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  • France Moves to Make ‘Conspiracy Theories’ Illegal by Government Decree

    06/13/2015 4:22:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    21st Century Wire ^ | 19 March 2015
    Political elites and super-bureaucrats are worried. It’s becoming harder to control consensus reality. A history stitched together by lies and cover-ups, political assassinations, slight-of-hand false flag deceptions, secret societies, dual loyalties and stolen fortunes – this has been the exclusive privilege of organized crime and the ruling elite for centuries. Putting aside history’s ‘big ticket’ items though, the real reason for this authoritarian trend is much more fundamental. By knocking out their intellectual competition, political elites and their media moguls hope to minimalize, and thus eliminate any alternative analysis and opinion by applying the completely open-ended and arbitrary label of...
  • France Walks Out of Iran Nuclear Talks, Will Return When ‘Useful’

    04/02/2015 7:16:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 04/02/2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    France has left the US-led nuclear talks with Iran in Lausanne, saying it will return when it is 'useful.' French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is leaving the marathon negotiations that have gone into overtime led by the United States between world powers and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear technology activities. A French official told France 24 today (Wednesday, April 1) that Fabius was leaving the talks and would return from France when it was “useful.” Speaking at a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Francois Hollande said it would be better to have no deal...
  • Private Emails Reveal SoS Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network (nothing about bridesmaid's dresses)

    03/28/2015 3:56:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 81 replies
    propublica.com ^ | 3/27/15 | JEFF GERTH w/ Sam Biddle of, Gawker
    Updated March 27 to include responses from the FBI and the State Department. Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack. Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthal’s account. The emails, which were posted on the internet...
  • Obama's diplomatic disaster

    03/23/2015 2:29:38 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | MARCH 22, 2015 | ERIKA SIMPSON
    Around 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, about two dozen high-level U.S. diplomats, politicians and four-star generals held a discussion in a briefing room on the sixth floor of the luxury Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich. Their frank comments behind a sound-proof door were leaked, perhaps to German intelligence but certainly to the German newspapers Bild and Der Spiegel, which published reports of the discussions. They reveal a ham-handed U.S. diplomacy in Europe that has raised consternation and revulsion against the administration of President Barack Obama and by extension against NATO. Although not directly involved, Canadians can learn from the...
  • Obama Holding Video Talk With European Leaders on Ukraine

    03/03/2015 5:35:38 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 03/03/2015
    President Barack Obama is holding a video conference with European leaders to discuss their push for peace in Ukraine and other global security issues. The White House says other leaders planning to be on the Tuesday morning call include British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Donald Tusk.
  • After Attacks, Europe Fights Call for Mass Migration of Jews

    02/16/2015 12:51:43 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 16, 2015 | LORI HINNANT
    ~snip~ "We know there are doubts, questions across the community," French President Francois Hollande said Monday. "I will not just let what was said in Israel pass, leading people to believe that Jews no longer have a place in Europe and in France in particular." French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday the government would defend French Jews against what he described as "Islamo-fascism." "A Jew who leaves France is a piece of France that is gone," Valls told RTL radio ~snip~ German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that her government will do everything possible to make sure Jewish sites...
  • The Dark Side of the Moon

    02/09/2015 10:21:11 AM PST · by No One Special · 46 replies
    JRNyquist.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | JR Nyquist
    Bluff 1. To engage in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to deceive or intimidate someone. 2. To make a display of aggression, as by charging or baring the teeth, as means of intimidating another animal.                                 - The Free DictionaryNuclear Blackmail is a form of nuclear strategy in which an aggressor uses the threat of use of nuclear weapons to force an adversary to perform some action or make some concessions. It is a type of extortion.                                - Wikipedia During the Munich Security Conference on Friday, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told Reuters of a three-fold concern....
  • UKRAINE: Russia, EU Leaders Agree to Work on Ukraine Cease-fire

    02/06/2015 7:48:29 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    The leaders of France, Germany, and Russia have failed to reach a breakthrough peace deal on Ukraine during talks in Moscow. But they agreed to work on a shaky September cease-fire. The agreement came a day after the European leaders met Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv and follows a renewed assault by Russia-backed rebels. Ukrainians are hopeful for a lasting peace though many remain skeptical. A Kremlin spokesman described Ukraine peace talks Friday between French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin as constructive and substantive. Dmitry Peskov indicated no new deal was reached...
  • US threats to arm Ukraine a 'bluff', say EU diplomats

