1960s Paris noir captured by Johann van der Keuken.
Paris Syndrome: a photo series by Francois Prost featuring Tianducheng – a 12 square mile housing development on the outskirts of Hangzhou in China inspired by (if not an unashamed rip-off of) Paris (on the left, except for the last pic [Thanks Thomas P]).
31 square kiometers of faux Belle Époque and nearly neoclassical architecture complete with a third-scale model of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the gardens of Versailles.
Taosieach Enda Kenny and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at Government Buildings in Dublin in January 2015
The Financial Times reports:
Christine Lagarde was found guilty of negligence in public office by a special Paris court on Monday in a case that has cast a cloud over her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
A French tribunal decided not to hand down any sentence to the former French finance minister. Ms Lagarde’s lawyer said the verdict would not enter into her judicial record and claimed the verdict as a “half victory”.
The court, dedicated to judging ministers, said Ms Lagarde failed to prevent a fraudulent €403m payout the French state made to flamboyant entrepreneur Bernard Tapie when she was finance minister.
The court said that Ms Lagarde should have appealed the payout, which occurred in 2008.
The conviction is an unwelcome stain on the IMF managing director’s stint at the fund. But it may not be enough to see her toppled at the head of the fund.
Statement via Thanasis Koukakis
Previously: The Real Heroes
Joe Collins writes:
We all know they tweak with fares but its worthwhile seeing it in action now and again. Aer Lingus prices to Paris for this coming Sunday, the day Ireland ‘might’ have played had they won. Before and after yesterday’s game. The 13:40 flight was €414.99 before KO and down to €167.99 after the Boys in Green’s adventure was ended.
— Thatsagoal (@thatsagoal) June 13, 2016
Irish fan disrobes…hilarity ensues.
— Fra (@FrancisMcShane) June 13, 2016
Via FAI Ireland
Simon K writes:
So, this actually happened in the European Parliament today. The Conservative bloc (which Fine Gael are part of) posted a press release, originally with a photo of a bloodied hand and empty cartridges (pictured above) with the headline: ‘Paris attacks: terrorists would gleefully vote Left’
Under it, they claimed,
“These left-wing groups are basically inviting terrorists to use loopholes in our safety and security legislation in order to perpetrate other terror attacks.“
I’m completely dumbfounded.
The press release, now online with a new image, can be read in full here.
Previously: Unintended Consequences
“The amount of people that are being killed today by military hardware has just gone off the Richter scale. The five biggest producers of arms, or exporters of arms, in the last five years were the US, Russia, China, Germany and France. And sadly, you have to ask yourself, if you look and ask how many repressive autocratic regimes in this region that France has not sold arms to, it’s a difficult question.”
“Because they have sold to Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Pakistan.”
“Well, my niece said to me, on Saturday morning, that, for the first time in her life, she got an idea of what it must be like to live in the Middle East because it happens on a regular basis, what happened in Paris. Can you imagine it? That you couldn’t go to a concert, or a restaurant or a bar but you might be afraid to be killed. And this is what these people are facing all the time.”
“And last year, we gave permits for 190 metric tonnes of bullets to go to Afghanistan. Now, I don’t imagine that they did much good, in terms of peace. 2.5million troops have gone through Shannon since 2001, huge amounts of military armoury have gone through Shannon since 2001, and huge amounts have been overflown. And we are OK with that.”
“As long as the arms industry, and the shares have gone up 4% on average in the last three days in the arms industry, it’s a good weekend for them. Because it looks like there’s going to be even more arms used.
“President Hollande said, we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. But they’re already bombing ISIS and others. They’re giving guns and arms to Saudi Arabia, who are giving them to ISIS, as are the United Arab Emirates, they give arms and guns to anyone that will fight Assad. Western countries are arming both sides.”
“We have created ISIS but we’re not going to defeat the military of ISIS. Only Iraq and Syria will actually eventually defeat ISIS. They want France to react in a strong military fashion. That’s what they want. They don’t want us to take a peaceful position on it and to stop militarising the area. They don’t want us to take a rational position on it. We are feeding them with this whole militarisation of the region.”
Independent TD Mick Wallace in the Dáil earlier this evening.
Thanks Oireachtas Retort