Michael Moran, Executive Editor, CFR.org
The French government's decision to rejoin the integrated military command structure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formalizes a decade-long rethink of French military strategy and foreign policy. Under President Charles de Gaulle, who perceived the alliance as dominated by the United States and Britain, France pulled its forces out of NATO in 1966 to pursue more independent policies. The 2009 reversal, championed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has broad support in the French policymaking community and the military, though some dissent from traditional Gaullists persists. The full reintegration of French forces into NATO's structure reflects France's view of a changed world in which domestic security will rely on the ability to coordinate with allies abroad. The move also acknowledges a diminished French ability to mount significant expeditionary operations abroad without logistical and other support from its closest allies, including the United States. In effect, the era of "French exceptionalism" in conventional military affairs is over.
Tuesday 21 October 2008
Speaking at the European Parliament, French President Nicolas Sarkozy pushed for a coordinated response to the financial crisis and called for the creation of an "economic government" to work with the European Central Bank.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Tuesday for "clearly identified economic government" for the eurozone, working alongside the European Central Bank.
"It is not possible for the eurozone to continue without clearly identified economic government" Sarkozy told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The European Central Bank, currently the only joint institution overseeing the 15-nation eurozone, "must be independent," but the Frankfurt-based monetary body "should be able to discuss with an economic government," Sarkozy added.
By Victor Comras
Deciphering the current political trends and developments within France’s Muslim community is likely to challenge the most knowledgeable pundits for some time. But, what is clear is that the Muslim Brotherhood has made incredible strides in becoming France's most important Islamic organization, and toward taking control of the Muslim Community’s principal representative organization - the Conseil Francais du Culte Musulman (CFCM), .
The CFCM was created by the French Government in 2003 to act as the representative voice of France’s Muslim community. The group has been led since its inception by Dalil Boubakeur, who is also Mufti of the moderate Grand Mosque of Paris (GMP). Boubakeur, who leads a network of over 100 of France’s largest Mosques, has championed the integration and acceptance of France’s Muslim population into mainstream French political, social and economic community life. He has also been identified with France’s more affluent and secular-leaning Algerian origin community.Lees verder...
France’s upper house of parliament, the Senate, has said it will host two roundtable discussions on May 14 to study how the country can play a greater role in the Islamic finance sector.Lees verder...
PARIS, Feb 17, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Former French defense minister Jean- Pierre Chevenement said Sunday the forthcoming recognition of Kosovo's independence by France would "flout international law" and "could trigger a new cold war."
In a statement issued to the press, Chevenement, who is also the honorable president of the Republican and Citizen Movement ( MRC) opposition party, said "this unilateral recognition of the independence of a Serbian province, without any consultations with the French parliament, flouts international law and negates the United Nations Security Council of which France is a permanent member."Lees verder...
FEM Business is altijd een warm pleitbezorger geweest van Europese integratie en dat zal niet veranderen. Wij zijn voor verdere uitbreiding van de Europese Unie en verdere economische integratie van haar lidstaten. Europese integratie was en is goed voor Nederlandse bedrijven, die daardoor een almaar grotere thuismarkt krijgen. Per definitie is die integratie dan ook goed voor onze economie.
Toch vinden wij dat de Tweede Kamer het nieuwe verdrag over de Europese Unie moet afwijzen. Hoewel de tekstuele wijzigingen op het gebied van de economische- en monetaire unie klein ogen, kunnen de gevolgen groot zijn.
Het nieuwe verdrag kan leiden tot een zwakkere euro, hogere inflatie, hogere rentes en minder economische groei. Dat is in één woord rampzalig, en wezenlijk anders dan wat Nederland werd beloofd aan de vooravond van de invoering van de euro.
Paris exploits appeal from kidnapped Israeli soldiers’ families to launch new Middle East initiative based on promoting Hizballah and Syrian interests in Lebanon
July 24, 2007, 10:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
Middle East sources highlighted to DEBKAfile Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s praise for French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner as “a clever man” in the speech he aired by the Arabic TV al Jazeera network Monday night, July 23.
Kouchner commented last week after the the “Lebanese reconciliation” meeting President Nicolas Sarkozy convened near Paris that he believed Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev were alive. Earlier, their families while appealing for French help to release the two kidnapped soldiers, voiced surprise at the presence of Hizballah delegates, condemned by Europe as a terrorist group, at the Lebanese meeting.
DEBKAfile’s sources note that the new French administration has indeed earned praise from the Hizballah’s leader and his Syrian and Iranian patrons. Paris cleverly saw its chance to ride into center stage of Lebanese politics on the back of the desperate Israeli appeal. The former French ambassador to Damascus, Jean-Claude Cousseran, is in and out of Beirut these days and sees his Hizballah contacts almost daily. But he has not lifted a finger - even to find out if the two missing soldiers missing for a year are alive.Lees verder...
