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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eurozone is Toast in Two Years Unless it Reforms Euro says New Greek Finance Minister

Eurozone is Toast in Two Years Unless it Reforms Euro says New Greek Finance Minister

So what does the Greek power change mean for France as a leading member of the eurozone? Listen to Yanis Varoufakis, the new Greek Finance Minister spell it out, the eurozone he says is toast in two years unless it reforms…. “We are witnessing”, writes Ambrose Evans Pritchard; “a democratic revolution. Never before have the EMU elites […]

FATCA: The Queues to Renounce Reportedly Now Stretch for Months in Some Places

FATCA: The Queues to Renounce Reportedly Now Stretch for Months in Some Places

As the impact of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on American citizens abroad becomes ever clearer, an extraordinary “rush to the exit” appears to be accelerating as once-proud US citizens move to swap their nationality for less intrusive ones. According to Victoria Férauge, a Paris-based writer who edits the Association of American Residents Overseas, (AARO’s) newsletter and her own widely […]

History of France’s Luparii – Will The Royal Wolf Catcher Now Need Retraining?

History of France’s Luparii  – Will The Royal Wolf Catcher Now Need Retraining?

In the ninth century, when wolves roamed over nearly all of France, Charlemagne established a corps of elite wolf hunters –the Luparii — to control a growing problem decimating livestock. Ever since official wolf hunters have existed and the Luparii were later given the title of Wolf catcher Royal. By 1800 there were only 5000 […]

The Euro was 35 years in the Making (So is its Mooted Collapse Really that Likely?)

The Euro was 35 years in the Making (So is its Mooted Collapse Really that Likely?)

Starting before Georges Pompidou and May 1968 — a time of much turbulence in France — and driven by a range of French political leaders —  Raymond Barre, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Jacques Delors Edouard Balladur, Jacques Chirac, François Mitterrand — the euro emerged in 1999 only after many advances and retreats. Since then says the […]

Euro-Crisis Hits France and its the Right of Right that is Offering a Solution – TRNN

Euro-Crisis Hits France and its the Right of Right that is Offering a Solution – TRNN

The economic crisis triggered by Germany now targets France, as French elites seriously debate leaving the Eurozone, Costas Lapavitsas, professor of economics at SOAS in London tells Paul Jay of the Real News Network. Costas Lapavitsas teaches the political economy of finance at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and is a regular […]

You’re in France so Here Are 20 Unusual Uses for That Lovely Lautrec Garlic

You’re in France so Here Are 20 Unusual Uses for That Lovely Lautrec Garlic

20 Unusual Uses For Garlic (via Honey Colony) By Stephanie Rogers, EcoSalon Chew up a raw clove of garlic and you might exhale noxious, eye-watering clouds of stink all day, but you’ll also repel mosquitoes (and vampires), increase your immunity, heal cold sores, expel parasites and maybe even…  

French Smokers Losing Their Puff?

French Smokers Losing Their Puff?

Smoking in France, losing its puff? (via AFP) It was banned in restaurants and al fresco eating became all the rage. It was banned in offices, and business started getting done in huddles on the sidewalk. The French, legend had it, were more likely to give up having affairs than stub out their…  

Ciao Germany: Bank’s Solution to Eurozone Crisis

Ciao Germany: Bank’s Solution to Eurozone Crisis

Its been mooted for sometime and always firmly rejected by Berlin, but now a French megabank urges Germany to quit so the rest of the eurozone can devalue, writes Wolf Richter (*) of the Testosteronepit blog. The aim is to end a debilitating five-year long crisis.  Wolf Richter’s piece is republished with permission and thanks. French Megabank: […]

France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it?

France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it?

Is France facing a biblical-style upheaval? A French author has published a semi-fictional account (below) in which he suggests France’s poorly calculated choice of President at the last election could lead to far more serious consequences under the next one. France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it? GroundReport Posted: 11/27/2013 at 3:43AM | Author: J.N. PAQUET Yesterday (November […]

Germany: Europe Über Alles?

Germany: Europe Über Alles?

Here according to a preliminary translation of the German coalition’s finalised governing pact, is Frau Merkel’s road map for resolving the EU’s manifold financial and social problems. Two significant points German must be ranked alongside French and English as an official EU working language and the Franco-German partnership must continue.  (Blog reposted from Open Europe […]

EU Wields Big Budget Stick at France, Spain, Italy

EU Wields Big Budget Stick at France, Spain, Italy

EU warns France, Spain, Italy under new budget powers (via AFP) The European Union issued stern warnings to France, Spain and Italy on Friday that they must hold unwaveringly to their budgets for 2014, saying they were at risk of missing targets. The European Commission, wielding new eurozone watchdog powers for…  

France Remains Firm Over Syria Strike

France Remains Firm Over Syria Strike

According to a Reuters report France has said the British vote against joining any coalition with Washington and Paris to strike at Damascus “does not change its will to act over Syria”. Paris until 1943, had responsibility for Syria under the French Mandate of Syria formalised by the League of Nations after World War I, and its diplomatic and cultural ties remain […]

August is Time to Go Bats in France

August is Time to Go Bats in France

Over the last weekend in August France and the rest of European Union, celebrate the 17th year of Die Fledermaus — no not the one by Johann Strauss (below) — but the now heavily protected nocturnal insecticide bomb which in France comes in a startling 34 varieties. However this year events scheduled for the Night of […]

