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  • After Unity Over a Rampage in France, Politics Drives In Wedges

    03/24/2012 5:44:11 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 23, 2012 | SCOTT SAYARE TOULOUSE, France
     Shock and solidarity gave way to political recrimination and criticism here on Friday, one day after the police killed a 23-year-old self-proclaimed jihadist, as government officials were put on the defensive about whether intelligence failures cost his seven victims their lives. With the first round of the presidential election just weeks away, most major candidates had suspended their campaigns in light of the crisis. But as investigators sought to confirm that Mohammed Merah acted alone, as he claimed, politics began in earnest again. François Hollande, the Socialist front-runner in the presidential race, spoke of a “flaw” in the mechanism to...
  • Toulouse gunman dies in hail of bullets during police raid

    03/22/2012 7:35:43 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 46 replies ^ | March 22, 2012 | Staff
    Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old man who confessed to killing three French soldiers and four people at a Jewish school, died from a gunshot wound to the head Thursday after police stormed his home in Toulouse following a 32-hour stand-off.   In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the apartment of an Islamist extremist Thursday, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being shot in the head. Mohamed Merah, 23, was wanted in the deaths of three French paratroopers, three Jewish schoolchildren and a rabbi - all killed...
  • Sarkozy stands to gain most from arrest

    03/21/2012 9:47:14 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 18 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | March 21, 2012 | Hugh Carnegy in Paris
    Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s extreme right National Front, wasted no time on Wednesday in seeking political advantage from news that the suspected killer of three Jewish children, a Jewish teacher and three Muslim soldiers was a French citizen apparently linked to al-Qaeda. “It is time to wage war on these fundamentalist political religious groups who are killing our children,” she said.  On the face of it, Ms Le Pen, who regularly attacks immigration and the influence of Islam in French society, stands to gain from what was apparently the first Islamist-motivated terrorist attack in France since 1997 –...
  • A pre-schooler, his rabbi dad, paratroopers _ a look at the victims of a French killer

    03/19/2012 5:12:49 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 19, 2012 | Staff
    <p>Seven people have been killed and two seriously injured in three attacks in southern France over the past eight days. President Nicolas Sarkozy says the same person and same handgun were behind all three attacks.</p>
  • Merkel and Sarkozy: The end of the affair?

    03/16/2012 10:00:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 15.03.12 @ 09:50 | Honor Mahony
    She needed him to soften the impression that Germany alone is leading Europe. He needed her to give the impression France is still, despite its economic difficulties, a political player. … From a frosty beginning their relationship evolved towards mutual respect. They met, bickered, compromised and then decided on eurozone policy. With France struggling to contain its budget deficit and French banks heavily exposed to Greece, Sarkozy embraced Merkel's economic view of the world—austerity measures until a balanced budget is achieved. He brought his admiration for the 'German model' into his electoral campaign. She said she would support Sarkozy in...
  • Sarkozy gains in polls against Socialist front-runner

    03/17/2012 12:43:35 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | March 16, 2012 | Staff
    With just over a month to go Friday before the first round of France's presidential vote, right-wing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy is closing the gap with Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande.  As polls showed Sarkozy cutting his rival's lead after several weeks of campaigning and a swerve to the right, Hollande was also facing a new threat on his left flank from firebrand Left Front candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon. Keen to regain momentum, Hollande has made a series of promises aimed at cementing his left-wing credentials. On Thursday, during a three-hour appearance on France 2 public television, he also vowed to boost taxes...
  • Wealth Tax Hits a Nerve in French Race for President

    03/04/2012 1:41:30 AM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 2, 2012 | DAVID JOLLY
    François Hollande, the Socialist candidate for the French presidency, stole the spotlight from President Nicolas Sarkozy this week by proposing sharply higher income taxes for the rich, and despite criticism from the right and many economists, the challenger’s standing in the race has not suffered. In fighting for re-election, Mr. Sarkozy is burdened by the widespread perception that he is a friend of the rich. Mr. Hollande sought to highlight the differences between him and the president on Monday by proposing that those with annual income of more than €1 million, or $1.3 million, be taxed at a 75 percent...
  • Sarkozy nixes halal meat in schools for Muslims

