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  • Obama, Hollande Say USA-France Will Expand Attacks Against ISIS In Syria, Iraq

    11/24/2015 10:08:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/24/2015 | Eyder Peralta
    President Obama and French President François Hollande promised to increase cooperation and expand attacks against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. During a joint press conference with Hollande at the White House, Obama said that the United States and France "owe our freedom to each other." After the Paris attacks, Obama said, "our hearts broke too." "In that stadium, concert hall, restaurants and cafes we see our own," Obama said. "Today we stand with you." Hollande arrived in Washington on Tuesday to talk to Obama about building a more robust international coalition to combat ISIS. Hollande is trying to...
  • French President Francois Hollande Still Welcomes Refugees Despite Paris Attack

    11/18/2015 8:18:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/18/2015
    French President Francois Hollande today promised that "France will remain a country of freedom," defending his decision to honor a commitment to accept migrants and refugees despite Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. “Life should resume fully,” Hollande told a gathering of the country's mayors, who gave him a standing ovation. “What would France be without its museums, without its terraces, its concerts, its sports competitions? "France should remain as it is. Our duty is to carry on our lives." In the same spirit, he added, "30,000 refugees will be welcomed over the next two years. Our country has the...
  • Obama's Phony War against ISIS

    11/17/2015 8:41:54 PM PST · by pboyington · 16 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 17, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    In the last two weeks, ISIS has blown a Russian airliner out of the sky over the Sinai Peninsula, shot up a bar, a restaurant, a theater, detonated two suicide bombs in front of a soccer stadium in Paris and set off two bombs in Beirut. The total death toll nears 400 and the number of wounded is over 700. Meanwhile, Obama continues to bob and weave in the foreign ring with all the aplomb of Gerry Cooney. In the last week, he authorized the release of five terrorist thugs from Gitmo and is currently leading the charge to relocate...
  • France, Russia strike Islamic State; Hollande, Putin to meet

    11/17/2015 11:53:28 AM PST · by jpl · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday November 17, 2015 | Chine Labbe and Crispian Balmer
    France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people, and made the first tentative steps toward a possible military alliance. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a coordinated onslaught in Paris on Friday and the downing of a Russian charter jet over Sinai on Oct. 31, saying they were in retaliation for French and Russian air raids in Iraq and Syria. Still reeling from the Paris carnage that killed 129 people, France formally requested European Union assistance in its battle and...
  • 'France is at war': Hollande urges US-Russian coalition, changes to constitution

    11/16/2015 1:08:21 PM PST · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    Reuters via ynetnews ^ | 11.16.15, 20:47
    French president seeks to extend state of emergency for three months, plans to step up strikes in Syria, says he will meet Obama and Putin to discuss anti-IS alliance. Addressing both houses of parliament on Monday, French President Francois Hollande announced a number of measures he hopes to pass in order to aggressively tackle the Islamic State terror group in the wake of Friday's coordinated attacks in Paris that left at least 129 dead and 350 wounded. The president also argued that France should unite with the US and Russia in a grand coalition dedicated to smashing IS. ..... Hollande...
  • World War III - The free world vs. radical Islam

    11/16/2015 2:12:58 AM PST · by pboyington · 17 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 15, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    ISIS and radical Islam have declared war on anyone who believes in the cause of freedom. This is World War III. ISIS knows it. Does President Obama? Does Prime Minister Cameron? Does Chancellor Merkel? Does President Hollande? As ISIS attacks Paris, Obama wants to ship in 100,000 Syrians who can’t be vetted and Merkel speaks of tolerance. Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Merkel: the names don’t exactly denote fortitude do they? Hollande just hit ISIS with 20 bombs and is sending an aircraft carrier to the region. It’s a good start. It’s a jab, a pin prick of what needs to be...
  • Does the West have the will to fight ISIS?

