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  • Disgusting, Shameless D-Day Spectacle in Normandy

    06/06/2014 8:52:15 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 44 replies
    Vanity | 6/4/2014 | Self
    This morning the BBC and Euronews TV were carrying what was advertised as the D-Day commemoration at Ouistreham beach in Normandy, France. What started as a tribute to the wonderful veterans, who were seated in the hot sun whilst the elites relaxed under the structures built for the occasion, quickly degraded into mindless, godless pandering for World Socialism by International Banking's puppet administrator in France, Hollande. Just when I thought they would proceed with something sensible, Hollande gave way to a most disgusting, new world order, fabian socialist, godless, modern dance propaganda infomercial for totalitarian statist globalist new world order....
  • actress Julie Gayet makes her first public appearance ‘since ending romance with Francois Hollande’

    05/19/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2014 | Hanna Flint
    Julie Gayet was back in the spotlight on Saturday night, as she attended the 67th Cannes International Film Festival premiere for Saint Laurent. The French actress – who reportedly ended her alleged affair with French President Francois Hollande because it became public – wore a black gown for the red carpet event. She was joined at the gala screening by singer-songwriter MIKA, director Lisa Azuelos and Salma Hayek’s husband and daughter, François-Henri and Valentina Pinault.
  • African and Other Leaders Meet in Paris, Declare War on Boko Haram

    05/18/2014 10:00:11 PM PDT · by deks · 7 replies
    Patheos ^ | May 17, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    French President François Hollande took the lead against terrorism Saturday, May 17 in Paris, bringing together five African heads of state to adopt a regional action plan to fight against the Nigerian armed Islamist group Boko Haram. In a joint press conference, Cameroonian President Paul Biya said, “We are here to declare war on Boko Haram.” Recognizing that Boko Haram has become a major threat in Africa, the Summit participants announced a plan which includes “intelligence coordination, exchange of information, the central control means, border surveillance, a military presence around Lake Chad and response capability in the event of danger.”...
  • How About neither for Putin, nor Obama's foreign policy, nor Right Sector, Nor Svoboda, nor Commies?

    05/16/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    5/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    That might very well be the best position to take: Don't support Putin, but realize that Obama has the fecal touch on foreign policy issues. Libya (Benghazi). Syria (he thought about arming Syrian "rebels"). Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood came to power and before that the WH said they were "largely secular"). Ergo - no interventionism of any kind in Ukraine, be it NGO's, mercs, etc. Don't support the Commies in Ukraine, but don't support Right Sector, or Svoboda, either. Angela Merkel and Hollande have both said that unlawful acts were carried out against those who were burned up in Odessa,...
  • Merkel and Hollande Urge Kiev to Start Dialog with Ukraine's Regions Before [May 25th] Elections

    05/13/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 33 replies
    NSNBC International ^ | 5/10/2014 | Christoff Lehmann
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged authorities in Kiev to begin a national dialogue with the rebellious regions in southeastern Ukraine before the presidential elections scheduled for May 25th. The development reveals a growing rift between the US/UK "Atlantic Axis"...
  • 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...
  • And yet another Hollande reform goes up in smoke ( France )

    03/30/2014 1:30:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    the local ^ | 28 Mar 2014 | Joshua Melvin
    France's historically unpopular President, François Hollande was handed another embarrassment this week when the top constitutional authority partially struck down another one of his laws. That strike-out left Hollande as the holder of a record he won't be proud of. France’s Constitutional Council ruled on Thursday that a reform that would have allowed the government to fine companies that shut down profitable factories was unconstitutional. The reform was deemed by the council - France's highest constitutional authority - to be a violation of “a freedom of undertaking and private property rights.” ... The council's ruling is the 13th law to...
  • Militant Islamist Website Calls for Attacks on France and Hollande

    03/11/2014 2:34:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Mar 11, 2014
    A militant Islamist website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday. In addition to assisting Mali in its war against Islamists, France sent troops four months ago to the majority Christian Central African Republic, where predominantly Muslim "Seleka" rebels seized power a year ago. The Seleka have since been pushed back by Christian "anti-balaka" - "anti-machete" in the local language - militia.
  • French mining sector to become public again

    02/24/2014 11:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 February 2014 | Kelly Thomas
    The French minister for industry, Arnaud Montebourg, has announced the creation of a national company of mines aimed at securing the supply of raw materials and exporting French know-how abroad, EurActiv France reports. The industry minister kicked off the start of the “mining revival” of France recently during his visit to the largest underground gypsum quarry in Europe, located in the French Val d’Oise. […] “The creation of a national company of mines in France will allow us to control the prices, the quantities and our sovereignty. In the past, I have provided a number of mining permits to foreign...
  • European: the FN on the wave of Euroscepticism.

