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What if I have to predict about French Presidential Elections 2017?

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Democracy is considered as an ideal tool to rule and run any country or province. It is the government of the people, by the people and for the people as said by the Former US president in his famous Gettysburg Address speech in 1893. However, the tables are turning in the 21st century, and the democracy is no longer same as our ancestors had imagined. The exceptional sweep by Mr Donald Trump in 2016 US elections, have defined some new meanings of democracy, and the curious question lies in the hearts and minds of people across the world is: will 2017 French Presidential Elections be a game changer in the French politics or it will only repeat what is happening in a so called democratic country like America.

If you are crazy enough to think that you can trust the exit polls altogether, let me tell you, you should not.

After the incidents like US presidential elections and Brexit, it is not wise to trust exit polls altogether. The problem with polls is that people sometimes don’t convey what their hearts tell them.

The fall of François Fillon:

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Until December, there were only two strong participants in the French Presidential race- François Fillon and Marine Le Pen. Well, things did not turn out well for François Fillon due to some serious accusations to him like securing a fake job for his wife and children with public money (around 800000 €). Also, recently, he was accused of forgetting to declare to the HATVP (High Authority for Public Life Transparency) a 50000 € loan granted to a billionaire friend to whom he gave the Légion d’Honneur when he was at the government. The chances of François Fillon to win the elections dramatically fall from 66% to 19% in recent polls and a name which Marine Le Pen should (?) take seriously is no more François Fillon, but Emmanuel Macron.

Emmanuel Macron:

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The recent polls predict that Emmanuel Macron will win the elections against Marine Le Pen with 60-40% margins. However, as I said above, you cannot trust polls completely as Le Pen has more than 15 years of experience in the active politics compared to Macron’s mere five years.

The world seems to accept extreme Right wing ideologies (India, US elections and Brexit). In this political scenario, the chances of winning the right thinking are high.

Also, we should not forget that most of the voters prefer a good and direct orator and Emmanuel Macron has this quality. If you have seen his recent debates, you must have noticed his consistency, direct approach, excellent debating tactics and innovative ideas.

Also, he listens what his opponent has to say, and that is something commendable. He won his first debate with flying colours and had qualities to appeal the mass. He may win huge acceptance among voters, especially liberals.

However, there are some serious issues associated with Macron, and one of the main problems is his unjustified attempt to transpartisan. In his speeches, he tries to please right wingers and left wingers and ends up angering both. A recent example- You must have heard his views about gay issue in the recent speech.

Marine Le Pen: a firebrand right-wing idealist:

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Though you must have read about her a lot nowadays and some of you might hate her, but she very well knows that pulse of the public and has an enormous political experience to help her out. She is an outspoken, excellent orator and a hardcore anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim. You can compare her with the US current President Donald Trump who has already started taking decisive steps against Muslims and illegal immigrants. Marine Le Pen has seen and studied French Politics carefully and knows how it functions. When she became a leader of the Front National, she sidelined her own father and supporters and reached out to mostly untouched communities like LGBT, women and religious minorities like the Jewish community by softening her party ideologies.

She speaks firmly in debates, whether it is about leaving the European Union or reducing the immigration or going back to the France Franc as currency. Her voters come from diverse backgrounds and races. If you have seen exit polls closely, you must have noticed that Le Pen’s voting margins are not fluctuating like others in spite of her political and financial scandals. She clearly has sounds and loyal voters, and this is the most important thing for her to win.

Mélanchon

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Then comes Mélanchon, he came a long way, and he might get the votes from the indecisive and pass the first round. He appeals to the youth and has his loyal and sound crew as well. However, who would be against him???? Le Pen? This would mean that we will have to pick between the two extreme political parties and this is the scariest thing that could happen in our elections. Knowing my Frenchies, it is not an option to joke on… It’s entirely plausible to my point of view.

Voters, the final deciders

Sunday is coming fast (D -2) and it is not worth to predict what the French people think.

