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  • US charges Frenchman in plane smoking row ("I'm French, F---you!")

    01/11/2011 10:58:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Google ^ | January 11, 2011 | AFP
    <p>When Lebrun was observed walking toward the bathroom he was again instructed not to smoke," the complaint said.</p> <p>"Lebrun appeared intoxicated and smelled of cigarettes and alcohol. Lebrun then approached a female flight crew attendant in an aggressive manner and pushed her away with both hands. When the airline attendant instructed Lebrun not to touch her, Lebrun pushed her away again with both hands."</p>
  • Nearly half of French people regard Islam as threat

    01/05/2011 9:41:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | 1/5/11 | Staff
    At least 40 percent of those surveyed in France and Germany see Islam as a threat to their national identity, according to a survey published by the French newspaper Le Monde on Tuesday. The survey conducted by pollster IFOP found that 42 percent of French respondents consider Muslims “a threat”; while 22 percent of French respondents say they see members of the Muslim faith as “a culturally enriching factor.” The same figures for German respondents were 40 percent and 24 percent, respectively. A strong majority of the respondents in both countries said they felt Muslims had failed
  • Frontrunner in Belgian election may be uniting nation over need to split up

    06/08/2010 11:58:45 AM PDT · by Pantera · 26 replies · 51+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 8, 2010 | AP
    GHENT, Belgium (AP) — The frontrunner in Belgium's elections this weekend is running on perhaps the ultimate in divisive proposals: the breakup of the nation. Despite its status as the home of the European Union, Belgium itself has long struggled with divisions between its 6 million Dutch-speakers and 4.5 million Francophones but until recently talk of a breakup has been limited to extremists.
  • Redrawing the map

    04/30/2010 12:00:00 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 721+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 29th 2010
    Redrawing the map The European map is outdated and illogical. Here's how it should look Apr 29th 2010 | From The Economist online PEOPLE who find their neighbours tiresome can move to another neighbourhood, whereas countries can’t. But suppose they could. Rejigging the map of Europe would make life more logical and friendlier. Britain, which after its general election will have to confront its dire public finances, should move closer to the southern-European countries that find themselves in a similar position. It could be towed to a new position near the Azores. (If the journey proves a bumpy one, it...
  • Fear of Islamists Drives Growth of Far Right in Belgium

    02/12/2005 6:17:20 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 29 replies · 1,557+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 12, 2005 | CRAIG S. SMITH
    Tomas van Houtryve for The New York Times Jean-François Bastin, 61, a Belgian convert to Islam, in his home in Brussels. His party is aggressively pursuing a pro-Muslim agenda. ANTWERP, Belgium - Filip Dewinter, a boyish man in a dark blue suit, bounds up two flights of steep stairs in his political party's 19th-century headquarters building where posters show a Muslim minaret rising menacingly above the Gothic steeple of the city's cathedral. "The radical Muslims are organizing themselves in Europe," he declared. "Other political parties, they are very worried about the Muslim votes and say let's be tolerant, while...
  • Right-Wing Party Threatens To Abolish Belgium

    05/16/2003 5:24:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 52 replies · 410+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 17, 2003 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    French-speaking enemies call him a "designer fascist", with his air of having just stepped off a plane from San Francisco. Filip Dewinter, the strongman of the Vlaams Blok, the Right-wing anti-immigration party that is poised to do well in tomorrow's Belgian election, is a man who provokes that sort of angry reaction. His Flemish front poses a mortal threat to the Belgian state and the welfare apparatus that keeps the French-speaking regions afloat. Filip Dewinter Each year, the Dutch-speaking majority in the north pay a bigger share of GDP to subsidise their former masters in Wallonia than the west Germans...
  • Meet the Mayor of Brussels: She's a Muslim

