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  • Ministers refuse to mark Waterloo: Campaigners say Government do not want to offend France

    06/13/2013 7:42:48 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 44 replies
    Dail;yMail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Ian Drury
    Tt is often regarded as the British Army’s greatest military victory. Led into battle by the Duke of Wellington, UK troops routed Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, a triumph ushering in almost a century of peace and stability in Europe. But the Government is refusing to mark the battle’s 200th anniversary in 2015 amid suspicions it does not want to offend France. SNIP Brussels is spending at least £20million on commemorative events, including restoring the battlefield. SNIP James Morrow, secretary of Waterloo 200, ...said he was ‘disappointed’. SNIP ‘The Belgian government has spent millions on events to commemorate the...
  • France isolated as Germany drops opposition to US trade deal

    06/12/2013 9:55:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12.06.13 @ 18:11 (June 12) | Valentina Pop
    Germany has dropped its opposition to starting talks on an EU-US free trade agreement, leaving France alone to battle for exemptions for European artists. “Today, Germany has withdrawn its concerns and will approve a negotiating mandate for the EU commission on Friday,” German economy ministry spokeswoman Julia Schwartz said on Wednesday (12 June) at a press conference in Berlin. EU trade ministers are to take a decision on the Union’s free trade blueprint at a meeting in Luxembourg at the end of this week. … Germany had earlier sided with France in saying that “culture” should be exempt from the...
  • Germans accuse U.S. of Stasi tactics before Obama visit

    06/11/2013 5:00:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Noah Barkin
    German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation when he lands in Berlin next week and one official likening the tactics to those of the East German Stasi. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has said she will raise the issue with Obama in talks next Wednesday, potentially casting a cloud over a visit that was designed to celebrate U.S.-German ties on the 50th anniversary John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech... In a guest editorial for Spiegel Online on...
  • The "French Way of Life" on Collision Course with Germany

    06/09/2013 5:23:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | June 9, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I received still more emails from French and Canadian readers on preserving culture. Since it's a slow news day, let's take a look at them. Olivier writes "Wouldn't a true conservative pay at least some respect to local cultural norms instead of trying to impose some economic diktat from on down?" Talk about getting things ass backwards. It is the social police attempting to impose cultural and economic diktats to preserve the local bookstore and the local farm to the point of absolute absurdity. Email From Canada Reader Mike from Canada writes ... Hi Mish, I totally agree with the...
  • France wants ‘cultural exception’ kept out of EU-US trade talks

    06/08/2013 7:59:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    European Voice ^ | 06.06.2013 | 05:55 CET | Andrew Gardner
    The trade ministers of the European Union’s member states are expected to give the European Commission a strong mandate next week to negotiate a far-reaching trade deal with the United States. However, France is holding out against accepting a request from the Commission to be allowed to open discussions on rules governing audiovisual products, for fear of endangering legislation that allows EU countries to subsidize, protect and impose quotas for products of national cultural value. When the trade ministers meet on Friday next week (14 June), France will be demanding that the “cultural exception” is excluded from the Commission’s negotiating...
  • Clement Meric killing: France 'to dissolve' far-right group

    06/08/2013 1:47:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | Saturday, June 8, 2013 | unattributed
    The French government is to take steps to break up a far-right group allegedly linked to the death of a left-wing activist. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has asked the interior minister to take steps "immediately" to dissolve the Revolutionary Nationalist Youth (JNR). Five people are under investigation over the death of Clement Meric, 18. He was badly beaten in a clash between far-right and anti-fascist activists in Paris on Wednesday, and later died. The Paris Prosecutor, Francois Molins said according to witnesses the two groups had run into each other by chance in a busy shopping district near St Lazare...
  • Why France is gearing up for a culture war with the United States

    06/08/2013 8:13:57 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, June 8, 2013 | Agnès Poirier
    Do you remember the most Homeric of world trade negotiations, called the Uruguay round, which took place between 1986 and 1994? I was a teenager then and I remember that round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Gatt) vividly. I had taken to reading the austere Le Monde every day and remember the uncouth Jack Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association in Hollywood, who particularly despised European film directors for pleading with their governments to exclude cinema, and the arts in general, from the negotiations. Valenti roared back: "Culture is like chewing-gum, a product like any other."...
  • Ancient Greeks introduced wine to France, Cambridge study reveals [Prof Paul Cartledge]