    02/06/2015 2:36:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-6-2015 | Bruno Waterfield
    American threats to arm Ukraine are a "bluff" aimed at making Russia blink as the crisis in east Ukraine deepens, according to senior EU diplomats. Angela Merkel and François Hollande’s mission to Moscow comes following a “radical deterioration” and Western intelligence showing “beyond doubt” that thousands of Russian are fighting in Ukraine, senior diplomats said. The general consensus among Western diplomats, including Nato, is that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis although attitudes are hardening in Washington as fears grow that Kiev is on the edge of military and economic collapse. One European diplomat said that reports...
  • U.S., Germany, and France to Putin: The World Is Too Weak to Stop You

    02/05/2015 2:26:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 47 replies
    Commentary ^ | 02/05/2015 | Seth Mandel
    So here’s Obama’s opinion: Ukraine should not get military aid from the West because even with American help, Russia would still mop the floor with them. And this, according to the Times, is what Obama thinks will intimidate Putin into signing a peace treaty. I’ll offer the president some free advice: telling Putin the world is too weak to stop him isn’t very intimidating. Yet even if the West got Putin to sign on to a new agreement, nothing will have been accomplished. Putin has been violating the last ceasefire agreement, because there’s no one to enforce it. What Obama,...
  • Ex-French PM accuses Hollande aide of lying over Sarkozy legal case claims

    11/12/2014 6:10:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 9, 2014
    Ex-French PM accuses Hollande aide of lying over Sarkozy legal case claims PARIS Sun Nov 9, 2014 4:36pm EST (Reuters) - Former French prime minister Francois Fillon accused President Francois Hollande's chief of staff of lying on Sunday after a media report accused Fillon of asking him to accelerate a legal case against his rival Nicolas Sarkozy. Newspaper Le Monde said that Fillon had asked Jean-Pierre Jouyet in June to speed up legal cases involving Sarkozy to undermine his political comeback, including one linked to fines over the funding of the former president's 2012 campaign.
  • Hollande, Merkel Speak Up for Europe’s Muslims

    01/15/2015 11:34:32 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Wall St. J. ^ | January 15, 2015 | WILLIAM HOROBIN and ANDREA THOMAS
    Hollande, Merkel Speak Up for Europe’s Muslims Charlie Hebdo Attacks in Paris Have Fueled Debate Over Radical Islam By WILLIAM HOROBIN in Paris and ANDREA THOMAS in Berlin French and German leaders sought Thursday to reassure Muslims about their place in European society, cementing calls for unity after a series of attacks last week in France by Islamic extremists. Speaking at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris, President François Hollande said that Islam is compatible with democracy and Muslims are the main victims of Islamist militants. “Muslims are the first victims of fanaticism,...
  • Hollande Daze ... Mark Steyn

    01/10/2015 2:51:46 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 10 Jan 2015 | Mark Steyn
    The French authorities killed three murderous savages yesterday. That was the only good news on a day in which a third hostage siege began in Montpellier. The bad news started at the top, with President Hollande's statement after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter and the Kosher grocery siege: Those who committed these acts have nothing to do with the Muslim religion. Yeah, right. I would use my standard line on these occasions - "Allahu Akbar" is Arabic for "Nothing to see here" - but it's not quite as funny when the streets are full of cowards, phonies and opportunists waving candles...
  • Merkel says Islam 'belongs to Germany' ahead of Dresden rally

    01/12/2015 11:37:25 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 97 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Andreas Rinke
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday Islam "belongs to Germany", in a clear repudiation of anti-immigration protesters gathering in Dresden and other cities. A day after walking arm-in-arm with French President Francois Hollande at the front of a massive march in Paris to honor the victims of killings by Islamic militants, Merkel received the Turkish prime minister and urged dialogue among religions. The conservative chancellor pointed to comments made by former German president Christian Wulff, who said in 2010 that Islam was part of Germany, triggering a fierce debate. "Former president Wulff said Islam belongs to...
  • Eric Holder, top U.S. officials no-shows at Paris unity rally

