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  • * IN MEMORIAM DAVID SWENINGSEN * FReeper Bruinbirdman aka bbm dead at 66

    01/16/2014 10:41:42 PM PST · by Cincinna · 99 replies
    Boulder City Review ^ | January 17, 2014 | Cincinna
    ~* IN MEMORIAM DAVID SWENINGSEN *~ Long time FReeper "Bruinbirdman", aka bbm. David Keith Sweningsen, passed away on June 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. bbm was a veteran and a patriot, and a prolific poster on Free Republic. Please post your memories of Bruinbirdman on this thread. He was a long time donor to Free Republic, and I'm sure any donation, large or small in his name would be greatly appreciated. May he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Cincinna from the obituary: Dave Sweningsen, 66, beloved son, brother and uncle, of Boulder City, passed...
  • Strauss-Kahn Said to Reach Deal to Settle With Hotel Housekeeper

    11/30/2012 1:45:37 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29,2012 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year have quietly reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit she brought against him stemming from the case, which made international headlines.  French media reported Friday that Strauss-Kahn, 63, former head of the International Monetary Fund, would pay $6 million to Nafissatou Diallo, who accused him of attacking her at a Manhattan hotel.   The parties are scheduled to appear next week before Justice Douglas E. McKeon in State Supreme Court in the Bronx. Mr. Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in May 2011 after Ms. Diallo, an immigrant from...
  • French Center-Right Party Declares Sarkozy Protégé as Leader

    11/27/2012 2:20:15 PM PST · by Cincinna · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 26, 2012 | NICOLA CLARK
     After more than a week of wrangling over the outcome of its hotly contested party election, the leadership of France’s center-right opposition party on Monday confirmed Jean-François Copé, a right-leaning protégé of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, as the party’s new chief, staring down a last-minute legal challenge from his centrist rival, François Fillon.  The disputed election has sown confusion and embarrassment across France and in particular within the already bruised party, known as the U.M.P. The drawn-out battle, which has played out on live television and via social media networks, follows Mr. Sarkozy’s loss in the presidential race in May,...
  • French Right descends into farce with bitter battle to become Sarkozy's heir

    11/19/2012 12:02:48 AM PST · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 11/19/2012 | Henry Samuel
    A bitter election battle to succeed Nicolas Sarkozy as new leader of France’s main centre-Right party, UMP, has gone down to the wire in a contest that could decide whether or not the group swings farther Right. Jean-Francois Cope, the party’s firebrand secretary-general, was more than 3,000 votes ahead of the moderate Francois Fillon, with some 155,000 ballots counted from the election among the party’s 300,000 members. With the outcome still unclear, the surprise of the night was the higher-than-expected score of Mr Copé, 48, who was expected to finish well behind Mr Fillon, 58. Last night members of the...
  • Fillon and Cope claim win in French UMP vote

    11/18/2012 6:51:12 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | Staff
    Both candidates have claimed victory in the race to become France's next opposition leader, in a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging. Hundreds of votes are said to separate right-wing candidate Jean-Francois Cope and ex-PM Francois Fillon. As the neck-and-neck result emerged, supporters of both UMP candidates made accusations of vote fraud. The party has been without a leader since Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in the May presidential election. Mr Cope has been secretary general of the conservative UMP since 2010 while his rival was prime minister for five years during Mr Sarkozy's presidency. More than 50% of the party's...
  • French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

    10/16/2012 2:26:08 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | OCTOBER 15 2012 | Valerie Strauss
    French President Francois Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country’s education system. And the reason he wants to ban homework?  He doesn’t think it is fair that some kids get help from their parents at home while children who come from disadvantaged families don’t. It’s an issue that goes well beyond France, and has been part of the reason that some Americans oppose homework too. Hollande’s reform plans include increasing the number of teachers, moving the school week from four days to 4 1/2 days, overhauling the curriculum and...
  • France to cover 100 percent of abortion costs

