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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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: […]

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 […]

15 Million Views for Post Atrocity Video: “It’s ok, they might have guns but we have flowers”

15 Million Views for Post Atrocity Video: “It’s ok, they might have guns but we have flowers”

“France is our home son”. These five words, spoken by a father to his young boy in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, has touched a chord worldwide with a video showing the two, viewed some 15 million times on Facebook. In the Le Petit Journal video Brandon Le says “bad guys” committed the terror attacks and worries that “they have guns” and […]

Paris Refuses to Bow to Terror, This is How to Sing La Marseillaise, Play it Loud, Let it Ring

Paris Refuses to Bow to Terror, This is How to Sing La Marseillaise, Play it Loud,  Let it Ring

President François Hollande has warned his countrymen that France is now “at war” following the devastating Islamist atrocities that left at least 130 dead and 300 injured in Paris on Friday night. La Marseillais is often said to be one of the world’s most stirring national anthems. Here it is in four different versions. Sing […]

Partenope, Rare Handel Work, with French Star Philippe Jaroussky, in Paris in January

Partenope, Rare Handel Work, with French Star Philippe Jaroussky, in Paris in January

Partenope, one of Handel’s rarer works, replete with gorgeous arias, will be heard in concert version in Paris in January at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in a leading role. The rare concert performance of an opera first staged in London in 1730 is the occasion chosen by  WarnerClassics to launch a 3 CD […]

EU Migrant Crisis: German Voter Anger Rising – Perhaps Mutti Merkel Faces a Problem?

EU Migrant Crisis: German Voter Anger Rising  – Perhaps Mutti Merkel Faces a Problem?

Björn Höcke, a rising star in Germany’s small but growing anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, has warned that if the current rate of migrant influx is not halted, Germans face being overwhelmed by end 2016 . A video published to Youtube on November 4, 2015 shows excerpts of Björn Höcke’s address to an AfD Conference in Munich on 22 October 2015. Speaking to an enthusiastic audience […]

The Hungarian Leader – Outcast To Some, Hero To Many – Who Aims To “Defend Europe”

The Hungarian Leader – Outcast To Some, Hero To Many – Who Aims To “Defend Europe”

Hungary’s conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has become an outcast to some and a hero to others for “squabbling” with the European Union over its handling of an historic inflow of mainly economic migrants expected to exceed 3 million by end 2017. The three million figure was released on November 5 by the EU Commission at […]

Bavarian Official Tells We-Can-Handle-Migrants Merkel: I’ll Bus the Rest to Berlin

Bavarian Official Tells We-Can-Handle-Migrants Merkel: I’ll Bus the Rest to Berlin

Germany is sliding towards civil war or to becoming ungovernable, says Hansjoerg Mueller of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), as it emerged a Bavarian official had rung Chancellor Angela Merkel and threatened to bus his town’s migrants to Berlin. RT.com reported: “Bavarian official Peter Dreier called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell her personally that if Germany welcomes […]

Tony Abbott – The ‘Catastrophic Error and ‘Misguided Altruism’ of Open Door Migration

Tony Abbott – The ‘Catastrophic Error and ‘Misguided Altruism’ of Open Door Migration

Urging European leaders to close their borders to further uncontrolled migration, Tony Abbott has warned that “misguided altruism” is “leading much of Europe into catastrophic error”. The ex-Australian prime minister added “No country or continent can open its borders to all comers without fundamentally weakening itself,” and he cautioned, “too much mercy for some necessarily […]

The “Invasion” of Europe: One Man’s Acerbic View of What Merkel and Allies Have Unleashed

The “Invasion” of Europe: One Man’s Acerbic View of What Merkel and Allies Have Unleashed

Unlike the White House the European Union has no presidential hotline to call during moments of great distress but today with migrant chaos threatening EU crack-up, it might just be wishing for a red comfort pillow. In the video below UK-based Pat Condell gives a personal view of the worsening migrant influx and what he calls German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s European suicide […]

Migrants: “No Borders” Activists on the French-Italian Frontier and Squatters at Calais

Migrants: “No Borders” Activists on the French-Italian Frontier and Squatters at Calais

As winter approaches, tensions are set to rise in the squats and camps where many among the stream of migrants that poured into the European Union all summer, remain in unwelcoming environments. The migrant issue has become the greatest source of political strain and dissension in the EU since the Franco-German project was first set up […]

