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France urged to return museum artefacts to Africa
November 23, 2018 | Financial Times David Pilling, Africa Editor.

France should permanently return tens of thousands of cultural artefacts plundered from Africa during colonialism, according to a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron that could send tremors around the museums of Europe.

In the report, submitted to the French leader on Friday, the authors accused museums with large African collections — much of which was ransacked or purchased under duress — of being part of “a system of appropriation and alienation” that deprived Africans of the “spiritual nourishment that is the foundation of their humanity”.

....more than 90 per cent of the “material cultural legacy” of sub-Saharan Africa — including palace doors, thrones, carved heads and bronzes — was outside the continent. Europeans, it said, were straining to justify their continued possession of such treasure, while “Africans find themselves struggling to recover the thread of an interrupted memory”.

France alone, the report said, had at least 90,000 African objects, including from modern-day Chad, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Ivory Coast, Benin, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Guinea. French collections also had artefacts from Ethiopia and the former British colonies of Ghana and Nigeria. Many items labelled as “gifts” were the spoils of war, it said.
colonialism  France  restitution  museums  Africa  sub-Saharan_Africa  Emmanuel_Macron  artifacts  repatriation  heritage  antiquities  art  art_history  collectibles  cultural_institutions 
november 2018 by jerryking
Jean-Jacques Susini, Right-Wing Extremist in Algeria, Dies at 83 - The New York Times

Raoul Salan, the group’s commander, was a highly decorated French general who had turned against de Gaulle and participated in a failed military coup in Algeria in April 1961. Paul Henissart wrote in his book “Wolves in the City: The Death of French Algeria” (1970) that Mr. Susini regarded Mr. Salan as a “tactician rather than a strategist,” who was better at exploiting circumstances than creating them.

“This seemed a welcome state of affairs to Susini, whose limitless ambition was to create, himself, an entirely new set of circumstances, as part of what he believed was a revolution,” Mr. Henissart wrote......Independence finally came to Algeria in 1962, but Mr. Susini was nonetheless involved in plotting to kill de Gaulle later that year and again in 1964. Details of the first attempt — in which de Gaulle’s Citroen was raked by machine gun fire outside Paris but he was unharmed — were used by the novelist Frederick Forsyth to open his 1971 thriller, “The Day of the Jackal.” The film adapted from the novel two years later opened the same way, with de Gaulle and his motorcade attacked by gunmen.

Asked by Mr. Malye why he tried to assassinate de Gaulle even after the war in Algeria had ended, Mr. Susini said it was to hold him responsible for the massacre of people “slaughtered like rabbits” and for the exodus of one million European Algerians. Mr. Susini had separately said that the Secret Army first began plotting de Gaulle’s murder in late 1961.
'60s  Algeria  assassinations  Charles_de_Gaulle  exodus  extremism  France  obituaries  right-wing  terrorism 
july 2017 by jerryking
Naive entrepreneurs at risk of losing out to venture capitalists
Jan. 20, 2016 | The Financial Times News: p6. | Murad Ahmed

Tech start-up financing is often structured to protect venture capitalists, not founders, says Murad Ahmed

Nicolas Brusson and Philip...
entrepreneur  founders  vc  venture_capital  France  BlaBlaCar  trustworthiness  relationships  funding  asymmetrical  investors  naivete  connected_cars 
april 2017 by jerryking
France’s new anti-Semitism - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 13 2015
anti-Semitism  Charlie_Hebdo  France  Paris 
january 2015 by jerryking
N.Y. Military Museum Recognizes the Harlem Hellfighters - WSJ
by Leslie Brody Nov. 28, 2014

They were in heroes in France during World War I, only to be treated as second-class citizens when they returned to New York.

Now, the Harlem Hellfighters, a black infantry regiment that won awards for valor, are getting a new life online thanks to a project posting their personnel records on a museum website....The unit was originally formed as the 15th Colored Regiment of the New York National Guard, according to New York University Professor Jeffrey Sammons. Started in 1916, it was the first black National Guard unit recognized by New York, and one of the few black regiments that saw combat during World War I.

Because of racism in the military, the unit was kept separate from the rest of the state’s National Guard and trained separately, according to Mr. Sammons, co-author of a book on the subject, “Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality.”

The unit was sent to Europe to dig ditches, unload ships and build railroads but was deployed in combat in 1918 when the French military needed reinforcements, Mr. Sammons said.

