March 15, 2000 |
The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday against a French law requiring prior notification of foreign direct investment--a law challenged by the Church of Scientology, the Los Angeles-based church founded by the late U.S. science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The court ruled that the French law breached European Union rules on free movement of capital.
February 29, 2000 |
Scientology, the Los Angeles-based religion treated with suspicion and hostility by several Western European governments, is now under siege in France, where an official report has called for disbanding church operations here. A blue-ribbon government panel studying what French officials define as "sects" has concluded that the faith, founded by the late U.S. science fiction writer L.
July 14, 1999 |
Are you a Francophile? Take this quiz and find out. 1. Why do baguettes (French bread) become stale so quickly? 2. On average, how many times a day does a Frenchman visit the bakery? 3. In what year did a Parisian tailor jump off the Eiffel Tower with wings and a cape, believing he could fly? 4. What American state is roughly the same size as France? 5. What is France's largest auto maker? 6. What French author wrote "Planet of the Apes"? 7.
December 17, 2002 |
"My life could have been otherwise but it wasn't," Jim Harrison writes in his disjointed memoir of an author's life, "Off to the Side," employing the trademark take-it-or-leave-it manner he used in "The Road Home" and "Legends of the Fall" and declining to draw specific conclusions about the paths he traveled.
March 28, 1999 |
Religious and ethnic toleration did not emerge in the West simply out of the good intentions of wise rulers. In the 16th and 17th centuries, European Catholics and Protestants slaughtered each other with abandon. The Wars of Religion in France, the 30 Years' War in Germany, the English Civil Wars all killed millions.
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August 23, 1997 |
Tens of thousands of young Catholics from France, elsewhere in Europe and around the world have converged on Paris this week to rally around a faith that means less and less to their contemporaries and around an institution trying hard to use the millennium as an occasion for a Roman Catholic revival. As many as 300,000 young people are expected in this city in time to greet Pope John Paul II as he consecrates the 12th edition of one of his treasured innovations: World Youth Days.