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Reporting on France as a "Stan"

by Jerome a Paris Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 08:49:16 AM EST

DES NOUVELLES DE FRANCE, ETAT VOYOUNews from France, rogue State

Paris, 14 septembre. Une féroce lutte de clans a éclaté à l'intérieur même du régime en France (Europe occidentale). Le ministre de la police, un faucon du régime, a réécrit en catastrophe une instruction raciste, envoyée aux préfets, et révélée par un site Internet indépendant, alors que l'agence officielle n'en avait pas soufflé mot. Un autre journal indépendant révèle que le ministre de l'Immigration, autre faucon, mais opposé au ministre de la police, a menti, en prétendant ne pas avoir été alerté de l'existence de cette instruction. Ce mensonge a mis en fureur l'Union Européenne, qui a fait référence aux déportations de l'Occupation, redoublant la colère du pouvoir français".Paris, 14 September. Ferocious infighting has broken out between various clans inside the French regime in the public. The police minister, seen as a hawk, had to urgently rewrite a racist instruction given to regional prefects. The note had been published by an independent website but ignored by the official press agency. Another independent publication has revealed that the minister for immigration, another regime hawk, but hostile to the minister for police, lied, by claiming not to have been informed of the existence of this instruction note. This lie has angered the European Union, which compared the situation to World-War-II-time deportations, further increasing the anger of the French regime.
"Sur le front de la corruption, le procureur de Paris, soumis au pouvoir, vient de refuser à un juge indépendant d'enquêter sur une affaire de corruption liée à des ventes de sous-marins nucléaires au Pakistan, qui pourrait impliquer le clan présidentiel. Enfin le chef de la police, ami d'enfance du leader français, et membre de son clan, a été lui aussi pris en flagrant délit de mensonge, en prétendant avoir alerté une commission officielle au sujet d'une enquête sur des fuites de presse dans un scandale de conflit d'intérêt mettant en cause un trafic de décorations, entre ministre et l'entourage d'une milliardaire octogénaire du cosmétique. Rival potentiel du président, le Premier ministre, lui aussi un dur, mais aux manières plus modérées, a attaqué violemment ses propres ministres, devant les parlementaires du parti au pouvoir. Il a notamment attaqué la ministre de la Justice et rivale potentielle, dont un des proches collaborateurs alimentait la presse. Dans cette ambiance de décomposition, le ministre du Travail fait passer au forceps une réforme des retraites rejetée par la majorité de la population, en s'appuyant sur une récente réforme qui limite le temps de parole de l'opposition au Parlement".Meanwhile, the Paris prosecutor, under orders from the government, refused that an independent judge launch an investigation on suspected corruption linked to a contract to sell submarines to Pakistan which could involve several members of the president's entourage. The police head, a childhood friend of the president, was also caught lying, by claiming to have alerted an official commission currently investigating leaks in the ongoing investigation on a suspected case of corruption in the handout of decorations involving a government minister and the entourage of an elderly billionaire. The Prime Minister, one of the main rivals of the President, also seen as a hawk but with a more diplomatic approach, violently attacked his ministers in front of a large audience of parliamentarians from the president's party. Among others, he attacked the minister for justice, one of whose collaborators is blamed for the leaks to the media. In this deleterious atmosphere, the minister for work has forced through parliament a pensions reform rejected by the majority of the population, using procedures made possible by a recent reform of parliament limiting the right for the opposition to speak.


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The gist of that piece is how would the French media report yesterday's events if they were taking place in, say, Uzbekistan: feud in the different factions of the power clans, cronyism, unpopular reforms rammed through parliament, defiance to all foreign critics...
by Bernard on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 09:09:54 AM EST
Not to mention...


In this deleterious atmosphere, the minister for work has forced through parliament a pensions reform rejected by the majority of the population, using procedures made possible by a recent "reform" of parliament limiting the right for the opposition to speak.

Reform? Limiting the right to squeek? At least the cross-border trade with Italy is in full swing.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 09:25:21 AM EST
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The French government is now playing the "hysterical woman" card on Reding...

This should be fun: chauvinisme means over-enthusiastic patriotism in French, but chauvinism is most often associated with male chauvinism in English...

