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  • As an American (USA) after living in France for 3 months, some observations (God Bless America!):

    07/27/2014 12:12:01 PM PDT · by not2be4gotten.com · 115 replies
    So, as an American, after 3 months living in France, for the first time, let us review what we have found and possibly blow away some myths and untruths you have been hearing all of your life, shall we? lol 1) The French are rude/unhelpful/disdainful. This is the biggest bunch of bull stereotype on the planet. Americans are the strange ones here, as we have to always put on a false face and smile all the time, for various cultural reasons. Look at our current President, who became powerful, almost entirely by his toothy smile. The French are normal and...
  • Kerry 'Tunneling Under Egyptian Ceasefire Deal', Says Minister

    07/26/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26 July 2014 | Gil Ronen; AFP
    Israeli anger at US envoy for his attempt to forge a ceasefire with Hamas sponsors Turkey, Qatar, in Paris talks. An Israeli minister accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of “digging a tunnel under the the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” by accepting Hamas's conditions for a ceasefire in Paris talks Saturday, Channel 2 reported. The minister's identity was not revealed. Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East who gathered in Paris Saturday called for an extension to a temporary truce declared Saturday between Israel and Hamas. However, neither Israel, nor Egypt, nor the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud...
  • Deadliest Ever Islamic Attack on Tunisian Army

    07/26/2014 12:09:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Larry Provost
    The past few weeks, from France to Gaza, have seen many Islamic attacks. A record for the deadliest attack in Tunisia was also set last week. Tunisia, an overwhelmingly Islamic country, is in the middle of a crackdown on Islamic terrorists who feel the current, democratic, regime is too moderate. The Tunisian Army is leading the crackdown and 14 Tunisian soldiers were killed last in that country while 20 more soldiers were wounded; the worst terrorist attack ever seen on Tunisia’s army. The attack which took place at two checkpoints near the Algerian border, was not atypical of Islamic attacks...
  • "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" - French elected officials lead the way

    07/26/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 26, 2014
    FULL TITLE - "An Appeal for the Christians of the Middle East" French elected officials lead the way: will those elsewhere follow suit, or remain silent? As in Turkey in 1915, a Christian Genocide is happening once again. One week after the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" expelled all Christians from Mosul, no statement on the matter has been made by the heads of state or government of any major nation -- no permament member of the Security Council, no major world power... The only relevant exception was Prime-Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, for which he is to be thanked...
  • France sends military to guard Air Algerie wreck; black box found

    07/25/2014 4:27:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/25/2014
    French officials have dispatched a military unit to the crash site of an Air Algerie jet that crashed in Mali carrying 116 people after vanishing from radar shortly after takeoff late Wednesday night. French president Francois Hollande announced Friday that there were no survivors in the crash of the aircraft which disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, for Algiers. Speaking after a crisis meeting, Hollande also announced that one of the aircraft's two black boxes has been found in the wreckage, in the Gossi region near the border...
  • British Man Builds Giant Fart Machine, Aims It At France

    07/24/2014 12:55:15 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-24-14 | Andre Walker
    An inventor from Stamford in Lincolnshire has embarked on a project to build the world's biggest fart machine - and then aim it straight at France. Colin Furze plans to place the machine on top of the white cliffs of Dover so that the French can hear it 21 miles away.
  • George Patton's Summer of 1944

    07/24/2014 5:05:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border. Patton almost did not get a chance at his summer of glory. After brilliant service in North Africa and Sicily, fellow officers -- and his German enemies -- considered him the most gifted American field general of his generation. But near the conclusion of his illustrious Sicilian campaign, the volatile Patton slapped two sick GIs in field hospitals, raving that they were shirkers. In truth,...
  • European Court: Male civil servants discriminated against in France