    10/01/2012 4:07:09 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 20 replies
    France24.com ^ | 10/1/12 | Staff
    France on Monday unveiled a package of reforms designed to increase access to abortion, including 100 percent reimbursement of medical costs by the state social security system. At present French women are only able to claim back between 70 and 80 percent of the costs, which average between 200 and 450 euros depending on whether the abortion is induced by medication taken at home or carried out by surgical procedure in a clinic. The change to full reimbursement was included in the 2013 social security budget unveiled on Monday. In a statement the government said the move was "necessary to...
  • Disgraced DSK seeks dismissal of pimping charges

    09/26/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 9/26/12 | Staff
    Lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday asked a French appeal court to dismiss charges that the disgraced former IMF chief helped procure prostitutes for sex parties. The court in the northern town of Douai deferred a ruling until November 28 after a closed-door hearing, lawyers said. Strauss-Kahn admits attending orgies in France and the United States but claims he did not know the women involved were being paid to take part. He was not present at Wednesday's hearing. The case, known as the "Carlton affair" in France, centers around allegations that business leaders and police officials in Lille operated a...
  • FRENCH SOCIALIST LEADER JOKINGLY MULLS BACKING ROMNEY

    09/25/2012 4:39:34 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 11 replies
    BREITBART.com ^ | 9/25/12 | Staff
    France's President Francois Hollande showed a fine understanding of American politics Tuesday when he refused to endorse a US presidential candidate.  Asked by a reporter at the UN General Assembly in New York whether he backed Democratic incumbent Barack Obama or his Republican rival Mitt Romney for the White House, a smiling Hollande shot back: "Who do you think?" "Are you aware that Mitt Romney never ceases to attack socialist Europe at his campaign rallies?" asked Hollande, Europe's most powerful socialist leader. "Yes, that's why I'll be careful not to say anything at all on this subject because, as you'd...
  • France set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from official documents

    09/24/2012 5:07:12 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 34 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 9/24/12 | Staff
    France is set to ban the words "mother" and "father" from all official documents under controversial plans to legalise gay marriage. The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word "parents" would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples. The draft law states that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender". It says all references to "mothers and fathers" in the civil code – which enshrines French law – will be swapped for simply "parents". Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France's Catholic newspaper La Croix: "Who is to...
  • France: Right-wing politician advocates kippa ban (MARINE LE PEN)

    09/21/2012 1:09:44 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 21, 2012 | YIFA YAAKOV
    Leading rabbi makes Vichy comparisons after Marine Le Pen, of the third-largest French political party, suggests giving ‘headscarf ban’ a Jewish twist  French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen on Friday suggested Jews should be banned from wearing the kippa, or ritual head-covering for Jewish males, in public places. Le Pen heads the nationalist Front National (FN) party, the third-largest in France. She is the youngest daughter of French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, formerly the party’s president. Her suggestion comes less than two years after France banned the wearing of full Muslim veils in public. In response to Le Pen’s suggestion,...
  • In France, New Chapter in Saga of All the President’s Women

    09/11/2012 12:29:16 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 10 2012 | MAÏA de la BAUME and STEVEN ERLANGER
     Valérie Trierweiler once called Ségolène Royal “the crazy woman of Poitou” and asked members of her partner’s communication team to keep them at arm’s length.    Ms. Trierweiler is the current partner of President François Hollande, and Ms. Royal is his former partner and mother of his four children  are depicted in recently published books as fierce rivals, and their animosity has been at the center of extensive media attention in France. Since 2007, when Nicolas Sarkozy took office in the middle of a marital breakdown, French politics has taken on aspects of a soap opera, complete with shifting couples...
  • Honeymoon over, outlook worse for French president

    08/13/2012 11:20:35 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 13, 2012 | Angus MacKinnon
      Francois Hollande will celebrate 100 days since his election as French president on Tuesday knowing his honeymoon with the electorate is over and that life is not going to get easier any time soon.   Record unemployment and an economy headed back into recession provide a sombre backdrop to an event Hollande will mark by interrupting his summer break to visit police officers in a village where two of their female colleagues died in a shootout in June. The village, Pierrefeu-du-Var, is located close to the Fort de Bregancon presidential retreat where Hollande has been on holiday with his glamorous journalist...
  • Madonna Booed, Called 'Slut' in France, Starts Riots 

