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  • 'Catastrophe' by Max Hastings - magisterial and humane history of the First World War

    10/26/2013 11:49:11 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 35 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | October 17, 2013 | Nigel Jones
    German soldiers cross into Belgium in August 1914 Photo: RA/Lebrecht Music & Arts Like one of Field Marshal Haig’s family whiskies, Max Hastings is a dram that steadily improves with age. His own trenchant views on war, and caustic opinions of the commanders who ran them, tended to obtrude too obviously in his early works, suggesting that if only he had been present at key military conferences costly errors would have been avoided. However, Hastings’s recent massive volumes on his specialist subject, the Second World War, have shown why his position as Britain’s leading military historian is now unassailable. They...
  • 'It's Time the French Quit Bashing British Food'

    10/26/2013 3:42:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    The Local ^ | 23 Oct 2013
    Are the French developing a secret fondness for British cuisine? And will they ever admit it? Paris-based blogger Naomi Firsht explores this spikey issue in the first of a new series that will see The Local France team up with some of the many talented bloggers in France, as they share their musings on life in our adopted country.Having lived in France for five years, the number of times I’ve heard my home cuisine insulted by a French person is too high to count. It seems to be wired into their DNA: French food is the best in the world...
  • France Mulls Scented Candles and Incense Ban

    10/26/2013 3:48:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    The Local ^ | 25 Oct 2013
    After recent health-driven moves to tax or restrict the use of energy drinks, artificial sweeteners and electronic cigarettes, French health authorities have now set their sights on cracking down on scented candles and incense, because their aroma could be masking toxic fumes.It’s one of the last refuges from the high-stress, modern world. A quiet room, and some scented candles or incense sticks is the relaxation method of choice for millions throughout the world, including France. But the French government announced plans this week to introduce a ban on certain products, citing concerns that the aromas are hiding the release of...
  • Report suggests Israel behind attempt to hack into French communication network (NSA blames Mossad)

    10/26/2013 9:53:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Ha’aretz ^ | Oct. 25, 2013 | 7:52 PM
    The Mossad may have been involved in an attempt to hack into the former French president’s communications network, AFP reported on Friday, citing a leaked U.S. intelligence document obtained by the French daily Le Monde. According to the report, France believed that the U.S. was behind the May 2012 cyber attack on the Élysée Palace. But the U.S. National Security Agency denied having anything to do with the hacking, hinting instead that the Israeli intelligence agency may have been responsible for it. …
  • Was ISRAEL behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.?

    10/25/2013 12:22:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/25/13 | Nabdila Ramdani
    Israel and not America was behind the hacking of millions of French phones, it was claimed today. [Snip] But today’s Le Monde newspaper provides evidence that it was in fact Israeli agents who were listening in. France first suspected the U.S. of hacking into former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s communications network when he was unsuccessfully trying for re-election in 2012. Intelligence officials Bernard Barbier and Patrick Pailloux travelled from Paris to Washington to demand an explanation, but the Americans hinted that the Israelis were to blame. The Americans insisted they have never been behind any hacking in France, and were always
  • French Soccer Goes Galt

    10/24/2013 6:02:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 10/24/2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals, including a rocket volley that clocked in at 93mph, yesterday as his team, Paris St. Germain, triumphed over Anderlecht and put one foot in the next round of the Champion’s League. But “the Zlatan,” as he is sometimes called, and his team have a serious problem: François Hollande. “Clubs in France’s top two divisions have called a strike at the end of next month in protest against the government’s plan to introduce a 75 percent tax rate for players,” ESPN reports. Nearly half of the projected revenue from the tax would come from PSG’s players....
  • Rock-solid love: Australian woman marries a bridge in France - and even gets the mayor's blessing

    10/24/2013 4:39:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-5-13 | Sara Malm
    An Australian woman has taken her desire for the ‘strong and silent’-type to a new extreme when she married a bridge. Jodi Rose married Le Pont du Diable Bridge in Céret, southern France after falling head over heels for the ‘sensual’ 14th century stone structure. Ms Rose, or Mrs Le Pont du Diable, has spent the past decade travelling the world recording the vibrations in bridge cables with contact microphones and using them to create experimental music.
  • No Conscience Clause for Mayors in Same-Sex Marriage, Says French Court