    02/14/2014 10:57:51 AM PST · by managusta · 1 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | 27 January 2014 | Emmanuel Galiero
    European Elections on the 25 May 2014. That the National Front exceeds the UMP and the PS becomes the largest party in France. This scenario has been advanced for the second time in a poll on Sunday. This survey FIFG for JDD credited with 23% of the vote the National Front. A higher score to 17.9% of Marine Le Pen in the presidential 2012. The UMP (21%) and PS (18%) totals are exceeded, but according to the pollster, none of the three parties is assured of his place on the podium, taking into account the margin of error, estimated at...
  • After Extravagant State Dinner, Obama to Speak on Horrors of Income Inequality

    02/12/2014 2:41:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 12, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Last night the president of France, Francois Hollande, and the Obamas and 350 of their closest friends dined on caviar and quail eggs, dry-aged rib-eye steak served with blue cheese, charred shallots, oyster mushrooms, and braised chard. They dined in the gigantic tent lavishly decorated to replicate a Monet painting of spring in sunny France. Outside the tent, 17 degrees. For dessert, they enjoyed cake made with chocolate from Hawaii, Florida tangerines, and cotton candy dusted with orange zest. Michelle Obama wore a designer dress estimated to have cost $12,000, designed by Carolina Herrera. Today, President Obama...
  • Towering Over Our Little French Friend in Tall Cotton…Candy

    02/12/2014 9:17:06 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-12-2014 | MOTUS
    A progressive leftist known for his blatant cronyism, corruption and scandal hit the shores of the Potomac this week; nobody noticed. It takes a little man in a little coat to make BHO look presidential by comparison Butt buy a new dress, throw a big party, and everybody sits up and takes notice. If I may say so, I think it’s a lovely dress; designed by Carolina Herrera and fashioned from luxurious fabric in black and liberty blue. Although I’ll grant you, it does show better “standing” than “mooving.” Still, do you see what proper fit and sleeves can do...
  • 'Cheese artisans' will feed French premier at outdoor White House State Dinner...

    02/10/2014 9:26:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2-10-14 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    Full title: 'Cheese artisans' will feed French premier at outdoor White House State Dinner, followed by Mary J. Blige concert – but please, no dancing: Hollande is sans date! French President Francois Hollande is going stag, but the Obama administration is pulling out all the stops to entertain him with a State Dinner full of pomp, circumstance, gourmet eats, and R&B music. The Bronx singer, rapper and record producer Mary J. Blige will perform after the meal, the White House announced Monday. L'affaire américaine will take place outdoors, in a tent on the South Lawn. Secret Service will have extra...
  • Le Affaires d'Etat

    02/10/2014 8:54:12 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-10-2014 | MOTUS
      Off we go! Our going-to-dinner entourage and bomb squad Yes, I saw the headline too: “Date night for the Obamas: President and First Lady enjoy romantic Mexican meal together as they prepare to spend Valentines Day apart.” A ghost sighting outside the Oyamel restaurant Saturday night Okay, we did have dinner on Saturday at Oyamel, Jose Andres downscale Mexican restaurant that specializes in tacos and guacamole that cost twice as much as they do at a real Mexican restaurant. Butt let me be clear: this was most assuredly NOT a “romantic” dinner. What part of “downscale” do you not...
  • 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. …
  • 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...
  • French First Lady ended up in hospital after ‘taking one pill too many..

    01/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2014 | Emma Thomas and Peter Allen
    French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler took ‘one pill too many’ because the ‘cold and ruthless’ Francois Hollande wanted to dump her, it emerged tonight. While the 48-year-old did not want to commit suicide, she could not deal with details of the 59-year-old President’s deceit with another lover. By tomorrow Ms Trierweiler will have spent an entire week in hospital, yet the portly Socialist head of state has not visited her, instead sending ‘chocolates and flowers’.
  • Hollande ducks First Lady Valerie Trierweiler question

    01/14/2014 3:37:03 PM PST · by csvset · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 January 2014 | BBC
    French President Francois Hollande has said he is experiencing a "difficult moment" in his private life, following claims of an affair with an actress. But he refused to answer questions over the report, saying "private matters should be dealt with privately". Mr Hollande was speaking at his first news conference since the allegations in the magazine Closer last week. He said he would clarify whether Valerie Trierweiler was still first lady before a February trip to the US. He plans to travel to Washington on 11 February. The news conference was a long-planned event aimed at unveiling policies to help...
  • Is 'cheating' Hollande about to dump 'The Rottweiler'?

