Who will heal the rift between France and America?
Woody Allen will give it a go. Yet another Hollywood bigwig makes a stab at world affairs/international diplomacy.
The treasures of the sea.
A fascinating look at underwater archeological sites in France. The Cosquer Cave is particularly enthralling due to the art and the difficulty in getting to it. (warning - annoying frames and popup info boxes that don't work so well in Mozilla)
Another great French prison escape.
Two members of an international drug smuggling ring hijack a helicopter, abseil into the prison exercise yard, and resuce a third man. Also, “last month, a commando-style gang used plastic explosives and a rocket launcher to blow its way into a prison near Paris and free a convict serving a sentence for organized crime. In a separate attack, men brandishing what turned out to be a fake rocket launcher freed another crime kingpin from a prison in Borgo on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.” In August, a man secretly replaced his brother, a Basque separatist leader, in prison
One in three French backs Saddam
Seems to me that it is one thing to be against the war in Iraq--Many Americans are--but quite another thing to root for Saddam to win over America. I had known relations between the U.S. and France had deteriorated. But this is mind boggling.
Chinese sold Iraq 'dual-use' chemical
And France helped broker the deal. Now do we boycott not only French bread and wine but all Chinese food too?
The Stewart For America Petition.
"We, the undersigned, hereby request that French Stewart immediately change his name to 'Freedom' Stewart." Long live America.
"A lot of people may not want to repatriate their fallen loved ones, separating them from their comrades, to make a statement about the French government
Try telling Congress that. Tax dollars are flying and common sense is dwindling.
Hey, It's Not Enough We Die Of Obesity
without having to go to Hell too? Some enlightened Frenchmen are bending the Pope's ear, trying to spring Gluttony from the Deadly Sins
blacklist. Well, even clever old Thomas Aquinas
did his damnedest to narrow the seven buggers down. So: which sins would you
excuse today's poor sufferers from and which ones would you insist
on keeping, if any? [Something tells me MetaFilter is ideally suited to put in a good word for Sloth. I wonder why? Speaking of which, NYT reg. is required but you can read about it here instead. Via Arts and Letters Daily.
Very Interesting French Music Video
The movie is somewhat hard to explain without giving away the ending, but the movie addresses very interesting implications for the future of mankind.
We know that the French take their food seriously, and restaurant ratings are a BIG deal
over there. But here's a sad illustration of that: famed chef Bernard Loiseau was found dead
yesterday of an apparent suicide, and speculation centers
around his downgraded rating from the influential GaultMillau guide. Shades of Vatel
Even Shakespeare bashed the French.
Here's the play
in which Willie the Shake indulges in a bit of Frog-bashing.
The Gaul of Chirac.
With near total support for his positions in France, Chirac, thought-police style, set up as an obligation for the emerging half of the continent the unanimity at home that Liberation, the left-wing newspaper said over the weekend, "has something suffocating about it."
French Muslims Influence Government Policy on Iraq
This piece from an on-line Arab source helps us to understand the French reluctance to want a war with Iraq. And you thought it was only about French oil interests, but non.
"They missed a good opportunity to keep quiet."
Is it wise for France to make opposition to war against Saddam such a central tenet of their foreign policy? Opposing the war may be politically sound today, but this seems a bit heavy-handed, and perhaps short-sighted. Is "European solidarity" just a code phrase for "France and Germany get to call the shots"?
Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé
, but the wine's popularity has more to do with clever marketing than the quality of the wine itself
. "Why it was decided to make the region's humblest juice—a wine mainly borne of its worst vineyards, a wine barely removed from the fermentation vat, a wine that is nothing more than pleasantly tart barroom swill—its international standard bearer is a question that will undoubtedly puzzle marketing students for generations to come."
You probably remember him best for his famous green devil
, tempting you with the esoteric delight of evil absinthe*
, or the familiar image of the jester pushing the pleasures of Bitter Campari
. Called by some the "father of the modern poster", and even the "father of advertising
", Italian-born Leonetto Cappiello
created over 1,000 memorable posters during his 40-year career in belle-epoque and fin-de-siecle Paris, and a quick look at a collection
of his work quickly reminds us how enduring both his images and his basic concepts have been. (more...)