    01/16/2006 4:37:53 AM PST · by spkpls4 · 16 replies · 845+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 1-16-2005 | Paul Belien
    Faouzia Hariche (38) is the acting mayor (or “bourgmestre” – burgomaster, from the Dutch burgemeester) of Brussels, the capital of Belgium and of the European Union. Ms Hariche was born in Algeria in 1967. She moved to Belgium when she was seven years old. Though Brussels was historically a Dutch-speaking city and is also considered to be the capital of Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern half of Belgium, the city was forcibly “frenchified” after the establishment of Belgium in 1830 by French radicals who used French-speaking Wallonia, Belgium’s southern half, as a power base to conquer Flanders. Since 1830 the Dutch...
  • Flemish wife calls Walloon spouse "lazy," arrested

    10/29/2005 10:52:41 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 21 replies · 898+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-27-05
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's history of linguistic bickering between Flemings and Walloons entered a new phase this week when police arrested a Flemish woman for calling her Walloon husband lazy, Belgian media said Thursday. The 48-year-old husband filed a complaint for racism against his spouse for scratching him and calling him "a lazy Walloon, a slave and an inferior creature," De Standaard daily said. The 47-year-old woman will appear before a magistrate later Thursday to face charges of racism, the newspaper said. Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons are not only linguistically divided but also split socio-economically between a prosperous Flanders...
  • Belgium : far-right Vlaams Belang steps closer to victory

    10/05/2006 1:50:57 AM PDT · by Republicain · 6 replies · 577+ views
    Expatica.com ^ | 10/05/2006
    BRUSSELS - A recent documentary "Questions à la Une" acts as whistleblower against the progression of the Belgian extreme right. French-speaking Belgian TV and radio organisation RTBF recently broadcast a worrisome documentary on the growing popularity of the extreme-right party, the Vlaams Belang, in the Flemish part of the country. A popularity, according to La Libre Belgique, that may bring the Vlaams Belang to victory and which is grossly underestimated in French-speaking Belgium. Christophe Deborsu's documentary is well structured. The investigation starts with an anecdote surrounding a street name and ends with the Vlaams Belang's highly effective campaign strategy. The...
  • It's the end of Belgium as we know it... only joking

    12/14/2006 5:14:06 PM PST · by Shermy · 9 replies · 633+ views
    Times of London ^ | December 15, 2006 | David Charter
    Thousands of Belgians were thrown into a panic by news that the Flemish half of the country had declared independence. A two-hour live television report on the break-up of the nation showed images of ecstatic Flemish nationalists waving flags on the streets and queues of French speakers heading for the “border”. The panic turned to anger after RTBF, the French public broadcaster, admitted 40 minutes into the show that it was a hoax designed to dramatise tensions between Flanders, in the north, and French-speaking Wallonia, in the south. Thousands of viewers called the station during the broadcast, some of them...
  • Fury at fake TV news claim of Belgian split

    12/15/2006 5:04:48 AM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 554+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | December 15, 2006 | PHILIP BLENKINSOP
    A FAKE television news bulletin that Belgium was to split provoked outrage in both halves of the country yesterday."Irresponsible", "questionable" and "regrettable" were among the reactions from Belgium's political mainstream in both French-speaking Wallonia and Dutch-speaking Flanders after a fictional report that Flanders had declared independence. The prime minister Guy Verhofstadt's office described the bulletin as a "misplaced joke". A commission of the Francophone parliament was set to view RTBF's footage, which included a report that King Albert II had fled the country. Only much later during the broadcast did a subtitle reveal that the reports were fictional. The Francophone...
  • Belgium to pull further apart after federal vote

    06/04/2007 2:27:11 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 412+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | June 04 2007 | Philip Blenkinsop/Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's sharp divide between Flemings and Walloons is likely to widen but fall short of full separation after Sunday's general election given the likely next prime minister's remark about almost half the population. "Apparently the francophones do not have the intellect to learn Dutch," Christian Democrat Yves Leterme told a French newspaper last August, to the consternation of the 40 percent of Belgians whose native language is French. Leterme, premier of Dutch-speaking Flanders, is the frontrunner to succeed liberal Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt -- also a Fleming -- in an election likely to see Belgium's regions inch...
  • Belgium PM to resign after conservatives make big gains in general elections

