France begins jailing people for ironic comments

Electronic Intifada, By Ali Abunimah, January 19

It may sound like an ironic joke, but it isn’t. Less than a week after the massive rallies in defense of “free expression,” following the murders of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, French authorities have jailed a youth for irony.

The arrest is part of a harsh crackdown on […]

Europe’s answer to France terror ‘attack on free speech’ is greater Internet censorship

After three days of terrorist attacks in the French capital, European leaders are pushing for stronger measures to crack down on online “extremist” content.

ZDNet, By Zack Whittaker, January 12

About half of Europe’s member states are pushing for greater online censorship powers in the wake of the terror attacks in France earlier this […]

Anchor Leaves CNN After Paris Tweets

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NYT – The veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network after a series of Twitter messages he wrote about the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

In the tweets, which were sent on the day of the attack, Mr. Clancy wrote about […]

France faces 19,000 cyberattacks since terror rampage

AP, By Jamey Keaten & Sylvie Corbet, January 15

Paris – Hackers have targeted about 19,000 French websites since a rampage by Islamic extremists left 20 dead last week, France’s cyberdefense official said Thursday, as the president tried to calm the nation’s inflamed religious tensions.

France is on edge since last week’s attacks, which began […]

France mobilizes 10,000 security forces

Al Arabiya News/AP/AFP, January 12

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Monday said 10,000 security forces will be mobilized throughout the country, with 5,000 policeman deployed to protect Jewish schools.

Cazeneuve said the deployment will begin Tuesday, and will focus on the most sensitive locations, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, one of the three gunmen […]

France Is About To Plunge Into Deflation

Business Insider, By Mike Bird, December 11

French inflation just sank to another five-year low, down at 0.4% in November, compared to the same month last year, leaving France even further away from the European Central Bank’s 2% inflation target.. Analysts were expecting a 0.5% figure.

But it’s even worse than that. France’s core inflation […]

Anger in France over city’s plan for ‘Nazi style’ badges for the homeless

The Telegraph, By Henry Samuel, December 5

The southern French city of Marseille has been forced to scrap a system of yellow triangles intended to help spot homeless people after it was accused of employing Nazi-style tactics.

The cards, which were given to homeless people, detail their health issues and are yellow in order to […]

France: ‘Major’ anti-ISIS raid taking place in Iraq

AFP, December 5

France said Friday its fighter jets were conducting a “major” raid in Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group, days after members said the strikes were having effect.

“At the moment, a major raid is taking place,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFMTV, refusing to […]

Saving Europe with MMT, or as goes Europe, goes the World…

Ian Welsh wrote, and we’ve commented, because while Ian provides penetrating analysis, there is no suggestion of solutions, for example those on which Marine Le Pen campaigns, which seem cogent: Restore the Franc, Restore Sovereignty, and Control Multiculturalism.

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Four French journalists freed after Syria kidnapping

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 […]

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

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 […]

Merkel and Hollande to lay foundation of ‘protected’ EU internet

EurActiv.com

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.

Merkel, […]

Chacun a Son Vie

 

 

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 […]

Unlikely

There’s this whole foofaraw this week about the US intelligence community gathering 70 million private phone calls in a month. In France.

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No more beauty contests for kids: French Senate bans the ‘hyper-sexualization’ of children

(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.

The […]

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