Archive: April, 2011

Are the French rich … ?

According to L’Insee (Institute National de la Statistique et des Études Économique) – National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies – the French are far from rich. In their 2011 edition of Revenus et patrimoine des ménages published Thursday, April 28, they state that half of French households must live on less than €1580 monthly. […]

Not the bloody royal wedding … No! … France’s own royal baby …!

There are rumors here in France that Carla Bruni, President Sarkozy’s wife, is pregnant. Very many people are saying that if she is, then it is a ‘good career move’. Next May (2012) we have a presidential election and the incumbent is trailing behind every other potential candidate. A baby in the cradle may therefore […]

When the wine’s too good to say no to …

A survey done here in France shows that between 17 and 25% of French women continue to drink alcohol when they are pregnant. Because of this from 700 to 2000 babies are born each year suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) with most in the regions of Brittany and Normandy. A questionnaire given to expectant […]

Prostitutes soon to be forbidden fruit … for men here in France …

France’s parliament is soon to debate legislation to make it a punishable offence for a man to pay a prostitute for sex. According to the two parliamentarians who have initiated the debate, if a man pays a woman for sex then he is making a statement that she is an inferior human being. The two […]

In France the burqa is banned … topless on beach okay

From today, Monday, April 11, 2011, women here in France must watch it if they want to cover up. Forbidden it is by the parliamentary vote of October 11, 2010, for a woman to wear the burqa and the niqab in public. The hijab though is allowed. The law was voted after a Muslim woman […]

France fighting other people’s wars …

It is spring in Paris as you will see from this photo. Yet, so far this year of 2011 has been one of destruction and death; especially so in the Middle East, North Africa and Black Africa. France, though there is peace on its territories, is involved in those wars. As I write these words, […]

Chagall … The Bible … in Paris …

Are you going to be in Paris between today and Sunday, June 5? If so, I am going to tell you that you must visit the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme to see the Chagall exposition – Chagall et la Bible (Chagall and the Bible). The Jewish Chagall, born on July 7, 1887 in […]

The Valley of Heaven and Hell … and Marie Antoinette …

Book titles and intros (opening lines, sentences or paragraphs) have always intrigued me; I sort of collected them once. What do you think of the title ‘The Valley of Heaven and Hell’? What do you think of the following for an intro: It is 3.00 pm in a small back road in Versailles. I am […]

Today, 150 years ago on April 2, 1861, Napoleon was laid to rest …

  Today, this spring Saturday, April 2, it is most wonderfully sunny in Paris.  It is therefore difficult to imagine this day 150 years ago. On that day, a Tuesday, a funeral took place here in Paris. It was one of pomp and ceremony because it was the day that Napoléon’s remains were transferred to […]

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