    10/24/2013 6:16:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    French Catholics criticised a constitutional court judgment denying local officials the right to opt out of conducting same-sex marriages. Antoine Renard, president of France’s National Federation of Catholic Family Associations, charged that the court was operating under political pressure in issuing its decision. “This ruling could have dramatic consequences for religious freedom both here and abroad,” he said. “It also suggests the French Constitution is old-fashioned and needs verification.” Renard’s comments came as representatives of 20,000 French mayors prepared a series of appeals against the court’s judgment on October 18 that, in effect, rejected calls for a conscience clause to...
  • France's top football clubs to go on strike over 75% tax on earnings

    10/24/2013 5:17:03 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    www.france24.com ^ | 10/24/2013 | France 24
    France's top football clubs will go on strike at the end of November in protest against the government's plans to impose a 75 percent tax on earnings over one million euros, the country's Union of Professional Football Clubs has announced.
  • President Barack Obama calls Paris to apologise for NSA

    10/23/2013 12:06:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 28 replies
    The Australian ^ | Oct 23, 2013 | staff
    FRANCE has demanded an explanation from Washington of a report that the US swept up 70 million French telephone records and text messages in its global surveillance net, even recording certain private conversations. The fallout prompted a phone call yesterday from US President Barack Obama to French President Francois Hollande, and, the White House said, an acknowledgement by the US leader that the episode raised "legitimate questions for our friends and allies" about how surveillance capabilities are employed. Mr Hollande's office issued a strongly worded statement afterward expressing "profound reprobation" over US actions it said intruded on the private lives...
  • France summons US ambassador over spying report

    10/21/2013 2:07:37 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 21, 2013, 02.07 PM IST
    LUXEMBOURG: France called in the US ambassador on Monday to protest at allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the US National Security Agency, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said. "I have immediately summoned the US ambassador and he will be received this morning at the Quai d'Orsay (the French Foreign Ministry)," Fabius told reporters at a European Union foreign ministers' meeeting in Luxembourg.
  • Leak Shows NSA Grabbed Data On 70 Million French Phone Calls In Less Than 30 Days

    10/21/2013 5:50:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 10/21/13 | Tim Cushing
    from the no-wonder-its-data-centers-are-bursting-into-flames dept Another leak has been released from Edward Snowden's files, this one covered by French newspaper Le Monde. Sam Jones, writing for The Guardian, breaks down the details. The report in Le Monde, which carries the byline of the outgoing Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Snowden to lay bare the extent of the NSA's actions, claims that between 10 December 2012 and 8 January 2013 the NSA recorded 70.3m phone calls in France. According to the paper, the documents show that the NSA was allegedly targeting not only terrorist suspects but politicians, businesspeople and members...
  • France and Mexico demand answers over US spying (“deeply shocked”)

    10/21/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 10/22/13
    PARIS — France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States over new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel said in separate reports published Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored tens of millions of phone communications in France and hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account. The allegations come on top of revelations already leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret program called PRISM to monitor Internet users, which French prosecutors...
  • US is primed to overtake Europe and Japan as the technological leader in cell phone technology

    10/07/2002 1:42:41 PM PDT · by sourcery · 86 replies · 1,937+ views
    USS Clueless ^ | 5 Oct 2002 | Steven Den Beste
    Stardate 20021005.2128 (On Screen): As I think many of my readers know, I used to work for Qualcomm designing cell phones. Qualcomm is the company which invented CDMA, and made it practical, and made it into a market success, and it now dominates the American market, where Verizon and Sprint both use it. There are two other nationwide cellular systems: AT&T currently uses IS-136 TDMA, which is obsolete and has no upgrade path. Cingular uses GSM, a more sophisticated form of TDMA from Europe. And right now I'm basking in the evil glow of a major case of schadenfreude. The...
  • Down and out: the French flee a nation in despair (preview of the future of the US)