    07/26/2012 11:01:04 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 42 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 27, 2012 | Staff
      After performing for only 45 minutes, the pop star incurred the wrath of concertgoers who gathered in front of the Paris concert venue to demand their money back. French fans took Madonna’s “Express Yourself” lyrics seriously on Thursday night when they booed and expressed anger at the singer for cutting her show at famed Paris concert hall l’Olympia short after around just 45 minutes. After Madonna left the stage, fans remained in their seats booing and yelling insults like “salope,” the French word for “slut.” PHOTOS: Madonna's Iconic Career and Life in Pictures Madonna took the stage around 10:15 p.m....
  • French President Wants Private Lives Kept Private

    07/15/2012 6:41:46 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 14, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
      The new French president, François Hollande, said Saturday that he had told those close to him to keep their private lives private and to resolve their conflicts away from the news media. Mr. Hollande, who campaigned for France’s highest office on a pledge to be “a normal president,” has been embarrassed by the evident strain between his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, and his four children, whom he fathered with a former Socialist presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal. “Private affairs are resolved in private,” Mr. Hollande said in a 45-minute, nationally televised interview on the French national holiday Bastille Day. “And I have...
  • FRANCE: Some Family Drama Undoes Hollande’s Goal of ‘Normal’

    07/13/2012 7:06:20 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER and MAÏA de la BAUME
    If you believe the French weekly Le Point, Thomas Hollande, the 27-year-old lawyer and son of President François Hollande and his former partner, Ségolène Royal, blasted his father’s current partner in an interview for “putting private life in the public domain” by backing a political opponent of his mother. If you believe Thomas Hollande, on the other hand, there was no such interview, just a conversation with a young woman who twisted his words. “I deny giving an interview to Le Point,” he told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday evening. “The comments reported, some of which are distorted or out of...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy's home raided by French police

    07/03/2012 12:02:06 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 23 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | July 3 2012 | Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
    French police have raided the home and offices of the former president Nicolas Sarkozy as part of an investigation into allegations of illegal campaign-financing by France's wealthiest woman. Police searched the mansion rented by Carla Bruni in a chic gated community in the west of Paris early on Tuesday morning. She and Sarkozy have lived there since their marriage, in 2008. Detectives also searched the office of the legal firm where Sarkozy is a partner and the office he moved into after losing the presidential election to the Socialist François Hollande in May. The couple were not present as they...
  • France may extend TV licence fee to computer screens

    07/01/2012 6:16:18 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 14 replies
    The Guardian  ^ | July 1 2012  | Staff
    The French government is considering extending the television licence fee to include computer screen owners to boost revenues for public-sector broadcasting operations, the culture minister said on Saturday. President François Hollande's Socialist government aims to raise an extra €7.5bn (£6bn) this year through tax rises included in an amended budget bill to be unveiled next week. "Is it necessary to extend the fee to [computer] screens when you do not have a television? It is a question we're asking ourselves, but obviously it would be a fee per household and you would not have to pay an [additional] fee if...
  • French Still Want To Vacation Midst Financial Crisis

    06/27/2012 1:38:04 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 18 replies
    Despite the euro crisis becoming increasingly dire as European governments scramble to patch up the broken banking system in Spain and shore up sovereign debt and budget deficits, French citizens still overwhelmingly want to go on vacation this summer. According to an l’Institut Français d’Opinion Publique (IFOP) poll, 73 percent of French citizens — a sizeable increase from last year — are still considering going on vacation this summer, with nearly a quarter saying that vacations of “three weeks” are ideal. If you thought the French weren’t belt-tightening, however, you’d be wrong. More French citizens seem to prefer shorter vacations...
  • France elections: Ségolène Royal loses seat as Valérie Trierweiler gets her way

