French Intervention in Mali: Counter-terrorism? Neo-colonialism? Mineral-sourcing?

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

In an effort to rid Mali of al-Qaeda rebels, French and Malian troops have entered the town of Diabaly, after three days of air strikes.

French involvement in their former colony comes after Mali’s president, Dioncounda Traore, asked the United Nations and France to help rid the country of Islamist militants, who staged a coup in the North of the country last March. In response the UN Security Council called for a “rapid deployment” of international forces, with Security Council President Masood Khan stating that the deterioration of the situation in Mali constituted a “direct threat to international peace and security”.

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Anti-gay marriage protests in France

November 23, 2012 § 4 Comments

It’s a country famous for the infamous Moulin Rouge and raunchy can-can shows, but it seems the French public are less open to the idea of gay marriage.

In the past week over 70,000 people took to the streets of Paris – with smaller demonstrations in Lyon, Toulouse and Marseille – protesting against the government’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage and to allow gay couples to adopt.

Protesters at the march in Paris, which was organised by the Catholic group Civitas, clashed with controversial Ukrainian group Femen, who support gay rights. Femen activities turned up topless, chanted “in gay we trust” and sprayed white powder from bottles. In response, anti-gay marriage protesters struck the activists, pushing them to the ground.

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Queen of Pop creates (another) controversy

July 18, 2012 § 2 Comments

The Queen of Pop has sparked controversy once again.

Madonna, who has caused plenty of outrage during her 29 years in the music business, finds herself on the wrong end of a ‘public insult’ lawsuit after showing an image of France’s National Front (NF) leader, Marine Le Pen, with a swastika superimposed over her face.

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