    03/03/2012 3:15:02 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2012, 4:34 PM EST | ELAINE GANLEY
    The issue of France's Muslims moved front and center into the presidential campaign with the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, excluding on Saturday any special indulgences for halal meat or separate swimming hours for Muslim women in public pools. Echoing his 2007 campaign, Sarkozy insisted that French civilization must prevail in France. He created France's first Ministry of Immigration and National Identity after being elected, but has since done away with it. Muslims, and immigration, are constant themes in recent French presidential races, but the topic is rising to the fore with vehemence as the April 22 first-round vote nears - 50...
  • Carla Bruni-Sarkozy takes up husband Nicolas' cause

    02/21/2012 12:38:56 AM PST · by Cincinna · 26 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 2/20/2012 | Henry Samuel, Marseille
    Carla Bruni-Sarkozy yesterday took up her husband Nicolas' call to "help me succeed for France" as she attended her first ever presidential campaign rally in Marseille. The couple were not married when Mr Sarkozy faced the electorate last time round but on her debut there were chants of "Carla, Carla". The first lady smiled as the cameras zoomed in on her sitting in the front row in a black jacket and grey trousers – the chief of Sarkozy's party UMP Jean-Francois Cope and Prime Minister Francois Fillon by her side. After keeping a low profile since the birth of the...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy: I saved France from economic catastrophe

    02/20/2012 11:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinna · 7 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | February 19 2012  | Angelique Chrisafis in Marseille
    At a rally in Marseille on Sunday, Nicolas Sarkozy launches his campaign for a second term of the presidency Nicolas Sarkozy told his first major rally in his re-election campaign that he had saved France from "catastrophe" during the financial crisis and the only way to save the country from economic meltdown was to give him a second term. The 7,000-strong meeting in Marseille marked a return to the political showmanship and verbal violence of Sarkozy's campaigning style. There was sea of tricolore flags, dramatic music, a new election slogan – "a strong France" – and a cheering Carla Bruni...
  • Le candidat’ may yet stumble at Sarko’s feet

    02/15/2012 7:31:15 PM PST · by Cincinna · 13 replies
    Financial Times ^ | February 15, 2012  | Howard Davies
    After weeks of teasing French voters, Nicolas Sarkozy fired the starting gun yesterday evening. He will, as expected, be a candidate for his job. The rest of the field is still unsettled. Marine Le Pen is having trouble securing the 500 signatures from elected officials. But we assume that, one way or another, her name will be on the ballot, along with the Socialist François Hollande, the Green Eva Joly, centrist François Bayrou, left socialist Jean-Luc Melenchon, Dominique de Villepin, and one or two representatives of the more exotic fauna of French political life. Le Pen fille is doing even...
  • Down, Not Out, in Paris as Crisis Whittles Away Welfare State

    02/08/2012 10:25:50 AM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    SF Gate ^ | February 8, 2012 | Vidya Root   
    On a crisp, cold day last month, Inaya, an unemployed former Ikea manager, waited with about 100 people in a large, dingy hall at Credit Municipal de Paris to pawn a Gucci bag and some jewelry. Out of work for two years, Inaya, 35, sporting a tweed jacket and dark pants, was tapping the broker for cash for the first time as her unemployment benefits dwindled. "The structure of the French welfare state is such that you don't see acute poverty, but the model has reached its limit," said Philippe Chalmin, a professor at Universite Paris Dauphine. "It's clear France...
  • KEY SARKOZY ALLY: 'For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value'

    02/06/2012 8:35:50 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6,2012 | Adam Taylor
    KEY SARKOZY ALLY: 'For Us, All Civilisations Are Not Of Equal Value' Adam Taylor Febuary 6, 2012Claude Gueant, the French interior minister and a key Sarkozy ally, has caused controversy after telling students "all civilisations are not of equal value". The speech was made on Saturday, and a copy of the comments were obtained by AFP. Amongst the comments made by Gueant, who is in charge of France's immigration policies, included: "Contrary to what the left's relativist ideology says, for us all civilisations are not of equal value." "Those which defend humanity seem to us to be more advanced than...
  • The Sarkozy Effect

