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CINEMA: Georges Lautner, director of "Flingueurs Tontons" died

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

 

He died at the age of 87 years. Georges Lautner, popular and prolific filmmaker, director of the cult film "Les Tontons gunslingers" and many successes of Jean -Paul Belmondo, died Friday, Nov. 22 following a long illness.

With forty films to his credit in sixty-year career of "Barbouzes" to "Cop or Hood" through the "The Professional", Georges Lautner turned with the greatest: Jean-Paul Belmondo, to whom he gave some of his greatest triumphs, Bernard Blier, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Jean Yanne, Mireille Darc …

Born in Nice January 24, 1926, Georges Lautner had discovered as a child the world of dark rooms by her mother, actress Renée Saint-Cyr, who later appeared in several of his films. He began studying law before making his first steps in cinema from 1949, as assistant director.

Ratings success

He signed his first film in 1958, "La Vie en Rose buttons". Then, in 1960, he directed "Sink or Swim", Bernard Blier, marking the beginning of a long collaboration with the actor.

In 1961, he met the popular success with "The Black Monocle" thriller that allows Paul Meurisse shine in French secret agent. Two years later, Georges Lautner knows the consecration with "Les Tontons gunslingers" comedy driven by cults replicas screenwriter Michel Audiard.

Incorrigible ratings success to each of his television appearances, the film with Bernard Blier, Lino Ventura, Francis Blanche, Jean Lefebvre and Robert Dalban celebrates 50 years Wednesday its theatrical release. "I never understood the miracle of the Tontons gunslingers + + through the ages," said the filmmaker, who is annoyed by this success, having other ambitions.

Close-ups and tight fit

Adept closeups, Georges Lautner knew also give rhythm to his films with a tight fit. "Michel Audiard said that he was the king of editors," recalls Remy Julienne, who performed stunts in many of his films. "He had the knowledge of popular cinema."

After the "Tonton", the duo Lautner / Audiard then connects the audience success between comedies and thrillers franchouillard gangsters, which appear in turn Lino Ventura, Jean Lefebvre, Francis White, Mireille Darc and Jean-Pierre Marielle: "The Great Spy Chase" (1964), "Do not get angry" (1966), "The Suitcase" (1973) …

In the late 1970s, Georges Lautner made two darker movies with Alain Delon ("Breasts ice" and "Death of a rotten") before rotate who would become his great friend Jean-Paul Belmondo: "Cop or Hood" (1978), "The guignolo" (1980), "The Professional" (1981), a huge commercial success in musical theme signed Ennio Morricone, or yet "Happy Easter". 

In the 80s, the success is rare even if it still meets the public in 1986 with "The Murdered House" with Patrick Bruel. In 1992, "Bebel" which will play the hero of the last film by Georges Lautner, "Strangers in the house."

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FRANCE: The French Parliament adopted narrowly draft pension reform

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

 

The proposed pension reform Ayrault government, including key measures are progressive lengthening of the contribution period to 43 years and the introduction of a hardship account was voted Tuesday, October 15 at the National Assembly in the first reading. The bill "guarantees future and justice of the pension system" was adopted by 270 votes against 249. "We take the torch of social conquests past and we reconnect with the ambition of a cohesion model that forged the identity of our country," said Minister of Foreign Affairs social, Marisol Touraine.

But the allies of the Socialist Party have been lacking. Only the Socialist Group voted for this bill and did not fill up his troops with 17 of its members abstained. The absolute majority of 289 MPs is therefore not achieved, which is extremely rare for a text of this magnitude.

Described as a "historic mistake" reform

The Left Front has voted against an "anti-social" text, the UMP and also IDUs, for different reasons, accusing the government of "deceit" and "denial" with this re , as not returning including the legal age of retirement, maintained at 62 years.  

The formal vote in the Chamber took place while thousands of protesters in front of the Palais Bourbon in Paris and elsewhere in France, challenged again qualified reform "historic mistake."

The bill will then be discussed in the Senate on October 28, the government's goal is to permanently adopt the reform before the end of the year.

