Posts Tagged ‘France’

Focus on French Economy Fuels Gains by Far Right

Filed under: Europe — by Will Kirkland 02/7/2012 @ 7:13:40 PM
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“This small city in northern France has few immigrants and little crime. But in the last local elections here, the candidate of the far-right National Front eliminated the standard-bearer of … [Keep reading >>]

World War I Museums: France and the US

Filed under: War — by Will Kirkland 11/12/2011 @ 3:44:45 PM
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I was propelled into a reading and movie watching  frenzy to make up for my sketchy knowledge of World War One after reading To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild. … [Keep reading >>]

Wildflowers Disappearing

Filed under: Climate Change | Environment — by Will Kirkland 10/30/2011 @ 2:44:47 PM
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From France and Colorado the warnings come: the wildflowers are in serious retreat.  In France the cause appears to be intensive, chemical based, farming.  In Colorado, the shifting of the … [Keep reading >>]

50 Years Later The Infamous Night the Seine Turned Red is Remembered

Filed under: Citizen Action | Europe — by Will Kirkland 10/17/2011 @ 11:52:02 PM
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Monday night, October 17, was our last night in Paris, and as it happen, my birthday.  Near the end of the must-do boat tour of the Seine after dark, we … [Keep reading >>]

Soft Left Wins French Socialist Run Off

Filed under: Elections | Europe — by Will Kirkland 10/17/2011 @ 2:27:33 AM
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Not finding this in the on-line US sites this morning, so I’ll contribute:


Of the remaining two candidates, François Hollande and Martine Aubry, Hollande, nicknamed Monsieur Normal, convinced a good percentage … [Keep reading >>]

DSK Let Down from Own Petard

Filed under: Europe | Sex | Women — by Will Kirkland 10/14/2011 @ 2:02:16 AM
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I’m still in Paris.  The headlines in Le Parisienne and the Herald Tribune both flew DSK’s [Dominique Staruss-Kahn] escape from criminal charges for an alleged rape of a French woman, … [Keep reading >>]

!French Socialists in Primary Run Off

Filed under: Europe — by Will Kirkland 10/10/2011 @ 12:26:17 AM
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Sunday was voting day for the Socialist party in France.  We didn’t see lines at polling places but apparently the 1 million turn-out made it a happy day for the party.   It … [Keep reading >>]

Inch’ Allah Dimanche: Algerian Immigrants to France

Filed under: Africa | Europe | Middle East | Migration | Movies | Women — by Will Kirkland 06/16/2011 @ 1:53:07 PM
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Immigration is big in the news these days – mostly the opposition to it– around the world. It is absolutely the case that most people welcome immigrants when … [Keep reading >>]

Potiche – Trophy Wife, a frothy French Labor Film

Filed under: Movies — by Will Kirkland 04/2/2011 @ 12:13:43 PM
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We took a flyer last night on Potiche – Trophy Wife, based on Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu being the leads. Neither are in their glorious prime but … [Keep reading >>]

Anti Immigrant Fervor in France

Filed under: Europe — by Will Kirkland 03/27/2011 @ 9:07:54 AM
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The US isn’t alone in its drawing up the pale to exclude those not like us.  In fact it’s a pretty near universal emotion.  When emotions get high pull back … [Keep reading >>]

Strikes in England and France

Filed under: Economy | Labor / Unions — by Will Kirkland 09/8/2010 @ 9:06:52 AM
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Austerity for  the workers but keep paying interest to banks and bond holders: finance as usual.

Commuters faced major headaches getting to work in London and across France on Tuesday … [Keep reading >>]

Soccer Nationalism

Filed under: Europe | Middle East — by Will Kirkland 11/19/2009 @ 6:41:23 PM
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Soccer is in the international news today because of several furors –none, seemingly, involving religion and  two leading to high level diplomatic face-slaps.

In Europe, the Irish are absolutely livid that … [Keep reading >>]

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