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Liliane Bettencourt refuse the medical tests
By David at 12/28/2009 - 08:09

Liliane Bettencourt refuse the medical tests

Bettencourt's attorney, Georges Kiejman, said on Dec 24, Liliane Bettencourt will not undergo the medical tests.


War possible in Guinea if Camara returns?
By David at 12/23/2009 - 18:14

 Moussa Dadis Camara

A recent report by U.N. investigators on Guinea says there is sufficient reason to believe that Camara was directly responsible for the mass killings and rapes of protesters in September. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, answering questions in parliament, said he was waiting for the case on Guinea to go before the U.N. Security Council, adding, "there will be sanctions." "In the meantime, I hope that Mr. Dadis Camara stays in his bed in Morocco and doesn't return (home), because he is capable — his return alone is capable — of setting off a civil war, and we don't need that," Kouchner said.
 

Clotilde Reiss attends hearing in Iran
By David at 12/23/2009 - 17:53

Clotilde Reiss


Google: Judge ordered $14,300-a-day fine and $430,000 in damages.
By David at 12/18/2009 - 23:07

 


plans for new legislation to ban the full veil.
By David at 12/17/2009 - 18:23

We have the topic of Burqa (hijab) in our previous article http://lafrance.com/content/nicolas-sarkozy-wants-ban-burqa-france . Now Jean-Francois Cope, the president of the Union for a Popular Movement, laid out his plans for new legislation in a newspaper article, which appeared just as three ministers were to testify before a parliamentary panel set up to consider whether to ban the full veil.
 
''The issue is not how many women wear the burqa,'' Mr Cope wrote in Le Figaro. ''There are principles at stake: extremists are putting the republic to the test by promoting a practice that they know is contrary to the basic principles of our country.''
 

Update on the Investigation into the Accident to flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009
By David at 12/17/2009 - 17:55

Update on the Investigation into the Accident
to flight AF 447 on 1st June 2009
 
BEA officials still do not know what brought the plane down, who was at the controls when it crashed, or what the pilots did in the moments leading up to the disaster, according to a new report released Thursday.

"At this stage ... it is still not possible to understand the causes and circumstances of the accident," investigators said in the report.

Below is their report:


Paris Mon Amour auction
By David at 12/11/2009 - 19:13

Paris Mon Amour
 
The Drouot will auction some old Paris pieces. From a lamp post to a park bench go on the auction block next week. Highlight of the event is the piece de resistance 40 iron steps from the Eiffel Tower, all 7.8 meters (25.6 feet) of them.
 
 
Among the 301 items to be auctioned is a section of glass broken during the construction in 1987 of the glass pyramid now standing at the entrance to the Louvre Museum. Estimated at euro500 to euro1,000 ($735-$1,470), it is accompanied by a photograph taken at the time.
 
 
From  Drouot.com, http://www.drouot.com/?bpage=articles.Communiques&id=1960 describes the item.
 

French President welcomes the U.S. President’s speech on Afghanistan
By David at 12/08/2009 - 18:36

About U.S. President’s speech on Afghanistan             
           
The President of the Republic welcomes the U.S. President’s speech on Afghanistan. It was a courageous, determined, clear-sighted speech that provides a new impetus for international commitment and opens new prospects for the future. The President of the Republic gives it his full support and calls on all countries that want to help the Afghan people to adhere to it.
 
Our objective is for the Afghans to live in a peaceful, sovereign country. Afghanistan’s stability, and that of Pakistan, are essential to world peace and to our own security. France will not give free rein to terrorism and to the barbarous violence of fanatics.
 

Nicolas Sarkozy does not like google book scan
By David at 12/08/2009 - 18:31

At a public round table meeting in eastern France, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday "We are not going to be stripped of what generations and generations have produced in the French language, just because we weren't capable of funding our own digitisation project,"  and "We won't let ourselves be stripped of our heritage to the benefit of a big company, no matter how friendly, big or American it is," Sarkozy said, without naming Google. The president said digitisation of books would be one of the projects financed by a planned national loan, which is due to pump billions of euros into strategic investments in 2010.


Amelie Simone Mauresmo announced her retirement from tennis
By David at 12/03/2009 - 21:53

Today, France's Amélie Simone Mauresmo announced her retirement from tennis.

Mauresmo, who arguably had one of the finest backhands on the tour, had not played competitive tennis since losing to Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round of the US Open. She is France's two-time grand slam winner and former world number one. "I came here to announce the end of my career. I made this decision after careful consideration," Mauresmo told a news conference before bursting into tears.

Mauresmo, 30, topped the WTA rankings in September 2004 and clinched her two grand slam titles in 2006 when she won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.


