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The Days when Paris Billboards were Humped Around by Promenading Camels

The Days when Paris Billboards were Humped Around by Promenading Camels

Paris street furniture has changed dramatically over the centuries and today’s hoardings are sophisticated digital advertising channels; but there once was a time when promenading bill-board camels were all the rage. Here Toronto writer Philippa Campsie of the Parisian Fields blog provides a fascinating tour de force of this veritable Parisian carnival of the animals […]

France 24 Explains ‘Laicité’: The Ins and Outs of State Secularism

France 24 Explains ‘Laicité’: The Ins and Outs of State Secularism

France’s brand of secularism or ‘laicité’ – designed fully to separate Church and State and private from public manifestations of faith  — is quite particular and controversial and some fear is being undermined.   Understanding ‘laicité’: The ins and outs of state secularism – French Connections By Florence VILLEMINOT FRANCE 24 the French national broadcaster in English streams all the […]

France TV: Children in Danger as Farmers Spray 65,000t of Pesticides on Farms Each Year

France TV: Children in Danger as Farmers Spray 65,000t of Pesticides on Farms Each Year

France is the biggest pesticides user in the European Union with French farms and vineyards spraying 65,000 tonnes of pesticide a year, much of which is noxious to humans, the environment and particularly dangerous to foetuses and young children, a France2 TV documentary has revealed. “Cash Investigation. Produits chimiques, nos enfants en danger“, a two-hour […]

France 24 What’s in the Papers: Figaro Sounds Radicalisation Alarm

France 24 What’s in the Papers: Figaro Sounds Radicalisation Alarm

In this France 24 review of the French papers for February 3, Le Figaro sounds the alarm over the spread of radical Islam in France publishing a map showing 8250 individuals radicalised by Islamism in France. Also in the review the French papers ask is President François Hollande still a Socialist as he continues to draw […]

Spectacular Failure To Deal With Migrant Crisis Sparks Anger in Small Saxony Town

Spectacular Failure To Deal With Migrant Crisis Sparks Anger in Small Saxony Town

The European Union has, in the view of some observers, spectacularly failed to act decisively and in unison over the Merkel-incited “great mass walk-in” across Europe that has thrown member states into turmoil since last summer. In France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Denmark among others, nationalist politicians and supporters have warned repeatedly that […]

Does Merkel’s Devastating Moment of Migrant Madness Now Presage A Great Deportation

Does Merkel’s Devastating Moment of Migrant Madness Now Presage A Great Deportation

The summer of joyous welcome has turned into a winter of fear, crime and rejection, as Merkel’s mishandled migrant madness transforms her into one of Europe’s most despised politicians and drives the European Union dangerously close to total collapse. A mere few weeks before Christmas the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle was asking has “Mama […]

The Pyrenean Village With A Rich Language That’s Whistled Rather Than Spoken

The Pyrenean Village With A Rich Language That’s Whistled Rather Than Spoken

For centuries, the inhabitants of Aas, a tiny Pyrenean village in the Ossau valley spoke to each other by whistling and in the process evolved a rich language now being revived at nearby Pau University, and in some local primary schools and colleges. Located on the flanks of the Green Mountain and near the GR […]

Getting To The Root of France’s Muslim Dilemma As Migrants Shake EU’s Bedrock

Getting To The Root of France’s Muslim Dilemma As Migrants Shake EU’s Bedrock

The challenge of integrating Muslims into European societies has become immensely more complicated since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the doors last summer to an influx of more than a million, mainly Muslim young men, into Germany and the EU. Here Joe Parson of Stratfor analyses France’s specific issues with its own extensive Muslim minority. “Getting to […]

Calais Migrants Storm P&O Ferry During Visit by UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Calais Migrants Storm P&O Ferry During Visit by UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Migrants attempting to reach Britain illegally, stormed aboard the P&O “Spirit of Britain” ferry docked in the port of Calais on Saturday forcing harbour authorities to close the port as security forces expelled the group. This followed a day of solidarity demonstrations with the 4,000 refugees in Calais organised by left wing activists and Open […]

Dumbing Down University or Closing the Minds of Tomorrow Today

Dumbing Down University or Closing the Minds of Tomorrow Today

Safe space, No platforming, Victimhood, universities in the English-speaking world have become nurseries for today’s snowflake generation of dumbed-down freshers, warns YouTube pundit Pat Condell. Academia is becoming a battleground for exterminating ideas rather than encouraging them Condell warns in this decidedly iconoclastic discourse on the problem. Closing the minds of tomorrow today: Published to […]

Our Plastic Lives Are Spelling Death in Oceans Awash In Tonnes of Indigestible Waste

