Secretary of State John Kerry Shows Off His French in Paris – Video 2/27/13

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You know something has gone horribly wrong when even the Leftists in Europe are pointing to America’s President as a proof-text for why it is okay to “nationalize” industries. That’s what the French Industry Minister has done: “Barack Obama has nationalized.”

French Industry Minister Points to President Obama as Proof-text for Why it is Okay to Nationalize Industry: “Barack Obama has Nationalized” – Video 11/29/12

“O.8% economic ‘growth’ it is banking on for next year?”

This is our future if Barack Obama is re-elected. France’s Socialist Government is set to impose a 75% tax on businesses and “the rich” as a way to prop up their cradle-to-grave Government nanny state. We are headed down the same road with Obama.

REUTERS: President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government unveiled sharp tax hikes on business and the rich on Friday in a 2013 budget aimed at showing France has the fiscal rigor to remain at the core of the euro zone. . . .

But with record unemployment and a barrage of data pointing to economic stagnation, there are fears the deficit target will slip as France falls short of the modest 0.8 percent economic growth rate on which it is banking for next year. . . .

“This is a fighting budget to get the country back on the rails,” Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, adding that the 0.8 percent growth target was “realistic and ambitious”. . . .

Business will be hit with measures including a cut in the amount of loan interest which is tax-deductible and the cutting of an existing tax break on capital gains from certain share sales – moves worth around four billion and two billion euros each.

“The government is impeding investment and so will block innovation,” Entrepreneurs Club head Guillaume Cairou said of the preference for raising taxes rather than cutting spending.

“France is sick because of the model it has … but is choosing to preserve it.” . . . Read More

America’s Future under a 2nd Obama Term? Socialists in France Set to Impose 75% Tax on Businesses and “the Rich”

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What a disaster for France.

Today, French voters elected Socialist Party Candidate Francois Hollande as their new President, rejecting the austerity measures of President Nicolas Sarkozy designed to deal with France’s crippling debt. Instead, they have embraced Hollande, who advocates tax and spend policies that sock it to the rich – as if that is going to turn the French Economy around. What he is advocating sounds a lot like what we are hearing from Barack Obama. Let’s hope America makes a better choice than France just did.

WASHINGTON POST: Francois Hollande, a moderate Socialist with an easy smile, was elected president of France on Sunday, exit polls showed, narrowly defeating the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy, a conservative whose five-year term was undermined by Europe’s economic crisis and his combative personality.

The Socialist triumph, in a two-man runoff vote, was put at about 52 to 48 percent by several usually reliable polls. Sarkozy conceded defeat Sunday evening, and said he had called Hollande to wish him luck.

The outcome turned Sarkozy into the latest political leader to fall victim to the European economic implosion of the past four years. Widely predicted, his loss put him in the tracks of leaders in such neighbors as Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Britain who have been voted out of power at least in part because they were identified with hard times for Western Europe’s traditionally comfortable economies. . . . Read More

UPDATE: Hollande has not even taken power yet, and his Socialist policies are already set to make a great deal of wealth leave the country.

France Elects Tax and Spend Socialist Francois Hollande as President; Turns Nicolas Sarkozy Out of Office – Video Report 5/6/12

Almost every time Obama goes overseas, he seems to manage to do something really odd.

Having arrived in Cannes, France for the G-20 Summit, President Obama apparently greeted European Heads of State with a handshake, but couldn’t resist giving a hug to Islamist Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Weekly Standard quotes White House Pool Reporter Tangi Quéméner’s report:

THE WEEKLY STANDARD: [President Obama] entered the room at 1:15 and took to his left, heading to Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. They chatted for a few seconds before British Prime minister David Cameron joined them. Hard to understand what they were saying amid the cameras noise. POTUS then took a stroll to Australian Premier Julia Gillard who got a hug as European president Herman van Rompuy, European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan were watching. Eventually the Europeans got a handshake but Erdogan got the hug treatment. . . .

President Obama Shakes Hands with European Leaders at G-20 Summit; Gives Islamist Turkish PM a Hug – Photo 11/3/11

Here is raw video (in French) from French TV showing France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy being grabbed by an assailant as he shook hands in the French city of Brax. The man grabbed Sarkozy by the shoulder and tried to pull him over a barricade. Sarkozy quickly escaped the grasp of the man and security officials tackled the assailant.

MSNBC: A man in a crowd yanked French President Nicolas Sarkozy by the shoulder Thursday and nearly knocked him to the ground before being tackled by security officers and detained.

The unusually aggressive incident occurred as the president shook hands with a crowd in the town of Brax in southern France.

The man’s identity and motives were unclear. French police said the man was detained and being held in the nearby town of Agen.

Images broadcast on French television showed Sarkozy reach over a metal barricade to greet onlookers, when an arm grabbed his suit roughly by the shoulder and pulled it toward the crowd.

Sarkozy started to lose his balance and fall, then immediately recoiled and righted himself. Security officers pulled the assailant to the ground, as the president, visibly shaken, looked on. . . . Read More

French President Nicolas Sarkozy Grabbed by Assailant while Shaking Hands; Manages to Break Free – Raw Video 6/30/11

Sixty-seven years ago today – June 6, 1944 – the decisive D-Day landings on the beaches of France took place. Over 160,000 Forces, led by American, British, Canadian and Free French Forces landed that day, in the largest amphibious invasion in history. What they accomplished that day set in motion the liberation of France and all the Nazi-enslaved nations of Europe. It would be nearly another year before the end of World War II in Europe, but the Allied Victory was sure after the successful D-Day Invasion.