    06/10/2007 11:47:37 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 615+ views
    Chronicle Journal ^ | 6/10/2007 | ROBERT WIELAARD
    Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt planned to tender his government’s resignation Monday, one day after a general election in which conservatives - led by Christian Democrats - dealt his Socialist-Liberal coalition a stunning defeat. As votes were still being counted Sunday, Verhofstadt, 54, conceded defeat, saying he would leave the limelight after eight years as prime minister. "The voters of our country...have opted for a different majority," he said. That majority faces a difficult agenda that is bound to be dominated by steps to grant further autonomy to Flanders, Belgium’s Dutch-speaking northern half, and Wallonia, its francophone south. Since the...
  • Belgium's Liberal-Socialist government suffers major losses in general elections

    06/10/2007 11:26:14 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies · 572+ views
    PRInside.com ^ | 6/10/07
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt's government of Liberals and Socialists took a fierce beating in Sunday's general elections as Christian Democrats translated eight years on the opposition benches into major gains, according to early vote projections. After two four-year terms, the coalition partners were predicted to lose ground across Belgium, a country of 10.5 million where political parties are split into separate Dutch and French-speaking factions. With 30 percent of the vote counted, the VRT television network gave Christian Democrats 32.4 percent of the vote in Dutch-speaking Belgium (up from 25.8 percent in 2003) and Verhofstadt's...
  • Belgium: Split down the middle

    08/25/2007 11:07:16 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 557+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | August 24 2007 | Bram Posthumus
    More than ten weeks after the Belgian elections and there is still no government in sight. On 23 August, Mr Yves Leterme, the Christian Democrat who won last June's parliamentary elections and was subsequently charged with forming a new Belgian government, gave his job back. His job was in essence: looking for a workable coalition. Any government in Belgium needs to be a coalition, as no single party is large enough to rule on its own. Mr Leterme was banking on a coalition between two parties from the Dutch speaking north, known as Flanders - and the French speaking south,...
  • Culture clash may break up Belgium

    09/19/2007 10:21:54 AM PDT · by Republicain · 44 replies · 897+ views
    financialtimes.com ^ | Sarah Laitner
    Belgium, it is business as usual. Trains run, the prime minister greets visiting foreign leaders, social security benefits are paid and the country’s famed bureaucracy functions unabated. If everything seems normal, it is – bar one glitch. Belgium has no new government, 101 days after a general election. Since it won independence in 1830, the country has had trouble keeping itself together. Now, concerns are growing that the Franco-phone Walloons of the south and the Dutch-speaking Flemings in the north will finally split. While Belgium bears few visible scars of political impasse, disagreements over state reform have left negotiators unable...
  • Belgium: No Government - No Worries

    09/20/2007 2:51:01 PM PDT · by bamahead · 11 replies · 102+ views
    Anorak ^ | September 20th, 2007 | Samizdata
    One hundred and three days after their general election, life goes on in Belgium. People go to work, they meet their friends, the beer is world class, the food is good, folks go about life as they always have. And there is still no government. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20841339/) Hopefully the country will provide an inspirational example to the rest of the EU and split under the pressure caused by increasing Flemish unwillingness to pay the parasitic leftists who dominate Wallonia. Of course things might get messy but more likely it will be a velvet divorce... but the really interesting thing for me...
  • Belgium Fracturing On Linguistic Divide (Will Belgium Be Around Next Tuesday Alert)

    11/13/2007 9:29:42 AM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 102+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/13/2007 | Geraldine Baum
    To continue the literary analogy, consider the library at Belgium's Leuven University. Make that two libraries. German armies had burned down Leuven's library in the two world wars, and it was rebuilt after each. But then in 1970, the last time the Flemings and the Walloons got seriously restive, the million-volume collection was carved into two: Odd-numbered books remained on the original campus in the Dutch-speaking part of the country, while even-numbered books went to a new Francophone school built in a field 17 miles to the south. Thirty-seven years later, Belgium's national identity is still so elusive, so fragile...
  • Belgium's political impasse continues

