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  • France's Hollande backs US on Syria action

    08/30/2013 4:04:00 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | August 30, 2013 | bbc
    The French president has said a vote by UK MPs against involvement in military strikes on Syria has not changed France's resolve to take firm action. Francois Hollande said all options were being considered, and that a strike within days was not ruled out. His comments came after US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would continue to seek a coalition for possible military action. However, Germany said it would not participate in military action. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper that "such participation has not been sought nor is it being considered". Russia welcomed the...
  • France Backs U.S. on Syria Action [Obama & Hollande are socialist warmongers]

    08/30/2013 4:53:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    President François Hollande of France on Friday offered strong support for international military action against the Syrian government, supporting the Obama administration just a day after the British Parliament rejected Minister Prime David Cameron’s call for intervention.
  • What's So Great About Coalitions?

    08/30/2013 4:33:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 30, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    This week the United Kingdom, with the support of the U.S. and France, scrambled -- in vain -- to get the approval of the United Nations Security Council for a military strike on Syria. I can certainly understand why some see this as a legal or political necessity. International law says that nations should seek approval of the Security Council before attacking other nations. That means if the United States attacks Syria without U.N. approval, President Obama will open himself to the charge from the left of being even more of an international war criminal than George W. Bush, who...
  • Europe warns Assad against attacking Israel

    08/29/2013 2:07:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 08.29.13, 10:10 | Elior Levy
    Syrian President Bashar Assad has been warned against attacking Israel in case of a strike on his country, senior officials in the European Union told Kuwait’s al-Rai newspaper. According to the officials, Assad realizes that a potential Western assault would be a response to his army’s use of chemical weapons and not as a means to affect the current balance of power in Syria. …
  • Obama Embraces the Imperial Presidency

    08/28/2013 9:39:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 28, 2013 | John Fund
    Suddenly liberals are comfortable with monarchical war-making powers. British prime minister David Cameron has recalled Parliament from summer vacation for a special session on Thursday, where there will be “a clear government motion and vote on the United Kingdom’s response to chemical weapons attacks,” Cameron promised on Twitter. President Obama has a different view. The U.S. government’s Voice of America reports: “Pressed about calls for congressional authorization, White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday indicated the president believes consulting with congressional leaders is enough.” Oh my, how liberals have learned to love the imperial presidency they used to so scorn when...
  • The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to be sent to Syrian coast?

    08/27/2013 8:25:58 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    Challenge ^ | 27-08-2013
    EXCLUSIVE The aircraft carrier, which is emerging from a long technical stop in Toulon, should reach U.S. ships already off Syria. The Staff of the Armed Forces denied this. According to a source close to the defense minister, the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will soon reach the "Mediterranean theater somewhere between Cyprus and Syria." The same source indicates that "the decision was made, even if it is not official yet." The nuclear aircraft carrier, the flagship of the Navy, is operational again after a refurbishment carried out during a technical stop for several months at the shipyard DCNS...
  • Libya's oil chaos deepens as armed group shuts pipeline

    08/27/2013 6:25:59 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 14 replies
    GMA News ^ | August 28, 2013 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Julia Payne
    Libya's largest western oilfields closed when an armed group shut down the pipeline linking them to ports, its deputy oil minister said on Tuesday, reducing its oil output to a trickle. ...
  • Turkish FM speaks to French counterpart over Syria

    08/25/2013 7:46:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | Saturday, August 24, 2013 | News Desk
    Davutoglu and Fabius called the chemical attack a "crime against humanity", stressing the need for an urgent inspection on the attack by the UN officials, who are still in Damascus Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a phone conversation on Friday with the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius regarding a recent claim of use of chemical weapons in Syria. Turkish diplomatic sources told the Anadolu Agency that the two top diplomats discussed mainly Wednesday's chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus that killed at least 1,300 civilians. Both stressed that the attack was a "crime...
  • US arrests man 'with uranium for Iran in shoes'

    08/24/2013 10:14:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/24/13 | AFP
    A man was arrested in New York City's international airport with uranium destined for Iran hidden in the soles of his shoes, the US Justice Department said. Patrick Campbell, 33, who was arrested Wednesday as he arrived at the John F Kennedy airport from Paris, is accused of trying to act as an intermediary to sell Iran 1,000 tons of purified uranium, in violation of US law. The Sierra Leone-based Campbell had been under surveillance since May 2012, when he responded to an ad on the site by someone looking to buy uranium 308, or yellow cake. The buyer...