    10/27/2009 5:04:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies · 813+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Friday, October 23, 2009 | Andrew Hough
    The original makers of Côtes-du-Rhône are said to have descended from Greek explorers who settled in southern France about 2500 years ago... The study, by Prof Paul Cartledge, suggested the world's biggest wine industry might never have developed had it not been for a "band of pioneering Greek explorers" who settled in southern France around 600 BC. His study appears to dispel the theory that it was the Romans who were responsible for bringing viticulture to France. The study found that the Greeks founded Massalia, now known as Marseilles, which they then turned into a bustling trading site, where local...
  • Wine grape genome decoded, flavour genes found

    08/27/2007 3:57:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 491+ views
    Yahoo | AFP ^ | 8/26/07 | Marlowe Hood
    PARIS (AFP) - Scientists in France and Italy have deciphered the complete genetic code for the plant producing wine grapes, according to a study published Sunday. While the findings will do nothing to enhance the mystique of winemaking, they could pave the way for gene-based manipulations to boost flavour and improve resistance against disease. Dozens of researchers analyzing the Pinot Noir varietal of Vitis vinifera, the core species from which virtually all grape wine is made, found twice as many genes contributing to aroma than in other sequenced plants, suggesting that wine flavours could be traced to the genome level....
  • Report: Arabs, Not Jews, Worst-Hit by EU Labeling Scheme (against “settlements”)

    06/05/2013 10:30:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    INN ^ | 6/5/2013, 1:15 PM | David Lev
    The labeling of products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria would damage Israel, a report by the Foreign Ministry said—but it would damage PA Arabs even more. According to the report, some 22,500 PA Arabs are employed inside Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria. These Arabs are among the highest paid laborers in the PA. … In addition, they have social rights, including health benefits and pension rights, that are usually unavailable to PA Arabs. … If the aim of the European Union is to assist PA Arabs, the report said, then the labeling of goods from Jewish-owned businesses...
  • “Ireland leads opposition to blacklisting Hezbollah” (by EU)

    06/06/2013 1:09:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/06/2013 02:54 | Herb Keinon
    Government officials in Jerusalem accused Ireland on Wednesday of leading opposition inside the EU to placing Hezbollah, or at least its “military wing,” on the European Union’s terrorist black list. According to the officials, Ireland—which holds the EU’s rotating presidency—was supported in this position by Sweden and Finland at a working group on Tuesday that debated the issue. A consensus of the EU’s 27 states will be needed to blacklist Hezbollah’s “military wing,” a move now even backed by Germany and France. In the past these two countries have opposed this step, arguing that it could destabilize Lebanon, make European...
  • Charles Lindbergh Won the Prize, but Did His Rival Get There First?

    09/06/2011 10:27:39 AM PDT · by Palter · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06 Sept 2011 | SEBASTIAN MOFFETT
    A Countryman Tries to Unravel the Unsolved Mystery of Charles Nungesser's Last Flight PARIS—Right after his historic, 33-hour trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927, Charles Lindbergh asked whether there was news of French aviator Charles Nungesser. Mr. Nungesser, an adventurer and World War I ace, was Mr. Lindbergh's great rival in the race to fly nonstop across the Atlantic in one direction or the other. He had set off with a navigator from Paris for New York just two weeks before Mr. Lindbergh's flight. But his biplane—called L'Oiseau Blanc, or White Bird—never arrived in New York, and...
  • French launch bid to rewrite history books w/claim that Lindbergh was NOT first to fly/the Atlantic

    11/13/2010 5:17:28 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 70 replies ^ | 11-13=10 | "reporter"
    Charles Lindbergh is renowned as the first person to fly across the Atlantic, but according to new research, he was beaten to the achievement ten days earlier. According to French aviation enthusiast Bernard Decré, Lindbergh was only the first to complete the crossing and survive, with two French pilots believed to have reached the coast of Canada ten days before Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis touched down in Paris in May 1927. New documentary evidence found in the U.S. national archives may prove that Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli completed a transatlantic crossing and were the first men to do...
  • No Flight Of Fancy: German Siblings Prove Lindberg Was Their Father

