Archive for the ‘France’ Category

Bloody Friday: France, Tunisia, Kuwait terror attacks

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Bloody Friday: France, Tunisia, Kuwait terror attacks, reminiscent of the IRA’s 1972 Bloody Friday. Read my post here.

UPDATE:
Linked to by The Pirate’s Cove. Thank you!

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Starting the day with Smart Diplomacy

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Lurch brought a friend to Paris:

Some of the reaction:

John Podhoretz

May God help us. Our secretary of state brought James Taylor with him to Paris and had Taylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend.” THIS HAPPENED. I want to escape America in a balloon.

Charlie Hebdo: 5 million

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Five million copies are being issued this week following last week’s massacre:

Air France bought 20,000 copies of Charlie Hebdo to distribute to passengers.

Spain’s El País is all-in, not only showing the cover on the front page, but showing and translating into Spanish the special issue’s centerfold (click on image to go to El País),

Contrast that with Sky News’s anchorwoman:

and Pope Francis:

Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.

It’s a good thing the pope can express his opinion freely, without fear that someone may force him to STFU.

Bonus:
Where’s the Lead in the Pencil?



Who’s publishing the new Charlie Hebdo cartoon? UPDATED

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Buzzfeed has the list:
Here’s Who Is And Isn’t Publishing The New Charlie Hebdo Cover Image
Libération, the newspaper where Charlie Hebdo staff have been working since the attack, unveiled the cover of the magazine’s next edition on Monday. Some news outlets have been censoring themselves when it comes to publishing cartoons of Muhammad after the deadly Paris attack last week.

UPDATE:
My initial reaction to the “Tout est pardonné” (all is forgiven) was “Rien n’est pardonné” (nothing is forgiven). Ace’s Laura looks at what it really means.



France: Hostage situation

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Right now the police are about to storm the building at Dammartin-en-Goële.

The Guardian is updating live:
Charlie Hebdo attack: French police face two hostage situations – live updates
LIVE Updated 1h ago
Shooting and hostages taken at Paris kosher market
Suspected Charlie Hebdo gunmen surrounded by police
Police name suspects in killing of policewoman
Manhunt for suspects: what we know so far

France24 and MSNBC are livestreaming.

Charlie Hebdo’s next: 1,000,000 copies

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Charlie Hebdo to Publish One Million Copies of Next Issue
Other Media Companies, Google Fund to Help Cover Cost of Giant Print Run

Charlie Hebdo—known for its satirical critique of all forms of authority, be it religion, government or the military—plans a shorter version of the next issue on Wednesday, with eight pages instead of the usual 16, said the magazine’s lawyer, Richard Malka.

However, he said it would publish one million copies. Charlie Hebdo normally sells about 30,000 copies a week.

Other media companies, including Le Monde and Vivendi SA ’s Canal Plus , among others, have offered to help pay for the giant run, he said. Roughly €250,000 ($300,000) will come from a fund Google Inc. set up two years ago to settle a copyright fight with French newspapers, the fund’s director said.

I applaud this decision.

Let’s make sure they get bulletproof glass and the staff and their bodyguards are trained and issued with firearms.

Bonus:
These Are The Charlie Hebdo Cartoons That Terrorists Thought Were Worth Killing Over



The #CharlieHebdo massacre

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Read my article The Charlie Hebdo massacre at Da Tech Guy blog.

Without a doubt, this was a well-planned attack, timed to take place with the start of winter sales that typically attract large numbers of tourists.

The perpetrators are still at large.

France: Massacre on #CharlieHebdo

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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French satire weekly Charlie Hebdo has been attacked by Muslims again, this time killing twelve people, including two policemen, and wounding twenty more.

Livefeed at France24

This was a well-planned, premeditated attack.

Will talk about this on Silvio Canto’s podcast live at 9AM Eastern.

Prior posts on Charlie Hebdo here.

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And now a break for Spiral/Engrenages

Sunday, October 27th, 2013


A friend recently recommended the French police thriller Spiral, and it’s addictive.

The literal meaning of the French title, Engrenages, is closer to gears (as in the grinding of the judicial system) than to spiral, but Spiral is very apt.

Taking place in Paris, this is not, repeat, not a travelogue (in four seasons, there’s only one shot of the Champs Élysées); it is the Paris of ugly rough neighborhoods, banlieus, and squats. The “French judicial system” means the cops can rough you up, strip-search you, and leave you in the clink for 3 days, and Miranda is the name of some girl, not of a SCOTUS decision regarding your rights.

A combination of Good Wife-type soap opera, CSI, and Law & Order, the characters are perfectly cast and the stories follow an arc through a season. Mostly Film has spoilers, but lists the main characters with great élan,

There’s also all the usual mixed-bag of recurring characters that a show like this gathers over time, including one man who looks so very French it hurts…

My favorite so far is Judge Roban, with his perfect hair,

Mr. Selfridge fans will be happy to hear Grégory Fitoussi plays one of the lawyers.

Warning: Violence, sex, gore, and really foul language.
In colloquial gutter French with English subtitles that sometimes aren’t great, but the show is worth the effort.

The Guardian blogs it.

More Air France shenanigans

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

While you can’t carry shampoo bottles, and have to remove your shoes to get in a plane, last week French authorities seized 1.3 tons of pure cocaine in an Air France plane.

Also last week, also Air France, Gold Worth $2 Million Disappears From Paris-Zurich Flight.

The two incidents have the following in common:

  • the carrier
  • the timing
  • the airport, Charles de Gaulle.

Coincidence?

Exit question, whose gold?