    08/23/2013 6:07:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Worldcrunch ^ | 8/23/2013
    PARIS - Specially-trained Syrian rebel fighters, alongside US, Israeli and Jordanian forces, have crossed the border into Syria as an unprecedented assault begins against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, French daily Le Figaro reports Friday.The newspaper cites military sources saying the operation began last week in the southern Syrian region of Deraa. The sources say that some 300 Syrians, as well as an unspecified number of Israeli, Jordanian and CIA commandos, crossed the border from Jordan into Syria on August 17, before a second group entered the country two days later.Le Figaro reports report that military camps have been established at the Jordanian border...
  • American, Israeli And Jordanian Troops And CIA Agents Have Entered Syria, Le Figaro Reports

    08/22/2013 2:00:34 PM PDT · by Errant · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 22 August, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    We have yet to see secondary confirmation of the following breaking news from the second largest French newspaper, Le Figaro, but if accurate, it means the Nobel Peace Prize winning president has just engaged in yet another unsanctioned by Congress war.
  • Serena Williams: I Don't Live in Paris Because of the New 75% Income Tax Rate

    08/23/2013 4:02:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 23, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    tennis star Serena Williams thinks France's top 75 percent income tax rate "doesn't seem legal." On the CBS Late Show Thursday, Williams took her criticism further telling host David Letterman that although she loves the city and spends a great deal of her time there, "I don't live in Paris. You know, they have that new tax rule which is like 75" ... So Williams won't live in Paris because of the taxes, but she would have voted for the tax-hiking Barack
  • France calls for 'force' over Syria chemical arms

    08/22/2013 3:23:37 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    The Local ^ | 8/22/2013 | The Local
    France is seeking a reaction with "force" if a massacre in Syria involving chemical weapons is confirmed, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. "If it is proven, France's position is that there must be a reaction," Fabius told BFM-TV, speaking of a "reaction with force" while judging it "impossible" to send in ground troops. "There are possibilities for responding," he said without elaborating. The convulsions, pinpoint pupils and laboured breathing seen in victims of the alleged chemical attack in Syria could be symptoms of nerve gas, experts said Thursday, but only blood and urine samples can provide proof.
  • Obama's Crony Capitalism (PIMCO Management Now in Bed with the White House)

    01/08/2013 7:13:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/08/2013 | Ira Stoll
    On the Friday before Christmas, President Obama announced that he was appointing Mohamed A. El-Erian, the CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company, as the chairman of his Global Development Council. The announcement didn’t get much attention, but it should. It exemplifies what’s wrong with Obama’s approach to economic policy, which amounts to: insult rich people as “fat cats,” raise their taxes, and then choose a favored few of them for special access. If you’re not familiar with El-Erian, you must not be watching CNBC or attending the World Economic Forum at Davos. The son of an Egyptian ambassador to France...
  • Roman Paris Was Not In Paris, But Nanterre

    02/27/2004 12:19:40 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 365+ views
    Expatica ^ | 2-26-2004
    Roman Paris was not in Paris, but Nanterre PARIS, Feb 26 (AFP) - The historic Paris - the Gallic town of Lutetia captured by Julius Caesar in 52 BC - lay not on the island in the centre of the modern French capital but in a suburb 10 kilometres (six miles) to the west, according to archaeological evidence published on Thursday. Recent excavations at a building site in the suburb of Nanterre have brought to light a pre-Roman settlement that far outstrips in density and sophistication traces discovered on the Ile de la Cite - until now regarded as the...
  • Divers find Caesar bust that may date to 46 B.C.

    05/14/2008 7:32:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies · 243+ views ^ | 05/13/2008 | Staff
    In this undated image released by France's Culture Ministry Tuesday May 13, 2008, a life size marble bust of Julius Cesar is seen. The bust, probably dated 46 BC, was discovered last year after underwater searches in the Rhone River near Arles, southern France. (AP Photo/Culture Ministry, C. Chary) Divers trained in archaeology discovered a marble bust of an aging Caesar in the Rhone River that France's Culture Ministry said Tuesday could be the oldest known. The life-sized bust showing the Roman ruler with wrinkles and hollows in his face is tentatively dated to 46 B.C. Divers uncovered the...
  • Security Council meets on alleged Syrian chemical attack

