RFI, April 19
Four French journalists are safe and in good health, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. The hostages were found overnight Friday by Turkish soldiers on the border between Turkey and Syria, where they had been tied-up and blindfolded.
French President François Hollande declared his huge relief on Saturday, in [...]
Reuters, By Mark John, March 30
Paris – 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 [...]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (16 February) she would talk to French President François Hollande about building a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States. The Commission welcomed the idea, saying that it went in the same direction with its own efforts on data protection.
Here is the difference between the US and France in a nutshell:
French President Francois Hollande has said he is experiencing a “difficult moment” in his private life, following claims of an affair with an actress.
But he refused to answer questions over the report, saying “private matters should be dealt with [...]
There’s this whole foofaraw this week about the US intelligence community gathering 70 million private phone calls in a month. In France.
(AFP) – The French senate has approved a proposal to ban beauty contests for girls under 16 to prevent what a parliamentary report called the “hyper-sexualisation” of children.
The proposal was backed by 196 lawmakers on Tuesday evening and 146 opposed it. It will now become law after being passed in the National Assembly.
We’re shocked, shocked to find that the Americans are spying on us! the European allies say.
Fetch Snowden!!! Euro-Poodles France (left) and Spain were “Best in Show” with President Obama barking orders. (Italy and Portugal were good poodles too.)
Two weeks ago, whistle blower Edward Snowden revealed that the United States [...]
Intelligence agency has spied on French public’s phone calls, emails and internet activity, says Le Monde newspaper.
The Guardian, By Angelique Chrisafis, July 4
Paris – France runs a vast electronic surveillance operation, intercepting and stocking data from citizens’ phone and internet activity, using similar methods to the US National Security Agency’s Prism programme exposed [...]
The “race-ban” in France may force immigrants to face increased marginalisation and societal exclusion.
Al Jazeera, By Khaled A Beydoun, June 2
On May 17, a proposal was passed in the National Assembly that effectively removes the words “race” and “racial” from the French Penal Code, nearly nine years after the same body passed the [...]
(AFP)- French President Francois Hollande will sign a gay marriage and adoption bill into law Saturday, after the Constitutional Council threw out a legal challenge by the right-wing opposition.
(Reuters) – A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.
In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois, 47, says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, [...]
CNN, By Antonia Mortensen
The Malian president announced plans to hold elections by July as French-led troops battled Islamists in the last major northern town under militant control.
A battle is under way to secure Kidal, the last major town in the sweep to flush out militants in the north.
The French military said it [...]
French and Malian forces have retaken the towns of Timbuktu and Gao in the nation’s North over the weekend, in both cases without meeting resistance, leaving just one major town in rebel hands. Their forces have been bolstered by the first Chadian and Nigerian troops out of an expected total of 7,700 from the [...]
There’s a real thought-provoker buried in The French Mess In Mali and Libya by Prof. Rajan Menon today – the entire piece about the chances France may find itself in a quagmire in Mali is worth a read but this caught my eye:
France could find itself in just the pickle it wants to [...]
Since January 11, France has a new president, a warrior president. On that day, François Hollande decided to send French troops into Mali, first in the air and now on the ground, and for quite a while it seems. At first, most political parties rallied around the flag and supported the war. But [...]