Nov 17

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- Putin Arrived At G-20 Meeting Escorted By 4 Warships; Sent Clear ‘Message’ By World Leaders


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Vladimir Putin leaving G20 early “to get some sleep”

- Vladimir Putin claims he is leaving G20 early because he needs more sleep (Telegraph, Nov 16, 2014):

Vladimir Putin rejects claims that he is leaving the G20 early because of tense meetings with David Cameron and other western leaders

Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, claims he has left the G20 early because he is tired and needs more sleep before returning to work on Monday.

Mr Putin flew out of Brisbane in Australia amid intense criticism from other Western leaders over Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine.

However, Mr Putin claimed that his decision to leave was nothing to do with the tense meetings he has held with leaders including David Cameron and Francois Hollande, the French President. Continue reading »

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Oct 25

- French Unemployed Hits Record High, Hollande Demands EU Budget “Must Be Adapted” (ZeroHedge, Oct 24, 2014):

France’s President Francois Hollande states confidently that “everyone should respeoct treaties,” then ‘Junckers’ it with this stunningly hypocritical bullshit, “budget rules must be adapted” to support growth and France “has done what it has to do” on its deficit… one glance at the following chart suggests that Hollande has done nothing and has been enabled by Draghi… What a farce!!

French Unemployed Hits Record High

So:

  • *HOLLANDE SAYS `EVERYONE’ SHOULD RESPECT TREATIES
  • *HOLLANDE SAYS FRANCE RESPECTS DEFICIT TREATY WITH FLEXIBILITY

But: Continue reading »

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Sep 04

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- France Folds; Suspends Shipment Of Russian Warship – NATO Allies Pleased (ZeroHedge, Sep 3,  2014):

France is suspending the delivery of the 1st of 2 hulking Mistral warships to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow’s actions in neighboring Ukraine, AP reports President Francois Hollande’s office said Wednesday. Hollande’s change of mind – as he begs Draghi to devalue the EUR and Schaeuble to lift the deficit limits in Europe – comes at a time when the French economy can hardly cope with losing a few billion (which he previously said was too costly to cancel) but as he explains, Russia’s recent actions harm “the foundations of security in Europe.” We will see what Hollande got for this… or how he was blackmailed – but for now NATO allies have commented that they “welcome the French Mistral sale suspension.” Continue reading »

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Aug 26

- French goverment resigns amid rancor over German austerity pressure (RT, Aug 25, 2014):

The French government has resigned despite being formed just 4 months ago. They quit after ministers slammed President Francois Hollande’s plans for taxation and cuts, while also being critical of Germany’s austerity program. Continue reading »

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Aug 04

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- France’s Hollande urges action on ‘massacres’ in Gaza (RT, Aug 4, 2014):

French President Francois Hollande has described Israel’s killings in Gaza as “massacres” and called for action to end the violence.

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Jul 31

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- French Housing “In Total Meltdown”, “Current Figures Are Disastrous” (ZeroHedge, July 30, 2014):

If Venezuela is the case study of a country in the late stages of transition into a socialist utopia, then France is the clear runner up. The most recent case in point, aside from the already sliding French economy, whose recent contraction can be best seen be deteriorating PMI data…

France vs Europe PMI

… which hints at the dreaded “triple dip” recession, nowhere is the economic collapse in France more evident than in its housing market which as even Bloomberg admits, citing industry participants, is now “in total meltdown.

The reason? The belief of the socialist president that a few economists know better than the overall market, especially when the sanctity of the “fairness doctrine” and the greater good is to be upheld at all costs. To wit: “French President Francois Hollande’s government may have made a housing slump worse, pushing the construction market to its lowest in more than 15 years. Housing starts fell 19 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, and permits — a gauge of future construction — dropped 13 percent, the French Housing Ministry said yesterday.Continue reading »

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Jul 16

- French President Urges His Countrymen: Stop Bashing Your Country, Have Some Confidence (ZeroHedge; July 15, 2014):

A few days ago it was that other great egaliatarian president, Barack Obama, who urged Americans to tear free from the shackles of cynicism and to unleash some more of that hopium that got Obama elected in the first place. Now it is the turn of that other just as impressive socialist, France’s own Francois Hollande, who just like Obama has seen his popularity rating crumble to unprecedented levels, come up with his own prescription for how to fix the troubles that ail France. In short: “less lamenting and disparaging, more confidence.”

