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French finance minister: "Worrying" Italy vote shows Europe needs growth - Reuters

French finance minister: "Worrying" Italy vote shows Europe needs growth - Reuters | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
French finance minister: "Worrying" Italy vote shows Europe needs growth Reuters PARIS (Reuters) - Italy's inconclusive election shows Europe's leaders must give voters across the region hope of stronger growth to offset painful austerity, French...
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A Tour de France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

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The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French.
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The Der Speigel reporter is not the first to make a Tour de France in crisis. A French parliamentarian and two intellectuals did it in Sept 2013 and found even more shocking signs of national disquiet:

 

French Politics Puts its Boots on the Ground
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The origins of the tour:
100th Tour de France – It’s a Medieval Affair
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Reasons to be cheerful Try these
Optimism, a Gâteau of 111 Ingredients
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Business - Ryanair ordered to pay back €9.6m in illegal state aid to France

Business - Ryanair ordered to pay back €9.6m in illegal state aid to France | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
Low-cost airline Ryanair must repay about 9.6 million euros in illegal state aid it received from the French government for its operations at several regional airports, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
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French Socialist politician removed from party over anti-Semitic statement

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A local Socialist politician from France’s Lyon region was booted from the party for making statements deemed anti-Semitic.
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Samuel LAURENT : “Les djihadistes prêts à frapper la France” et le desarroi des intelos | Augean Stables

Samuel LAURENT : “Les djihadistes prêts à frapper la France” et le desarroi des intelos | Augean Stables | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it

Samuel LAURENT : “Les djihadistes prêts à frapper la France” et le desarroi des intelos
JULY 22, 2014 RICHARD LANDES 
Samuel Laurent parle des réseaux djihadistes en France, et l’apport de mujahideen revenants de Syrie en Europe par les milliers…

Est-ce que cette fois ci, lors d’une operation du Tsahal à Gaza, que les européens commencent à se reveiller au sujet du lien entre leurs journalistes meurtiers et la djihade qui se deroulent à l’intérieur de leurs propres sociétés?

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This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest | KQED

This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest | KQED | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it

Culture is very important in France, and a majority of French people think it should be above the laws of the marketplace. But things are changing. Festival director Olivier Py says this struggle is symbolic of the unease felt everywhere in France.

Despite the beauty of the city, Py says, people are scared and unsure of the future. He says the economic crisis in France has spawned a moral crisis that is shaking the foundations of the country — and its cultural legacy.

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A Striking Display of Naked Anger Threatens France’s World-Famous Summer Festival Season

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From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy

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If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It's a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan
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Watch the video in this report and then ask your maitre d' some sharp questions:  
Caveat Emptor – A French Foodies Horror Movie
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Crisis What Crisis Try A €1200 Curnonsky Menu
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Are Europe and its Jews heading for divorce?

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Will France expel its Jews? Come on. In contrast, the Jews will expel themselves, at least the most vulnerable, the most exposed. To the great detriment of France itself. One thing is certain, the fate of the Jews has always been the infallible test of the moral health of a nation. -  Eli Barnavi former Israeli ambassador to France.

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Popular French PM Valls loses shine as approval ratings slips | Reuters

Popular French PM Valls loses shine as approval ratings slips | Reuters | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has slipped below a 50 percent approval rating for the first time since he was nominated in a March cabinet reshuffle, a poll showed on Sunday, as President
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French wine in crisis? That's good news for small producers

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Quality in France is more widely available than ever, with many of the best wines from unheralded regions

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French police and pro-Palestinian protesters clash

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Police clashed on Saturday with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban on a Paris demonstration over the Israeli offensive in Gaza. More than 30 people were arrested and it wasn't immediately clear if there were injuries.
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Number of migrants arrested in France trying to enter UK doubles

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The number of migrants seeking to enter Britain illegally through France has more than doubled to 10,500 in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, officials said Friday.
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Looking for red wine in French valley famous for white

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The Loire Valley, which stretches for 1,000 kilometers through northern France, is one of the country’s most varied wines regions, partly due to its expansive geography.
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French jazz fans outsmart Hitler - Riviera Reporter

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The world’s first international jazz festival was held in Nice in 1948. But France’s relationship with this music started some 30 years earlier during the World War II.
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Jazz That Transcends Borders Comes With the 39th Souillac Jazz Festival – 19-26 July 2014

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France 'to simplify immigration rules'

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The French interior minister has proposed new legislation to simplify the country's immigration and asylum rules.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says reforms are necessary so that France can remain "a land of immigration and a land of asylum", in an interview with the Liberation newspaper. "Countries that are closed in on themselves are doomed to decline," he adds.