    01/14/2014 5:36:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 14, 2014 | Ian Sparks and Peter Allen
    Francois Hollande wants to publicly announce his separation from France’s first lady Valerie Trierweiler but is scared to do while she is in hospital, it was claimed today. As the President prepared to ‘clarify’ his relationship with his girlfriend of seven years because of his on-going love affair with an actress, Elysee Palace aides said he was desperate not to ‘appear weak’. ‘Some have advised him to make an announcement of a split, but the hospitalisation of Valerie Trierweiler convinced him to give it time,’ one told Le Parisien today. Ms Trierweiler, 48, is briefing the newspaper from her a...
  • 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.
  • First Lady Valerie Trierweiler 'to be kicked out of Elysee Palace ....

    01/12/2014 9:06:47 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 57 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 11, 2014 | PETER ALLEN IN PARIS
    over partner Francois Hollande's sex scandal with actress 20 years his junior'France's First Lady Valerie Trierweiler was yesterday facing the prospect of becoming the first in history to be kicked out of the Elysee Palace. It follows humiliating revelations that her partner, President Francois Hollande, has ‘fallen in love’ with a woman almost 20 years his junior. Mr Hollande’s relationship with actress Julie Gayet, 41, was exposed by a series of pictures in French Closer magazine which show him travelling to see her on a moped. But beyond a new romance, opponents claim the scandal exposes publicly funded deceit, security...
  • 'We'll give you what you need': French President Hollande to Saudis

    01/01/2014 1:17:39 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 31 Dec 2013 08:27 GMT+01:00
    French President Francois Hollande sought to boost trade with Saudi Arabia on Monday as he wrapped up a two-day visit to the oil-rich kingdom. The French head of state told Saudi business chiefs "we can provide you with what you want". Leading a delegation of four ministers and 30 top French business figures, Hollande told a joint business gathering that France's industries can meet Saudi needs. "We can provide you with what you want," he said, highlighting France's capabilities in the energy, transport, and food sectors. He said current bilateral trade, amounting to some eight billion euros ($11 billion) is...
  • France's 75% tax rate gains approval by top court

    12/29/2013 7:59:25 AM PST · by mykroar · 16 replies
    BBC News Business ^ | 12/29/13 | BBC News
    France's highest court has approved a 75% tax on high earners that is one of President Francois Hollande's signature policies. The initial proposal to tax individual incomes was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Council almost exactly one year ago. But the government modified it to make employers liable for the 75% tax on salaries exceeding 1m euros (£830,000). The levy will last two years, affecting income earned this year and in 2014.
  • French President in Israel Seeking Improved Political and Economic Ties

    11/24/2013 8:56:55 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    The Media Line ^ | Sunday, November 17, 2013 | Felice Friedson and Rye Druzin
    ...Hollande is much more focused on tapping into Israel’s know-how to help his country’s beleaguered economy. “Israel is, from an economic point of view, with the high-tech industry, considered to be very valuable,” Dr. Tsilla Hershco, a senior research associate at Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies told The Media Line. “With all the turmoil around us, Israel is considered the one stable state in the Middle East from a political and economic point of view.” France has suffered greatly since 2008, when a worldwide economic downturn brought the European Union to the brink of collapse. Since then,...
  • Hollande and Netanyahu get together; France vows to stay strong on Iranian nuke deal

    11/18/2013 9:54:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    French President Francois Hollande began a three-day visit to Israel over the weekend, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was all smiles and full of praise for the French delegation that was apparently the last holdout in thwarting a “bad deal” that would have traded sanctions relief for some all-but-meaningless nuclear concessions from the Iranians: Hollande vowed to keep up pressure on Iran and not make any concessions regarding nuclear proliferation. …Speaking alongside Hollande, Netanyahu once again warned that Iran could soon have enough fissile material to develop a bomb within weeks and that Israel would not be bound to...
  • Sacre Bleu! To Combat Slow Economic Growth, French President Hollande … RAISES Taxes!

