French Workers Strike And March in The Streets – Blame Economic Crisis on the United States

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Arcellor Mittal workers demonstrate during a protest march in Marseille January 29, 2009

The French socialist trade unions are at it again.

Hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses, factory workers and plumbers marched through French cities on Thursday to demand pay rises and protection for jobs.

The demonstrations were the high point of a nationwide one-day strike called by France’s eight main trade unions to try to persuade President Nicolas Sarkozy and business leaders to do more to help ordinary people overcome the economic crisis.

But the stoppage, billed as a “Black Thursday,” did not bring France to a halt as previous strikes have done. Public transport continued to run, albeit on a reduced and erratic schedule.

“The government has taken measures for banks but today it is the workers who are suffering,” said Charles Foulard, a technician at a refinery run by energy giant Total.

“This crisis comes from the United States, it’s the financial bubble that is bursting. It’s not for the workers to pay for that,” he said as crowds gathered at the Place de la Bastille in Paris, birthplace of the French Revolution.

Surprised they didn’t blame Bush.

France is just broken – a lesson as to what happens to a social democracy when the left-wing unions call the shots.


Brigitte Bardot on Trial Watch: CONVICTED of Inciting Hatred Against Muslims

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No freedom of speech in France.

France’s 1960s screen icon Brigitte Bardot received a 15,000-euro (23,000 dollar) fine on Tuesday for inciting hatred against Muslims.

In December 2006, the film star-turned-animal rights activist wrote a letter to France’s then interior minister, current President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing that Muslims should stun animals before slaughtering them during the Aid al-Kabir holiday.

She outraged anti-racist groups by saying: “I’ve had enough of being led by the nose by this whole population which is destroying us, (and) destroying our country by imposing their ways.”

Bardot, now 73 and suffering from arthritis, was absent from Tuesday’s court hearing in Paris. She wrote to the court saying: “I’m sickened by how (these organisations) are harassing me.”

She added: “I will not shut up until stunning is carried out” on animals before their ritual slaughter.

Bardot already has four convictions on similar charges. In 2004 she was fined 5,000 euros for inciting racial hatred in her book “Un Cri Dans le Silence” (A Cry in the Silence).

As Flap wrote before:

Now you know what the Founding Fathers wrote the first amendment to the United States Constitution. To think that Flap’s ass would be in court for his publication of the Mohammed Cartoons.

France has taken political correctness to the extreme of abrogating the inalienable right to speak your own mind.

Somehow Flap thinks we have not heard the end of this story.


Brigitte Bardot on Trial Watch: Freedom of Speech in France?

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Brigitte Bardot in earlier and better times

Yeah, Flap knows that is a dated photo of Brigitte Bardot but Flap couldn’t resist – especially a free speech issue.

Brigitte Bardot is back on trial in France, facing charges of fanning discrimination and racial hatred against Muslims.

In a Paris court hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said they are seeking a two-month suspended prison sentence and a $23,900 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner.

Bardot, 73, was not present for the hearing. A verdict is expected June 3.

A leading French anti-racism group known as MRAP filed suit last year over a letter that Bardot sent to then-Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, and which was published in her foundation’s quarterly journal.

In the letter to Sarkozy, now the president, Bardot accused France’s Muslim population of destroying France, and complained about the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.

French anti-racism laws prevent inciting hatred and discrimination on racial or religious or racial grounds. Bardot has been convicted four times for inciting racial hatred.

Now you know what the Founding Fathers wrote the first amendment to the United States Constitution. To think that Flap’s ass would be in court for his publication of the Mohammed Cartoons.

France has taken political correctness to the extreme of abrogating the inalienable right to speak your own mind.


Iran Nuclear Watch: France Preparing for Iran War?

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French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner walks to a car after news conference in Cairo September 13, 2007. Kouchner said on Sunday his country had to prepare for the possibility of war against Iran over its nuclear program, but he did not believe any such action was imminent.

World should brace for possible war over Iran: France

The world should brace for a possible war over the Iranian nuclear crisis but seeking a solution through talks should take priority, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Sunday.
“We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war,” he said in an interview broadcast on French television and radio.

“We must negotiate right to the end,” with Iran, he said, but underlined that if Tehran possessed an atomic weapon, it would represent “a real danger for the whole world.”

“We are trying to put in place plans which are the privilege of chiefs of staff and that is not for tomorrow,” he said, referring to military plans but stressed that although any attack on Iran was far from taking place, “It is normal for us to plan” for any eventuality.

Kouchner said France wanted the European Union to prepare sanctions against Iran, outside the ambit of the UN Security Council, to force Tehran to forsake its nuclear ambitions.
“We have decided that while negotiations are continuing … to prepare eventual sanctions outside the ambit of UN sanctions. Our good friends, the Germans, suggested that,” he said.

The next step for the United States and the EU will be sanctions outside the United Nations.

But, Iran is on a short leash .

If these sanctions do not deter the Iranians from their nuclear program (which they won’t) next will be a financial blockade of Iran followed quickly by a physical interdiction of ships carrying gasoline to Iran.

Iran will respond militarily and the war will begin.

Interesting with the election of Nicholas Sarkozy that France is NOW giving the United States cover like a good ally would.

Stay tuned ……

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France Watch: Nicolas Sarkozy Elected President

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President elect Nicolas Sarkozy gives thumbs up after leaving his campaign headquarters in Paris, Sunday May 6, 2007. French voters elected reform-minded Nicolas Sarkozy as their new president on Sunday, giving him a comfortable winning margin, preliminary official results and projections from four polling agencies showed. With more than half of the vote counted, Sarkozy was scoring just over 53 percent to a little more than 46 percent for Socialist Segolene Royal. Polling agencies also had the conservative Sarkozy winning 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 for Royal amid massive turnout of 85 percent.

Sarkozy wins French presidency

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidency by a comfortable margin Sunday and immediately signalled his victory would mean friendly relations with the United States.

His socialist opponent, Segolene Royal, conceded defeat for her hopes of becoming France’s first woman president. With nearly 70 percent of ballots counted, Sarkozy had just over 53 percent of the vote, according to the Interior Ministry.

Washington can “count on our friendship,” Sarkozy told hundreds of cheering supporters, though he added that “friendship means accepting that friends can have different opinions.”

President Bush swiftly phoned the new president-elect to offer congratulations.

“The United States and France are historic allies and partners. President Bush looks forward to working with President-elect Sarkozy as we continue our strong alliance,” said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

Better for France and the United States?

We will see…….


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France Watch: Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal in Run-Off

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Supporters for France�s UMP political party presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy react to the announcement of results in the first round vote at a theatre in Paris, April 22, 2007. Conservative leader Sarkozy finished first in the opening round of France presidential elections and will meet Socialist rival Royal in a May 6 run-off vote as voters in France turned out in force.

Sarkozy, Royal get most votes in France

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal appeared headed to a runoff for the French presidency, according to pollsters’ projections from the Sunday vote, setting up a stark choice of left or right for a nation hungry for new direction.

Four polling agencies put Sarkozy ahead of Royal, and both of them in the May 6 run-off, eliminating the 10 other first-round candidates. The projections were based on actual vote counts from representative samples of hundreds of polling stations across the country. Official results from the election that drew a huge turnout were expected later on Sunday evening.

Left vs Right…..A turning point for France?

Let the campaign begin……

But does it matter?

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