The proposed legislation would create a new four-year residence permit called a Talent Passport - for artists, scientists, athletes and business workers. It would also allow people who already have residence permits to extend them for four years - cutting the headache and bureaucracy associated with the current system of renewing these visas annually. Foreigners who have been in France for more than five years can apply for a 10-year visa if they can prove they read and understand French.

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France faces 'new form of anti-Semitism', says PM

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More demonstrations planned after anti-Jewish violence mars Gaza protests The French PM condemned the anti-Semitic sentiment "spreading on the internet, on social media, in our working-class areas, among young people who are often directionless, who have no awareness of history, who hide their hatred of the Jews behind a mask of anti-Zionism and behind the hatred of the Israeli state"


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Will 2014 Be the Year of the Quenelle ?

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Five children among dead in France minibus tragedy: new toll | Expatica France

Five children among dead in France minibus tragedy: new toll  | Expatica France | The France News Net - Latest stories | Scoop.it
Five children aged 12 to 14 and their driver were killed when the minibus they were travelling in crashed headlong into an incoming truck, a local pros...
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France raid nets three suspected jihadists

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Two men and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in southern France on suspicion of recruiting fighters for Syria and planning attacks at home, police said.
The suspects were arrested in the city of Albi in a joint raid by the DGSI
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An ‘explosion of violence’: French press reacts to Gaza protests

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The French press has reacted with a mixture of alarm and condemnation over the descent into violence of two pro-Palestinian demonstrations in the country over the weekend.
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Paris ‘Locks of Love’ Overload Bridges, Threatening Structures

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Le Pont des Arts, the landmark Paris footbridge that links the Louvre museum to the Saint Germain neighborhood, is buckling under the weight of “love locks.” 

Although the origins of the trend are unclear, it has become a tradition for lovers to attach a lock to the railing on the sides of bridges in Paris to seal their love. Each lock weighs about54 to 90 grams. The mayor of Paris’s 6th arrondissement, where the bridge is located, says the locks on the Pont des Arts weigh as much 10 tons, or 22,000 pounds. The grate that collapsed yesterday weighed about 200 kilos and the bridge has about 50 of them.

“The issue raised by the locks is both one of aesthetics and security,” Bruno Julliard, the Paris mayor’s culture adviser, told Agence France-Presse last month as he unveiled a plan to find “artistic alternatives” to the spread of love locks.

There are several thousand locks just on the 155-meter long Pont des Arts. Their numbers are growing and the Paris mayor’s office is struggling to stop people from adding more, including on the Eiffel Tower.

“One can really wonder about the long-term capacity of this bridge to bear such weight,” Jean-Pierre Lecocq, the 6th arrondissement’s mayor who is opposed to the locks, said on his website today.

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François Hollande 'to marry Julie Gayet' - Telegraph

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French president reportedly close to proposing to Julie Gayet as party officials ask him to "formalise" his relationship with the actress
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Sarkozy vs Trierweiler: Teenage sons in Twitter spat

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Louis Sarkozy, 16, who is the son of former President Nicolas, even challenged Leonard Triérweiler, 15, the son of ex-First Lady Valérie, to a fight during the Twitter spat.
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Dumps Mistress before France Dumps Him?

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France - Dozens arrested after pro-Palestine demonstrators defy ban in Paris

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Tear gas and the acrid smoke from burning cars filled the air above Paris as pro-Palestinian demonstrators, protesting against Israel's assault on Gaza, clashed with police in the French capital on Saturday.
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France bans pro-Palestinian demonstration over security

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France has prevented a pro-Palestinian rally, scheduled to be held here Saturday, as a measure to avoid risk of violence after clashes erupted during a same demonstration a week ago, a media report said Friday.
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In riot outside synagogue, French Jews were left to protect themselves

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A violent confrontation at a Paris synagogue leaves France’s Jews reflecting on their vulnerability and the value of self-reliance.
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As Anti-Semitism Rises French Jews Flee France for Israel – BBC

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1 Million ‘Likes’ for Burgled Nice Jeweller
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Apple Suppresses Jewish App Worldwide

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A Siren Call for Secularism: How Those who Label France ‘Burqaphobic’ Miss the Point

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Islamist Ideology is ‘Dangerous, Corrosive’, ‘Incompatible With Modern World’: Tony Blair

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French train crash: Signal problems, uneven speed

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France's transport chief says faulty maintenance on a signal and hot weather may have played a role in the collision of two trains in southwest France, which left 25 injured.
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