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The Guardians of the French Language Are Deadlocked, Just Like Their Country - The New York Times
But the sacred job of protecting France from “brainless Globish” and the “deadly snobbery of Anglo-American,” as a member spat out in a speech last month, has rarely been more difficult to attain.
Academiefrancaise  culture  tradition  conservative  review  France  NYTimes  2019 
8 days ago by inspiral
The French Burglar Who Pulled Off His Generation’s Biggest Art Heist | The New Yorker
The skilled climber and thief Vjeran Tomic, whom the French press referred to as Spider-Man, has described robbery as an act of imagination.
VjeranTomic  crime  art  thief  Paris  France  NewYorker  2019 
7 weeks ago by inspiral
Orbiting Jupiter: my week with Emmanuel Macron | News | The Guardian
Is France’s new president a political miracle, or a mirage that is already fading away? By Emmanuel Carrère
EmmanuelMacron  profile  politics  France  Guardian  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Toulouse city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels | Travel | The Guardian
In France’s sunny ‘pink city’, ancient palaces show world-class art and crowds sip pastis and eat cassoulet and top-notch tapas at lively food markets
Toulouse  guide  tourist  France  Guardian  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl - Racked
The effortlessly chic French woman is one of the most persistent tropes in our lifestyle landscape. Sixty years after a young, unapologetically sexual Brigitte Bardot danced her way into the pop culture canon in the film ...And God Created Woman, publications like Vogue, Into the Gloss, and Who What Wear now publish a steady stream of articles on the supposedly superior and increasingly specific ways that French women dress, do their hair, eat, exercise, and fall in love. “The One Piece Every Chic French Girl Has in Her Winter Wardrobe.” “The Color Combo French It Girls Always Wear.” “How to Do Valentine’s Day Like a French Girl.” “How to Wash Your Hair Like a French Girl.” Even the New York Times has investigated French women’s daily habits (“Aging Gracefully, the French Way”).
style  fashion  cosmetics  beauty  French  France  Racked  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
America Made Me a Feminist - The New York Times
But the American woman is told she can do anything and then is knocked down the moment she proves it. In adapting myself to my new country, my Swedish woman power began to wilt. I joined the women around me who were struggling to do it all and failing miserably. I now have no choice but to pull the word “feminist” out of the dusty drawer and polish it up.
women  gender  feminism  USA  France  CzechRepublic  review  NYTimes  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
Brigitte Macron: ever present beside France's presidential hopeful | World news | The Guardian
Emmanuel Macron’s drama coach when he was 15 is set to break new ground by having a formal job description as first lady
EmmanuelMacron  BrigitteMacron  politics  France  profile  relationships  Guardian  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
France’s identity crisis: ‘People just don’t know what to think any more’ | World news | The Guardian
France goes to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election shaped by economic insecurity, cultural paranoia and terrorism. Natalie Nougayrède travels to the south-west and tries to make sense of the most important vote of her lifetime
politics  elections  review  France  Guardian  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Why young men queue up to die in the French Foreign Legion | Aeon Essays
His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?
ForeignLegion  profile  military  history  France  Aeon  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
France in the End of Days -
Marine Le Pen’s road to victory is clear enough. Can a pragmatist stop the extreme right?
politics  elections  MarineLePen  FrontNational  EmmanuelMacron  FrancoisFillon  France  NYTimes  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Casual Gabberz are the Parisian collective making gabber cool again
Since its birth in Rotterdam in the early ‘90s, gabber has largely been derided by “serious” clubbers as as whizz-fueled music for puerile head-bangers. But forget what you’ve heard – a new generation of French gabber obsessives are pumping fresh blood into a maligned genre to bring a taste of gabber to a contemporary club audience. April Clare Welsh meets the Casual Gabberz.
CasualGabberz  gabber  music  dancemusic  Paris  France  FactMag  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Google and Facebook partner for anti-fake news drive during French election | TechCrunch
The first round of the French presidential election is due to be held in April. So it’s no coincidence that Google and Facebook are stepping up efforts locally to combat the circulation of so-called fake news as the democratic drum beat cranks up — partnering on a collaborative initiative aimed at combating the spread of disinformation online.