    01/24/2012 4:46:33 PM PST · by Cincinna · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2012 | Roger Cohen
    In the other election of 2012, the one more imminent, there are only two words worth remembering. The first is leadership. The second is change. The rest, as the French say, is du blah-blah. If the French decide leadership is more important in a time of crisis they will grit their teeth and re-elect Nicolas Sarkozy. If they want change from a president never close to their hearts, they will — as Samuel Johnson said of second marriages — embrace hope over experience and elect the Socialist candidate, François Hollande. On the face of it, Hollande, slimmed-down and cultivated in...
  • François Hollande, Challenging Sarkozy, Calls for Change

    01/23/2012 1:43:01 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 22, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    The Socialist Party candidate for the presidency of France, François Hollande, formally opened his campaign on Sunday with a passionate speech calling for change, equality and justice. “We are here, dear friends, to change the destiny of our country,” Mr. Hollande told an estimated 20,000 party supporters and officials in Le Bourget, just outside Paris, in a speech lasting nearly 90 minutes. Mr. Hollande, who calls himself “a normal man,” is ahead in the polls with three months to go before the first round of voting on April 22. But his lead over the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been slipping...
  • As French Vote Nears, Sarkozy Is Haunted by Grim Economy

    01/16/2012 6:15:36 PM PST · by Cincinna · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
         As President Nicolas Sarkozy contemplates his race for re-election, with the first round of voting 100 days away, he is confronted with an economy reeling from the euro crisis and nearly zero growth. France has just lost its AAA credit rating and must cut government spending. The unemployment rate is 9.9 percent, a 12-year high, and rising. The loss of the treasured AAA rating, while expected, was a blow to France’s status in Europe, making it seem less like a power than a problem. The downgrade makes it harder for France to pretend to be Germany’s equal in leading...
  • From Far Right, Squeezing Into the Middle: SARKOZY v MLP

    01/15/2012 12:50:05 AM PST · by Cincinna · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2012 | NICOLA CLARK
       With just 100 days to go before presidential elections, the populist, anti-euro message of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, appears to be gaining resonance here. That message coincides with a mounting anxiety over the costs to France of Europe’s scramble to rescue the single currency amid an ever-darkening outlook for economic growth. In opinion polls published this week, Ms. Le Pen, the expected candidate of the far right, trailed President Nicolas Sarkozy by only the slimmest of margins, a development that the candidate on Friday hailed as evidence of a growing distrust among the French...
  • France's Surreal Presidential Race

    01/12/2012 10:40:42 PM PST · by Cincinna · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 11, 2012 | JOHN VINOCUR
    What kind of country would France be if it abandoned its 35-hour work week (it actually kills jobs), set up an affirmative action program for its Muslim immigrants (featuring a zero-tolerance framework for their assimilation), and scaled back its ambitions for Europe as a global political force to more attainable goals?    Answer: An imaginary one. There are no signs of it happening. Roughly 100 days before voting in an elimination round April 22, and then in a final ballot on May 6, the French presidential election campaign so far involves back and forth on possible variations in French comfort...
  • Sarkozy gains ground on Socialist rival in latest poll

    01/09/2012 1:05:41 AM PST · by Cincinna · 10 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 8 2012 | Leigh Thomas
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has cut his Socialist rival's lead to the smallest margin so far in the run up to an April and May presidential election, a poll showed Sunday. However, the poll showed that Socialist candidate Francois Hollande would still comfortably beat Sarkozy in a run-off. The president has been capitalizing on his central role in Europe's struggle to contain its debt crisis, and gained ground even after announcing plans for an unpopular sales tax hike and after Hollande's campaign took a more aggressive tone. In the first round of the two-stage vote, on April 22, Hollande would...
  • Euro 'not in crisis': Italian PM

    01/08/2012 5:03:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies (AFP) ^ | 08 January 2012, 23:07 CET
    Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Sunday rejected talk of a euro crisis and said Rome was open to the idea of a tax on financial transactions championed by France—but only if the measure was part of an EU-wide effort. "The euro is not in crisis, the currency has solidly maintained its exchange rate with the dollar," Monti said on RAI 3 public television, adding that Italy's "banking system is not under threat". "The problem we are facing is that some EU countries have a public debt crisis," he said. "Our crisis is a systemic crisis." Monti, a former European...