    11/28/2003 7:28:48 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 446+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 11-29-2003 | Andrew Gumbel
    No flight of fancy: German siblings prove Lindbergh was their father By Andrew Gumbel 29 November 2003 Fans of the pioneering American aviator Charles Lindbergh have had to swallow a few uncomfortable facts about their hero over the years, such as his sympathy for the Nazis, his campaigning against the involvement of the United States in the Second World War and his anti-Semitism. Now comes a new, seemingly incontrovertible bit of awkward news: DNA evidence confirming that Mr Lindbergh, who made the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, had a secret, second family in Germany with a Munich hatmaker,...
  • DNA tests say Lindbergh fathered three children in Germany

    11/28/2003 2:18:21 PM PST · by Paladin2b · 37 replies · 750+ views
    AFP ^ | November 29, 2003
    MUNICH, Germany (AFP) - DNA tests have confirmed that all-American hero and aviator Charles Lindbergh fathered three illegitimate children in Germany, their spokesman said. In a statement, he said the tests supported their assertions that Lindbergh, who won instant celebrity for making the first solo, non-stop transatlantic flight in 1927, was their father. The probes, examined by a Munich university medical centre, compared their DNA with a sample from a member of Lindbergh's family. The result, handed in writing to the three last week, showed a probability of paternity of more than 99 percent."They never had any doubt about the...
  • German Paper Reporting That Charles Lindbergh Led a Double Life.

    08/01/2003 2:02:20 PM PDT · by longjack · 46 replies · 2,481+ views
    dpa / Yahoo Deutschland ^ | August 1, 2003 | dpa / Yahoo Deutschland
    Friday, August 1st, 2003, 18:39 Charles Lindbergh Led Double Life With Munich Woman Munich (dpa) - Charles Lindbergh, who became a hero after his non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927, led a double life according to a report in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". The paper wrote in its Saturday edition that in 1957 the American Lindbergh learned to know and to love the 24 year younger hat maker, Brigitte Hesshaimer, in Munich . It was a close relationship which lasted until Lindbergh's death in 1974. Lindbergh's wife seems to have known nothing about the second family in Munich,...
  • Lindbergh's Grandson Arrives in France After Repeat of Historic 1927 Solo Flight

    05/02/2002 6:23:49 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 32 replies · 358+ views
    AP ^ | 5-2-02 | Pamela Sampson
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) - Erik Lindbergh, two generations later, replicated his grandfather's groundbreaking 1927 solo Atlantic air crossing, landing in Paris on Thursday in half the time it took the aviation pioneer to make the historic journey. Lindbergh's Lancair Columbia 300 - dubbed the New Spirit of St. Louis - landed at Le Bourget airport outside Paris shortly before 11:30 a.m., 17 hours after taking off from Farmingdale, N.Y. Visibly fatigued, wearing his blue pilot's jumpsuit, Lindbergh addressed his sponsors and about 100 reporters who met him at the small airport. "It was an amazing time, 1927, and I...
  • Left-wing activist dies after Paris skinhead attack

    06/07/2013 3:38:06 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    France 24 ^ | 6 June 2013 | By Kyle G. Brown
    A 19-year-old anti-fascism activist has died after a brutal attack by a group of skinheads left him brain dead on Wednesday night. Left-wing campaigner Clément Méric (pictured) was out with friends in central Paris when he was approached by the gang. ...
  • My D-Day Vacation

    06/06/2013 5:07:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | June 6, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I do want to tell you a couple things about my vacation. I had a couple of fascinating trips. I don't expect anybody to understand this. I really don't. I debated whether or not to even mention or make a big deal out of it. But we went places, Kathryn and I did, hoping that nobody would have ever heard of me. That, to us, was peace -- nobody caring who we were, where we were going, what we were saying, what we were doing -- and it happened. Nobody cared.
  • French court to jail 'anti-white' racist for attack - victim told 'this is a place for Arabs.'

