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calendar   Thursday - December 10, 2009

France in the news as Nicolas Sarkozy defends Swiss minaret ban. Good for Sarko but …

Did he have the more liberal minded wifey dear Carla’s permission to say that? 

Whatever ..... Kudos to Sarko. There aren’t many EU politicians speaking out on behalf of those evil minded Swiss who after all, are making a small attempt to keep their country Swiss.  Why ... the nerve of them.  Where did they ever get the idea that they had some sort of civil or human right to think that way?  The european convention on human rights clearly DOES NOT cover that subject.

Vive la France ...

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OH right. UPDATE on our zapping water.
Wife got a call late last night, I never heard the phone, that someone would be out here today between 1 and 6pm. Great. Ya think?
Have another thunk.

A little over half an hour ago I got a call from the folks who cover us to say that the “engineer” had an emergency call where someone had a broken line or pipe and their house was being flooded and it would be an all day job.  Could we reschedule?  What? They only have ONE person they can call on?
Anyway, I explained (to the fifth person since this all started yesterday) that there was electric shock hazard and for the umteenth time I went thru the story blah,blah,blah.  Oh says person number five .... what you need is an ELECTRICIAN.  DOH.  ya don’t say.  Hello? Has anyone been listening?  OK says Number 5, I will have someone get back to you in 25 to 30 minutes.  Really, I smartly replied.  Let me tell you what happened yesterday when someone told me I would get a call within the hour.  Yadda,yadda 2hours 45minutes.  No,no says number 5. You will be called in 25 to 30 minutes.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz We are now approaching 40 minutes. Still no call.  Still no use of hot water. Still no idea where the problem is.  Keep in mind BMEWS readers. This is England which no longer swings in the sense of that old song.  It’s more like hanging by a weak thread.  Not to worry. I’m sure someone might call before Christmas.  Or maybe not.  Coming up on 45 minutes.

Stay Tuned

Now where the heck was I?  Oh yeah ....  In France ...

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Nicolas Sarkozy has defended Switzerland’s ban on building minarets with a warning that religious groups should refrain from “ostentation and any provocation”.

By Henry Samuel in Paris
Published: 6:35PM GMT 08 Dec 2009

The French president made the remarks as he sought to justify his own, controversial, “great debate” on France’s national identity, which critics say is alienating mainly Muslim immigrants.

In an opinion piece in Le Monde, the president said that while he regretted the “painful misunderstandings” created by the referendum, the vote should be respected.

“Instead of irrevocably condemning the Swiss people, let’s also try to understand what it sought to express and what so many peoples in Europe, including the French, feel,” he said.

“What happened has nothing to do with the freedom of religious practise, or freedom of conscience,” he wrote.

He asked all believers to avoid “ostentation and provocation” and instead show “humble discretion”.

“The peoples of Europe are welcoming and tolerant: it’s in their nature and in their culture. But they don’t want their way of life, their mode of thinking and their social relations distorted,” he added.

His comments came as Eric Cantona, the French footballer, joined the debate, deriding “stupid” nationalist approaches to the issue of national identity.

“Being French, does that mean having to speak French, sing the Marseillaise? That’s just stupid,” said the retired France and Manchester United striker who is a son of Spanish and Italian immigrants.

“Being French means being revolutionary.”

France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim minority and where Islam now ranks as the nation’s second religion.

Next month, a parliamentary inquiry will produce a much-awaited report on whether to ban the burka, or full Islamic veil, which Mr Sarkozy has said “has no place in France”.

Despite several local campaigns by the French far right, dozens of mosques are due to be built in France, including a Grand Mosque in Marseille that will have an 82ft minaret.

The government has ruled out a minaret construction ban but says that mayors have the final word on building new mosques with towers, which is a matter for “urban planning”.

France’s six million Muslims congregate in fewer than 2,500 mosques and prayer houses, many in basements. France has 64 mosques with minarets.

Mr Sarkozy’s words were published hours before the French parliament began a debate on national identity, after weeks of town hall meetings on the issue.

A government website on the subject has received 40,000 comments, though up to 10 per cent have been removed for being “racist or xenophobic”.

The French Left has accused the president of igniting the issue to woo far-right voters ahead of regional elections next March.

Although Mr Sarkozy has called it a “noble debate”, detractors – some from within his own camp – warn he is playing into the National Front’s hands.

“How can one be surprised at the success of extremists when one doesn’t take into account the suffering of voters?” he asked yesterday.

FRANCE


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