OpinionWay poll about the French victory, Thierry Henry, Martin Hansson
By David at 11/23/2009 - 06:18

The French football victory has dominated French media over the past five days, with much soul searching about the notion of fair play in sport.
France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 on aggregate over two legs of a qualifying playoff last Wednesday however a blatant double handball by French captain Thierry Henry proved decisive in the team going to the World Cup. After his double handball Henry passed to William Gallas, who levelled the scores at 1-1 at the Stade de France on Wednesday, thus sending the Republic crashing out. Henry admitted the blatant error, but stopped short of calling it cheating. He, and the rest of the French delegation, blamed the referee, Sweden's Martin Hansson, for not spotting the infraction. The World soccer’s governing body FIFA has ruled that the result should stand and that France rather than Ireland should take part in the World Cup.


Nicolas Sarkozy wants to ban burqa in France
By David at 11/13/2009 - 07:20

Nicolas Sarkozy wants to ban burqa in France.

"France is a country where there is no place for the burqa, where there is no place for the subservience of women," Sarkozy said in a speech on French national identity.
France, home to Europe's biggest Muslim minority, has set up a special panel of 32 lawmakers to consider whether a law should be enacted to bar Muslim women from wearing the full veil. The country has had a long-running debate on how far it is willing to go to accommodate Islam without undermining the tradition of separating church and state, enshrined in a flagship. Sarkozy says all beliefs will be respected in France but says "becoming French means adhering to a form of civilization, to values, to morals." He also said that "France is a country where there is no place for the burqa."

World champions South Africa will take on France at Toulouse
By David at 11/13/2009 - 06:59

World champions South Africa will take on France at the Municipal Stadium TOULOUSE, France on Friday.
 
The Springboks last won on French soil in 1997, handing the home side a record 52-10 defeat in the national team's final game at the iconic Parc des Princes in Paris. There have since been three losses in France while the French have also beaten the Boks twice away, most recently in their last encounter in Cape Town in 2006 (36-26).
 

Is Domenech France's weak link? World Cup
By David at 11/11/2009 - 17:41

"Every time a tournament comes round, (France) have all these world-class players and then a man who seems intent on messing them up," Dunne said in Wednesday's edition of the Guardian newspaper. "Over the last World Cups and European Championships, things have not run smoothly for France. They've always got through but maybe it's time that we put a stop to that.", said  Ireland defender Richard Dunne. Dunne said he did not think Domenech was good enough to turn things around if Ireland won Saturday's first leg in Dublin. They meet again in at Stade de France next Wednesday. He accused Raymond Domenech of messing up a talented France team and said Wednesday he believes the coach could be the weak link when the two teams meet in the World Cup playoffs.


French Parents plan webcam for daughter with cerebral palsy
By David at 11/07/2009 - 04:55

Webcam for Disabled Child?

The parents plan webcam broadcast for daughter with cerebral palsy.  When the parents recently decided to use webcam , they informed a nearby newspaper, hoping for a mention on the local pages.  The story went national.  The parents say their daughter will not be filmed in private moments, such as baths. The site http://doudouworld.com, in preparation for the webcam's installation, includes a warning about her seizures.

 
What do you think? Do the parents have the right to do it? Is it in the best interest of the child?

 

 


French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss has died. He was 100.
By David at 11/03/2009 - 17:46

Claude Lévi-Strauss (Brussels, 28 November 1908 – Paris, 1 November 2009)        was a French anthropologist. The French intellectual was regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing the concept of structuralism — concepts about common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in a wide range of human societies. Defined as the search for the underlying patterns of thought in all forms of human activity, structuralism compared the formal relationships among elements in any given system.
 
 Biography
 

Marie Ndiaye's Three Strong Women won France's top literary award, the Prix Goncourt
By David at 11/02/2009 - 17:52

Marie Ndiaye won France's top literary award, the Prix Goncourt, on Monday, the first woman to do so since 1998. The winning piece is the "Three Strong Women," her moving tale of the struggles of women in Europe and Africa. The prize is only 10 euros ($14.80) in cash, but much more in publicity-generated sales.  She was born in 1967 in Pithiviers, south of Paris, to a French mother and a Senegalese father. NDiaye now lives in Berlin.


Church of Scientology in France court result
By David at 10/27/2009 - 16:44

A Paris court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud and fined it more than euro600,000 ($900,000) on Tuesday but stopped short of banning the group as prosecutors had demanded.
 
The group's French branch immediately announced it would appeal the verdict.
 
The court convicted the Church of Scientology's French office, its library and six of its leaders of organized fraud. Investigators said the group pressured members into paying large sums of money for questionable financial gain and used "commercial harassment" against recruits.
 
