Snails, one of France’s signature dishes, could be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from Southeast Asia, scientists warned on Tuesday.
The warning is being sounded over a voracious species called the New Guinea flatworm.
It is already on a list of the 100 most dangerous invasive species in the world as it has a relentless appetite for native snails and earthworms in places where it has been introduced.
Workers at a botanical gardens in Caen, Normandy, called in scientific help after they spotted a strange, dark, flat-as-a-pancake worm among their greenhouse plants.
Reporting in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday, a team of French experts said DNA tests had confirmed their worst fears: Platydemus manokwari has arrived in Europe.
“This species is extraordinarily invasive,” said Jean-Lou Justine of the National Museum of Natural History. “I really hope it can be stopped at the earliest stages.”¬† Read more »
Built in 1889 by French engineers, using French steel and rivets, nothing was supplied by Germany and it cost around $1.5 million dollars back then.
The¬†Eiffel Tower¬†(French:¬†La Tour Eiffel,¬†[tu Ā …õf…õl]) is an¬†iron lattice tower¬†located on the¬†Champ de Mars¬†in¬†Paris. It was named after the engineer¬†Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the¬†1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a¬†global cultural icon¬†of¬†France¬†and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.¬†The tower is the¬†tallest structure in Paris¬†and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011.¬†The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The Statue of Liberty (‚ÄúLiberty Enlightening the World‚ÄĚ) is a 225-ton, steel-reinforced copper female figure, 151 ft 1 in. (46.05 m) in height, facing the ocean from Liberty Island1¬†in New York Harbor. The right hand holds aloft a torch, and the left hand carries a tablet upon which is inscribed: ‚ÄúJuly IV MDCCLXXVI.‚ÄĚ
The statue was designed by¬†Fred√©ric Auguste Bartholdi¬†of Alsace as a gift to the United States from the people of¬†France¬†to memorialize the alliance of the two countries in the¬†American Revolution¬†and their abiding friendship. The French people contributed the $250,000 cost.
The 150-foot pedestal was designed by¬†Richard M. Hunt¬†and built by Gen. Charles P. Stone, both Americans. It contains steel underpinnings designed by¬†Alexander Eiffel¬†of France to support the statue. The $270,000 cost was borne by popular subscription in this country.¬†President Grover Cleveland¬†accepted the statue for the United States on Oct. 28, 1886.
The Statue of Liberty was designated a National Monument in 1924 and a World Heritage Site in 1984. ¬† Read more »
I realise you probably already know the obvious facts about the Eiffel Tower, like it is a tower, it is in Paris, and you are now wondering why you are at Whaleoil reading about what you already know.
Trust me. ¬†Just bone up on some of these less obvious facts below, and then come back after 10 am.
It will all make sense then.
In Paris they ¬†have come up with some cool creative ideas to re-use some of abandoned Metro railway stations. ¬†Instead of ignoring them and letting it all go to waste, there is a chance to give then a brand new life.
Could be a long lap down that pool. ¬†Phew! Read more »
What’s this…cheese eating surrender monkey’s not surrendering?
Furious French Ryanair passengers launched a ‘barbaric’ revolt against plane crew because of anger over a delay, it was claimed today.
Police were called when they abused staff of the low-cost airline, refused to accept instructions, and stole duty free products including alcoholic drinks and perfume from trollies.
The angry rebellion is said to have taken place on a flight which took off from Rabat, in Morocco, to Paris’s Beauvais airport last Saturday week.
France’s Metronews today reports that it all started when a passenger among the 170 people on board became seriously ill.
The crew had to divert to Madrid to deal with the medical emergency, meaning that by the time they took off from Spain again it was too late to head for Paris, where airports have night time noise restrictions.¬† Read more »
In the UK at the moment there is outrage about bludging foreign ratbags, but it appears it is a false assumption that hordes of gypos and wogs are descending on Western Europe on the bludge looking for good times at the taxpayers expense.
From London to Berlin, the tabloids and right-wing press whipped themselves into a xenophobic frenzy as the end of 2013 neared. They warned of “swarms of immigrants,” “soaring crime rates,” a “swamped labor market,” and “benefit tourism.” Even government officials got in on the¬†action: Lodewijk Asscher, the Dutch social affairs minister, issued a¬†“Code Orange”¬†alert — a warning normally issued in the Netherlands, a country prone to flooding, when water levels reach dangerous heights. In the United Kingdom, there was talk of introducing “Olympic-style security” at airports. French President Fran√ßois Hollande and his Socialist government called for a “crackdown.”
