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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:47 pm

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France local elections: Far right expects run-off gains





French voters have gone to the polls in the second round of local elections, expected to result in significant gains for the far-right National Front (FN).





The party - which won an outright victory in the northern town of Henin-Beaumont in the first round - could seize a number of towns and cities.





The centre-right is also expected to do well and may regain control of Paris.





The governing Socialists, who have been hit by growing discontent over the economy, are braced for losses. ...





Turnout in Sunday's vote was low, which was bad news for President Francois Hollande's Socialists as it was their supporters who were not voting, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield reports.


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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:32 am

[link]Reuters,http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/ ... 4C20140331[/link]





French reshuffle may loom after Hollande's Socialists routed in local elections





(Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after the drubbing of his Socialists in local elections handed the far-right National Front victory in a record number of towns.





Provisional results from Sunday's voting showed the protectionist, anti-EU party of Marine Le Pen set to take control of 11 towns across the country, easily surpassing a past record in the 1990s when it ruled in four towns.





At least another 140 towns swung from the left to mainstream opposition conservatives as voters punished Hollande for his failure to turn around the euro zone's second largest economy and above all to tackle an unemployment rate stuck at more than 10 percent.





While Hollande himself, who surveys show is the least popular leader in France's 56-year-old Fifth Republic, will remain in power, the question is whether he will replace Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, whose government has been accused of amateurishness and of being paralyzed by policy splits.


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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:10 pm

[link]WaPo,http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/eur ... story.html[/link]





Social conservatives are mobilizing in France, leading to talk of a tea party





PARIS — Steeped in conservative rage and tasting of grass roots, a political backlash has traditional politicians and the news media asking the once-unthinkable: Is le tea party brewing in France?





If it were, it would be populated by the likes of Catherine Mas-Mezeran, a Parisian mother of three who wrinkles her nose at the mention of President François Hollande. She calls him “the Socialist,” which, technically, he is. But [highlight]if President Obama had the birthers, Hollande now has the baptismists[/highlight].





Like others in a growing movement here, she firmly believes an unsubstantiated rumor emanating from conservative circles that Hollande may have secretly renounced his Christianity. “He has rejected his baptism,” she said. “This is really shocking.” ...





The movement’s strength in numbers, however, cannot be ignored. Initially a reaction to a same-sex marriage law passed last year, the movement has morphed into the most sustained mobilization of social conservatives here in more than a generation.


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Post by kate520 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:25 pm

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.It sure feels like something is afoot worldwide. :-?


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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:53 pm

It does, Kate.It sure feels like something is afoot worldwide. :-?


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Post by SueDB » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:06 pm

To me - this is what happens when you now have pretty much unrestricted telephone communication between almost everyone on the planet.





The Internet etc has made it easier for folks in the nastiest armpits of the world to see what life is like in places where there is clean water and flush toilets. I don't blame them for wanting/pressuring their governments to pony up stuffs etc.





It's not the gulf between the haves and the have nots, it's the knowledge of that gap and the fact it is getting wider every second, minute, day etc...





I may have to give up my addiction to limes for a while - the commercial lime crop was crippled by weather.


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Post by TollandRCR » Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:33 pm

Remember that this is occurring in the midst of another great social transformation: the flow of economic power back to the East. That little corner of Eurasia that hardly mattered before Columbus and the silver mines of South America includes countries like France -- once the proud home of the lingua franca of the world -- is being displaced, along with its cousins across the Atlantic, by the oldest wealth of the world.


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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:09 am

[link]Associated Press,http://www.adn.com/2014/04/16/3427681/f ... p=/99/171/[/link]





France targets welfare for big spending cuts





PARIS — France's prime minister has announced plans to cut 21 billion euros ($29 billion) from pensions, social care and health care as a part of a 50-billion-euro effort to rein in the country's debt and deficit.





Manuel Valls on Wednesday detailed the government plan to cut 10 billion euros from health care and 11 billion euros from pensions and social care by 2017, though he vowed to maintain the benefits for those with the lowest incomes.





The central government will have its spending cut by 18 billion euros, while local councils will see cuts worth 10 billion euros.





France's public spending accounts for about 57 percent of gross domestic product, one of the highest levels in the world.


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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:56 pm

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4 U.S. women attacked with acid in Marseille train station

PARIS - Four young American women were attacked with acid Sunday in the French city of Marseille by a woman who has been arrested, the Marseille prosecutor’s office said.

Two of the tourists were injured in the face in the attack in the city’s main Saint Charles train station and one of them has a possible eye injury, a spokeswoman for the Marseille prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press in a phone call.

She said all four of the women, who are in their 20s, have been hospitalized, two of them for shock.

The spokeswoman said the 41-year-old female suspect did not make any extremist threats or declarations during the attack. She said there were no obvious indications that the woman’s actions were terror-related, but added that officials could not be 100 percent sure about ruling out terror links at such an early stage of the investigation.

The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity, per the custom of the French judicial system.


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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:11 pm

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Man shouting "Allahu Akbar" kills two at French train station before being shot dead

MARSEILLE, France/PARIS (Reuters) - Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act”.

Three police sources said the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as he carried out his attack at Marseille’s main railway station.

The two victims - one aged 17 and the other 20 - suffered gory injuries, two police sources said, saying one had her throat slit while the other was stabbed in the stomach.

“If the military had not been there, we would have had a lot more deaths,” Samia Ghali, lawmaker for the Marseille region, told France Bleu Province radio.


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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:35 pm

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France: 10 held in probe of alleged far-right terror plot

PARIS (AP) — French counterterrorism police have arrested 10 people allegedly linked to a far-right extremist who already was in custody on suspicion of planning attacks against mosques, politicians and migrants.

A French judicial official told The Associated Press that officers investigating the militant held the people detained on Tuesday under a possible charge of criminal terrorist association.

The suspected extremist only has been identified as Logan N. He was arrested in June and given preliminary charges after intelligence agents learned of his alleged attacks. They claim he maintained a Facebook page glorifying Anders Behring Breivik, a convicted far-right Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people.

The police are questioning the 10 suspected associates to find out what they knew about Logan N.'s plans.


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