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October 2011: "Germany had taken a tougher stance than France with the banks. Mrs. Merkel was willing to think about imposing an involuntary write-down on the private sector, but Mr. Sarkozy remained worried about the consequences on the markets and the banking system."

July 2011: 'If Mr. Sarkozy appeared to soften his understanding of official secularism, or “laïcité” earlier in his political career, even toying with the idea of affirmative action, he has recently scrambled to backtrack. He held a nationwide debate on “national identity” last year and earlier this year banned Muslim full-face veils like niqab, as well as the burqa.'

June 2011: 'The online world is looking nervously at Europe, whose leaders are making ever-louder noises about joining forces to bring "civility" to the Internet. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has led the cheering squad. At the last G8 conference Sarkozy rolled out a digital laundry list of Internet-related problems that need ironing and folding—everything from intellectual property protections to the need for cyber folk "to show tolerance and respect for diversity of language, culture and ideas."'

May 2011: 'There was no public outcry or journalistic investigation, for example, when Mr. Sarkozy named Frédéric Mitterrand, the nephew of François Mitterrand, as minister of culture, even though he had written a memoir describing in graphic detail how he had paid for sex with “boys” in Thailand.'

May 2010: 'Belgium is moving toward a total ban on face-covering veils in public. Italian police recently fined a woman for wearing a burqa. In France, a law banning garments "designed to hide the face" is likely to be introduced in July. "The burqa is not a sign of religion," says French President Nicolas Sarkozy, "it is a sign of subservience. It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic."'

April 2009: "Still, Amnesty's allegations of increasingly aggressive French police activity have not arisen in a void. President Nicolas Sarkozy has largely fulfilled election pledges to impose law and order and respect of authorities by encouraging maximalist enforcement. Even prior to his election, Sarkozy introduced a performance-based reward system that promotes police officers based on various on-duty criteria — including arrest rates. (See pictures of Sarkozy in the U.K.)",8599,1889349,00.html

June 2009: "While France has often prided itself on its contrarian approach to information technology — remember the Minitel? — the response summed up the ham-handedness of the latest digital initiative by the French government. The video appeared this spring, at the height of debate about a plan by President Nicolas Sarkozy to set up a government agency to disconnect persistent copyright pirates from the Internet."

May 2009: "The bill, a flagship piece of legislation for President Nicholas Sarkozy, whose wife is a pop star, was defeated last month when deputies from the governing centre-right UMP failed to turn up to vote in sufficient numbers and the opposition Socialists managed to quash it."

July 2008: 'Lately, though, President Nicolas Sarkozy has stressed the importance of “integration” into French life. Part of his tougher immigration policy is new legislation to require foreigners who want to join their families to take an exam on French values as well as the French language before leaving their countries.'

November 2007: "In the wake of the unrest in 2005, the government of then-President Jacques Chirac (with Nicolas Sarkozy, now the president, as the tough, law-and-order interior minister) announced measures to improve life in the suburbs, including extra money for housing, schools and neighborhood associations, as well as counseling and job training for unemployed youths. None has gone very far....Mr. Sarkozy, still reeling from huge transit strikes and student protests throughout France this month..."

November 2007: The recent publication there of two annual guides charting the popularity of first names could only prompt more soul-searching in a nation already painfully struggling with how to define its character. The issue appears so urgent that President Nicolas Sarkozy felt the need to create a Ministry of Immigration and National Identity, and the government has passed a law authorizing DNA testing to establish family links among would-be immigrants.

October 2007: "French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Cecilia are to separate 'by mutual consent', according to a statement from the Elysee Palace today."

October 2007: Mr. Sarkozy guaranteed that the [Immigration Museum], a pet project of his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, would make headlines when he conspicuously did not show up for its inauguration.

October 2007: Mr. Sarkozy, who has expressed support for the DNA proposal, responded crisply to her remarks during his two-day visit to Russia, saying, “I am going to ask everyone to calm down.”

July 2007: You might think shrewd politicians would notice something wrong with this picture. After all, the last major national politician to insult those who violate civilized norms in expressing political anger — former French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who denounced Muslim rioters in France as 'scum' for their car burnings and mayhem — won election as president of France despite predictions that he'd committed political suicide.

May 2005: "Rudy Giuliani's sandblasting of graffiti and his crackdown on subway turnstile-jumpers were imitated by Nicolas Sarkozy when he was France's interior minister -- a main reason that Sarkozy is now the front-runner for the French presidency in 2007."


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Oct 26, 2011 Europe Agrees to Basics of Plan to Resolve Euro Crisis

QUOTE: European leaders, in a significant step toward resolving the euro zone financial crisis, early Thursday morning obtained an agreement from banks to take a 50 percent loss on the face value of their Greek debt.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2011 Norway Attacks Put Spotlight on Rise of Right-Wing Sentiment in Europe

QUOTE: The success of populist parties appealing to a sense of lost national identity has brought criticism of minorities, immigrants and in particular Muslims out of the beer halls and Internet chat rooms and into mainstream politics. While the parties themselves generally do not condone violence, some experts say a climate of hatred in the political discourse has encouraged violent individuals.

New York Times
Jun 22, 2011 Nazi hunting: How France first "civilized" the Internet

QUOTE: France has long attempted to "civilize" the Internet out of things like racism and Nazi ideology by curbing their dissemination. In fact, the first battle in this war concluded a decade ago. The winner was France; the loser was the then-reigning giant of the Web—Yahoo—along with the notion that the Internet is a "global" place that inherently transcends national boundaries.

