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An Author Changes Course

French novelist and public provocateur Michel Houellebecq is out to darken the mood and make us laugh uncomfortably at ourselves once again with his newest novel, “The Map and the Territory.” Or is he?

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Jacques Brinon

Les Riches Attempt to Pull a Buffett

Sixteen of France’s wealthiest people have pulled a Warren Buffett and asked to be taxed more in order to help pay for the nation’s growing debt.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE

French Go on Attack Over Libya

A French warplane has fired the first shots over Libya under a U.N.-enforced no-fly zone that began on Saturday. The plane reportedly targeted a Libyan military vehicle during an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces against rebels in the city of Benghazi.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE

Fine French Whine

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Francois Mori

The French Sure Know How to Strike

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his camp are trying to keep their cool and push on with a vote on pension reform that would change France’s official retirement age, but the opposition isn’t backing down. In fact, labor unions have set aside ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Ranoush (CC-BY-SA)

French Court Bans Veil

France’s highest court has upheld a law banning facial veils in public, with supporters claiming it will protect women’s rights while critics say it abridges religious freedom.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE

Eyak revival

Lone Frenchman Fights to Save Dying Alaskan Language

It’s not entirely clear what, besides a love of linguistics and an apparently compelling documentary, spurred young Guillaume Leduey to launch a one-man campaign to resuscitate an Alaskan language, Eyak ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE

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Belgium Unity ‘Close to the Abyss’

Electoral victories for Dutch-speaking separatists in Belgium have further shaken the fragile unity of the European country. Nationalist movements there continue to gain momentum, and this, analysts say, has pushed Belgium “close to the abyss” of permanent national division.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Samantha Appleton

Frenchman Arrested for Hacking Obama’s Twitter Account

Here’s yet another object lesson underscoring the need to pick really hard-to-guess passwords and online account information, courtesy of our nation’s president. Barack Obama’s Twitter account was hacked by a 25-year-old Frenchman who simply managed to figure out the answers to Obama’s password reminder prompts.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


Environmentalists Assail French ‘Green Tax’

A plan by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to slap a “carbon tax” on all forms of energy except electricity has met both popular resistance and activist snubbing. Two-thirds of French voters oppose such a tax, and environmentalists have chimed in to condemn it as halfhearted and wimpy.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE

Horrors of War Our Leaders Never Have to Confront

I’m not sure of this, but I think—I suspect and feel—that the Great War, the war of 1914-1918, is beginning to dominate our lives even more than the terrible and infinitely more costly conflict of 1939-1945. The Second World War may haunt our lives. The First World War, it seems to me, imprisons us all.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE

Bill Maher

Bill Maher: Vive La France!

The “Real Time” host says that conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes at the French, who have the best healthcare system, an informed and active electorate, public intellectuals and, above all, the common sense to stay out of Iraq.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE

An Asinine GOP Era Comes to a Close

French fries and French toast are back on the menu on Capitol Hill—nearly three years of being tagged with the substitute moniker “Freedom.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE

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