And I apparently feel like these votes will be led by 4 categories of voters:

  • The intellectuals: they swing votes depending on the political programme offered by the candidates, they traditionally vote right or left wing. Their decision is purely a question of opportunity. What’s right for them and their families?
  • The Passionate Swingers: former loyal voters, mostly from the French middle class, fed up with the traditional parties. Former loyal voters, they swing their votes over the last few years, voting now for extremes in desperate need for solutions for the country.
  • The Loyals: supporters who are always voting for the same political party. They believe in parties and not in ideas. They will never vote outside their party whoever is in charge.
  • The Indecisives: they are the most volatile obviously. They think too much. They will probably make their decision on the day. They might even not vote at all. They could vote for anyone including the Extremes. They are sick and tired of the current politics and after being former Loyals and maybe former Intellectuals, they are deeply concerned about the future of their country and want to try something else. They will either vote with their heart & gut or not at all or only between the two final candidates.

I can’t wait to be voting this coming Sunday. It would be interesting to see who French people choose. Whoever leads and takes over the seat, Intellectuals, Swingers, Indecisives and LOyals, we all hope that the new president will work for the betterment of the people and be caring for the hard-hitting issues, France is facing right now.

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Adieu Madame Thatcher!

Loathe or like her… IFrom what I read in France the opinion is quite mixed while some of us would love to have someone with such determination these days some only remember the worse of her…

I let you meditate on this with the English version of Renaud’s song.

The French version for those interested can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_v9IrI04h0

Jours Après Lunes

 

In the United States after the scandal generated by the photos of Thylane Blondeau, a French brand relaunched the debate on children’ sexualisation.  The advertisements of Jours Après Lunes- a brand of underwear for kids – are shocking the Americans.

France is scandalising the United States. Just when the Thylane Blondeau case has calmed down the Americans found a new source of controversy. This is the brand Jours Après Lunes and its advertisements.

Jours Après Lunes is a “Loungerie” brand; it is coined from loungewear (underwear for babies) and lingerie. According to Sophie Morin – the designer of the brand – Jours Après Lunes is a family brand that offers comfortable underwear for little girls and teenagers. To publicize the brand and concept, Jours Après Lunes launched advertisements in which we can see little girls, having fun with their mum’s lingerie. No suggestive poses or looks enticing. No makeup. In short, nothing misleading.

But across the Atlantic, the brand does not agree. These girls – aged 4 to 12 years – are too similar to women and especially to Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman. For some American journalists, small models of Jours Après Lunes say. ‘When a girl is in her mother’s clothes, jewellery and heels, it’s cute. But these pictures are not cute. It’s inappropriate to try to make them look like Brigitte Bardot in God Created Woman, “said Marilisa Racco – fashion editor at the Daily News.

And you what do you think? The girls from Jours Après Lunes are too sexy?

 

 


Pictures from: http://www.jours-apres-lunes.com/

 

Noah is the preferred personality in France

LOVE YOU YANNICK!!!!

 

Yannick Noah remains the favourite personality of the French people, for the seventh consecutive time and for the ninth time all in all, according to the classification realised by IFOP revealed in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) today.

The former tennis player seems unbeatable and beats the ex-leader of the French football team  Zinedine Zidane (number 2). I have to say that a lot of mature women like his personality and find him very attractive. That helps a lot ! 😉

 

Métisse (translation: mixed race), one of Yannick’s famous song.

 

 

You have to know, that this classification began  in  France in 1988 and was dominated for a long time by Cousteau (20 times) and Abbé Pierre (16 times).

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The actress Mimie Mathy preserves her third place followed by the only political figure in the top 10, Simone Veil in the 4th rank.

Mimie Mathy

Simone Veil

Simone Veil,  (born 13 July 1927) is a French lawyer and politician who served as Minister of Health under Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the European Parliament and member of the Constitutional Council of France.

A survivor from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where she lost part of her family, she is the Honorary President of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

She was elected to the Académie française in November 2008.