    01/11/2015 5:47:53 PM PST · by bryan999 · 53 replies
    More than 40 European leaders and almost every French official turned out for the massive unity rally in Paris Sunday — but there was no sign of the U.S. Neither President Obama or Vice President Biden made the trip to Paris, although dozens of other world leaders and officials put ceremony aside and jostled for space amid the crowds in a stirring show of support against terrorism. The U.S. did send Attorney General Eric Holder to attend a pre-march terrorism summit convened by French President Francois Hollande. Holder, 63, joined with Hollande in condemning the recent Paris attacks in the...
  • Major Russian TV network says US intelligence carried out the Charlie Hebdo attack

    01/10/2015 12:47:58 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 50 replies
    Vox.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Max Fisher
    LifeNews, a mainstream Russian TV news channel, aired a segment on Thursday in which a regular guest and "expert political analyst" stated that the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris had in fact been carried out by United States intelligence agencies. The guest, Alexei Martynov, suggested that US intelligence had launched the Charlie Hebdo attack in order to sabotage the global effort against Islamist terrorism, which he argued Russia is leading. Martynov also argued that the attack was meant to pressure French President Francois Hollande into maintaining Western economic sanctions against Russia.
  • France’s Multiculturalist Agenda Makes Jews Pack Their Bags

    01/09/2015 6:11:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01-06-2014 | Ryan Girdusky
    Daily Caller France’s Multiculturalist Agenda Makes Jews Pack Their Bags 4:50 PM 01/06/2015 Ryan Girdusky Political Consultant As more French Jews face anti-Semitic attacks, many are leaving for Israel. Most of the attacks have come from Muslims, whether immigrants or French-born, many of whom have not assimilated into French society – if not rejecting French society entirely. Compounding the dangerous situation, France’s left-wing government refuses to acknowledge the scope of this crisis, apparently more afraid of losing Muslim votes they depend on than in defending France’s half-million Jews. Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is expecting “Little Paris” neighborhoods to pop...
  • French President: Terrorists 'Have Nothing to Do With Muslim Religion'

    01/09/2015 11:35:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 150 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sand, meet head of Hollande. In his just-concluded speech on the terrorist attacks in his country, French President Francois Hollande claimed that the terrorists "have nothing to do with the Muslim religion." Of course. Terrorists run through Charlie Hebdo, shouting "allahu akbar" as they murder, and proclaim themselves to be acting in the name of al qaeda of Yemen. Why would anyone think this had anything to do with the Muslim religion? As my MRC colleague Rich Noyes observed, Hollande must watch MSNBC [where Howard Dean expressed a similar sentiment.] View the video here.
  • The 2015 Greek euro drama

    01/05/2015 7:02:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 5, 2015 | Gavin Hewitt
    It did not take long. The game is very much in play. Greek voters are being bombarded with warnings about what is at stake when they go to the polls on 25 January. There is little that is coded in these messages. When a country has been bailed out to the tune of €240bn (£187bn; $286bn) there is no such thing as non-interference in Greece's internal politics. Most of the European political establishment does not want Greece to elect the radical left party Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras. The party is currently narrowly ahead in the polls. Mr Tsipras is...
  • French President Vows to Fight Anti-Semitism in 2015

    01/01/2015 4:30:24 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Israel National News (INN) ^ | 1/1/2015 | Ben Ariel
    Amid skyrocketing anti-Semitism, Francois Hollande says the fight against racism and anti-Semitism will be his national cause for 2015. French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that the fight against racism and anti-Semitism will be his national cause for 2015, according to The Associated Press (AP). In a speech in honor of the 2015 year, Hollande pointed out "the rising, worrying threats" of terrorism and fundamentalism and urged the French not to succumb to fear. France has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitism in recent years, and it flared particularly in 2014 and during  Operation Protective Edge, with violent protests in...
  • France drops its super tax on millionaires

    12/31/2014 11:03:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/31/2014 | By SYLVIE CORBET
    PARIS (AP) — It was supposed to force millionaires to pay tax rates of up to 75 percent: "Cuba without the sun," as described by a critic from the banking industry. Socialist President Francois Hollande's super tax was rejected by a court, rewritten and ultimately netted just a sliver of its projected proceeds. It ends on Wednesday and will not be renewed. And that critic of the tax? He's now Hollande's economy minister, trying mightily to undo the damage to France's image in international business circles. The tax of 75 percent on income earned above one million euros ($1.22 million)...
  • Far-right leaders vow to 'save Europe' at French gathering

