Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tag: Hollande

EU summit lines up against Russia

On Thursday, the 28 leaders of the European Union gathered in Brussels at their final summit of the year. The EU is in deep crisis. Following the British decision to leave the EU, the election of Donald Trump as US president, and the rise of right-wing nationalist forces in...

Russia and France’s Right

How Moscow Is Playing in the French Presidential Elections. The United States is not the only Western country in which Russia is featuring prominently in electoral politics. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Russia is also a hot topic in the French presidential campaign. In...

Inside the invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump

The American journalist, Edward Bernays, is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psycho-analysis, it was Bernays who coined the term "public relations" as a euphemism for spin and its deceptions. In 1929, he persuaded feminists to promote cigarettes for women...

Brexit: EU considers migration emergency brake for UK for up to seven years

Diplomats working on deal to give Theresa May greater concessions than those won by David Cameron, despite French doubts. Plans to allow the United Kingdom an exemption from EU rules on freedom of movement for up to seven years while retaining access to the single market are being considered in...

France’s Perpetual State of Emergency

The country's extraordinary anti-terrorism measures are on the way to becoming entirely ordinary. On Thursday night, France had seemed to dodge the bullet everyone feared. The Euro 2016 soccer tournament had come to a peaceful, though disappointing end, while the festivities for Bastille Day were well underway. But everything changed...

France to Escalate Strikes in Syria and Iraq After Nice Attack

Hollande to extend the state of emergency by another three months. French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said Friday morning local time that he would "strengthen our actions" in Syria and Iraq and extend the state of emergency by another three months, hours after a truck plowed into a crowd of...

Here’s why France is on the frontline of the war with Islamic State

France's persistent targeting by extremists is linked to its secretive war with IS militants being waged across the Mediterranean in the Maghreb. At least 84, perhaps up to 100 people, have been killed in the horrifying attack in Nice, France. In the latest of a series of terrorist attacks in the...

Manuel Valls defies calls to resign, forces labor bill through parliament

PARIS — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls used an executive decree Tuesday to force a controversial labor reform bill through parliament, triggering calls for him to step down amid fresh street protests. Valls, who has tied his own credibility to passing the bill, told a group of Socialist MPs that he had...

Despite Mass Protests, France Passes Maligned Labor Bill Without Debate

Members of Parliament call for prime minister to resign after he uses executive order to ram legislation through lower house. As protesters marched through Paris on Tuesday, France's lower house of Parliament rammed through a controversial labor proposal—which would give companies more power to fire workers and extend hours—without a...

Frexit Is Coming

Britain's departure meant the end of an era. France's departure would mean the end of the EU. After Grexit and Brexit, the next crisis to confront the European Union will be Frexit. It will prove to be the worst of all. While dramatic, the Greek tragedy had a limited run....
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French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity: Class War Against European Workers

Economist Richard Wolff says the old European elite believed it could fix their broken capitalism on the backs of the masses and that has proved to be a fatal mistake. Richard D. Wolff is a Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor...

Angela Merkel Doesn’t Have a Brexit Plan, Either

Britain's departure from the EU has made Germany far more powerful than it should be. At Monday afternoon’s news conference in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's body language was a notch less downcast than her post-Brexit vote appearance on Friday, when the dispassionate, even-keeled chancellor actually looked disheartened in a...
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French President Threatens to Outlaw Protests Against Labor Reforms

Le Monde Diplomatique's Renaud Lambert says social movement and the government are locking horns, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and President Francois Hollande have both said that they will not budge. SHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. France is making...

France in Chaos: Biggest and longest protests & riots since French Revolution

As the country prepares to host two million visitors at the showpiece Euro 2016 Football Championship in less than two weeks, labor strikes at oil refineries and nuclear power plants; fuel shortages paralyzing aviation and public transport system; violent street protests; nationwide riots; and a state of emergency until...

World’s longest rail tunnel to open in Switzerland under Alps

EU heads to take 57km maiden voyage in €11bn Gotthard base tunnel on Wednesday. Measuring 57 km in length, situated 2.3km deep under the Alps and having cost €11bn to complete, Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel is more than just the world’s longest and most expensive tunnelling project. At a time of...

Riot police crack down on Paris protests against labour reforms

Thousands of protesters turn out on streets of French capital as refineries and nuclear power stations across the country come to a halt. Riot police arrested 16 people and fired teargas in violent clashes with protesters marching in Paris as striking workers continued to blockade refineries and nuclear power stations...

French strikers to shut nuclear power plant in bid to see labour reforms scrapped...

French workers threatened to shut down the country's nuclear power stations on Wednesday as it emerged that the state has been forced to delve into emergency petrol reserves for the past two days. As the standoff continued between hardline unions and the ruling Socialists over a controversial labour reform, the...

French President Says Non to TTIP

French President François Hollande just dealt a significant blow to the controversial EU-U.S. trade pact known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. A day after leaked documents revealed “irreconcilable” difference between Europe and the United States over TTIP, Hollande said Tuesday he could not back the trade deal in...

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world. Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss...

French Troops Engaged In Secret War In Libya

President Francois Hollande had authorized "unofficial military action" by both an elite armed forces unit and the covert action service of the DGSE intelligence agency in Libya. A major new report broken by France’s newspaper Le Monde today revealed that the nation has been engaged in a secret war in...

Hollande says France in state of economic emergency

President Francois Hollande has set out a €2bn (£1.5bn) job creation plan in an attempt to lift France out of what he called a state of "economic emergency". Under a two-year scheme, firms with fewer than 250 staff will get subsidies if they take on a young or unemployed person...

U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress

NSA's targeting of Israeli leaders swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers. President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. But behind the scenes, the White House decided to...

Military to Military

Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of...

NATO is harbouring the Islamic State

Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks. This exclusive is published by INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a crowd-funded investigative journalism project “We stand alongside Turkey in its efforts in protecting its national security and fighting against terrorism. France and...

Iran deal must include Gulf security guarantees, France agrees

ISLAMABAD — French President Francois Hollande threw his weight Tuesday behind demands by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab monarchies that a prospective deal with Iran over its nuclear program come with guarantees of their security. After talks in Riyadh, Hollande and Saudi King Salman issued a joint statement,...

Unifying Syria’s Rebels: Saudi Arabia Joins the Fray

Various Syrian rebel groups have announced a spate of mergers and alliances over the past month. In theory, the trend is a welcome sign that the opposition’s extreme fragmentation is at long last being reversed. Such a development would complement the emergence of a few dominant multibrigade groupings and...

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