France

Photo of the Day

It’s a hundred and six years since the man who stole the Mona Lisa was finally caught, two years after vanishing with the masterpiece. Today it’s easily the most famous painting in the world, but it took a theft to cement its status.

The Mona Lisa

Art Crime of The Century

Even at the beginning of the 20th century — before mass reproductions, package tours to France and The Da Vinci Code — Mona Lisa was different from other pictures. The woman with the enigmatic smile got so many love letters that her portrait was the only artwork at the Louvre to have its own mailbox. A heartbroken suitor once shot himself to death in front of her.

So is it any surprise that somebody finally eloped with her?

The surface story is simple: Former Louvre employee Peruggia wanted to restore the “Mona Lisa” to her native Italy. He said it was a matter of national pride (though it seems like profit was a pretty good motive, too). So he went into the Louvre, hid, and snuck the painting out underneath his coat after the museum had closed. It took a day for the Louvre to even notice, and for two years Peruggia kept the painting before being caught when trying to unload it on a gallery in Florence.

He made more money as a handyman than as an artist, but Vincenzo Peruggia’s personally responsible for making the Mona Lisa what it is today. Leonardo da Vinci painted Lisa del Giocondo in the early 16th century, but Peruggia made her famous worldwide by walking out of the Louvre with the painting wrapped in his smock on August 21, 1911. With that daring daylight robbery, the Mona Lisa began her ascent into the stratosphere of cultural fame, while Peruggia sank further and further into the hazy mists of vague infamy. How and why did Peruggia do it? More importantly, what would have happened if he hadn’t?

Read more »

Muslim segregation of public swimming pools is not just happening in NZ

BRITAIN:

screenshot- Whaleoil

BRITAIN:

screenshot-Whaleoil

Read more »

France has passed the point of no return

France has passed the point of no return.

If I was Jewish and in France I would be booking my flight out.

Times of Israel reports:

Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant.

The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident Tuesday night in Bondy. A case report published Thursday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, based on a police complaint by the alleged victims did not specify their medical condition.   Read more »

Tagged:

Marine le Pen tells Muslim cleric to stick it when asked to wear head scarf

An aide of Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, left, offers a headscarf to French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, right.

Marine le Pen has told a Muslim cleric to shove it when she was asked to wear a head scarf in order to meet him:

Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, has provoked a row by refusing to wear a headscarf to meet an eminent Islamic scholar in Beirut.

The French far-right presidential candidate walked out of the offices of Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, the grand mufti of Lebanon, after being told she could not see him unless she covered her head.

The incident is likely to bolster Ms Le Pen’s popularity among National Front supporters, many of whom are hostile towards Islam. But it may undermine her attempt to portray herself, during a two-day visit to Lebanon, as a serious future world leader, not least because the trip included her first meeting with a head of state — President Aoun.   Read more »

If you want to know who rules you ask yourself who you cannot criticise

The French are already well on the way to becoming a Muslim caliphate as their harsh treatment of those who tell the truth about how Arab families raise their children is a strong indication that Muslims are already ruling them. In what has been called the French Inquisition or a jihad against the truth, a trial in France has been held to punish George Bensoussan who is a historian of Moroccan heritage. This is a man who has studied Moroccans and is an expert on their culture. Putting him on trial for making statements about Arab families is like putting a Science teacher on trial for making statements about the Periodic table.

What George Bensoussan said is something that everyone knows to be true. Socialists, however, are known for being more concerned about how they want the world to be rather than about how the world actually is. What Bensoussan said does not describe the kind of world they want in France even though it is exactly the kind of world they are living in.

Read more »

French criminalise moral arguments because of psychological pressure

Recently I wrote about French censors banning an ad that valued the lives of people with Down Syndrome. They banned it because they didn’t want to upset French women who had aborted their baby because of the syndrome. In France 96% of pregnancies that involve a down syndrome child end in abortion. The French have now turned their attention to those who value all human life and who exercise their freedom of speech in order to try to protect it. In a world where we should have a free marketplace of ideas they want to protect women from moral pro-life arguments because they might feel pressured to keep their baby.