Google, via its News Lab arm, is backing a collaborative verification platform called CrossCheck, that will launch in France on February 27 and continue through the French elections — bringing together a raft of local media companies to power a website where members of the public can report content they believe to be dubious, or ask questions for CrossCheck’s media partners to respond to. The tech companies will be providing data and tools to help spot potential viral fakes pertaining to the election.
webjournalism  fakenews  Google  GoogleNewsLab  CrossCheck  Facebook  politics  elections  France  launch  Techcrunch  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
The man who could make Marine Le Pen president of France | World news | The Guardian
Florian Philippot is the strategist behind the rebranding of the extreme right Front National as a populist, anti-elite movement. But don’t mistake him for a moderate
FlorianPhilippot  FrontNational  MarineLePen  France  politics  Guardian  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Key findings on international migration | Pew Research Center
Millions of people have migrated from their homes to other countries in recent years. Some migrants have moved voluntarily, seeking economic opportunities. Others have been forced from their homes by political turmoil, persecution or war and have left their countries to seek asylum elsewhere.

To mark International Migrants Day this Sunday, here are our key findings about international migration trends.
migration  refugees  statistics  research  USA  global  Europe  Germany  Russia  UK  UAE  Canada  France  Australia  Spain  Italy  India  Ukraine  Thailand  Pakistan  Kazakhstan  PewResearch  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Support for EU rises since Brexit vote, survey shows
Across the EU as a whole, 62 per cent of those polled would vote to stay in the EU compared with 57 per cent in March, according to Bertelsmann’s polling which covered nearly 15,000 respondents. The poll was conducted in August 2016 a few weeks after the British referendum.

In Britain, support rose to 56 per cent after the Brexit vote, compared to 49 per cent before. Approval rates fell in Spain to 68 per cent, but rose in the other four big continental member states – Germany, France, Italy and Poland.
EuropeanUnion  Europe  support  UK  Germany  Italy  France  Poland  Brexit  consumer  research  Bertelsmann  FinancialTimes  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
The ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe’s new far right | World news | The Guardian
Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation. How have they done it? By stealing the language, causes and voters of the traditional left
politics  Islamophobia  immigration  PimFortuyn  GeertWilders  MarineLePen  DanishPeoplesParty  FrontNational  trends  growth  Netherlands  Denmark  France  Europe  author:SashaPolakowSuransky  Guardian  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
European publishers see ad-blocking rates stabilizing - Digiday
Ad blocking emerged over a year ago as a major threat to digital publishing, most acutely in Europe, which has long boasted the highest ad-blocking rates in the world. But now, European publishers are seeing ad blocking rates stabilize and even drop.
adblocker  penetration  onlinemedia  webjournalism  onlineadvertising  stabilise  France  Germany  Sweden  Europe  Digiday  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
10 things you didn't know about Europe's tech scene | VentureBeat | Business | by Omar Mohout
So while Europe might be a single market, it’s definitely not a single tech scene. That fact makes it difficult to feel the pulse of the European tech. But if you take a close look, you’ll quickly notice that there is interesting stuff happening in Europe – to the point that we’re spotting young EUnicorns, the European answer to Silicon Valley’s unicorns! In order to get a good overview of the scene,, the non-profit I work for that maps Belgian tech startups, recently looked at all of the European tech companies that have raised at least $1 million in 2016. The data (you can view it here), which is comprised of more than 1,100 transactions from 30 countries, reveals 10 surprising insights. Here they are — the good, the bad, and the ugly of the old continent:
startup  review  fintech  Europe  London  Paris  Berlin  Stockholm  Barcelona  Munich  Amsterdam  Copenhagen  Dublin  Milan  Ghent  Krakow  Lausanne  Porto  Helsinki  UK  Germany  France  Sweden  Belgium  Ireland  Finland  Switzerland  university  accelerator  venturecapital  B2B  B2C  marketplace  Venturebeat  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
The Roots of Islamophobia in France | Jacobin
Islamophobia has become, they say “the very ground on which the organizational and ideological future of the French right is most directly played out.”