    08/21/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Debka ^ | August 21, 2013, 7:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
    France, Britain and the US have called an emergency Security Council meeting for Wednesday night 2200 hours (Israeli time) on the alleged Syrian chemical attack which the opposition claims killed 1,300 people. DEBKAfile: Any resolution condemning the Assad regime will be blocked by Russian and Chinese vetoes. Moscow has meanwhile called for “a fair and professional investigation” into the alleged chemical attack
  • Al Qaeda threat to France played down by minister

    08/20/2013 6:12:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 20 Aug 2013 12:20 GMT+02:00 | Dan MacGuill
    French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has talked down Al Qaeda’s threat to attack France’s rail network, after revelations in a German newspaper this week. Valls reiterated however that “a terrorist threat is present” in France. Valls was responding to claims in German newspaper Bild on Monday, that the US National Security Agency had listened in on a senior-level Al Qaeda teleconference, when plans to target Europe’s rail system were discussed. … Valls, for his part, reiterated that France was currently on a “Level Red” terrorist alert—the second-highest available threat level. …
  • French teen ‘attacked for wearing Muslim veil’

    08/20/2013 6:08:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 13 Aug 2013 18:09 GMT+02:00 | Dan MacGuill
    France witnessed another apparent incident of violent Islamophobia on Tuesday, after it was reported that a 16-year-old girl in the suburbs of Paris was attacked and had her Islamic veil torn off her face. The teen victim was leaving a friend’s house in Trappes, the same Paris suburb that saw violent clashes between youths and police last month, at around 5.45 pm on Monday, when two “European-looking” men confronted her near Square Berlioz, according to reports in French media. The victim reported her assailants shouted racist and anti-Muslim insults at her before brandishing a boxcutter. She said they then tore...
  • Dem Senator: I'm Embarrassed to Go to Europe Because Some Americans Lack Health Insurance

    08/17/2013 8:38:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 17, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Democratic senator Mary Landrieu says she's embarrassed to go to places in Europe like France and Spain because some Americans do not have health insurance. Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, represents the state of Louisiana. “People are scared when they’re sick, and they’re much stronger when they’re well,” Landrieu said at a Friday lunch, according to the American Press. “It’s embarrassing to me to go to places like France and Spain ... and their workers all manage to have health insurance that can’t be taken away.” The report adds: Landrieu said Louisiana has “more working people that...
  • Saudi warns against pressurizing Egyptian military over Islamist crackdown

    08/18/2013 1:00:32 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 18, 2013 | Reuters
    Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned the West against putting pressure on Egypt's military-backed government to halt a crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. "We will not achieve anything through threats," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, told reporters through an interpreter during a visit to Paris.The Saudi official made his comments after meeting French President Francois Hollande, who on Thursday called for a swift end to a state of emergency imposed by Egypt's military authorities.
  • French minister predicts ‘full employment’ by 2025

    08/18/2013 3:01:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    France 24 ^ | 17/08/2013 | Tony Todd
    Ahead of the new parliamentary term, French Ministers made predictions on how France will have evolved by 2025. The country will have no unemployment, little debt, housing for everyone and an industry that will be the envy of the world, they hope. … (Finance minister Pierre) Moscovici’s assessment is massively positive, even if it is tempered by the prediction that France’s position among the world’s top economic powers (it’s currently in 5th place) will drop to 8th or 9th place “if the huge growth of the emerging economies continues apace”. But France will nevertheless be in a much stronger position...
  • Agence France Presse Excuses Muslim Brotherhood’s Persecution of Egypt’s Christians

    08/14/2013 5:56:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    PJ Tatler ^ | August 14, 2013 - 8:12 am | Bryan Preston
    The rise of the “mostly secular” Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has had a decidedly non-secular effect: Persecution of Egypt’s Coptic Christians is on the rise. In the latest bout of civil unrest, the Brotherhood torched three churches. Copts are a minority in Egypt. They don’t control the military government any more than they controlled Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government. But notice how AFP characterizes the burnings.Supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi torched three churches in central Egypt on Wednesday in reprisal attacks as police dispersed demonstrations in Cairo, reports said.“Reprisal attacks”? They’re attacking Christians, who are largely powerless in Egypt,...
  • Nigerian Terror Group Boko Haram Designates U.S. As a Terror Target

    08/13/2013 11:58:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    cnsnews ^ | 8/13/13 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – The leader of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram – which the State Department so far has refused to designate as a foreign terrorist organization – boasted Monday that it was now strong enough to “comfortably confront” the United States. Boko Haram is not only fighting the cause of Islam in Nigeria, Abubakar Shekau said in a video message, but also against the leaders of the U.S., France and all other countries that do not rule according to the teachings of the Qur’an, the Lagos Guardian daily reported
  • Brother, Can You Spare A Drone?

