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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Safe Haven for Body and Mind – What Paris Means To Those Who Grieve

Safe Haven for Body and Mind  – What Paris Means To Those Who Grieve

The global outpouring of grief that followed the November 13 terrorist atrocity in Paris, may in part reflect a mix of gut concern and intellectual anguish, by those who over decades have come to regard the French capital as home and safe haven, both for body and more significantly mind. In his letter below, French academic Olivier Tonneau, who lectures at Britain’s Homerton College, Cambridge, offers a personal perspective […]

Why was the Bataclan Theatre the Focus of This Paris Terror Atrocity? Watch This 2008 Video

Why was the Bataclan Theatre the Focus of This Paris Terror Atrocity? Watch This 2008 Video

The Bataclan theatre on Paris’s Blvd Voltaire was turned from a 151-year-old place of frivolity and entertainment into the scene of a barbaric terrorist massacre Friday November 13 when Islamist suicide bombers besieged a rock concert as it played to a very full house. The tragic coldblooded mass murder that ensued — the worst such atrocity […]

French Mathematical Society: How Can Rational France Fall for ‘Absurd’ Climate Crusading?

French Mathematical Society: How Can Rational France Fall for ‘Absurd’ Climate Crusading?

Weeks before the COP21 climate change circus hits Paris — in a cloud of hated carbon emissions — the French Mathematical Society is asking how has a rational country like France succumbed so unquestioningly to climate change crusading? The society says the answer seems to be because it is “virtuous”, but it goes on immediately to note that mathematicians (alike in many ways to scientists), don’t do crusades, looking […]

Does Merkel’s Migrant Muddling Pose a Threat to European Liberal Democracy?

Does Merkel’s Migrant Muddling Pose a Threat to European Liberal Democracy?

Concerns appear to be deepening across Europe about the serious political blowback emerging as Germany now attempts to slam shut floodgates it recklessly opened to millions of migrants in late August. Liberal democracy in Europe is under threat once more writes Cas Mudde, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia in […]

Paris 2015 : No Al Gore and Fellow Scaremongers, Climate Change Science is NOT Settled

Paris 2015 : No Al Gore and Fellow Scaremongers, Climate Change Science is NOT Settled

Back in 1993 David Siegel, author of several bestselling works, wrote his first book on the environment, a section of which was heavily influenced by Al Gore’s, “Earth in the Balance” which described the Keeling curve and how CO2 would cause warming that could threaten life on earth.   Twenty two years later, this consultant and self […]

Speak Out at Your Peril if You’re a Climate Sceptic in Paris – COP21 Brooks No Dissent

Speak Out at Your Peril if You’re a Climate Sceptic in Paris – COP21 Brooks No Dissent

Paris, preparing to host a UN conference on climate change in less than 50 days, is desperately hoping it won’t become a second Flopenhagen, the derisory epithet coined by French diplomats after the 2010 Copenhagen conference dismally failed to deliver. While the COP21 Paris conference — which runs from November 30 to December 11 — […]

Documenting the Drama: Why Mutti Merkel Could Well Become the Nemesis of Europe

Documenting the Drama: Why Mutti Merkel Could Well Become the Nemesis of Europe

Part One asked could Europe’s migrant crisis herald the collapse of a Community set up to stop Germany ever again destroying Europe? The links below relate to reports, images and video clips on the Internet that underline the concern.     Health warning: The bias in this piece is more towards the views of those opposed than those for this […]

Migrants: Is Mutti Merkel ‘Our Lady of Immigration’ or the Nemesis of Europe?

Migrants: Is Mutti Merkel ‘Our Lady of Immigration’ or the Nemesis of Europe?

