Monthly Archives: April 2011

France Telecom employee dies by self-immolation

France Telecom is scrambling to investigate after another employee died by suicide, setting himself ablaze in the company parking lot. “The death on puts the spotlight back on working conditions at France Telecom, which replaced its CEO and pledged to … Continue reading

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National pride… ?

Canada’s national hockey team just barely avoided what would have been a shocking loss to Team France in an exhibition game last weekend. “Despite France’s image as a haven for snooty sophisticates, their fans are far louder and more enthusiastic … Continue reading

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French cops pissed over booze restrictions

The notorious CRS riot police are up in arms today, after (very) old regulations re: no wine on the job began to be legitimately enforced. “The row broke out after pictures were published showing officers enjoying a drink with their … Continue reading

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Wall Street crash… 2ème

“In 1988, Lewis walked away from Solomon Brothers and an extremely lucrative position to write his book under the pretext that the whole experience struck him as preposterous. He figured the situation was unsustainable. Sooner rather than later, someone was … Continue reading

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French fear brain drain

“Superstars, be they footballers or PhDs, are hot global properties. Athletes, presumably drawn by money and celebrity, and PhDs drawn by generously endowed and equipped laboratories in an agglomeration of first-rank science, are leaving their home countries for friendlier shores … Continue reading

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Anti-Arab attacks rising in France

The Connexion newspaper reports that racism is on the rise in France, on the heels of the country enacting the world’s first burqa ban yesterday. So far several women have been arrested for wearing the full facial covering in public. … Continue reading

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California Pain

“The idiosyncratic former two-term Governor (1975-1983), dubbed “Moonbeam” has a lot on his plate. Californians overwhelmingly looked to him last November to get the state back on track. His experience and successes in his past two terms, as well as … Continue reading

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