    08/12/2013 8:05:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | JULY-AUGUST 2013 | JOSEPH A. HARRISS
    France’s campaign in Mali exposes Europe’s unpreparedness for 21st-century war. WITH WELL-ARMED radical Islamist insurgents closing in last winter on Mali’s capital, Bamako, French President François Hollande suddenly decided to defend Western civilization. Plunging in the polls as the most unpopular French president since the Fifth Republic was founded in 1958, he just might have had ulterior motives; diverting hostile public opinion at home with a military escapade abroad is a tried and true tactic for floundering chiefs of state. Be that as it may, French troops, mainly Foreign Legion, began deploying to Mali in Operation Serval on January 11....
  • China probes drugmaker Sanofi for alleged bribery

    08/10/2013 8:10:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 10, 2013 10:29 AM EDT
    Chinese authorities have launched an investigation against French drugmaker Sanofi following a news report that accused the company of bribing hundreds of Chinese doctors in 2007. An unnamed whistleblower told the Guangzhou-based, state-owned 21st Century Business Herald that the French company had paid 503 doctors a total of $274,000 to prescribe Sanofi products, disguising the payments as grants for research programs. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday that the Beijing municipal health bureau was teaming up with disciplinary authorities to look into the research programs and determine whether the payments were actually bribes. …
  • Did Communist Influence Lead to D-Day Invasion over Italy Strategy?

    08/08/2013 6:40:45 AM PDT · by cutty · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Aug 2013 | Diana West
    The two most ardent boosters of the Normandy invasion were Stalin and Harry Hopkins ... Churchill famously urged that the advance on Germany continue from already-won bases in Italy and elsewhere in south-central Europe. Stalin’s demand for the big U.S.-British push in northern France, however, prevailed. According to the tally of one peeved letter to the editor in the New York Times, this would put the Allies on track to open their ninth front. Of course, in order to gather sufficient forces for the June 1944 D-Day invasion, men and equipment, particularly landing craft, had to be withdrawn from the...
  • Israel will not sign future agreements with EU along terms stipulated in settlement guidelines

    08/08/2013 12:03:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies ^ | 8/8/13 | HERB KEINON
    Israel will not enter into any new agreements with the EU under the terms of the recently published settlement guidelines, diplomatic sources said Thursday following a meeting on the matter chaired by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Under the guidelines, Israel would have to sign a territorial clause reneging claims to the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan before entering in any future agreement with the EU. The guidelines also forbid any dealings with Israeli entities over the Green Line. The sources said that Israel would ask for further clarifications about the guidelines. It was not immediately clear whether Israel...
  • Napoleon Invented Modern Idea Of Public Relations

    08/07/2013 8:01:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 7, 2013 | Monica Showalter
    Forth In A Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Unlike any leader before him, Napoleon Bonaparte engineered his rise to power, almost out of nowhere, not only through military prowess — but also through his mastery of propaganda to stir the public. "What strikes one almost immediately is the depth to which Bonaparte understood the art of propaganda and the degree to which he was personally involved in its creation," wrote historian Wayne Hanley in "The Genesis of Napoleonic Propaganda, 1796-1799." That's what led to Napoleon — almost a foreigner — to reach the heights of power and secure...
  • Muslim veil ban urged in French universities (but also crucifixes and yarmulkes)

    08/05/2013 8:28:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 08/05/2013
    A French government agency responsible for maintaining the country’s secular values has recommended banning university students from wearing religious symbols such as crucifixes, Jewish skullcaps and Muslim headscarves. In a report seen by French daily Le Monde on Monday, the High Council for Integration (HCI) said it was alarmed by “growing tensions in all sectors of university life” that were undermining the country’s secular values.
  • Blonde on Blonde

    08/05/2013 8:38:23 AM PDT · by ZULU · 29 replies
    Gates of Vienna / the Blond ^ | August 4, 2013 | Baron Bodissey
    As I reported in last night’s news feed, the new French Counterjihad celebrity, known everywhere only by her soubriquet “The Blonde”, was suppressed by YouTube: Google’s behemoth took all three of her videos down.
  • Marine Le Pen to face prosecution for comparing Muslims to Nazis