Paris Day & Night – a 5-minute Video Tribute

Paris Day & Night – a 5-minute Video Tribute

The videographers who produced this clip describe it as a 5-minute visual journey through Paris using the techniques of “hyper-lapse” and time lapse which allows “the city and the weather to become the movie director”. Paris Day & Night Turn Captions On (cc button bottom right), to identify the places filmed: Paris Day & Night […]

Merkel’s Migrants: “Worst Piece of Public Policy in 50 Years” Germany and France Told

Merkel’s Migrants: “Worst Piece of Public Policy in 50 Years” Germany and France Told

“Back us or break us” French President François Hollande told Europeans on Wednesday during an historic Franco-German demarche designed to rally a European Union bitterly divided over its disastrous handling of the migrant crisis. Sharing a spot at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — the first time leaders of the two countries have made a joint address […]

Eight Months On and Even With €30mn in the Bank Charlie Hebdo Struggles to Survive

Eight Months On and Even With €30mn in the Bank Charlie Hebdo Struggles to Survive

Eight months after Islamic extremists in Paris massacred 12 staff members at Charlie Hebdo, survivors at the magazine are struggling to keep the paper together despite reader support, a healthy bank account and new editorial offices. The latest blow came with the announcement September 26 that artistic director Luz — who drew the cover cartoon of a weeping Mohammed saying […]

Intellectuals: Are Europe and France Losing a Long-standing Lead to the US?

Intellectuals: Are Europe and France Losing a Long-standing Lead to the US?

French intellectuals have helped to shape critical thought and Western philosophy down the centuries but now there are fears American campuses are usurping the French role. In the race of ideas: is the US pulling away from France? an issue France 24 analyses in this recent report part of a series presented by Markus Karlsson, every […]

Migrants: Germany Starting to Show Some Contrition? (Spoof)

Migrants: Germany Starting to Show Some Contrition? (Spoof)

Another in the long-running series of You Tube-posted spoofs based on the 2004 film Downfall by director Oliver Hirschbiegel, pretends to show what really went on the Chancellors’ office after her “All Syrians are welcome” remark opened European floodgates. Published on Sep 10, 2015 “Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, has unleashed a tidal wave of immigration on […]

3D Printing, Dressed up Duralex, Small Fry but Big Fish, its The French Touch

3D Printing, Dressed up Duralex, Small Fry but Big Fish, its The French Touch

From dressing up Duralex — that rough, tough canteen tumbler –to delivering style via a home 3D printer, a new generation of talented French designers is on the move. Here France 24’s France in Focus programme interviews a host of newly-established and up-and-coming designers for an insight into what drives them. So what’s new? Well for one the Art Deco utilitarian […]

As France Accepts 24,000 Migrants Béziers Mayor Tells Syrian Squatters: “You are not welcome”

As France Accepts 24,000 Migrants Béziers Mayor Tells Syrian Squatters: “You are not welcome”

Only some 600 French mayors out of 36,000 invited, committed Saturday to a government appeal to house and help the 24,000 migrants Paris is required to take under the EU’s obligatory quota system. This less than enthusiastic response reflects the sharp division of opinion in the country over how to deal with the illegal smuggling of migrants now […]

Can Marine Le Pen Transform France’s National Front? Watch this WSJ Video

Can Marine Le Pen Transform France’s National Front? Watch this WSJ Video

France’s right-wing National Front was led by firebrand Jean-Marie Le Pen for some 40 years, can his estranged daughter and successor really break the party away from his charismatic grip? Now his daughter Marine is trying to distance the party from her father’s extreme rhetoric and transform it into a mainstream political force. Video published […]

When Migrants Become Gumballs the Figures Look Like This

When Migrants Become Gumballs  the Figures Look Like This

Liberals believe they are “humanitarians” by supporting legal immigration while those on the far left claim a similar stance in their support for illegal immigration. The video below on US issues applies equally to Europe where mass migration collides with EU recession and youth unemployment as high as 49.7% in some countries. “It’s perfectly clear: Europe’s North Africa problem is the United States’ […]

What Would 007 say About the Reims Bikini Bashing Girl Gang?

What Would 007 say About the Reims Bikini Bashing Girl Gang?

Reminding the world that it was France that invented the bikini, all of 60 years ago, FRANCE 24 has posted this short history of the famous garment just as the nation heads for the beaches. 60 years ago, the TV station noted, a scandal crash dived into this very Parisian swimming-pool. The Bikini exploded on […]

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