He said the entire regiment won the high honor of a Croix de Guerre from the French government for its distinguished service, but then came home to have a parade in New York City that was separate from other events for returning veterans.
WWI  African-Americans  segregation  New_York_City  museums  heroes  France  second-class_citizenship 
november 2014 by jerryking
Ailing France nears a moment of reckoning - The Globe and Mail
Ailing France nears a moment of reckoning Add to ...
LONDON — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014,
Carl_Mortished  France  United_Kingdom  '70s 
august 2014 by jerryking
November 2013 | Report on Business Magazine |
shoes  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  Paris  France  travel  bespoke  handmade  LVMH 
october 2013 by jerryking
Obama calls Hollande as U.S. spy scandal widens to include France - The Globe and Mail

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press

Published Monday, Oct. 21 2013,

U.S. President Barack Obama called French President François Hollande on Monday and discussed France’s anger over reported aggressive surveillance tactics by the National Security Agency...Keeping tabs on allies is classic spy craft but the sweep and scope of the NSA program have irritated Germany, Britain, Brazil, and most recently Mexico and France....The report in Le Monde, co-written by Glenn Greenwald, who originally revealed the surveillance program based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, found that when certain numbers were used, the conversations were automatically recorded. The surveillance operation also swept up text messages based on key words, Le Monde reported, based on records from Dec. 10 to Jan 7.

The French government, which wants the surveillance to cease, also renewed demands for talks on protection of personal data.
Obama  espionage  security_&_intelligence  NSA  sigint  France  French  surveillance  spycraft  eavesdropping 
october 2013 by jerryking
Review: Mastering the Art of French Eating -
October 3, 2013 | WSJ | By MOIRA HODGSON

Book Review: 'Mastering the Art of French Eating,' by Ann Mah.
Steak was brought to Paris by occupying British troops after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in 1815. The frites came later.
French  France  food  books  cookbooks  sausages 
october 2013 by jerryking
Where to eat in Paris now - The Globe and Mail

PARIS — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Monday, Feb. 11 2013,
Paris  travel  restaurants  France 
february 2013 by jerryking
Timbuktu Training Site Shows Terrorists' Reach -
February 1, 2013 | WSJ | By DREW HINSHAW.
Timbuktu Training Site Shows Terrorists' Reach
Nigerians Flooded to al Qaeda-Linked Camp in Mali, Locals Say, Drilling With Shoulder-Fired Arms
Timbuktu  Mali  France 
february 2013 by jerryking
Where's the Best Boeuf? -
January 18, 2013 | WSJ | By RATHA TEP.

Where's the Best Boeuf?
In Burgundy, bien sûr! We went in steaming hot pursuit of the finest version of France's classic beef stew, one spoonful at a time
beef  France  French  stews 
january 2013 by jerryking
What Greece Makes, the World Might Take -
Published: July 3, 2012

In the last decade or so, companies in the United States, France, Denmark and elsewhere flouted the feta ruling and invested in their own food-science research and manufacturing equipment. They subsequently turned the salty, crumbly cheese into spreadable, grillable, fat-free and shelf-stable forms. In Italy and Spain, small olive-oil producers merged into globally competitive conglomerates and replaced presses with more efficient centrifugal technology. The two countries now provide nearly all the world’s supply. And the Greeks, despite their numerous inherent advantages, remain in the least profitable part of the supply chain, exporting raw materials at slim margins.

Tassos Chronopoulos, owner of Tassos, a Greek food importer based outside Chicago, says that the country’s disorganized agricultural business all but disqualified itself from partaking in the fancy-food craze of the past few decades. Greek growers never banded together to establish uniform quality standards and trade rules.
agribusiness  agriculture  cheese  competitiveness_of_nations  conglomerates  dairy  Denmark  disorganization  economic_development  farming  food  food_science  foodies  foodservice  France  gourmet  Greece  Greek  innovation  olive-oil  quality  quality_control  rules_of_the_game  standardization  standards  supply_chains  value_chains 
july 2012 by jerryking
The Rat That Roared -
Christopher_Hitchens  France  feckless 
june 2012 by jerryking
Vote France Off the Island - New York Times
Published: February 09, 2003

The French position is utterly incoherent. The inspections have not worked yet, says Mr. de Villepin, because Saddam has not fully cooperated, and, therefore, we should triple the number of inspectors. But the inspections have failed not because of a shortage of inspectors. They have failed because of a shortage of compliance on Saddam's part, as the French know. The way you get that compliance out of a thug like Saddam is not by tripling the inspectors, but by tripling the threat that if he does not comply he will be faced with a U.N.-approved war.
France  anti-Americanism  feckless 
january 2012 by jerryking
LVMH Bottles Up Champagne Market -

LVMH Bottles Up Champagne Market
To Win Long Contracts From Grape Growers, Firm Helps Farmers.