    07/24/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 24/07/2014 - 08:45 | Cécile Barbičre
    The European Court of Justice has pointed the finger at unequal retirement plans between men and women in the French civil service. EurActiv France reports. According to a judgment by the ECJ (17 July), the French retirement system for civil servants is discriminating against men. “French rules on certain pension-related advantages granted to civil servants give rise to indirect discrimination on grounds of sex,” the court decided. […] French law states that if a civil servant has raised at least three children, he or she can benefit from early retirement. It also outlines “service credit advantages” to parents working in...
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • France: “They’re shouting ‘Death to the Jews’ and attacking synagogues. It’s completely out

    07/22/2014 12:07:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | 7/21/14 | Robert Spencer
    The thoroughly cowed and compromised dhimmi BBC identifies the rioters only as “youths,” as if its readers will naturally understand that young people have a problem with Israel. No mention is made, of course, of Islamic antisemitism, or of the violent Muslim riots that we have seen all over the world in the last couple of weeks. Video from France here. Note that they’re shouting “death to Jews,” not even bothering with the figleaf “death to Israel.” Their antisemitism is naked and open, as they know French authorities can do or will do nothing to stop them. “Gaza conflict: France...
  • The Arabic Writing on the Wall: Europe Learns the Hard Way

    07/22/2014 11:55:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Imaginative Conservative ^ | July 21, 2014 | Joseph Pearce
    It takes courage to speak out against the threatening presence of Islam in todayÂ’s world. And it takes courage to defend those who have the courage to speak out.Eight years ago, after Benedict XVI gave his controversial Regensburg address, most European commentators were shamefully timid in their response. Most refused to raise their heads above the parapet, preferring the cowardÂ’s option of not making any response at all. In the light of this continuing cowardly silence, it is timely to remind ourselves of the ugly face of Islamic fundamentalism.At the darkened heart of radical Islam is what Bishop Nazir-Ali,...
  • White Flags Replace American Flags on Brooklyn Bridge

    07/22/2014 8:27:53 AM PDT · by cocomac · 40 replies
    DNA Info ^ | 7/22/14
    MANHATTAN — American flags were removed from atop the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers Tuesday morning and replaced by white flags, sources said. Police, including the NYPD's counter terrorism and intelligence divisions, were checking surveillance footage from the bridge after images of the white flags hit social media about 7 a.m., sources said. "Why are there white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge?" City Council member Mark Weprin tweeted at 9:34 a.m. It was not immediately clear how the white flags, which are usually a military symbol for surrender, got there. Witnesses reported seeing NYPD counter terrorism officers heading up...
  • French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

    07/22/2014 7:19:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.07.14 @ 09:28 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The French authorities have reportedly authorized a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday (23 July) after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent. Wednesday’s gathering is to be allowed because the pro-Palestinian organizers are considered “serious and responsible” by the authorities, reports French daily Le Parisien.The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) as well as a handful of left wing groups is behind the demonstration, set to kick off in the early evening from the city’s center. The move comes on the heels of a controversial French government ban on demonstrations in the capital after several protesters...
  • Gaza conflict: France criticises 'anti-Semitic' riot

    07/21/2014 5:53:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/21/2014
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned "anti-Semitic" violence that broke out during a protest against Israel's action in Gaza. Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue were targeted in the suburb of Sarcelles, just outside Paris. Shops were looted and 18 people were arrested as youths went on the rampage during Sunday's protest, which had been banned by authorities. The mayor of Sarcelles said the Jewish community was in fear. Such an outpouring of violence had never been seen in the suburb before, he said. Roger Cukierman, head of the umbrella group Crif that represents French Jewish organisations, said Jews were...
  • Violent Protests Against Israel in London, Paris, Chile, Belgium

    07/19/2014 8:49:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 7/19/2014, 10:22 PM | AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
    Parts of central London were brought to a standstill on Saturday as thousands of pro-Palestinians marched in protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza, while in Paris a banned demonstration descended into violence. Organizers of the London rally claimed that “tens of thousands” of people joined the march from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office to the Israeli embassy, many of them chanting “Israel is a terror state”. Police refused to give an estimate for the number present but several roads through the centre of the capital were closed during the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) march, which passed off peacefully. …
  • FRIENDS: ONE thing you can do to help Israel NOW, without spending a dime.

