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Jacques Chirac in Dublin with With then Taoisigh John Bruton in 1996 (top) and Bertie Ahern (above) in 2000

This morning.

Jacques Chirac, the French president who led his country into Europe’s common currenc, has died aged 86.

After leaving office, Chirac was pursued by allegations of corruption from his years as mayor of Paris, becoming France’s first former head of state to stand trial and be convicted since World War II.

He also coined a phrase that has become a landmark of France’s climate policies since: “our house is burning down and we’re blind to it,” he said in a speech in 2002.

Chirac: Political chameleon who charmed France (BBC)

Jacques Chirac, tall, handsome and charismatic French statesman whose career was dogged by rumours of sleaze (Telegraph)


From top: the offending article in The Spectator; Ireland’s UK ambassador Adrian O’Neill and his letter to the magazine’s editor

Last night.

A diplomatic response to ‘ cheese-eating surrender monkey’ accusations leveled at Ireland in The Spectator by the suitably-named, Robert Hardman.

To wit:

Hardman said that Ireland was joining a group of “flimsily-connected” countries with “deplorable human rights records” and “French-speaking crooks”, some of whom, he added, appeared “at the bottom of every global corruption index”.

“Only the mean-spirited would suggest that little Leo will do anything to suck up to the top gang in the EU playground…,” he continued.

How odd, then, to see the Irish — usually so quick to take offence at any whiff of imperialism — acting as a cheerleader for French aggrandisement.”

Ireland’s strange decision to join the French commonwealth (Robert Hardman, The Spectator – behind paywall)

Magazine criticised by ambassador for “anti-Irish sentiment” (The Irish World)

Previously: A Mere Spectator

A ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Rouen, France; a mural in Paris by Pascal Boyart based on Eugene Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading The People

Today, in The Irish Times

Lara Marlowe reports:

The revolt is ideologically closest to the far right.

Gratuitous violence, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia are the dark side of the movement that has plunged France into its worst crisis of the past half century.

Like Donald Trump’s grassroots supporters in the US, the gilets jaunes deeply distrust traditional media.

Journalistes, collabos, journalistes, collabos,” they chant in front of television, radio and newspaper headquarters. Journalists are regarded as part of the elite, and as “collaborators” of the Macron administration.

The future of Europe, as well as the future of France, is at stake in Macron’s struggle quell the gilets jaunes.

Le gulp.

Yellow vests’ reactionary and populist traits not just a French problem (Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times)

Earlier: Force Majeure

Pic: Armani

A French riot police officer brandnshing Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle in Paris on Saturday during Yellow Vest protests

French riot police have deployed semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against Yellow Vest protestors for the first time.

Officers were filmed brandishing Heckler & Koch G36 weapons by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday afternoon.

…Live ammunition 30 cartridge magazines could be seen as officers marched the streets, although none were used as 5000 police were deployed on the streets of the French capital.

Yellow Vest protestor Gilles Caron said:

‘The CRS with the guns were wearing riot control helmets and body armour – they were not a specialised firearms unit.

Their job was simply to threaten us with lethal weapons in a manner which is very troubling. We deserve some explanations.’

French riot police are now using semi-automatic weapons with live ammunition against Yellow Vest protestors as Macron’s law and order crisis spirals (MailOnline)

For the weekend that’s in it.

Sunday, 4th of March, 2012.

A drizzle dampened Paris.

This, the rescheduled fixture from February that was frozen off.

The game described as a “classic” by a big corporate sponsor on Youtube (above) some years later, was anything but, despite the best efforts of Tommy Bowe (top).

A despondent Gerry Thornley in the irish Times, lamented:

Thus, no less than the French and perhaps even slightly more so, Ireland were left rueing a first draw with Les Bleus since the championship winning year of 1985 and first in Paris since 1950, and their first of any kind since the 20-20 draw with Australia in Croke Park in November 2009….

Merde.

This is the one that definitely got away (Irish Times)

Meanwhile…

Fake shoulder to fake shoulder.

France Vs ireland Vs Superbowl

Rob O’Loughln writes:

What with the weekend that’s in it..