    11/30/2014 1:04:39 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    france24.com ^ | November 30, 2014 | Benjamin Dodman
    Representatives of Eurosceptic and far-right groups from Italy to Bulgaria gathered at the National Front party conference in Lyon at the weekend to warn France and Europe of a “neo-Ottoman” onslaught of Islam-preaching, benefit-stealing migrants. Digging through the history books, Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), warned that “Arab armies plundered Lyon in 725 and are now busy doing the same in Iraq and Syria”. Strache went on to blast Europe’s mainstream parties for, among other things, stoking “mass immigration, ideological terror, gay marriage and gender theory”. The Austrian far-right leader was one of seven foreign...
  • Socialist President of Bankrupt France Pledges $1 Bil for Global Warming

    10/01/2014 8:05:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Someone obviously read Obama’s handbook on governing. Crisis-hit France is “sick”, the country’s new economy minister said.“France is sick. It’s not well. We have to describe the situation as it is,” Emmanuel Macron told French radio.Added to its economic woes, the country is weighed down by a political crisis that has seen President Francois Hollande plumb record lows in opinion polls and a shock cabinet reshuffle in August to purge dissenters.The government’s unpopularity “is due to a lack of results”, said Macron. But President Hollande, the garden gnome of European politics, has the cure. More Global Warming ecoscam spending. French...
  • French conservatives capture control of Senate

    09/28/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 2:43 PM EDT | Sylvie Corbet
    Conservatives won French Senate elections Sunday to take control of parliament’s upper house, handing President François Hollande’s Socialists a new setback. The far-right National Front party also gained its first two Senate seats in the balloting. The Senate press office said a final count will await tallies from all of France’s overseas holdings—not likely until Monday, but it was already clear that the conservatives were back in control of the 348-seat chamber. …
  • Obama Leading from Behind in the War Against Islamic State Terrorism

    08/22/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - There can be only one response to the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State terrorists. We must hunt them down and kill them. President Obama said as much in his brief remarks in the wake of the terrorists' grisly video that showed Foley's execution by a masked jihadist who spoke with a British accent and is believed to be a British citizen. The United States will "do what we must to protect our people," Obama said Wednesday. "We will be vigilant and we will be relentless" in bringing them to justice. No sooner had...
  • 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,...
  • Hollande’s taxes blamed for France’s failure on Commission debt targets (EUSSR)

    06/02/2014 12:42:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 06/02/2014 | James Crisp
    France will miss its European Commission debt targets this year and in 2015 because of its excessive taxation of companies and high spending on healthcare and pensions, the EU’s executive said today (2 June). Under EU law, governments must not run budget deficits higher than 3% of economic output or gross domestic product (GDP). If they do, they fall under the excessive deficit procedure, which could lead to fines. […] European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro Olli Rehn blamed France’s expected failure on weaker growth forecasts for 2015 and the fact that some stability measures were...
  • Amid Economy Disaster, French Socialists Get Crushed in Election

    04/02/2014 4:16:17 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 02 April 2014 | Alex Newman
    Amid Economy Disaster, French Socialists Get Crushed in Election 02 April 2014 With France's economy falling apart under Socialist President Francois Hollande, the French voted this weekend for change — real change — in massive numbers. ... Full Article:http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/17964-amid-economy-disaster-french-socialists-get-crushed-in-election
  • France's government resigns en masse (but Hollande's clinging on): Failing socialist policies

    04/01/2014 8:41:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Daily Mail, ^ | 1 April 2014 | Peter Allen
    France's socialist prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault resigned yesterday. Joined by his entire government following meltdown in local elections .. Resignation is huge blow to France's social President Francois Hollande. Last night, Hollande admitted mistakes and said priority was to cut taxes ... last night socialist President Francois Hollande – whose rule has become synonymous with a 75 per cent top rate of income tax – admitted to mistakes and said his priority was now to cut taxes. The government’s resignation is a huge blow to the president, who was elected to a five-year term in 2012 but whose first two...
  • 14 captions for this photo of Obama applauding France's president