    06/17/2012 7:29:24 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 11 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | June 17, 2012 | Henry Samuel
    Valérie Trierweiler, France’s new First Lady got her way when Ségolène Royal, François Hollande’s former partner of 30 years, crashed out of parliamentary elections to a dissident she controversially backed. Valérie Trierweiler sparked a political storm and private drama by firing off a Twitter message wishing “good luck” to the Socialist dissident rival of Ségolène Royal, 58, mother of Mr Hollande’s four children who was fighting for a seat in the constituency of western La Rochelle. Mr Hollande had backed Miss Royal for the seat reportedly without informing his new partner, who then is said to have sent the now...
  • Marion Le Pen becomes youngest French MP in modern history

    06/17/2012 6:51:51 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 27 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | June 17, 2012 | Henry Samuel
    Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, Jean Marie Le Pen's 22-year old granddaughter has become France's youngest MP in modern political history, clinching one of two seats for the far-Right National Front – its first in a quarter of a century. Miss Maréchal-Le Pen, a law undergraduate, came top in her constituency in the southeastern Vaucluse department wtih 49.09 per cent of the vote after a rival Socialist refused to bow out to her mainstream Right rival. Her grandfather, who founded the anti-immigrant, anti-EU party and turns 84 this week, was by her side last night to toast her victory. His party won...
  • Valérie Trierweiler should 'keep to her place', says French prime minister

    06/13/2012 2:01:35 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 17 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 6/13/2012 | Henry Samuel  
    France's prime minister has warned Francois Hollande's girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler to "keep to her place" after she backed his former partner's rival in parliamentary elections, causing a major political headache for the President. Jean-Marc Ayrault became the highest ranking French Socialist to give the 47-year old First Lady a public dressing down for her online swipe at Ségolène Royal, 58, the mother of President François Hollande's four children. It came amid reports Mr Hollande, 57, was furious at a tweet sent out by his girlfriend wishing "good luck" to Miss Royal's rival in the western La Rochelle constituency ahead of...
  • An Endorsement from France’s First Lady Causes a Stir

    06/12/2012 3:58:02 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 12, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    France’s new first lady, Valérie Trierweiler, created a small scandal and considerable stupefaction on Tuesday when she lent her support to a party dissident who is trying to defeat Ségolène Royal — President François Hollande’s former partner of some 30 years and the mother of his four children. It seemed like a scene from Molière — or from “Macbeth” — with Mr. Hollande’s current companion breaking with his party’s position and trying to undermine her predecessor in the president’s affections. Around noon on Tuesday, Ms. Trierweiler wrote on Twitter, “Courage to Olivier Falorni, who has not been unworthy, who fights...
  • Soap Opera Mars Parliamentary Elections For French Socialists

    06/12/2012 12:25:26 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 14 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 12, 2012  | PALASH R. GHOSH
    Just days before the second round of France’s parliamentary elections, a controversy has erupted that threatens to embarrass President Francois Hollande, whose Socialist Party is expected to coast to victory and gain a majority in the National Assembly. Hollande’s new problems arises from his complicated personal life – his current “significant other” Valerie Trierweiler (whom he has not married) supports a Socialist politician named Olivier Falorni for the parliamentary seat in La Rochelle, in western France. Hollande backs a woman named Segolene Royal. What makes this imbroglio particularly interesting is that Royal is Hollande’s former longtime lover and the mother...
  • Leftists lead French parliamentary vote

    06/10/2012 8:29:33 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 41 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 10, 2012  | ANGELA CHARLTON
    Leftist candidates led the first round of France's parliamentary elections Sunday, according to polling agencies and partial official results, in a vote that is crucial to President Francois Hollande's Socialist agenda. Hollande needs leftists to take control of the lower house of parliament — currently dominated by conservatives — to carry out his plans to redirect France's economy, with repercussions around debt-laden Europe. Conservatives said the Socialists' spending plans could cripple France just as it and other European countries are being asked to rescue Spain. Based on Sunday's first round, polling agencies predict that Socialists and other leftists will take...
  • French Face a Battle to Control Parliament