French McDonald's ads: Don't 'abuse fast food'
- McDonald's France runs ads suggesting that children not eat its food more than once a week.
France provided Iraq with aircraft to launch AMDs [arms of mass destruction]
And they gave me (I bought it) the Renault Dauphine! Looks like the U.S. is not the only country that our home boys can complain about as far as foreign policy matters.
Salman Rushdie defends fellow writer Michel Houellebecq,
the autonomy of the literary text and its right to be considered on its own terms with characters of every sort.
transforms the Tower T2 of the Bibliothèque nationale de France into a huge computer screen. Wanna play a giant game of Tetris
via your mobile phone? Or just wonder at the giant pixellated images
which the Parisiens can? Go here!
Or if you have Unix on your computer, you can hook up live
Those wacky Euro's, eh?
Fantômas is the Lord of Terror, the Genius of Evil, the arch-criminal anti-hero of a series of 32 pre-WWI French thrillers written by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. He carries out the most appalling crimes: substituting sulfuric acid in the perfume dispensers at a Parisian department store, releasing plague-infested rats on an ocean liner, or forcing a victim to witness his own execution by placing him face-up in a guillotine.
In 1912, Apollinaire founded the Societe des Amis de Fantomas
which included prominent artists and writers. Magritte
considered Fantomas to be a major influence in many of his paintings. Fantomas was not only a comic book but also spawned
films, tv and radio shows and plays. (There is, of course, a modern band
as well)(I read the Mexican comic book
as a child)
Folk Art Environments
What do you get when you combine Folk Art and an entire house or area to play with? You get obsession on display and a fascinating, created world. You may have heard of the Watts towers
or the Bottle Village
, but have you seen Le Palais Ideal de le Facteur Cheval
(in France) or Nek Chand
(in India) or the Whirligig Ranch
or the Forevertron
or the Ave Maria Grotto
? If you share Jane's Addiction
you may want to consult her directory
next time you travel.
Now, this is just odd... The case, which has shocked France, came to light on Saturday with police saying the 19-year-old man had been beaten with a baton, burnt with an iron, raped, had his nose smashed, his ears half torn off and starved.
I have read of some strange stories of people taking advantage of others, though this strikes me as odd. Again, those questions of WHY
smack you in the forehead!
Is this the big one?
With some 18,000 sick and over 700 people having died of the flu in a country the size of France over the past couple of months, I find it odd that the media seems obsesessed with the US / Iraq thing and missing children.
The 1918 flu epidemic killed some 675,00 Americans alone, with a global tally in excess of 20 MILLION killed.
Some of the photos taken back then are pretty grim
. It seems the power of influenza is that it (ahhem) mutates
and thats why it could once again be a big killer. Cynical as it might sound, as a race maybe we need
something like this to teach us that we've got a lot more in common with each other than skin colour and religion might otherwise lead us to believe. ObDisclaimer: I'm unemployed right now, have maybe six months of canned goods in the flat; if this hits London, I ain't opening my door to nobody
blimey charlie the french are getting right hot
under the collar. There is growing indignation in france at the creeping use of the english language. Well now it seems that the EU, with an impeccable track record of supporting the french is suddenly ruffling a few feathers.
The FT is running a series on immigration.
So far they've spotlighted Marseilles,
Mexican migrant workers,
E. Europeans in the West
and the expatriate S.
Africans, as well as done some broader analysis on the benefits
of immigration. (more inside :)
Failed assasination attempt on Chirac at Bastille Day parade.
According to police reports, the man who fired a rifle as President Jacques Chirac passed by in the parade celebrating the French revolution is a neo-Nazi with a history of emotional problems. Chirac was unhurt.
Bon voyage, mes amis...
France now holds the dubious honor of being the first World Cup champs to drop out in the first round of the subsequent Cup tournament (i.e. Champs in '98/Goats in '02) since Brazil '66.
Somebody, strike up Sergio Mendez for me...
"I get a lot of questions like 'Why are you the King of France?'
Hopefully, this document will help those who just don't understand the overwhelming obviousness of it all. Then they can stop living in denial."
