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The France thread

Post by gnome » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:05 pm

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:39 am

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:12 am

That dog is a reincarnation of Marcel Duchamp! :o
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:47 am

The Montparnasse train station in Paris has a complete computer failure (those used for switching the track points): they were in the process of upgrading the software.
Another had already happened during the week-end July 29th/August 1st, smack in the vacation departures.

No trains to Brittany, and as I know the SNCF (state train company) getting information on site is near impossible. Lots of people marooned.

Le Monde published this cartoon:

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– As soon as the trains go again, you'll be evicted!
– That's OK, then!…

One could contrast that with Japan

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:18 pm

Sex doesn't sell: Last erotic cinema in Paris to close its doors
The Local (France)
... Due to competition from the internet "on which 10-year-old kids can see any porn movie," the number of customers has "gone down," said Laroche. ...
Technology marches on. :notsure:
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:30 am

↑ Ah, after the eroticism museum in Paris (I think I blathered about that).

Coming up: Corsica. The two "départements" have been fused and elections held for the new local assembly. The "nationalists" (roughly "Corsica to the Corsicans but let's keep our advantages"; they are already experts at milking the EU) won in a landslide… :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:44 am

Witness wrote:↑ Ah, after the eroticism museum in Paris (I think I blathered about that).

Coming up: Corsica. The two "départements" have been fused and elections held for the new local assembly. The "nationalists" (roughly "Corsica to the Corsicans but let's keep our advantages"; they are already experts at milking the EU) won in a landslide… :mrgreen:
You know what would straighten this all out?

Putting a Corsican in charge of France. :P
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:50 am

I hear you. :mrgreen:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:18 am

The French medias are full of it: Johnny Hallyday is dead. Dunno if he's at least vaguely known ultra-pond, so:

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National funeral for the popular idol ( :mrgreen: ):

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Media consensus and "intellectuals'" opinion: you don't like him because you're a grumpy old fart, or worse.

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Re: The France thread

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:37 am

Newser wrote:Bannon Tells Le Pen's Party: 'Let Them Call You Racist'

Steve Bannon continued his European tour Saturday as a surprise speaker for the struggling National Front party in Paris, NBC News reports. The former White House strategist paced the stage for half an hour, bathing in applause and urging members to embrace some of their critics' worst epithets. "Let them call you racist," he says. "Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor." The ex-Breitbart chairman also slammed central governments and central banks and said that "history is on our side" in the battle against "globalists."

A last-minute addition, Bannon spiced up an otherwise "technical party convention" that restored Marine Le Pen to power following the party's hard loss in last year's elections, France24 reports. The congress also stripped her father, party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, of an honorary "president for life" position (he lost his official leadership role three years ago for making anti-Semitic remarks).
http://www.newser.com/story/256425/bann ... acist.html

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:45 am

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Reuters wrote:Former French president Sarkozy held over Gaddafi cash inquiry

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was questioned on Tuesday by police investigating whether late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign.

An official in the French judiciary said Sarkozy, 63, was held in custody in Nanterre, west of Paris.

It is the second major judicial investigation to fall on Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007-2012. He already faces trial on separate charges of illicit spending overruns during his failed re-election campaign in 2012.
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France opened an inquiry into the Libya case in 2013, after reports by French website Mediapart based on claims by a Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who said he had transferred 5 million euros ($6 million) from Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi to Sarkozy’s campaign chief.

Months after he took office in 2007, Sarkozy became the first Western leader in decades to host a visit by Gaddafi, who pitched his trademark Bedouin-style tent next to the Elysee Palace. Several business deals were signed.

However, Sarkozy was later one of the chief advocates of a NATO-led military campaign that resulted in Gaddafi’s overthrow and killing at the hands of rebel forces in 2011.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... SKBN1GW0RH

Made me laugh. :twisted:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:16 am

Just one example of heads of state being like mafia bosses.
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Re: The France thread

Post by sparks » Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:55 pm

Witness wrote:Image
Reuters wrote:Former French president Sarkozy held over Gaddafi cash inquiry

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was questioned on Tuesday by police investigating whether late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi helped finance his 2007 election campaign.

An official in the French judiciary said Sarkozy, 63, was held in custody in Nanterre, west of Paris.

It is the second major judicial investigation to fall on Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007-2012. He already faces trial on separate charges of illicit spending overruns during his failed re-election campaign in 2012.
[…]
France opened an inquiry into the Libya case in 2013, after reports by French website Mediapart based on claims by a Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who said he had transferred 5 million euros ($6 million) from Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi to Sarkozy’s campaign chief.

Months after he took office in 2007, Sarkozy became the first Western leader in decades to host a visit by Gaddafi, who pitched his trademark Bedouin-style tent next to the Elysee Palace. Several business deals were signed.

However, Sarkozy was later one of the chief advocates of a NATO-led military campaign that resulted in Gaddafi’s overthrow and killing at the hands of rebel forces in 2011.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fran ... SKBN1GW0RH

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Re: The France thread

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:15 am

"Held in custody"? I guess they mean business.
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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:11 am

sparks wrote:Not a real handshake.

Finger pull. :o
I noticed that too: is there some special meaning to it? :?

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:32 am

Anaxagoras wrote:"Held in custody"? I guess they mean business.
I really hope so! :twisted: Sarkozy is in the Trump/Berlusconi category of neo (or PoMo) politicians, albeit not so rich and particularly vulgar. And greedy. And bling addicted.

And, as the article mentions, already in trouble for his campaign "expenses". Corruption is a constant in his party (which has changed name something like five times since De Gaulle) and for Paris' mayors – which Sarkozy was –, e. g. Balkany:
Wikipédia wrote:Depuis décembre 2013, Patrick Balkany et sa femme Isabelle sont poursuivis à travers plusieurs affaires judiciaires, notamment pour déclarations mensongères, blanchiments de fraudes fiscales et corruption.
"Since December 2013, Patrick Balkany and his wife Isabelle are the targets of multiple legal cases, particularly for false statements, laundering of tax evasion and corruption."

Charming people who certainly had the interests of their constituents at heart.

The Socialists are no better, of course.

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Re: The France thread

Post by Witness » Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:41 am

BBC wrote:Macron seeks to cut number of France MPs by a third

French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country's government.

Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third.

Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a "radically new path", said Mr Macron.

The French president says he has a broad mandate after sweeping wins in presidential and parliamentary elections this year.

If his proposed changes were not passed by parliament within a year, he said he would take the decision to a referendum.

In his 90-minute speech, the 39-year-old leader vowed to return a "collective dignity" to France.

"In the past, procedures have taken preference over results, rules over initiative, living off the public purse over fairness," he said.

The proposed cuts would reduce the number of National Assembly members from 577 to 385, and the numbers of Senate members from 348 to 232.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40483744

I imagine the outraged howls… :lmao:

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Re: The France thread

Post by Grammatron » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:17 am

I guess French Sixth Republic is overdue.

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Re: The France thread

Post by sparks » Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:33 am

Witness wrote:
sparks wrote:Not a real handshake.

Finger pull. :o
I noticed that too: is there some special meaning to it? :?
Gay.

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