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By David Vance On March 19th, 2012 at 11:16 am

Tragic news from France;

A gunman on a scooter has opened fire on a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing three children and a teacher, police say. A teenage boy was seriously injured in the attack outside the Ozar Hatorah school in the north-east of the city. Police say there are similarities with the killings of three soldiers in two separate incidents in the same part of France last week. All three – of North African origin – were shot by a man on a scooter.

Horrendous stuff. I hope the Toulouse police can track down and apprehend this vile monster before he kills more innocent people.


By David Vance On March 8th, 2012 at 8:54 am

Did you read that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said there are too many foreigners in France and the system for integrating them is “working worse and worse”.

In a TV debate, Mr Sarkozy defended his plan to almost halve the number of new arrivals if re-elected next month. Mr Sarkozy is trailing in the opinion polls behind the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande. He is also competing for conservative voters with the far-right National Front party led by Marine le Pen. The president said while immigration could be a boon for France, it needed to be controlled more tightly through tougher qualification rules for residency. Mr Sarkozy, whose father was a Hungarian immigrant, also said he wanted to restrict some benefit payments to immigrants who had been in the country for 10 years.

Can you imagine a British Prime Minister saying the same thing? Of course not, even though immigration here is on an even more vast scale and integration all but invisible. Of course Sarkozy is electioneering – but ALL politicians do that. I am a big fan of France and the French people. Immigration has brought great benefit to France over the centuries but only on the basis of integration and co-operation. Visit Les Banlieus and you will soon realise that something has come very wrong with the French Republic. It has a name.


By David Vance On February 28th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I chuckled at this from the Socialist candidate for the French Presidency;

The Socialist front-runner in the race to become France’s next president has announced plans to introduce a 75 per cent tax rate on millionaires. “It is sending out a signal, a message of social cohesion,” he said during a tour of France’s annual agricultural fair in Paris.

His aides said the measure was part of a drive for more fiscal “justice” following the five-year mandate of his conservative rival, Nicolas Sarkozy, who the opposition dubs “the President of the rich” due to tax breaks for the wealthy he enacted early on. Mr Hollande, who kicked off his presidential campaign in January by singling out “the world of finance” as his “greatest enemy”, is known for having once remarked: “I do not like the rich.”

Well, if he wins, and taxes to 75%. I am certain there will be many fewer rich in la belle France. That will be a terrific win for Socialism which always seeks to punish the successful. Taking 75 cents in every 100 cents is “justice”, apparently.


By Pete Moore On February 11th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

A great capital city, £300m on a modern, flagship national stadium … and no undersoil heating.

Great work fellas.


Almost nothing is ‘free’ forever!

By Mike Cunningham On February 4th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

You have probably watched, or tried to ignore, all those terrible adverts for things like double-glazing, from companies which are almost permanently going out of business, or the ‘super-dooper carpet sale’ featuring ’carpeting’ which is of a class which will and does fall apart because of shoddy manufacture or a complete lack of quality. Most if not all of these adverts prominently feature the word ‘free’, despite words which either modify or limit that same freedom. ‘Free window’, if you buy six more, or ‘Free underlay’, if you buy the overpriced carpet.

But one would imagine that if someone, such as Google, offered a selection of ‘free’ goodies such as the Google e-mail, or Chrome, Google’s very own internet browser, or any thing else under the Google umbrella; there could be no objection. All Google states is, that whenever you use Google, or any of its own ‘free-to-use’ products, you will see certain ‘selected’ adverts at the same time as the links to the millions of links to web-pages that your search has uncovered. No-one forces you to use Google, or its many services, but if you do, your search results will be accompanied by adverts; and those adverts are what makes Google tick, and prosper!

So should we surprised when a French map-maker sues Google for giving free access to maps? Of course we shouldn’t, after all, they are just being French!


By David Vance On December 29th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Interesting to note that France’s top constitutional body has approved a new tax on sugary drinks that aims to fight obesity while giving a boost to state coffers.  Yeah, sure.

The Constitutional Council approved the new soda tax, announced in August as part of the government’s fight against obesity and within the framework of a broader austerity programme, after it was passed in parliament last week. The tax, which works out to one euro cent per can of drink, is expected to bring in 120 million euros ($156 million) in state revenues. The tax has been slammed by beverage firms including Coca-Cola, which in September said it was suspending a planned 17-million-euro investment at a plant in the south of France in “a symbolic protest against a tax that punishes our company and stigmatises our products.”

More Nanny Statism from a struggling French economy just looking for easy ways to collect additional revenues for the State. The idea that this extra tax will reduce consumption of sugary drinks is pure spin; this is simply all about boosting the coffers of the soon to be downgraded State.


By David Vance On December 16th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Forget the entente cordial, this is war!

“French Finance Minister Francois Baroin has become the latest senior figure in Paris to criticise weaknesses in the British economy.

It comes after the chairman of the French central bank suggested the UK’s economy should be downgraded – ahead of France – by ratings agencies because the British economy was weaker.

