PARIS — Where has NATO been during this pandemic? U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have repeatedly referred to their nations being at war with the coronavirus, so why haven’t we seen a coordinated international response to the “attack”?
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization operates on the premise that ...Read more
PARIS — U.S. President Donald Trump just fired the State Department inspector who was reportedly investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of his staff to walk his dog. By all means, let’s launch a full inquiry into that. And if Pompeo is guilty, rocket him into orbit on Elon Musk’s first manned SpaceX rocket in a few days.
PARIS — France’s strict eight-week lockdown mercifully came to an end on May 11. No more permission slips just to go outside or back to work.
On the same day, the French government’s “Mr. Deconfinement,” senior civil servant Jean Castex, published his long-awaited report on unlocking the country.
“The possibility of an emergency ...Read more
PARIS -- How's everyone enjoying their new government-sponsored sanitary dictatorship? I have to concede that I'm taking guilty pleasure in newfound personal space (a luxury here in Paris) and in witnessing grocery store security guards accosting customers with a bottle of hand sanitizer at the entrance.
France is getting ready to go from "...Read more
PARIS -- "Anything that would go against World Health Organization recommendations would be a violation of our policy," YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said in a recent interview with CNN, justifying content censorship on her company's platform.
On Feb. 3, WHO Director General Tedros ...Read more
PARIS -- Years from now, historians will still be studying how the entire world whipped itself into committing collective economic suicide. And all because of an illness with a mortality level approximating that of the seasonal flu.
The flu was responsible for about 57,000 deaths in the United States last year, according to the politics/fromtheright/rachelmarsden/s-2353574">Read more
PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday in a televised address that one of the strictest coronavirus lockdowns in the world, in place since March 17, will continue until at least May 11. Macron then prematurely blamed the French people for his potential failure to adhere to that end date.
"May ...Read more
PARIS -- I sat in the middle of a small garden on a traffic roundabout down the street from my Paris home, staring down the empty roads stretching out from it. The small patch was the only open green space that I could find within the one-kilometer radius allowed for exercise. This outing, registered via a new government-issued phone app that ...Read more
PARIS -- When psychiatric patients are admitted to the hospital in hysteria, they're often placed in solitary confinement -- the proverbial "padded cell." Their exposure to external stimuli is tightly regulated. Supposedly, it gives them a sense of safety and reassurance that no harm can come to them while they're in there. It also minimizes ...Read more
PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron and his right-hand man, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, have a good cop/bad cop act going on here. Word leaks to the media that Macron is erring on the side of freedom with respect to some potential future measure to tighten the screws on the current quarantine. Then, in a national address, Philippe ...Read more
PARIS -- Greetings, fellow quarantined, from the exclusion zone previously known as France!
It would be interesting to hear governments explain why the flu has never justified the kind of freedom-killing measures that are taking hold around the world. The coronavirus has killed far fewer people than the conventional flu kills each year. The <...Read more
PARIS -- As of this writing, there have been 1,412 confirmed cases of the coronavirus here in France, and 30 people have died from it. In a country where it's customary to spend the first several minutes of each workday air-kissing the cheeks of your colleagues, it's a miracle this virus hasn't KO'd even more people. One reason it hasn't could ...Read more