Tag: France

Pauvre Fillon

Pauvre Fillon. François Fillon, faithful Frenchman and respectable son of Sarthe, was targeted. By whom, exactly, no one knows. His overwhelming win of the LR — Les Républicains — primary was unexpected. His victory in the 2017 French presidential election,…

Traffic into the UK

On December 4,  The Mirror and The Telegraph reported that one of the Paris attackers visited the UK earlier this year. The unnamed terrorist then made a series of telephone calls prior to Friday, November 13. From The Mirror: A…

France’s November reflections

Several hundred people gathered in the courtyard of Les Invalides on Friday, November 27, 2015, to remember the 130 victims of the Paris attacks. I listened to live coverage on RMC. You could have heard a pin drop. There were…

Interpreting the Paris attack

2015 has hardly been the best year for France. No sooner had the Twelve Days of Christmas ended when the Kouachi brothers gunned down Charlie Hebdo editors and a policeman outside their offices before holding a printing plant owner hostage…

Fear of the forest

Migration is not easy. It never has been. So, it is interesting to read that 30 asylum seekers in Sweden objected to their new accommodation because it was in a town surrounded by woodland. The Local reported (emphasis mine): Charlotte…

RMC’s Charlie Hebdo coverage

Radio Monte Carlo (RMC, based in Paris) has had non-stop daytime coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attack for a second day. As I write during the afternoon of January 8, Eric Brunet is interviewing the Muslim anthropologist, author and psychoanalyst…

France and the ‘guaranteed’ access to health care

France’s health minister Marisol Touraine is yet another socialist who presents herself as being concerned and credible. Like most misguided health ministers, she considers tobacco to be anathema. Alcohol is her latest target: ‘there is no safe amount’. This in…