    06/04/2013 4:58:58 AM PDT · by tje · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Jun 2013 | Dan MacGuill
    A court in the southern city of Toulon sentenced a local man to a year in prison this week, with nine months suspended, after he racially abused a white man and later attacked him. The assailant, aged in his thirties and of north African origins, was found to have shouted "You dirty white, I'm going to smash you. This is a place for Arabs," at the victim, who was in a carpark with five friends, both male and female, on the night of May 10th. The attacker, accompanied by his own entourage and already drunk, according to TF1 television, then...
  • Atrocities, disunity threaten Syrian rebels

    06/02/2013 9:07:31 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 05/31/2013 | Victor Kotsev
    Syrian rebels are clinging on to more than half of the country in the face of a powerful offensive from pro-government forces, yet continuing divisions and atrocities perpetrated by many of their number threaten to undermine their cause. This, rather than Russian military hardware or Iranian and regional Shi'ite manpower, is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful trump card. Earlier this week, the opposition once again failed to elect a representative leadership, and also likely alienated Saudi Arabia, as Reuters reported. [1] True, it won a powerful vote of confidence from Britain and France, who forced an expiration of the...
  • The Tyranny of the 'Gay Magical Elves'

    06/03/2013 8:10:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 31st, 2013 | Jack Wallis Simons
    Almost overnight, the gay community has gained two new icons: Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau, the Frenchmen who married in the southern city of Montpellier on Wednesday, in the centre of a political firestorm. From one point of view, the whole thing was rather quotidian. The grooms wore dark suits and ties, and were married in Montpellier city hall. The ceremony was conducted by the Socialist mayor Helene Mandroux, and the music included songs by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. If you took away the heavy security presence and the frenzied media attention (the wedding was broadcast live on...
  • Saudi Prince Fahd al-Saud Spends $20 Million In Three Days at Disneyland (graduation present)

    06/03/2013 4:16:28 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Australian News ^ | June 03, 2013 11:27PM
    A SAUDI prince has spent 15 million euros ($A20.41 million) for three days of fun at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, the group that runs the theme park says. Prince Fahd al-Saud booked entire areas of the park between May 22 and 24 for his 60-odd guests. The festivities included tailor-made events involving "rare Disney characters", Euro Disney said.. Special security was put in place for the prince, one of the park's top customers, it added. The theme park attracted 16 million visitors last year but Euro Disney has not made any profits since it was set up...
  • Marine Le Pen 'loses immunity' over comparing Islamic prayers to Nazi occupation (France)

    06/02/2013 2:27:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-1-13 | Barney Henderson
    Mrs Le Pen, leader of the National Front, told a rally in 2010 that the places in France where Muslims worshipped in the streets were "occupied territory". "For those who want to talk a lot about World War Two, if it's about occupation, then we could also talk about it (Muslim prayers in the streets), because that is occupation of territory," she said at a gathering in Lyon. In December 2012, French authorities asked the European Parliament to lift Mrs Le Pen's immunity as a European Parliament member (MEP) so she could be prosecuted. The BBC reports that a secret...
  • Was the Holocaust Inevitable? ( Patrick J. Buchanan )

    06/20/2008 8:12:50 AM PDT · by kellynla · 444 replies · 661+ views ^ | June 20, 2008 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    So asks Newsweek's cover, which features a full-length photo of the prime minister his people voted the greatest Briton of them all. Quite a tribute, when one realizes Churchill's career coincides with the collapse of the British empire and the fall of his nation from world pre-eminence to third-rate power. That the Newsweek cover was sparked by my book "Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War" seems apparent, as one of the three essays, by Christopher Hitchens, was a scathing review. Though in places complimentary, Hitchens charmingly concludes: This book "stinks." Understandable. No Brit can easily concede my central thesis: The...
  • Timbuktu’s slaves liberated as Islamists flee

    06/01/2013 1:21:29 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2013 | By Sudarsan Raghavan
    Timbuktu, Mali — Her light-skinned master no longer beats her with a camel whip. He no longer makes her work from dawn to night without pay. He fled with his family four months ago, along with the Islamists who briefly ruled this historic city. “I am free,” said Aminaya Traore, a 50-year-old woman who was born a slave. “I can do whatever I want.” Across this sand-swept city, hundreds of modern-day slaves are experiencing a sense of liberation, many for the first time. Nearly all the lighter-skinned Tuaregs and Arab Moors who for generations exploited them have fled the city,...
  • Hollande, Merkel call for full-time eurozone boss

    05/30/2013 12:56:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2013 2:46 PM EDT
    France and Germany are pushing to have a full-time official lead the economic and financial policies of the 17-country euro currency bloc. … French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting in Paris that there needs to be a central figure to lead the Eurogroup. Speaking Thursday at a joint press conference, Hollande said he and Merkel “are in agreement that there should be more eurozone summits, with a full-time Eurogroup president with strengthened powers.” “We need more economic policy coordination, especially in the Eurogroup,” Merkel said. …
  • First French gay wedding