Our Plastic Lives Are Spelling Death in Oceans Awash In Tonnes of Indigestible Waste

“Staggering 8m tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans every year”, reports the Financial Times; “plastics now one of the most common pollutants of oceans worldwide”, writes the New York Times; the stories are unrelenting even apocryphal. In January the French government banned the free plastic bag: a move that was well overdue when you consider that […]

When the French Skytrain Was the Epitome of Highspeed Commuter Travel

When the French Skytrain Was the Epitome of Highspeed Commuter Travel

As hyperloops or vacuum tube travel – currently highspeed travel geek buzzwords – move to usurp TGVs and similar trains, a certain nostalgia haunts a corner of central France — home of the aérotrain or Skytrain, an early form of highspeed land travel, pioneered by Jean Bertin, a French engineering genius. Find more pictures of […]

The Flat Pack Washing Machine The French Designer Claims Will Last a Lifetime

The Flat Pack Washing Machine The French Designer Claims Will Last a Lifetime

Tired of costly brand name electrical appliances that give up the ghost after a remarkably short time? Meet Julien Phedyaeff, a French inventor now preparing to launch a flat pack self-assembly washing machine he promises will last a lifetime. According to the French broadcaster France Inter this young French designer has launched a crusade against […]

A Scrappy End to Pledges of Love? See Where the Love Locked to Paris Bridges Went

A Scrappy End to Pledges of Love? See Where the Love Locked to Paris Bridges Went

Does this photo portray the final ignoble end — an ironmongers scrapyard — of the Parisian love locks fad that saw millions locking undying love to the famous Passerelle des Arts and other bridges in the capital of love? Le Parisien reported Wednesday that Olivier Dosne the Joinville-le-Pont Mayor (Les Républicains) and deputy representing the Val-de-Marne, […]

French Court May Return Total’s Shale Gas Rights In The Ardeche, Protests Expected

French Court May Return Total’s Shale Gas Rights In The Ardeche, Protests Expected

There are signs that the French oil giant Total may win a court case seeking to annul an earlier revocation of its permit to drill for shale gas over several thousand km2 in the Drôme, Ardèche, Gard, Vaucluse and Herault. According to a report on France Bleu radio  the public rapporteur advised a hearing at Cergy-Pontoise Administrative Court on […]

Cologne New Year Rape and Assaults Shock Europe and Rattle Pied Piper Merkel

Cologne New Year Rape and Assaults Shock Europe and Rattle Pied Piper Merkel

Alleged mass New Year assaults and rapes in Germany, mainly Cologne and Hamburg, have shocked Europe and further fuelled support for politically conservative insurgents like France’s Front National, after initially hushed-up reports suggest recent migrant arrivals — overwhelmingly young men — appear to be the perpetrators. The reports first surfaced on social media in the […]

Can EU Survive its “Successes”: 7-Year Recession, Jobless Youth, Migrant Flood, Greek ‘Coup’?

Can EU Survive its “Successes”: 7-Year Recession, Jobless Youth, Migrant Flood, Greek ‘Coup’?

Three senior European Union figures have warned recently that the tensions of the past year are straining the EU to breaking point and a collapse of the project is possible. EU President Donald Tusk, Parliament President Martin Schulz and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker all spoke in calamitous terms (scroll down for Reuters report) of […]

“Jingle Bells” For Our Readers: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

“Jingle Bells” For Our Readers: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

French News Online wishes all its readers A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks for your support. This video clip was posted by André Rieu Productions Holding B.V.: Published on Oct 29, 2012 Music video by André Rieu performing Jingle Bells. (C) 2012 André Rieu Productions Holding B.V., under exclusive license to […]

People or Professional Politicians? Madrid Hackers try Direct Democracy in Troubled Europe

People or Professional Politicians? Madrid Hackers try Direct Democracy in Troubled Europe

In the May municipal elections this year, PM Mariano Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP), lost control of local government in Madrid to the Ahora Madrid platform backed by Podemos, a leftwing challenger in Sunday’s potentially transformative general election in Spain. This recent Al Jazeera TV documentary shows how since Ahora Madrid came to power, it has sought […]

Some Christmas Cheer from Vienna and Vienna Boys Choir

Some Christmas Cheer from Vienna and Vienna Boys Choir

Seasons Greetings to all our readers: A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Published to YouTube on Jan 1, 2013 Christmas in Vienna” with international soloists such as Elina Garanča and Juan Diego Flórez at the Wiener Konzerthaus 2008

Sombre Post-Election Mood: Is the French Political Establishment in a Self-made Last Chance Saloon?