    10/20/2013 9:33:58 AM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Anne-Elisabeth Moutet
    More than 70 per cent of the French feel taxes are “excessive”, and 80 per cent believe the president’s economic policy is “misguided” and “inefficient”. By 2014, France’s public expenditure will overtake Denmark’s to become the world’s highest: 57 per cent of GDP. In effect, just to keep in the same place, like a hamster on a wheel, and ensure that the European Central Bank in Frankfurt isn’t too unhappy with us, Hollande now needs cash. Professor Régniez believes this is very dangerous. “Sarkozy narrowly lost in 2012 for personal reasons – his style annoyed voters who could have agreed...
  • French 'doctor to the stars' gets 10 years for sex crimes

    10/19/2013 7:49:21 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    A French osteopath whose list of famous clients included Pablo Picasso and Rudolf Nureyev was on Friday sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping and sexually assaulting female patients. (excerpt) The author of several bestsellers and founder of wellness centres, Pallardy and his wife Florence were once hailed by the French media as the country's "First Couple of Health".
  • France Rules Mayors Cannot Refuse to Marry Gay Couples

    10/18/2013 7:42:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/18/13 | Claire Williams
    France's highest court ruled on Friday that the country's mayors cannot refuse to officiate at same-sex marriages, rejecting a bid by a group of mayors who claimed gay marriage went against their moral or religious beliefs. The Constitutional Council's ruling followed an appeal by mayors and registrars opposed to France’s controversial bill legalising same-sex marriages, which came into effect in May this year. They argued that the same-sex marriage bill should have included a “freedom of conscience” clause, giving officiators the right not to carry out same-sex marriages if it conflicts with their personal religious or moral beliefs. The lack...
  • French bid to boost aid by taxing finance stirs hornets nest

    10/17/2013 6:46:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17 October 2013 | Aline Robert
    The French National Assembly’s finance committee has green-lighted an amendment to the country’s draft 2014 budget law, significantly increasing the amount of aid funds that can be generated from the upcoming financial transactions tax (FTT), EurActiv.fr reports. An unexpected proposal for taxing financial transactions—amendment 23—was adopted on Tuesday (15 October) by the French Parliament’s finance committee during its examination of the country’s draft budget law for next year. … But the proposal is viewed less positively by the French Finance Ministry, which wants to protect the interests of French banks. Financial market operators, such as NYSE Euronext and Paris Europlace,...
  • France Floats Out First Russian Mistral Warship

    10/16/2013 8:21:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 15/10/2013
    SAINT-NAZAIRE (France), October 15 (RIA Novosti) – A French shipyard floated out Tuesday the first of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships being built for the Russian Navy. The ship, named Vladivostok, being built at the DCNS shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, is expected to start sea trials in March next year. “The ship will be handed over unarmed, but equipped with French-made landing equipment,” DCNS program manager Yves Destefanis said at the launch ceremony. It will be fitted with Russian-made weapons systems later, he added. The vessel will receive its additional Russian systems at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg, and...
  • France to boost troops in Central African Republic as crisis deepens

    10/16/2013 6:36:26 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 16 October 2013 07.37 EDT | Reuters in Bangui
    France will boost its military presence in the Central African Republic by the end of the year to stop the country from spiralling out of control, the French foreign minister has said. "President Hollande we want your help!" read one banner as locals in Bangui, the capital, welcomed Laurent Fabius at the weekend. The country has been in turmoil since mostly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President François Bozizé in the predominantly Christian country in March. It now teeters on the brink of increased sectarian violence, malnutrition and a collapse of state rule. ... France has long been seen by many...
  • EU clears way to create joint banking supervisor

    10/15/2013 2:22:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2013 11:06 AM EDT | Juergen Baetz
    European Union officials on Tuesday approved the creation of a centralized banking supervisor, marking another step in the 28-country bloc’s long quest to stabilize its financial system. Finance ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg cleared the final legal hurdle to the establishment of the new banking supervisor, which will be operated by the European Central Bank and directly oversee the bloc’s 130 biggest banks.“Now we will start hiring supervisors, rent buildings and start the coming (bank) stress test,” ECB executive board member Joerg Asmussen said. The so-called single supervisory mechanism will be based with the ECB in Frankfurt, Germany, and...
  • Mainstream baffled as French turn to far right

    10/15/2013 4:40:47 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 44 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 10/14/2013 | Moneyrunner
    <p>AFP - France's mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party.</p> <p>The ruling Socialist party and the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, face humiliating reverses in municipal and European elections next year if the FN can sustain its current standing in the eyes of an electorate thoroughly fed-up with record unemployment, rising taxes and a perceived increase in crime and insecurity.</p>
  • Mainstream baffled as French turn to far right

    10/14/2013 7:15:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 62 replies
    France 24 ^ | October 14, 2013
    AFP - France's mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party. The ruling Socialist party and the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, face humiliating reverses in municipal and European elections next year if the FN can sustain its current standing in the eyes of an electorate thoroughly fed-up with record unemployment, rising taxes and a perceived increase in crime and insecurity. A poll published last week suggested the FN could...
  • Time to take bets on Frexit and the French franc?

