Thought for the day

"I contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity, is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." -- Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


France is working up to fully nationalizing the currently 84% state-owned nuclear energy company Électricité de France (EDF) at the same time that the company is anticipating a massive downturn in profits.

A man in the southern French city of Marseille is just the latest victim of fatal gun violence as the city continues to see gang violence carried out by those wielding illegally owned Kalashnikov-type rifles.

The fatal shooting took place on Sunday afternoon in front of a bakery in the 14th district of the city, as the victim, a 40-year man, was heading to the bakery where he worked.

French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed an overhaul of immigration and asylum policies that would include redistributing migrants to rural areas facing population decline. He condemned the current policies as “inefficient and inhumane,” announcing on Thursday that the matter would be put to a vote at the start of next year.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Catherine Colonna discussed on Monday the situation in Ukraine, focusing on the need to ensure the safety of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported after their phone call.

"In the furtherance of the telephone contact of the Russian and French presidents on September 11, the foreign ministers discussed in detail the situation in Ukraine, focusing on ways to ensure the safety of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant," the ministry said.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally faction in the lower house of France’s parliament, has slammed Paris’ participation in the anti-Russian sanctions as a geopolitical mistake.

"France has made a geopolitical mistake by taking part in the inapt and ill-considered sanctions against Russia," she said at a party conference on Sunday.

With record inflation already established and long-term recession looming, few could deny that Europe’s sanctions war on Russia has backfired economically, so far. A new poll from a top French TV news channel has found that the French have become extremely pessimistic about the conflict in Ukraine, and increasingly fed up with the price they have to pay for a country which is not even a part of the European Union or the eurozone.

Old and new in one picture. You can see exactly where the war was going; Only they didn't know it yet. For the first few months in the war, French Cuirassiers still wore breastplates and plumed helmets. Soldiers were being trapped in outdated methods of strategy and equipment, while technology that came into play would change the battlefields forever.

France and Egypt sued over 'crimes against humanity' after Libya border operation MikeRivero Wed, 09/14/2022 - 09:21

Two American advocacy groups filed a joint complaint on Monday asking France’s national anti-terrorism prosecutor and the UN to investigate Paris’ complicity in crimes against humanity in Egypt, according to investigative news website Disclose.

Paris, France: Police clash with unarmed protesters (Sept. 10, 2022) MikeRivero Mon, 09/12/2022 - 07:23