Keyword: United States

Hollande US visit demonstrates stronger bilateral ties

François Hollande arrived in Washington on Monday for the first state visit by a French president in 18 years.

Yes, 2013 was a very good year...if you were rich

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According to many financial experts, last year marked a turning point in which the world finally began to put the financial crisis behind it. But if 2013 was the year when stock and property markets recovered to pre-crisis levels, it was also a period when the gap between the super rich and everyone else widened to levels not seen for practically a century. In the United States, as much as half of national income went to the very rich, a concentration of wealth last seen in 1917. In Europe poverty has made a comeback, and the most disadvantaged are scrambling to feed themselves and their families. Martine Orange reports.

Does immigration mean ‘France is over’?

American philosopher Justin E H Smith, who is teaching at a French university, explores the impact of immigration on France and its identity.

Hopi objects go on sale in Paris despite US challenge

The 32 ceremonial masks, head-dresses and other objects go under the hammer after legal challenge and objections from US embassy rejected.

France, ironically, stands as strongest U.S. ally in sanctioning Syria

The country which defiantly opposed U.S. intervention in Iraq a decade ago emerges as Washington's staunchest supporter for punitive air strikes.

Syria: war, silence and lies

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The United States and France – though no longer Britain, it seems- are poised to intervene militarily in Syria. While helping to remove the Assad regime is an urgent priority, the expected campaign of air strikes seems like a headlong rush without legal basis. And one which is a form of camouflage for past errors and acts of cowardice, the opportunistic management of public opinion and a possible trigger for a regional cataclysm with incalculable consequences. Yet, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, there are alternatives.

Obama the isolationist

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After days of hesitation, the United States finally seems poised to intervene militarily following Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people. But until then, faced with the enduring crises in Syria and Egypt, the White House had sometimes given the impression that the entire administration was on its summer holiday. More generally, during the first five years of his presidency Barack Obama has shown indecision and muddle in his handling of international issues. To the point, argues Thomas Cantaloube, that the United States is in danger of slipping towards insignificance on the world stage.

 

US spy programme under investigation in France

After complaints by human rights groups, prosecutors launched probe into alleged fraudulent access to personal data and personal correspondence.

US 'spying' on EU – the differing views from Paris and Brussels

The revelation that the United States has been spying on European Union offices in America – and possibly in Brussels too – has sparked outrage across the continent. French president François Hollande has called for an 'immediate' end to such snooping and he and others have suggested the scandal could affect the imminent negotiations over transatlantic trade. There have also been calls from the Right and Left in France for Paris to offer the whistleblower Edward Snowden political asylum. However, as Ludovic Lamant and Stéphane Alliès report, the reaction from EU leaders in Brussels to the affair has so far been much more restrained.

French and German fury over claims US bugged EU offices

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said that if claims made in Der Spiegel magazine are confirmed, it would be 'totally unacceptable'.

Why France is gearing up for a culture war with the United States

France says that it will not start negotiations on transatlantic trade talks if cultural industries are not excluded from the start.

Don’t believe the hype: the French still live better than Americans

For all their current difficulties, the average French citizen lives better than his American counterpart according to UN and Unicef figures.

French chef Bocuse gets rock star treatment in US

The 87-year-old iconic chef got a rapturous welcome for the inauguration of a new restaurant bringing his culinary prowess to American.

US planes fly French troops to Mali

The US Air Force begins transporting French troops and equipment from France to Mali for the military campaign there against Islamist militants.

US firms fall out of love with France, survey says

Election of a socialist government was cited as main reason why French divisions of US businesses see country as less attactive to do business.