrating on combating youth unemployment and a strategy of investment. “The number one objective is changing Europe’s direction to have more growth and less austerity,” he said....
  • The French elite: where it went wrong

    05/18/2013 4:57:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Simon Kuper
    France’s “énarques” weren’t trained to succeed in the world but in central Paris ___ High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. The French Stalinist Maurice Thorez spent the second world war in Moscow, where he called himself “Ivanov”. When France was liberated, he came home and entered government. After Charles de Gaulle stepped down as French leader in 1946, Thorez picked up one of the general’s pet projects:...
  • Taxes on some wealthy French top 100 pct of income: paper

    05/18/2013 5:14:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/18/2013 | Leigh Thomas
    More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data. The newspaper said that the exceptionally high level of taxation was due to a one-off levy last year on 2011 incomes for households with assets of more than 1.3 million euros ($1.67 million). President Francois Hollande's Socialist government imposed the tax surcharge last year, shortly after taking office, to offset the impact of a rebate scheme created by its conservative predecessor to cap an individual's overall taxation at 50 percent of income. The...
  • EU to ban olive oil jugs from restaurants

    05/17/2013 9:57:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:52PM BST 17 May 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britain’s top cooks as authoritarian and damaging to artisan food makers. The small glass jugs filled with green- or gold-colored extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe, but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week. From next year, olive oil “presented at a restaurant table” must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in...
  • Let’s Go Crazy! France Double-Dips, Empire State Goes Negative And Mortgage Apps Fall 7.3%

    05/15/2013 6:32:11 AM PDT · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 05/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    This is not one of those “everything is beautiful” economic news days. First, France experienced a double dip in real GDP. This is France’s second recession in four years with a 0.2 percent contraction. And France is helping to drag down the Euro-area into its sixth quarterly decline. The Shadow Economy is former Soviet-bloc countries remains high along with Greece, Cyprus and Malta. Hmm. The further away countries are from Brussels and Luxembourg, the greater the Shadow economies (I don’t think this would surprise Nigel Farage!) Second, the Empire State Manufacturing Survey General Business Conditions SA contracted -1.43%, the first...
  • Carlos the Jackal appeals French life term (Marxist militant/killer)

    05/13/2013 4:23:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/13/13
    PARIS (Reuters) - Carlos the Jackal, the Marxist militant once ranked among the world's most wanted criminals, launched an appeal on Monday against a life sentence for bomb attacks that killed 11 people three decades ago. The Venezuelan defendant, 63, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has been locked up in France for almost 20 years serving an initial life sentence in a separate case for killing two police officers and an informant in Paris in 1975. The Paris hearing was suspended as Ramirez demanded new lawyers and accused the Venezuelan state of seeking to sabotage his defense by...
  • Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery

    05/13/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 | Giovanni de Briganti
    Scoot and Shoot “à la Française:” Caesar SP Gun Transforms French Artillery (Source:; published May 7, 2013) By Giovanni de Briganti DRAGUIGNAN, France --- The French army has almost completed the wholesale transformation of its artillery, a process which has seen the merger of its air-defense and field artillery units and the gradual replacement of its towed (TRF1) and self-propelled (AUF1) 155mm howitzers by the Caesar truck-mounted, air-transportable gun of the same caliber but with substantially longer range. In terms of units, the reorganization will be completed this summer with the disbandment of the 8th Artillery Regiment, the fourth...
  • The New European Revolt

    05/11/2013 8:44:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 May 2013 | Tyler Durden
    President Hollande of France recently got a whiff of what is coming from an open letter addressed to him by a 20-year old student named Clara G. “This will probably shock you, but it is mainly for fiscal reasons,… simply because I do not feel like working all my life to pay taxes, a large part of which will only service the 1.9 trillion Euros of debt that your generation has kindly left us. If these borrowings had at least been invested to prepare the future of the country, if I was getting a small benefit from them, it would...
  • French minister wants land for slaves’ descendants

    05/12/2013 7:40:37 AM PDT · by csvset · 34 replies
    France24 ^ | 12/05/2013 | Joseph BAMAT
    France’s justice minister has said she supports land reform in the country’s overseas territories to help the descendents of slaves, two days after President Hollande declared reparations for slavery were impossible. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has called on the French government to consider ways to redistribute land in its Caribbean overseas territories to favour the descendants of slaves, just two days after President François Hollande ruled out reparations for France’s role in the colonial-era slave trade. “In the overseas territories there was a land grab, the general result was that the descendents of slaves were left without access to land....
  • French voters have had enough of François Hollande and his government

    05/12/2013 6:26:34 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday 6 May 2013 08.39 EDT | Philippe Marlière
    On Sunday, an estimated 150,000 people marched in Paris and gathered in the Place de la Bastille to listen to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the Left Front. Afterwards , the Socialist Party officials were prompt to call the event highly divisive for the left. Accusations of populism and gauchisme (unrealistic policies) also rapidly surfaced from Solférino, the Socialist headquarters. To paraphrase Bertolt Brecht: would it not be easier for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?
  • Dangerous Times: Milton Friedman just won his euro bet

    05/11/2013 7:13:12 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies ^ | 5/11/2013 | James Lewis
    Even as President Obama is following in Eurosocialist footsteps, the 14-year utopian experiment on a single currency is collapsing. The architect of the euro just ran up the white flag on the biggest policy mistakes in history. Former German Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine called his own brainchild a "catastrophe". "The economic situation is worsening from month to month," he wrote on his Left party blog. "unemployment has reached a level that puts democratic structures ever more in doubt." "Catastrophe" is the right word. Today Greece is suffering more than 50% unemployment. That's worse than the Great Depression in the US....
  • Vultures eat woman's body in 50 minutes after fall off cliff [protected species in France]

    05/09/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2013 | Enrique Calvo
    Major Didier Pericou told The Times of Europe, "When we first went out in the helicopter looking for the body, we saw numerous vultures without realizing what they were doing." Pericou added that the incident has reignited calls from local farmers to allow hunting of the birds. The Times reported that Pyrénéan farmers have been demanding the right to shoot the birds, known as Griffon Vultures, because they've been attacking sheep and cows. But the species is protected in France and has lost access to its normal diet of carcasses due to European health and safety regulations.