    12/01/2007 10:08:53 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 118+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | December 01 2007
    Brussels (1 December) - The head of Belgium's Flemish Christian Democrats Yves Leterme has announced that he is unable to form a coalition government. King Albert II has accepted his resignation as coalition negotiator. Mr Leterme resigned after the French-speaking Christian Democrats rejected a proposal which would lead to greater regional autonomy. Belgium's political parties have been attempting to form a government since elections were held in June.
  • Outgoing Belgium PM to form interim government

    12/17/2007 1:57:05 PM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 43+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | December 17 2007
    Brussels (17 December 2007) - Belgium's outgoing Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has agreed to King Albert's request to form an interim government. The king wants the prime minister to address the most urgent issues, including negotiations on important institutional reforms. Belgium is divided into French-speaking Wallonia in the south and Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north. Parliamentary elections were held in Belgium on 10 June, but so far no coalition has been formed because the French-language and Dutch-language parties have been unable to reach agreement. Mr Verhofstadt has suggested forming a government, consisting of a Christian Democratic-Labour bloc representing the Walloon...
  • Belgium 'placed on democracy watch list' (3 elected mayors banned from office for speaking French)

    12/03/2008 9:14:39 AM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 576+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 3, 2008 | Bruno Waterfield
    European human rights watchdogs are now watching Belgian democracy closely after the move by Flemish local authorities. The Council of Europe has "opened a monitoring procedure on local democracy" fuelling a row between Dutch speaking and francophone Belgians that has threatened the existence of Belgium. Flemish regional authorities have blocked three French-speaking mayors from taking up public office since they were elected in January 2007 in the Brussels suburbs of Linkebeek, Wezembeek-Oppem and Kraainem. Marino Keulen, the Flemish Interior Minister responsible for the ban, remained defiant and announced he will stick by his decision to outlaw the elected mayors....
  • Belgian government resigns (rejected by king)

    07/15/2008 3:57:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 102+ views
    Expatica ^ | July 15 2008 | AFP
    Belgian Prime Minister offered his government’s resignation to the king Monday, said a source BRUSSELS - Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme offered his government's resignation to the king Monday after talks between Flemish and French-speakers on new reforms failed, a source close to the government said. "He will present his government's resignation," the source told AFP under cover of anonymity. "It's an admission of a complete deadlock on community questions, combined with the fact the government will not be able to present an agreement on reforming the state by 15 July," as Leterme had promised, the source said. Leterme only...
  • Flemish Separatists Win in Belgium

    06/13/2010 4:09:43 PM PDT · by americanophile · 67 replies · 1,535+ views
    NYT ^ | June 13, 2010 | STEPHEN CASTLE
    BRUSSELS — The move to break up Belgium gathered momentum Sunday as separatists won an emphatic election victory in Flanders, the prosperous Dutch-speaking half of the fiercely divided nation. A stunning electoral success for Bart de Wever’s Flemish nationalist party marks a significant new challenge to the fragile unity of a country where tensions between French and Dutch speakers run deep. Scheduled to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union in less than three weeks, Belgium will now do so with a caretaker administration and facing months of tortuous negotiations to put together a coalition government. “We are...
  • The language battle that is tearing Belgium apart

    05/08/2005 11:43:04 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 1,682+ views
    The Times ^ | May 9, 2005 | Anthony Browne
    LANGUAGE wars between French and Flemish-speakers in Belgium have reignited, sparking riots, bringing the Government to the brink of collapse and prompting some commentators to say that the country is “finished”.The dispute, over whether 120,000 French-speakers living in Flemish areas should have the right to elect French- speaking politicians, arouses high passions in a country split between the two languages. As the apparently innocuous spat in an electoral district just outside Brussels escalated out of control, demonstrations ended in violent confrontations with police. Senior government ministers cancelled all other work for emergency negotiations, but failed to broker a deal over...
  • Future of Belgium under threat over language row

