November 5, 2013 |
During a recent visit to Paris I made my first pilgrimage to a Disney theme park outside the United States. For years I have been reading about the majestic beauty of the Magic Kingdom-style park at Disneyland Paris, the dysfunctional violation of all things Disney that is Walt Disney Studios next door and the promise of what the future holds for both parks. TOP 10: Disneyland Paris | Walt Disney Studios So let's step back for a moment and take a long, hard look at what's right, wrong and next at the two theme parks serving as Disney's European outpost in France.
February 23, 2014 |
PARIS - Not long ago, I attended a colloquium of French scientists and philosophers in Corsica, France, called "How to Think About the Future. " With few exceptions, the astrophysicists, economists, physicians and social theorists on hand offered dark visions of tomorrow. A new financial crisis, water and grain shortages, endless war, a general collapse of ecosystems - we were spared no catastrophic scenario. A month earlier, I had been invited by the environmentalist think tank Breakthrough to San Francisco, where I reflected with a group of thinkers on the Schumpeterian economic idea of "creative destruction" and its application to energy production.
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July 14, 1999
Did you know that the French version of the Fourth of July celebrates a spectacular jailbreak? On July 14, 1789, the people of Paris revolted against the oppressive reign of King Louis XVI by storming the state prison, the Bastille. Thus began the French Revolution, which resulted in France becoming a democracy marked by Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite (Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood).
April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: FRANCE FIFA ranking: 8 Overall World Cup record: 25-16-10 Coach: Raymond Domenech Best performance: Winner 1998 Overview: Having been steered into the World Cup by the hand of Thierry Henry, a foul that went uncalled in a qualifying playoff win over Ireland, and coming off Zinedine Zidane's infamous head butt in the 2006 Cup final, the French will not be widely popular, especially among referees....
January 2, 2014 |
For food, fashion and fast trains, few labels are more sought after, and rightly so, than "Made in France. " But when it comes to the making and unmaking of empires, not so much. Take the case of the Central African Republic. Three weeks ago, as bloody mayhem engulfed the CAR, François Hollande did what French presidents do best: He sent in the paratroops. With the blessing, and precious little else, of his European neighbors, Hollande declared his intention to protect 100 or so French nationals in Bangui, the capital, and to disarm both the outlawed Seleka fighters, overwhelmingly Muslim, and the vigilante anti-balaka (or "machete")
November 16, 2013
Re "Stand by France," Opinion, Nov. 14 France's feisty objection to elements of the proposed Iran nuclear agreement may have merit, but Eric Edelman and Ray Takeyh are way off base writing that "France has an honorable history" in shielding the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and underlying norms. France has had a tradition of helping countries with suspect nuclear ambitions. Before the treaty, Paris provided Israel with the Dimona reactor that it knew would be used for weapons development.