The cause of all the panic: On Jan. 1, 2014,¬†migration restrictions¬†imposed on Romania and Bulgaria by several Western European countries ended. After the two eastern states joined the European Union (E.U.) in 2007, these rules placed substantial limitations on the ability of Romanians and Bulgarians to emigrate for the purposes of work to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Malta, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Spain, and the United Kingdom.¬† Read more »
Francois Hollande must be annoyed to know that Closer Magazine, the outlet that busted his rooting, is also a bludger magazine receiving state grants.
Closer, the magazine that has put the French president in a pickle with its photos of an alleged dalliance with an actress, gets more than half a million euros a year in state aid, part of the nearly three quarters of a billion euros that France annually hands out to prop up the written press.
The dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro are the top beneficiaries, getting 18 million euros (¬£15m) each, with several million of that going to subsidise costs of posting copies to readers, according to figures for 2012 from the ministry of culture and communication.
The state auditor has lambasted the subsidies, saying in a report last year that the written press got five billion euros between 2009 and 2011 in handouts that had ‚Äúnot shown their efficiency‚ÄĚ and had led to a culture of ‚Äúdependence‚ÄĚ among editors.
Two hundred publications got state aid in 2012, according to the latest figures, under a policy that began during World War II to foster media diversity.
But the list of publications that benefit raises questions as to how this state aid is boosting democratic or intellectual debate.
The funniest one is a magazine for fans of Mickey Mouse.
Some critics ask what exactly celebrity gossip magazines, or a magazine devoted to Mickey Mouse, le Journal de Mickey, which got 555,059 euros in 2012, do to improve society.
A magazine listed as the Economist is listed as getting 197,306 euros, although it was not clear that this was the British news weekly of that name.
French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg last week defended the subsidies, saying that the French press was going through an ‚Äúindustrial crash‚ÄĚ that he compared to the collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s.
‚ÄúIf we stopped the subsidies‚Ä¶ while the press is in difficulty, that would pose a real democratic problem,‚ÄĚ he said.
Subsidies are evil…they must fought at every level.
Fancy being told as a bloke you can’t pee standing up anymore. F*ck off.
Exactly…that would be my response. But in Europe the pantywaists are in the ascendency.
There are many ways to remove a man‚Äôs dignity. One of the foremost, however, has got to be forcing him to urinate sitting down.
At least, that‚Äôs how it seems to me. But the issue isn‚Äôt quite so clear-cut for the Swedes. Viggo Hansen, a councillor from the Left Party in S√∂rmland ‚Äď a socialist feminist outfit ‚Äď tabled a motion to ban urinals. That‚Äôs right. He wants to force Swedish men onto their haunches whenever they visit the lavatory.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the Swedes are even attempting to indoctrinate little boys at nursery, drumming into them the message ‚Äúbe a sweetie and take a seatie‚ÄĚ. …
Feminist groups in France and Holland have been campaigning on the issue under slogans like ‚Äúlaissez tomber votre pantalon, et asseyez vous!‚ÄĚ (lower your trousers and sit!), and ‚Äútoch niet weer een vieze plas op MIJN badkamer vloer!‚ÄĚ (not another filthy puddle on MY bathroom floor!).¬† Read more »
Bit of a dilemma for the ratbag socialist French president, he moved his girlfriend into the Elysee Palace when he was elected, she has a staff of 5 for god knows what (when was the last time a socialist was prudent with taxpayers cash), she has use of a private jet plus all the extra goodies.
So logically as she is just his girlfriend or the first girlfriend as she is dubbed now he is shagging someone else does one move out and the other one in ?
The pollsters are saying it won’t affect his numbers‚Ä¶.well of course not he is the most unpopular president of all time.
France’s First Lady Valerie Trierweiler was yesterday facing the prospect of becoming the first in history to be kicked out of the Elysee Palace.
It follows humiliating revelations that her partner, President Francois Hollande, has ‚Äėfallen in love‚Äô with a woman almost 20 years his junior.
Mr Hollande‚Äôs relationship with actress Julie Gayet, 41, was exposed by a series of pictures in French Closer magazine which show him travelling to see her on a moped.
But beyond a new romance, opponents claim the scandal exposes publicly funded deceit, security lapses, and the huge cost of a first lady who no longer has any legitimacy.
Mr Hollande, who turns 60 this year, was poised to make a statement to ‚Äėclarify‚Äô the position of 48-year-old divorcee Miss Trierweiler. ¬† Read more »