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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 […]

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 […]

Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Jean Raspail Warns ‘We Are Only At the Beginning’

Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Jean Raspail Warns ‘We Are Only At the Beginning’

Forty three years ago Jean Raspail (90) a French author, traveller and explorer published “Le Camp des Saints” (The Camp of the Saints) warning of a future where a ‘tidal wave’ of Third World immigration engulfed and destroyed Europe, a work that has turned out to be a cautionary tale. The book provoked huge anger […]

Pork Row Could See a Mandatory Vegetarian Menu in French Public Schools

Pork Row Could See a Mandatory Vegetarian Menu in French Public Schools

At last count, admittedly some time back, there were 65,849 restaurants in France and just 370 offered a vegetarian option; but now a religious row over eating pork in school canteens might be about to change things. Some French Mayors are insisting that school menus must strictly follow government guidelines where meat, poultry, fish and […]

Zemmour’s France – Has the Author Unleashed a Monster or a New Movement?

Zemmour’s France – Has the Author Unleashed a Monster or a New Movement?

The grassroots can’t get enough of him. Leftwing intellectuals despise him. But the polemical writer and broadcaster Éric Zemmour has been on a non-stop speaking tour of a “France-in-torment” for the past eight months, rallying co-religionists to a kind of modern day Noah’s Ark. Ever since his book, Le Suicide français (French Suicide Albin Michel, 534 pages, […]

French Mayor Warns Of A Third World War Against Judeo-Christian Civilisation by Islamists

French Mayor Warns Of A Third World War Against Judeo-Christian Civilisation by Islamists

Never one to mince his words the UMP mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has told France 3 TV that France faces an Islamist “5th column” while “Islamofascism” is waging a “Third World War” against “Judeo-Christian civilisation”.  He is the second French politician after Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, to break the unofficial taboo on the public use by political leaders of […]

Tide of Recruits Raises Concerns about Defeating Daesh, 1432 French Radicals Have Joined

Tide of Recruits Raises Concerns about Defeating Daesh, 1432 French Radicals Have Joined

A report compiled for the French Senate notes the number of French passport holders who have joined the ranks of radicalised recruits to the barbaric Daesh regime in Syria and Iraq, now totals 1432, a level of disaffection causing Paris concern. Meanwhile some are questioning Western strategy for defeating Islamic terror. As UK academic and terrorism expert Paul Rogers writes: “A powerful coalition seeks to […]

Toulouse Tribunal Trashed in an Apparent Islamic Revenge Attack after Removals

Toulouse Tribunal Trashed in an Apparent Islamic Revenge Attack after Removals

The 4-storey Toulouse administrative court which hears cases for removal orders involving illegal immigrants for a large part of south-west France, has been trashed by vandals and daubed with Islamic slogans in what police believe to be a revenge attack. Police said vandals gained entry to the premises over the weekend (8 -9 March) apparently through the […]

Valls’ Use of “Islamo-fascists” Provokes Widespread Reaction, Does Term Reflect Reality?

Valls’ Use of “Islamo-fascists” Provokes Widespread Reaction, Does Term Reflect Reality?

Manuel Valls, France’s Socialist prime minister has caused a stir by describing Islamist extremists responsible for terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, as “Islamo-fascists”; thought to be the first-ever such public use by a European politician in office. Valls said France is at war with “Islamo-fascism”, both within and outside the country.  AFP reported February […]

Paris Attacks: The End of 300 Years of Lebrecht Family Life in France

Paris Attacks: The End of 300 Years of Lebrecht Family Life in France

Norman Lebrecht, a well known critic of music and cultural affairs tells how long before the latest in an increasing number of anti-Semitic attacks fear among French Jews prompted his proudly French family to emigrate to Israel. France? For Jews, ‘C’est terminé’ In January 1992, I took my Uncle René to the Bastille. It was our last […]

In Defence of Liberté and Free Speech – France is Charlie Hebdo – We Are All Charlie Hebdo

In Defence of Liberté and Free Speech – France is Charlie Hebdo – We Are All Charlie Hebdo

The barbaric, bloody slaughter of 12 people during an attack on a Paris newspaper office by two Islamist gunmen has appalled France and united thousands in defence of prized national freedoms now attacked by unassimilated religious extremists. The atrocity, which also left 11 people injured, sparked spontaneous and defiant mass gatherings in towns and cities around France, with tens of thousands […]

Twinned with Rotherham Does France’s Saint-Quentin Face an Image Issue?