    10/14/2013 8:29:13 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 14 October, 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    We have a minor earthquake in France. A party committed to withdrawal from the euro, the restoration of French franc, and the complete destruction of monetary union has just defeated the establishment in the Brignoles run-off election. It is threatening Frexit as well, which rather alters the political chemistry of Britain's EU referendum. Marine Le Pen's Front National won 54pc of the vote. It was a bad defeat for the Gaulliste UMP, a party at risk of disintegration unless it can find a leader in short order. President Hollande's Socialists were knocked out in the first round, due to mass...
  • 'Roman' roads were actually built by the Celts, new book claims

    10/13/2013 4:02:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday, October 13, 2013 | Hayley Dixon
    The findings of Graham Robb, a biographer and historian, bring into question two millennia of thinking about Iron Age Britain and Europe and the stereotyped image of Celts as barbarous, superstitious tribes... "They had their own road system on which the Romans later based theirs," Mr Robb said, adding that the roads were built in Britain from around the 1st Century BC. "It has often been wondered how the Romans managed to build the Fosse Way, which goes from Exeter to Lincoln. They must have known what the finishing point would be, but they didn't conquer that part of Britain...
  • Netanyahu urges Britain and France not to ease sanctions on Iran

    10/12/2013 1:52:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    (excerpt) "Until Iran dismantles its military nuclear program, sanctions must not be eased - on the contrary. Only the pressure brought Iran to this point, and only the continuation of pressure and its strengthening can bring them to dismantle their nuclear program," Netanyahu was quoted as saying.
  • A communist French city flirts with the far right

    10/11/2013 6:40:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/11/13
    … Brignoles surprised France last week by giving the far-right a 49.5 percent landslide in the first round of its local by-elections: 40.4% of votes went to National Front candidate Laurent Lopez and 9.1% to another far-right group, Parti de France. The anti-immigration National Front led by Marine Le Pen draws much of its support from the southeast, but this city of 17,000 people still claims a Communist mayor.The outcome of the ballot is relatively unimportant. It will decide one seat in the local council, or canton. The National Front is not even certain to win the run-off poll on...
  • Book: Ex-Fiancee Sheryl Crow Told Feds About Lance Armstrong's Doping

    10/10/2013 3:00:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | 10 Oct 2013
    Armstrong was open about his doping with Crow, never suspecting that she would tell anybody about it. "Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it," the authors write, according to the Daily News. "He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team's doping program. He explained that it was simply part of the sport - that all cyclists were doing the same thing."
  • 14 Caribbean nations sue Britain, Holland and France for slavery reparations…

    10/10/2013 9:18:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Britain is being sued, with France and the Netherlands, by 14 Caribbean countries, which are demanding what could be hundreds of billions of pounds in reparations for slavery. Around 175 years after Britain freed its last slaves in the West Indies, an alliance of Caribbean nations is demanding to be repaid for the “awful” lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade. Caricom, a group of 12 former British colonies together with the former French colony Haiti and the Dutch-held Suriname, believes the European governments should pay—and the UK in particular. It has hired the British law firm Leigh Day, which...
  • France’s National Front top in survey on EU election

    10/09/2013 10:02:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10/09/2013 @ 17:52 | Honor Mahony
    France’s National Front party has come out top in a poll on how French voters intend to cast their ballot in next year’s EU elections. A poll by IFOP for Le Nouvel Observateur, published Wednesday (9 October), found that 24 percent of those asked said they will vote for the anti-immigration, anti-Muslim National Front party. … The party won a record 18 percent of the vote in last year’s presidential election, with its leader Marine Le Pen credited with bringing in previously unwooed parts of the electorate. …
  • One in two voters back far-right in French by-election