But when it comes to defending the rights of France’s Muslim population, the Left, including much of the radical left, has been missing in action. Reluctance to defend religious freedom seriously undermines the Left’s solidarity with Muslim refugees.

As a result, Islamophobia strikes at the heart of one of the most urgent political projects for European radicals.
Islam  Islamophobia  racism  politics  review  France  author:NickReimer  Jacobin  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The Roots of Islamophobia in France | Jacobin
Islamophobia has become, they say “the very ground on which the organizational and ideological future of the French right is most directly played out.”

But when it comes to defending the rights of France’s Muslim population, the Left, including much of the radical left, has been missing in action. Reluctance to defend religious freedom seriously undermines the Left’s solidarity with Muslim refugees.

As a result, Islamophobia strikes at the heart of one of the most urgent political projects for European radicals.
Islam  Islamophobia  racism  politics  review  France 
august 2016 by inspiral
Why Europe Can't Find The Jihadis In Its Midst - BuzzFeed News
A small, well-organized ISIS cell has been at work in the heart of Europe for years, recruiting criminals, exploiting freedom of movement, and evading counterterrorism efforts. This spring and summer, as multiple attacks rocked Europe, Mitch Prothero spoke to the people shuttling between investigating the crimes that had already happened, while struggling to prevent new ones.
ISIS  terrorism  crime  police  Europe  EuropeanUnion  Interpol  Belgium  France  review  critique  Buzzfeed 
august 2016 by inspiral
Amazon eyes far horizons for drone launch —
For Amazon’s drone engineers in Seattle, there is a routine with which they have become all too familiar: loading their devices into a van and heading up to the Canadian border for more testing.

Amazon Prime Air is one of the world’s most ambitious drone development programmes. The ecommerce pioneer plans one day to use the equipment to deliver its packages to customers’ doors.

But the repeated trips to Canada — where one of the company’s drone testing sites is less than a mile from the border in British Columbia — point to the challenging regulatory environment that is proving the biggest burden to getting its drone ambitions off the ground.

When US regulators released their first rules for commercial drone use last week, they were praised by industry groups. But the rules were due last year and many say that Amazon’s home market has dragged its feet in developing rules for a technology which poses tricky questions about safety, privacy and aerospace governance.

Amazon has responded by embarking on a global research and testing programme, taking advantage of the patchwork regulatory environment around the world.

But the question of where the company will launch its formal drone operations is still an open one. After regulatory delays in the US and rules that require commercial drones to fly within the pilot’s line of sight, analysts say the UK, Ireland, France, Canada or Japan are the most probable launch markets.
Amazon  drones  logistics  innovation  regulation  USA  Canada  UK  Ireland  France  Japan  testing  FinancialTimes  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
UK joins Greece at bottom of wage growth league | Money | The Guardian
TUC found that between 2007 and 2015 in the UK, real wages fell by 10.4%, the joint lowest in OECD countries
income  deflation  decline  UK  Greece  Germany  France  Portugal  TUC  research  Guardian  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Apple opening R&D lab in Grenoble, France for imaging tech research | 9to5Mac
Reports from local French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré (via claim Apple has signed contracts to open a new R&D lab in Grenoble, France focusing on imaging technologies.

Apple has already had a team of researchers working secretively in the area, according to the reports, but a new 800 square meter R&D lab will allow it to expand to a team of approximately 30 people.

Apple is said to have chosen the location due a collaboration with semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics, a supplier of components for various Apple products including past iPhone models and Apple Watch.
Apple  R&D  imagerecognition  launch  Grenoble  France  innovation  9to5mac  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world's refugees | World news | The Guardian
The six wealthiest countries in the world, which between them account for almost 60% of the global economy, host less than 9% of the world’s refugees, while poorer countries shoulder most of the burden, Oxfam has said.

According to a report released by the charity on Monday, the US, China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK, which together make up 56.6% of global GDP, between them host just 2.1 million refugees: 8.9% of the world’s total.

Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam
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Of these 2.1 million people, roughly a third are hosted by Germany (736,740), while the remaining 1.4 million are split between the other five countries. The UK hosts 168,937 refugees, a figure Oxfam GB chief executive, Mark Goldring, has called shameful.

In contrast, more than half of the world’s refugees – almost 12 million people – live in Jordan, Turkey, Palestine, Pakistan, Lebanon and South Africa, despite the fact these places make up less than 2% of the world’s economy.
refugees  population  statistics  country  USA  China  Japan  Germany  France  UK  Turkey  Palestine  Pakistan  Lebanon  SouthAfrica  Oxfam  critique  Guardian  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
UK has fastest mobile internet while US lags behind, says report | The Verge
In a bad week for Britain in the news, the UK can at least take solace in its average mobile connection speeds, which — according to a new report from content delivery network Akamai — are the best in the world. The company's latest State of the Internet report claims that British mobile users were able to get average speeds of 27.9 Mbps when connecting to Akamai's HTTP/S platform in Q1 2016, beating most countries in Europe by an average of more than 10 Mbps, and the United States' average speed by more than 20 Mbps.
mobile  mobileinternet  telecoms  speed  country  comparison  Akamai  USA  UK  Germany  Algeria  France  Slovakia  Thailand  Kenya  Paraguay  Turkey  TheVerge  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
How European Countries View Brexit | Pew Research Center
European publics are sharply divided along partisan lines on many of these issues. Supporters of Euroskeptic parties – especially in France, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK – are much less likely than adherents to other major parties to have a favorable view of the European Union.

These are among the key findings from a new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in 10 EU nations among 10,491 respondents from April 4 to May 12, 2016. The survey includes countries that account for 80% of the EU-28 population and 82% of the EU’s GDP.
EuropeanUnion  Europe  consumer  research  Poland  Italy  Germany  Spain  UK  France  Greece  demographics  politics  review  PewResearch  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
European ecommerce sales set to reach €500bn in 2016: report - InternetRetailing
Ecommerce sales in Europe are set to pass the €500bn (£380.9bn) milestone this year, a new report predicts today, after a year in which UK retailers took more than a third of all European online sales.

The forecast for 2016 comes in the European B2C Ecommerce Report, published by Ecommerce Europe, which finds that in the last year online transactions across Europe hit €455.3bn (£346.9bn) in 2015, 13.3% up on the same time last year. The report suggests that an estimated 296m online shoppers hailing from 48 European countries, including 28 that are members of the European Union, each spent an average of €1,540 (£1,173) over the internet last year. And that total is set to grow, the report suggested. “Nearly all growth in retail comes from ecommerce,” said the report. It added: “The full potential of the European ecommerce market has not yet been reached. Today 57% of European internet users shop online, but only 16% of SMEs sell online – and less than half of those sell online across borders (7.5%).”
ecommmerce  sales  statistics  UK  France  Germany  EcommerceEurope  InternetRetailing  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Social Networking Across Europe a Patchwork of Penetration Rates - eMarketer
More than half the population of Western Europe will be using social networks by 2019, but adoption rates across the region are surprisingly diverse, and growth rate are also slowing according to eMarketer’s latest forecast.

The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and the UK have some of the highest rates of social network usage in Western Europe, with at least 69% of internet users in each of these countries regularly visiting social networks. By contrast, France and Germany rank toward the bottom for social media usage in the region, with just 55.7% and 57.1% of internet users, respectively, using the platforms on a monthly basis—well below the regional average of 63.2%.
socialmedia  penetration  Europe  Netherlands  Norway  UK  Italy  Denmark  Sweden  Spain  Germany  France  statistics  eMarketer  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
There is one country where most Europeans would rather live—and one they’d all rather avoid — Quartz
On the back of all this drama, how do Europe’s citizens think of life elsewhere on the continent? A survey (pdf) by a research group based at the University of Geneva asked citizens from nine European nations to rate living conditions in their home country and those in neighboring countries on a scale of one to 10.
Europe  country  qualityoflife  popularity  Germany  Sweden  Switzerland  UK  Poland  Spain  France  Greece  UniversityofGeneva  Quartz  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Inside the FBI’s Secret Muslim Network - POLITICO Magazine
Whatever its overreach, the U.S. approach to its Muslim communities is overall more nuanced than what is going on in France, where police are surveilling thousands of Muslims who may have nothing to do with terror plots. And many observers believe the nuance goes a long way to answering one big question looming over the issue of homegrown Islamic terrorism: Given that the United States has long been a main target of jihadi ire, why isn't there a homegrown terror problem in the U.S. like there is in Europe?
terrorism  police  Islam  outreach  advocacy  USA  comparison  Europe  Belgium  France  Politico  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Revealed: the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income | World news | The Guardian
The full scale of the financial rout facing millennials is revealed today in exclusive new data that points to a perfect storm of factors besetting an entire generation of young adults around the world.