There is no far-right Vichyite renaissance in France
, no Pieds Noirs uprising, nor, really, is there any antiSemitic rampage (Le Pen is spasmodically anti-Semitic but systematically anti-immigrant; i.e., anti-Arab.), but it's a safe bet that Jean-Marie Le Pen can never peacefully become President of the French Republic. It used to be said that for evil to triumph it was necessary only for good men to do nothing; in France, historically, for evil to enter it is necessary for good men to tell other good men that nothing is the best thing a good man can do. As the French are now being reminded, it is better to muddle through with your pants around your ankles than to die lucidly with your nose in the air.
How relevent these words and events are here in the US?
Now we know why French was required in school : échangisme, libertinism, Cléopâtre
"For the past 18 months Jean-Charles and Sylvie have had a standing date with each other and with a changing cast of instantly made new best friends at a private club in central Paris called Cléopâtre...échangisme, she said, is something more interesting than the movies to do on a Saturday night...nearly 50 restaurants, clubs and saunas in Paris openly cater to heterosexual adventurers. " Time to bring back Plato's Retreat. [NYT reg req]
'The veil? It protects us from ugly women.'
Jean-Marie Le Pen interviewed by Ha'aretz
The French presidential election run-off will be between the conservative Chirac and the extreme-right Le Pen. What's a French liberal to do?
French culture in crisis ?
After the Vivendi Universal
french CEO Jean-Marie Messier
chairman Pierre Lescure yesterday, many questions arise
. Will Vivendi, through Canal+, continue to help French cinema the way Canal+ did in the past ? Is this the last straw in a long series of acts and declarations from Vivendi's CEO against "Franco-French cultural exception" ? Has The Man finally won in France ? What's to happen in all the other countries were Vivendi (or any of the BigCo) basically owns
the culture through local companies ?
French politicians polish cultural credentials. France's presidential hopefuls have begun pledging to defend the country's cherished culture, hoping to drum up support from artists worried that American films and music will steamroll finer French productions.
This rhetoric makes it sound like American films are picking up guns to massacre poor defenseless French culture. Maybe American films are so successful because they give people something that the "finer French productions" don't, and if so, then is that such a horrible thing? After all, we are just giving the people what they want, right? And if that takes money away from more artsy productions, then whose fault is that anyway?
English amnesiac may be porn star.
"Philip Staufen" tried to convince Canadian authorities that he was an English citizen who suffered from amnesia as a result of a beating. As it turns out, he may
be George Lecheit, a French gay porn star. Authorities aren't ready to close the case yet, but even his lawyer doubts the amnesia theory. In a previous MeFi thread
, a few people took the Canadian government to task for not helping Staufen return to the UK. In light of recent developments, did Ottawa make the right decision?
Maybe you DO have to be born in France!
After much debate, and worldwide press, the French Parliament has decided that you were supposed to be born. Glad to know that. So much for the worst FPP ever.
Avoiding Wrongful Birth Lawsuits
, ob/gyn's in France have decided just to "not know" about problems before birth. So, no more ultrasounds. Original wrongful birth thread can be found here
The Night They Invented Champagne...
Tonight's the night for Champagne
. Meaning French. No other is as appropriate or necessary. If you know nothing - or a lot - about this most pleasant and aphrodisiac of all wines, you should still get more serious about it. The Champagne Growers' Association
has an excellent website where you can learn how to chill
and properly taste
Champagne. They'll even send you four free, attractive little notebooks
to keep in your cocktail cabinet. The green roll-down menus
are all enlightening and to the point.
But don't think the French have all the experts. There's this amazing American website, called IntoWine
, put up by the M2 Communications Wine Education Center
, which is just as wise and, typically, more complete and snobbish.
Their Champagne section
is faultless. Compare cultures by noting how they serve
Champagne. Check out their full list of Champagne houses
and related movies
Happy New Year, MetaFilter!
Should this country
be our next target in the war on terrorism? hmmmmm...
McDonald's will replace Ronald McDonald with Asterix in France.
Hoping to appease anti-American anti-junk food sentiments in France, they're giving Ronald the boot.
Now it's time to give the French a hard time (please note the sarcasm).
is what we say, but the french seem to have a different way of asking the same question.