Terror attacks blamed for sharp fall in Paris tourism.

Paris, Feb. 21: One-and-a-half million fewer tourists visited the Paris region last year and the November 2015 terrorist attacks are being blamed. Hotel reservations in the French capital were down nearly nine percent, according to a report released Tuesday by The Regional Tourism Committee. Continue reading “Terror attacks blamed for sharp fall in Paris tourism.”

French Center to “Deradicalize” Muslim Extremists is Empty

A Center for the deradicalization of Muslim extremists set up in Central France last September is empty. The last man to be “treated” at the chateau of Pontourny, in Beaumont-en-Véron, left on February 8.  Although France has listed thousands as “radicalized” in the police data banks, there were never more than six or seven at any given time and only nine people ever volunteered for the center which can house up to 30. Continue reading “French Center to “Deradicalize” Muslim Extremists is Empty”

Fillon’s Mea Culpa – Too little, Too Late?

images-1French conservative presidential candidate, François Fillon, said on Monday at a Paris press conference that he will not stand down despite an investigation by magistrates on suspicions of corruption.

After nearly two weeks of blistering attacks for allegedly using taxpayer money to pay his wife €830,000 for a fictitious parliamentary assistant’s job, the former Premier struck back, saying his wife was paid for real work. He did however admit that, although it is a common and legal practice for parliamentarians to hire family members, it was an error. Continue reading “Fillon’s Mea Culpa – Too little, Too Late?”

Trump burying the press in its own hole.

If a large section of the public has been convinced by people who spin the web of fiction that those in charge of laying bare the truth are really liars producing Fake News, it is because reporters allowed the spin-doctors direct access to citizens.  The Gate Keepers stopped keeping the gate nearly 30 years ago. This worked well when those in power pretended to play by the rules but Team-Trump have thrown the rule book out the window. Continue reading “Trump burying the press in its own hole.”

“Make Germany Safe Again!”

images-1The Berlin Christmas Market attack should never have happened.  How could the German police get it so wrong?  German voters will decide in September who can best protect them and the freedom they love.

Stuttgart, January 15, 2016: Germany is already in full campaign mode with nine months to go until the elections and the public want to know who will keep them safe? After a year of terror attacks and terror threats and other forms of migrant violence, politicians are falling over themselves to reassure the public.  But all agree, the Berlin Christmas Market attack could have been prevented; that “mistakes were made,” and “we must learn from our errors.”  Continue reading ““Make Germany Safe Again!””

Berlin Attack Puts French Muslims in the Crosshairs

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France has some 15,000 Salafist radicals and nearly 2,000 French nationals have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight Jihad, according to French authorities. The French government has shut down scores of radical mosques, Koranic schools and associations since the State-of-Emergency was decreed in November 2015. Today the debate focusses on the estimated  five million Muslims in France (nobody knows how many for sure) who are accused, like the “good Germans” of Nazi days, of not stepping forward to denounce what they may see or hear. Continue reading “Berlin Attack Puts French Muslims in the Crosshairs”