Tag: France

France Repatriates Several Orphan Children Who Were Stranded in Syria

PARIS — For months, Lydie and Patrice Maninchedda were met with silence when they pleaded with the French government to repatriate their three grandsons, who were stranded in a Kurdish-controlled camp in northeastern Syria, after their mother had been reported killed. But that silence came to an end on Friday when an official told them […]

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There Really Is a French Exception

ImageCreditIan Langsdon/EPA, via Shutterstock PARIS — Nowhere else have the hardships of a vast segment of the population turned into a social movement like this — one that refuses to bear the brunt of economic liberalization, points out real inequalities, is active over large swathes of the country, is resolutely modern in its use of […]

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Rappers With African Roots Bridge a Hip-Hop Divide

LONDON — Britain can be an insular place. A parlor game here involves trying to list as many famous Belgians as possible, on the basis that few people know any. An equivalent exercise with French rappers would be even tougher. France is one of the world’s largest rap music markets, but its neighbor on the […]

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Nonfiction: Remembering a Woman Who Was a Leader of the French Resistance

MADAME FOURCADE’S SECRET WAR The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against HitlerBy Lynne OlsonIllustrated. 428 pp. Random House. $30. Why have most of us never heard of Marie–Madeleine Fourcade? Why is her name missing from the honor roll of war heroes carved into thousands of monuments in hundreds of French village […]

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Why France Is Losing the War on Anti-Semitism

In the first weeks of 2019, French authorities discovered 96 tombs desecrated in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, the word “juden” scrawled across a bagel shop in Paris, and swastikas marring a street portrait of former government official and Auschwitz survivor, Simone Veil. On February 16 in Paris, a group of protestors in the […]

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Taking Their Time, French Customs Officers Offer Taste of Post-Brexit Mayhem

PARIS — For Adam Kirkwood, a weekend getaway in Paris that included museum visits and strolls along the Seine had gone pretty smoothly. Until it was time to go back to London. On Monday, he got a flavor of France’s protest culture combined with a taste of Brexit when his Eurostar train was delayed for […]

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Trump Aside, What’s the U.S. Role in NATO?

President Trump has many bad ideas. Reconsidering America’s role in NATO isn’t one of them. NATO, a military alliance, was formed specifically to prevent the Soviet Union from dominating Europe, whose principal powers — Germany, France, Italy and Britain — had been so devastated by World War II that they were vulnerable to Soviet coercion, […]

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Socialism and the 2020 American Election

Two of my children were born in socialist France. They survived. In fact, their births were great experiences: excellent medical care, wonderful postnatal follow-up, near-zero cost. My son’s bris, in a Paris deserted through the August exodus, was another story, but I won’t get into that. France has one of the world’s most elaborate social […]

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Rescue a Refugee: Get Charged With Trafficking?

The case was sensational. Two young volunteers stood accused of masterminding a massive smuggling operation on the Greek island of Lesvos, innocently disguised as a search-and-rescue NGO.  One, Sarah Mardini, was already famous. She and her sister fled Syria in 2015, and when their dinghy’s motor failed on the sea crossing to Greece, the sisters […]

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The Guardians of the French Language Are Deadlocked, Just Like Their Country

PARIS — Balzac tried and failed. Zola knocked on the door dozens of times and was always refused. Verlaine got no votes. Hugo got in, barely, only after multiple tries. The august Académie française — the elite club of 40 “immortals,” as the members are known, that serves as the official guardian of the French […]

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Fabien Clain, Prominent French Voice of ISIS, Is Reported Killed in Syria

PARIS — A high-profile French jihadist and Islamic State propagandist, Fabien Clain, who is believed to have recorded the Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the November 2015 attacks in Paris, was killed by an airstrike in southeastern Syria, the American-led coalition said on Thursday. “A Coalition strike killed an active Daesh media official named […]

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A Sports Hijab Has France Debating the Muslim Veil, Again

PARIS — Plans by a major sporting goods company in France to sell a hijab designed for runners have incited yet another debate over what Muslim women wear, exposing once again the tensions between secularism and religion in the country. France’s longstanding attitudes toward feminism, secularism and the integration of immigrants are at the root […]

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How Kim Jones Is Remaking the Dior Man

ImageKim Jones in the Dior atelier garden, holding his dog, Cookie, and wearing a sweatshirt with “Dior” written by the artist Raymond Pettibon, who collaborated with Jones on his fall 2019 ready-to-wear collection.CreditNigel Shafran Masculine or feminine? Street wear or couture? At the storied fashion house, its men’s designer delights in the spaces between. By […]

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Are France and Germany Breaking Up?

BERLIN — Times are rough for the European Union. The news coming from Britain grows more depressing every day. Italy is governed by a maverick government searching for an open confrontation with France. Hungary and Poland are slowly slipping into authoritarianism. And we are headed for a European election in May that could result in […]

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French Court Fines UBS $4.2 Billion for Helping Clients Evade Taxes

PARIS — Boxes at the Paris Opera. Prime seats at the French Open. Luxury hunting retreats in Normandy. The financial giant UBS spared no expense in enticing wealthy French people to open bank accounts in Switzerland. The lavish spending caught up with UBS on Wednesday, when French judges ordered it to pay a record 3.7 […]

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Thousands Rally Against Anti-Semitism in France After Vandalism of Jewish Cemetery

PARIS — Thousands rallied against anti-Semitism in Paris on Tuesday night, summoned by France’s major political parties, the country’s Jewish organizations, and by a sharp spike in anti-Semitic incidents, including the desecration of a Jewish cemetery the night before. That act of vandalism drew France’s president to a small village in the northeast, hours before […]

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Montreal Dispatch: Culture Shock for French in Quebec: ‘We Smoke Cigarettes, They Smoke Pot’

MONTREAL — “They make rents go up and steal our women.” They “travel in packs of 10 and complain all the time.” “There are too many French people on the Plateau.” These are some of the lyrics of a song written by Fred Schneider, a 38-year-old advertising copywriter from France, who was belting them out […]

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Anti-Semitic Taunts by Yellow Vests Prompt French Soul-Searching

PARIS — He was one of France’s few public intellectuals to express support for the Yellow Vest movement at the beginning, but last week he said the protesters “devastate without regard for anything or anybody.” Over the weekend, they turned their ire on him. As Alain Finkielkraut, one of France’s leading essayists and critics from […]

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