A combination of debt, joblessness, globalisation, demographics and rising house prices is depressing the incomes and prospects of millions of young people across the developed world, resulting in unprecedented inequality between generations.

A Guardian investigation into the prospects of millennials – those born between 1980 and the mid-90s, and often otherwise known as Generation Y – has found they are increasingly being cut out of the wealth generated in western societies.

Where 30 years ago young adults used to earn more than national averages, now in many countries they have slumped to earning as much as 20% below their average compatriot. Pensioners by comparison have seen income soar.
Millennials  income  incomeinequality  demographics  youngadults  critique  review  inequality  Australia  Italy  Spain  USA  France  Canada  UK  LuxembourgIncomeStudy  Guardian  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Uber: a route out of the French banlieues -
Ride-hailing apps have created jobs for Paris’s poorer youth, but a regulatory clampdown looms
Uber  ridesharing  banlieues  socialclass  immigration  socialmobility  Paris  France  regulations  review  FinancialTimes  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
UK manufacturing retains bright spots despite overall gloom -
All of the manufacturing sectors in the G7, the informal group of the world’s largest advanced economies, remain smaller than at their pre-recession peak. Even in Germany, the much-envied exemplar of European manufacturing excellence, the sector is 2 per cent smaller on the most recent comparable data.
Britain, where manufacturing is about 7 per cent smaller than in 2007, sits squarely in the middle of the pack. At the bottom is Italy, where manufacturing has shrunk by nearly a quarter. “The UK is not an outlier,” said Lee Hopley, chief economist at the manufacturers’ association EEF.
Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, the data company that conducts surveys of manufacturing activity around the world, agreed: “We don’t see [the UK] as being unusually weak in recent years.” In 2014, he said, Britain was one of the best-performing nations in terms of manufacturing activity’s rate of expansion, before — like the US — sliding down the ranking
manufacturing  sector  decline  USA  Germany  UK  Canada  France  Japan  Italy  comparison  FinancialTimes  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Can virtual interactions replace “being there”? | GfK Insights Blog
Nearly a quarter of the online population across 22 countries believes that virtual interactions with people and places can be as good as being there in person.

Opportunities for virtual interactions are increasingly common in daily life – be it video-conferencing at work, ‘face-timing’ or instant chat via a smartphone, or exploring cities, restaurants or museums using Google Street view or 3D-Panorama. But can virtual interactions with people and places ever be as good as being there in person?

We put this question to internet users across 22 countries – and 23 percent firmly agree it can1 be as good, compared to 15 percent who firmly disagree[1].
communication  virtual  virtualreality  Japan  Netherlands  CzechRepublic  Sweden  Belgium  Australia  Canada  Germany  HongKong  France  UK  Turkey  Brazil  Mexico  China  Russia  USA  Argentina  Spain  Italy  SouthKorea  Poland  country  comparison  GFK  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Location, location, location: Global house prices | The Economist
THE Economist tracks the health of housing in 26 markets around the world, encompassing a population of over 3 billion. Prices are now rising in 21 of these markets at a median pace of 4.7% a year. China’s housing market is one of only five countries in our index where prices are falling, joining Singapore and a trio of euro-zone countries—France, Greece and Italy. The government has been trying to boost the market over the past ten months which is now slowly responding.

