Bikinis Made Mandatory on Cannes Beaches

Featured image That isn’t quite right, but it’s close: the city of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis on local beaches: The mayor of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis – full-body swimsuits – on the beaches of the French Riviera resort famous for its annual film festival, officials said on Thursday. Mayor David Lisnard signed off on the ruling that “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to »

Trumpism in International Context

Featured image Back at the end of June, I shared the insights of French political philosopher Pierre Manent about the significance of Brexit (which he was for). Yesterday, the good folks at First Things posted a translation of a recent interview Manent gave to the Italian newspaper Il Foglio about the lessons of the recent Islamist attack on the French church. There’s one especially arresting question and answer that sounds like it »

The (de)iceman cometh

Featured image Yaron Steinbuch reports in the New York Post: “ISIS teen who killed priest passed background check for airport job.” Steinbuch notes that “[t]he bloodthirsty jihadist who executed a Catholic priest in France ‘easily’ passed a background check to become an airport baggage handler[.]” The murderer “worked full time at Chambéry Airport in the Savoie region, which is used by more than 250,000 passengers a year, until just three months ago[.]” »

In Normandy, ISIS “soldiers” slit priest’s throat, take nuns hostage

Featured image The Democrats declined to mention ISIS (or even terrorism) one time during the 61 speeches delivered on opening day of their convention, but the “jayvee” remains active nonetheless. Armed men (believed to be two in number) shouting “Allah Akbar” stormed a church in France during morning mass today. ISIS promptly declared that its “soldiers” carried out the attack. The church is in Normandy, near the gorgeous city Rouen — “the »

Donald Trump: “Extreme vetting” for French and Germans

Featured image Donald Trump says that people from France and Germany could face “extreme vetting” before entering the United States because their countries have been “compromised by terrorism.” Trump also argued that France and Germany are to blame for the terrorism that is “compromising” them. “It’s their own fault,” he said. “They allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump isn’t wrong to blame immigration policy for the terrorism rocking France and »

Another Lone Wolf Who Wasn’t

Featured image Prosecutor François Molins held a news conference today in which he updated reporters on the investigation into Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s terrorist attack in Nice. Molins said the investigation has revealed that Bouhlel plotted his attack over a considerable period of time, and had accomplices, several of whom have been arrested: The man who killed 84 people in a terrorist attack in Nice, France, last week planned his assault over several »

Netanyahu in 2014: Terror will come to France

Featured image In a nearby post I explore President Obama’s attitude toward Islamic terrorism and its consequences. His attitude is superficially sophisticated and seriously misguided. Obama of course detests Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in every way Obama’s better. Among other things, Netanyahu is rather more perceptive than Obama about the threats we face and how to deal with them. In the video clip below, he warns a French correspondent »

Trump’s Philosopher?

Featured image I noted here a month ago about how some French intellectuals have been saying “enough!” to the multiculturalism and other degradations that have caused Europe to embark on collective suicide, but today’s New York Times has a fascinating story about Alain Finkielkraut, a prominent and best-selling philosopher who is giving France the kind of straight talk that would make him the suitable philosopher for Donald Trump. Like most public intellectuals in »

Let’s Be Like France—Seriously

Featured image It is great sport to make fun of the French as cheese-eating surrender monkeys and worse, but I think there might be some game for a candidate, especially one with initials “DT,” to suggest we borrow a page from the French in the war against Islamic terrorism. Mark Lilla of Columbia University, one of the smarter liberals around whose writing I always try to take in, has a long essay »

Le Pen’s party crashes in French regional elections

Featured image France held its second round of the regional elections this weekend, and Marine Le Pen’s National Front party was, by all accounts, shut out. As we reported earlier this month, Le Pen’s party did very well in the first round, winning a pluarality in about half of France’s regions. However, this weekend’s run-off results determine who will actually govern in each region. With most the votes counted, it looks like »

Does France’s election foreshadow trouble for Merkel?

Featured image As Steve noted earlier today, Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front (FN) has done extraordinarily well in the first round of France’s regional elections. In addition, the ruling Socialist Party has suffered a huge setback. The second and decisive round of voting will occur next Sunday, and a lot can happen between now and then. However, the Socialists have already dropped out of second-round elections in two major regions and »

France Swings Sharply to the Right

Featured image In the aftermath of the Paris attack last month, I predicted that right-leaning parties like Marine Le Pen’s National Front would gain significantly in French opinion polls, and that Le Pen might well become the favorite to be France’s next president. I’m not a fan of Le Pen or her National Front party, but when the rest of France’s political establishment, including the so-called conservatives, is so consistently weak-minded, it »

James Gillespie reports from Paris

Featured image Our unofficial Paris correspondent, attorney James Gillespie, provides another round of description/commentary regarding the French government’s response to the terrorist attacks of November 13. You can read his first two reports here and here. The first portion of James’ latest report is descriptive and includes new measures proposed by the French government which I found especially interesting. The second portion is James’ commentary, which I commend, in particular, to the »

Are American Universities Overrated?

Featured image Periodic surveys of higher education around the world usually find American universities dominating the top of the lists. But I wonder whether they deserve this high esteem—especially after the last two weeks. European and Chinese universities tend to feature more large, rote-learning lecture classes, sometime with as many as 800 students in the lecture hall. That’s not teaching; that’s just a large TED talk. Seminars and interactive discussion are much »

The French government steps up its game

Featured image On Sunday, I posted a discussion by Paris lawyer (and Power Line reader) James Gillespie of the measures taken by the French government in response to the Paris attacks, and the legal underpinnings of these measures. Since then, of course, the government has conducted a highly visible (and successful) raid in Saint Denis, just outside of Paris. This, one strongly suspects, is just the tip of the iceberg. To get »

Under Obama, America is France’s jayvee

Featured image The Obama administration likes to boast about the thousands of sorties our Air Force has undertaken against ISIS in the past year-plus. But according to this report, if one takes into account the fact that only approximately 25 percent of our sorties result in the dropping of bombs, it turns out that we are striking ISIS from the air only around 11 times per day. This pales in comparison not »

The Latest from “Vibrant and Ethnically Diverse” St. Denis

Featured image French authorities announced that overnight, they conducted 118 raids and arrested at least 18. The most dramatic raid took place in St. Denis, where police and military attacked an apartment where the leader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was believed to be hiding. At least two people died, including a woman who blew herself up with a suicide vest, but at this moment it is not clear whether Abaaoud »