Paris. DPA/baz. Bei Anti-Terror-Razzien in Frankreich sind elf mutmassliche Unterstützer irakischer Jihad-Gruppen festgenommen worden, neun von ihnen angeblich mit Verbindung zu dem Netzwerk Al Qaida. Das teilte das französische Innenministerium am Mittwoch in Paris mit. Nach den Angaben erfolgten die Festnahmen am Dienstag und Mittwoch im südfranzösischen Toulouse sowie im Grossraum Paris. Die elf Festgenommenen sollen irakische Terrorgruppen unterstützt haben.
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Switzerland submits to Tehran a proposal for solving crisis over Iran’s nuclear program - over Washington’s objections
February 14, 2007, 12:30 AM (GMT+02:00)
Our intelligence sources reveal that Monday, Feb. 12, the six-point proposal secret Swiss emissaries delivered to the Iranian government ten days ago was accepted.
Its six points are revealed here for the first time:
1. Iran will be allowed to produce a predetermined quota of enriched uranium against its pledge not to exceed this limit or produce it up to weapons grade.
2. International nuclear IAEA inspections will be expanded to encompass nuclear weaponization activity.
3. In return for Tehran’s acceptance of 1.and 2., the IAEA will supply Iran with advanced nuclear technology and Russia will release nuclear fuel rods to power its Bushehr atomic reactor.
4. UN Security Council sanctions against Iran will not be stiffened.
5. The US and Europe will promise to desist from any military attack on Iran.
6. America and Europe will close down their clandestine support programs for Iran’s disaffected minorities, such as the Arabs of Khuzistan and the Kurds.Lees verder...
February 9, 2007
For decades France viewed post-colonial Africa as its exclusive sphere of influence, or pré carré. France still maintains military influence and stations thousands of its troops across the continent, from western Senegal to the Horn of Africa. But changes in its strategic priorities, as well as its inability to halt the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, have shifted France’s military role on the continent. France has folded many of its African missions into multinational operations. Yet some experts debate whether Africa should remain a top priority for French foreign policymakers or if its efforts on the continent are worthwhile.
Im Prozess um den Nachdruck der Mohammed-Karikaturen im französischen Blatt «Charlie Hebdo» hat sich Innenminister Sarkozy für den Vorrang der Meinungsfreiheit eingesetzt. Die muslimischen Kläger wurden von einem Anwalt Präsident Chiracs unterstützt.Ch. M. Paris, 8. Februar
Nach zweitägiger Verhandlung vor der 17. Strafkammer des Gerichtes von Paris ist am Donnerstag der Prozess um die letztjährige Veröffentlichung der umstrittenen Mohammed-Karikaturen durch die französische Satirezeitschrift «Charlie Hebdo» zu Ende gegangen. Wegen Beleidigung einer Religionsgemeinschaft hatten die Grosse Moschee von Paris mit ihrem Präsidenten Dalil Boubakeur und die Union des organisations islamiques en France, eine der islamischen Vereinigungen, Klage gegen den Herausgeber von «Charlie Hebdo», Philippe Val, erhoben.Lees verder...
Reuters: Danish cartoon row goes to French court next week
PARIS, (Reuters) - The row over Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad will be replayed in a French court next week when two influential Islamic groups sue a Paris satirical weekly for inciting hatred against Muslims by printing the caricatures. The two Muslim associations aim to show that reprinting the cartoons was a provocation equal to anti-Semitic acts or Holocaust denial that are already banned under French law, Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Paris Grand Mosque, said on Friday. The cartoons, originally published in 2005 in the Danish daily Jyllens-Posten (sic), provoked violent protests in Asia, Africa and the Middle East that left 50 people dead. Several European publications reprinted them as an affirmation of free speech. The weekly Charlie Hebdo, which put out a special edition with the cartoons, argued religions are not beyond criticism and letting Muslims censor the media would curtail a basic right. "Free speech is not the issue here. The issue is that, in France, racism is not an opinion, it is a crime," said Francis Szpiner, lawyer for the Grand Mosque, which has sued along with the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF). "Two of those caricatures make a link between Muslims and Muslim terrorists. That has a name and it's called racism."
Here they go, playing the race card again. (Hint: Islam = not a race)
In the face of ostracism and death threats -- in accord with Muhammad's command to kill those who leave Islam. "Muslims converts face ostracism in France," from ZeeNews, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
Muslims are converting to Christianity in their thousands in France but face exclusion from their families and even death threats.