The conglomerate, controlled by French billionaire Bernard Arnault, has managed in recent years to lay claim to the largest share by far of the Champagne region's limited grape output. LVMH has done that by cultivating the independent growers who raise most of the grapes -- including by offering them free farming help....LVMH's offer to these reluctant grape growers is a formula used in industries from autos to software makers: an after-sales service. Technical services such as determining the presence of mildew and parasites and identifying which grapes are maturing the fastest are provided free. By law, champagne houses have to charge for field services, including grape picking; LVMH provides those at cost.
LVMH  farming  Champagne  liquor  France  vineyards  loyalty  JCK  after-sales_service  customer_loyalty 
november 2011 by jerryking
How France Lost Africa to the U.S. - International - The Atlantic
June 2, 2011 The Atlantic By G. Pascal Zachary

In the scandalous case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French IMF chief
currently held in New York facing attempted rape charges, the powerful
issues of race and gender easily overwhelm one curious geopolitical
detail: what's a woman from a French-speaking, former French colony in
West Africa doing in the U.S. in the first place? In this case, she is
from Guinea, but she could just as likely be from Senegal, Cameroon,
Rwanda, Gabon, or Benin -- all Francophone countries that once sent
their most ambitious immigrants almost exclusively to France. Now these
and other French-speaking African countries experience a steady outflow
people to the U.S.

The presence of a growing number of French-speaking Africans reflects a
monumental shift in the relationship of sub-Saharan Africa to France and
to the U.S. The shift has been years in the making, and its
still-unfolding consequences are dimly appreciated.
France  Africa  U.S.  G._Pascal_Zachary  Dominique_Strauss-Kahn  Francophone_Africa  geopolitics  sub-Saharan_Africa 
june 2011 by jerryking
36 Hours in Paris -
Published: December 16, 2010
Paris  travel  things_to_do  tips  restaurants  France 
december 2010 by jerryking
Cannes's Gastronomic Glitz -
MAY 6, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By LANIE GOODMAN. A tour of
the city's flourishing restaurant scene, along famed La Croisette and
France  restaurants  restaurant_reviews  travel 
may 2010 by jerryking
Phoebe Philo Rebuilds Celine for LVMH -
MARCH 9, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by RACHEL DODES And
CHRISTINA PASSARIELLO. LVMH Wipes Céline Slate Clean, Opening Way for
'Phoebe Effect'. "... Céline also closed all but one store in the U.S.,
cut ties to less exclusive retailers, stopped producing bags in China
and restored the accent to its name, all part of a move to tightly
control and elevate the brand."
LVMH  fashion  France  branding 
march 2010 by jerryking
PPR's Chief Aims to Strip French Retail Units -
NOVEMBER 26, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by CHRISTINA
PASSARIELLO And MIMOSA SPENCER. François-Henri Pinault, chief executive
of PPR SA, is stripping the company of its once-core French retail
business in order to focus entirely on global consumer and luxury
brands, such as its high-end Yves Saint Laurent and mass-market Puma
labels. Mr. Pinault's new strategy carries risks. Exiting from retail
puts more emphasis on PPR's Gucci Group -- whose stable of brands also
includes Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta and jeweler Boucheron --
just as the luxury goods sector is suffering. As wealthy consumers cut
back in key markets, such as the U.S., Europe and Japan, sales at Gucci
Group fell 6.4% in the third quarter of this year, compared with a 4.6%
rise in revenue in the same period last year.
luxury  high_net_worth  PPR  branding  exits  LVMH  France 
november 2009 by jerryking
Water Fight in France Takes a Dirty Turn
Feb 1, 2007 . Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York,
N.Y.: . pg. B.7 by David Gauthier-Villars. Neptune's Potty Humor Riles
Utilities in Paris In Rap at 'Green' Ads
branding  advertising  water  France 
march 2009 by jerryking

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