    07/19/2014 5:26:14 PM PDT · by golux · 34 replies
    07/17/2014 | golux
    Jews are SCARED. In the first three months of 2014 more Jews left France for Israel than at any other time since the Jewish state was created in 1948. The hundreds of rockets raining down on Israel are considered acceptable. Retaliation (with phone-call warnings , "knocking" to prevent civilian casualties,) is "massacre by the Jews." And the White House, of course, is silent. Europe is ablaze with Jew hatred, and North America is, too. The "Palestinians" own the streets, the schools, the colleges, the immigration process, the White House. If you want to help, you can do these things: LIGHT...
  • Undeterred by Hamas Rockets, Hundreds of French Jews Immigrate to Israel

    07/18/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 18, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Jewish communities around the world are not letting terrorist attacks from Hamas deter them from relocating to Israel. This week, hundreds of French Jews arrived in Israel to settle in the towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, while incidents of anti-Semitism continue to rise in France itself. On Thursday, as the Israeli government announced a ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza, 430 Jewish immigrants from France arrived in Israel with the intention of permanently relocating. Of these, many came as entire families, with 195 children and 18 infants on the flights in. The numbers from France are to be expected-- polls...
  • Paris: Police Ban Pro-Palestinian Protest Due to Anti-Semitism

    07/16/2014 2:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 7/16/2014, 8:36 PM | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Paris police have banned pro-Palestinian activists from demonstrating this Saturday night, an official told AFP Wednesday, after violent protesters blockaded French Jews in a local synagogue and attacked them earlier this week. Saturday night’s protest was planned for the Barbas–Rochechouart metro station near the northern Gare du Nord train station, the official said. However, Paris police oppose the demonstration, citing “serious risks to public order” in “a context of elevated tension,” according to news broadcaster RTL. Protesters have already taken to Twitter, they said, with the intent to “smash the Jews” in Saturday’s protest. “We’ll smash the Jews Saturday,” wrote...
  • France Stops Halal prison meals plan for Muslim detainees

    07/16/2014 1:17:12 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    pamelageller.com ^ | July 16 2014 | Pamela Geller
    Either this will ignite a civil war (because everyone can see that coming) or criminals will go emigrate to green pastures — like London. Halal is the least of the French Islamic problem in the prisons: Muslim inmates regularly wear non-standard Islamic clothes such as djellabas, which they would not normally wear outside. This type of clothing is subject to prison regulations, but these are ignored by the inmates and not enforced by the authorities in order to avoid confrontation. Non-converts are subject to pressure, insults, threats and violence. They are marginalised in day-to-day prison life. They cannot participate in...
  • Bastille Day and the Catholic Book that Caused the French Revolution

    07/14/2014 8:34:10 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 12 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 14 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    In recognition of Bastille Day, I, in this special Monday episode, discuss "the book that caused the French Revolution": Les Liaisons Dangereuses (The Dangerous Liaisons), written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The book -- perhaps somewhat unintentionally -- set off pious sentiment against the Ancien Regime, and its influence carries on today. WATCH ON YOUTUBE(Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary:I start off the show with a brief primer on Bastille Day and immediately begin a summary of the characters and events in this novel, breaking down its story of lust and love. I then cite some of its distinctively Catholic elements....
  • The Book that Caused the French Revolution

    07/14/2014 6:16:20 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 6 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 14 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    In recognition of Bastille Day, I, in this special Monday episode, discuss "the book that caused the French Revolution": Les Liaisons Dangereuses (The Dangerous Liaisons), written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The book -- perhaps somewhat unintentionally -- set off pious sentiment against the Ancien Regime, and its influence carries on today. WATCH ON YOUTUBE(Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary:I start off the show with a brief primer on Bastille Day and immediately begin a summary of the characters and events in this novel, breaking down its story of lust and love. I then cite some of its distinctively Catholic elements....
  • Hollande Tells French to Ditch Culture of Complaint

