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May 26, 1755: Read His French Lips

Louis Mandrin was to France what Robin Hood was to England and Rob Roy to Scotland. Having served in the war of 1740 in a light brigade noted for undertaking dangerous missions to surprise the enemy, he was left idle and without income by peace, which made a remarkable appearance in 1748. 263 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

French government survives no- confidence vote over labor law

The government of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has survived a parliament no-confidence vote staged by controversial labor reforms.

On Thursday, some 246 lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted in favor of the bill, below the minimum… 197 more words

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Panama 'not planning to retaliate' over French blacklisting

AFP and reuters

© Thierry Charlier, AFP |President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela arrives to attend the second day of a European Union and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean states (EU-CELAC) summit on June 11, 2015 in Brussels. 239 more words

exceptional measures for exceptional circumstances, not as a new normality

Since the mass assassinations of November 13 in Paris, France is in a “legal” state of emergency (état d’urgence). Which has been once again re-conducted a few days by the Parliament and which could even become part of the Constitution if the planned vote succeeds in a few days! 151 more words

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French Minister Christiane Taubira resigns amid terror row

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French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has stepped down from her job, shortly before plans to strip people convicted of terrorism of their citizenship go before parliament. 793 more words

Stop chasing France's Rafale: India's air warriors can't fly on foreign wings forever

The Indian Air Force’s requirement for a medium multi-role combat aircraft continues to remain unfulfilled.

In the early 2000s, the IAF decided that the logical answer to its problems of obsolescence, attrition, and declining fleet strength was to induct additional numbers of the single-engined Mirage 2000. 1,311 more words