Twinned with Rotherham Does France’s Saint-Quentin Face an Image Issue?

For the past three weeks the name of Saint-Quentin, a small French town in the Somme, has been unwittingly splashed across British and world media and indirectly associated — through no fault of its own — with a rampant child abuse scandal now rocking the United Kingdom. (Scroll to end for UPDATES). For Saint-Quentin (pop […]

Compare Bardot in a Bikini to a Burqa Bather and Watch Sparks Fly – as Politician Discovers

Compare Bardot in a Bikini to a Burqa Bather and Watch Sparks Fly – as Politician Discovers

A picture of bikini-clad Brigitte Bardot — sex symbol of the 60s — posted on a politician’s Facebook side-by-side with a burqa-shrouded woman on a French beach, has sparked another domestic row over Muslims and their veils. Angered by what she considered a further affront to France’s 100-year old commitment to secularism, conservative French politician, former […]

Does France Have a Problem? Here is Paris During a pro-Hamas Rally, Judge for Yourselves

Does France Have a Problem? Here is Paris During a pro-Hamas Rally, Judge for Yourselves

For weeks now ever since the latest Israel-Hamas conflict broke out, Paris has been intermittently rocked by anti-Israel violence, rising antisemitism and violent attacks on Jewish synagogues and property. Socialist PM Manuel Valls, speaking on July 21 at commemorations in Paris of the 72nd anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup  said: “Anti-semitism, this old European disease, has assumed a new […]

A Skeleton in the (Bastille Day) Cupboard or the Fanciful Liberation of the ‘Comte de Lorges’

A Skeleton in the (Bastille Day) Cupboard or the Fanciful Liberation of the ‘Comte de Lorges’

Liberté, egalité, fraternité — the famous clarion calls of the French Revolution will soon be reverberating proudly around the hexagon as France prepares to celebrate La Fête Nationale, its 225th Bastille Day  — but what about the vérité of the historic record?  Here retired British diplomat and writer Keith Evetts recounts a tale of the Storming of the Bastille which throws a somewhat different light on one crucial aspect of the famous events […]

A Siren Call for Secularism: How Those who Label France ‘Burqaphobic’ Miss the Point

A Siren Call for Secularism: How Those who Label France ‘Burqaphobic’ Miss the Point

Since 1905 France’s Roman Catholic Church has been subject to the discipline of French republican secularism, but now as those same constraints are increasingly applied to thrusting Islam, an ‘Islamophobe’ uproar is astir. Thus begins an article by Éric Conan in Marianne, a leading leftwing weekly, which has launched a Facebook and Change.org campaign – Laïcité, […]

‘Gender Theory’: Smokescreen or Row Back? Socialists Pressured by Muslims and the Right

‘Gender Theory’: Smokescreen or Row Back? Socialists Pressured by Muslims and the Right

A bad year for France’s widely unpopular Socialist government may get worse as it tries without seeming to do so, to retreat from its bitterly opposed ABCD égalité lessons in the national school curriculum – controversially labelled ‘gender theory’ by critics. For following widespread opposition from parents and rightwing groups the government, Express magazine has […]

French Socialists Betrayed National Coal Miners’ After ‘48 Strike, Today PS Humiliated: 14.7%

French Socialists Betrayed National Coal Miners’ After ‘48 Strike, Today PS Humiliated: 14.7%

For 20 years after Mitterrand’s Socialist party came to power in 1981 miners seeking redress for inequities in the aftermath of the 1948 strike, got the runaround, notes Evan Jones. The last remaining survivors and their descendants have not forgotten.  We are indebted to Counterpunch and to Evan Jones for kind permission to republish his piece on contemporary French history below. […]

EU’s Tower of Babel Set to Become a Tower of Babble as Elitists face EuroParl Challenge

EU’s Tower of Babel Set to Become a Tower of Babble as Elitists face EuroParl Challenge

On May 25 Marine Le Pen’s Front National look sets to humiliate Francois Hollande’s Socialists in European elections gaining perhaps 24% of the vote. The champagne-and-caviar Brussels elite sees this as a new storming of the Bastille. This piece is reprinted, with acknowledgments and thanks, from Wolf Richter’s Testosteronepit.com blog. Mutiny Of The Lab Rats: Europeans Grow Weary Of EU Experiment […]

Full List of Candidates for French Seats in European Parliamentary Elections May 25

Full List of Candidates for French Seats in European Parliamentary Elections May 25

The French government open data site has published the full list of candidates across France for the 2014 European Parliamentary elections to be held on May 25. All European citizens in whatever EU country they may reside are entitled to vote and in France all you have to do is register with your local Marie and obtain a […]

New Right: Where Cross and Crescent Flirt in France May a Tea Party Brew?