5th is singer Francis Cabrel. He is a well-known French singer-songwriter and guitarist. Inspired heavily by Bob Dylan, he has released a number of albums falling mostly within the realm of folk, with occasional forays into blues or country. Several of his songs, such as “L’encre de tes yeux” and “Petite Marie” have become enduring favourites in French music. Others, such as “C’était l’hiver”, about the suicide of a young girl, have since been covered by other artists such as Canadian Isabelle Boulay.

Francis Cabrel

6th Michel Sardou. He was born in Paris, the son of Fernand Sardou and Jackie Rollin (Jackie Sardou). Contrary to claims common towards the beginning of his career, he is not the grandson of the dramatist Victorien Sardou. However, he is the father of the French novelist Romain Sardou, and the actor Davy Sardou. He is known not only for his love songs (“La Maladie d’Amour”), but also for songs dealing with various social and political issues, such as the rights of women in Islamic countries, clerical celibacy, colonialism and the death penalty. Another sometimes controversial theme found in some of his songs (“Les Ricains” and “Monsieur le Président de France” for example) is his respect and support for the culture and foreign policies of the United States. He has focused his full attention on his homeland, ignoring the prospect of an international audience, although his 1981 single “Les Lacs du Connemara” did manage to become a big international hit.

7th Gad Elmaleh (but he is the 1st for 50,6 % of the 15-24-year-old). Gad Elmaleh (born April 19, 1971) is a French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor. His latest show is called Papa est en haut (Dad is upstairs). He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris.

Gad Elmaleh

8th Charles Aznavour.  Charles Aznavour, OC (born Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian Armenian: Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրյան Shahnowr Vaghinak Aznavowrhan, May 22, 1924, Paris) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. Besides being one of France’s most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the best-known singers in the world. Charles Aznavour (pronounced in French as Sharl Aznavour) is known for his very short stature and for his unique tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. He has appeared in more than sixty movies, composed about a thousand songs (including 150 at least in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German), and sold well over 100 million records.

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9th Dany Boon.  Dany Boon (French pronunciation: [dani bun]; born Daniel Hamidou on 26 June 1966) is a French comedian who has acted both on the stage and the screen. He takes his stage name from the television show Daniel Boone. He was then offered several roles in movies, notably in the film Bienvenu chez les  Ch’tis that made it on the international scene in 2007.

Dany Boon

10th Jean Dujardin. The handsome, attractive, personable Jean Dujardin. We love him, I am a fan, THE fan. 10th??? Do not really agree but anyway Dujardin first became famous on the French talent show Graines de star in 1996 as part of the comedy group Nous C Nous, formed by members of the Carré blanc theater. From 1999 to 2003 he starred in the French version of the comedy television series Un gars, une fille before transitioning into a film career. In 2005 he starred as the titular character in the popular comedy film Brice de Nice and performed the soundtrack of the film, “Le Casse de Brice”.

Dujardin with spouse Alexandra Lamy at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2006 Dujardin portrayed the character Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, agent OSS 117, in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies in a role which earned him a César Award nomination for Best Actor, something of exceptional rarity for a performance in comedy. In 2007, directed by Jan Kounen, he scored in 99F (99 francs), an existential parody of an advertising mule. In 2009 he again played OSS 117 in the film OSS 117: Lost in Rio.

He received the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Jean Dujardin

11th Jamel Debouze.  Jamel is a French actor, comedian and producer of Moroccan descent. Debbouze is the oldest of five brothers. He was born in Paris, France, but his family moved to Morocco the following year. They returned in 1979 and settled in Trappes, where Jamel spent the rest of his childhood.

On 17 January 1990, at the train station in Trappes, he was struck by a passing train travelling at 150 km/h. He lost the use of his right arm, while another young man, Jean-Paul Admette, died. After this accident Debbouze met Alain Degois, his mentor, and began his career as a comedian/actor.

On 29 March 2008 Jamel Debbouze became engaged to French journalist and news anchor Mélissa Theuriau; the two married on 7 May 2008.