    10/08/2013 8:46:41 AM PDT · by granada · 19 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 07/10/2013 | FRANCE 24
    In a shock to mainstream parties ahead of the March 2014 local elections, the far-right on Sunday gained a stunning lead of just under 50 percent in the first round of a by-election in the Var region of southern France. The far-right achieved a massive 49.5 percent landslide in the first round of a by-election Sunday in the Brignoles constituency of the Var region of southern France. National Front (FN) candidate Laurent Lopez took 40.4 percent of the vote, with another far-right party, the “Parti de France”, taking 9.1 percent. The centre-right UMP, France’s main opposition parliamentary party, came second...
  • Sarkozy future boosted as French party funding case dropped

    10/07/2013 10:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | October 7, 2013 | Claude Canellas
    BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - French magistrates abandoned a long-running party funding investigation against former president Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday, buoying his chances of a political comeback in 2017. Sarkozy, whom most conservatives want to see lead the centre-right in the 2017 presidential race, was targeted with others in a judicial inquiry into his UMP party's ties with France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. At issue were allegations that Sarkozy, 58, took advantage of the mental frailty of billionaire Bettencourt to obtain money for his 2007 presidential campaign. He has denied wrongdoing.....
  • Don’t call us “far right”, says France’s Marine Le Pen

    10/05/2013 1:38:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/04/2013 | Tony Todd
    The leader of France’s anti-EU and anti-immigration National Front (FN) said Thursday that she wants to take media organizations who call her party “far right” to court. Marine Le Pen described the term as “defamatory” and “insulting”, and insisted that using it went “against the standards of journalistic impartiality”. The FN, she said, was “neither left wing nor right wing” and simply had radically different ideas from the mainstream parties such as the UMP (center-right opposition) and the ruling Socialists. …
  • Germany and Poland: EU needs more democracy

    09/18/2012 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | TL
    "We've been looking at how we can bring back confidence in the European Union," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Warsaw late on Monday as he arrived for a meeting of ministers in the Future of Europe Group, which he launched in March. The 11-nation group is poised to submit a raft of recommendations to Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso - heads, respectively, of the bloc's intergovernmental and executive branches, neither of whom are elected by the EU's 500 million people. "We have to understand that we are a community of values and we have to defend...
  • France and Germany moving towards closer political union

    09/02/2012 5:06:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 30.08.12 @ 10:58 (August 30) | Valentina Pop
    Last year, Germany went out on a limb by calling for political union in Europe. The idea was met with little enthusiasm elsewhere in the eurozone, but particularly in France. After the election of French President François Hollande in May, it seemed that views of the EU's foremost political duo could not be further apart. But the mood has since changed, and serious plans are underway to create—if not a full political union, then something close to it. … Meanwhile, EU council president Herman Van Rompuy and others are drawing up a paper to upgrade the eurozone, which will be...
  • Militant base 'attacked from sea" in Somalia

    10/04/2013 11:20:16 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/5/2013 | BBC
    Unidentified foreign forces have launched a night-time raid on a militant base in the south Somali town of Barawe from the sea, reports say. A spokesman for the al-Shabab Islamist group told Reuters news agency that one of its fighters had been killed during the raid....... Al-Shabab claimed responsibility last month for the deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping mall..... According to the Somali news website Midnimo, two helicopters were also involved in the raid..... "Westerners in boats attacked our base as Barawe beach and one was martyred from our side," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Masab, described as al-Shabab's spokesman for...
  • Schwerpunkt at Fismette, August 27, 1918

    10/01/2013 6:29:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Army Heritage Education Center ^ | August 27, 2010 | Shane Reilly
    Schwerpunkt at Fismette, August 27, 1918 August 27, 2010 By Shane Reilly, Army Heritage Education Center The forest for the trees: Soldiers of the 28th Division are shown in hiding among trees during service in France in World War I(WWI Signal Corps Collection). Related Links A Working Bibliography of MHI Sources: 28th Infantry Division A Working Bibliography of MHI Sources: World War I- AEF Overview In the early morning hours of August 27, 1918, 230 Pennsylvanians of the 28th Division trudged across the Vesle River into their defensive positions in the rubble- strewn village of Fismette, France. Less than an...
  • French Panther Tanks