    07/14/2014 4:41:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 Jul 2014
    President Francois Hollande on Monday pleaded with the French to be proud of their country in an attempt to boost confidence at a time of enduring gloom over record unemployment and faltering growth. Speaking in a televised interview on France's national Bastille Day holiday after a military parade commemorating World War I, Hollande tried to persuade the country that his reforms were the right way forward despite opposition within his own ranks. "There is a sort of illness which is not serious but can be contagious, where we are always deploring and denigrating. You have to be proud!" he said,...
  • Anti-Israel Protesters Trap Hundreds of Jews in Paris Synagogue

    07/14/2014 4:18:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/14/2014 | Abe Katsman
    Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of Hamas and residents in the Gaza Strip, reports The Times of Israel.Several thousand demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People".(snip)Blogger Elder of Zion carries a report that the protests were far more menacing and anti-Semitic than the main news sites have reported. According to a first-person account, protesters also chanted "Death to the Jews," "Hitler was right," "Hamas Resistance," "Jihad! Jihad! Jihad!" and "Palestine must finish the job...
  • Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive

    07/13/2014 7:01:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Paris - Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 168 Palestinians dead. Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People". But clashes erupted at the end of the march on Bastille Square, with people throwing projectiles onto a cordon of police who responded with tear gas. The unrest continued early Sunday evening as police announced six arrests had been made. A small...
  • Muslim Protesters in Paris Chant “Death to the Jews”, Attack Synagogue

    07/13/2014 4:20:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Front Page ^ | 7/.13/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    The New Nazis have arrived. The firebomb went off Friday night at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital. A Middle Eastern man assaulted a Jewish 17-year-old girl on a Paris street near the Gare du Nord train station by spraying pepper-spray on her face, shouting: “Dirty Jewess, inshallah you will die.” In Belleville, an eastern suburb of Paris, a demonstration Saturday by a few dozen people against Israel’s attack on Hamas featured calls to “slaughter the Jews,” according to Alain Azria, a French Jewish photojournalist who covered the event. The crowd also...
  • Muslim Rioters Attack Synagogue in Paris

    07/13/2014 12:00:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    INN ^ | 7/13/2014, 9:45 PM | AFP, Gil Ronen
    Muslim rioters reportedly surrounded Don Yitzchak Abarbanel Synagogue in the 11th arrondissement of Paris on Sunday, and threw rocks into the house of worship. Large scale police forces were called to extricate the Jews. Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of terrorist groups in Gaza, where a six-day counterterror operation by Israel has left 166 dead. Several thousand demonstrators walked calmly through the streets of Paris behind a large banner that read “Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People”. …
  • Sirens in Northern Israel, on Lebanese Border

    07/12/2014 3:36:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/7/14 | Gil Ronen
    Sirens sounded Saturday evening in northern Israel as rockets were apparently fired from Lebanon into the Jewish state. The sirens sounded in Nahariya, Rosh Hanikra, Shlomi, Kabri and Hanita, along the border with Lebanon. Initial analysis said that the rockets were apparently fired from Lebanon by a Palestinian Lebanese terror group. "Two rockets fired from Lebanon hit uninhabited areas in the Nahariya region," a coastal town around 12 kilometers (seven miles) from the border with Lebanon, an army spokeswoman told AFP. Israel responded with artillery fire targeting the firing points. A Lebanese security source told AFP at least one rocket...
  • Thousands in London, Paris, and Oslo protest Israeli strikes in Gaza

    07/12/2014 5:01:37 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | 7/11/2014 | HAARETZ
    Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators turned out on the streets of London, Paris, and Oslo on Friday to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza. Several thousand people crowded the streets outside the Israeli Embassy in west London, waving placards that read "Gaza: End the Siege" and "Freedom for Palestine." The crowds blocked an entire road, and several protesters managed to climb on top of a double-decker bus stuck in traffic, but police said the protest was largely peaceful. Norwegian news website The Local reported that some 3,000 protestors gathered in front of the Norwegian parliament in Oslo...
  • Kerry Admits: Iran Negotiations Not Working