Could Europe’s migrant crisis herald the collapse of a Community set up to stop Germany ever again destroying Europe? If so might the blame then lie with a former East German immigrant and her emotional embrace of upto a million “Syrian refugees”, many of whom, it turns out, are neither Syrian nor refugees. Some six weeks […]

Save Our Picture Postcard – Halt the Mass Cull Of Shade Trees Lining France’s Rural Roads

Save Our Picture Postcard – Halt the Mass Cull Of Shade Trees Lining France’s Rural Roads

Tree-lined country roads bathed in soft hues and bough-streaked sunshine crisscrossing breathtaking landscapes have been a cliché as identification shots in French films for decades. These same shaded highways are an equally important poster boy in promoting France’s valued tourist industry to the thousands of motor home travellers — the horse-drawn coaches and caravans of […]

As Europe’s Migrant Crisis Worsens the EU Rethinks its Schengen Agreement

As Europe’s Migrant Crisis Worsens the EU Rethinks its Schengen Agreement

If Europe’s migrant crisis — which started on southern Med shores and spread to land routes via the Balkans — continues at a pace resembling a Biblical onslaught, it threatens to become a political nightmare for the EU. As George Friedman, founder of Stratfor, a leading global intelligence and consulting firm notes in this recent […]

Asylum or Alimony Seekers? Fed Up Calais Residents Demand End to Migrant “Jungle”

Asylum or Alimony Seekers? Fed Up Calais Residents Demand End to Migrant “Jungle”

All this year the French focal point of Europe’s wider Med Migrant crisis, has been Calais and a camp known in the Anglophone media as “The Jungle”, officially the Jules Ferry centre. This summer the camp became the flash point of concerted efforts by hundreds of migrants, urged on by UK-based smuggling gangs and left-wing activists […]

‘Europe’s Insane Deal with Greece’ Does it Spell Doom for the EU Project?

‘Europe’s Insane Deal with Greece’ Does it Spell Doom for the EU Project?

Does the German-led punishment beating of Greece — resulting in the “insane (Eurozone debt) deal” imposed on Athens and essentially set up to fail, spell the end of the European Union project as it stands today?  That’s the crux of the issue discussed below by Ronald Asch, a German professor of early modern history at the University of Freiburg and republished here with thanks to author […]

No need for Grexit says one Euro Architect, Athens can Run a neo-Drachma in Parallel

No need for Grexit says one Euro Architect, Athens can Run a neo-Drachma in Parallel

Instead of pushing Greece to the exit let them run a parallel drachma alongside the euro while banking and shopping via mobile phone app, says a former European central banker involved in launching Europe’s currency union in 1999. Bernard Lietaer who co-designed and implemented the convergence mechanism of the single European currency system (the Euro) […]

Call for Tough Action on Med Migrants – Newsweek Unmasks Criminals behind the Crisis

Call for Tough Action on Med Migrants – Newsweek Unmasks Criminals behind the Crisis

Mastermind: The Evil Genius Behind the Migrant Crisis   It is a sunny morning in April 2015 on Sicily’s east coast and Mount Etna is a postcard, rising from a green-blue sea up through olive groves, orange orchards and steep hill towns to ascend a towering snowy cone ringed by cotton-wool clouds. But in the […]

Paris Romantic Sets out to Return 45t of Unloved Bridge Locks to Original Lovers

Paris Romantic Sets out to Return 45t of Unloved Bridge Locks to Original Lovers

Following months of pressure Paris City Hall had just begun removing 45 tonnes of rusty love(less)-locks from Pont des Arts — its most iconic bridge — when a smiling jeweller bearing a large bag of ancient hand-made keys, turned up to help. Philéas Fiquemont, who styles himself Philéas le Cléateur (a portmanteau derived from Clé […]

Security Bill: Is France Abrogating the Revolution’s Pledges on Liberté?

Security Bill: Is France Abrogating the Revolution’s Pledges on Liberté?

The Socialist government is seeking to fast track parliamentary approval of a controversial new intelligence bill which critics fear will give unprecedented powers to national security bodies. The bill follows the Paris terrorist outrages in January Here Félix Tréguer a founding member of La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based advocacy group examines the proposal France’s Intelligence Bill: […]

Old Fashioned Couche Chaude Reaps Vast Tomato Crops Grown Without a Drop of Water

Old Fashioned Couche Chaude Reaps Vast Tomato Crops Grown Without a Drop of Water

Pascal Poot is a French farmer unlike few others. On the stony, arid and seemingly infertile slopes of his farm near Lodève (Hérault) he grows highly-prized tomatoes in abundance without water, fertiliser, pastoral care or pesticide. His ancient farming technology fascinates French biologists and agricultural specialists who are working to preserve the varieties of seeds he […]

Radio France: Day Long Music on All Stations as Mass Walkout Silences Normal Programming

Radio France: Day Long Music on All Stations as Mass Walkout Silences Normal Programming

