France

A Greener Future for the White Mountain? The Uphill Batlle for Mont Blanc's Protection

Justin Francis | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Although the prestigious peak is widely revered as an area of outstanding beauty, it is not actually protected with a conservation strategy consistent accross all three parent countries. In France, Mont Blanc was designated a 'site classé' in 1951, preventing development, camping and also supervises amenities.

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Paris

Good Hotel Guide | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Good Hotel Guide

Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year, and what better way to spend it than on a weekend in the most romantic city of them all, Paris? We've listed six of the best ways to make the most of your trip below.

The French May Have United, But France Is Still Ruled By the Authoritarian Left

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

It's indeed over. France without the agreement of the nation decided that the fifth Republic is done. Praise the Sixth Republic that cannot bear the wit and has the code of sacred topics - the city of Paris and its multicultural, politically correct nature is the first one.

There Is No 'Wave' of Anti-Semitism

David Cesarani | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
David Cesarani

invoking the fate of the Jews under Nazi rule is not only inappropriate - it is inflammatory and insulting to the victims. Raising the spectre of 'anti-semitism' will not help anyone cope with the threat posed by Jihadists and extreme Islamists. We (all) face a specific menace that demands specific counter-measures.

A Test That Europe Must Not Fail

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It looks as if 2015 could turn out to be Europe's Year of the Insurgents... More than at any time since the end of the Cold War, Europe needs clear, determined leaders who can calm voters' anger and offer reassurance that better times are coming, especially for those who have been hardest hit by the age of austerity. Anger, fear and intolerance of minorities are a highly dangerous mix - we have seen before where they can lead when populist politicians fan the flames. The coming year will be a test that Europe must not fail.

France DOES Have No Go Zones, Insists Nigel Farage

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics

Amid threats from the mayor of Paris to sue Fox News for “insulting” it’s image, Nigel Farage has stepped forward to fan the flames over the ong...

You Are Charlie, We Are Not

Charlie Simpson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

The shootings in Paris have reaffirmed the importance of free speech. No one should have to pay such a high price for simple mockery. Though it has left me wondering, would people my age have printed the cartoons of Mohammed in the first place?

'Aggressive' and 'Stingy': Anti-Semitism in the UK

B.J. Epstein | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Theresa May said the UK has to "wipe out anti-Semitism". The BBC has now featured an article about Jews in the UK fearing for their safety, but unfortunately this doesn't surprise me at all. This new interest in British anti-Semitism stems largely from the attacks in France, and it's a shame that it took such a tragic event for Brits to begin to consider the problems here at home.

Why Ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad Is Europe's Oldest Tradition

Usman Butt | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Usman Butt

The Charlie Hebdo massacre sent shockwaves throughout the world and was widely interpreted as an attack on free speech. However, the attack on Charlie Hebdo was more than an attack on free speech; it was an attack on one of Europe's oldest traditions...

One Step Behind: Understanding the Shape of Terrorism

Nikita Malik | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

Terrorism, with its many forms, has the same general shape. Bombings, hostage taking, assassinations, and armed attacks are all perpetuated for religious, political, or ideological goals - sometimes, a combination of all three...

Charlie Hebdo: The Pope's Comments Join a Media Circus at Risk of Legitimising Terrorism

George Gillett | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
George Gillett

Whether it be the Pope or a media commentator - we must avoid capitalising on a terrorist incident to vocalise our opinion on these cartoons and society's attitude towards religious beliefs.

France Comes Under Massive Cyber Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Tech

France has come under 'unprecedented pressure from hackers since last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. The head of cyberdefence for the French m...

Hero Of French Kosher Supermarket Siege Gets French Citizenship

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK

A Malian Muslim man who heroically hid several of hostages in a kosher supermarket and helped French police co-ordinate their storming of the building...

Croissants For Queuing Brits As Charlie Hebdo Goes On Sale

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK

Queues are forming outside newsagents and bookshops today as Brits try to get hold of copies of the first Charlie Hebdo magazine since the deadly shoo...

Jack Sommers

The Fox News-Free Truth About France's 'No Go Muslim-Only Zones'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK

Many who loudly insist Europe is being overrun by Islam eagerly repeat claims that France has Muslim-only "No Go" Zones. In his now infamous Fox Ne...

Brutal, Bilious, Offensive Cartooning Is What We Do and Have Done for Centuries

Brian John Spencer | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Charlie Hebdo was categorically correct to publish the prophet on its front cover. To ask cartoonists not to draw Mohammed would be like cartoonists to ask Muslims to give up their prophet...

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Israel Convinced it Stands Alone Against Islamist Terror

Toby Greene | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Toby Greene

When Israelis look at these events in Europe, their view is inevitably coloured by the history of Jews there, and the fact that the idea of a modern Jewish state was created in Europe as an answer to anti-semitism.

Why I'm Not Charlie Hebdo

Madeleine Fry | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK
Madeleine Fry

Yet it's probably fair to say that half the people outside of France writing 'Je Suis Charlie' on their twitter feeds had not heard of the magazine before last Wednesday, and I was certainly one of them.

Paris Attacks - Let's Talk About the 'War on Terror'

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Hamza Hamouchene

We urgently need to understand why this violence is happening and keeps recurring and to do so is neither a justification for any crime nor an apology of violence.

A Case of the Missing Picture in Paris

Dr Shaaz Mahboob | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dr Shaaz Mahboob

A sea of reproduced caricatures on banners, placards and hung from balconies paving the unity march route wouldn't have been unexpected, quite the opposite would appeared most appropriate in fact, given the events leading up to the event.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

A Rabbi Reassures His Community Post-Paris

Jonathan Romain | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Jonathan Romain

The members of my synagogue are worried. What if the attack had not been in Paris but in London? Not on Charlie Hebdo, but on Private Eye? Not on a kosher supermarket over there, but one over here? Is it still safe to go to synagogue and to send our children to the Religion School, or is it better to stay away and keep our heads down? How do I help them understand the dreadful events over the last few days, and what should be our response. This is my open letter to them.

Je Ne Suis Pas Un Vrai Charlie

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A quick challenge. Imagine, for a moment, that a satirical magazine like Charlie Hebdo had been based in Saudi Arabia. Having trouble? Me too, because it's unimaginable...

Condemnation Needs to Be on Both Sides, on Charlie Hebdo

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

Instead of marching for rights and the liberty to say and do as one wishes, our leaders should be condemning insults by anyone to anyone of any faith. Our leaders should be speaking out demanding that we respect this fundamental right and not abuse this right to free speech.

Why I'm Organising a 'Je Suis Charlie' Candlelit vigil

Ben Hansen Hicks | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Ben Hansen Hicks

Freedom of speech. We have, in the Western world, had this right since the dawn of time. Freedom to challenge, freedom to speak out. The Charlie H...