    06/09/2012 6:02:37 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
      François Hollande may have been elected France’s president only a month ago, but the fate of his presidency will rest largely on the results of legislative elections that begin Sunday and conclude a week later. Mr. Hollande, a Socialist, barely won over a deeply unpopular Nicolas Sarkozy, in part by remaining vague about his policies. That tactical vagueness has continued through this campaign for the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, which is to a great extent a continuation of the presidential campaign. Mr. Hollande has been presenting himself as a “normal” president, unveiling an amateurish-looking official portrait that...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'Laughed Uncontrollably' When He Heard DSK Was Caught In An Orgy With Prostitutes

    06/08/2012 12:12:35 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 7 2012 | Henry Samuel 
    Nicolas Sarkozy "laughed uncontrollably" when told Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been caught partaking in an orgy with prostitutes but swore his aides to silence and went on to name him IMF head, a new book claims. Les Strauss-Kahn, written by Raphaëlle Bacqué and Ariane Chemin, journalists at Le Monde, provides fresh details about Mr Sarkozy’s knowledge of Mr Strauss-Kahn’s sexual practices, his proximity to the Socialist and decision to protect his reputation. Mr Sarkozy was interior minister late in 2006 – a few months before his election to the presidency – when Alain Gardère, the public security chief of Paris, told...
  • (French) First Lady Keeps Career, but Choice Stirs Unease

    06/07/2012 4:21:27 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 6, 2012 | MAÏA de la BAUME
    The companion of the new French president has finally found a role for herself, but her choice is getting mixed reviews. Valérie Trierweiler, the partner and closest confidante of President François Hollande, said she wanted to continue working as a journalist, prompting some to complain about the potential conflict of interest. Ms. Trierweiler has covered political and cultural issues for Paris Match magazine for more than 20 years. Since Mr. Hollande took office, she negotiated with the magazine to continue to contribute book and art reviews and other cultural coverage a few times a month. “It’s an unprecedented situation,” Olivier...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy 'bored' three weeks after leaving office

    06/04/2012 2:19:54 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 3 2012 | Henry Samuel
    Nicolas Sarkozy is said to be "bored" after spending a three-week post-election break with his wife and children in Morocco in which he was constantly on the phone to politicians back in France, according to reports. Mr Sarkozy, his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and their daughter Giulia, returned to Paris on Saturday, where he was spotted jogging in the Bois de Boulogne, after unwinding at King Mohammed VI's expense in one of his luxury private residences in Marrakesh. The Right-winger intends to remain "durably discreet" after losing to Socialist François Hollande in his presidential re-election bid on May 6, one of...
  • Facing election shipwreck, Sarkozy 'friends' rise up

    06/01/2012 4:38:45 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    France24.com ^ | June 1 2012 | Joseph Bamat
      With the right-wing UMP party predicted to lose upcoming parliamentary elections, former interior minister Brice Hortefeux and other French conservatives are embracing recently departed president Nicolas Sarkozy. As conservative leaders in France contemplate a likely defeat in parliamentary elections in June, some among them have rallied around an unlikely figure: defeated former president Nicolas Sarkozy.  The Friends of Nicolas Sarkozy Association was formally established in Paris on Wednesday, fuelling ongoing speculation about the uncertain future of France’s political right. Sarkozy, who lost the May 6 presidential runoff to Socialist rival François Hollande, repeated before and after the vote that he...
  • Voting With Their Wallets: France

    05/27/2012 6:38:18 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
    The French aided the Americans in their revolution against their British oppressors. Now Benoît Pous-Bertran de Balanda, the descendant of a French general who fought for the Americans, is trying to help his wealthy countrymen escape what he calls the tyranny of a new Socialist government primed to severely tax the rich. And France’s loss could be New York’s gain. Mr. Pous-Bertran de Balanda, 30, is a broker for wealthy French clients looking to buy apartments in Manhattan. With the election of the Socialist François Hollande as president this month, the wealthy in France are suddenly scrambling for places to...
  • Madame First Lady: Valerie Trierweiler given civil servants and bodyguards