Jamel

12th Florence Foresti is a French comedian and actress. In 2001 her first one woman show, Manquerait plus qu’elle soit drôle (“She needs to be more than funny”) won the Jury prize at the Antibes festival. Her style bears comparison with that of Muriel Robin and Sylvie Joly, as well as with some of the ‘attitude’ and voices of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala and Élie Semoun. She appeared in the Stéphane Bern programme 20h 10 pétantes, and then on Laurent Ruquier’s On a tout essayé, playing zany characters.

I do really love her as well, she’s funny, intelligent and beautiful.

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Big surprise for the ecologist Nicolas Hulot, he falls of the 18th on the 36th place.

Elections of 2012 oblige, the JDD bends over the politics: Martine Aubry is in 45th place, Christine Lagarde in 49th whereas Jacques Chirac holds the 39th (he gained 2 places).

Outside the Top 50, Nicolas Sarkozy is on the 51st place followed by François Hollande 52nd Jean-Louis Borloo 54th and Ségolène Royal 55th.

Finally the JDD indicates that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is ranked 56th.

This poll has been realised by IFOP from June 30th till July 6th 2011 with a representative sample of 1008 persons of the French population of 15 year-old and more.

 

Thank you Wikipedia for some pictures and biography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thylane, how young is too young?

A series of suggestive photos featuring a 10-year-old model Thylane Loubry Blondeau have sparked controversy over the sexualisation of young girls. Thylane is the daughter of retired French footballer Patrick Blondeau and Veronika Loubry, a well-known French TV presenter.

For the photo spread, which appears in a recent issue of Vogue Paris, Blondeau styled in the haute couture graces the latest issue of French Vogue (yes, the grown-up Vogue) in very adult-like poses, full make-up, and high heels, setting off a whirlwind of angry protests and fashion praises along the way.

Veronika Loubry shut her daughter Facebook group to the public over the weekend after photos of Thylane Lena-Rose Blondeau – first published in the magazine’s December/January issue – were featured on the US television program Good Morning America on Thursday.

The mother commented in English on the Facebook group page: “hey guys I’m the mum of Thylane something going ‘s wrong at the moment and bad person in usa about pictures she make’s 8 months ago for vogue, Thylane doesn’t know about the buzz and I want to protect her from the deepest of my heart , she’s so young , so we are going to close this account for a while ,I know that all of you are good person who like her so I send you a big kiss, thanks.”

Crossing the line? Work of art? The debate over age and social control will continue as lines are crossed.

What do you think? What do the Frenchies think?

A little change! I was curious to know how American British and French react to this story and what a surprise! American are the most lenient on this matter. Here are the best rated comments and opinions of a variety of websites.

American comments from www. itsybitsysteps.com

1/WOW ! , i think there freaking gorgeous , how about just leave them alone ! The US and France are two WHOLE different places , and they let little french girls be models. DO me a favor and mind your on damn business and stop talking bout think . Cause you obviously have nothing else to talk about !

2/She is beautiful..the pictures are gorgeous…i dont see anything wrong…just amazed by her talent and poise….

3/I would love see my daughter who is almost seven be able to pursue her dreams, she wants to be a model. She has been watching Americas Next top Model for as long as I can remember. She even does crazy make-up (all by herself). I think provocative is in the eye of the beholder and if this bothers you maybe it is not a psychological issue that this child is a model at 10 but psychological disorders of the adults who perceive this to be wrong. Culture varies and in France this is acceptable. So just because we as American’s may not agree with this, does not make it wrong. She is a beautiful young girl and as long as she knows she is a little girl, there is nothing wrong. Those who perceive this as controversy might just be a little resentful it is not there child or them.

4/I agree with both sides of this. She is gorgeous and obviously knows how to strike a pose. Most of these pictures are not very provocative…I mean heck there are babies that pose “topless” but I do agree that maybe makeup and heels at this young of an age may be telling other little girls that it’s appropriate, which I don’t necessarily agree with.

5/We live in a sick, sad world and the former comments illustrate this sickness perfectly.

6/ This is completely crossing the line. And fyi: the babies aren’t “posing topless’”, they are posing in diaper commercials AS BABIES!! This little girl is posing as an ADULT WOMAN in an adult magazine. I cringe to think what will be plastered everywhere by the time I have children…this is truly disgusting.

commercialized pedophilia – the parents should be held negligible.

