Tag: France

The Interpreter: When Crises Rally a Nation, and When They Don’t

LONDON — Two very different presidents, Donald J. Trump and Emmanuel Macron of France, are each pursuing a time-tested strategy for leaders trying to push through a major policy change: marshaling a sense of crisis. For Mr. Trump, claims of mayhem at the border, which far exceed the reality there, are meant to draw support […]

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France Dispatch: As Migrants Risk Crossing the English Channel, French Fishing Boats Pay a Price

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France — There is disquiet along the cold, foggy quays of this major French fishing port facing Britain. Captain after captain, returning to Boulogne-sur-Mer in squat fishing boats with the day’s haul of crab and sole, has the same story: Their boats are being broken into. The suspected culprits, according to the fishermen and […]

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Japan’s Olympics Chief Faces Corruption Charges in France

LONDON — The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee has been indicted on corruption charges in France, following an investigation into the bidding process that led to Tokyo being awarded the Summer Games it is preparing to host next year. Tsunekazu Takeda, a former Olympian who is also the chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s marketing […]

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Google can limit ‘right to be forgotten’ to EU countries

(Reuters) – Google can limit the “right to be forgotten” to internet searches made in the European Union, an adviser to the bloc’s top court said on Thursday, backing an appeal by the U.S. search giant against a French fine. European Court of Justice judges typically follow the advice of the advocate general, usually within […]

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Here Come Ford’s Layoffs: Automaker Outlines Its Euro Restructuring Plan

On Thursday, Ford announced preliminary details of a plan that will ultimately erase thousands of European jobs in an attempt to return the business to profitability. The decision comes after several reports indicated the automaker’s restructuring program will be particularly hard on the region. The plan now officially includes a slimmer product lineup, which is […]

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The Ugly, Illiberal, Anti-Semitic Heart of the Yellow Vest Movement

Just days before Christmas, Thibaut Chevillard, a journalist with the French newspaper 20 Minutes, observed a harrowing scene on the Paris metro. A group of drunken gilets jaunes—“yellow vests”—on their way back from protests that have gripped France for the past two months, entered the train and began making the quenelle with their arms. A […]

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Yellow Vests, in First Protest of 2019, Are Met With Tear Gas

Violent clashes were reported in cities across France on Saturday as the government rolled out a tougher response to Yellow Vest protesters who turned out for an eighth weekend of demonstrations. ImageCreditMichel Euler/Associated Press In Paris, the police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters who marched through the center of the city, days […]

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France Debates Where to Teach Arabic: Public School or Local Mosque?

ROMAINVILLE, France — Early on Sunday mornings, Habiba Hatem, 9, prepares her own breakfast, grabs her flashy pink school bag and jumps into her father’s car — bound for Arabic lessons at her local mosque in a suburb north of Paris. Colorful sketches of how to perform ritual washings decorate the walls of the classroom, […]

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Yellow Vest Leader Is Arrested in France Amid Crackdown

PARIS — The French police have arrested a prominent leader of the Yellow Vest movement for a second time, in a clear sign that the government is following through on a pledge to crack down on the protests that have shaken France for much of the past six weeks. Éric Drouet, a 33-year-old truck driver […]

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Macron Vows Order ‘Without Compromise’ in Rebuke to Yellow Vest Protests

PARIS — A French president struggling to reassert his grip after weeks of violent demonstrations across the country assured citizens on Monday night that he understood their anger — but said that henceforth order would be “applied without compromise.” In a potentially pivotal moment of his presidency, Emmanuel Macron sought to calm a country shaken […]

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The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn was tired. At 64 years old, the chairman of an auto empire that spanned several continents and included Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi wasn’t bouncing back from jet lag the way he used to. Melatonin wasn’t working anymore, and he had bouts of insomnia, phoning his children in the middle of the night or […]

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You Should Be Watching Women’s Soccer

When the United States beat the reigning champion, Japan, in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, it felt like a high-water moment. Over 25 million people watched — the largest ever for a broadcast of American soccer, male or female. I worried that women’s soccer would then retreat back into the shadows, with no one […]

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The Exhilaration of Revolt

As the organizer Mariame Kaba says, “Hope is a discipline.” That discipline is what sustains organizers who often grind away unseen for years. This is, most of the time, what unions and working people’s organizations do: make connections, and hope the sparks they light will catch and burn. On Dec. 15, an estimated 50,000 people […]

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The Rough Year Ahead for France

What’s next for France after the autumn revolt of the Yellow Vests? President Macron has already made significant concessions to the protesters, including an extra 100 euros a month for those earning the 1500-euro per month minimum wage and suspension of a surtax on many pensioners. Thus far he’s been rewarded with continued unrest (66,000 […]

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Forget the Carbon Tax for Now

PARIS — The angry graffiti have been blasted off the Arc de Triomphe with water jets, leaving unnaturally white patches scarring the base of France’s national monument. The husks of incinerated cars have been cleared from the streets, the glass from shattered store windows swept up. The government has taken steps to appease the demonstrators, […]

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For Frank Ntilikina of Knicks, a Christmas Memory Shattered

This is Christmas to Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina: the smell of warm mulled wine and bakery sweets. Fairy lights twinkling throughout the city center. A majestic Christmas tree in Place Kleber. An ice-skating rink at the foot of the cathedral. Small wonder his hometown, Strasbourg, in northeastern France, calls itself the capital of Christmas. Ntilikina […]

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The Question for France: Where Do the Yellow Vests Go From Here?

PARIS — The Yellow Vest tornado has created a political vacuum in France. The government of President Emmanuel Macron is weakened. The opposition parties are discredited. And the populist uprising itself proclaims its disdain for politics. Who or what will fill that void is now the biggest question facing France. Even though the protests have […]

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Critic’s Notebook: France’s Yellow Vests Reveal a Crisis of Mobility in All Its Forms

SENLIS, France — After more than a month of furious, antigovernment demonstrations across France, it is easy to forget that a gasoline tax set all this off. A few cents per liter at the pump. A pebble in the sea of the French economy. A step to address climate change, according to President Emmanuel Macron. […]

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