    09/30/2013 10:54:58 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/30/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande decides to combat a faltering economy by … RAISING taxes. Seriously. Then again, President Obama is raising taxes massively in the US, mostly through Obamacare. The French government unveiled a 2014 budget Wednesday that continues to rely on higher taxes, threatening to further dent household spending power and economic growth, as well as President François Hollande’s record low popularity. Faced with growing discontent over high taxation, Mr. Hollande’s government emphasized efforts in the budget to improve France’s public finances by curbing spending. But net new taxes are still set to increase by €3 billion, with...
  • Hollande hails ‘revolutionary’ new lithium battery plant

    09/21/2013 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 21/09/2013
    French President François Hollande hailed “a new industrial revolution” in inaugurating Friday a new lithium battery plant built by the Bolloré group, which manufactures the Bluecar made popular by France’s electric-car sharing scheme. … Earlier in the day, as he attended an environmental conference in Paris, Hollande vowed to halve energy consumption in France by 2050 and cut fossil fuels by 30% by 2030. The French president has also made electric cars “a priority.” …
  • McCain: US inaction put Hollande in ‘unfair position’ (McQaeda interview w/France24)

    09/14/2013 8:46:35 AM PDT · by csvset · 14 replies
    France24 ^ | 14/09/2013 | AFP
    In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 on Friday, US Senator John McCain acknowledged François Hollande’s support on Syria and noted that US inaction had put the French president in an “unfair political position”. US Senator John McCain has said he was worried US inaction had hurt the Syrian rebels’ campaign against President Bashar al-Assad and had put Washington’s allies, such as French President François Hollande, in an “unfair political position”. In an interview with FRANCE 24 on Friday, McCain said he feared the recent international focus on chemical weapons had given Assad an advantage in his use of conventional...
  • France Backs U.S. on Syria Action [Obama & Hollande are socialist warmongers]

    08/30/2013 4:53:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 8/30/13 | DAVID JOLLY and SCOTT SAYARE
    President François Hollande of France on Friday offered strong support for international military action against the Syrian government, supporting the Obama administration just a day after the British Parliament rejected Minister Prime David Cameron’s call for intervention.
  • Hollande, Merkel call for full-time eurozone boss

    05/30/2013 12:56:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2013 2:46 PM EDT
    France and Germany are pushing to have a full-time official lead the economic and financial policies of the 17-country euro currency bloc. … French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting in Paris that there needs to be a central figure to lead the Eurogroup. Speaking Thursday at a joint press conference, Hollande said he and Merkel “are in agreement that there should be more eurozone summits, with a full-time Eurogroup president with strengthened powers.” “We need more economic policy coordination, especially in the Eurogroup,” Merkel said. …
  • Hollande Asks ECB to Engage in Japanese Style Currency Debasement

    05/18/2013 10:28:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    French president Francois has had enough of austerity but claims he "cannot do it alone". The Financial Times reports François Hollande goes on ‘offensive’ over stalled EU economy. François Hollande promised an “offensive” to bring “more growth and less austerity” to Europe as he launched a bid to resurrect his presidency. Mr Hollande said the first priority of his second-year “offensive” was a four-point plan to “get Europe out of its torpor” – concentrating on combating youth unemployment and a strategy of investment. “The number one objective is changing Europe’s direction to have more growth and less austerity,” he said....
  • French minister wants land for slaves’ descendants

    05/12/2013 7:40:37 AM PDT · by csvset · 34 replies
    France24 ^ | 12/05/2013 | Joseph BAMAT
    France’s justice minister has said she supports land reform in the country’s overseas territories to help the descendents of slaves, two days after President Hollande declared reparations for slavery were impossible. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has called on the French government to consider ways to redistribute land in its Caribbean overseas territories to favour the descendants of slaves, just two days after President François Hollande ruled out reparations for France’s role in the colonial-era slave trade. “In the overseas territories there was a land grab, the general result was that the descendents of slaves were left without access to land....
  • François Hollande's camel 'eaten in Mali' (not an analogy)

    04/09/2013 8:42:10 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Telegraph, UK ^ | 12:00PM BST 08 Apr 2013 | Henry Samuel
    ... A local official had given the camel to Mr Hollande in gratitude for France spearheading a drive to flush out Islamic extremists from Mali. But the well-intentioned gift soon proved a liability. The camel ruined its handover ceremony by drowning out a Malian official's speech with its screeching. Mr Hollande's voice could just be heard over the din when he promised: "I will use it as a means of transport as often as possible." ... The camel had already embarrassed Mr Hollande when Said Toureg, a man from the Timbuktu region, claimed that it had been stolen from him...
  • French ministers to declare assets after scandal (Budget Minister Hid Money in Foreign Accounts)