British comments from http://www.dailymail.co.uk

 

1/Her parents need to take responsibility for the fact they sexualising their daughter at 10 years old. Very strange indeed and it actually makes me feel quite sick. I’m cross that Vogue have done this – it is not okay for children to be used in such a way and there are sone horrible perverts on the planet who will have a field day with this little girls pictures.

 

2/ This is disgusting and personally, I think it encourages perverts and paedophiles. Her parents should ashamed.

3/ So can parents now take photos at their children’s school sports day or Christmas concert? If the police found photos like the one at the top of this story on a computer,the owner would be in court faster than blinking an eye.

4/ Sorry but really the parents need a bloody good kick up the backside! What are they thinking allowing their ten year old daughter to be sexualised and expolited like that it’s disgusting and there must be a stop to it!

5/ Personally, I would say this is not far off child abuse..I feel sorry for the girl with such clueless parents. Thanks Vogue – never bought your magazines and here’s yet another reason not to start now.
6/ Talk about wiping a childhood out – this is not just neglect, it’s wilfully witholding a child’s basic needs

 

French comments from  http://news.celemondo.com

First, please have a look at this poll made by Aufeminin.com

Translation: Do you think that these pictures are crossing the line?

Yes, it is not the role of a girl to seem sexy.

No, that does not shock me more than the other images…

Contrary to the common opinion, the French people are not so tolerant. Many are shocked by the pictures. In my opinion only the Trendy community of Vogue found these artistically beautiful. The French public opinion took time to react only because these photos were intended for the Vogue readers. Now widely broadcasted, these photos are condemned. Here are some comments and opinions.

1/I have guessed the next ad campaign for our kids: ” if you want to be the sexiest of sandbox, do not forget your golden stilettos and your small Mickey Mouse G-string, with all this you will be the most beautiful and cooool girl and you will make full of friends and some adult friends as well…

Somewhere in the space, on a planet named Unconsciousness, was a certain madam Loubry….

2/ It is scandalous!!!!! A little girl with such suggestive poses it is hallucinating!!! And SHAMEFUL but great for paedophilias!!!!

3/I congratulate Veronika Loubry on his artistic performance, she is an excellent photographer.

Her daughter is sublime, 10 year-old? That does not shock me, the girls like being behind the camera at this age … The coquetry is feminine.

The most important thing for her daughter is that she had fun.  Thylane has big potentials.

4/It seems that there is only the nudity which is shocking on this planet. And the vulgarity? Allowing her 10-year-old child pose in this way is inadmissible, especially when a child of this age is not obviously capable of giving her clear consent and does not obviously realise the grotesque of the situation.

Certain parents close eyes and realise their own dream through their children. Indeed Loubry needs dollars; we all know that Veronika and her husband are super broke.

5/ This girly is magnificent, but some photos are, to my point of view, too provocative, it is necessary to respect her age and a certain morality, if later she wants to be allowed go to this kind of pictures, I say why not but, at 10, I am doubtful…  And G-strings for kids still shocking me!

Riots in London

Hello everybody,

I hope you having some great holidays overseas or in Britain. I am sorry I did abandon you for a couple of weeks enjoying France and places in Europe with my family.

Some news, I heard about a riot in Tottenham last night and I have to be honest with you my sister told me about it from FRANCE!  I have tried to find some information and French people as always, have their opinion on this story.

Article below from forargyll.com:

The Prime Minster is on holiday, The Deputy Prime Minister is on holiday. Foreign Secretary William Hague is supposedly in charge.  As far as we know, Home Secretary, Theresa May is not on holiday. The Acting Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is Tim Godwin.

Last night (6th August 2011) saw riots in Tottenham in north London that were horrifyingly reminiscent of the 1981 riots in Toxteth in Liverpool, the 1985 riots at Broadwater Farm, also in Tottenham and the bad days of barricades, burning vehicles and riots in Belfast and Derry.