    05/30/2013 9:00:45 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 30, 2013 | Phillip Williams
    France's first same-sex marriage has taken place amid tight security. There were protests outside the ceremony after months of opposition that saw tens of thousands take to the streets. Europe correspondent Philip Williams reports. PHILIP WILLIAMS, REPORTER: In the southern city of Montpellier, wedding nerves are accentuated by the live broadcast across France and beyond. 150 of the world's media were there to witness the first of many gay marriages to come. Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau said their vows before the Mayor of Montpellier. With the law allowing all of this to happen just a day old, this was...
  • France says Brussels ‘cannot dictate’ economic policy

    05/30/2013 2:18:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 30.05.13 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    France’s President and Prime Minister have said Brussels has no right to tell them which economic reforms to make. Speaking to AFP on a visit to Rodez, in southern France, on Wednesday (29 May), President François Hollande said: “The European Commission cannot dictate to us what we have to do. It can simply say that France has to balance its public accounts, which is true.” … His Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, was equally defiant at a meeting in Matignon, in northeast France, with former German leader Helmut Schmidt the same day. He said: “We will carry out reforms in our...
  • Chechen lawyer flees Russia after threats

    05/30/2013 12:44:22 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    The Moscow News ^ | 27/04/2012 14:29 | Evgeniya Chaykovskaya
    Chechen lawyer Dagir Khasavov fled Russia after receiving death threats following his calls for Sharia law to be introduced in the country. The Russian Political Immigrants society announced on Friday that he swiftly left the country, BBC reported. The lawyer left for “a European country” after receiving threats. His son, Arlsan Khasavov, wrote in his blog that his father was provoked, possibly by Chechen authorities, to make him a “ritual sacrifice” before the inauguration. Khasanov gave an interview to Ren TV on April 24, where he said that Muslims in Russia do not want to go to secular courts and...
  • Rite that caused riots: celebrating 100 years of The Rite of Spring

    05/29/2013 6:20:53 AM PDT · by Borges · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/27/2013 | Kim Willsher
    Stravinsky's work caused a scandal in 1913 but has since been recognized as one of the 20th century's most important pieces. The audience, packed into the newly-opened Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to the point of standing room only, had neither seen nor heard anything like it. As the first few bars of the orchestral work The Rite of Spring – Le Sacre du Printemps – by the young, little-known Russian composer Igor Stravinsky sounded, there was a disturbance in the audience. It was, according to some of those present – who included Marcel Proust, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel and...
  • Convert to Islam Arrested in Stabbing in the Neck of Soldier in Paris: (seen praying before attack)

    05/29/2013 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 29, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Quran 8:12: I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks Again and again details of the incident mirror all jihadi attacks .... pray then kill. Pray then kill. But dare not speak of motive. The New York Times buries the lede in the ninth paragraph. The Muslim who stabbed a soldier in the neck on the streets of Paris "was seen on video praying a few minutes before the attack" and was “a young, recently converted Islamist.'’ "Sources said that there was no indication of any tendency toward violence in his behavior." Such...
  • Paris Police Search For "Bearded Man Seen Praying" Before Soldier Attack

    05/29/2013 4:18:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 29,2013 | Henry Samuel
    The video appears to suggest that the Paris attack could be inspired by the Islamist murder of a British serviceman in London.
  • Four more (Jihadists) arrested in France in the Toulouse Jewish Day School Jihad Massacre

    05/28/2013 8:57:44 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 28, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Once again the "lone wolf attack"is a big fat digusting media lie. There is no such thing. Lone-wolf jihad is an oxymoron. All jihadists are part of the ummah (worlwide Muslim community). All jihadists wage holy war in the cause of Islam. All jihadists use the same playbook (the Quran). All jihadists cite the same chapter and verse. An attack on Jewish children is one of the most pious of Islamic ritual slaughters. Of course the devout Muslim who opened fire on a children's school didn't act alone. There were many Muslims working with Mohameld Merah. There are millions like...
  • Wreck hunters plot new expedition to find 17th-century Griffon