Horse Lasagne Canters Through EU Food Chain

Horse Lasagne Canters Through EU Food Chain

What a canter it’s turning out to be. Chevalgate has gripped the media, muckraker Upton Sinclair might make a comeback and horse-meat gourmets shake their heads as France promises to punish anyone selling horse as beef. To date, France, the UK, Romania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Cyprus and Ireland have been lined-up in a high-stake EU horse-meat-turned-beef derby […]

A Storm is Stirring Over the 35-hour Week

A Storm is Stirring Over the 35-hour Week

Despite 25 reports in seven years warning that excessive payroll charges and a 35-hour work week are damaging competitiveness in the economy, French Socialists are reportedly shocked by demands for urgent change.  “If France wants to  create jobs and ensure industry does not decamp en masse, social charges on labour must come down.” — Carlos Ghosn, CEO […]

Asia Nibbles Away at French Thorium Lead

Asia Nibbles Away at French Thorium Lead

Despite Grenoble’s efforts to stay ahead in the thorium loop, Asia is leading the way in large-scale investment to make thorium the next generation of its nuclear power programme. Indeed French scientists are warning that unless more government backing and industry support (read EDF, the French electricity giant) is forthcoming, China, India and Japan will […]

French Bullfighting Beats Last Ditch Ban Effort

French Bullfighting Beats Last Ditch Ban Effort

Animal rights groups spurred on by feisty veteran anti-bullfighter Brigitte Bardot have expressed anger and disappointment following a legal decision that ensures bullfighting is preserved in its traditional strongholds of southern France. France’s highest constitutional authority, the Constitutional Council has rejected demands from anti-bullfighter groups to ban bullfighting from regions where it is presently authorised […]

First came McDo next the Texas Food Truck

First came McDo next the Texas Food Truck

The American Civil War gave rise to chuckwagon panhandlers whose heirs have crossed the Atlantic and now set up in Paris, to the enthusiastic approval of the capital’s branché youth. Described as the ‘gastro-bobo de la baraque à frites’ by Rue 89 reporter Adrian De San Isidoro, this French Fry-up — version gastronomic — was launched in March this year by Jordan […]

September is Fête de la Gastronomie Time

September is Fête de la Gastronomie Time

You’ve enjoyed the Fête de Musique, now celebrated worldwide, so time to settle down to the 2012 edition of Fête de la Gastronomie, celebrating the food and wine of France as it should be, at table with family and friends. La Fête de la Gastronomie is a national event aimed at celebrating French cuisine. The festival […]

Concerns about Euroland Bank Runs

Concerns about Euroland Bank Runs

There are concerns that the low-key nationalisation August 31 of bankrupt CIF-Credit Immobilier de France, might hasten  bank runs across the EU where leaders continue to dither and equivocate over resolving Euroland’s chronic crisis.     The French government takeover was followed by an alarming report suggesting that a Spanish bank run is gathering steam. […]

Is Germany Picking a Fight with France?

Is Germany Picking a Fight with France?

An astonishing attack on France — possibly heralding a new era of Franco-German tension over the EU’s banker-imposed austerity policies — has been published in the leading German magazine Der Speigel. Headed “Nostalgic and Narcissistic- France’s Obsession with the Past Hinders Reform” the article is by Der Speigel’s Paris bureau chief Mathieu von Rohr and […]

Scuttle the Euro to Save SS Europa

Scuttle the Euro to Save SS Europa

A leading heterodox French economist Jacques Sapir warns that if SS Europa is not to become the 21st century Titanic, the ship’s captains should voluntarily scuttle its burdensome euro cargo, without delay. Sapir has also urged France to abandon the ailing Eurozone vessel and bluntly called into question the ability of Euroland to survive at all. […]

Euroland crisis: Of Bread and BMWs

Euroland crisis: Of Bread and BMWs

As the Euroland crisis deepens food supply could become an issue, and here France scores handsomely being the eurozone member State most able to self-subsist.  John Ward, who writes the Slog blog says whatever happens the canny French will have bread on the table at an affordable price, a card which must beat German-made BMWs […]

French Kissing … by Numbers

French Kissing … by Numbers

As with other Latins in Europe, all the proper French will greet you with The Kiss, but the 100-euro question for the outsider is how many kisses and when — and the answers turn out to be a cultural labyrinth rivalling Reignac-sur-Indre. According to the Karambolage writers of this video clip, a proper and socially correct Greeting […]

Latin Invasion – What Would Napoleon Say?

Latin Invasion – What Would Napoleon Say?

Starting 1807 Emperor Napoleon of France invaded the Iberian peninsular in a disastrous Peninsular War campaign — leaving behind him mayhem and the Napoleonic code – so might a role reversal 200 years later be a belated form of poetic justice? Earlier still of course — beginning 1796 — Napoleon had conquered what is today northern […]

No Fracking in France … Well Perhaps

No Fracking in France … Well Perhaps

Delphine Batho, France’s new Environment and Energy Minister is adamant there will be no fracking in France. Yet the pressures continue with the latest coming, surprisingly, from leading scientist Claude Allègre, no friend of climate warmists. “The government clearly and distinctly maintains the ban on exploiting shale gas because nowhere in the world has it been proven […]

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