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AUSTRIA: Austrian Legislative: the ruling coalition threatened by the Greens and the extreme right

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

Around 6.4 million Austrians vote Sunday, September 29 to elect 183 members of their National Council, the lower house of Parliament. The ruling coalition, consisting of the Social Democrats of the SPÖ and the conservative ÖVP, should be re-elected for five years, according to the latest polls which credits about 50% of the vote (28% to 22-23% for SPÖ and ÖVP).

But rushed on the left by the Greens and their right by two Eurosceptic parties, the two major training center should nevertheless reap the worst score in history. They could even beings forced to deal with a third party. Despite favorable economic performance, the two traditional allies pay the price of many corruption scandals and infighting that prevented the vote of some reforms, such as education.

Euroscepticism strength

The extreme right, represented by the FPÖ (Freedom Party) is credited with it 20% of the vote. The training promotes the breakup of the euro area and promises to improve pensions, to establish a minimum wage, while denouncing the bailout countries of southern Europe. Activists have for their FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache, a cult of personality. "Love your neighbor. To me, it means our Austrians ", claim the campaign posters. Some members of the conservative party ÖVP would even be willing to ally with the FPÖ to create a right-wing coalition, however improbable, since a configuration would involve leaving the euro area.

At this traditional party adds a newcomer, the Austro-Canadian Frank Stronach, 81, and founder of the automotive supplier Magna. The billionaire has created a party in his name, hostile to the euro, immigration and Islam. Nearly 10% of voters would be willing to vote for it, so that despite the personal rivalry between Heinz-Christian Strache and Frank Stronach, an alliance between the two movements is not eurosceptic excluded.

To a coalition with the Greens?

The composition of the future coalition government would then depend on the scores of two small parties, the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) founded by the late Jörg Haider in a split the FPÖ in 2005, and the Neos Liberal Party. They are credited with nearly 4% of the vote.

If ever these formations are entering the National Council, the team led by the Social Democrat Werner Faymann could turn to the Greens to form a unique tripartite coalition in Austria. Environmentalists, credited with 15% of votes were in fact marked points in leading an anti-corruption campaign.

Preliminary official results will be available from 17:30 GMT.

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SYRIA: chemical weapons in Syria Washington, Damascus is "accountable"

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

 

"What we saw last week in Syria shocked the world's conscience. It defies any code of morality. The indiscriminate killing of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders with chemical weapons is morally indecent. " Monday, August 26, John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, has once again raised its voice against the Syrian regime accused of using weapons chemical.

Such attacks are, according to statements by Barack Obama in April 2012, a "red line" beyond which actions should be taken against the Syrian regime. And indeed, the international community increase the tone and is threatening since August 21, the day of the massacre with chemical weapons in a suburb of Damascus, denounced by the Syrian opposition.

Threats of intervention

"President [U.S. Barack] Obama thinks that those who use the most horrific weapons against the most vulnerable people on the planet are accountable," said John Kerry.

These statements echo the comments made by the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, one of Europe Monday, said: "It is proportioned reactions, measure, act with both determination and composure and that's going to be settled in the coming days. The options are open. The only one I did not expect is to do nothing. "

Earlier, his British counterpart suggested that it was possible to do without the unanimous agreement of the Security Council of the UN. "Otherwise we would not respond to such crimes, such violence," he said.

Barack Obama dragging its feet

Westerners use the threat of military intervention. Are they going to enforce it? "It is, in any case, the rumor in Washington," says Stanislas de Saint Hippolyte, FRANCE 24 correspondent in the United States.

According to Frédéric Pichon, PhD in Contemporary History, London will not be without getting a green light from the United States. "The conditions are not met for intervention to take place in Syria," he says, arguing also the possibility that Washington opts for the use of drones if the United States consider necessary action. "Congress has just authorized the use of drones to carry out actions in Syria," slides specialist.

According to a recent poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos, Barack Obama would risk alienating a large portion of the American public if he decided to fight a war in Syria: 60% of Amer ; Ricans are against intervention in the country, and only 9% support such an operation. A war against the regime in Damascus, even as Washington tries to put an end to the U.S. presence - very expensive - in Afghanistan, would be electorally risky for Barack Obama.