    05/27/2013 12:36:14 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | May 27, 2013 | Randy Boswell
    A team of U.S. wreck hunters, backed by the governments of France and Michigan, has revealed plans to dive next month to a site on the bottom of Lake Michigan, where one of the most important ships in Canadian history — the 17th-century barque Griffon — is believed to be lying in a tomb of sand awaiting conclusive identification. The first sailing ship on the Great Lakes, the Griffon was built in 1679 near present-day Niagara Falls, Ont., by the famed French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, and symbolized the ambitions of New France to construct and control...
  • ‘Inside help’ behind deadly Niger terror attack

    05/27/2013 11:59:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 22 replies
    France24 ^ | 27/05/2013 | Staff
    Days after a deadly suicide attack at a French-run uranium mine in Niger, a FRANCE 24 team that was given access to the high security site found evidence that the assailants had meticulously studied their target and likely received inside help. The explosives-packed car that rammed a grinding unit at a uranium mine in Arlit, a remote town in northern Niger, last week is in tatters. The shell of the car’s transmission system stands upright in the rubble, while the twisted frame was flung about ten meters away. Days after suicide bombers attacked a uranium mine in this West African...
  • French gay marriage opponents stage big Paris march (Several hundreds of thousands)

    05/27/2013 7:35:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/27/2013 | Tom Heneghan
    Several hundred thousand opponents of same-sex marriage marched in central Paris on Sunday against a reform the unpopular French government passed last month at the price of deepening political polarization. Large park grounds around Les Invalides monument were full of protesters waving pink and blue flags, while far-right activists hung a banner on the ruling Socialist Party headquarters urging President Francois Hollande to quit. The protests, which began as a grass roots campaign strongly backed by the Roman Catholic Church, have morphed into a wider movement with opposition politicians and far-right militants airing their discontent with Hollande. Although they have...
  • Islamist Video: First We Conquer Somalia, Then On to Conquer Spain!

    04/03/2009 6:24:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 571+ views
    THE JAWA REPORT ^ | By Rusty at April 3, 2009 04:59 PM | n/a
    April 03, 2009 Think Islamist extremists don't have their eyes on conquering Europe? Think again. This video produced by Ibnul Akwa links the recent successes of Shabaab in Somalia and of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Eastern North Africa with the eventual reconquista of Spain. There's nothing original here...
  • Top Ten: English terms the French want barred

    05/26/2013 11:22:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 24 May 2013 17:49 GMT+02:00 | Ben McPartland
    When it comes to fighting off the invasion of English words, the French Resistance has had mixed fortunes over the years. Nevertheless, the fight goes on. With the help of the Ministry of Culture, here’s a list of the latest English terms that French authorities want deported. …
  • Palestinian terrorists hide behind journalists while firebombing Israeli soldiers

    05/26/2013 11:20:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/25/13 | thecommentator thecommentator
    A video has emerged which seems to show Palestinian terrorists throwing stones and fire bombs at Israeli soldiers while hiding behind journalists
  • French Soldier Stabbed While On Patrol Near Paris (Attacker: Bearded man, Arab clothing)

    05/25/2013 11:09:09 AM PDT · by kristinn · 114 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2013 | Reporting by Nicolas Bertin; Writing by Nick Vinocur; Editing by Andredw Roche
    A French soldier patrolling a business neighborhood west of Paris was stabbed in the neck on Saturday by a man who quickly fled the scene and is being sought by police, President Francois Hollande said. The soldier was patrolling in uniform with two other men as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance plan when he was approached from behind around 1800 p.m. and stabbed in the neck with a knife or a box-cutter. SNIP Peyvel said the man was able to flee into a crowded shopping area in the La Defense business neighborhood before the two other soldiers, who were...
  • Protest in Paris against France’s gay marriage law

    05/26/2013 11:02:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
    Tens of thousands of people protested against France’s new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday. The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President François Hollande, who had made legalizing gay marriage one of his keynote campaign pledges in last year’s election. …
  • French Soldier Stabbed In Neck Near Paris

    05/25/2013 1:59:43 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-25-2013 | Adam Taylor
    French Soldier Stabbed In Neck Near Paris Adam TaylorMay 25, 2013, 1:43 PM A soldier patrolling as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance plan was stabbed in the neck this afternoon, Reuters reports. A police source told the news agency that the soldier would survive the attack. He is 23 years old, according to CNN. Le Parisien is reporting that the attacker was of Northern African appearance, aged around 30 years old and wearing a jilbab, a type of Islamic garment. The man quickly fled the scene and has not been caught. The attack happened in La Défense, to the...
  • War Of Words: France Debates Teaching Courses In English

