Charles de Gaulle Airport has a photo exhibit on Nobel Peace Prize winners.
Including Henry Kissinger, whom Spy magazine used to refer to as the "social-climbing war criminal." I have friends who have dined with Kissinger and they say he is charming at dinner parties. I imagine most war criminals are.
Sorry it's a fuzzy photo. My hands were shaking
Fun and Games
Spending Explosion: Visit http://www.brainfreez.net/spending_explosion.html (at the moment the link has been sabotaged and takes you to Microsoft!) to see how much money the "conservative" U.S. President and his cabinet are spending while you play.
Give the President a Brain. I don't mean President Chirac (whose 72nd birthday it is today).
Who's en colère today?
The kiosquiers. Newstands are on strike today . The kiosquiers say there are too many magazines and newspapers, and that they don't sell enough.
The directeurs des écoles. School principals in France have to teach classes as well as keep up with administrative duties. They want more money and less work. They are on administrative strike for a week.
Defenders of bears. There was a 1000-person demonstration over the weekend in the Pyrenees to protest the death of the she-bear Cannelle ["Cinnamon"] who was illegally shot by a hunter at the beginning of November, leaving a cub in danger. Cannelle was mourned by all of France. There are only two or three adult bears left in Pyrenees.
Ivory Coast Update
The Ivory Coast is accusing France before the International Court at the Hague. The Ivoiriens say that on November 9th, French snipers shot without warning into a protesting, unarmed crowd in front of the Hotel Ivoire, killing 64 people and wounding 1300. For the first time, I heard on the radio this morning that the French Defense Minister has now admitted that the French soldiers "were forced to shoot...There were doubtless some victims."
The French were in the center of the country, deployed in Operation Licorne ["Unicorn"] between the northern, Islamic rebels and the mostly Christian south. After Ivory Coast planes bombed a French position in the center and killed 9 French soldiers, the French retaliated by destroying the entire Ivory Coast air fleet and took over the Abidjan airport.