Most Muslims hide their conversion and Protestant ministers do their utmost to protect new converts. It is estimated that every year in the world some six million Muslims convert to Christianity.
The Muezzin call to prayer. But here in France it is no longer reaching all Muslim ears.
Around 15,000 Muslims each year are converting to Christianity - around 10,000 to Catholicism and 5,000 to Protestantism....
Many Muslims in France hide their conversion but the trend is continuing. World wide around six million Muslims a year convert to Christianity.
Klare Positionen bezieht der konservative französische Präsidentschaftskandidat Nicolas Sarkozy zum Thema Immigration und Integration. Wer in Frankreich leben wolle, habe französische Werte zu respektieren. Keiner werde gezwungen, dort zu bleiben, wenn es ihm nicht gefällt: "Wer Frankreich liebt, muss auch die republikanische Ordnung respektieren, das heißt: man ist nicht polygam, man beschneidet nicht seine Töchter und schlachtet kein Schaf in seiner Wohnung".
Sarkozy lieferte sich in der TV-Sendung (Anm.: "J'ai une question à vous poser" des Fernsehsenders TF1) einen heftigen Wortwechsel mit muslimischen Einwanderern. "Niemand wird gezwungen, in Frankreich zu leben! Und wenn man Frankreich liebt, dann respektiert man es!"Brillant gekontert! Wir sind gespannt, wann die ersten Guti-Proteste laut werden.
Einer Anruferin aus Lille, die sich darüber beschwerte, dass der Oberste Rat der Muslime in Frankreich von "einem Algerier" geleitet werde, obwohl die "Marokkaner" in der Mehrheit seien, antwortete Sarkozy direkt: "Sie sind keine Algerierin, sie sind Französin, so wie auch ich kein Ungar bin!"
Sarkozys ungarischer Vater hieß Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa und kam nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg nach Frankreich. Seine Gesprächspartnerin bezeichnete daraufhin Sarkozys Aussage als "Schande", sie fühle sich "als Muslimin algerischer Herkunft beleidigt".
(Spürnasen: Geheimrat und Michael)
PARIS (AFP) - Tens of thousands of French schools and universities have received copies of a Turkish book refuting Darwin's theory of evolution and describing it as "the true source of terrorism."
The education ministry said Friday that it had warned school and university directors that the textbook is not in line with the recognized curriculum and that they should disregard it.
Entitled "The Atlas of Creation," the 770-page book by Turkish author Harun Yahya quotes several passages from the Koran and asserts that "human beings did not evolve (from another species) but were indeed created."
"We believe that there are lots of resources behind this campaign and the mass distribution, but were are not alarmed as the book has not reached the classrooms or documentation centers," said the education ministry.Lees verder...
PARIS: President Jacques Chirac said in an interview that an Iran that possessed one or two nuclear weapons would not pose much of a danger, adding that if Iran were ever to launch a nuclear weapon against a country like Israel, it would lead to the immediate destruction of Tehran.
The remarks, made in an interview Monday with the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and the weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, were vastly different from stated French policy and from what Chirac repeatedly has said.
So in a remarkable turnaround, Chirac summoned the journalists involved to the Élysée Palace again Tuesday to retract many of the things he had said.
Nicholas Wade is a science writer for the New York Times, who used to be as Politically Correct as anyone in that mob on
Wade presents compelling evidence that humans appear to be genetically predisposed to warfare. Among ancient hunter-gatherers, "incessant warfare" was the norm, just as it is today among the Stone Age tribes of New Guinea and South America. Humans have a long history of cannibalism, so much that we carry genes to guard against the toxic consequences of eating human flesh (similar to Mad Cow prion disease). Modern humans are less aggressive than our ancestors were. The very fact that we can live in mass societies at reasonable peace with each other is an extraordinary advance.
From the desk of Fjordman on Tue, 2006-04-18 15:38
In my essay about the retreat of the Western world order, I mentioned the possibility of civil strife in the West caused by runaway immigration. This is no longer just a theoretical possibility. It is pretty clear to anybody following the developments in Europe that the situation in France is starting to become rather serious. President Jacques Chirac threw out part of a youth labor law that triggered massive protests and strikes, bowing to intense pressure from students and unions. The unemployment rate for youths under 26 is a staggering 22 percent nationwide, but soars to nearly 50 percent in some of those troubled areas with many Muslim immigrants. French Jews are leaving the country in ever-growing numbers, fleeing a wave of anti-Semitism. Nidra Poller, American ex-pat writer and translator in Paris, has written some appalling stories about aggressive anti-Semitism, such as the murder and brutal torture of French Jew Ilan Halimi early in 2006.Lees verder...