From Reuters:

In the television interview to mark Bastille Day, when a crowd stormed a Paris prison on July 14, 1789, at the outset of the French Revolution, Hollande said his compatriots were more inclined than some others to put their country down. Continue reading »

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Mar 31

Far-Right Gains In French Election As Hollande’s Socialists Admit “Unquestionably A Defeat” (ZeroHedge, March 30, 2014):

A week after initial votes showed the far-right anti-Euro National Front party gaining ground in French municipal elections, it appears the ongoing disappointment in the ruling Socialists is increasing (amid record joblessness).

  • *FAR RIGHT MAKES FURTHER GAINS IN FRENCH MUNI ELECTIONS
  • *MOSCOVICI SAYS TODAY’S  ELECTIONS ‘UNQUESTIONABLY A DEFEAT’
  • *MOSCOVICI SAYS IT’S ‘DIFFICULT TO REFORM FRANCE’

These are the first nationwide elections in France since Hollande took office and point to rather concerning lack of support for his party and his policies (and the core of the EU); but a record high 38.5% of votes abstained suggesting major apathy as the country’s north-south divide grows. Continue reading »

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Mar 28

- French jobless rate surges to new record (The Local/AFP, March 26, 2014):

The number of jobless in France surged by 0.9 percent in February to a new record of 3.34 million, the labour ministry said on Wednesday.

The number of new jobseekers rose by 31,500 last month, it said, admitting there had been a “marked progression” in unemployment.

The rise is likely to put increased pressure on President Francois Hollande, with the overall number of jobseekers having increased by more than 420,000 since he took office in May 2012.

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Feb 16

Oh, sure!

See also:

- Snowden: NSA Is ‘In Bed With The Germans’

- GCHQ And European Spy Agencies Worked Together On Mass Surveillance

- Germany’s BND Cooperated With NSA As Merkel Denied Knowledge

Research the connections between the Nazis and the creation of the BND & the CIA and you’ll know exactly what is really going on here.


- Germany, France to mastermind European data network – bypassing US (RT, Feb 16, 2014):

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande will review plans to build up a trustworthy data protection network in Europe. The challenge is to avoid data passing through the US after revelations of mass NSA spying in Germany and France.

Merkel has been one of the biggest supporters of greater data protection in Europe since the revelations that the US tapped her phone emerged in a Der Spiegel news report in October, based on information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Jan 30

- Foreign Investment In France Crashes 77% In 2013 (Most On Record) To 26 Year Lows (ZeroHedge, Jan 30, 2014):

When your manufacturing industry unions kidnap their business leaders, taxes reach extremes of duress, industrial production limps lower and unemployment hits record highs; it is hardly surprising that the world is a little nervous of piling its hard-printed cash into your country. But in the case of France, data reported by the UN shows the biggest collapse in foreign direct investment ever. Figaro reports that FDI fell to EUR 5.7 billion – a drop of over 75% year-over-year – and the lowest since 1987. Ironically, Spain’s FDI rose 37% and Germany’s quadrupled… Is France an Emerging Market now?

France Foreign Investment Collapse

Data: Bloomberg and Figaro

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Jan 25

- Francois Hollande, First Girlfriend Trierweiler Have Split (ZeroHedge, Jan 25, 2014):

In keeping up with “breaking” and otherwise engaging news on par with this, to keep the broader population distract from more critical developments, here is the latest installment of what 99% of the French population will be talking about in the next several days and weeks (instead of the nation’s impending triple-dip recession).

