Nicolas Sarkozy

French bridges 'at risk of collapse'

More than 800 road bridges in France are at risk of collapsing within a few years, according to a survey carried out for the Transport Ministry that has raised alarm following the Genoa tragedy.<p>The July report, commissioned by the ministry from two private consultancies, predates the Italian …

France

Kurl: Sorry, Maxime Bernier, I'm not part of a diversity 'cult'

There’s a photograph in a small gold frame nestled in a large wall unit at my parents’ house. In it, two people stand. There’s a formal distance …

Canadian News

From France to Denmark, bans on full-face Muslim veils are spreading across Europe

Earlier this month, Denmark became the fifth country in Europe to introduce a ban on face coverings in public places. The policy is widely viewed as being targeted at Muslim women who wear veils such as the niqab.<p>Despite protests in the country’s capital, police have started enforcing the law in …

Religion

TOP 20 LUXURY WATCH BRANDS

Designer watches are products of true craftsmanship, merging luxury and reliability. Top luxury brands create quality timepieces that showcase great …

Luxury Lifestyle

Middle Israel: Europe’s Pearl Harbor turns seven

What the continent celebrated as Libya’s ‘liberation’ actually spawned the European Union’s demise.<p>Anti-Gaddafi forces shout during a gun battle with …

Pearl Harbor

Arsène Tchakarian, World War II resistance fighter in France, dies at 101

By Phil Davison<p>Arsène Tchakarian, the last surviving member of the Armenian-led Manouchian network, which fought alongside the French resistance against the Nazi occupiers during World War II, died Aug. 4 at a hospital in Villejuif, south of Paris. He was 101.<p>Mr. Tchakarian, an ethnic Armenian born …

World History

UK’s May says Boris Johnson should apologize over burqa comments

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May backed calls Tuesday for her former foreign minister Boris Johnson to apologize for disparaging comments …

Boris Johnson

Denmark bans the Islamic veil

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>There’s something rotten in Denmark. But don’t take it from us (or from the Bard), but from the Danes themselves. Evidently not …

Human Rights

US urges Russia to withdraw from parts of Georgia

The United States on Tuesday urged Russia to pull out Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Kremlin-backed separatist regions of Georgia.<p>Russia recognized …

Russia

Believe it or not, Trump’s following a familiar script on Russia

If the edifice of the liberal world order is in danger of collapse today — and it is — when did the pillars begin to weaken? Many date the problems to President Trump’s election. But while Trump’s “America First” approach to the world has significantly widened the cracks in the order, perhaps …

Russia

‘Crashed’ Connects the Dots From 2008 Crisis to Trump, Brexit and More

The Columbia professor Adam Tooze might be expected to have precious little in common with Stephen K. Bannon, the shambolic former chief strategist to President Donald J. Trump. Tooze is a self-described “left‑liberal historian whose personal loyalties are divided among England, Germany, the …

The Arts

Beautiful, stunning wives of famous politicians - News

TV journalist Amrita Rai married senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in Chennai in 2015. The relationship became a matter of public knowledge …

India

Prufrock: Nonsensical Protests Against Cultural Appropriation, Japanese Ghosts, and a History of Captain Cook’s Ship

<b>You may have read about the Nation’s decision to apologize for a poem written in Black vernacular a few weeks ago.</b> Why did they apologize? Well, you …

Conservative View

Tenth Anniversary of the War That Wounded Georgia and Derailed Russia

In the first week of August 2008, escalating tensions between Georgia and Russia exploded in a messy battle for Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. The …

Russia

Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

WARSAW (AFP) -<p>Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday condemned Russia's "occupation" of a part of Georgia ahead of the 10th anniversary of Moscow's lightning war with Tbilisi.<p>"Standing alongside Georgian authorities, we want to remind the world what happened in August 2008: the …

Russia

EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts, by Ashoka Mody | Financial Times

Writing about the euro runs up against a difficulty: doing justice to the technicalities threatens to kill any narrative, while simplified …

Economics

The lightning Russia-Georgia war

PARIS (AFP) -<p>Ten years ago, in August 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war over South Ossetia, a small separatist Georgian region which Moscow would later controversially recognise as independent, in the face of international criticism.<p>Here is a recap of the five-day war in South Ossetia, a …

Russia

Russia used lessons from Georgia war in Ukraine conflict

MOSCOW (AFP) -<p>In the summer of 2008, Russia's army intervened militarily in an independent state for the first time since the Soviet Union's disastrous campaign in Afghanistan.<p>Ten years later, Moscow has still not softened its position towards its neighbours and its rift with the West has only …

Russia

Why Brigitte Macron is the most loved French first lady for years

From a very young age, Brigitte Macron, née Trogneux, must have seen people beaming at her whenever she mentioned her family business: they were chocolatiers. Children of French pâtissiers and boulangers also know this feeling of gourmand envy and admiration. At my school in Paris in the 1980s, …

France

No one wants to talk about why the Paris CCTV sexual harasser hasn't been arrested

Beyond the recorded moment of impact, the most distressing aspect of the high-profile criminal case involving a woman being assaulted outside a Paris …

Opinion (UK)

How the U.S. Saved the World From Financial Ruin

By<p>Aug. 3, 2018 4:27 p.m. ET<p>The Federal Reserve’s response to the financial crisis involved lending tens of trillions of dollars to borrowers based …

Federal Reserve

Non, Madame! Macron refuses to break the Brexit deadlock as he tells Theresa May he stands firmly behind EU negotiators during talks at president's holiday fort

Emmanuel Macron last night warned Theresa May that he stood firmly behind EU negotiators as he refused to break ranks over Brexit.<p>The Prime Minister …

Great Britain

Macron has ridden his storm and will be in no mood to be weak on Brexit

The start of the three-week parliamentary holiday in France was greeted yesterday with relief and pleasure by a political class both exhausted and …

Opinion (UK)

Brics on right track to the future

The 10th Brics summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 25-27 July once again highlighted the rising power of large emerging economies on the world stage<p>When the first Brics summit was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in 2009 after the global financial crisis, the combined economic power of the …

Economy

A Brief History of France's Fort de Brégançon

The small Fort de Brégançon, in the Mediterranean Sea, has a picture-postcard setting and a unique story to tell. Here’s a brief history of this …

France

I have never regretted voting for Brexit – and the EU's latest bullying tactics have made me more certain about it than ever

In the early hours of 24 June two years ago, I felt something I have never felt before or since. A kind of giddy excitement at seeing history being …

Opinion (UK)

France Is Rolling Out a Multimillion-Dollar App to Give Young People Free Access to Cultural Goods and Events

Art World<p>But the benefits of the program could come at the cost of privacy and personal data.<p>,<p>France wants its young people to experience more …

Personal Data

'I'm impulsive, but not violent,' says sacked Macron bodyguard

The former bodyguard to Emmanuel Macron who was sacked after footage emerged of him appearing to attack a protester has described how his boyhood dream of working at the Elysée Palace ended in a moment of impulsive madness.<p>Alexandre Benalla was charged with gang violence after footage emerged of …

Benalla

French Carmakers Are Worrying About an EU-U.S. Tariff Deal

The prospect of a tariff-free zone for car imports between the U.S. and the European Union is sending a chill through the French auto industry.<p>U.S. …

Automotive Industry

'Does he think we are idiots?' – La France périphérique sours on Macron

'I didn’t vote for Macron or Le Pen, but I was prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t expect this' Françoise Hitier, disillusioned voter<p>'He is considered a master of communication and yet to make such a serious error. It’s dramatic' Bruno Cautrès, political analyst<p>The tricolour was …

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