But Isabelle Lasserre, a journalist with "Le Figaro", a specialist in military and strategic issues, says rather a likely response. According to her, the same operation would already underway through Syrian rebel fighters handpicked and trained in Jordan by Jordanian, Israeli and American commandos.

"There are two possible scenarios [in the case of foreign intervention], she says. One can imagine targeted strikes against military targets that could be taken from the American warships stationed in the Mediterranean and cruise missiles. One can also imagine the establishment of a no-fly zone that allows both to protect civilians and provide shelter for soldiers Free Syrian Army, those and even trained in Jordan. "

"We can decide to bypass the UN"

According to Chuck Hagel, U.S. Secretary of Defense, the United States "considering all options." "If any action is taken, it will be with the assistance of the international community and within the framework provided by the laws."

However, the legal provisions that evokes likely to happen to an agreement of the Security Council of the UN, which Russia opposes, since the conflict began, veto and any resolution against the Syrian regime. "For all military actions, one can go through the UN and decide to get around, says Isabelle Lasserre. This has already happened several times: in 1999, when the United States launched an intervention against the Serbs during the conflict in Kosovo. NATO has conducted the game and the UN is later linked to the international process. "

"The problem, she says, is that if we wait for a decision by the UN on Syria, we might have to wait a very long time, because of the Russian veto and Chinese. And for now, we do not know what could push Russia towards the rest of the international community. "

TERRORISM: The United States called on their citizens to leave Yemen

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

 

In a statement posted on its website, the U.S. State Department called on Tuesday, July 6 all its nationals in Yemen to leave the country. He also ordered non-essential U.S. government personnel to leave the state of south of the Arabian Peninsula. This comes after the decision of the United States to close twenty embassies and U.S. consulates in the region.

Washington launched its warning Thursday, announcing that 25 diplomatic and consular representations (of 222 in the world) would close as of August 4. Following their American ally Paris and London have extended several days closing their embassies in Yemen.

Four new representations must close

The State Department has updated its list of items to be or remain closed until next Saturday it's 15 embassies and consulates already closed Sunday and four new representations. Other missions had to lower the curtain Sunday reopened Monday.

The United States is in a state of alert, warned Michael McCaul, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives, speaking on CBS 's " one of the most credible threats and accurate […] views since September 11. "

This is the interception of electronic communications between the leaders of al-Qaeda, including the leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (pictured), who led Washington to close several of its rep diplomatic representations have several U.S. media reported Monday.

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FRANCE - SOCIAL: A new plan for departures scheduled at Air France

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

 

Air France-KLM, engaged in a major restructuring since 2012, Wednesday to inform the representatives of a new voluntary redundancy plan, Phase 2 Transform 2015 which has already led removing 5,600 positions within the airline.

The CEO of the Franco-Dutch group, Alexander Juniac, warned Friday that further staff reductions would be announced to unions on Wednesday during a central works council ( CEC).

"We have an order of magnitude of the potential redundancy at Air France," he said, stating that "these measures are difficult." But, he said, none will be "forced". They take the form of voluntary redundancy plans, part-time and unpaid leave.

Trade unions have welcomed the announcement of no surprise that further restructuring was expected in September. For Beatrice Lestic, secretary general of the CFDT, "there is no real surprise on this announcement here." "We expect to have the encryption overstaffed," she told AFP. "Most of the measures will be detailed more in September at the CEC on 4 October," she said. However, she noted that, under Transform 2015, an agreement was signed with the direction "with a commitment to the company not to use forced departures."

"I think we'll be on relatively high levels as management expects numerical departures from 2,500 to 3,000 people," said for his part Didier Fauverte, secretary general of the CGT Air France. He recalled that a voluntary departure plan had been implemented two years before the agreement on Transform 2015. "In the space of four years, we will have lost between 12 and 15,000 people. It's getting a lot, "he judged.

Weakness of short and medium haul

"From an operational point of view, particularly in the ports, as it becomes more tense. There are fewer people in contact with the passengers, "he said, adding not be" convinced that the savings are in the right place. "

The first phase of Transform 2015 has already resulted between June 2011 and June 2013 a decline in enrollment of 5.3%, or 5,600 people. The numbers have increased from 106,300 to 100,700 employees, including temporary workers.