Last night police cars were stolen and driven to Tottenham High Road where they were set on fire – as was a London double decker bus. Commercial and domestic properties were fired, petrol bombs were visibly being thrown and looting was rife. Police vehicles arriving to take up position behind the scene were openly and repeatedly stoned. Hooded youths in the riot area ran up to the police lines at the edge of it and openly threw bricks over the heads into whatever lay behind them.

There are serious questions to be asked both about police tactics on the night and about the current philosophy of policing.

The Tottenham riots appear to have been born from an incident on Thursday 4th August 2011, when police shot dead a 29 year old black man, Mark Duggan, in an exchange of fire. Tottenham currently features serious gun crime and drugs crime.

Last night there was no rule of law running in Tottenham. There was no serious prevention of the development or of the spread of the rioting.

Yet, by the time of writing – 10.00am the following morning – not one of those made any presence to establish that the incident was being taken in hand.

At 10.00pm a statement was issued from City Hall from the office of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnston; and the Tottenham MP, David Lammy, issued a statement. That was it.

The Charity Shield football match is at Wembley (not far away) this afternoon, between Manchester United and Manchester City – with significant tensions between their factional fanbases to deal with. The Hackney Carnival is today. The police would already have been stretched between these two events. Now there is the north London situation as well – and another night to come.

 

Where is the government? Of course these guys are new to power and have not faced anything like this – but where is the evidence that they are even engaged? There is none.

Rudderless does not come close.

 

On the one hand, this country is seriously and expensively over-governed, with local government, devolved national government, UK government and European government – and the more of it there is the less anyone seems to be capable of action or to feel directly responsible for anything.

These are the big issues.

The immediate one is the simple act of government.

We need to hear from Theresa May. We need to hear from Tim Godwin. We need to know that the Prime Minister is coming home at once, and that the Deputy Prime Minister is doing the same.

And if we needed the army to back up the police should the situation worsen – do we have any such army capability left at home?

At the moment there is no sign of anyone on the bridge as London literally burns.

Update 13.10 7th August: The first Government to be seen and speak on this matter was at 13.00 today and was not the Home Secretary but her subordinate, Home Office Minister, Lynne Featherstone.

 

French opinions

bravo les anglais sont  dans m…e comme nous

Congratulations the British, they are in the shit like us.

 

Les anglais payent leur propre nature….”faux culs”  c’est pas nouveau, même Napoléon en a fait l’expérience….

English pays the own nature “phoney” it’s not new, Napoleon experienced it as well….

 

Eh oui … mêmes causes, mêmes effets, On dit que le Gouvernement de Sa Majesté est encore plus laxiste que le nôtre en matière d’immigration.

Same causes, same effects, we say that the Government of Her Majesty is even more over liberal than ours in terms of immigration.

Eh oui, nos amis britanniques connaissent aussi les affres de nos concitoyens qui voudraient vivre tranquillement dans leurs banlieues, alors que la racaille y est aussi omniprésente. Ah la société pluriethnique quelles délices!

Our British friends know the torments of our fellow countrymen who would like to live quietly in their suburbs, while the villain is omnipresent. Ah the multiethnic society, what delights!

As you have noticed French people comments are xenophobic comments. I’ve read a couple of comment and I can tell 70% of them are fascist. What is happening in my country? I believe the next election will be tough and surprising…

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The real picture of Nafissatou the liar!!!

As you may know DSK is not “libre”. (Free) And the picture above has been spread out all over the world but it wasn’t the real Nafissatou. Here the real unveiled by Paris Match in French labelling her as a prostitute (like the New York Post by the way).

Thus, Nafi is currently suing the New York Post and five of its journalists for libel on Tuesday for reporting that she was a prostitute.

 

The 32-year-old Guinean immigrant accused the Post of publishing defamatory articles between July 2-4 “in an apparent desperate attempt to bolster its rapidly plunging sales.”

 

The suit filed in Bronx state court seeks damages to be determined at trial for articles it said the Post knew were false or should have known were false before they were published.

 

On Friday prosecutors called into question the woman’s credibility for a series of lies about her background including a false story about being gang-raped on her application for U.S. asylum.