There is speculation France could lose its own triple-A credit rating. UK officials will join talks despite not signing up to the eurozone pact. Europe correspondent Matthew Price says there has been an astonishing series of attacks coming out of Paris. Our correspondent says French officials are smarting from the expected imminent loss of their cherished AAA rating.

Tomorrow, we invade Calais!

Poor France – steeped in debt and about to downgraded but quite happy to try and damage the UK in the process. Zut alors.


By David Vance On December 15th, 2011 at 9:36 am

Even as Merkozy choose to issue statements as a substitute for effective action…..the markets cast some light in the financial darkness;

Ratings agency Fitch has dealt a fresh blow to Eurozone confidence by downgrading the debt ratings for five banks. The ratings firm lowered the long-term issuer default and viability ratings by one notch for French banks Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel and Credit Agricole, Danish lender Danske Bank, Finland’s OP Pohjola Group and Holland’s Rabobank Group. The move follows a review by Fitch of large European banks. Fitch said the downgrades of Danske Bank and Credit Agricole reflect their subsidiaries’ exposure to troubled eurozone countries.

Just wait until France loses the triple AAA status it has enjoyed since 1975…zut alors, Mr Sarkozy.


By David Vance On November 16th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Looks to me that France may be heading towards full financial exposure and the sooner it happens the better as I am sick of Sarkzoy dictating to the rest of the EU when in fact his OWN country is as financially culpable as the other EU basket cases;

Eurozone bond markets suffered from a mass sell-off yesterday – with previously healthy economies finding themselves sucked into the debt crisis. The yield on French government bonds climbed to 3.63 per cent. With the German equivalent at just 1.75 per cent, the difference between what it costs Paris and Berlin to borrow is at its highest level since the euro was established in 1999. And an influential report added to market nerves with a claim that the French economy is the 17-member eurozone’s second biggest but only the 13th healthiest.

France has massive exposure to Greek and Italian debt and the markets are finally getting around to exposing the French farce. In a sense, Sarkozy has been hiding behind Merkel’s skirt and now he must emerge and face the full glare of the financial markets as they examine the true state of France.


By David Vance On October 7th, 2011 at 9:59 am

Nicolas Sarkozy

So, according to Le Canard Enchaîne, President Nicolas Sarkozy thinks the idea of a Jewish state is “silly.”

“It is silly to talk about a Jewish state,” Sarkozy said in reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s assertion no true peace could be made until officials in Ramallah accepted Israel’s essential Jewish identity. “It would be like saying that this table is Catholic,” he added. “There are two million Arabs in Israel.” Sarkozy also placed sole blame for failed negotiations between Israel and PA officials on Netanyahu’s shoulders.

Steven Plaut has taken this logic somewhere quite interesting;

“These French politicians may be on to something important. Never one to back down from a challenge, I have prepared a set of proposals for consideration by the French people, so they too can achieve a full, lasting, and just peace with their historic opponents.

First, we all agree that territory must not be annexed by force.

Therefore, we can also agree that Germany has a moral right to demand the return of Alsace-Lorraine, for the French aggression in 1945 and its consequent occupation must not be rewarded. “A full withdrawal for full peace” should operate here. Further, France must agree to the return and rehabilitation of all ethnic Germans expelled from Alsace-Lorraine after World Wars I and II, as well as all those they define as their descendents.

But this, of course, is just the first step toward a solution, as no aggression can be rewarded—and France has much other stolen territory to return. It took Corsica from Genoa, Nice and Savoy from Piedmont; as the successor state, Italy must get back all these lands. By similar token, territories grabbed from the Habsburgs go back to Austria, including Franche-Comté, Artois, and historic Burgundy. The Roussillon area (along the Pyrenées) must be returned to Spain, its rightful owner. And Normandy, Anjou, Aquitaine, and Gascony must be returned to their rightful owners, the British royal family.

Not even this not enough for the sake of peace. Brittany and Languedoc must be granted autonomy at once, recognizing the Breton and Occitan Liberation organizations as their legal rulers. This leaves the French government in control over the Île de France (the area around Paris).

That, however, still does not solve the problem of the Holy City of Paris, sacred to artists, gourmets, and adulterers. The Corsicans obviously have a historic claim to the Tomb of the Emperor Napoleon, their famed son, as well as the Invalides complex and beyond. For the sake of peace, is it not too much to ask that Paris be the capital for two peoples? The French authorities must agree to prevent French Parisians from even entering the sacred tomb area, lest this upset the Corsicans. The Saint Chapelle and the Church of Notre Dame of course will be internationalized, under joint Vatican-art historical auspices.

Indeed, the French should consider it a compliment of the highest order that so many people see Paris as an international city. The French have nothing to complain of. They will enjoy the benefits of peace and retain control of the Champs Elysées.

Actually, come to think of it, even the Champs Elysées may be too much. Recalling the French position that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, perhaps the true French capital is not Paris at all, but Vichy.”