100 years ago: Dreyfus rehabilitated
It's a 100 years ago, but in France it's still a big thing : TheDreyfus Affair. In July 2006, after twelve years of false accusations of betrayal to the Germans, the Jewish captain Alfred Dreyfus (already twice condemned) was rehabilitated by the highest French court. Emile Zola wrote his famous words "J'accuse" to support Dreyfus.
France 2 Broadcasting has a dossier on the affair, saying the false accusations against Dreyfus were no judicial errors: ,,They were judicial crimes.''
The Paris based Museum of Jewish Art and History made an
exhibition, loaded with original documents. It shows the Dreyfus case as an example of the difficult integration of Jews in France.
By the way: the house in Medan, where Zola wrote "J'accuse" and many other works, may be visted. Next to it, a Zola museum will be build shortly.
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Football championship: De Villepin orders press to write positive stories
England isn't playing good, neither does Holland, but at least they are in the next round of the football world championships. France isn't playing good either and has'nt won a match: 0-0 to Switzerland and 1-1 to South-Corea.
Everybody with a French heart is very disappointed.
According to L'Express, prime-minister De Villepin wants to changed things. He asked for fans and (above all) the press to stop the negative thinking: ,,I think this team can get its power back. If on friday Togo feels all of France is swinging, we can beat it.''
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Best swimming places in France
Lots of people like to swim in open water during holidays, if only to cool down after a hot day on a beach. They like it best when the water is clean. Now, especially in European seas the swimming water gets cleaner, the environment site Notre Planete reports.
In France, the government keeps track of the condition of the main swimming areas on the Internet. Just select a region or click on the map. In case you wonder: the small spots nexty to tghe map of France are Corsica (down under) and the overseas territories of France.
In some cases, the website also mentions the services a place offers to the swimming public.
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France acts against dangerous dogs
Four times in only a few weeks is too much. The French government has announced severe measures against dangerous dogs. Two kids, one 17 months old, the other 8 years, were killed by dogs. Another 8 year old kid got blind as a result of a dog attack. Further more, an 89-year old woman was heavily injured by a dog.
the government wants the police to act against any violation of rules, especially with dangerous dougs like staffordshires, terriers, mastiffs and pitbulls. Also, it wants to make it easier to kill dangerous dogs.
If you want to bring your dog on your holidays in France, you have been warned.
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Bombs explode in hotel in Bask region
Two bombs have exploded in a luxury hotel in the French Bask region. They caused damages, but bo victims, in an empty part of the a href="http://www.alain-ducasse.com/ostape/" target="_blank">Hotel Ostapé, property of chef-cuinier Alain Ducasse.
Allthough the Spanish Eta movement recently laid down arms, L'Express reports looks for suspects in the sparatist movement. The Ostape was target of previous bomb attacks.
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'We're so worried, we're making a brochure'
The French public health department is worried, the French station RTL reports. The department has every right to be worried. Consommation of cannabis and cocain has doubled in the last 5 years. The amount of imported cocain has raisen so far, prizes have fallen deep.
So, it's time for strong actions. Do they organize more border controls? Eh, no. Will they use more cops to catch droghe traders? Eh, no. Do they give more aid to addicts in order to get rid of their addiction? Eh, no. Will they make cocaine available for free, thus hoping to spoil the markets for criminals? Eh, no.
They're making a brochure, once again explaining the dangers. They will print a million of them and you can have one for free. Now this will help...
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Once, Paris was a paradise for Arabs
New riots are starting in the suburbs of Paris, with Arab youngsters fighting the police. The Arabs in these areas do not have a future and are angry because after last years riots nothing has been done to improve their situation.
One would easily forget, Paris had an appreciated Arab community for centuries. For a long time, one needed to speak Arab to study medicines or philosophy. The French were early in translating the Koran. Especially in the 19th century, many intellectual Arabs moved to Paris. Arab science was in high esteem.
The 5th district in the heart of the city was an Arab district for ages. Nowadays, we do find the imposing building of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Ima) (Institute of the Arab World) over here. Now this instute organizes excursions to show the rich French-Arab heritage in this district.
don't be afraid to participate: the suburbs are a long way from the Ima.
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