To assess whether house prices are at sustainable levels, we use two yardsticks. One is affordability, measured by the ratio of prices to income per person after tax. The other is the case for investing in housing, based on the ratio of house prices to rents, much as stockmarket investors look at the ratio of equity prices to earnings. If these gauges are higher than their historical averages then property is deemed overvalued; if they are lower, it is undervalued. According to our measure, property is more than 30% overvalued in six of the markets we track, notably in Australia, Britain and Canada.

Explore the data in our interactive chart above (updated on October 6th 2015) and try to spot which market is looking most vulnerable. See full the article on global house prices
housing  prices  realestate  country  comparison  interactiveinfographic  Australia  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  India  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Mexico  Netherlands  Russia  Singapore  SouthAfrica  SouthKorea  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Turkey  UnitedStates  UK  Economist  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Income inequality: poverty falling faster than ever but the 1% are racing ahead | News | The Guardian
Is the gap between rich and poor widening? It’s not as simple as that, says Dr Max Roser, from the Institute for New Economic Thinking
income  incomeinequality  review  USA  UK  Canada  Ireland  Australia  Germany  Japan  France  Sweden  Denmark  Netherlands  global  comparison  Infographic  author:MaxRoser  Guardian  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Digital in 2016
We Are Social's comprehensive new Digital in 2016 report presents internet, social media, and mobile usage statistics and trends from all over the world. It contains more than 500 infographics, including global data snapshots, regional overviews, and in-depth profiles of the digital landscapes in 30 of the world's key economies. For a more insightful analysis of the numbers contained in this report, please visit
internet  mobile  mobileinternet  ecommerce  socialcommerce  socialmedia  mobilemessaging  Facebook  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  Google+  Twitter  Instagram  Skype  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Viber  smartphones  PCs  tablets  gaming  ereader  wearables  mobilevideo  mobilegaming  mobilebanking  maps  Africa  Europe  Americas  Asia  MiddleEast  Argentina  Australia  Brazil  Canada  China  Egypt  France  Germany  HongKong  India  Indonesia  Italy  Japan  Malaysia  Mexico  Nigeria  Philippines  Poland  Russia  SaudiArabia  Singapore  SouthAfrica  SouthKorea  Spain  Thailand  Turkey  UAE  UK  USA  Vietnam  statistics  penetration  WeAreSocial  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
Get Builds Mobile Apps And Handles Deliveries For Local Shops | TechCrunch
First, Get lets you build a white-label app in less than an hour for free. In particular, Get handles the ordering and payment parts. And this is key to understanding the startup’s strategy. Get doesn’t rely on a traditional software-as-a-service approach. You don’t have to invest tens of thousands of euros to work with an agency to build an app. Instead, Get gives you an app for free and then takes a cut on every transaction.
Get  mobilecommerce  retail  ecommerce  launch  France  Techcrunch  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
UK most advanced TV-watching country in world, research finds | Media | The Guardian
The UK is the most advanced TV-watching nation in the world, with more people using catch-up services and tablets to get their fix of television than in the rest of Europe, Japan, Australia or the US, according to Ofcom research.
television  streamingmedia  comparison  country  UK  Italy  Spain  Australia  Sweden  France  USA  Germany  Japan  penetration  statistics  Ofcom  Guardian  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Front National Under Marine Le Pen Has Broadened Its Appeal - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Before Marine Le Pen, the Front was more of a protest movement than a party, a movement whose potential depended on how Jean-Marie Le Pen made his points and delivered his provocative statements. He remained an attention-grabbing contrarian to the very end -- until last summer, when his daughter ejected him from the party he had founded. Her father had become a threat to her own success. Jean-Marie Le Pen was uninterested in grassroots political work or local politics, and he ran the party from his villa in the western part of Paris. His daughter is wired differently.
FrontNational  politics  JeanMarieLePen  MarineLePen  racism  France  Spiegel  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
EY’s attractiveness survey: Europe 2015 Comeback time
FDI inflows into Europe rose by 36% in 2014, the biggest increase among major regions. This year, investors have ranked Western Europe (50%) as the world’s most attractive FDI destination for the second year running.