    04/23/2010 1:31:36 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies · 760+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/22/2010 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    "Survival" of Belgium as a unified country was called into question last night after a row between French and Dutch speakers brought the government to the verge of collapse. The wrangle has already brought down the government four times in the past three years but the latest spat is the gravest yet and threatens to split the country into Flemish areas and French-speaking areas. King Albert II warned politicians that the political crisis "seriously threatens" the country's role in Europe, after the Prime Minister, Yves Leterme tendered his resignation. Mr Leterme stepped down after talks broke down over plants to...
  • Why French Scholars Love U.S. Colleges

    11/29/2010 11:02:49 AM PST · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 29, 2010
    A recent article in The Times described the fears in France of a brain drain to the United States, as top French scholars move to American universities to teach and do research. A study by the Institut Montaigne found that academics constitute a much larger percentage of French émigrés to the United States today than 30 years ago..Why would France's leading scholars and researchers want to leave a place that reveres intellectuals? More money, more freedom, more competitive energy -- what really drives the global academic marketplace? Brain drains to U.S. universities are nothing new. The globalization of universities means...
  • Lawyer: Put brakes on car name

    11/11/2010 9:27:07 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 11, 2010 | JENNY BARCHFIELD
    PARIS -- A French lawyer has a warning for parents-to-be: Naming your baby girl Zoe could set her up for a lifetime of annoyances - everything from playground teasing to sexual come-ons. That's the contention of David Koubbi, who is wrangling with French carmaker Renault about its plans to call its new electric car "Zoe." Koubbi is representing the parents of two little girls named Zoe Renault (ZO-eh ruh-NO) - no relation to the French automaker - who are outraged their daughters might have to share their names with a car. They want Renault to find another non-human name for...
  • 'The US Has Lived on Borrowed Money for Too Long'

    11/09/2010 8:51:54 AM PST · by skimbell · 26 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | 11/08/2010 | Interview With German Finance Minister Schäuble
    In an interview with SPIEGEL, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, 68, criticizes US calls for Germany to reduce exports, outlines his plans for an insolvency framework for indebted European nations and the emphasizes the significance of the German-French axis for Europe...
  • Sinking fast: French aircraft carrier set to defend Britain breaks down

    10/31/2010 11:00:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/31/10 | Staff
    The French aircraft carrier which is set to play a key role in defending Britain over the next decade has broken down. As President Nicolas Sarkozy prepares to use a London summit this week to announce that RAF jets will fly from the carrier Charles de Gaulle, his naval chiefs have told him that she is no longer seaworthy. ‘She is meant to be heading to Afghanistan but is instead in her home port with a faulty propulsion system,’ said a French Navy source.
  • First steps for French pullout from Afghanistan day after Bin Laden threat

    10/28/2010 11:08:33 AM PDT · by Vermont Lt · 12 replies
    Debka.com ^ | 10/28/2010 | Debka
    On their way out of Afghanistan Just a day after Osama bin Laden warned France to remove its troops from Afghanistan, French Defense Minister Herve Morin announced Thursday, Oct. 28 that the withdrawal of French troops would begin in early 2011. Paris then raised its terror alert level to "red" after confirming the authenticity of the Bin Laden audiotape aired Wednesday.
  • Pope Benedict says migrants have duty to integrate

    10/27/2010 2:03:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    BBC ^ | October 26, 2010
    Pope Benedict has called on immigrants to respect the laws and national identity of their host countries. He said that every country had the right to regulate the flow of migration and immigrants had a duty to integrate.The Pope's comments are likely to add to the Europe-wide debate about integration of foreigners.The Vatican traditionally identifies with migrants and refugees and recently criticised France for deporting 1,000 Roma (gypsies) to Romania and Bulgaria.During the summer, about 200 camps were dismantled.The policy aroused a sharp response from the EU and prompted the Pope to tell French pilgrims they should "accept legitimate human...
  • French Senate OKs Retirement Reform in Tense Vote