    11/14/2015 11:24:40 PM PST · by pboyington · 41 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 14, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    There are a lot of things we don’t yet about the Paris attacks. We do know one thing. ISIS did it. ISIS and other radical Islamic groups launch terrorist attacks against the West. They say they’re at war with the West. They say they want to destroy us and our way of life. Yet, we have presidential candidates who won’t acknowledge radical Islam. During tonight’s debate, Hillary Clinton remarked, “I don’t believe we’re at war with radical Islam.” Really, who are we at war with, the Montreal Expos? Bernie Sanders made the absurd remark that climate change is a bigger...
  • Hollande: 'We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless'

    11/13/2015 7:52:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 168 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/13/15 | Pete Kasperowicz
    French President Francois Hollande promised early Saturday morning that France would respond to terrorist attacks that killed more than 120 people with a "pitiless" war against the group responsible. "We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless," he said at the Bataclan, the site of one of the attacks, according to the Guardian. "Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities, they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow," Hollande added....
  • Paris shootings: 18 reported killed (100 taken Hostage)

    11/13/2015 2:21:28 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 11/13/2015 | Ralph Ellis and Steve Almasy
    At least 15 people were killed in shooting attacks in Paris late Friday and three others were killed following several explosions at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, west of Paris, Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told CNN. He said President Francois Hollande was evacuated at halftime of the France-Germany soccer match. Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are holding a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry to address the attacks in Paris and the explosions in Saint-Denis, according to BFMTV. Paris police tell CNN there were three attacks. Attackers reportedly used AK-47 automatic weapons. There...
  • France Won't 'Spare Effort' to End Violence in Israel

    10/11/2015 2:57:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/15
    France on Sunday called escalating violence in Israel and Palestinian-controlled territories "extremely worrying and dangerous." The office of President Francois Hollande said "everything must be done to calm the situation and end this cycle (of violence) which has already caused too many victims." In response to rocket fire on Israel Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes against two Hamas weapons manufacturing sites in Gaza. A pregnant woman and two-year-old daughter were killed in the strike. Early on Sunday morning, an Arab woman from Jaffa attempted a suicide bombing near Ma'ale Adumim east of Jerusalem, lightly injuring one policeman...
  • French president: Obama promises to stop US spying tactics

    06/24/2015 9:05:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 24, 2015 11:53 AM EDT | Lori Hinnant and Angela Charlton
    French President Franois Hollande says he spoke with President Barack Obama about revelations of U.S. eavesdropping on French leaders, and that Obama reiterated promises to stop spying tactics considered unacceptable between allies. Hollande said in a statement that the two spoke by telephone Wednesday after the release of WikiLeaks documents about NSA intercepts of conversations involving Hollande and his two predecessors between 2006 and 2012. Obama made a similar pledge after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of NSA surveillance powers in 2013. Obama and Hollande discussed the principles that should govern relations between allies in the domain of intelligence, the...
  • Obama Schedules Conference Call, Will Avoid Netanyahu Speech

    03/03/2015 5:46:37 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress at 11:00 a.m., but it appears that President Obama will not be watching most of the speech. The White House Press Office released an update to his daily schedule this morning, announcing a video conference call with world leaders for 11:30 a.m. in the situation room, likely as Netanyahu is finishing his speech. According to the White House, the conference will 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. The last minute...
  • URGENT Update: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine

    02/08/2015 10:51:06 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 12 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Worker Ant #11
    URGENT: French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.#Ukraine http://t.co/mTc6gAoI9J pic.twitter.com/bs4f105GjR RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 Progress in solving Ukrainian crisis impossible to achieve through arms supplies - Merkel http://t.co/ULTe0it5p0 pic.twitter.com/6bgYJnGoRx RT (@RT_com) February 7, 2015 French President Hollande calls for broader autonomy for E.Ukraine French President Francois Hollande called for quite strong autonomy for Ukraines eastern regions while speaking on France 2 TV. He also revealed part of the joint plan discussed in Moscow on the conflicts solution. On Saturday, Hollande said that the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk need rather strong autonomy from...
  • 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 Franois Hollandes 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...
  • Hollande Furious After Netanyahu Participates In Paris March, Disobeying French President's Request

    01/12/2015 9:54:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/12/15 | tyler durden
    There was one world leader who was out of step with the rest of political elite during yesterday's theatrical procession of world leaders for French unity and for press freedom (even as the bulk of them engage in prosecution of freedom of speech across their own nations): Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, as Reuters reports, he managed to "ruffle a few feathers while taking part in the "Charlie Hebdo" rally in Paris on Sunday" because this was an event his office initially said he would not be attending following a specific request form French president Hollande not to...
  • Hollande asked Netanyahu not to attend Paris memorial march