    09/27/2013 11:33:36 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 39 replies
    The Chieftain's Hatch ^ | 07.11.2012 | Mark Singer
    A FRENCH ASSESSMENT OF THE PANTHER TANK Professional historians and military history buffs alike often describe the German Panther tank as the best German tank, and perhaps the best tank overall, of the second world war.  It had a powerful and accurate high-velocity 75mm gun, its frontal armor was almost invulnerable to most allied anti-tank weapons, and it had a powerful engine, broad tracks and a suspension system that gave it high speed, excellent cross-country capability and a smooth ride.  What more could a tanker want? In truth a tanker could ask for much more.  The Panther’s story is...
  • Terrorist planned attack on U.S. nuclear warhead stockpile

    11/16/2002 9:57:21 PM PST · by Destro · 9 replies · 304+ views
    The Sun-Herald ^ | November 17 2002 | Philip Delves Broughton
    Terrorist planned attack on nuclear warhead stockpile By Philip Delves Broughton November 17 2002 The Sun-Herald An Al Qaeda terrorist has confessed that he planned to drive a giant explosive device into a United States air force bunker in Belgium believed to contain nuclear warheads. News of the plot came as the US warned that a broadcast thought to contain the words of Osama bin Laden foreshadowed a likely attack. The FBI said national landmarks and the aviation, oil and nuclear industries were all possible targets. In an interview with a Belgian radio station, Tunisian Nizar Trabelsi, 31, a former...
  • France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria

    10/03/2013 10:32:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 03 2013
    France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria By Richard Clements According to to French weekly le Nouvel Observateur (LNO) France came within hours of striking Syrian Chemical weapons sites after thinking that the U.S had planned a huge attack on Sept. 1, 2013. The report states that French President Francois Hollande had convened a meeting early in the morning of August 31; the plan on how France was going to attack the chemical weapons sites was formed during this meeting. According to LNO the French planned to fly Rafale jets supported by French tankers...
  • The hornets of your nightmares: Swarms of massive insects kill more than 40 and injure 1600 in China

    10/03/2013 5:45:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14:47 EST, 3 October 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Swarms of deadly hornets have killed more than 40 people and injured more than 1,600 in northern China. At least 37 patients are in a critical or serious condition in hospitals, according to Shaanxi provincial government. Victims of the attack have been left with deep, dark craters in their skin the size of bullet wounds. … The Chinese term for hornets is “hu feng” and local experts believe the culprit is the Asian giant hornet or Vespa mandarinia, which grows up to 5 cm (2 in) long with a 6-mm (¼-in) sting. The insects’ highly toxic stings can lead to...
  • French court: ID checks on minorities deemed legal

    10/02/2013 12:36:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 2, 2013 3:24 PM EDT | Elaine Ganley
    A French court on Wednesday rejected claims that police identity checks on 13 people from minority groups were racist, saying officers didn’t overstep any legal boundaries. … The French ruling comes amid a public furor over stop and frisk policies of the New York Police Department. But in that case, being closely watched here, a judge has ruled against NYPD practices said to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics. Anti-racism groups say that non-white French—particularly blacks or those of Arab origin—face routine discrimination that diminishes their chances of finding jobs, getting into nightclubs and carving out a place for themselves in...
  • ‘France is treating wine makers like drug dealers’

    10/02/2013 10:59:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 02 Oct 2013 13:04 GMT+02:00 | Ben McPartland
    All is not well with France’s famed wine industry. Despite fears of a rise in wine taxes seemingly having been allayed by the country’s agriculture minister this week, industry leaders are still nursing a headache over government plans to reinforce health warnings on wine bottles and packaging. In reaction to the plan, leaders of the wine industry—which represents France’s second-biggest export sector—have mobilized and created a lobby group Vin et Societé (Wine and Society) to take on the government. … According to Sud Ouest newspaper, the French government plans to change the warning from “Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your...
  • The French Air Force In 1940: Was It Defeated by the Luftwaffe or by Politics?

