June 22, 1991 |
President Francois Mitterrand tried to cool racial passions in France after a right-wing opposition leader touched off a storm by portraying Arab and black immigrants as noisy, smelly welfare mongers. "We must avoid excessive, emotional or demagogic answers," Mitterrand said in the town of Issoudun in response to a speech by former Prime Minister Jacques Chirac.
July 25, 1998 |
The French have renewed their very favorite love affair. With themselves. Suddenly, "La Marseillaise" is cool again. Waving the tricolor flag no longer means a person sympathizes with the far-right, immigrant-hating National Front party of Jean-Marie Le Pen. A stunning upset victory in the World Cup, the quadrennial international soccer tournament, has given the French immediate reason to feel good about themselves again.
October 30, 1989
OK, California, drop those barbecue aprons to half-mast and pause a moment in memory of Cliff May (Obituaries, Oct. 20). Here was a man who made practical applications of the American spirit of the times after WWII. I lived in a Cliff May-inspired house in Long Beach and, except for a Wilson's infielder's glove I used during the summers of 1958-1962, it was the most elegantly form-fitting piece of construction I have ever occupied.
May 15, 1990 |
Tens of thousands of French men and women, including President Francois Mitterrand, Roman Catholic Church leaders and political figures from the right and left, joined a massive march here Monday to demonstrate their revulsion at the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in southern France last week and a wave of other anti-Semitic incidents in recent months. Police estimated the turnout at 80,000 to 200,000. Just before demonstrators massed at the Place de la Republique for the 1.
May 12, 1990 |
Leaders of French left- and extreme right-wing political parties accused each other Friday of responsibility for the ghoulish desecration of a historic Jewish cemetery in southern France. Hundreds of Jewish leaders, anti-racism activists and families with relatives buried at the cemetery in Carpentras, near the city of Avignon, gathered Friday for ceremonies all over France to pray for understanding and condemn the graveyard vandalism.
November 7, 1989 |
In a move certain to enliven an already intense national debate over immigration and education, teachers at a public school in this industrial town north of Paris voted Monday to prevent Muslim girls from wearing head scarves to class. The girls, two sisters, 14 and 15, and a companion, 14, were turned away from class on the first day of school after a weeklong holiday. They had arrived wearing the head coverings they say are required by their faith.