    05/23/2012 11:57:10 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2012 | NICK FAGGE
    'First girlfriend': Valerie Trierweiler has been given an official title and her own team of civil servants and security She declared she would not copy the high profile of her predecessor Carla Bruni. But now Valerie Trierweiler has been given an official title and her own team of half-a-dozen civil servants and bodyguards at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Despite not being married to the new president Francois Hollande, she will be known as the The First Lady of France. Ms Trierweiler, 47, a twice-married mother of three, also has her own page on the French presidency’s website. An official...
  • Battle begins for control of France's parliament

    05/22/2012 12:44:55 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    France24 ^ | May 20, 2012 | Staff
    Campaigning for France's parliamentary elections officially begins Monday in what is expected to be a fierce battle between left and right. Without a majority in the lower house, President Hollande will struggle to deliver on his campaign promises. The battle to take control of France’s National Assembly begins in earnest on Monday when the four week campaign period is officially launched. The Socialist Party is hoping to follow up the presidential triumph of François Hollande by gaining a majority in France’s lower house when the elections take place over two rounds on June 10 and 17. Although poll numbers look...
  • First Lady Without a Portfolio (or a Ring) Seeks Her Own Path

    05/16/2012 2:23:59 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 16, 2012 | MAÏA de la BAUME
    Valérie Trierweiler faces an uncommon predicament. Twice married and twice divorced, she covered French politics as a journalist for more than 20 years with no inkling that she would one day become France’s first lady, certainly not when she fell for François Hollande, a jovial, unglamorous leftist politician who hardly seemed like presidential material. “I almost want to laugh when I think of it,” Ms. Trierweiler said in a telephone interview. But Mr. Hollande was elected on May 6 and was sworn in on Tuesday, and now Ms. Trierweiler — whom he calls “the love of my life” — is...
  • Francois Hollande becomes France's new president

    05/15/2012 12:14:55 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 16 replies
    BBC News, Paris ^ | May 15 2012 | Hugh Schofield
    François Hollande has been sworn in as president of France, becoming the first Socialist leader in 17 years to occupy the Elysee Palace. He named close aide Jean-Marc Ayrault as his PM. Mr Hollande is now to visit Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Mr Hollande called for "a compromise" over the German-led focus on austerity as the way out of the eurozone crisis. Stock markets and the euro have fallen amid continuing political uncertainty in Greece. The handover of presidential power in France is a strange mixture of tradition and improvisation. There is tradition in the quasi-monarchical ceremonies, such as...
  • President-elect makes his bitter ex and mother of his four children country's most powerful woman

    05/11/2012 11:09:11 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 11, 2012 | Peter Allen
    He  swapped her for a younger woman.  Then she tried to stop him becoming president of France. But Francois Hollande is on course to make former partner Segolene Royal the most powerful female politician in the country, despite the bitterness of their separation after 30 years and four children together.  President-elect Mr Hollande and fellow Socialist Miss Royal still have their personal differences and she does not get on with his current partner Valerie Trierweiler, a journalist 11 years her junior. Only last year, while Mr Hollande and his former partner were contesting the Socialist nomination for the presidency, Miss...
  • Exit polls show Sarkozy has lost in France

    05/06/2012 10:00:27 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 95 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 6 2012 | FREDERIC CASTEL AND ROY GUTMAN
    French Socialist Francois Hollande appeared headed to victory over President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to exit polls of voters released by Swiss and Belgian news media. Those polls showed Hollande with 52 to 53 percent of the vote in an election that turned on solutions for Europe's economic crisis amid record unemployment in France. French voters were still headed to cast their ballots when the exit polls were released in the early evening _ the results of exit polls cannot be published in France until voting ends at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Eastern _ but the outcome seemed all but certain.
  • Analysis: Nicolas Sarkozy's miracle is nowhere to be seen at Paris debate