The global uptick in M&A was mirrored in Europe, where companies began a wave of consolidation in financial services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and communications. The weakening of the euro, which has accelerated since year-end, has made many Continental European assets or investment projects more affordable, especially for those paying in dollars, pounds or Swiss francs.

But investors may also have reacted to the first signs of a long-overdue and multispeed European economic recovery that has since been confirmed, which is encouraging a rising wave of business investment across the region. In the final quarter of 2014, a sharp fall in energy prices also bolstered Europe’s attractiveness and stimulated its nascent economic recovery.
Europe  attractiveness  investment  foreigndirectinvestment  ranking  country  cities  UK  Germany  France  Spain  Belgium  Netherlands  Poland  Russia  Turkey  Ireland  London  Paris  Berlin  Frankfurt  Amsterdam  Brussels  Munich  Barcelona  Prague  Madrid  review  comparison  EY  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The French Emergency | Jacobin
Sixty years ago, the French state of emergency was devised to wage a guerre sans nom. For those who superintended it, war was unavowable. Today the nation’s political class speaks of little else. The doomed, bloody counterinsurgency in Algeria nonetheless possessed a clearly articulated aim and even a vision of history: to defend French sovereignty in Africa, reconfigured so as to secure a national role in a post-imperial world.

At the time, French theorists of modern warfare favored an inversion of Carl von Clausewitz’s famous dictum, attributed to Lenin: politics as the continuation of war by other means. By comparison, France’s wars of the twenty-first century are remarkable for their strategic incoherence, amply on display in the Middle East: alliances with reactionary monarchies in the Gulf, enablement of a revanchist right in Israel, opportunistic support for authoritarian regimes in Iraq and Syria, collaboration — admitted or implicit — with disastrous American offensives in the region.
France  Paris  terrorism  politics  stateofemergency  history  Algeria  surveillance  Jacobin  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Adam Shatz · Magical Thinking about Isis · LRB 3 December 2015
Now IS is unrivalled among jihadist groups, and no one knows quite what to do that won’t make the problem worse. Anything that can be done now risks being too little, too late. It’s true that IS is no match, militarily, for the West. The attacks of 13 November were in the anarchist tradition of the ‘propaganda of the deed’, and we shouldn’t fall for it: the social order of Europe isn’t in jeopardy. But it would also be a mistake to underestimate the problem. IS has managed to insert itself, with no small amount of cunning, and with acute sensitivity to feelings of humiliation, into two of the most intractable conflicts of our time: the relationship of European societies to their internal, Muslim ‘others’ and the sectarian power struggles that have engulfed the lands of Iraq and Syria since 2003.
ISIS  terrorism  Paris  France  internationalrelations  discrimination  Islam  Syria  SaudiArabia  LondonReviewofBooks  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
A Police State to Avoid Any Critical Evaluation? | La Quadrature du Net
Today the French National Assembly1 adopted the bill on the state of emergency2. This text was adopted in great urgency in an unprecedented one-upmanship autoritarian atmosphere. La Quadrature du Net expresses its concerns about several measures found in the bill, especially regarding police searches of electronic devices, Internet censorship and freedom of association. Rather than enganging in any thorough consideration of the causes that led to the killings and of the way to solve this complex situation, the entire French political class betrays itself by responding to this unprecedented attack on our liberties with a broad restriction of our civil liberties.
terrorism  France  regulations  surveillance  freedom  government  critique  LaQuadrature  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Paris Attacks: Aftermath and Prelude - The New Yorker
“Those who attack us want to do the most harm possible. And to do it in the long run. They’re preparing. The French are going to have to get used to not the threat of attacks but the reality of attacks, which are in my view unmistakably coming. One mustn’t cover one’s face. We are, from now on, in the eye of the cyclone. The worst is ahead of us.”
MarcTrevidic  ISIS  France  Europe  terrorism  NewYorker  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Franco-Arabic Rappers in Paris
Franco-Arabic rappers of an Islamic persuasion are the talk of Paris right now, and for all the right reasons.
music  hiphop  CharlieHebdo  Paris  France  Islam  FactMag  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
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