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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 ^ | 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 · 19 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), 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...