Hollande Urged To Act As France’s Roma Row Splits Govt

The row has strained relations between Hollande’s Socialist Party and their junior governing partners, the Greens. The opposition has been quick to pounce on an episode they say has once again exposed Hollande’s tendency to dither when confronted with difficult decisions. “A government where you have some ministers organising attacks on other ministers cannot last,” said Francois Bayrou, the leader of the centrist MoDem party. “Coherence has to be re-established and that is the responsibility of the president and the prime minister.” The sniping at Valls from the Greens and the left of his own party continued unabated on Monday with Green Senator Esther Benbassa branding his attitudes on the Roma as “quite simply unacceptable.” She added: “These (Valls’s) comments recall the darkest hours of our history. There is no such thing as a people who cannot be assimilated, only countries who do not make them welcome.” Housing minister Cecile Duflot, the most senior Green in the government, has accused Valls of betraying France’s core values and urged Hollande to call the outspoken interior minister to order. Valls has denounced that claim as “unacceptable.” Delphine Batho, a Socialist former minister who was sacked by Hollande in July for criticising government spending cuts, accused the president of double standards. “I was pushed out the door supposedly as a show of authority, but there hasn’t been much of that on show in other cases,” Batho said. Valls meanwhile was basking in the glow of evidence that his stance on the Roma issue has bolstered his status as the most popular minister in Hollande’s government. A poll published at the weekend revealed that more than three in four (77 percent) voters believe he was right to say Roma migrants should be “delivered back to the border”. The minister was in unrepentant mood during a round of interviews on Sunday, in which he highlighted figures indicating that a disproportionate amount of petty crime in Paris is committed by minors who are nationals of Romania, from where the majority of recent Roma arrivals in France originate. The extent to which the issue has gripped the country was reflected in the high-profile coverage given to a court case opening on Monday in which 27 members of three Roma families are accused of forcing children to carry out robberies and, in certain cases, people trafficking.

France moves to sanction Google over privacy policies

After four years of loyal service at the Quai dOrsay, his mission came to end. He has been replaced by Mr. Magro. Yet, lets draw up an assessment, for the sake of Israel, of the presence of these consuls in Jerusalem. Paris does not recognize Israels right to hold Jerusalem as its capital. This is a fact. Thus, Frances Embassy is located in Tel Aviv. And every time an Israeli official should meet with a French official, the ambassador is forced to travel to Jerusalem. But in Jerusalem, there is a Consulate, the consul is one of the few in the French diplomacy who has a dual status: consul and ambassador. We must say that for France, the Consulate in Jerusalem serves exclusively as a link with the Palestinian Authority. And no matter if the Consulate is located in the heart of the Jewish Jerusalem, West Jerusalem (I say this even though I dont like to talk about a divided Jerusalem from East to West). The Consulate deals with the problems of the French who live in Jerusalem and the settlements, but the website of the Consulate is in French and Arabic. Exit Hebrew. Well, there is an Hebrew page: but almost totally empty and not up to date.

By Christine Hall, Web contributor Remember when France threatened to fine Google Inc . if it did not reverse bits of its privacy policy? Now the country is moving to make good on its promise. TechCrunch reported that France plans to punish Google for not making the changes it requested this summer and has begun aa formal procedure for imposing sanctions.” That could include a fine (which, frankly, wouldn’t do much to deter the tech behemoth, which raked in revenue of $55 billion during its most recent fiscal year). But the sanctions could inspire other European countries, which have also taken issue with Google’s privacy policies. France’s CNIL, its version of a data privacy regulator, is one of six in Europe that wants Google to amend its privacy policy , specifically around the areas of how Google processes data, how long it plans to keep it and how Google plans to use it. The CNIL in July asked Google to update its policies, with a Sept. 20 deadline. Instead, Google sent a note the last day contesting the watchdog organization’s finding. Company: GOOG