AFP: Sarkozy fury over EU attack on Roma round-up

An EU founder member and the home of the concept of universal human rights, France was "astonished" and furious on Tuesday when Europe's Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding condemned the clampdown in stark terms.

"This is not about stirring controversy," said an official in Sarkozy's Elysee Palace, speaking under the office's customary condition of anonymity. "Nevertheless, some statements are simply not acceptable.

France tried to play down the row, with the Elysee insisting it is time for "calm dialogue" rather than "sterile controversy" and suggesting that Reding had spoken out of place. But in Brussels, the Commission stood by her.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:03:26 AM EST

Roms : le Luxembourg hausse le ton après des critiques de Sarkozy

LUXEMBOURG - Le ministre luxembourgeois des Affaires étrangères Jean Asselborn a estimé mercredi que le président français s'était montré "malveillant" en conseillant à Viviane Reding d'accueillir des Roms dans son pays, le Luxembourg, suite à critiques de la commissaire contre Paris.

"Ce n'est pas Viviane Reding en tant que Luxembourgeoise qui a parlé. Elle est Luxembourgeoise d'origine, mais elle est commissaire et responsable pour le domaine de la Justice", a déclaré M. Asselborn à l'AFP.

"Elle ne parle pas pour le Luxembourg et n'a pas pris d'instruction au Luxembourg. Faire cet amalgame là de la part de Nicolas Sarkozy entre la nationalité de la commissaire et le Luxembourg est quelque chose de malveillant", a-t-il ajouté.

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Nicolas Sarkozy a suggéré mercredi à la commissaire européenne Viviane Reding, qui a critiqué les renvois de Roms par la France, d'accueillir des Roms au Luxembourg, son pays, ont déclaré des sénateurs à l'issue d'un déjeuner avec le président français.

Sur le fond des critiques exprimées mardi par Mme Reding, commissaire européenne à la Justice et aux Droits fondamentaux, "moi personnellement je suis entièrement sur la ligne qui est conduite par la Commission", a dit M. Asselborn.

La Luxembourgeoise avait menacé la France de poursuite en justice pour non respect de la législation européenne au sujet des renvois de roms roumains et bulgares. Elle avait fait un parallèle avec les déportations de la Deuxième guerre mondiale et s'était indignée que Paris lui ai dissimulé l'existence d'une circulaire ciblant spécifiquement cette communauté en France.

"La circulaire sur les Roms, qui a été retirée, (reflète) une "mentalité dangereuse", a jugé le ministre luxembourgeois, "et on ne change pas une politique en changeant une circulaire". "On doit aussi changer la mentalité et l'approche d'ensemble du gouvernement français en ce qui concerne cette matière", a-t-il renchéri.

After Sarkozy apparently said that Reding should get her country, Luxembourg, to welcome Roms, the Luxembourg minister for foreign affairs is reacting rather strongly, calling his comments "nasty" (or "malicious" maybe, not sure how to translate "malveillant")

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:57:52 AM EST
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Malevolent?

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:58:43 AM EST
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So, by making this suggestion hasn't Sarkozy implicitly admitted to expelling the Roma on purpose?

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 11:01:44 AM EST
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indeed.

Sounds like the typical "I didn't do it! They did it too" 6-year old defense.

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 11:39:52 AM EST
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There's this quaint idea that adult behaviour is different from child behaviour...

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 01:58:34 PM EST
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dict.cc dictionary :: malveillant [négatif] :: English-French translation
malveillant {adj} [négatif]
bitchy [coll.]
LOL

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 11:04:01 AM EST
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Perfect, really.  +1 Internets to Luxembourg.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 11:42:33 AM EST
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bit of a replay of the world cup then?

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 11:39:28 AM EST
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Isn't Asselborn calling Sarko malevolent for attacking her as a Luyxemburgian whereas she was speaking as a member of the European Commission?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 12:16:38 PM EST
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Yes, it's exactly that.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 01:01:06 PM EST
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chauvinism is most often associated with male chauvinism in English...

In German or Hungarian, it's primarily about a form of nationalism focusing on demeaning other nations in comparison to one's own.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 12:12:32 PM EST
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That's what chauvinisme is in French language too.
by Bernard on Wed Sep 15th, 2010 at 01:02:31 PM EST
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