New Right: Where Cross and Crescent Flirt in France May a Tea Party Brew?

Following the electorate’s quenelle or “monumental rout” of the ruling Socialists in the first round of nationwide municipal elections on March 23, other forces playing a long game on the right, seek to help overturn the country’s increasingly discredited progressive elite. Almost two years into President François Hollande’s now extraordinarily unpopular mandate, a local “none-of-the-above” grassroots movement, akin to […]

Was 1789 All Due To Wheat Ergot?

Was 1789 All Due To Wheat Ergot?

One of the key triggers of the French Revolution, celebrated in history, was bread, or a lack of it; but asks Mike Alexander, might a common fungus have had something to do with it? In the run up to that seminal uprising, celebrated in French and world history and preceded by la Grande Peur (great […]

Gender Theory: Alive and Well in France?

Gender Theory: Alive and Well in France?

If the Socialist government hopes it has buried boycotts and widespread protests over sex equality curricula in French secondary schools it may be reckoning without the feisty Muslim writer Farida Belghoul. For despite a concerted effort by government ministers to assuage troubled parents and insist that its latest addition to the curriculum — the “ABC […]

The Roundabouts of French Election(s)

The Roundabouts of French Election(s)

An old and rather cruel joke holds that the best sign of a successful local Mayor in France is the number of impeccably landscaped traffic roundabouts he has managed to install in or around his town or village. Indeed there are reported to be more than 40,000 ornately-decorated rondpoints in France each costing an average […]

Dumps Mistress before France Dumps Him?

Dumps Mistress before France Dumps Him?

The French president has finally dumped his widely-disliked partner Valerie Trierweiler just hours ahead of a nationwide “Day of Wrath” protest in Paris aimed at getting France to dump him. (This story has been updated, scroll to end) At 5.52pm on January 25, some 12 hours before an eclectic group the «Jour de Colère» collective, launched […]

European Democracy Under the Boot?

European Democracy Under the Boot?

The EU is riddled with fatal flaws and defects while its anti-democratic elites and hijacked policymaking pose a great risk to the citizenry’s well-being, suggests Don Quijones, a contributor to the Testosteronepit blog. Death By A Thousand Cuts: The Silent Assassination Of European Democracy By Don Quijones, a freelance writer and translator based in Barcelona, Spain. His […]

Want to Spend Bitcoin in France? (Caveat Emptor)

Want to Spend Bitcoin in France? (Caveat Emptor)

Over the past year Bitcoin has become hot speculative stuff among trendy online currency investors but how easy is it to spend the coins? UPDATE: Scroll down to Max Kaiser’s latest video for some startling news from Cyprus on Bitcoin. While most of the early adopters were in north America the attractions of a cross-border, non-bank-controlled and non-governmental […]

French Court Upholds Headscarf Firing

French Court Upholds Headscarf Firing

France upholds headscarf firing as court mulls burqa ban (via AFP) A Paris appeal court on Wednesday upheld the right of a nursery to fire a female employee who insisted on wearing an Islamic headscarf at work. The ruling, which came as the European Court of Human Rights began deliberations on an unrelated challenge…

Commemorations in 2014 of Two World Wars

Commemorations in 2014 of Two World Wars

France has launched the Grande Collecte as part of a global four-year commemoration of the centenary of the Great War (1914-1918) and the 70th anniversary of Normandy landings that in 1944 finally brought defeat to Hitler and the Nazis. The official French government website dedicated to the “The Great War Remembered“ puts it this way: ”The First World War saw two countries, France and Germany fight each other […]

Englishwoman’s Hidden Life in Wartime France

Englishwoman’s Hidden Life in Wartime France

The French among many other wartime nations, have launched a national effort to collect, digitalise and preserve, images, papers and personal memorabilia from the two World Wars that ravaged Europe last century. Aptly illustrating the vital importance of such primary sources, prize-winning British novelist, biographer and journalist Nicholas Shakespeare —  writing here exclusively for French News Online readers — describes how, poking […]

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