    06/20/2013 7:48:31 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 54 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 19, 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The full parliament is now expected to formally lift her protection from prosecution as an MEP after a vote on the recommendation on July 3, clearing the way for her to face race hate charges in a French court. Sajjad Karim, a British Tory MEP on the parliament's legal affairs committee, voted in favour Ms Le Pen losing her parliamentary immunity. "There is a red line between freedom of speech and inciting racial hatred," he said. "I, along with many other MEPs, today voted to drop Ms Le Pen's immunity and I am confident that the majority of the European...
  • Sarkozy's party fundraising drive boosts comeback hopes

    08/03/2013 4:23:34 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Sophie Louet
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of a political comeback got a boost on Tuesday after a fundraising campaign he spearheaded to avert a financial crisis for his conservative UMP party raised 8.3 million euros in less than a month. The national drive to refill the UMP coffers -- dubbed "Sarkothon" by the media -- underscores Sarkozy's continued star appeal among centre-right voters despite his loss of the presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande in May 2012. With the UMP's finances now largely repaired, Sarkozy can more easily prepare for a possible presidential bid in 2017. For this, he will have...
  • France, Germany shut Yemen embassies after U.S. travel alert

    08/03/2013 1:25:10 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    cbc ^ | Aug 3, 2013 | CBC News
    France and Germany are closing their embassies in Yemen on Sunday and Monday, which follows in the wake of the United States, which issued a global travel alert yesterday citing an al-Qaeda threat. That alert also caused the State Department to announce it would close its embassies this Sunday around the Muslim world. Interpol, meanwhile, issued a global security alert Saturday in connection with suspected al-Qaeda involvement in several recent prison escapes including those in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. The alert calls on Interpol's 190 member countries to help determine whether these events are co-ordinated or linked.
  • Chirac: “There are no Anti-Semites in France”

    01/13/2002 10:42:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 420+ views
    arutz 7 ^ | Jan. 12, 2002 | staff
    "Everybody in France knows there is anti-Semitism except Jacques Chirac,” said Olivier Guland, editor of France's largest Jewish newspaper, Tribune Juif. Guland was speaking with Arutz Sheva Israel National Radio about his revealing conversation with Chirac, during which the French President denounced reports of anti-Semitic incidents in France as “rumors.” Two days ago, during a presidential reception for newspaper editors, Guland was angrily received by Chirac when he introduced himself as the editor of the Jewish Tribune Juif. “You must stop,” Chirac said. When Guland asked, “Stop what, Mr. President?” Chirac answered, “Stop saying that there is anti-Semitism in France. ...
  • Lay off France, Chirac tells Israeli PM Sharon

    05/11/2002 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Dallas · 64 replies · 206+ views
    PARIS, May 11 (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac warned Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Saturday of repercussions if Israel continued what Chirac called an "anti-French campaign" maligning France as anti-Semitic. "The president objected strongly to the anti-French campaign currently being waged in Israel in an attempt to present France as an anti-Semitic country," spokeswoman Catherine Colonna said after Chirac telephoned Sharon. "This campaign is unacceptable and cannot continue without repercussions," Chirac told Sharon, according to Colonna. Chirac, re-elected in a landslide victory over extreme-right National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen last Sunday, phoned both Sharon and Palestinian President...
  • Chirac urges no sanctions on Palestinians (Vichy lives! alert)

    03/20/2006 12:11:45 PM PST · by Hannah Senesh · 22 replies · 323+ views
    AP via Jerusalem Post ^ | March 20, 2006
    French President Jacques Chirac on Monday urged the international community to avoid punishing the Palestinians even if Hamas offers no clear, quick responses to demands that it renounce violence and recognize Israel. Chirac spoke after talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II, who said the region could plunge into a decade or more of violence if the Palestinians do not have their own state within two years. The meeting with the king reflected Chirac's long-standing efforts to court Arab countries and project himself as a force of moderation between the West and the Muslim world. "We must find a way to...
  • Belgium's Michel hits back at Israeli critics of war crimes law

