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France's new imperialism

Why new ? I don't think French ambitions ever abated in this region...  (Dec 6, 2013 | post #2)

I'm French and not a afraid to say that theres is crap French wine and excellent French wines as there are wonderful Italian, Spanish, German, etc. wines... But then I'm a woman, so not bent on who pees the farther contests...  (Nov 15, 2013 | post #7)

France moves to toughen ban on religion in schools

Not talkîg about canteen here but Ramadan. Many 16-18 year old do fast. When a kid has been fasting all day, bending the "no food in class" rule to allow him/her a quick snack when if end of fasting falls during the last period seems only humane. I have known some teachers to refuse.  (Sep 14, 2013 | post #44)

France moves to toughen ban on religion in schools

Not so sure .... The issue had to be addressed lest the grounf be left to extremists. I haven't read the details of the project but the idea itself is far from stupid. Implementation is another idea entirely  (Sep 10, 2013 | post #4)

GREGG: In France, she did as the French do

Where is Evansville ? So far lost that it is news to them ?  (Aug 20, 2013 | post #7)

France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

Wrong. France has its own little melting pot and it works quite fine most of the time. From Marie Curie to Guillaume Apollinaire, from Azouz Begag to Amin Maalouf, many Frencsh of note, scientists, artists and more recently politicians are foreign born or of foreign stock and they make us proud. Thousands of anonymous and their descendents who made their life herealso contribute to us a nation and I can't see anything wrong in that. It's you and your bigotry who don't belong.  (Aug 6, 2013 | post #18)

France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

Migrants is what these guys are not. People whose ancestors have been here for three, four generations or more are definitely not migrants. And with a 5 to 8 years waiting list on public housing there are definitely no recent arrivals in those areas.  (Aug 5, 2013 | post #15)

France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

And US policies dealing with black & la the tino ghettos are such an overwhelming success .. Whatever the population, same causes tend to bring same effects... Try spamming your racism and hatred elswhere...  (Aug 5, 2013 | post #14)

French Men !

There are French people of all shade and hue, including quite a few carribeans, west indians and people of African descent, so you won't stick out in the crowd. (Dark skinned people constitute about 10% of the Greater Paris population). Anyway, seen from here you'll be mostly American, your skin color won't be your major feature. Regarding where you should go, I would not necessarily advise on Paris as the cost of living is much higher there (considering the amount your parents will be saving on college fees compared to the US you might be able to negociate). A well sized city like Nantes, Toulouse, or Montpellier might be a better deal for you. For other reasons, try to avoid Marseilles (high crime rate) and Strasbourg (rather conservative population, not really open to outsiders). As to your course of study, engineering courses are generally not found at universities but at engineering schools which you join after a competitive exam and a 2 years special intensive course (classe preparatoire) . What I would advise you to do is to take a science degree in a good universitiy (league tables are regularly published in French media) and go for the entrance exam in one of the schools after that. . Good luck with your plans  (Aug 4, 2013 | post #3)

France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

Where ? And for what ? We no longer have colonies where troublesome countrymen could be sent out of sight... No matter how unruly they are, these youths are French born and bred and bound to stay. Successive goverments have let ghettos grow on our soi,l any effort to dismantle them is welcome. Cayenne, c'est bien fini...  (Aug 4, 2013 | post #9)

France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

The problem is dilapidated ghettoidal housing estates, set apart from the towns and cities they depend from. Male youths tend to be problematic in such environments, whatever their shade or hue. The previous government suppressed all neighbourhood policing there and the least I can say is that it did not improve things a bit. Quite the reverse in fact.  (Aug 4, 2013 | post #6)

France tries 1 more cure for volatile suburbs

Some investments are still badly needed in those run down areas, with no access to basic healthcare, high number of slums (some ofthem public housing), the proliferation of "marchands de sommeil"... Lack of transport to and from the cités can also be a real hurdle to find and keep a job (an address there is often enough to deter an employer) Problem is that these invesments are often made in a hurry, with no other rationale than recent/chronic unrest which is supposed to be doused in money... Let's hope the current crisis will inject some dose of efficiency into the process - although I am not overconfident about this one  (Aug 4, 2013 | post #5)

Is France Finished?

Reads like a brit wet dream... No class barriers in Britain ? I tend to have different memories... At all time changing country has allowed people you to escape social determinism on their native soil  (Jul 23, 2013 | post #2)

Do french prefer anal?

Extinct ones probably ;) (Ok, bonobos... Who are as close to humans as you can get  (Jul 23, 2013 | post #18)

Pregnant Muslim woman attacked in Paris loses baby

they won't find much leniency in courts, and rightly so. Sad truth is that the far right are losing all restraint, frightening. http://www.lemonde .fr/societe/articl e/2013/06/17/rokha ya-diallo-visee-pa r-un-appel-au-viol -sur-twitter_34316 75_3224.html  (Jun 19, 2013 | post #4)