You Can’t Blame the French, or Can You?
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Living and Investing in France Conference
This weekend, discover how to make your dream of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or perhaps investing in property in France come true!
For more information, visit Living and Investing in France Conference San Diego or email Schuyler Hoffman, [email protected]
Join us for the Living and Investing in France Conference Celebration Dinner
Join us for a sumptuous three-course gourmet dinner at San Diego’s popular Café Cerise. This optional dinner is open to everyone, conference and non-conference participants alike!
8 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2006
For all the delicious details including the mouth-watering menu, and to sign-up, visit: /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SD_2006/LIF_SD_2006_dinner.html
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Every waking moment in Los Angeles has been spent meeting with old friends who are dearly missed, all while soaking up the California sunshine, also dearly missed. (If L.A. weather could be imported to Paris, I’d do it…but I always joke that if the weather in Paris were better, the city would be even more inundated with tourists!)
They all talk about the politics of the nation, they all talk about the popularity or lack of popularity of the current administration and they all want to know what’s going on in France…particularly related to the economy, unemployment, student protests and reports of anti-semitism. These are questions often asked by you readers, too, so I try to address them, although certainly I’m no expert on the subject. I can only relate my personal findings or derive information from articles and reports, just as you would.
The media is rarely unbiased, remember that. As much as any journalist would like to believe they report JUST THE FACTS, it is impossible for anyone not to relate them from their own point of view, or the point of view of the medium for which they earn their living, which dictates the “slant,” the “spin,” or whatever you choose to call it. Plus, what IS NOT TOLD can often be more important than what is told, to complete the whole picture.
So, before answering these kind of potentially inflammatory questions, it is important to understand that we probably shouldn’t really believe anything we read (!), at least not without reading it in many different places in order to make our own assertion of what is true and what is not.
Nonetheless, both my daughter and myself reported that we personally don’t feel the anti-semitism in France, certainly not living in Le Marais, where the residents are a very eclectic mixture of Jewish, Gay, Chinese and you name it, with a Jewish mayor (Pierre Aidenbaum, 3rd arrondissement) and a socialist/green party flavor.
The Arab community has a very different and more difficult problem. In fact, the French call it “The Arab Problem.” They are highly prejudiced against, don’t easily get jobs, and changing their names doesn’t change their physical traits which give them away. Of Arab descent is what I wouldn’t want to be in France if I could help it, mainly because the opportunities are so much more limiting. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1157913611906&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
‘Course, it comes from the Jerusalem Post, so already you can consider the spin it could easily take, however to all of you who ask this question, it behooves you to read it, in it’s entirety.
“Many recent arrivals say in no uncertain terms that it was primarily anti-Semitism that brought them from France to Israel. Others acknowledge that while anti-Semitism has increased in recent years, the phenomenon has been due largely to the intifada and emanates mainly from young Muslim immigrant men, mostly from North Africa and poorly integrated into French culture and society.”
The real story is always more complex than might meet the naked eye. That’s why when you receive an email urging you to boycott France because of the recent increase in anti-semitic activities, not only should you NOT pass on this sort of propaganda, but you should learn the real story yourself before taking on this advice.
Hoffman reported: “‘France is not an anti-Semitic country,’ said Roger Cukierman, president of an umbrella group of Jewish organizations in France, in April 2005. ‘Out of a population of about 600,000, some 2,400 people making aliya is not very many, in spite of all the talk about leaving.’”
From our world in central Paris, where a very multi-cultural society seems to live relatively peacefully, where Jews hold high positions in politics and assimilate as well, if not better, than most of the others, we simply don’t see or feel anti-semitism on a daily basis — certainly no more than I’ve felt living in certain parts of the U.S.
A la prochaine…
P.S. Feel free to pass this message on to all your friends who have asked you the same questions!
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Join Susan Herrmann Loomis and her colleague Hervé Lestage, oenologist and owner of La Feuille de Vigne in Honfleur, for five magic days around the apples and orchards of Normandy. During this exciting class we will delve deeply into the culinary world of Normandy and its apples, from sparkling hard cider to Pommeau and Grim de Poire, from sumptuous apple desserts to apples as condiment. And then there is Calvados, the unparalleled Norman elixir, to finish each meal. We will learn about and taste dozens of apple varieties, meet cider and Calvados makers, and take a very special trip to visit orchards and the people who run them. To join us, contact [email protected] Cost for Sunday through Friday is 2000 euros per person. (Excludes lodging and transportation to and from classes.) http://www.onruetatin.com
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The next gathering is October 10, 2006
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New to France or just looking to make the most of expatriate life?
At the Expatica Welcome to France fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialised in expatriate services.
You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more.
Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and event organisations.
Welcome to France
Tickets are FREE if you sign-up online before September 15th. For more information visit http://www.expatica.com/welcometofrance
To sign up for your FREE tickets, click here!
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“You Can’t Blame the French, or Can You?”
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