France Does Regime Change in the Côte d’Ivoire

Posted by John Rosenthal

“It is not France’s mission to oust Laurent Gbagbo using military force.” This is what Henri Guaino, advisor to French president Nicoals Sarkozy, told France 2 public television on Monday. But mission or not, ousting Gbagbo by using military force is exactly what France did. See my new post at weeklystandard.com here.

France: A Dictatorship for Africa!

Posted by John Rosenthal

France is presently circulating a draft resolution on the Côte d’Ivoire in the UN Security Council. As related in an article in yesterday’s edition of Le Figaro, the objective of the resolution is to “reinforce” the powers of Ivorian Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and commensurately reduce those of President Laurent Gbagbo. As the following extract makes clear, however, the [...]

“Francophonie” versus “Anglo-Saxonia”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Le Figaro published an interview in its Wednesday (15 February) edition with Brigitte Girardin, The French Minister for Cooperation, Development and so-called “francophonie” or, roughly, “French-speaking culture”. The notion of “la francophonie” has hitherto been associated with the promotion of the French language, notably under the auspices of the International Organization for “la Francophonie” (OIF). [...]

“Hate”, Video, and the Côte d’Ivoire

Posted by John Rosenthal

In my article for Tech Central Station on “The Black Tuesday of the French Army”, I alluded to the fact that ample video footage of the Hotel Ivoire incident was available – and had been politely ignored by the virtual entirety of the MSM. While preparing the article, I made the curious discovery that the [...]

The Black Tuesday of the French Army

Posted by John Rosenthal

This week marks the one-year anniversary of what French documentary filmmakers Stéphane Haumant and Jérome Pin have dubbed “The Black Tuesday of the French Army”. On November 9, 2004, French forces opened fire on a crowd of protestors gathered in front of the Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, the capital city of Côte d’Ivoire. At least [...]