Since last Thursday regular listeners to the six main stations of Radio France, (SEE UPDATE HERE) the state-owned French national broadcaster, might be forgiven for thinking that the annual (June 21) Fete de la Musique had come early. For from morning to night the radio audience nationwide has been treated to an endless selection of light, classical, […]

More Financial System Woes Ahead as EU Rejects Varoufakis Plan, Greece “Risks Bankruptcy”

More Financial System Woes Ahead as EU Rejects Varoufakis Plan, Greece “Risks Bankruptcy”

Remember the scandalous near bankruptcy the EU imposed on Cyprus in March 2013? Well the first chapter of the Greek crisis was behind that and in Athens matters now appear to be headed towards a further showdown. Headlines published March 8 suggest Greece risks bankruptcy after Europe is said to have rejected (Finance Minister) Varoufakis‘ payment plan, according to reports by Bloomberg and Zero Hedge. Meanwhile an […]

Rubbish Bin Robinhoods Go Viral To Turn Foodwaste Into An Activist Cause

Rubbish Bin Robinhoods Go Viral To Turn Foodwaste Into An Activist Cause

Bin-diving in protest at the growing scandal of supermarket food-waste has been turned into a high art-form by the Gars’pilleurs, a small Lyon-based group of anonymous French activists operating across the country. Making increasingly sophisticated use of a mix of social media platforms including YouTube, national TV programmes and unauthorised food giveaways in central Paris […]

Critics Attack France’s Largest Ever Restoration Work: The Majestic Chartres Cathedral

Critics Attack France’s Largest Ever Restoration Work: The Majestic Chartres Cathedral

While few opposing voices are heard in France, a growing storm rages across the Atlantic and elsewhere over some of the more controversial aspects of a massive multi-year restoration project underway at the monumental Chartres Cathedral. The 800-year-old Cathedral — a Unesco heritage site 90kms southwest of Paris — is considered to be one of […]

Now Here’s a Surprise! Time Keeping in France has Not Been ‘Legal’ For 35 Years!

Now Here’s a Surprise! Time Keeping in France has Not Been ‘Legal’ For 35 Years!

Time, you may be surprised to learn, has not been legal in France for some 35 years, even though the Paris-based International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) is keeping time legal for everyone else.  The discrepancy, raised recently in parliament by French deputy Bernard Gérard, was highlighted by Gregory Pons, French publisher of Business Watches & Jewellery, in an article […]

Famous French Studfarms Fear Damage from Approved Waste Dump

Famous French Studfarms Fear Damage from Approved Waste Dump

Prestigious French stud-farms in the Orne region — the Versailles of Horse-Breeding – have lost a three-year battle to prevent a large French waste collection firm from dumping discarded automobiles at an open-air site at Nonant-le-Pin (61). Caen Appeal Court ruled January 21 that the largest landfill site in France which lies adjacent to the […]

Some US Media Reports on Paris Murders Draw Exasperated Response From French Ambassador

Some US Media Reports on Paris Murders Draw Exasperated Response From French Ambassador

France’s outspoken Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, has clearly not been impressed by some of the US media coverage of the recent murderous terrorist attacks in Paris. The US website Slate (as well as its French-language sister site ) noted the Ambassador, who has a very active Twitter account, has sent several exasperated responses to […]

In The Aftermath of Atrocity Is This The New Face of Europe ?

In The Aftermath of Atrocity Is This The New Face of Europe ?

French journalist Caroline Fourest, who worked at Charlie Hebdo, when it printed the controversial Danish cartoons, says despite the murder of her cartooning colleagues, Western journalists should back “the right to make fun of religions, extremists and fundamentalists”. The interview below was published on the Open Democracy website and is republished here under a Creative Commons […]

“Barbarous” Slaughter at Charlie Hebdo – RIP Charb, Cabu, Wolinksi and Tignous

“Barbarous” Slaughter at Charlie Hebdo – RIP Charb, Cabu, Wolinksi and Tignous

At least twelve people were slaughtered late Wednesday morning in central Paris when two hooded, heavily-armed Islamist terrorists stormed the Charlie Hebdo magazine’s editorial meeting and gunned down many of those present, including police bodyguards. The headline picture above from a French evening paper says: Tragic bullets at Charlie Hebdo  – 12 dead. So far four people […]

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