    02/26/2003 8:42:10 AM PST · by anotherview · 9 replies · 210+ views
    AP / The Jerusalem Post ^ | 26 February 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Feb. 26, 2003 Belgium's Michel hits back at Israeli critics of war crimes law By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRUSSELS, Belgium - Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel hit back Wednesday at Israeli critics of Belgium's contentious war crimes law, saying his government was not behind efforts to bring Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon to trial. In a letter published in Belgian and Israeli newspapers, Michel said Belgium's 1993 law was the "expression of the political will to put an ethical dimension into our foreign policy." Michel criticized the Israeli government, which recalled its ambassador two weeks ago after Belgium's Supreme Court ruled...
  • French Anti-Semitism: Anatomy of an Old/New Phenomenon

    06/15/2003 6:53:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 48+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 6-11-03 | Maria Sliwa
    Nathalie Soussan loves her native France but thinks she may have to build a life elsewhere. At 21 she is an intern for the French House at Columbia University, and says she is afraid to return to France because of the pervasive acceptance of anti-Semitism and violence against Jews in her country. Soussan is Jewish. There are roughly 5 million Muslims and 650,000 Jews in France, the largest number for both communities in Europe. Most of the attacks on Jews occur in Paris suburbs and other neighborhoods where Jews and Muslims live in close proximity. “Since the Jewish and Muslim...
  • Sins on the Seine--Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews

    03/07/2007 5:51:31 PM PST · by SJackson · 48 replies · 831+ views
    Azure ^ | 3-7-07 | NOAH POLLAK
    Sins on the Seine Reviewed by   NOAH POLLAK DAVID PRYCE-JONES Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews Encounter Books, 2006, 171 pages  On July 12, 2006, Hezbollah militants launched rockets and mortars into Israel to divert attention from a simultaneous ambush on an Israel Defense Forces border patrol, in which three soldiers were killed, two were abducted, and five more were killed in the rescue attempt that followed. Two days later, French President Jacques Chirac pronounced Israel’s nascent military response “completely disproportionate” and added that “One could ask if today there is not a sort of will to...
  • French envoy to UK: Israel ("that %%%% little country" ) threatens world peace

    12/20/2001 8:16:13 AM PST · by the_second_moon · 125 replies · 768+ views
    Independent Media Review and Analysis ^ | 20 December | Douglas Davis
    French envoy to UK: Israel ("that shitty little country" ) threatens world peace By Douglas Davis The Jerusalem Post 20 December LONDON (December 20) - The diplomatic career of French Ambassador to Britain Daniel Bernard was said to be in jeopardy yesterday, after he was quoted as having referred to Israel as "that shitty little country" which threatens world peace. The undiplomatic remarks were made at a private gathering at the London home of Lord Black of Crossharbour, chairman of The Jerusalem Post's parent company Hollinger Inc. They were referred to - anonymously - in a column published in the ...
  • We won't shut up, Mr Chirac, says East Europe

    02/18/2003 4:20:27 AM PST · by kattracks · 154 replies · 320+ views
    Reuters | 2/18/03 | Sean Maguire
    WARSAW, Feb 18 (Reuters) - East European politicians accused French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday of bully-boy tactics and rejected his demand to mute their strong backing for U.S. policy on Iraq. "France has a right to its opinion and Poland has the right to decide what is good for it. France should respect that," Poland's deputy foreign minister Adam Rotfeld told public radio. "I would prefer if he expressed himself more politely." "That's the way it seems," said Czech deputy foreign minister Alexandr Vondr when asked if Chirac was bullying the future EU countries. Chirac on Monday lambasted...
  • What Europeans Fear Is Armed, Defiant Jews

    04/29/2002 2:18:57 AM PDT · by kattracks · 55 replies · 248+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/29/02 | Charles Krauthammer
    France can hardly contain its contempt for that muscle-bound naif, the American hyperpower, stomping around the world in search of "evildoers." The French roll their eyes at such primitive moralism, so devoid of Gallic nuance.How inconvenient, then, that the same French put on the presidential ballot Jean-Marie Le Pen, the modern incarnation of European fascism. No matter. This will not restrain French intellectuals and foreign ministers from lecturing America on its simplisme — its preference for morality over realpolitik, its reliance on military power, fantasies about an "axis of evil" and, perhaps most unbearable, its principled support for Israel.Israel...
  • Jewish restaurant in Paris torched