    04/09/2013 7:11:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Google News ^ | 04/08/2013 | Michael Mainville
    PARIS — France's Socialist government said it had ordered ministers to declare their assets publicly within days, as it seeks to limit the damage from a tax fraud scandal involving an ex-minister. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced that ministers would have until April 15 to publish details of their assets as part of a package of new financial transparency measures. The government will also put forward a law on financial transparency among ministers and other top officials by April 24, with plans for it to be adopted by the summer, he said in a statement. The move comes as President...
  • Gay marriage opponents mass in Paris for final rally

    03/24/2013 2:09:26 PM PDT · by haffast · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 March 2013 Last updated at 16:30 ET | BBC
    Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in central Paris for a final mass protest against a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption. Demonstrators gathered along a major street up to the Arc de Triomphe. There were scuffles and police fired tear gas as the protest spilled over onto the Champs Elysees, the avenue which runs past the president's palace. France's Senate is due to debate the bill next month after it was passed by the lower house of parliament. President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party and its allies dominate both houses. Opinion polls suggest a majority of French people...
  • Biden to Iran: Time for diplomacy is not unlimited

    02/02/2013 7:41:49 PM PST · by haffast · 22 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/01/2013 12:46 | YAARA SHALOM
    The window of opportunity for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program “will not be opened indefinitely,” US Vice President Joe Biden warned in an interview with the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday. snip Biden set out on a European tour during which he was to meet with Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Alkhatib on Saturday to discuss US concerns about the Syrian conflict with representatives from Russia and the UN. He was scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, French President François Hollande on Monday, and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday. On Thursday, outgoing...
  • Timbuktu Gives France’s President an Ecstatic Welcome

    02/02/2013 7:26:15 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    France’s president, François Hollande paid a triumphant visit to this ancient city on Saturday, receiving a rapturous welcome from thousands of people who gathered next to a 14th-century mosque to dance, play drums and chant “Vive la France!” The muezzin, whose singing calls residents to pray five times a day, wore a scarf in the colors of the French flag as he shouted, “Vive Hollande!
  • Will Sarkozy be France’s latest tax refugee?

    01/22/2013 2:11:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The effort by François Hollande to get the wealthy to fund his Socialist agenda isn't off to a propitious start, needless to say. The announcement of Hollande's 75% tax rate for high-income earners has panicked the business and investment communities in France that Hollande needs to generate economic growth. It drove France's greatest living actor (and perhaps overall artist) to abandon his native country for the greener pastures of Belgium … or perhaps Russia: Gerard Depardieu, the French actor awarded Russian citizenship this month, is shopping for land near a provincial capital where he plans to settle down after a...
  • Hollande: Al-Qaeda 'Not to Be Trusted'

    12/30/2012 3:42:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012
    President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release. There are a total of nine French hostages on the continent. On Tuesday the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said France was snubbing talks proposed by the group to free four French citizens abducted in Niger in September 2010. "The less one speaks, the better one can work," Hollande told journalists during a visit to Rungis, a giant wholesale food market just outside Paris. "There have been...
  • France’s Hollande escalates row with Catholics over gay marriage

    01/07/2013 5:13:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 6, 2013 12:09pm EST | Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
    France’s President François Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalization of same-sex marriage. He defended Education Minister Vincent Peillon on Saturday for urging Catholic schools, which teach about one-fifth of all pupils in France, to stay neutral in the debate. … The shrill polemics could not drown out another big news story: the growing unpopularity of Hollande and his government. One poll said 75 percent of voters doubt he can keep a New Year’s promise to turn around rising unemployment this...
  • Hollande refuses to back down on French super-tax

    12/31/2012 11:21:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 18.37 EST | Angelique Chrisafis
    François Hollande on Monday vowed to press on with his super-tax on the rich, despite a damning decision by France’s top court to throw it out as unconstitutional. But it is uncertain when a new version of the tax will be introduced and whether it will be watered down. … “We will still ask more of those who have the most,” said Hollande. He added that the exceptional tax on France’s wealthy would be “adjusted without changing its objective”, but did not provide details of any new proposal. … The tax remains overwhelmingly popular with the French public, 60% of...
  • France’s highest court rules proposed 75% supertax rate unconstitutional