    07/10/2014 5:24:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Majid Rafizadeh
    Kerry Admits: Iran Negotiations Not WorkingPosted By Majid Rafizadeh On July 10, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments In less than two week, the interim nuclear deal will expire, most likely without a final deal being struck between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the G5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany).The Islamic Republic has been given years to come clean and halt its ideological and regional hegemonic ambitions of obtaining nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, the Obama administration believes that we need to give the Islamic Republic another chance, trusting the...
  • Neo-Nazi Vikernes Guilty of Hate Crime in France

    07/10/2014 2:43:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    The Local - Norway ^ | 08 Jul 2014
    A French court hit notorious Norwegian heavy metal musician Kristian Vikernes with a fine and six-month suspended prison sentence for blog postings that allegedly glorified war crimes and promoted discrimination against Jews and Muslims. A French court Tuesday slapped a six-month suspended sentence and an €8,000 ($10,000) fine on a Norwegian heavy metal musician accused of inciting racial hatred in his blogs. Kristian Vikernes, 41, was not present in court and neither was his lawyer as the verdict was delivered. He has denied posting racist blogs and said they were written by someone else. Vikernes was arrested in July last...
  • Islamist plot to blow up Eiffel Tower, Louvre and nuclear power plant foiled, say French police

    07/09/2014 12:38:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 9, 2014 | Henry Samuel
    France foiled an Islamist terrorist plot to target the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and even a nuclear power plant, it emerged on Wednesday, as the country unveiled new, tougher anti-terror rules. French police stumbled on the plans after decrypting coded messages between a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in the Vaucluse, southern France, known only as Ali M, and one of the highest-ranking members in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM. According to Le Parisien newspaper, in April last year, the married father of two who went by the pseudonym Abu Jaji was asked by his AQIM contact, whose web...
  • Terror plot targeting Eiffel Tower, Louvre foiled, French police say

    07/10/2014 8:15:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/9/14 | Fox News
    French authorities say they foiled an Islamic terrorist plot reportedly targeting the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and a nuclear power plant last year. The revelation comes as the country unveiled new anti-terror rules which included a proposal to ban terror suspects from leaving the country if it is thought they intend to fight abroad, The Telegraph reported. French authorities revealed they arrested a 29-year-old Algerian butcher living in southern France June 2013, after they found coded messages between him and a high-ranking Al Qaeda member discussing how “to conduct jihad in the place you are currently,” according to Le Parisien....
  • Jewish leader: Europe should fight anti-Semitism

    07/08/2014 9:24:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2014 11:54 AM EDT | Lori Hinnant
    The head of the European Jewish Congress appealed Tuesday for European governments to take tougher action against anti-Semitism—and has made France his starting point. French citizens are suspected in the two deadliest attacks against European Jewish institutions in the past few years—a shooting at the Brussels Jewish Museum in May, and an attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, southwestern France, in 2012. And French Jews are emigrating to Israel in record numbers, in part because of a fear of rising anti-Semitism from the far right and extremist Islam. …
  • What do Germans Think of the French?

    07/06/2014 10:42:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | 03 Jul 2014
    Germany and France will battle for a place in the semi-finals of the football World Cup in Brazil on Friday. The Local looks to Germans past and present to find out what they make of their neighbours across the Rhine. At the annual German-French Festival, taking place in Berlin's Reinickendorf district, one part of France dominated the view of Germans who The Local spoke to on Wednesday. "When I think of France, I think of Paris," said Peter Wegert, 43, who was enjoying a cold beverage while waiting for his family. Student Gamze Yildiz, 19, who was meeting with friends...
  • EU states promote settler boycott amid Israel crisis

