7:54 PM, Sep 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama announced this evening that France will join in bombing ISIS (also known as ISIL) in Iraq.
"Today, the United States continues to build a broad international coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As part of the air campaign, France will join in strikes against ISIL targets in Iraq. And as one of our oldest and closest allies, France is a strong partner in our efforts against terrorism, and we’re pleased that French and American servicemembers will once again work together on behalf of our shared security and our shared values," said Obama this evening from State Dining Room in the White House.
The commander in chief claimed a coalition of over 40 nations. "More broadly, more than 40 countries -- including Arab nations -- have now offered assistance as part of this coalition. This includes support for Iraqi forces, strengthening the Iraqi government, providing humanitarian aid to Iraqi civilians, and doing their part in the fight against ISIL."
Obama did not name any other allied country by name. Nor did Obama say France would be joining the U.S. in targeting ISIS targets in Syria.
2:48 PM, Aug 15, 2014 • By JOSH COHEN
It was a threat Europe’s security services had long feared coming true.
5:33 PM, Aug 5, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Here, in the parlance of the times, is a “pro-tip.” When attempting to rebut the notion that anti-Semitism in Europe is largely a problem caused by young Muslim men, don’t cite two horrific anti-Semitic atrocities perpetrated by . . . young Muslim men.
But Putin talks with Ukraine leader Poroshenko.9:00 AM, Jun 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Bénouville, France, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have gone out of their way to ignore each other.
What if '97 percent' of scientists are wrong?11:38 AM, May 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry did not shy away from pejorative language when addressing "climate change" in his commencement speech at Boston College on Monday.
7:29 AM, May 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change.
1:17 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By JULIANNE DUDLEY
At today’s press conference with French president François Hollande, a member of the French press asked President Obama whether France had replaced Great Britain as America’s closest ally.
President Obama chuckled and responded, “I have two daughters and they are both gorgeous and wonderful. I would never choose between them. And that's how I feel about my outstanding European partners. All of them are wonderful in their own ways."
3:27 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A friend re-writes the White House's readout of President Obama's call today with President Hollande of France (the actual White House readout is at the end of this post) to include the "thoughts behind the president's call" with his French counterpart:
THE WHITE HOUSE
9:18 AM, Nov 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The French administration appears tougher on Iran than the Obama administration, reports from Geneva, where the nuclear egotiations are currently taking place, suggest.
As Barak Ravid reports:
2:33 PM, Aug 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu says she's embarrassed to go to places in Europe like France and Spain because some Americans do not have health insurance. Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, represents the state of Louisiana.
Municipal swimming in the Gallic mode. Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By ANN MARLOWE
It wasn’t until I experienced swimming at a Parisian public pool that I understood certain aspects of the French mind. I’ve been visiting France occasionally for 30 years, have dated French men, and I read French well. But a few hours in the water has done more for my amateur anthropology than anything else.
3:32 PM, Jul 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement to the press, released this afternoon from Washington, D.C., Secretary of State John Kerry celebrates France's National Day.
"On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I am delighted to extend warm wishes to the people of France on the occasion of Bastille Day," says Kerry in the prepared statement.
5:27 PM, Apr 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, and who among us cannot celebrate that? Well, perhaps Mayor Bloomberg could find that the iconic sandwich contains too many calories, especially if it has been supercharged by the addition of some bacon. For the rest of us, it is interesting to know that the grilled cheese sandwich dates back to the Romans and that the French have their way of doing what they call a Croque Monsieur.