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David Rich has a very good, and very depressing article on Dieudonne and his kind:-
“Making common cause” between Holocaust deniers, neo-fascists, the pro-Palestinian left, and the revolutionary Islamists of Iran is precisely what Dieudonné has spent the past decade trying to achieve. Originally from the political left, he has moved via anti-Israel rhetoric and the [...]
An anti-government demonstration by an assortment of rightwing connards in Paris on Sunday included demonstrators chanting their hatred for Jews.
Among the chants: “Faurisson was right. The gas chambers are bullshit.”
As The Tablet observes:
The implication of the image is as disturbing as it is mundane. Today, in the capital of a European Union member state, one [...]
This is a guest post by Cyril Rolling
Education was one of the most important fields Francois Hollande, the French President, wanted to reform when he entered office. Vincent Peillon, Minister for Education, has already changed some fundamental rules. And he is still trying to convince people who are currently opposing him.
Vincent Peillon is a former [...]
As an American I can’t imagine a disgusting “comedian” like Dieudonné, who gets laughs from mocking the near-extermination of Europe’s Jews, appealing to any more than a psychologically-damaged fringe of neo-Nazis.
So who (sociologically speaking) are these young French fans of his who have turned out for his performances in their thousands– until his shows were [...]
This is one of those instances in which I fully appreciate and agree with the sentiments behind a law, while believing that it is the wrong way to go.
France’s upper house of parliament has voted to outlaw beauty contests for girls under 16 years old under threat of prison sentences and fines in an attempt [...]
Posted: September 18th, 2013 under France.
The BBC reports:
France is still ready to take action in Syria alongside the US, despite UK MPs blocking British involvement, President Francois Hollande has said.
He said a military strike within days could not be ruled out.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said after the UK vote that Washington would continue to seek a coalition.
Mr Hollande told [...]
Is this secularism?
The French agency responsible for promoting secularism in the public sphere has recommended extending the country’s ban on donning Muslim head scarves to institutions of higher education, Le Monde reported on Monday.
I’m a secularist because I think the state should be neutral (more or less) in matters of belief, and not impose religious [...]
In a welcome move, the House of Lords has ruled that caste should be deemed a protected characteristic in a new clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. This follows an earlier defeat for this amendment in the House of Commons. Keith Porteous Wood, executive director of the National Secular Society, commented:
We are delighted [...]
Shimon Peres travelled to Paris’s Gare du Nord on March 8 for discussions relating to the Middle East peace process. It is claimed that black and North African workers were discriminated against in efforts to ensure that “no Muslim employees … welcome the Head of the State of Israel”.
The SUD-Rail statement called on SNCF to [...]
I do recommend this very interesting BBC Radio 4 programme, presented by Jenny Cuffe. The title is perhaps slightly misleading as this is a wide-ranging survey of Muslim extremism in France, including an analysis of antisemitic attacks – as well as the Merah murders, there is a discussion of the discovery of a terrorist plot following [...]
Posted: March 18th, 2013 under France.