    07/04/2014 6:16:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/04/2014 @ 09:27 | Andrew Rettman
    Twelve EU countries have warned investors not to do business with Israeli settler entities, amid a security crisis in Israel and Palestine. The group includes: Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; Finland; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Malta; Portugal; Slovakia; and Slovenia. Portugal published its statement on Wednesday (2 July) and the others came out on Thursday. France, Italy, and Spain put out similar communiques earlier this week. Germany and the UK already did it months ago. Poland is expected to publish a warning shortly. The Irish foreign ministry said the action “has been coordinated at EU level”. …
  • French archaeologists discover an exceptional Gallic chariot tomb at Warcq in France

    07/04/2014 8:35:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Art Daily ^ | Friday, July 4, 2014 | unattributed
    A combined team composed of archaeologists from the Ardennes departmental archaeology unit and from Inrap is currently excavating a Gallic aristocratic tomb at Warcq (Ardennes)... This type of aristocratic tomb emerges in the 7th century B.C. – during the first Iron Age – and ends with the end of the Gallic period. The oldest chariots have four wheels (like that found at Vix), while those from the second Iron Age have only two. The deceased person – who could be male or female – was generally inhumed on the chariot, which was an object of prestige and a symbol of...
  • French Mom Stabs Kindergarten Teacher To Death In Front Of Class

    07/04/2014 11:28:20 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04 July 2014
    Robert Couffignal of the regional teachers union insisted that the attack was an "isolated case." He said the larger problem for schools in his region and around France is tension over economic decline and lack of job prospects for young people, especially those from poor or immigrant backgrounds.
  • Demented mother stabs preschool teacher in front of kids in southern France

    07/04/2014 10:15:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | July 4, 2014 | Stephen Rex Brown
    The 47-year-old mom reportedly had ‘serious psychiatric problems’ and was in custody. Teachers quickly ushered the shocked students who witnessed the horror into a neighboring classroom. The slain educator at the Edouard Herriot school in Albi was identified as Fabienne Terral-Calmčs, 34. ... The 47-year-old mother, whom authorities did not name, was taken into custody. It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspect’s 5-year-old daughter was in the classroom turned crime scene. After the gruesome attack, “the children were immediately taken in by another teacher who brought them to another classroom to talk to them, to tell them stories, to try...
  • Sarkozy risks jail in corruption probe

    07/02/2014 9:28:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/02/2014 @ 09:28 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy could face up to five years in prison and a €500,000 fine on allegations of corruption and influence peddling. The embattled center-right politician was released from police custody late Tuesday (1 July) and is now under formal investigation. Sarkozy is suspected to have attempted to obstruct an investigation into the financing of his 2007 presidential campaign. He denies any wrongdoing and says the accusations are politically motivated. …
  • French Ex-President Sarkozy Held for Questioning: Legal Source

    07/01/2014 12:38:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 1, 2014
    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held on Tuesday for questioning into suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign, a legal source said. Local media said it was the first time a former head of state had been held for questioning in modern French history. The conservative politician denies wrongdoing in a string of investigations which could derail his hopes of a come-back after his 2012 presidential election defeat by Francois Hollande. Sarkozy arrived early Tuesday to be quizzed by investigators at their offices in Nanterre,...
  • France retreats on teaching boy-girl equality

    06/30/2014 7:46:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2014 6:03 AM EDT
    France is replacing its plan to teach children the “ABCD of equality” between boys and girls after protests by some parents who feared it was a stealth effort to erase gender differences. […] The initial plan was essentially an experiment with 275 schools, and it came under protest from Roman Catholic leaders, the French far right, and some parents groups. …
  • Monsanto Slammed for ‘Fraudulent’ EU Patent on Non-GMO Tomatoes

    06/26/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies
    Representatives of the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! from France, Germany and Spain have filed an opposition against a European patent held by Monsanto on conventionally bred tomatoes (EP1812575). The patent claims tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis. The original tomatoes used for this patent came from the international gene bank in Gatersleben, Germany. It was already known that these plants had the desired resistance and they were simply crossed with other tomato plants. Monsanto then produced a cleverly worded patent in order to create the impression that genetic engineering had been used to...
  • The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling

    06/28/2014 7:33:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | John Judis
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) publishes a weekly webzine, The Islamic State Report. The latest issue is headlined “Smashing the Borders of the Tawaghit.” (“Tawaghit” are non-Muslim creations.) ISIS, citing the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 between the British and French, boasts that it is destroying the “partitioning of Muslim lands by crusader powers.” That may seem like a quixotic task for a relatively small band of irregulars, but in trying to redraw the map of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has hit upon a weak link in the chain holding the nations of the Middle East together. It...
  • ANZAC’s lasting Middle East impact

    04/26/2014 7:00:20 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 4/25/2014 | Dave Sharma
    Ninety-nine years ago today, April 25, in the very early hours before dawn, some 1200 kilometers from Jerusalem, members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – or ANZACs – landed on the western shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula, in modern-day Turkey, at a place we now call Anzac Cove. At roughly the same time, British forces landed at the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula, at Cape Helles, whilst French forces went ashore at Kum Kale, on the Turkish mainland just opposite Cape Helles. Indian and Canadian troops later joined the campaign. This multinational invasion force was to...
  • Defying Russia, Ukraine Signs E.U. Trade Pact

    06/28/2014 8:56:07 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | June 27, 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    Dealing a defiant blow to the Kremlin, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine signed a long-delayed trade pact with Europe on Friday that Moscow had bitterly opposed. He then declared he would like his country to one day become a full member of the European Union. In so doing, Ukraine’s new leader, a billionaire confectionary magnate, has in effect raised a risky bet on the West that has cost his country hundreds of lives and the loss of the Crimean peninsula to Russia and has set off a low-level civil war in its eastern border region. By signing the trade...
  • French supreme court upholds Islamic veil ban at work

    06/27/2014 8:40:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    ANSA ^ | 6/26/2014
    Upholding the separation between church and State, the French supreme Cassation Court has ruled that the controversial dismissal of an employee for wearing an Islamic veil to work in a private creche on the outskirts of Paris is legal. The case that has gripped France for six years began when Baby-Loup, a day-care center employing Fatima Afif in the multicultural Parisian suburb of Chanteloup-les-Vignes, fired her after she refused to remove her Islamic headscarf at work. ''This verdict is good news for children, women, employees, Muslims, and non-Muslims'', said the day-care center's lawyer, Richard Malka. ''It is also good news...
  • A new headscarf row (France)

    06/26/2014 9:18:34 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    Economist ^ | Jun 26th 2014
    EVER since the French banned conspicuous religious symbols from state schools in 2004, the country has grappled with striking the right balance between religious freedom and enforcement of its strict secular rules. On June 25th the scales tilted again after a landmark ruling by the top appeals court that a private day-care firm was within its rights when it fired a woman for wearing a Muslim headscarf. In 2008 Fatima Afif was sacked from her job at Baby-loup, a private nursery in the western suburbs of Paris, for wearing an Islamic head-covering. She took her case to court, claiming discrimination...
  • French Unemployment Hits New High Despite Reforms

    06/26/2014 2:23:00 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    Updated news ^ | 06/26/2014 | DW
    Joblessness in the eurozone’s second-largest economy, France, has surged to a new high. The latest figures left government officials wondering why recent reforms had done nothing to ease the plight of the labor market. The bad news came despite recent endeavors by the government of Socialist President Francois Hollande to revive the labor market by investing billions of euros into creating employment, particularly for young people across the country.
  • Obama cites France as standard for workplace benefits

    06/23/2014 2:31:31 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 23 2014 | Susan Crabtree
    President Obama held up France as the gold standard the U.S. workplace should emulate during an event at the White House Monday. Extolling the business virtues of helping workers balance family and employment demands, including providing paid time off for the birth of a child, Obama said if France can provide the benefits, so can the United States. “Other countries know how to do this,” Obama said. “If France can figure this out, we can figure it out.” France provides some of the most far-reaching worker rights in the developed world, including limiting a standard work week at 35 hours...