    02/18/2014 10:36:51 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-18-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Posted a blank of this photo over the weekend, here are 14 of the best/favorite captions people came up with.
  • FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE HALTS SAME-SEX PARENTING LAW AFTER HUGE PRO-TRADITIONAL FAMILY MARCH

    02/16/2014 7:29:18 PM PST · by massmike · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 02/6/2014 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    In the wake of tens of thousands of people participating in pro-traditional family protests in France and throughout Europe, French President François Hollande backed down from submitting a new family-law bill to parliament that would make legal “assisted procreation for lesbian couples” and “surrogate motherhood for gay men” who want children. The demonstrations were led by La Manif Pour Tous (Protest for Everyone), a fast-growing coalition of groups that has organized massive rallies against same-sex marriage legislation throughout Europe. As Edward Pentin reports at Newsmax, Jean-Pierre Delaume-Myard, a spokesman for La Manif Pour Tous – who is himself gay –...
  • The Painful Irony of Michelle Obama's $12,000 Dress

    02/14/2014 12:30:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week President Obama and the First Lady hosted French President Francois Hollande at the White House for an official state dinner. It was quite the affair with caviar, quail eggs, rib-eye and chocolate-malted ganache. In case you don't remember, Hollande is a full blown French socialist who deeply believes the only way to help the poor is by demonizing and soaking the rich. Hollande is currently moving forward with his plan in France to tax millionaires 75 percent after receiving approval from a court. President Obama holds similar views and has repeatedly told the rich they need to...
  • A Humorous Look at a Socialist President

    02/16/2014 6:02:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Very few political cartoons make me laugh out loud. Even when I look back at the all-time favorites that I included in my political cartoonist contest, most of them are on that list because they make a very effective and clever point about public policy. Though I do recall being very amused by Glenn McCoy’s cartoon on media bias, Chip Bok’s war-on-women cartoon, and Robert Ariail’s cartoon about Greece and the euro. But I don’t think any of them made me laugh as much as this gem by Scott Stantis. I don’t even know what it struck me as being...
  • Caption this photo of Obama applauding France's president

    02/15/2014 10:14:21 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 20 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-15-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Obama recently had a state dinner with France's President François Hollande, who gave an applause line in the picture below. What did he say?Leave a comment and I'll post the best/favorites in a couple of days.
  • Obama, appearing with ally Hollande, expresses frustration over Syria

    02/12/2014 6:31:40 AM PST · by mac_truck · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 02/12/2014 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Acknowledging "enormous frustration," President Obama said Tuesday that his administration "continues to explore every possible avenue" to help resolve the nearly 3-year-old Syrian civil war, although he again said he had no plans for military intervention. Appearing with French President Francois Hollande, a reliable partner in his foreign policy agenda, Obama called Syria a "crumbling" state and worried that conditions there have destabilized the region. The president also expressed frustration in another area of close cooperation with France, threatening to come down "like a ton of bricks" on businesses that would trade with Iran while international talks continue over its...
  • Al Sharpton shows off his French at White House dinner

    02/11/2014 7:22:54 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2-11-2014 | Eddie Scarry
    February 11, 2014 Al Sharpton shows off his French at White House dinner Eddie Scarry From a White House pool report on the state dinner taking place at the White House Tuesday evening for French President François Hollande: Al Sharpton said he’s been practicing his French and he offered some at the press’ urging. “Oui oui oui.” Sharpton is one of dozens of celebrity guests attending the dinner. Others include singer Mary J. Blige, who will also perform, comedienne Mindy Kaling and Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert.
  • Francois Hollande’s Gayetgate in Perspective: The French don’t care much about marriage anymore.