Transform 2015 is intended to achieve in three years two billion euros in savings, in part due to additional economic efficiency by 20% and reduce debt to 4 , 5 billion at end 2014 against 6.5 billion in January 2012.

In spring, however, the management had warned that the plan would be amplified, the group still suffering from the weakness of short and medium-haul network at Air France and cargo for the whole group . Network short and medium-haul KLM will, he spared by the new measures.

The short and medium-haul Air France, affected by competition from low-cost airlines, recorded last year 800 million against 700 million loss in 2011.

In the cargo business, the Group will further reduce its capacity, leaving more and more cargo aircraft in favor of cargo hold.

Restructuring implementation for a year and a half at Air France has yet resulted in significant improvement in earnings in the second quarter of 2013. From April to June, the group divided by five net loss, less than 163 million euros.

At the same time, it has generated an operating profit of 79 million euros against a loss of 79 million a year earlier, which "for a second quarter, is the first five years, "said the CEO.

THE FRANCE 24 INTERVIEW: Thein Sein: "There is no ethnic cleansing in Burma"

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

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In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Burmese President Thein Sein has denied reports that communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma had soured in recent months to the point of represent an "ethnic cleansing".

"This is information made from scratch, it is a smear operation conducted against the government," insisted the head of state, the first Burmese president to visit France. "Contrary to what is said, the government was able to contain the violence and the situation is back to normal in the country."

Organizations defending human rights strongly denounce the repression exercised against Muslims in Burma, in particular against the stateless Rohingya minority, a community considered the most persecuted in the world. The European Parliament has called on June 13 to the end of "persecution" against the Muslims, citing arrests, arbitrary detention, torture, rape, destruction of property or places worship.

"Less than 100 political prisoners in Burma"

Asked about the release of political prisoners, announced Monday, July 15 during a visit to London, Thein Sein said that since his election in 2011, thousands of prisoners were recovered freedom. "I think now there are less than 100 political prisoners in the country. If they are because of their belief or political position, then they will be released, "he promised.

A position which illustrates the transition to democracy that Thein Sein meant to embody. The President has also initiated reforms since coming to power. But the international community, these reforms could be hampered by the military, present in the Burmese Parliament. A fear that Thein Sein responded by ensuring that the military posed no threat. "The soldiers obey orders. They resist any change due to the democratic process, "said one who has himself been a senior member of the military in the past. The military junta in power in Burma for more than 20 years, has officially left the place in 2011 to civilian rule, after a rigged election by the international community.

As for the future presidential election to be held in 2015, the president finally said he had nothing to say on the potential application of the Nobel Peace Aung San Suu Kyi , released in 2010 Burmese jails. Thein Sein also ensures failing personally prepared for this election.

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FRANCE: The French Alliance celebrates its 130th anniversary at the Elysee

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

 

The French Alliance party this Tuesday, July 16 its 130 candles. Located on the five continents, the French Alliance is 130 years live Francophonie and French culture throughout the world. Today, there are around 500,000 students through more than 800 alliances, distributed in 136 countries spend the doorstep of one of these signs to learn the language of Molière .

On this occasion, Hollande received Tuesday President and Directors of the prestigious institution as president.

"He taught me the dictionary"

In his speech, the Head of State in particular praised the French language, praising in particular the method of learning his grandfather teacher who, to teach him , "taught him the dictionary."

The French, "is a language full of discovery, there are words that we learn to know the same evening of life. My grandfather, who was a teacher, was a method: to teach me French, he taught me the dictionary every day I spent with him, one page, then another. I stopped on the way, "he told the head of state, ministers alongside Yamina Benguigui (Francophonie) and Helene Conway-Mouret (French for abroad).

"He had this quality about the words that nobody used" remembered Francois Hollande, touting the language "which has the virtue of giving, despite its pitfalls and difficulties, more beauty to everything it means. "

"A language of emancipation"

"The French language is a language of emancipation. Learning French is able to read the text of the Declaration of Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789, the 1948 "," learn French is to decipher the language of freedom, "also said the president of the Republic.

