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AP Photo/Francois Mori

The Final Hustle

French presidential candidates Segolene Royal (above) and Nicolas Sarkozy are fervently pressing flesh and swapping barbs in the remaining hours before Sunday’s vote.  Royal, a socialist, warned that a win for Sarkozy could trigger violence, while front-runner Sarkozy sniffed that his rival’s attack was a byproduct of her lagging status in pre-election polls.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Segolene Royal
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France’s Vote Turnout Highest in Decades

France has experienced its highest voter turnout in nearly 50 years, with right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Segolene Royal, pictured, headed for a runoff. If she wins, Royal will be France’s first woman president, but she took in fewer votes than Sarkozy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2007 READ MORE


French Intelligence Warned of Airline Terror Plot in 2001

Months before 9/11, French intelligence warned the CIA that al-Qaida was planning an attack involving airplanes, according to classified documents and former French intelligence officials. The information was vague and possibly misleading, but it speaks to the intelligence community’s inability to coalesce fragmentary warnings into something concrete and comprehensive.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


French Royal Line Leads to India

The eldest living descendant of France’s King Henry IV appears to be a 48-year-old lawyer in Bhopal, India. Prince Michael of Greece “discovered” Balthazar Napoleon de Bourbon’s ancestral ties while researching a book, though the supposed heir’s family had previously attempted to gain recognition.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


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U.S. Pledges Support for Lebanon

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a $770-million aid package to help with Lebanon’s reconstruction. The war-ravaged nation is hoping to raise $9 billion in aid. Meanwhile, a Hezbollah-backed general strike and mass protests continue to threaten the tenure of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


Chirac Blasts U.S.-Led Invasion of Iraq

The French president told a group of ambassadors that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq had destabilized the Middle East and allowed terrorism to spread—just as he had predicted on the eve of the war in 2003.

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


French going unwed
From Molly Moore / The Washington Post

More French Couples Going Unwed

Marriage rates in France are about 45 percent below U.S. levels. Whence the trend? Theories: This (French) generation’s nearly universal rejection of religion, and a massive migration to more independent-friendly urban areas.

  • Despite warnings from religious conservatives, society hasn’t crumbled in tandem with marriage rates.
  • Also, out-of-wedlock births are up in the U.S.—and not only to teens, but to mothers choosing to put off marriage.

  • Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


    French Students Turning to Sex Work?

    France’s leading students union estimates that some 40,000 students have taken up prostitution to fund their studies. French police are disputing the report, saying prostitutes are posing as students. (Via BloggerNews)

  • Also: Check out the battle in the Italian gov’t over transvestite bathroom rights

  • Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Renewed Violence in France

    Authorities are scrambling to address a possible resurgence of violence after two buses were torched near Paris on Wednesday.  Last year’s civil unrest led to the destruction of some 9,000 vehicles in and around the city.

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Families Demand Compensation for WWII Deportations

    More than 200 families have threatened the French state railway with legal action if it refuses to compensate them for its role in transporting relatives to death camps during WWII. The railway companies argue they were forced to carry out the deportations, though a court in June sided with victims’ families.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Italy Bails Out France

    Italy’s prime minister has tentatively offered to take the leadership role in Lebanon’s peacekeeping mission with a deployment of 3,000 troops.  France, which was to lead the mission, has offered only 200 troops after expressing concern over the force’s mandate.

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Rice and Brown
    AP / Frank Franklin

    U.N. and Israel OK Peace Deal; Lebanon in Favor

    The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution that calls for an end to the war between Israel and Hezbollah and authorizes 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israel withdraws. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed the deal, and the Lebanese cabinet looks set to do so as well.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Killing As Many As Possible Before the Cease-Fire

    The brutal logic that Israel and Hezbollah are following goes like this: Inflict as many deaths on the enemy as possible in the next few days—in order to strengthen your hand before sitting down at the bargaining table.

    Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. and France Agree on Mideast Cease-Fire Plan

    The draft Security Council resolution seeks an immediate halt to fighting in Lebanon, and calls for the mobilization of international peacekeepers.

    Posted on Aug 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Floyd Landis
    From the BBC

    Tour de France Winner Flunks Drug Test

    Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone, which Landis claims is either a mistake or the result of natural bodily processes. He was tested after his near-superhuman comeback win on an Alpine stage of the race, which the New York Times called perhaps the greatest single-day push in Tour history.
    If this accusation proves true, Wheaties may have to find a new cover boy.

    Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Rattles Nuclear Saber on Iran

    Bush tells reporters “all options are on the table” when asked if he is planning a nuclear strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Meanwhile, Iran’s president vowed that his nation would “cut off the hand of any aggressor.”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


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