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French lost 10 soldiers because the Italian did not inform the French the bribes.
By David at 10/15/2009 - 05:22

According to Times, the Italian paid bribes. (The Italian denied it)

The Taliban and the insurgent Hezb-i-Islami faction claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sex scandal of Frédéric Mitterrand
By David at 10/10/2009 - 06:30

Sex scandal of Frédéric Mitterrand

On October 5th 2009 Marine Le Pen of the French National Front Party quoted sections of the autobiography on French television, she accused him of having sex with underage boys and also of "sex tourism".

The scientist, arrested in France, is suspected of involvement with Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb
By David at 10/10/2009 - 06:23

The physicist, who was affiliated with an outside institute, has been assigned to analysis projects at the laboratory since 2003. He was one of more than 7,000 scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest atom smasher, said the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. The scientist, arrested in France, is suspected of involvement with Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, a French official said Friday. The North African group regularly targets Algerian government forces and occasionally attacks foreigners.
The physicist had no contact with anything that could be used for terrorism, CERN said in a statement.
"None of our research has potential for military application, and all our results are published openly in the public domain," the statement said.

Somali pirates fired on La Somme, a French navy vessel
By David at 10/07/2009 - 17:02

What are you thinking when they fired on the mighty French navy vessel?
France is a key member of the EU's naval mission, Operation Atalanta, fighting Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. It has aggressively tracked and caught suspected pirates and handed over at least 22 to Kenya. An additional 15 suspects were brought to France for prosecution after allegedly seizing boats belonging to French nationals.
Early Wednesday, Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said. The French ship gave chase and captured five suspected pirates. One skiff fled, and La Somme pursued the second one in an hour-long chase.
No one was wounded by the volleys from the Kalashnikov rifles directed at La Somme, a 3,800-ton refueling ship, French military spokesman Rear Adm. Christophe Prazuck said.

France -- the "best place to live" – moved up three places to number 8.
By David at 10/05/2009 - 16:15


France gives Bardot first exhibit
By David at 09/27/2009 - 06:19

France gives Bardot 1st exhibit

BRIGITTE Bardot, the 1950s sex goddess who became a feminist icon and symbol of sexual liberation, turns 75 on Monday with her native France at her feet and a very first exhibition in her honour. The Paris show gathering some 2,000 photos, films and mementos - few of them hers - spans B.B.'s life and times from her teens, when she rocketed to stardom, to her retirement aged just 39 in 1973.

They include portraits by Andy Warhol on loan from her third husband, millionaire German playboy Gunter Sachs, and the gingham wedding dress she wore for husband number two, Jacques Charrier, which made country-bumpkin pink gingham stylish worldwide.

French President Sarkozy condemn Iran for second nuclear site
By David at 09/25/2009 - 20:25

This morning President Obama was joined by French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Brown in taking a harsh tone towards the Iranian Government's behavior:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. We are here to announce that yesterday in Vienna, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France presented detailed evidence to the IAEA demonstrating that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years.
Earlier this week, the Iranian government presented a letter to the IAEA that made reference to a new enrichment facility, years after they had started its construction. The existence of this facility underscores Iran's continuing unwillingness to meet its obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions and IAEA requirements. We expect the IAEA to immediately investigate this disturbing information, and to report to the IAEA Board of Governors.

Giscard, the ex-president wrote his first romantic novel
By David at 09/25/2009 - 05:47

Giscard wrote his first romantic novel, published on October 1, 2009 in France, entitled The Princess and The President. It tells the story of a French head of state having a romantic liaison with a character called Patricia, Princess of Cardiff. This fuelled rumours that the piece of fiction was based on a real-life liaison between Giscard and Diana, Princess of Wales. He later stressed that the story was entirely made up and no such affair had happened. The book is a bold venture for the 83-year-old Giscard d'Estaing whose stiff, pompous "au revoir" to the nation upon his defeat to Francois Mitterrand in 1981 remains the stuff of comedy routines.