The group was fined euro400,000 ($600,000) and the library euro200,000. Four of the leaders were given suspended sentences of between 10 months and two years. The other two were given fines of euro1,000 and euro2,000.
 

arms trafficking to Angola case: Charles Pasqua and Jean-Christophe Mitterrand
By David at 10/27/2009 - 16:41

A Paris court sentenced a former interior minister to a year in prison on Tuesday and fined the son of the late President Francois Mitterrand for links to arms trafficking to Angola in a case that involved corruption at the highest levels.
 
The toughest sentences on Tuesday were handed to the two men accused of masterminding the trafficking of Soviet-made weapons to Angola during a civil war in the 1990s: Israeli billionaire Arkady Gaydamak and French businessman Pierre Falcone. Both were sentenced to six years in prison.
 
In a blow to an influential fixture in French politics, Charles Pasqua, a former interior minister, was sentenced to three years in prison, two of them suspended. He was convicted of influence peddling connected to the arms trafficking and fined euro100,000 ($148,690).
 

A US lawyer filed suit against planemaker Airbus and many aerospace suppliers
By David at 10/22/2009 - 04:55

A US lawyer filed suit against planemaker Airbus and many aerospace suppliers this week seeking unspecified compensation on behalf of survivors of eight of the 228 passengers who died when an Air France flight crashed.
 
The lawsuit said the plaintiffs, relatives of some of the dead from Air France Flight 447, have "suffered a loss of support" and other losses as a result of the deaths. The action was brought under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act and filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.


La Tour d'Argent is putting 18,000 bottles up for auction
By David at 10/19/2009 - 00:43

La Tour d'Argent (The Silver Tower)  is putting 18,000 bottles up for auction in December.  These bottles  were covered in a black fungus that looked like matted cat fur. The fuzzy fungus is nothing to worry about — it thrives on the fumes of such spirits and is easily wiped away.
 
La Tour d'Argent (The Silver Tower) is a restaurant in Paris France that dates from 1582, and said to have been frequented by Henri IV.
 

The farmer protesters set the hay on fire
By David at 10/19/2009 - 00:42

According to AP, about 150 farmers blocked traffic and unloaded hay and tires onto the most famous shopping street in Paris. The protesters set the hay on fire before firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.
 
Grain farmers were staging nationwide protests to call attention to their debts and other difficulties that have mounted as food prices have fallen from record highs in 2007.
 
Protesters disrupted traffic on several highways, from Toulouse in southern France to Calais on the English Channel and Moselle in the northeast.
 
The press release of the FNSEA is as follows:
52 000 farmers rallied today throughout France. Nearly 7 000 Nearly 7 000
tractors and 1 000 animals participated in these gatherings. tractors and 1 000 animals participated in. these gatherings. Mobilization is the mobilization was

The 25th France Telecom SA employee killed himself
By David at 10/16/2009 - 05:49

A France Telecom SA employee killed himself Oct 15, 2009, the 25th worker at Europe’s third-largest phone company to commit suicide since February 2008.
 
The 48-year-old engineer died in his home in Brittany, north-west France, spokesman Bertrand Deronchaine said by phone. The man had been on a one-month medical leave from his position at a research-and-development center. The death is the first since Chief Executive Officer Didier Lombard announced changes this month aimed at cementing a “new social contract.”
 

President Nicolas Sarkozy has come to the defense of his son Jean Sarkozy
By David at 10/16/2009 - 05:44

President Nicolas Sarkozy has come to the defense of his son, denying in an interview made public Thursday that he is behind the 23-year-old's much-criticized bid for a high-profile job.
 
"Who is being targeted in this controversy? It's not my son, it's me," Sarkozy said in an interview to appear in Friday's daily Le Figaro.
 
Jean Sarkozy has no college degree and is still studying law but launched a political career last year, following in his father's footsteps.
 
However, a growing number of critics say Jean Sarkozy is too inexperienced to follow his father's footsteps to the next goal — heading an organization that runs La Defense, a complex of glassy skyscrapers on the western edge of Paris that is one of Europe's leading business districts.
 

justice hard to be found: Mehdi Ben Barka
By David at 10/15/2009 - 05:23

The investigation into the fate of Mehdi Ben Barka was supposed to take big step forward this month after international arrest warrants were issued for four suspects.
 
But French prosecutors suspended the warrants a day later. Ben Barka's son and the only surviving lawyer in the case claim connivance at the highest levels in France and Morocco for the suspension and for keeping the case a mystery all these years.
 
"The same complicity by which my father disappeared in Paris, this complicity continues to stop justice from doing its work," Bachir Ben Barka said on France-Info radio. "Truth always frightens."
 

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