    01/26/2014 6:55:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2014 | Michel Gurfinkiel
    Truth be told, despite the best efforts by the French and British media to sell their wares, one can hardly call it Gayetgate. Indeed, the president of France, François Hollande, 60, has a mistress, actress Julie Gayet [1], now 41, whom he met about two years ago, even before being elected. Two weeks ago, Closer, a gossip weekly, published a seven-page report that included pictures of the president paying a visit to Gayet’s love nest, an apartment located on Rue du Cirque, one block away from Elysée Palace, the French head of state’s residence in central Paris [2]. However,...
  • Paris Protest Against Hollande Turns Anti-Semitic

    01/26/2014 6:00:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 1/27/2014, 3:43 AM | Elad Benari
    A protest in Paris against French President Francois Hollande turned on Sunday to an anti-Semitic demonstration and ended in clashes between police and protesters. […] The march was organized by a group of some 50 small and mainly right-wing organizations and, while it failed to attract bigger anti-Hollande movements, Kol Yisrael radio reported that it was attended by neo-Nazi movements and Muslim extremists. The demonstrators chanted anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli slogans, used the “quenelle” anti-Semitic gesture that was invented by controversial comic Dieudonné and sang the anthem of the Nazi collaborators during World War II, according to Kol Yisrael. …
  • Francois Hollande 'shared' his mistress Valerie Trierweiler with Sarkozy minister

    10/11/2012 1:29:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Oct 2012
    Francois Hollande 'shared' his mistress Valerie Trierweiler with Sarkozy minister Francois Hollande "shared" his mistress Valerie Trierweiler with a minister from Nicolas Sarkozy's government in a Jules et Jim-style relationship, a new biography on France's first lady claims. La Frondeuse (The Troublemaker), claims that Miss Trierweiler, 47, had an affair with Patrick Devedjian, 68, a former economic recovery minister, in the early 2000s, but that the Socialist Mr Hollande, 58, muscled in when the Right-winger failed to commit himself further to the relationship. There followed a period "a bit like Jules et Jim," said the co-author Christophe Jakubyszyn, a close...
  • French president splits with partner after affair

    01/25/2014 3:23:26 PM PST · by RightGeek · 37 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 1/25/2014 | Sylvie Maligorne
    Paris (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday told AFP he has split with his longstanding partner Valerie Trierweiler after his affair with an actress nearly 20 years his junior. The announcement came after a day of rumours in the French media that Hollande would formally announce the rupture on Saturday, on the eve of a visit by Trierweiler to India for charity work. Saying he was speaking as a private individual and not as head of state as the matter concerned his private life, Hollande told AFP over the phone: "I wish to make it known that I...
  • Taxed to the Point of No Recovery; France Plans Tougher "Exit Tax"

    12/06/2013 12:34:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In a feudal as well as futile attempt to keep wealthy French citizens from leaving the country, France hikes the "Exit Tax" on transfers of wealth to outside of France. They also lower the base and increase the number of things on which the tax applies. According to a "pay-walled" article on Le Monde of which I can only read a part ... "The exit tax was established in 1999, repealed in 2005, then reintroduced in the first Amended Finance Act for 2011. The law was intended to limit the temporary exile of entrepreneurs wanting to sell their stakes in...
  • France Adopts Reagan Supply Side Economics (Again)

    01/25/2014 12:48:14 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 8 replies
    chrissstreetandcompany.com ^ | 1/24/14 | Chriss W. Street
    At an April 2012 campaign rally after a torrential rain storm, Francois Hollande on the eve of being the first Socialist Party member elected President of France in 24 years boldly proclaimed: “We have chased away the clouds, the sky is all ‘rose.” The crowd roared their approval of Hollande’s imagery communism red triumphing in France. But on January 14th, 2014 Hollande solemnly acknowledged the failure of his collectivist policies by announcing his Administration would cut $40.8 billion of taxes on companies and the self-employed, plus reduce social security charge paid by employers by 5.4%. More shocking to the Left,...
  • London is an uglier, more dangerous 'suburb of Paris' claims French politician

    01/20/2014 1:29:03 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 20 January 2014 | Peter Allen
    A leading French politician described London as a ‘suburb of Paris’ today as the two cities continued a war of words over which is the most popular in the world. Anne Hidalgo, who until recently was President Francois Hollande’s Socialist culture minister before running for mayor of the French capital, said there was more crime in the English capital, less entrepreneurial businesses starting up, and fewer foreign visitors. But she did concede that there was more dog waste on Paris pavements, and that notoriously rude Parisians 'should be kinder'. UK-based tourist agency Visit Britain claimed London broke the 16-million visitor...
  • Hospitalised French first lady accused of using 'emotional blackmail' to keep glamorous role..