Clearstream affair began
By David at 09/23/2009 - 04:53

In 2004, French judges were given a list by an anonymous source containing the names of politicians and others who, it was alleged, had deposited kickbacks from a 1991 arms sale to Taiwan into secret accounts at Clearstream, a private bank in Luxembourg. The most prominent name on the list was that of Nicolas Sarkozy, Villepin's rival for power in the UMP. The list was later shown to be fraudulent, a discovery Villepin kept from the public for 15 months at a time when the two men were vying for party supremacy. Meanwhile, the source of the list was later revealed to be a longtime associate of Villepin's, one Jean-Louis Gergorin, an executive at EADS. Critics claimed that Villepin, perhaps with the support of then-president Jacques Chirac, had tried to defame his rival. Sarkozy, in turn, filed a suit against whoever was behind the creation of the Clearstream list.

Renoir in the 20th Century
By David at 09/23/2009 - 04:33

Renoir in the 20th Century
"Renoir in the 20th Century" will be at the Grand Palais until January 4. The exhibit will be shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from February 14 to May 9, followed by the Philadelphia Museum of Art from June 12 to September 5.
"Renoir in the 20th Century," showing at the Grand Palais, includes some paintings, drawings and sculptures that are little known to the public.
In the 1880s, Renoir moved from the Impressionist school, best-known for sunlight-filled landscapes painted outdoors, to concentrate on female nudes and portraits. Renoir never wanted to reject Impressionism, but instead strove for a more decorative and traditional style.

French police destroy the migrants' site at English Channel port of Calais
By David at 09/23/2009 - 04:27

French police razed a squalid camp used by illegal immigrants in scrubland near the English Channel port of Calais on Tuesday, using backhoes and buzz saws to clear away the precarious dwellings of a fragile population, mostly Afghan minors, who were led away stunned and sometimes sobbing.
The destruction of the site — known as "the Jungle" — ends the migrants' dreams of a new life across the Channel in Britain but signifies what France hopes will be a new era in European immigration control. People who lived there tried night after night to sneak across the Channel.

Flavio Briatore faces questions
By David at 09/22/2009 - 06:09

Flavio Briatore, banned from Formula One over the "Crashgate" affair, now faces questions over his role as co-owner of England's Queens Park Rangers Football Club.
The Football League here said it has requested details of The International Automobile Federation (FIA), motorsport's governing body, decision to ban the former team boss of Renault over his part in conspiring to fix the result of last year's Singapore Grand Prix.
Briatore has denied all the accusations against him over the affair, saying they were "outrageous lies".
FIA president Max Mosley defended the lifetime ban meted out to Briatore on Monday for the Italian's part in conspiring to fix the result of last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

French photographer Willy Ronis dead Saturday at age 99
By David at 09/13/2009 - 05:22

Ronis died at a Paris hospital where he had been admitted days earlier, said Stephane Ledoux, the president of the Eyedea photo agency.
Lovers, nudes and scenes from Paris streets were the mainstay of Ronis' photographs, which reflect the so-called humanist school of photography in an award-winning career that began in the 1930s and reaped honors for him in France and abroad.
In a wheelchair and on dialysis for some time, the mustachioed Ronis nevertheless managed to address the crowd at the annual Arles photographic exhibition in July, where he was honored.
Willy Ronis (August 14, 1910 - September 12, 2009) was a French photographer, the best-known of whose work shows life in post-war Paris and Provence.

Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel sent a letter to Ki-moon calling for the meeting by year-end
By David at 09/10/2009 - 06:07
Britain's Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and Germany's Angela Merkel sent a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for the meeting by year-end to discuss the aftermath of the country's elections. In the letter, dated Tuesday, the three leaders called for "new prospects and goals" in Afghanistan on governance, law, security, and economic and social development. Sarkozy's office released the letter Wednesday.
"It seems a natural occasion to call for an international conference on Afghanistan before the end of this year right after the inauguration of the new Afghan government," they wrote.
The letter came as NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday said he was worried about growing public skepticism about the war effort in Afghanistan, and urged the Afghan government to take greater responsibility for issues ranging from security to good governance.

