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Paris gets first female mayor as concierge bites back

Source: Bangkok Post


Newly elected mayor of Paris, French Socialist party deputy Anne Hidalgo delivers a speech at her campaign headquarters in Paris, on March 30, 2014

As she bid to become the first female mayor of Paris, Spanish-born Socialist Anne Hidalgo had to endure taunts from her opponents about her modest origins and lack of Parisian roots.

But in the end, voters in the French capital brushed such snobbery aside and defied the national trend by electing the 54-year-old by a convincing margin.

Hidalgo had been expected to be run extremely close by her centre-right rival, glamorous former minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, on a night when the Socialists took a beating from voters across the country because of the unpopularity of President Francois Hollande's government.

But Hidalgo emerged with nearly 55 percent of second-round votes in the capital, comfortably seeing off Kosciusko-Morizet's challenge. An old school feminist socialist, Hidalgo has spent the last 13 years as a low-profile deputy to current mayor Bertrand Delanoe.

Read more: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/402645/paris-gets-first-female-mayor-as-concierge-bites-back



couldn't resist the title, sorry ... has to do with the UMP candidate, also female, having tonier roots. Pic is from WaPo. Elsewhere the PS (socialist party, i.e. Hollande's) got slaughtered.

Élections Municipales (2nd tour): la gauche perd nombre de ses bastions



LE LUNDI 31 MARS 2014 À 00:21 mis à jour à 00:41 - Par Matthieu Mondoloni

La gauche a perdu 155 villes de plus de 9.000 habitants, a annoncé ce dimanche soir le ministre de l'Intérieur, confirmant la sévère défaite du PS lors de ce second tour des élections municipales. Parmi ces villes, plusieurs étaient des bastions tenus par la gauche depuis de très nombreuses d'années, comme à Belfort, Montbéliard, Bobigny, Saint-Ouen, Quimper, ou Limoges. La liste est longue.


Pour Jean-Marc Ayrault, {current PS (Parti Socialiste) Prime Minister} le "message [est] clair" et "doit être pleinement entendu"

Une vague bleue a déferlé sur la France ce dimanche soir à l'occasion du second tour des élections municipales. Attendue depuis la semaine dernière et les résultats du premier tour, la large victoire de l'UMP a été confirmée vers 23h par le ministre de l'Intérieur. Depuis la place Beauvau, Manuel Valls a dévoilé des chiffres encore provisoires, mais déjà éloquents : 155 villes de plus de 9.000 habitants basculent à droite

http://www.franceinfo.fr/politique/municipales-la-gauche-perd-nombre-de-ses-bastions-1369239-2014-03-31

Le Carnaval

Galerie : Le Carnaval de Dunkerque - Février/Mars 2014
Reportage : Charlotte Bienaimé - 26.03.2014

Une journée de fête ... Dunkerquois et carnavaleux depuis toujours. Nous les suivons dans les rues de la ville enflammée par les chapeaux à fleurs multicolores, les hommes en bas résilles, les chansons, les bals, les bandes et les chahuts.















lien: - http://www.franceculture.fr/emission-les-pieds-sur-terre-le-carnaval-2014-03-26


Ukraine : Rencontre à Paris entre John Kerry et Sergueï Lavrov


Sergueï Lavrov et John Kerry lorqs de leur précédente rencontre à Londres le 14 mars.

LE SAMEDI 29 MARS 2014 - Par Grégoire Lecalot - franceinfo.fr


Le secrétaire d'Etat américain John Kerry a détourné son avion ce samedi pour se rendre à Paris. Il y rencontrera dimanche le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, Sergueï Lavrov pour discuter des modalités d'une sortie de crise en Ukraine. Cette rencontre impromptue fait suite à la conversation téléphonique, dans la matinée, entre Vladimir Poutine et Barack Obama.

Leur dernière rencontre s'était soldée par un constat d'échec. C'était le 14 mars dernier à Londres. John Kerry et Sergueï Lavrov n'avaient même pas voulu se livrer à l'exercice de la conférence de presse commune et chacun avait dressé son bilan de son côté. Mais cette fois, les cartes sont différentes : gains et pertes ont déjà été en grande partie récoltés sur le terrain, ce qui simplifie la situation sur le tapis vert.

Sortir vite de la crise ukrainienne

Ce dimanche à Paris - dans un lieu non précisé à une heure non précisée - les deux chefs des diplomaties américaines et russes veulent aller vite pour liquider la crise ukrainienne. Et ce sont Barack Obama et Vladimir Poutine eux-même qui ont fixé le tempo, lors de la conversation téléphonique qu'ils ont tenu vendredi soir. John Kerry était ainsi déjà en route pour Washington après une visite au Proche-Orient, via une escale technique en Irlande, quand le signal du demi-tour a retenti : cap sur Paris pour une rencontre impromptue avec Sergueï Lavrov.