 

The Post reported on Saturday that the Sofitel housekeeper “was doing double duty as a prostitute, collecting cash on the side from male guests.” An article the following day reported that the housekeeper “continued to work as a prostitute in a Brooklyn hotel where she was stashed by prosecutors.”

 

“All of these statements are false, have subjected the plaintiff to humiliation, scorn and ridicule throughout the world by falsely portraying her as a prostitute or as a woman who trades her body for money and they constitute defamation and libel per se,” the suit said.


 

 

 

 

 

DSK, case cracked?

 

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s trial, which had to take place only on July 18th, was finally postponed today, on Friday, July 1st.

The reason?

Nafissatou Diallo, the presumed victim, would have lied to numerous occasions during her auditions.  For example, she omitted the fact that she cleaned another room before alerting a supervisor to her claims of sexual assault (strange, isn’t it?).

Prosecutors have agreed that Mr Strauss-Kahn should be freed “on his own recognisance”, meaning he must simply promise to appear in court.

 

He is accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel on 14 May.

 

The case is now close to collapse, US media reports say.

 

The 62-year-old French politician – who had been seen as a leading candidate for the French presidency – appeared in court in New York on Friday over the sexual assault case.

 

However, the alleged victim’s lawyer, Kenneth P Thompson, maintained on Friday that his client’s story was genuine and that Mr Strauss-Kahn was guilty of sexual assault charges.

 

“The only defence Dominique Strauss-Kahn has is that this sexual encounter was consensual. That is a lie,” he said.

Anyway, the case would continue to be investigated so we might hear about this story for a little while.  So, the author os the book below will have to write another book!

 

 

 

 

Ghesquière & Taponier freed by Afghan Militants

The world is very happy to tell you that 2 French journalists who had been held hostage in Afghanistan for 18 months were released on Wednesday, according to the French government and the television channel that had sent them there.

 

France 3 television said the reporters, Stéphane Taponier and Hervé Ghesquière, had been freed along with their interpreter, Reza Din. All three men appear to be in good health. The two journalists are expected to return to France shortly.

 

After one of France’s longest hostage ordeals, President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a statement Wednesday afternoon thanking “everyone who participated in freeing the hostages.” He also expressed gratitude to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, for his help in the situation.

 

Both seasoned war reporters, Mr. Ghesquière, 47, and Mr. Taponier, his 46-year-old cameraman, were kidnapped by Taliban militants on Dec. 30, 2009, while reporting on a story on reconstruction of a road east of Kabul. Their captors had apparently made several demands in exchange for their release, though it was unclear Wednesday what those demands had been and whether any of them had been met.

 

News of their release was the first public sign of them since a November 2010 video.

 

“For the past several hours our two French hostages in Afghanistan have been in the hands of French forces at the Tagab base,” Prime Minister François Fillon of France told legislators in Parliament on Wednesday. He said the two “are in good health and will be on French soil within hours.”

 

“The wind of freedom that has blown — that is blowing — on the Arab world also needs to be taken into account by hostage takers, who need to realize that this is not the right way to meet their objectives,” he said. “They must free these men and women and join the democratic debate.”

 

Mr. Sarkozy called Béatrice Coulon, Mr. Ghesquière’s companion, to give her the news while she was attending a rally marking the 18-month anniversary of his capture, Reuters reported. “It’s the moment that I have been waiting for so long,” Ms. Coulon told French television, Reuters reported.

 

Thierry Taponier said he expected to see his brother at a military airport near Paris early Thursday, television reported.

 

The journalists’ release comes one week after President Barack Obama announced that the United States will pull out 10,000 soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of the year and 23,000 more by September 2012. France plans to start withdrawing its own troops in the coming months and complete its withdrawal by 2014.

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Paris in fire!


A fire began on Tuesday morning in the 18th “arrondissement” of Paris. It is the Vanoprix shop, in front of the internationally well-know discount store Tati, which burned.

Very important means of help were spread by fire brigades. Approximately 80 firemen were there and 2 giant ladders were deployed.