    05/25/2013 7:37:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/25/2013 | Eleanor Beardsley
    Will teaching in English at France's universities undermine the French language? That's up for debate in the country now, and the argument is heated. The lower house of parliament approved a measure Thursday that would allow courses to be taught in English, something that is currently against the law. Those in favor of the proposal say it will attract more international students and improve English language skills of French students. But opponents say the move will only impoverish and marginalize the country's tongue. In the National Assembly this week, Genevieve Fioraso, the minister for higher education, explained why she believes...
  • Muslims Build France, Are The Future Of Humanity

    05/25/2013 1:59:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 24/5/13 | Abdallah ben Mansour
    Abdallah Ben Mansour: "I chose to speak about this today because I've heard all the lectures. All the lecturers talked about dignity and preached to the Muslims: We should do this and that. We should be dignified. I am not telling you to be dignified – you are already dignified. You do not know this, but you should: You are dignified, noble, majestic, fabulous, lofty, strong, and grand." Applause Abdallah Ben Mansour: "This must not [just] be said. It must be believed, because it is the truth. It was not me who decreed this, it was Allah. All glory to...
  • French soldier stabbed in throat outside Paris

    05/25/2013 11:51:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 05/25/13 | AP
    A French soldier was stabbed in the throat in a busy commercial district outside Paris on Saturday, and France's president said authorities are investigating any possible links with the recent slaying of a British soldier. President Francois Hollande said the identity of the attacker was unknown and cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the assault on the uniformed soldier in the La Defense shopping area. The life of the 23-year-old soldier was not in danger, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
  • The revolt of the mothers

    05/25/2013 11:03:19 AM PDT · by annalex · 15 replies
    La Nouvelle Revue d'Histoire ^ | May 2013 | Dominique Venner
    The revolt of the mothersDominique Venner It is sometimes necessary to take time to plant milestones in the ephemeral fog of the current events. It is the duty of the historian. Initially, everyone thought that in France the proposed bill on gay marriage was one of these gimmicks (I'm being polite) by which politicians amuse the gallery. And then we realized that behind the gimmick one of these perverse projects had slipped, that with which the deconstruction fanatics want to destroy a bit more of what remains of the foundations that still structure the European societies. The question had nothing...
  • Brussels gravy train like “last days of Rome”: EU MEPs earn up to 740% more than average citizen…

    05/23/2013 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:46 EST, 23 May 2013 | Alan Hall
    The gilded lifestyle of MEPs has been compared to the uncontrolled excesses of ancient Rome after research showed their perks have not been dented despite biting austerity measures. From Italian MEPs who enjoy free haircuts to Maltese ones who get 52 free gallons of petrol a month, the perks—and expenses—continue unabated for the representatives of European Union nations. MEPs from the 27 EU nations are paid salaries of £137 million ($207 million) a year, according to research by German pricing watchdog, and some earn 740 percent more than the average citizen. …
  • France Now More Euroskeptic Than Britain

    05/22/2013 2:21:22 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 11 replies
    The American Interest ^ | May 14, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    The Pew Research Center’s latest survey on Europeans’ attitudes toward EU politics and economics brings across one message loud and clear: Europeans are not happy. People from every major country report extreme dissatisfaction with the economy and their political leaders. Increasingly, they also share a sense that the European Union and economic integration were mistakes for their countries: only 45 percent now view the EU favorably, down from 60 percent in 2012. The one notable exception is Germany, whose people remain the most optimistic about the European project. Despite Germans’ hand-wringing about their spendthrift neighbors, they gave the EU a...
  • Arab Money and the Purchase of a President

    12/30/2012 8:12:10 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 9 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | John A. Shaw
    In the run-up to the 2012 election, a story surfaced about an Iraqi billionaire who managed to buy access to Washington policy makers while funding a Chicago Pay-to-Play scheme that helped produce a Governor, a U.S. Senator, and, ultimately, a President of the United States. The story was eight years in the making, yet despite the extent of his political influence, this Iraqi’s name remains widely unknown. He wants it that way. In fact, he has spent millions of dollars to hinder the reporting of his activities by the news media. The lack of attention paid to him, however, is...