    05/02/2012 4:57:32 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 27 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 5/3/12 | Benedict Brogan, Paris
    Nicolas Sarkozy needed a miracle last night to head off a defeat that looks increasingly inevitable. A marathon, at times violent debate with Francois Hollande was his chance to knock the challenger off his increasingly confident stride. But despite some brutal exchanges, he failed to produce a killer blow. Twenty million people were expected to tune in for a contest that lasted nearly three hours and was broadcast on all networks. It was a real debate, the presenters reduced to mute timekeepers as the candidates knocked spots off each other. There was no quarter given. Mr Sarkozy called his opponent...
  • Hotel maid can pursue sex-assault lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    05/01/2012 11:26:09 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 14 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 1, 2012 | DANIEL BEEKMAN
    Bronx judge doesn’t buy his claim of diplomatic immunity A New York hotel maid's sexual assault lawsuit against French bigwig Dominique Strauss-Kahn can go forward, a Bronx judge ruled Tuesday.   State Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon decided that the former International Monetary Fund leader is not entitled to diplomatic immunity.   He derided Strauss-Kahn's claim of international protection as the legal equivalent of a "Hail Mary" football pass.    McKeon noted that the disgraced politician didn't cite diplomatic immunity last year when faced with criminal charges for the May 2011 encounter and pointed out that Strauss-Kahn resigned from the IMF long before he...
  • Socialists gaffe over DSK birthday party invite shakes Hollande campaign

    04/30/2012 9:45:39 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    RFI.fr in English ^ | April 30, 2012 | Staff
    On Saturday, Hollande’s campaign director Pierre Moscovici and communication director Manuel Valls were both invited to celebrate the birthday of Socialist lawmaker Julien Dray at a popular disco bar on Paris’ notorious Rue St Denis. What Dray had failed to mention was that DSK, as he is known in France, was also a guest at the party. Hollande’s former partner and defeated presidential candidate in 2007, Segolene Royal, was reported to be furious when she learned of DSK’s presence and stormed-off without meeting him. “It’s lucky that I didn’t find myself face-to-face with him,” she said. “I left because it...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy rejects Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accusation he orchestrated downfall

    04/30/2012 1:22:44 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | April 29, 2012  | Staff
    Disgraced ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once tipped to win France's presidential vote, has made a dramatic incursion into the campaign with a claim Nicolas Sarkozy orchestrated his downfall. The accusation came as the battle between Mr Sarkozy and Francois Hollande grew ever more bitter, with the incumbent accusing the front-running Socialist of subjecting him to a “Stalinist trial” over his bid to woo the far right. Mr Strauss-Kahn, in his first major newspaper interview since his disgrace a year ago, told Britain's The Guardian newspaper that his spectacular fall was orchestrated by opponents to prevent him standing as Socialist candidate....
  • Jews to face new challenges in post-elections France

    04/28/2012 1:06:24 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 23 replies
    Haaretz.com ^ | April 25 2012 | Richard Presquier
      The challenge is daunting for Nicholas Sarkozy. The second round of the French Presidential elections will be decided by the transfer of votes.   For the French Jewish community, appalled by the murders in the Jewish school in Toulouse, one of the key issues is how willing each candidate is to fight the new anti-Semitism that has developed under the mask of anti-Zionism.   Nicolas Sarkozy has developed strong links with the French Jewish community; he has a deep knowledge of Israel and a deep sympathy for this country, which he uses sometimes for chiding the Israeli government. France has become the...
  • Hollande and Sarkozy Trade Insults as Runoff Nears

    04/27/2012 11:36:58 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 26 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
       With accusations  of fascism and lying, incompetence and imbecility, the French presidential campaign has been one of the nastiest in memory. One legislator from the governing party even compared the partner of the Socialist challenger to a Rottweiler.    With only a week to go before incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy faces off against the favored candidate, the Socialist François Hollande, the insults are flying. Mr. Sarkozy is trying to make up the gap and win back the votes of the far-right National Front of Marine Le Pen, while Mr. Hollande is trying to stay above the fray with professions of...
  • French presidential candidate launches ‘Ni*gas in Paris’ Ad campaign