    10/22/2010 12:28:55 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/22/10 Filed at 2:55 p.m. ET
    PARIS (AP) — The French Senate, pushed into an early vote, approved on Friday a hotly contested bill raising the retirement age to 62, hours after riot police forced the reopening of a strategic refinery to help halt growing fuel shortages amid nationwide strikes and protests. In tense balloting after 140 hours of debate, the Senate voted 177-153 for the pension reform. The measure is expected to win final formal approval by both houses of parliament next week. President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government, keen to get the measure passed and quell increasingly radicalized protests, cut short the debate and voting...
  • French Minister Says Saudis Have Warned Europe, Notably France, Of Al-Qaida Terror Threat

    10/17/2010 6:54:46 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-17-2010 | ELAINE GANLEY
    French Minister Says Saudis Have Warned Europe, Notably France, Of Al-Qaida Terror Threat U.S. Department of State ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press Writer 3:18 p.m. CDT, October 17, 2010 PARIS (AP) — Saudi intelligence services have warned of a new terror threat from al-Qaida against Europe, particularly in France, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said Sunday. He said the warning of a potential attack by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was received "in the last few hours, few days." European officials were informed that "al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was doubtless active or envisioned being active" on the "European continent, notably France,"...
  • French Fos-Lavera strike blocks 61 ships (strikers want job guarantees)

    10/17/2010 7:47:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/17/10
    French Fos-Lavera strike blocks 61 ships2 hours 34 mins ago A three-week old strike at the French oil hub of Fos-Lavera to protest pension reform and working conditions is blocking 61 ships from unloading cargo, the port authority said on Sunday. The strikers want job guarantees as part of a port reform and are also protesting against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reforms that raise the retirement age to 62 from 60, which has already sparked several waves of nationwide protests. The strikes at Fos-Lavera, France's largest oil port, has helped squeeze the nation's fuel supply, creating fears it could run...
  • French strikes: 3.5 million take to streets to protest pension reform

    10/12/2010 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 12 October 2010 | Henry Samuel in Paris
    More than three million people took to the streets of France in protest at pension reforms, with distant echoes of May 1968 as students and schoolchildren swelled numbers to record highs.
  • U.S. vet returns French war flag to Paris

    09/20/2010 8:51:32 AM PDT · by Immerito · 3 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/19/2010 | Angela Doland
    PARIS — On the day Paris was liberated from the Nazis in 1944, a young American soldier nabbed a souvenir of epic proportions: He took home the French flag that hung from the Arc de Triomphe, a symbol of the end of four years of struggle and shame. Six and a half decades later, the aging veteran has given the flag back to the city of Paris. Officials from Paris City Hall took possession of the 12-meter (13-yard) tricolor flag Saturday in a ceremony in southern France, a step in its unusual journey from New York state back home to...
  • French Senate passes ban of full Muslim veils

    09/14/2010 10:57:06 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 091410 | ELAINE GANLEY
    PARIS – The French Senate has voted overwhelmingly for a bill banning the burqa-style Islamic veil everywhere from post offices to streets, in a final step toward a making it law. The Senate voted 246 to 1 Tuesday in favor of the bill, which has already passed in the lower chamber, the National Assembly. Any dissenters have 10 days to challenge the measure in the Constitutional Council watchdog, but that is considered unlikely.
  • French survey reports sex misery for most couples (So much for the myth of the romantic Frenchman)

    09/13/2010 7:27:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/14/2010
    A survey by one of France's oldest and most reputable polling and market research organisations has challenged the myth of the French lover. More than three-quarters of Gallic couples have bad sex lives, the Institute for Public Opinion found. More than one in three women said they had used excuses such as headaches, tiredness or children being nearby to get out of having sex. Nearly one in six men said they had also made similar excuses. France has long enjoyed a reputation for romance and the French have traditionally thought of themselves as great lovers, more amorous and flirtatious than...
  • Temple University pays this historian a salary???