    12/29/2012 11:42:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:26PM GMT 29 Dec 2012 | Kim Willsher
    French president François Hollande suffered a damaging setback yesterday when France’s highest court ruled his proposed 75% “supertax” rate unconstitutional. The measure, which is blamed for an exodus of wealthy French abroad, was a pillar of the Socialist leader’s successful Spring election campaign. But in an unexpected blow, France’s Constitutional Council ruled that the tax band did not guarantee equality for taxpayers because two households with the same total revenue could end up with different tax bills. Although the tax would have hit only around 1,500 people, it was seen as the totem in Hollande’s political manifesto, which said it...
  • France passes contentious budget, heavy on taxes

    12/20/2012 3:30:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 6:01 AM EST
    France’s parliament has passed a contentious budget for next year that includes a raft of new taxes aimed slashing the country’s deficit and putting it on the path to economic recovery. …
  • Hollande’s World: French in Denial as Crisis Deepens

    12/13/2012 6:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | Romain Leick
    In the midst of the economic crisis, France’s Socialists are denying reality. The minister of industrial renewal is calling for nationalization of some industries, while the president shies away from necessary structural reforms. Business leaders fear the clock has been turned back 30 years. … France’s business leaders felt as if they had been set back 30 years, to a time when the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic, François Mitterrand, began his term with a wave of nationalizations and, after two years, was forced to reverse his policy. Some even drew a comparison with 1945, when the government...
  • French leader urges UN to back African force for Mali

    09/27/2012 7:09:33 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    AP ^ | September 27, 2012 | Herve Asquin
    French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday urged the global community to help defuse a crisis in Mali by giving United Nations backing to a West African-led military intervention. Hollande, making his first speech to the UN General Assembly, said Mali needs help to seize back territory from Islamist rebels, who captured the north and east of the country after a coup created a power vacuum in March. France has offered to supply logistical support for any military force, in what is a delicate situation for the former colonial power, with six French hostages held in the area by AQIM. The...
  • The French Great Socialist Revolution Will Be Homework-Free, And Very, Very Cold

    10/19/2012 9:09:17 AM PDT · by Snuph · 9 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/19/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Whereas some may have welcomed the latest development in the Great French Socialist Revolution chronicles, primarily those 8-16 year olds who would directly benefit from president Francois Hollande's attempt to capture the vote of those still ineligible to actually vote, by promising to do away with homework (because it encourages "inequality" as homework apparently "favors the wealthy"), everyone else saw right through it for the sad attempt at populism it was. Luckily, the impact of this idiotic policy, if it were to actually pass, would not be visible for at least a decade at which point French society would be...
  • French President Hollande vows to ban homework as part of 'education reforms'

    10/17/2012 7:33:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/17/2012
    French President Francois Hollande has vowed to ban homework as part of wide-ranging reforms to the country's education system. Hollande has expressed worries over the fact that privileged children benefit from parental assistance on take-home assignments and that disadvantaged children do not have support at home. "An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home," the New York Daily News quoted Hollande, as saying. According to a report by France 24, Hollande's extensive education reform plans also include increasing financial aid while combating truancy. He also intends to provide incentives...
  • EU: French business erupts in fury against "disastrous" Hollande

    10/15/2012 10:17:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/15/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France is sliding into a grave economic crisis and risks a full-blown “hurricane” as investors flee rocketing tax rates, the country’s business federation has warned. Francois Hollande is tightening fiscal policy by 2pc of GDP next year to meet EU deficit targets “The situation is very serious. Some business leaders are in a state of quasi-panic,” said Laurence Parisot, head of employers’ group MEDEF. “The pace of bankruptcies has accelerated over the summer. We are seeing a general loss of confidence by investors. Large foreign investors are shunning France altogether. It’s becoming really dramatic.” MEDEF, France’s equivalent of the CBI,...
  • French business erupts in fury against "disastrous" François Hollande

    10/16/2012 6:51:02 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    France is sliding into a grave economic crisis and risks a full-blown “hurricane” as investors flee rocketing tax rates, the country’s business federation has warned. “The situation is very serious. Some business leaders are in a state of quasi-panic,” said Laurence Parisot, head of employers’ group MEDEF. “The pace of bankruptcies has accelerated over the summer. We are seeing a general loss of confidence by investors. Large foreign investors are shunning France altogether. It’s becoming really dramatic.” MEDEF, France’s equivalent of the CBI, said the threat has risen from “a storm warning to a hurricane warning”, adding that the Socialist...
  • French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms

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