    04/25/2012 11:25:47 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/23/2012 | Taylor Bigler
       French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande debuted a campaign video set to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hit song, “Ni*gas In Paris.” The video, which translates in English to “48 Hours with François Hollande,” features the candidate making campaign stops and his supporters excitedly talking about him. While there are moments of the song that are blocked out with audio clips from his speeches and supporters, most of the song’s extremely explicit lyrics (“ni**a,” “motherf***er,” “s**t,” to name a few) are still in tact. Although the song is in English, the explicit words are hardly new to French ears.  “48...
  • Sarkozy camp insists race not over as France vote looms

    04/20/2012 1:46:10 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 19 2012 | Michael Mainville
    President Nicolas Sarkozy's camp insisted Thursday that France's election race was far from over as the top candidates sought to lure a large number of undecided and apathetic potential voters. Despite his strong and persistent lead in the opinion polls, Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande urged voters to show up for Sunday's first round, worried that a low turnout could benefit Sarkozy. "It is in these next hours that many in France will make their choice. I can see that there is still some hesitation on whether or not to go out to vote," Hollande told AFP in an interview. "My...
  • Presidential Election in France Raises New Concerns for Investors

    04/18/2012 3:56:56 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 18 2012 | LIZ ALDERMAN in PARIS 
    To the list of worries about the euro zone, add one in bold: the fate of France as it heads into the first round of a closely contested presidential election this weekend. After a long stretch in which President Nicolas Sarkozy grappled with the euro crisis, investors are now wrestling  with the implications of a potential victory by Socialist candidate, François Hollande. Mr. Hollande’s pledges of higher taxes on the rich, and higher government spending, are luring voters disenchanted by the austerity medicine Mr. Sarkozy administered in hopes of protecting France from financial contagion. Many investors, though, are questioning what...
  • Sarkozy 'embarrassed France' with Obama video conference TV stunt

    04/15/2012 1:59:10 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 5 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | April 15 2012  | Angelique Chrisafis 
    Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of using a video conference with Barack Obama to boost his election campaign. In an unprecedented move in French diplomacy, newscasts on several TV channels showed the first few minutes of a video link-up between the French president and his US counterpart. Days before the first-round vote in the French presidential election, on 22 April, the rare glimpse of banter between world leaders shows Obama saying of the campaign: "It must be a busy time." He adds: "I admire the tough battle you are waging." Sarkozy replies, grinning, with arms folded: "We will win, Mr...
  • The Soft Middle of François Hollande

    04/14/2012 8:24:41 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 14 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    Even after a precampaign diet last year — less wine, less cheese and especially less chocolate — François Hollande, the Socialist who is currently favored to become the next president of France, still has a soft face and looks slightly sloppy in his medium-gray suits. He used to be referred to as “Flanby,” after a brand of wobbly caramel pudding, just one of a string of insulting nicknames for a convivial man considered always at the second rank of politics. He has been called “a living marshmallow” and “Mr. Little Jokes,” and just last year, Martine Aubry, the head of...
  • Sarkozy's comeback hopes crumble, polls show

    04/13/2012 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 13 2012 | Brian Love 
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy defended his economic record on Friday as a slew of opinion polls suggested his prospects of re-election were crumbling just over a week from round one of a vote where Socialist Francois Hollande is the clear frontrunner.      Four polls published in less than 24 hours showed Hollande extending his lead, with the conservative incumbent's modest gains of the past month starting to evaporate ahead of a two-round contest taking place on April 22 and May 6. A CSA poll showed Hollande winning the May 6 run-off with 57 percent of the vote. Three other polls...
  • Prominent French Scholar Richard Descoings Found Dead in NYC Hotel

    04/04/2012 11:19:42 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    ABC News.com ^ | April 4, 2012 | RICHARD ESPOSITO and CHRISTINA NG
    New York police are trying to determine whether the mysterious death of France's most prominent college head was the result of a crime. Richard Descoings, 53, was found naked and dead in his Manhattan hotel room on Tuesday. The esteemed French scholar was the director of the renowned Paris Institute of Political Studies, widely known as "Sciences Po." The school is known as a training ground for France's elite. Former French President Jacques Chirac was a student at the school and Dominique Strauss Kahn taught economics at the school before joining the IMF. He was found naked and dead in...