    01/13/2014 5:23:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2014 | Sam Greenhill, Peter Allen and Amanda Williams
    Francois Hollande’s trysts with his French actress mistress took place in a Paris flat, registered to a convicted criminal with mafia links, it has been revealed. The 59-year-old president has reportedly been seeing Julie Gayet, a 41-year-old actress who has been conducting a secret affair with the Socialist head of state since last year. The revelations come as France's first lady Valerie Trierweiler is expected to leave hospital today, where she was admitted after collapsing with 'shock and exhaustion' upon discovering the affair.
  • French laws force failing tire factory to stay open

    07/06/2013 5:25:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/05/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    For years now, the tire giant Goodyear has been trying to stop the financial bleeding from one of its ailing factories in France, continually attempting to negotiate new terms with the unionized workers and getting continually rebuffed until, finally, the plant’s closure became the most economical option. The French workers, however, apparently feel entitled to the 1,173 jobs that the U.S. company provides at the factory, and the battle is currently tied up in court as the country’s largest trade union sues for imagined injustices; in June, a French court finally ruled in Goodyear’s favor, but the Confederation Generale du...
  • Angry French Union Workers Take Two Bosses Hostage (Goodyear plant)

    01/06/2014 3:49:09 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-6-14 | Gabriele Parussini
    Workers at a tire plant in Northern France have taken two managers hostage until Goodyear (the firm that owns the plant and has been trying to shutter it for years) meets the mabor unions demands. WSJ reports, as Goodyear winds down operations with the plant almost idle, French labor law requires the company to keep all workers employed, which means many of them don't work more than a couple of hours a day while still getting full salary. The situation is why Titan International's Maurice Taylor blasted that he "would be stupid" to operate the plant on that basis
  • Does Immigration Mean ‘France Is Over’? (barf alert)

    01/06/2014 9:21:14 AM PST · by MegaSilver · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5 January 2014 | Justin H. Smith
    PARIS — It is difficult to go more than a day in France without hearing someone express the conviction that the greatest problem in the country is its ethnic minorities, that the presence of immigrants compromises the identity of France itself. This conviction is typically expressed without any acknowledgment of the country’s historical responsibility as a colonial power for the presence of former colonial subjects in metropolitan France, nor with any willingness to recognize that France will be ethnically diverse from here on out, and that it’s the responsibility of the French as much as of the immigrants to make...
  • In France, Nothing Says ‘Happy New Year’ Like a Burning Car

    01/06/2014 7:07:18 AM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    .time ^ | Jan. 03, 2013 (last year) | By Bruce Crumley
    France's leftist government ends blackout on nationwide New Year's Eve car burning, revealing figures confirming the spread of France's distinctive tradition of auto arson as protest Socialist President François Hollande resumed publication of the burnt-car toll also caused sparks to fly. Conservative opponents claimed that revealing the information only poured gas on the New Year’s fires by inspiring copycat arsonists, while leftists countered that they were simply informing the public about a reality hidden by the previous government of the right. The nation’s flaming-auto fetish, some French observers sought explanations for the singularly antisocial custom of car toasting. More amazing,...
  • François Hollande concedes taxes 'too heavy' in admission that annoys all sides in France

    01/02/2014 5:31:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | January 2, 2014 | David Chazan in Paris
    A New Year's message from François Hollande backfired as his vague promise that taxes would be lowered some time in the future jarred with French voters facing tax increases that took effect as he was speaking. Instead of winning plaudits for his unexpected admission that taxes had become "too heavy, much too heavy", the unpopular socialist president - weakened by tax increases, rising unemployment and a shrinking economy - provoked incredulity and scepticism among critics on both Left and Right. Hard-pressed French households faced VAT increases on most goods and services from Jan 1 and only days earlier France's supreme...
  • Socialist Hollande Says Taxes are Too High (Did he wake up?)

    01/03/2014 8:09:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Eurozone manufacturing is at a 31-month high according to Markit. Every country but France and Greece are expanding. French manufacturing is at a seven-month low in an intensified downturn. The seasonally adjusted Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI® rose for the third month running to post 52.7 in December, up from 51.6 in November (and unchanged from the earlier flash estimate). The latest improvement in overall operating conditions was underpinned by solid and accelerated growth in the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Italy, while Austria continued to expand at a robust clip despite the rate of increase easing slightly since November. Meanwhile the...