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40th French Academy Awards (Les Césars) Crowns Timbuktu and Young Talent

  For many viewers, the French Academy Awards, or Les Césars, is pure torture. To understand Les Césars, first imagine the Oscars. Then remove the extravagant musical numbers performed by world-class entertainers. Forget the 40 second time limit on speeches enforced by the orchestra. Remove the commercials, which otherwise temper an excruciatingly long ceremony. (Friday’s ceremony clocked in at just over four hours by my count.) Now insert a host or performer desperately attempting to[Read More…]

Pressed by Energy Demands, UK Allows Drilling for Shale Gas

LONDON. – In September, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that the government will remove legislative barriers to onshore oil and gas and to deep geothermal exploration. Such measures will allows companies to start drilling and testing for shale gas in the UK and to begin to exploit available resources. Stipulations on drilling include permission requests and detailed environmental reports. After a period of reticence towards onshore drilling and fracking in[Read More…]

The War of the Roses: Cabinet Shake Up Reflects Dissension Amid Socialists

“Should we now apologize for being on the left?” asked now former Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti. Those words could aptly describe the political earthquake that shook the French government on Tuesday, when French Prime Minister Manuel Valls proclaimed a new list of cabinet ministers. Valls was designated PM just six months ago following the socialist defeat in municipal elections in May. This decision came following controversy Monday, when Minister of Economy and Productive Recovery Arnaud[Read More…]

Official Says Air Algérie Flight Plummeted 10,000 Meters in 3 Minutes

New information by investigators suggests the Air Algérie flight AH5017 dropped 10,000 meters in 3 minutes when it hit a storm. French authorities have not yet ruled out any explanations for the crash but said that bad weather was an important factor in the accident. Burkina Faso officials said radar images produced by air traffic control show that there was a storm in the plane’s path and that the pilot first tried to fly around[Read More…]

New Sanctions Won’t Block France-Russia Warship Deal

The French government has said that it will push ahead with its warship contract with Russia, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to scrap the deal. The government’s announcement to go ahead with the 1.2 billion euro deal came just before the EU began outlining the new round of sanctions against Russia last week. The French naval defense company DCNS signed a deal with Russian defense exporting company Rosoboronexport in June 2011[Read More…]