 

In other words, just as expected. For the background on this story, read:

- French First Girlfriend Hospitalized After Francois Hollande Affair With Actress Julie Gayet Exposed

See also:

- ‘Hollande Affair’ Linked To Corsican Mafia – Valerie Trierweiler To Remain In Hospital For Several More Days

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Jan 14
File photo of French President Hollande and first lady Valerie Trierweiler at the Elysee Palace

French president Francois Hollande and first lady Valerie Trierweiler at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

- Valérie Trierweiler to remain in hospital for several more days (Guardian, Jan 13, 2014):

François Hollande’s partner was said to have suffered a ‘very strong emotional shock’ after hearing claims of affair

A top aide to France’s first lady says she will remain in hospital for several more days to recover from the shock of a tabloid report that her partner, François Hollande, is having an affair with an actor.

Valerie Trierweiler’s chief of staff, Patrice Biancone, said on Monday she could stay in hospital for a further six or eight days. She was initially expected to leave the hospital on Monday. He said she suffered a “very strong emotional shock” and needed rest. One official said she was receiving treatment for “a severe case of the blues”.

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Jan 12

- French First Girlfriend Hospitalized After Francois Hollande Affair With Actress Exposed (ZeroHedge, Jan 12, 2014):

When it comes to socialism, the world’s premier promoter of egalite - France’s Francois Hollande – is very aware that in a socialist utopia, no property is private. Hence everything can be shared, such as actress Julie Gayet with whom it was revealed last week he had an affair. The problem is that the First Lady, er, Girlfriend of France, Valerie Trierweiler, 48, did not share her boyfriend’s Marxist view. And, as Reuters reports, when Trierweiler found out about an affair between Francois Hollande and the aforementioned Julie Gayet, 41, she was hospitalized on Sunday morning “because of exhaustion.”

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Hollande and Trierweiler in happier times:

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And the lover, Julie Gayet, 41.

From Reuters:

BFM Television said the Elysee presidential palace had confirmed that Trierweiler had been hospitalised since Friday because of exhaustion.

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Dec 29

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- French Constituional Court Approves 75% Tax On High Earners (ZeroHedge, Dec 29, 2013):

Almost a year ago, the French constitutional court ruled against Francois Hollande’s triumphal blast into socialist wealth redistribution, with his proposed 75% tax rate on high earners, and so indefinitely delayed the exodus of the bulk of French high earners (even if some, like Obelix, aka Gerard Depardieu, promptly made their way to the country that has become the land of solace for all oppressed people everywhere, Russia) into more tax-hospitable  climes. That delay is now over, when earlier today the same court approved a 75% tax on all those earning over €1 million. The proposal passed after the government modified it to make employers liable for the 75% tax. As BBC reports, the levy will last two years, affecting income earned this year and in 2014.

And with the tax passage, the preparations for an exodus by all high earnings begin, first among the local football teams. Continue reading »

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Oct 23

- You won’t believe what the French are taxing now… (Sovereign Man, Oct 22, 2013):

At our workshop in Chile some months ago, European MEP Nigel Farage blasted French President Francois Hollande as leading the pack “in the modern day Pantheon of idiots who are running countries around the world…”

You can see Nigel’s scathing remarks below, about 35 seconds in to the clip:

Of course, the French president had recently introduced a ‘hate tax’ on its countries most successful people, driving out whatever few productive people remain in France.

But this hate tax was just the tip of le iceberg.

Just look at what they’ve done or announced just in the last month:

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Sep 01

- French polls ‘won’t deter Hollande’ (BBC News, Aug 31, 2013):

France’s President Francois Hollande has said he is considering military action against Syria following alleged chemical weapons attacks.

Along with the US President, Hollande has accused Syria of using chemical weapons near Damascus on 21 August.