Le ministre russe l'attendra sur les bords de Seine avec un répertoire plus souple, mais pas sans exigence. Pour la Russie, le cas de la Crimée étant réglé, il s'agit de discuter de celui de l'Ukraine. Et Moscou, qui a massé 20.000 hommes aux portes de son voisin, assure n'avoir "aucune intention ni intérêt à traverser la frontière". Et Sergueï Lavrov a laissé entrevoir une "initiative commune" : "nos points de vue se rapprochent", assure le ministre à l'adresse des Occidentaux.

plus: http://www.franceinfo.fr/europe/ukraine-john-kerry-et-serguei-lavrov-se-rencontrent-a-paris-dimanche-1367743-2014-03-29

Should we add a Dem-bashing clarification to the GD SoP?

Currently, the General Discussion Statement of Purpose reads:

Discuss politics, issues, and current events. No posts about Israel/Palestine, religion, guns, showbiz, or sports unless there is really big news. No conspiracy theories. No whining about DU.


I propose that we ask DU admins to add the phrase "No FOX-style Dem bashing." By "FOX-style" I mean gratuitous, insulting, over-the-top, topically irrelevant dog-whistling of the type seen on FOX News and other RW outlets. Benghazi's, you might say. Your thoughts?

Refreshing.


Inspiring even! Thanks MBS!
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'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis - by MARK MEMMOTT - March 27, 2014 6:45 AM

Pope Francis Gives Obama Two Medallions And 'The Joy Of The Gospel':

Pope Francis gave the president two medallions that symbolize "the need for solidarity and peace between the northern and southern hemispheres," writes Carrie Budoff Brown, one of the journalists in the "pool" that accompanied the president to the Vatican.

The pope's other gift, she reports, was a copy of his Evangelii Gaudium, or The Joy of the Gospel. Among the things the pope calls for in that apostolic exhortation: a renewed focus on helping the world's poor.

Obama told the pope he would read Evangelii Gaudium in the Oval Office.

At one point Thursday, Obama joked that the pope "is probably the only person in the world who has to put up with more protocol than me."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/27/295151831/im-a-great-admirer-obama-tells-pope-francis
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Pope Francis to meet with President Obama on Thursday

not too many pics up yet but there's this on the Vatican Radio website :



US President Barack Obama’s trip to Rome on March 27 will be his first audience with Pope Francis.

It will be the second time that President Barack Obama has been received at the Vatican, after an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on July 10, 2009.

Barack Obama is the ninth US President to make ​​an official visit to the Vatican. The first, Woodrow Wilson, received by Pope Benedict XV after the end of the First World War.

(snip)

President Obama’s first meeting with a Pope occurred in he visited Rome in 2009. His upcoming audience with Pope Francis will take place in the context of a complex phase of the administration's relations with the Church of the United States, marked, in particular, by controversy on the implementation of health care reform (the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” commonly known as “Obamacare”) having to do with rules on mandatory health care coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortion; and on other issues at the centre of public debate in the United States, such as the legalization of homosexual marriages.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/03/26/pope_francis_to_meet_with_president_obama_on_thursday/en1-784960



photo link: http://news.yahoo.com/both-self-styled-uniters--pope-francis-and-president-obama-remain-deeply-divided-162848416.html

Obama Arrives in Italy for Meeting With Pope

Source: AP posted on ABC News

ROME March 26, 2014 (AP)

By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
Associated Press

President Barack Obama is opening a visit to Italy, where he'll meet with Pope Francis and Italian political leaders.

Obama arrived in Rome Wednesday night following three days of talks on Ukraine with European leaders in the Netherlands and Brussels.

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Obama has been inspired by the pope and the way he has motivated people around the world with his messages of inclusion and equality. Rhodes said Obama planned to express his appreciation for the pope's leadership.

The president will depart Italy on Friday for Saudi Arabia, his final stop on a weeklong overseas trip.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/obama-arrives-italy-meeting-pope-23071951



not too many pics up yet but there's this on the Vatican Radio website :



US President Barack Obama’s trip to Rome on March 27 will be his first audience with Pope Francis.

It will be the second time that President Barack Obama has been received at the Vatican, after an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on July 10, 2009.

Barack Obama is the ninth US President to make ​​an official visit to the Vatican. The first, Woodrow Wilson, received by Pope Benedict XV after the end of the First World War.

(snip)

President Obama’s first meeting with a Pope occurred in he visited Rome in 2009. His upcoming audience with Pope Francis will take place in the context of a complex phase of the administration's relations with the Church of the United States, marked, in particular, by controversy on the implementation of health care reform (the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” commonly known as “Obamacare”) having to do with rules on mandatory health care coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortion; and on other issues at the centre of public debate in the United States, such as the legalization of homosexual marriages.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/03/26/pope_francis_to_meet_with_president_obama_on_thursday/en1-784960

Mission Accomplished



p.s. to MrScorpio

I guess Snowden is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle - a missing piece.

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