All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘France’

Dieudonne M’bala M’bala: Ban Over Anti-Semitism?

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Friday that France is considering banning a comedian who has made a living repeatedly bashing the memory of Holocaust victims. Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been fined numerous times for hate speech. At one point, he even ran for a seat in Parliament under the banner of the “Anti-Zionist List”, a party with far-right connections. Valls …

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Google Adds Ski Slope Imagery To Street View

Google announced that it has gathered some new imagery of ski slopes for Street View using its Street View snowmobile. Google introduced the snowmobile back in 2010 when it gathered imagery from Vancouver and Whistler. It’s good to see it’s still getting some use. Google’s new imagery comes from ski resorts in Italy, France, Andorra and Spain. “From the western …

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Netflix May Launch In France, Germany Next

Netflix is looking to expand its operations further into Europe as it has reportedly been talking to officials in France, Germany, and other European countries, seeking information on laws that could affect its operations. Reuters reports: “Netflix wanted information about the legal conditions that would affect its potential arrival in France,” an official at the president’s office said, adding that …

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Beaujolais Nouveau Uncorked in 2013

“Cheers! To the Beaujolais!” Every November the party begins: the uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau. Keeping with tradition, the first bottles of 2013 were uncorked on Wednesday at midnight. By French government decree, they cannot be sold before the third Thursday in November. This tradition that formed in Paris, France has spread to to the United States and Japan over the …

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Conehead Skull Found in Multicultural Necropolis

The site of Obernai in France was occupied by one people or another for the last 6000 years. Now, a series of graves found there date from 4000 years ago to 2000 years ago. These 38 tombs span a fantastic portion of human history: from the Stone Age to the Dark Age. LiveScience reports that the tombs were first discovered …

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Francois Hollande Travels to South Africa

Perhaps in an effort to avert his plunging approval ratings, Francois Hollande, president of France, is currently visiting South Africa. The aim of this trip seems to be multi-fold, with the emphasis being on the creation of an African peace-keeping unit and the strengthening of economic ties between France and South Africa. Earlier today, Hollande commented on the recent collapse …

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Higgs Boson Team Wins Nobel Prize for Physics

LiveScience and Reuters both report that Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics yesterday. Their prediction of the Higgs boson’s existence helps to explain how the stars and planets formed from elementary matter. LiveScience managing editor Jeanna Bryner said that early Nobel forecasts were predicting the win for Higgs …

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Miranda Kerr Steps Out in Paris and Cosmo

Miranda Kerr is back on the catwalk, walking for Chanel’s 2014 Spring-Summer prêt-à-porter show and Stella McCartney’s Spring 2014 show, during Paris Fashion Week. The 30-year-old wife and mother strutted right alongside models almost 10 years younger, including hot ticket Cara Delevingue (21-years-old). The former Victoria’s Secret Angel is also gracing the cover of November’s Cosmopolitan magazine. She is taking …

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French Senate Votes to Ban Child Beauty Pageants

The BBC reported this morning that the French Parliament has voted on a bill that would make beauty pageantry illegal for participants under the age of 16. The vote passed the French Senate 196-146, and the ban will be headed to the National Assembly before it’s made law. Lawmakers kept the language short and sweet: “organizing beauty competitions for children …

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Toys “R” Us, UK, to Stop Gender-Based Marketing

Toys “R” Us, UK, this week joined a number of other British retailers in supporting the Let Toys Be Toys campaign with plans to stop explicit gender-based marketing. Toys “R” Us Managing Director Roger McLaughlan said, “We will work with the Let Toys Be Toys team to ensure we develop the best plan for our customers.” Let Toys Be Toys …

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Princess Diana: Biopic Star Naomi Watts Takes Heat

The biopic is simply titled Diana and it premiered Thursday to controversy that probably ought to have been expected. The star portraying the iconic princess of Wales is Naomi Watts, and Watts seems to be catching most of the lightening. Diana’s death is still very raw and her life, or rumors about it, beforehand drew paparazzi and controversy like few …

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Massacre Oradour: German Leader Visits WWII Site

The year is 1944, and it is June 10, a Saturday. It is idyllic and serene in Oradour-sur-Glane, or it would be, if the threat of war had not cast its shadow over the small town’s residents. In an instance of cruelty and despicable nature that seems only befitting to the Nazi party of Germany, the small town was completely …

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