Ars Technica
May 16, 2011 Questions Raised About a Code of Silence

QUOTE: the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is once again challenging the assumption that the private lives of the rich, famous and powerful are off limits to public scrutiny. That the most serious accusation against Mr. Strauss-Kahn is attempted rape, and not just an indiscretion involving a consensual sexual relationship, only adds to a sense on the part of some people in France that the curtain of privacy needs to be lifted.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2011 Why humanitarian wars can go so wrong

QUOTE: The big democracies usually stand idly by during the worst atrocities, including the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda… Western democratic leaders have powerful political incentives to do humanitarianism on the cheap… These governments were more worried about the safety of their own soldiers than about protecting Bosnian civilians.

Washington Post
May 26, 2010 Europe's burqa rage

QUOTE: The vast majority of Muslim women do not wear complete covering because the Koran mandates only modesty, not sartorial imprisonment. But at issue in Europe is not social disapproval; it is criminalization.

Washington Post
Nov 12, 2009 Ill Will Grows in a Former Colonial Region (Memo From Africa)

QUOTE: It is not a good time to be French in Francophone Africa, except if you are a high official from Paris privately visiting a strongman’s palace. As democracy slips in country after country in the region, France often quietly sides, once again, with the once-and-future autocrats.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2009 In battle of the burqa, Obama and Sarkozy differ

QUOTE: During speech Monday, Sarkozy suggested that the traditional female Islamic dress was a form of enslavement. But Obama backed freedom of religious expression in his Cairo speech.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 14, 2009 Media Cache: Politicians Fail to Grasp Peer-To-Peer

QUOTE: The proposal was shot down last week by the country’s highest judicial review body, the Constitutional Council, which ruled that it violated constitutional guarantees of free speech and the presumption of innocence.

New York Times
May 14, 2009 France Passes 'Three Strikes' Piracy Law

QUOTE: The 'three-strikes' law that would cut off internet access to users found to be repeatedly downloading copyright content without the permission of the owner was passed by 296 votes to 233 in what is the government's second attempt to push through the bill.

Apr 16, 2009 Internet regulation in France: Trois strikes and you're out

QUOTE: The French government is trying to pass a harsh new law that would cut off internet access for people who download pirated music and films.

Apr 03, 2009 Amnesty Report: French Police Above the Law

QUOTE: Is France an increasingly authoritarian society whose police forces are protected from frequent charges of abuse — ranging from racial insult to homicide? That's what Amnesty International maintains in a new report issued Thursday.

Time Magazine
Jul 19, 2008 A Veil Closes France’s Door to Citizenship

QUOTE: “I would never have imagined that they would turn me down because of what I choose to wear,” Ms. Silmi said... But last month, France’s highest administrative court upheld a decision to deny citizenship to Ms. Silmi, 32, on the ground that her “radical” practice of Islam was incompatible with French values like equality of the sexes

New York Times
Jul 03, 2008 France’s Terrorism Strategy Faulted

QUOTE: France prides itself on having the most efficient counterterrorism strategy in Europe. French counterterrorism officials insist that the flexibility of French law and the French judicial system has been crucial in their ability to respond to the threat of international terrorism and has helped prevent attacks on French soil. But an 84-page report issued by New-York-based Human Rights Watch, entitled “Preempting Justice,” argues that that French practices result in too many arrests and convictions based on scanty evidence, putting the country “on the wrong side of the law.”

New York Times
Jul 03, 2008 Colombia Plucks Hostages From Rebels’ Grasp

QUOTE: Hours after Colombian commandos in disguise infiltrated the FARC terrorist group in a daring rescue operation, three American hostages were flown to safety in the United States and another freed captive, a French-Colombian politician held for six years, was reunited with her family.

New York Times
May 28, 2008 Traffic Stops Over Gas Prices: As Fuel Costs Soar in Europe, Angry Truckers, Fishermen Set Up Blockades

QUOTE: Hundreds of truckers shut down a central London highway Tuesday, French fishermen blockaded ports and French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed cutting European fuel taxes as already high gasoline prices soared even higher.

Washington Post
Apr 09, 2008 China Uses Heavy Hand Even With Its Gadflies

QUOTE: Zheng Enchong is a self-taught lawyer and a dogged human rights activist. In many countries, he would be considered a gadfly. But in China during this Olympic year, he is treated like a threat to national security...In recent years, several dozen lawyers have made it their business to use Chinese law to defend people against the government. Like Zheng, a number have suffered retaliation.

Washington Post
Nov 28, 2007 In French Suburbs, Same Rage, but New Tactics

QUOTE: The events of the past three days, set off by the deaths of two teenagers whose minibike collided with a police vehicle on Sunday, make clear that the underlying causes of frustration and anger — particularly among unemployed, undereducated youths, mostly the offspring of Arab and African immigrants — remain the same.

New York Times
Nov 04, 2007 You Are What Your Name Says You Are (Ideas & Trends)

QUOTE: The recent publication there of two annual guides charting the popularity of first names could only prompt more soul-searching in a nation already painfully struggling with how to define its character.

New York Times
Oct 17, 2007 Abroad: Ready or Not, France Opens Museum on Immigration

QUOTE: But being a French citizen means you’re not categorized as African French or Southeast Asian French or West Indian French; you’re just plain French. That’s the republican ideal, citizenship bestowing theoretical equality, belying the reality of racism. French schoolchildren are steeped in the concept of a single France. The law actually forbids taking a census according to ethnic or racial categories.

New York Times

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