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· April, 2007

Stories about Western Europe from April, 2007

France: Expelling Illegal Immigrants

Continuing the debate on expelling illegal immigrants living in France, SEMEtt ou l'étincelle noire (Fr) writes about a political asylee who was shipped back to Liberia, a group of long-term...

Albania: Ruminations on Elections

Our Man in Tirana attempts to place the French and British elections into Albanian context.

France: What You May Not Have Read About Voltaire

Racisme et Histoire: Le Tabou posts a collection of quotes from some of France's most famous philosophers, writers, and politicians (e.g., Voltaire, Ferry, De Gaulle) you might not read in...

France: Rapper Imagines Life as a White Man

Regardailleurs blogs screenshots from an hilarious music video (Fr) called “J'suis blanc” (“I'm White”), the latest from French-Congolese hip hop artist Kamini. God comes to Kamini and makes him white...

Armenia: British Election Scandal

Onnik Krikorian discusses an Armenian election scandal involving the British embassy.

The French Presidential Election: A View From Outside the Metropole

This weekend, more than 60 million French cast their ballots in the first round of the French presidential election, narrowing the list of candidates to two: conservative UMP candidate Nicolas...

Conference on France's Support of African Dictatorship

Le Pangolin has been posting video from a conference called “From ‘françafrique’ to ‘Mafiafrique'” which looks at France's post-colonial support of African dictators.

African Journalists on Franco-African Relations

African journalists working in France are calling on the two remaining French presidential candidates, Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal, to begin a new chapter in Franco-African relations (Fr), according to...

Israel: The Vatican and Terrorism

Israel-based blogger Aussie Dave discusses what he sees as The Vatican's double standards when it comes to terrorism.

Israel: The Vatican and Terrorism

Israel-based blogger Aussie Dave discusses what he sees as The Vatican's double standards when it comes to terrorism.

Egypt: On French Elections

Egyptian-based blogger Sandmonkey gives us his take on the French elections here.

Afghanistan: Taliban Electioneering in France

Safrang reports on the Taliban's efforts to influence the outcome of France's presidential election.

Algeria: To Exist or Not to Exist

A query on LINGUIST List the other day asked for examples of other languages which, like English, have a verb “exist” distinct from the general-purpose existential “there is”. In Algerian...

Tunisphere and the French elections:

Tunisia's love-hate relation - more love than hate - comes to life with the extensive coverage Tunisian bloggers provided in the run up to the French elections. France's impact on...

France: New Law for Monitoring the Internet

How do you say Big Brother in French? Guadeloupe Attitude writes about a new law (Fr) requiring French telephone, mobile and internet service providers to save all usage records so...

Haiti: Delegation presents Haiti as a place to do business

Collectif-haiti-de-provence writes about a Haitian delegation's March visit to France and Belgium (Fr), which hoped to present Haiti as a place to do business and counteract negative images of the...

French Election, Two Views on Segolene Royal

As France votes today in the first round of their presidential election, at Racontars, Akynou explains reasons for choosing for Segolene Royal. Meanwhile, Troup nul Guadeloupe says Royal is “dangerous...

Greece: The Roma

Romania International Media Watch links to a blog on discrimination of the Roma population of Greece – The Roma Series, by Devious Diva: “Unfortunately, there is seems to be very...

Israel: Anti-Semitism on the Rise

Anti-Semitism is on the rise worldwide, but France has seen a particularly significant jump in the number of violent attacks on Jews, writes Israeli blogger Smooth Stone.

Sarkozy on French Minorities

Patrick Lozès looks back at French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy's history of controversial public statements about Africans and Berbers (Fr). He wonders if, given unprecedented levels of voter registration among...

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