Sombre Post-Election Mood: Is the French Political Establishment in a Self-made Last Chance Saloon?

There was little joy and no comfort for France’s political leaders after Sunday’s regional elections. For while they succeeded in blocking the Front National’s serious challenge in two of 12 mainland regions they could not deny a massive surge in country-wide voter support for Marine le Pen’s nationalists. London-based The Economist perhaps best summed it up: “…complacency about the FN in the face of […]

Podcast: Islamism, Liberalism, Civil Society and the European Migrant Crisis

Podcast: Islamism, Liberalism, Civil Society and the European Migrant Crisis

American philosopher and neuroscientist, Sam Harris speaks with British author and commentator Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society and the European migrant crisis, in the latest episode of Harris’s Waking Up podcast. The two hour podcast ranges widely over issues that are currently causing turmoil in civil society on both sides of the Atlantic culminating […]

The “Raphael of Flowers”: How Despite Photography Botanical Artists Still Thrive

The “Raphael of Flowers”: How Despite Photography Botanical Artists Still Thrive

The skills of the botanical illustrator, at their height in the Regency period (1798 – 1837), live on today despite the ubiquitousness of the camera. Among botanical artists in French history who have become celebrities was Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1789 – 1840) also known as the Raphael of Flowers. Redouté, actually a Dutchman, was official painter […]

Take The Sting Out of It, Turn A Tap On A Beehive, Watch Warm Fresh Honey Flow

Take The Sting Out of It, Turn A Tap On A Beehive, Watch Warm Fresh Honey Flow

It’s a beekeepers dream: just turn a tap on your beehive and watch pure fresh honey flowing right out of your hive and into a jar! No mess, no fuss and hardly any stress for the bees. That’s the invention developed by Cedar Anderson, an Australian innovator, that is now turning the heads of beekeepers worldwide, […]

Is This The Most Intelligent Bird On the Planet ?

Is This The Most Intelligent Bird On the Planet ?

Known throughout much of Western Europe as a thief and harbinger of death, the Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) probably ranks among one of the most maligned birds on the continent. From ancient nursery rhymes such as One for Sorrow, Two for Joy to Rossini’s opera La Gazza Ladra this common member of the corvid or […]

Parking Fines Set to Soar Across France – Try a Bike (or an App)

Parking Fines Set to Soar Across France – Try a Bike (or an App)

Bad news for city motorists who turn a blind eye rather than feed the ubiquitous French horodateur or parking meter … from next Autumn fines for contraventions are set to soar, though not yet reaching confiscatory London-like levels. A report in Libération newspaper says cities and large towns around France with parking meters (and a municipal […]

Calais to Nimes (and Back), French Police set up a Migrant Airlift Merry Go Round

Calais to Nimes (and Back), French Police set up a Migrant Airlift Merry Go Round

When a French judge recently ordered the government to upgrade and improve the squalid, unsanitary conditions in the notorious, crime-ridden squat known as the Jungle outside the channel port of Calais, he probably reckoned without this sort of outcome! The Calais Jungle is where an estimated 6,000 squatters daily make disruptive and illegal efforts to […]

Le Pen tells European Parliament: French have lost faith in EU, Blames Brussels for Paris Terror

Le Pen tells European Parliament: French have lost faith in EU, Blames Brussels for Paris Terror

A few hours before all France paid homage November 26 to the 130 victims of the Islamist terror atrocity in Paris and just 13 days ahead of crucial two-round December regional elections, Front National leader Marine le Pen warns of ever-dwindling French support for the European Union. Addressing the European Parliament on November 25 she said: […]

Ten Days After The Paris Atrocity How Is The Counter Terror Doing?

Ten Days After The Paris Atrocity How Is The Counter Terror Doing?

“The fact is, any little punk from the slums can go off to Syria,” (Commandant Mohamed) Douhane, secretary general of Synergie Officiers, the French police union, said, “the border between gangsterism and terrorism has blurred.” The commander speaks with a special authority, he is one of the highest-ranking officers of Muslim descent in the French police — son […]

Paris ‘Jihadist Losers’ Earn Rousing Tirades From BBC TV Presenter and US Comedy Show Host

Paris ‘Jihadist Losers’ Earn Rousing Tirades From BBC TV Presenter and US Comedy Show Host

“Thank you” says English language broadcaster France 24, in a 50-second tour by image of the support shown Paris and the 130 slain (and more than 300 wounded) victims in last week’s Islamist terror atrocity. Watch the short tribute here: Meanwhile two TV personalities on both sides of the Atlantic, the BBC’s Andrew Neil and US […]

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