The video above gives just a glimpse of that day, and the video below is of the speech President Ronald Reagan delivered on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984 – one of Reagan’s greatest speeches:

Remembering the World War II D-Day Invasion 67 Years Ago; Reagan D-Day Speech – Videos

Here is a video report from France on the ban now in effect on women wearing the full-face veil, or “burka.” France has implemented the ban as a security measure, and to try and facilitate Muslims assimilating into French society. But critics say it violates Muslims’ freedom of religion and expression.

This report is heavily slanted against the ban, but it does serve to show the deep divide in Europe over how to deal with the massive influx of Muslims into their countries from the Middle East and North Africa.

French Ban on Muslim Burka Now in Effect – Video Report 4/11/11

Here’s a report from CNN’s Jim Bittermann in Paris on the involvement of the French in the military action against the Gadhafi Regime.

The French are said to have “about 20 aircraft in the skies,” two frigates off the coast, and their only aircraft carrier – the Charles de Gaulle – headed for the coast of Libya. It is expected to be in position by tomorrow.

France has 20 Aircraft Operating over Libya; Sending their only Carrier to the Area – Video Report 3/19/11

Here is video of French President Nicolas Sarkozy announcing that French warplanes have begun intervening to prevent Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi from using aircraft and tanks to attack his own people. Sarkozy said Gadhafi has ignored the ceasefire, and has made further moves against his people.

“The future of Libya belongs to the Libyans,” Sarkozy said. But to prevent atrocities, he said allied powers along with Arab partners are intervening to give Libyans the chance to choose their own destiny.

MSNBC: French President Nicolas Sarkozy said allied air forces had gone into action on Saturday over Libya and were preventing Moammar Gadhafi’s forces from attacking the rebel city of Benghazi.

A French official said a French fighter jet had fired on a Libyan military vehicle, in a first reported strike in the international campaign to enforce a no-fly zone.

French Defense Ministry spokesman Thierry Burkhard said the strike was reported around 1645 GMT Saturday (12:45 pm ET). The target was confirmed as a military vehicle, but it was not clear what kind, Burkhard said. He said no hostile fire on the French jet had been reported.

At least four Libyan tanks were reportedly destroyed in the French strikes, Al Jazeera reported. . . . Read More

French Planes Begin Airstrikes on Gadhafi Forces; Four Libyan Tanks Reportedly Destroyed – Video 3/19/11

With the United Nations Security Council approving a no-fly zone over Libya – along with airstrikes – to stop Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi, reports tonight indicate that the first airstrikes could happen within hours, and will likely be carried out by the British and the French:

BBC’s Mark Mardell: . . . . I am told the first strikes will be unilateral ones by British and French aircraft. They could be in the air within hours. It is likely five Arab air forces will take part. Hillary Clinton has said it will mean bombing Libyan air defences. Nato will step up if asked but could take a while. . . . . Read More

Report: Great Britain, France Could Launch First No-Fly Zone Airstrikes on Gadhafi Within Hours

As we continue posting some of Ronald Reagan’s great speeches, my mind went immediately to his speech in 1984 delivered on June 6 – the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion of France. I can remember watching this speech as it happened, and it still is inspiring and emotional to listen to. This was one of Reagan’s best.

“The Great Communicator”: Reagan’s D-Day Anniversary Speech at Point-du-Hoc (Video 6/6/1984)

A new poll this week is sending shock waves through France. It shows that far-Right candidate Marine Le Pen outpaces both French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist candidate Martine Aubrey. France will elect a new President in May 2012, and only the top two candidates make it to the final round of elections.

Le Pen has pushed a tougher line on Islamists in the country, a theme President Sarkozy has picked up on. The socialists seem concerned because it is possible only Le Pen and Sarkozy will make it through to the final round of voting, leaving their candidate out in the cold.

The poll is early, and the field of candidates is not really set yet, either. But this will be interesting to watch.

Far-Right Candidate Shocks France by Leading in Presidential Poll – Video

Here is video on French President Nicolas Sarkozy making the stern announcement to the people of French that Al-Qaeda’s execution of a 78-year old French hostage “will not go unpunished.” Al-Qaeda’s operation in North Africa executed the Frenchman following a failed rescue attempt there last week that left seven of the Islamic Jihadists dead.

France has finally essentially declared war on Al-Qaeda.

French President Sarkozy Vows Al-Qaeda Execution of Elderly Frenchman “Will Not Go Unpunished” – Video

Here is raw video showing the desecration of British World War I graves at a cemetery in France. The graves were vandalized with bright pink paint used to paint Nazi Swastikas on 12 British graves, soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915:

AFP: Vandals daubed Nazi graffiti on British war graves in northern France, prompting a strong condemnation from President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday in a letter to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Police said they found swastikas and other graffiti including “SS” and an obscene drawing in pink paint on a dozen graves of British soldiers at the northern cemetery of Loos-en-Gohelle, the site of a major World War I battle.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission sent a special team to clean the graves.

Sarkozy expressed “indignation and consternation” in a letter to the queen, branding the desecrations “all the more revolting” since they came a week before he visits London for a commemoration of French resistance during World War II.

“I condemn with the greatest firmness this horrible act and ask you to pass on my feelings of sympathy and solidarity, and those of the French people, to the families concerned and to all of the British people,” Sarkozy wrote.

Numerous desecrations of Jewish, Muslim and German graves have been reported in France in recent years……… Read More

British World War I Graves Desecrated in France with Nazi Swastikas – Raw Video

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