Muslim woman presses French panel for burqa ban
By David at 09/10/2009 - 05:51
Muslim woman presses French panel for burqa ban
According to Associated Press, a leader of an advocacy group for Muslim women and girls urged a French parliamentary panel on Wednesday to press for laws that would ban the wearing of Islamic body- and face-covering veils.
The panel, chaired by a Communist Party lawmaker, will hold months of hearings before issuing a report, likely by January. It has no power to draft laws but could recommend legislation restricting or banning women from wearing head-to-toe Islamic robes that mask facial features in public. The panel was announced in June, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy all but prejudged the debate, saying that the robes make "prisoners" out of women and won't ever be welcome in France. The parliamentary panel is also to hear from supporters of the veils, though the list of witnesses has not yet been completed, the panel said.

Nicolas Sarkozy is to promote a controversial plan to tax carbon emissions by individuals and businesses
By David at 09/10/2009 - 05:29
Prime Minister Francois Fillon told a newspaper last week that the tax would be euro14 ($20.20) per ton of C02 — but Sarkozy quickly stepped in and said nothing was yet decided. The Rocard commission had suggested a price of euro32 ($46.15) per ton of C02.
A tax of that size would raise euro8 billion ($11.5 billion), which the government has pledged to redistribute through cuts in other levies and charges.
For individuals, a tax of euro32 per ton of C02 would amount to an average additional euro160 ($230) per year, half on heating gas and half on gasoline or diesel fuel, said Gael Callonnec, an economist at the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, a public agency that advised the government on the plan.
A tax of this size would be equivalent to an 8-centime increase in the price of a liter of unleaded gasoline (roughly 3 US cents per gallon), Callonnec said.

measures to support the fashion industry
By David at 09/10/2009 - 05:19
Christian Estrosi presents measures to support the fashion industry and ready-to-wear
Christian Estrosi visited, September 5, 2009, the show ready-to-wear in Paris. After meeting with industry professionals, the minister outlined the measures it intends to implement to address the crisis in the fashion industry, the flagship of French industry.
Christian Estrosi visited the salon ready-to-wear Paris with Elizabeth Quin, special assistant to the industry of haute couture and ready-to-wear. This will make proposals to protect creation and know-how of the industry of haute couture and ready-to-wear French. It will also be responsible for creating a permanent link between the professionals and the Minister.
As part of his visit, Christian Estrosi announced the measures it wishes to see implemented in the first quarter 2010:

Standards Board supplementary budget for 2008
By David at 09/10/2009 - 05:17
First meeting of the Standards Board Public Accounts under the supplementary budget for 2008
The creation of the CNCP is a reform introduced by the Finance Act Amendment of 2008. The aim of this reform is to reorganize the system board in carrying around two pillars: the new CNCP and the ANC. A reconciliation of the two authorities is expected and the two bodies can interact.
Clear objectives
The objective is to develop standards tailored to the specific situations but harmonized.
Eric Woerth
The creation of the CNCP meets three objectives:
create accounting standards taking into account the specifics of policy and standards for companies;
have a clear vision and coherent accounts of various public bodies;
participate in the debate on accounting standards.

first long-stay visa: reform to better accommodate foreigners
By David at 09/10/2009 - 05:16
Issuance of the first long-stay visa valid as of stay: reform to better accommodate foreign
Eric Besson has participated in a press briefing, September 9 in Bagnolet (93), after receiving the first long-stay visa valid as residence (VLSTS). In the premises of the OFII, the minister introduced this new device.
The Executive Order establishing the long-stay visa valid as residence (VLSTS) was published April 27, 2009. Four months were needed for the establishment of the administrative procedure, which is now operational.
It is a revolution for the rules of entry and stay on our territory, "said Eric Besson, introducing the new device.
Before reform
The foreign national must:

François Fillon: "The rural world is at the heart of our action in France"
By David at 09/10/2009 - 04:59

François Fillon: "The rural world is at the heart of our action in France

François Fillon, accompanied by Bruno Le Maire and Michel Mercier, visited Tuesday, September 8 in Sauveterre-de-Guyenne, Gironde commune located in the heart of the Entre-deux-Mers, great land of Bordeaux wine.
After touring the vineyards and the winery visited a vineyard, François Fillon noted the progress of construction of the center hotel Saint-Brice, rural center of excellence focused around "The wine tourism, an economic development strategy for Entre-deux-Mers.
A new round of rural centers of excellence

Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA merger
By David at 09/08/2009 - 15:47

Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA said they plan to combine their British mobile phone units -- T-Mobile UK and Orange UK -- to form that country's biggest mobile operator. Deutsche Telekom said it has entered exclusive negotiations on combining its struggling British unit T-Mobile UK with France Telecom's Orange UK in a 50-50 joint venture.

la bise and swine flu
By David at 09/08/2009 - 06:05
Some French schools, companies and a Health Ministry hotline are telling students and employees to avoid the social ritual out of fear the pandemic could make it the kiss of death, or at least illness, as winter approaches. Across France, authorities and school officials are taking few chances — while trying to avoid stirring panic when the academic year started last week. In recent months, a few schools in France have been temporarily shut after cases of swine flu emerged. The children are asked not to kiss anymore since it is worse than asking kids to wash hands regularly, not throw used handkerchiefs around, and not cough any old way. It's just part of an effort to adopt new and more sanitary habits, and there's no punishment involved for those who do exchange bises.

Recovery Plan by François Fillon at Matignon
By David at 09/08/2009 - 04:51
Paris, September 7, 2009
The Prime Minister, François Fillon, held today at Matignon a meeting on the  implementation of the Recovery Plan. This meeting was held with Eric Woerth,  Minister of Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform, to  Patrick DEVEDJIAN, Minister at the Prime Minister, responsible for the implementation of
Recovery Plan, by Luc Chatel, Minister of National Education Spokesperson  Gouvernement, de Christian ESTROSI, Ministre auprès de la Ministre de l’économie, de
Industry and Employment, responsible for industry, Alain MARLEIX, Secretary of State
interior and local government, de Benoist APPEARED, Secretary of State for  Housing and Urban Development and Martin Hirsch, High Commissioner for Active Solidarity
against poverty, High Commissioner of Youth.

Speech by François Fillon Ambrosetti seminar: "An economic strategy for Europe"
By David at 09/08/2009 - 04:49
Speech by François Fillon Ambrosetti seminar: "An economic strategy for Europe"
 President of the Italian Republic,
Madam President of the Republic of Latvia,
Mr. Chairman Spain, Felipe Gonzales,
Mr. Chairman Italy, Massimo d'Alema,
Chancellor, Wolfgang Schüssel,
Mr. Minister, dear Mario Monti,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The crisis has not only economic consequences, it changed the ideological landscape of Europe.
If, two years ago, you had heard the French Prime Minister talk about economic strategy, you would have said, this is still a very French idea, here again, barely disguised their fixed ideas, industrial policy, intervention government, etc..

Prime Minister went to Gdansk (Poland)
By David at 09/05/2009 - 06:31

The Prime Minister went to Gdansk (Poland), Tuesday, 1 September, to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of the Second World War in 1939.
70 years ago, on 1 September 1939 under the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact signed a few days earlier, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire against the base of the Polish Westerplatte peninsula, near Gdansk.
In this historic location at the foot of a monument dedicated to the 180 Polish defenders of Westerplatte, which gathered a score of government leaders including Italian Silvio Berlusconi, the Ukraine's Yulia Tymoshenko, Swedish Fredrik Reinfeldt, and, of course, representatives of the belligerents of the period: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.


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