    04/03/2003 8:51:15 AM PST · by Asher · 96 replies · 359+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 3, 2003
    Apr. 3, 2003 Jewish restaurant in Paris torched By THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF A Jewish-owned restaurant in Paris was torched Thursday morning. French police reported that the restaurant was totally burned. There were no injuries. Police have not officially stated the motives behind the torching of the restaurant or if they have any suspects, reports Israel Radio. French authorities have repeatedly warned of the possibility that Muslims may perpetrate attacks against Jews and Jewish interests in France. Since the start of the Palestinian uprising, French Muslims have perpetrated many attacks against Jewish interests in France, including the firebombing of...
  • Chirac lobbies the Turks to deny US bases and overflight rights

    03/14/2003 3:51:45 PM PST · by Dog · 238 replies · 383+ views
    Fred Barnes on Fox News | Me
    Fred Barnes while on the panel tonight on Special Report just stated Chirac is urging the Turks not to allow us bases and overflight rights.
  • French Jews warn of new Kristallnacht

    03/31/2002 7:00:19 PM PST · by LarryLied · 113 replies · 468+ views ^ | 4/01/02 | staff
    The Jewish community's official representation in France warned today of a "new Kristallnacht" after a series of attacks on Jewish targets over the weekend. The Central Consistory in Paris said it was "profoundly worried by the repeated attacks on French synagogues," and called on the government immediately to step up protection of Jewish buildings and institutions. "Without this, we would have no choice but to consider the Jewish community as living through the beginnings of a new Kristallnacht, with the government totally passive," the Consistory said in a statement. Kristallnacht is the name given to the night of November 9,...
  • French president accuses Israel of conducting anti-France campaign

    05/11/2002 3:53:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 176+ views
    Sunday, May 12, 2002 Sivan 1, 5762 Israel Time: 01:49 (GMT+3) Last update - 01:43 12/05/2002 French president accuses Israel of conducting anti-France campaign By The Associated Press PARIS - French President Jacques Chirac raised the possibility on Saturday of "consequences" if Israel did not put a halt to a campaign presenting France as an anti-Semitic country, the president's spokeswoman said. In a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Chirac spoke out "with force against the campaign," spokeswoman Catherine Colonna said. "At a time when the French massively demonstrated their refusal of racism, of xenophobia and of anti-Semitism, this...
  • French Jewish aliya soaring-anti-Semitism and Muslim anti-Jewish violence escalate

    10/15/2006 12:33:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 564+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-15-06 | LARRY DERFNER
    As anti-Semitism and Muslim anti-Jewish violence escalate, France's Jews are making Israel their new home. When prime minister Ariel Sharon, reacting to anti-Semitic attacks in France, said in summer 2004 that French aliya is "a must and they have to move immediately," the French Jewish establishment, led by CRIF, was embarrassed. French officials were scandalized; President Jacques Chirac even suggested that Sharon wasn't welcome in France, a spat that ended after Sharon lauded the French government for its vigilance against anti-Semitism. But to Orthodox, generally rightward-leaning French Jews, who make up 30% of the community, and who fill most of...
  • Jewish teen stabbed by Muslim in Paris; attacker yelled "Allahu Akbar" as he knifed student

    06/06/2004 12:55:42 AM PDT · by ambrose · 35 replies · 189+ views
    Maariv ^ | 6.6.04
    Jewish teen stabbed by Muslim in Paris 17 year-old in serious but stable condition. According to police, attacker yelled "Allahu Akbar" as he knifed student. Maariv Online A 17 year-old Jewish student was stabbed yesterday (Friday) afternoon outside a Jewish school at a Paris suburb. The youngster is in serious but stable condition. According to the police, the assailant yelled "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Great" in Arabic) before attacking the student and fleeing the scene. A local television station reported that the assailant was apparently of North African or Pakistani descent. Jewish organizations in France called the attack "an attempted...
  • Violence against Jews escalates in France

    02/11/2002 7:08:01 AM PST · by CatoRenasci · 78 replies · 610+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 02/11/2002 | Gregory Katz
    Violence against Jews escalates in France Tensions in Mideast blamed for increase in anti-Semitic activity 02/11/2002 By GREGORY KATZ / The Dallas Morning News CRÉTEIL, France – The call came in the middle of the night. When Rahamim Oliel picked up the phone, he learned that the Ozar Hatorah school he directed – the Jewish place of learning he had cherished for 28 years – had been set ablaze. That same night, vandals tried to deface the only synagogue in Créteil, a grim suburb just south of Paris where the city blocks are studded with cheerless, socialist-style apartment complexes. ...