    10/01/2013 10:15:48 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 22 replies
    Air University Review ^ | October 1985 | Lieutenant Colonel Faris R. Kirkland
    DURING the Battle of France in May-June 1940, French Army commanders complained that German aircraft attacked their troops without interference by the French Air Force. French generals and statesmen begged the British to send more Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter squadrons to France. Reporters on the scene confirmed the German domination of the skies, and the overwhelming numerical superiority of the Luftwaffe came to be accepted as one of the principal causes of the French collapse.1 The air force was a convenient scapegoat for the French Army generals who dominated the Vichy regime that ruled France under the Germans. By...
  • French Air Force’s Nuclear Deterrence Drills with the Mirage 2000N

    10/01/2013 12:19:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 30 2013 | Jacek Siminski
    French Air Force’s Nuclear Deterrence Drills with the Mirage 2000N The French Air Force have conveyed a complex drill whose aim was to test the nuclear capability of the service, the French Ministry of Defence said. The exercise featured a Mirage 2000N jet carrying ASMP-A missiles and took place on Sept. 23, 2013. The scenario featured a single Mirage 2000N from 2/4 La Fayette Squadron, based in Avord AB in a mission that lasted 3 hours. The fighter flew to the operative area at high altitude, joined a C-135FR tanker for in-flight refueling then turned towards the target, low level,...
  • A new cry in France: 'Let us work Sundays!'

    09/30/2013 1:47:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    MSN ^ | 9/30/13 | JAMEY KEATEN
    <p>PARIS (AP) - When economic inequalities helped foment the French Revolution, the legendary cry from on high was, "Let them eat cake!" Now, as modern France struggles economically, the cry from below is, "Let us work!"</p> <p>As France battles high unemployment, rising taxes and pinched pocketbooks, the Socialist government has said its main focus is job creation. Now, critics of a more-than-century-old law that prevents most stores from opening on Sundays say revising it would be a good step in that direction.</p>
  • Sacre Bleu! To Combat Slow Economic Growth, French President Hollande … RAISES Taxes!

    09/30/2013 10:54:58 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/30/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande decides to combat a faltering economy by … RAISING taxes. Seriously. Then again, President Obama is raising taxes massively in the US, mostly through Obamacare. The French government unveiled a 2014 budget Wednesday that continues to rely on higher taxes, threatening to further dent household spending power and economic growth, as well as President François Hollande’s record low popularity. Faced with growing discontent over high taxation, Mr. Hollande’s government emphasized efforts in the budget to improve France’s public finances by curbing spending. But net new taxes are still set to increase by €3 billion, with...
  • To aid their finally, barely positive economic growth, France decides to… raise taxes. Again.

    09/30/2013 8:01:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    It almost seems like it was only a short time ago that France’s Socialist-with-a-capital-S government was finally starting to come to grips with the fact that the tax burden they’ve taken to imposing on their citizens has been so huge as to significantly hinder their economic growth, employment, and business competitiveness, and realizing that if they ever want to get back to a robust rate of said economic growth, job creation, and productivity, they were going to need to roll ‘em on back quite a ways.Oh, wait — that was only a short time ago. As in, last month.Which doesn’t...
  • French Row Over Plans to Swap Christian Holidays

    09/27/2013 7:31:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    France 24 ^ | 9/26/13 | Sam Ball
    A French official has sparked controversy by suggesting that two Christian public holidays should be removed and replaced by ones marking the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur and the Muslim festival of Eid.A proposal by a French official to replace Christian national holidays with those based on Jewish and Muslim festivals has sparked controversy in the country. Dounia Bouzar, an anthropologist specialising in religion who was recently appointed to France’s National Observatory on Secularism, put forward the proposal in an interview with France’s Challenges magazine on Monday. “At the moment, every French person celebrates Christmas, and I think it should...
  • Alpine Archaeology Reveals High Life Through the Ages

    09/28/2013 11:18:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Science News ^ | September 25, 2013 | University of York
    An international team of archaeologists led by experts from the University of York has uncovered evidence of human activity in the high slopes of the French Alps dating back over 8000 years... one of the most detailed archaeological investigations carried out at high altitudes. It reveals a story of human occupation and activity in one of the world's most challenging environments from the Mesolithic to the Post-Medieval period. The work included the excavation of a series of stone animal enclosures and human dwellings considered some of most complex high altitude Bronze Age structures found anywhere in the Alps... Excavations carried...