    01/12/2015 4:49:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Haaratz ^ | 01/12/2015 | By Barak Ravid
    French President Francois Hollande conveyed a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend asking him not to come to Paris to take part in the march against terror on Sunday, according to an Israeli source who was privy to the contacts between the Elysees Palace and the Prime Ministers Office in Jerusalem. The fact that this message had been conveyed was first reported by Channel 2. After the French government began to send invitations to world leaders to participate in the rally against terror, Hollandes national security adviser, Jacques Audibert, contacted his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, and said...
  • 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.
  • Ukrainian...Poroshenko...to meet Vladimir Putin,...Merkel...Hollande in Astana on January 15

    12/29/2014 5:48:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Euro News ^ | 2014-12-29 | Euro News, Bild
    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says to meet Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Franois Hollande in Astana on January 15 [Headline only]
  • 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 popularity plumbs new low in mid-term French poll

    11/06/2014 6:40:00 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | Nov 6, 2014 | Mathieu Belanger
    Half-way into his five-year mandate the popularity of French President Francois Hollande hit a new low on Thursday, hours before the Socialist leader addresses the nation to defend his shaky record on the economy. In the worst score for a president in modern-day polling, Hollande received a 12 percent approval rating in the monthly survey by pollster YouGov, down 15 percent from the prior month. Other recent polls have put his popularity at 13 percent. Hollande is due later to face journalists and members of the public for a question-and-answer session on prime-time TF1 evening television. He will likely face...
  • France: Socialist President Hollande 'Hates the Poor' Says Ex Valrie Trierweiler

    09/03/2014 6:15:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 3, 2014 | Umberto Bacchi
    Francois Hollande's former partner says that France's socialist president hates the poor, in her potentially explosive memoirs she penned after the collapse of their relationship earlier this year. In Merci Pour Ce Moment ('Thank You For This Moment') Valrie Trierweiler claims that, in private, the leftist leader refers to the less wealthy with scorn, calling them "the toothless". "He portrays himself as a man who does not like the rich. In reality, the president does not like the poor," Trierweiler wrote. "He, the man of the left, calls them 'the toothless', very proud of his humour." In another passage leaked...
  • The Punitive Economic Cost of Class-Warfare Taxation

    09/02/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve already shared a bunch of data and evidence on the importance of low tax rates.A review of the academic evidence by the Tax Foundation found overwhelming support for the notion that lower tax rates are good for growth.An economist from Cornell found lower tax rates boost GDP.Other economists found lower tax rates boost job creation, savings, and output.Even economists at the Paris-based OECD have determined that high tax rates undermine economic performance.And it’s become apparent, with even the New York Times taking notice, that high tax rates drive away high-achieving people.We’re going to augment this list with some additional...
  • French government dissolved amid turmoil

    08/25/2014 3:03:19 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | August 25,2014 | Jethro Mullen
    <p>The French government was dissolved Monday amid turmoil among top ministers.</p> <p>President Francois Hollande asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government, which will be announced Tuesday...</p> <p>"The crisis in the heart of the government is clear, and it promises to be bloody," reported Le Figaro, a right-leaning national newspaper.</p>
  • 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 Hayeks husband and daughter, Franois-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 Franois 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 governments 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, Franois 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. Frances 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 dOise. [] 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 CottonCandy

    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 its a lovely dress; designed by Carolina Herrera and fashioned from luxurious fabric in black and liberty blue. Although Ill 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 amricaine 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 Dieudonn 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 Presidents 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 Frances 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 Hollandes 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 Hollandes 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 Israels know-how to help his countrys 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
    Frances 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 Franois Hollandes record low popularity. Faced with growing discontent over high taxation, Mr. Hollandes government emphasized efforts in the budget to improve Frances 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 Franois Hollande hailed a new industrial revolution in inaugurating Friday a new lithium battery plant built by the Bollor group, which manufactures the Bluecar made popular by Frances 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.