    08/11/2010 2:25:56 PM PDT · by KyGeezer · 13 replies
    THE BITTER ROAD TO FREEDOM, The Human Cost of Allied Victory in World War II Europe | October 2009 | William I. Hitchcock
    "...Evidence from U.S. Army records shows conclusively that although blacks were a small statistical minority of U.S. troops in the European Theater --- less than 10 percent --- they were targeted, by French and American authorities alike, as the scapegoats for widespread American misbehavior and sexual violence. Black American soldiers were charged and convicted and punished for crimes against French people in numbers vastly disproportionate to their statistical presence in the American Army."
  • Terrorists Planned Car Bomb Attacks

    08/09/2010 1:48:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    THE JAKARTA POST.com ^ | Mon, 08/09/2010 10:26 AM | Dicky Christanto and Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
    SNIPPET: "The police arrested two terrorist suspects at the house: Fahri Tanjung, also known as Hilmi, and Hamzah. The police also found chemicals they believed were to be used to make explosives and an activated hand-made high-explosive bomb inside the house. West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Sutarman said the police detonated the high-explosive bomb on location after failing to defuse it. Books and VCDs on jihad, as well as an air rifle were seized as evidence. One of the VCDs was titled Afghanistan jihad: The journey of the oppressed. Sutarman said the suspects had been involved in acts of...
  • French police breakup of immigrant squat brings storm of protest

    08/02/2010 3:56:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies · 5+ views
    Gardian ^ | 2 Aug 10 | Lizzy Davies
    Footage of French police using apparently excessive force while breaking up an immigrant squat has prompted outrage as activists and intellectuals accuse Nicolas Sarkozy of pursuing policies that target the vulnerable while giving free reign to the police. The video, filmed by a member of the social housing charity Droit au Logement (DAL), shows officers roughly handling women and children as they break up a group of 150 squatters who were evicted from a tower block in La Courneuve, north-east of Paris. At one point, a woman is shown being pulled by her legs across the ground, her baby –...
  • Two Muslim women marched out of swimming pool in French holiday village because...(burkinis)

    07/22/2010 1:12:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    daily mail ^ | 7/22/10 | Ian Sparks
    Two Muslim women were ordered out of a swimming pool in France because they were wearing 'burkinis'. They jumped into the water wearing garments that covered their entire bodies, including veils over their heads. The incident came ten days after French MPs voted to outlaw the burka in public places. The new law, which brands the garment 'an insult to the country's values', means women will be fined or jailed for hiding their faces in public. The women at the Rives des Corbieres holiday camp in Port Leucate, southern France, were told the rules stated only swimming costumes may be...
  • French lawmakers approve full veil ban

    07/13/2010 9:31:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    national post ^ | 7/13/10 | Dave Clark, Agence France-Presse
    PARIS -- French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public spaces, as Europe toughens its approach to integrating Muslim immigrant communities. On the eve of Bastille Day, when France celebrates the birth of what was to become a staunchly secular republic, the 577-seat National Assembly lower house voted by 335 votes to one for a total ban. The bill will now go to the Senate in September, but opponents of the ban in its proposed form worry that it will eventually be overturned by the judges of the Constitutional Council, France’s highest legal body.
  • The Consummate Warrior: Marcel Bigeard, 1916–2010.