The truely sad irony of this attack against freedom of expression is that French government allows  Jihadist websites to exist with no criminal sanctions at all. It seems that a pro-life argument is a criminal act because it might make someone feel bad enough to let a baby live but a jihadi website dedicated to pro-death arguments to persuade people to kill non-Muslims is perfectly acceptable. The French have lost the plot. They protect their women from hurty feelings but not from Islamic terrorists plotting death and destruction.

PARIS, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) –The socialist government of France passed a bill after one day’s debate that criminalizes websites that might dissuade women from abortion.

The “digital interference” bill is aimed at cracking down on French websites that would, in the words of the bill, “deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion.”

Read more »

France v New Zealand

f73acfdf73acfdf73acfdf73acfd173356

Bonjour!

Finally a game at a sensible time.  You should be getting ready with the croissants and deep rich cup of caffeine.

Game starts 9:05 – pop the bragging guesses in before game start.

Remember, no game chat of any kind in General Debate, even when the game is already complete.  Some people may be watching it delayed.  Thaaaaaaaaank U!

Tagged:

France bans advertisement that values children with Down Syndrome

A French advertisement that is called “Dear Future Mom”shows expectant parents that people with Down syndrome live a happy and fulfilling life. It is a beautiful representation of the value of all lives. We have all read about the black lives matter movement and the white lives matter movement but this clearly is an ad that promotes the value of the lives of children who have Down Syndrome. The message is that their lives matter but the French censors disagree. They have called the video inappropriate and have banned it.

Judge for yourself

Read more »

They may march backwards but sometimes they are cunning

The cheese eating surrender monkeys might be the world champions at marching backwards but their politicians are sometimes very cunning.

Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday crashed out of the race to elect a Right-wing nominee for next year’s presidential election in France, after François Fillon, a Thatcherite with a Welsh wife, came a spectacular first ahead of Alain Juppé.

The race to pick a nominee for the Republicans party has sparked huge interest as the winner is likely to meet – and defeat – Marine Le Pen, leader of the anti-EU, anti-immigrant Front National, in the definitive presidential run-off next May.

The ballot was open to anyone willing to pay €2 who professes agreement with the values of the centre-Right.

In a surprise outcome, Mr Fillon was on course to finish far out in front in round one.

With almost 9,000 out of 10,000 polling stations counted, Mr Fillon was on 44.1 per cent, Mr Juppé on 28.2 per cent and Mr Sarkozy well behind on 21 per cent.    Read more »

A Frog who probably won’t march backwards

The anger from voters shown in the US is just the tip of the iceberg. In Europe, there is likely to be a bigger backlash against the sopping wet liberals who are putting nations at risk.

Marine le Pen is likely to received a big boost, despite media saying otherwise.

What might be the knock-on effect in Europe of Donald Trump’s victory? The next big democracy to vote after America is France, which holds its presidential election next spring. Could Marine Le Pen, leader of the populist National Front (FN), be elected president?

Before the American result, the question seemed absurd. Polls have suggested for months that she would do well enough to secure one of the two second-round places at voting next April. This in itself would be a victory of sorts, repeating the achievement of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in 2002. But no polls have indicated that she could beat the centre-right candidate likely to face her.

Now, the unthinkable has become conceivable. There was no disguising the delight in Paris at the FN headquarters. A jubilant Ms Le Pen, who had argued that a Trump victory would be good for France, congratulated the American president-elect and praised the “free” American people. “It’s not the end of the world,” she declared, “but the end of a world.” Her lieutenant and party strategist, Florian Philippot, summed up the mood at the FN: “Their world is collapsing; ours is being built.” Even Mr Le Pen, who has fallen out with his daughter, tweeted: “Today the United States, tomorrow France!”   Read more »