Promoting the Francophonie, however, he believed that if "we are fighting for a language, you do not fight in defense, we do not fight against it is still struggling to share."

Francois Hollande has approved the extension courses in English at the university, which had caused controversy. "It is a question to learn, including here in France, a foreign language or to exercise some courses in English for students who do not yet speak French. I have considered that it was a good method. We bring with courses professed in their language that they are better then learn French, "he pleaded.

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JUSTICE: George Zimmerman found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

 

It is a verdict that could raise tensions. George Zimmerman was tried, Saturday, July 13, not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, a black 17 year old shot and killed last year in Florida, whose death has revived the debate on racism and gun control. The jury of six women deliberated more than 16 hours before deciding to 22h (2h GMT Sunday).

George Zimmerman, which was punishable by life imprisonment, remained marble to the verdict before a smile of relief, while his parents hugged and his wife founded into tears. "I think the trial of George Zimmerman was outrageous," said his lawyer Don West. "I'm happy for George Zimmerman, but I'm also excited that the jury made sure that this tragedy does not turn to parody," he added.

Indignation

The verdict, however, sparked outrage among the dozens of people came to express their support for the victim's parents in court Sanford. However, they did not attend the hearing. "Although my heart is broken, my faith is intact. Together, we can ensure that this does not happen again, "he wrote his father by Tracy Martin on Twitter now.

The Hispanic and 29 years old original defendant said he was attacked by Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed at the time. For the floor, George Zimmerman, volunteer vigil in his neighborhood who believed himself invested with an official mission, was chased and shot without justification.

He could be convicted of murder without premeditation, but the jury has therefore retained no charges. "Today, justice has betrayed Trayvon Martin and his family," indignant Roslyn Brock, president of the National Association of Colored People, said in a statement.

"Despair"

"We immediately invited the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has given new impetus to the movement to end racial profiling in the United States, "she adds.

"Avoid violence, it would lead to further tragedies. Find a way to build, not destroy you in this time of despair, "he wrote on his Pastor Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist, on Twitter.

It happened February 26, 2012 in Sanford has not been the subject of a brief in the local newspaper if the police had immediately proceeded to arrest George Zimmerman.

Believing that he had acted in self-defense, the police have arrested a month and a half after the death of Trayvon Martin, which gave place in large demonstrations across the country. 

No trouble reported at this time Barack Obama has even commented on the case, which led to the resignation of the police chief of Sanford and attracted the attention of the Department of justice in this town of 54,000 souls neighboring Disney World in Orlando.

Bernie the Rionda, the prosecutor handling the case, and his two deputies have expressed "disappointment" with the outcome of the trial. "But we accept it. We live in a great country with a great judicial system. It is not perfect, but it is the best in the world and we respect the jury's verdict, "he said.

According to the Seminole County Sheriff, no trouble was reported in Sanford, whose population is 30% black.

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DIPLOMACY: Whereas in South Africa, Obama could go to the bedside of Mandela

Friday, June 28th, 2013

 

Barack Obama is expected Friday, June 28 in the evening in the South, the second leg of his African tour Africa. The U.S. president could go to the bedside of Nelson Mandela, 94, hospitalized in critical condition due to a lung infection, if the family gives permission.

"We will comply fully with the wishes of the Mandela family and will work with the South African government regarding our visit," said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes Thursday.

No public meeting is the agenda of Barack Obama Friday night on his arrival in South Africa. He could then go to the hospital. During the weekend, the U.S. President is scheduled to visit Robben Island, where Mandela spent years in detention.

"A hero for everyone" Since Dakar, the first leg of his African tour, U.S. President paid tribute to the former South African president hospitalized , for three weeks in Pretoria. "Mandela is a hero of mine. I think he is a hero to the world, and the day he left this earth, his legacy will live on through the ages, "said Obama, who must travel to South Africa before joining Tanzania. The two men, both Nobel Peace Prize, is met on one occasion in 2005

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First African-American president, Barack Obama considers the icon of the struggle against the apartheid regime as a hero. "I had the privilege of meeting 'Madiba' and talk to him. He is a hero … Obama said Thursday. Even if he passes away, her legacy lives long, "he concluded.