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Re: French Politics

Postby deja vu on Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:17 pm

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http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/ ... eback.html


Out with the old? Not so fast. Nicolas Sarkozy may be contemplating a come back.

Who knows why, unless he thinks he can improve on the job he did the first time. That wouldn't be hard, he hit rock bottom, so he could only go up. That is if he learned from his past mistakes.
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Re: French Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:41 pm

Another year, another French company involved in boss-napping (hostage-taking or kidnapping of bosses, usually in the form of detaining the boss(es) at the factory site). A Goodyear plant's employees have kept two executives in the factory. There is a French law that imposes fines in such scenarios, though workers often do not get punished. The tire factory is intended for closure and that decision is not welcome.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/01/07/employees_hold_bosses_captive_at_troubled_tire_factory.html
This source indicates the two day hostage situation is now over:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/07/goodyear-executives-freed-after-being-taken-hostage-by-french-workers/
Angry and cursing, Mickael Wamen of the CGT union said afterward: “We were told very clearly … that if we didn’t free these two people that dozens and dozens of riot police trucks would be coming from Paris, would go inside, a riot would break out and they would whack us all and we’d all end up in prison.”


Last year, there was at least one French boss-napping situation, and one other situation elsewehere.
2h hostage situation in a clothing factory in Cherbourg, France:
http://www.france24.com/en/20130405-reporters-france-explosive-picket-lines-factories-closures-boss-hostage-unions-socoval-redundancies/?page=1

China-American executive held in medical supply company (June 2013):
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/24/chip-starnes-china-factory_n_3488734.html


In the year 2009, the boss-napping incidents began to become more mainstream in France: A Sony executive was held, a 3M executive was held , four Caterpillar bosses were held.
In 2008, a UK executive of an ice cream plant got the French angry worker/bossnapping treatment.

I'll put a link in the Business section because this form of power control cannot be ignored in corporate circles.
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Re: French Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:22 pm

Valerie Trierweiler's new book, Merci pour ce moment (Thank You for this Moment) is on sale today. The journalist has written about current French president Francois Hollande in mostly unflattering details. Trierweiler had discovered through the French press that Hollande was seeing another woman.

In her book, titled "Thank You For This Moment", Trierweiler speaks of Hollande's coldness and mean-spirited stabs, and also says he attempted for months after the breakup to win her back, sending as many as 29 text messages in a day.

Hollande has shunned calls from some in his own party who believe his deficit-reduction strategy is being conducted at the expense of the economy and the needy, recently reshuffling his government to oust more hardline left-wingers.

His prime minister, Manual Valls, has called a confidence vote in parliament for September 16, where the scale of dissent within the ruling party - for now confined to a minority group of hardline leftists - may become clearer.

[url]http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/valerie-trierweiler-s-tell-all-book-accuses-france-s-françois-hollande-of-ridiculing-the-poor-1.2755284[/url]

Segolene Royal, Hollande's former partner and mother of their children, has publicly defended Hollande's character. Royal is also the energy minister in the French government.
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Re: French Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:01 pm

Marie Claire (French edition) has a poll asking readers to vote on whether or not they will read Ms. Trierweiler's book. http://www.marieclaire.fr/,avez-vous-envie-de-lire-le-livre-polemique-de-valerie-trierweiler,721474.asp

Most have voted no; I voted Yes with the others.

Where there is smoke, there is fire. Julie Couillard proved that with her version of how Maxime Bernier, then a government minister in Canada, had left her responsible for file destruction. Files that he was supposed to safeguard among other things in his job. How individuals undermined Ms. Couillard's security afterwards after the relationship was petering out and the minister was not taking responsibility for the files left behind.

I expect that readers will see where the smoke and the fire are in the new book. French citizens are used to separating private lives from public lives, thus possibly learning about a politician's private life runs counter to a long-held tradition of looking the other way. But isn't looking the other way in this regard (personal relationships) a commentary on people and selfishness?
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Re: French Politics

Postby manga2read on Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:35 pm

France has more problems than this book. I want to read an English version just to see if there was any romance or caring between the politician and the journalist. Love/hearts take some tumbles but emotions want their say too.

France won't give Russia the warship delivery. France has to contend with Syrian hostage takers who have French captives, etc.
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Re: French Politics

Postby fishandchips on Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:29 pm

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose face got plastered all over New York City over a hotel incident in 2011 that caused many newspaper pages to be printed in North America and France, is dealing with a French trial now. The trial concerns pimping in France and began yesterday.

The case has been described as a litmus test for changing attitudes in France with the private lives of public figures now facing more scrutiny than in the past, the BBC's Lucy Williamson reports from Paris.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31087035
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Re: French Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:03 pm

Niche tourism can be a big market driver of a local economy if there is a package or novelty factor that will draw the many to a location just for that experience. Destination weddings are big business.

News of the death of a former French mayor of Tours, prior to a trial in relation to Chinese weddings, is raising questions about the weddings and the money earned from them.
The former French mayor of Tours, who faced charges in a corruption case involving fake Chinese wedding trips in the picturesque Loire valley city, has killed himself before the trial opened, the authorities have said.

Jean Germain, 67, seen as a close ally of the French president, François Hollande, was found dead near his house, a police source said on Tuesday.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/07/former-mayor-of-tours-kills-himself-before-french-chinese-wedding-trial
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Re: French Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:45 am

Big news in French spelling changes-the accent circumflex is being dropped. Read about the recommended new spelling:

What’s in a circumflex?

A lot, apparently, judging by the reaction to news that textbooks in France would be employing “new spellings” in the coming school year – and dropping the circumflex (^) on i and u in the process.

“The usage of the “new spelling” is not imposed, but it is recommended,” the Association for the new spelling wrote on a website detailing the changes.

The changes are meant to rectify inconsistencies and create a unified system, the website states.

About 2,000 words are affected: hyphens are dropped, (week-end to weekend), hyphens are added (vingt-et-un), and accents change (réglementaire to règlementaire).

The circumflex, meanwhile, will be taken off i and u, except in certain verb tenses and on some words in which it is needed to clarify their meaning.


Quite a few changes to get used to. I'm looking forward to the comprehensive list or book that will guide French speakers and Francophiles abroad as well.
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/02/05/quelle-horreur-jesuiscirconflexe-takes-off-with-changes-to-french-language.html
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Re: French Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:39 pm

A French civil servant is on a mission to bring smiles back to French passports for more than one reason. However, the current law does not permit smiling in such document photos.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/world/europe/can-a-smile-in-a-passport-photo-help-lift-frances-spirits.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
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Re: French Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:57 pm

An autoworker is participating in the race to become France's next president. He's making an impression
after a recent televised debate.
He has virtually no chance of winning the presidency in the two-round election April 23 and May 7. But he is getting his voice heard and basking in the unusual limelight Wednesday after the Tuesday night debate.

Social media went wild with Poutou's stinging attacks, framing him as a regular man speaking truth to power.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/05/factory-worker-creates-sparks-at-french-election-debate.html
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