    07/07/2010 5:53:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 5, 2010 | Max Boot
    In English-speaking countries, the French armed forces have become a joke. Literally. Entire websites are devoted to one-liners like: “How many gears do French tanks have? Six: five reverse and one forward.” This is a gross slander of a nation that, back in the days of Louis XIV and Napoleon, was synonymous with military excellence. Those skills, that courage, that panache did not suddenly disappear in the 20th century, notwithstanding France’s string of humiliating defeats. There is no better reminder of that than the career of General Marcel Bigeard, who died on June 18 at age 94.
  • Missing Teen sailor Abby Sunderland rescued by French fishermen in Indian Ocean

    06/12/2010 5:33:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies · 1,986+ views
    Times Online ^ | 06/12/2010 | Raf Sanchez and Sophie Tedmanson
    Californian teen sailor Abby Sunderland was rescued by French fishermen today after two days of battle with gale force winds and freezing temperatures while stranded on her stricken boat in the Indian Ocean. The 16-year-old was said to be in good health when the Ile de la Reunion, a French fishing vessel, reached her battered yacht Wild Eyes in heavy seas earlier today. Speaking outside the family home in Thousand Oaks, southern California, her father Laurence Sunderland said maritime authorities had contacted him to confirm the successful rescue operation, which took place at 7.45pm eastern Australian time (10.45 BST). An...
  • Schiavone claims 2010 French Open title [over Samantha Stosur 6-4 7-6]

    06/05/2010 8:06:33 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 224+ views
    Tennis Earth ^ | 6-5-10 | Ajay Tyaji
    Francesca Schiavone defied all odds and became the first Italian Grand Slam singles champion by defeating the Australian powerhouse Samantha Stosur in the final of the 2010 French Open, the year's second major being held in the historic Roland Garros. Schiavone started the match on a good note and kept avoiding any breaks of serve against her till the ninth game when Stosur lost serve and gave the Italian a chance to seal the opening set 6-4. Stosur made a mini-comeback to race to a formidable 4-1 lead in the second set which was soon squandered by Schiavone's strong baseline...
  • French admit they are racist

    05/31/2010 1:31:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 864+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5/31/10 | staff
    One in seven French people admit to being racist and many have prejudicial views of immigrants, homosexuals, blacks, Arab and Jews, according to a survey released on Sunday. A poll by the BVA institute for two anti-discrimination groups found, for example, that 30 per cent of the French agree with the idea that Jews have more influence on finance and the media than other groups. Almost as many, 28 per cent, think that Arabs are more likely to commit crimes than members of other ethnic groups, a number that has more than doubled since a similar poll was conducted last...
  • French farmers turn Champs Elysees green

    05/23/2010 1:23:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 385+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/10 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) – French farmers turned the Champs Elysees into a vast farm covered with plants, trees, flowers and livestock on Sunday to draw attention to the crisis hitting the country's agricultural sector. Dubbed Nature Capital, over a stretch of 1.2 kilometres (0.8 miles) from the Arc de Triomphe halfway to the Place de la Concorde, more than one hundred varieties of grain, fruit and vegetables dotted Paris' most famous avenue. Cows, pigs, goats and lambs were also out on the Champs, but in small numbers with a view to showcasing some of the famous breeds such as the enormously...
  • Local 'earmarks' run a stop sign (congressmen shuffle federal money to local companies despite ban)

    05/16/2010 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies · 592+ views
    The Post-Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | 5/16/10 | By Mark Weiner
    Washington -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid down the law this year: To prevent the appearance of Congress doing unethical favors for big campaign contributors, she told Democrats they could no longer steer federal money directly to corporations. The only "earmarks" members could seek in spending bills would be for nonprofits... But not everyone is obeying Pelosi’s tough talk... U.S. Reps. Dan Maffei and Michael Arcuri have found a way to work around the new orders: Simply pass the federal money to not-for-profit organizations and let them forward it to corporations.... Maffei and Arcuri accepted campaign contributions from the same...
  • World's Most Expensive Car Sold for $30-$40M

    05/06/2010 3:40:24 PM PDT · by cornelis · 20 replies · 907+ views
    1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic is one of two known to exist. An undisclosed buyer has purchased a prized 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic belonging to the late car collector Dr. Peter D. Williamson for between $30 and $40 million, The Wall Street Journal reports.