France is seen as the main US ally – since the UK vote against military action – but an opinion poll suggested that 64% opposed the use of force.

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Aug 30

Is France also ready for ‘a Putin response’?


- Hollande Undeterred By UK Shock: “France Will Participate. It Is Ready” For Syrian Attack (ZeroHedge, Aug 30, 2013):

The Germans “haven’t considered any military participation… and are still not doing so.” The Brits unexpectedly voted ‘not’ to join Obama in an attack on Syria , with Cameron adding that he didn’t think “it’s a question of having to aplogize” to Obama. But Obama can rest assured as the French remains undeterred. After France refused to join the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, but was quickly aided by the US in the military intervention against Islamist militants in Mali earlier this year, Hollande is vehement of the need to “punish” Damascus, “France will participate. It is ready.” Sounds like a resounding ‘we’re in,’ right? It seems Hollande is dead set on lower French unemployment… by making every jobless person a soldier in Syria (packing at least one backup white flag of surrender). But, don’t get too excited since, with lukewarm public support, Hollande has said he will summon the French parliament to vote on the debate… on September 4th (no rush…).

Via The FT,

France is prepared to take action against Syria despite the vote against military intervention by Britain, its closest European military ally, French president François Hollande has said.

“The chemical massacre in Damascus cannot remain unpunished. If not, it would risk an escalation that would trivialise the use of these weapons and would threaten other countries,” said Mr Hollande.

He said he did not favour a military operation to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad but a deterrent strike to punish “a monstrous violation of human rights”.

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Aug 29

- In Stunning Move UK Parliament Rejects Syria Military Strike, Obama “Willing To Go It Alone” (ZeroHedge, Aug 29, 2013):

Moments ago the UK House of Commons, in a razor thin vote, rejected the Cameron proposal for military action in Syria with a vote 285 to 272. Cameron promptly said he would respect the will of the House of Commons and UK Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond confirmed there would be no UK military intervention in Syria. Incidentally, this may have been the best outcome for an already humiliated British premier who will avoid being dragged into an unpopular war having both sided with his greatest ally, the US, and also relented and listened to the voice of the people. More importantly, the “people” in the UK actually had a voice, which is more than can so far be said about developments in the US. And speaking of the US, the NYT reports that even as the Syrian war “option” is slowly being shut out for staunch US allies (except for France of course), that Obama is “willing to move ahead with a limited military strike on Syria even while allies like Britain are debating whether to join the effort [ZH: and have now voted against it] and without an endorsement from the United Nations Security Council” citing senior administration officials.

The ETA for a unilateral move by Obama may be as soon as Saturday: Continue reading »

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Aug 26

The Independent has changed the headline of the article and so this link …

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-air-attacks-loom-as-britain-and-us-pledge-to-use-force-within-two-weeks-8784435.html?printService=print

… now leads to this slightly different article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-un-weapons-inspectors-attacked-as-they-try-to-enter-alleged-poison-gas-attack-site-8784435.html

From the Independent:

Western countries, including Britain, are planning to take unilateral military action against the Assad regime within two weeks in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria.

David Cameron discussed launching missile strikes against key regime targets during a 40-minute telephone call with Barack Obama on Saturday night and also with the French President François Hollande on Sunday. While Downing Street said western powers had not ruled out seeking UN endorsement for military action they added that they were also prepared to unilaterally.

So the ‘official’ start of WW3 is within two weeks then?


- US, Britain and France Agree to Attack Syria Within Two Weeks (Antiwar, Aug 25, 2013):

Initially Limited Strikes Aim to Avoid Serious War Debate

Discussing the matter in a 40 minute phone call on Saturday night, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed in principle to start attacking Syria within the next two weeks. France, long calling for such a war, is also reportedly in on the idea.

British officials familiar with the situation say that they didn’t rule out seeking UN support for the war, but also don’t expect to actually get that support, and are prepared to ignore the UN and attack anyhow.

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