D. Kelly Jones

March Madness in Paris

 

PARIS — It won’t be remembered as the seizure of the Bastille, or the days of July, 1830, or the days of June, 1848, or the Paris Commune of 1871, or any of the other anniversaries marking the tumultuous history of French revolutions, coups d’etat, strikes, and other upheavals that brought down monarchies and collapsed […]

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Reactionary Riots

 

The French have taken to the barricades again. Led by militant students (including high schoolers), protests, sit-ins, and other disruptions have either fully or partially shut down 64 of France’s 84 universities, according to the education ministry. The entrances to the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris have been blockaded more than a week. On Saturday, […]

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The EU Constitution Is Not Dead

 

The sovereign nations of the past can no longer solve problems of the present: they cannot ensure their own progress or control their own future. And the Community itself is only a stage on the way to the organized world of tomorrow. — Closing words of the Memoirs of Jean Monnet On June 16th, 8,000 […]

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Springtime in Paris

 

In a remarkable performance in front of 83 young people in a setting designed to resemble an American townhall meeting, French President Jacques Chirac last week declared that France would “cease to exist politically” unless French voters approve the proposed European constitution in a May 29 referendum. While the demise of France as a political […]

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