Bonjour! Hello! I (Sal) know some French as I've met several French speaking majors or enthusiasts at the University of Minnesota-Morris. I had one opportunity to attend a French Club gathering when a friend invited me to eat crepes with chocoalate-it was good!
Joan the Arc
When I decided to do this particular website, I was motivated when I watched another clip of the movie "The Messanger", which is about Joan the Arc. There was a line/script that was very relavant to a conversation last week about "Why"..does God let this happen?
In the movie, there was a scene right before Joan became well known. She was a young child question a relative or an adult why a love one had to die. Joan felt she should've died. This adult told her something like....
"we don't know God's will. Sometimes we don't understand why God lets people die. However, God always come up with something better with "bad" things. It might be God's will for you to live and do something important."
Later on Joan (still a child) goes to a nearby Catholic church and drinks the red wine to commit her life to His will or something. Then the story goes from there where her life become more significant as she "redeeems" France from British rule or something. I don't know much about it, so here are more resources:
", or Jeanne d'Arc in French, (c. 1412 – May 30, 1431) was a 15th century saint and national heroine of France. She was the only person ever recorded to have commanded the entire army of a nation at the age of seventeen; she was captured by the English and tried by an ecclesiastical court led by Bishop Pierre Cauchon, an English partisan, the court convicted her of heresy and she was burned at the stake by the English when she was nineteen years old. Twenty-four years later, the Vatican reviewed the decision of the ecclesiastical court, found her innocent, and declared her a martyr. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized as a saint in 1920.
Joan asserted that she had visions from God that told her to recover her homeland from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent her to the siege at Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence when she overcame the dismissive attitude of veteran commanders and lifted the siege in only nine days. Several more swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims and settled the disputed succession to the throne...."
Joan of Arc / Jeanne d'Arc / Johanna of Orleans - Trailer
"Monumental epic History film about the story of Jeanne d'Arc, the french freedom fighter & Holy Virgin of Orleans "La Pucelle", Canada 1999
Directed by Christian Duguay
Produced by Peter Bray
Music by Asher Ettinger & Tony Kosinec
Starring Leelee Sobieski, Jacqueline Bisset, Shirley MacLaine, Peter O'Toole & Maximilian Schell
(Promotional Trailer) "
-November 2005 Paris Riots
French riots enter 10th night despite crackdown vow
05/11/2005 23h17 "Since the nightly rioting began more than 2,000 automobiles have gone up in flames.
Firefighters in the southwestern city of Toulouse said they responded to about 30 arson calls by 10 pm Saturday evening, including 20 cars set alight and blazes in trash cans outside public buildings including schools.
A police source said officers were dealing with hit and run attacks by about 30 "very aggressive" young men, aged between 15 and 25. Police in Toulouse said "several individuals" had been arrested.
Acheres' school, destroyed by fire overnight near Paris
�AFP - Jean-Pierre MullerThe violence began last week when two teenagers, of African and Arab origins, were electrocuted while hiding in an electrical sub-station after fleeing a police identity check.
February 14th (ST. VALENTINE'S DAY)-Paris, je t'aime (2006), from IMDB "Paris, je t'aime is about the plurality of cinema in one mythic location: Paris, the City of Love. Twenty filmmakers will bring their own personal touch, underlining the wide variety of styles, genres, encounters and the various atmospheres and lifestyles that prevail in the neighborhoods of Paris. Each director has been given five minutes of freedom, and we, as producers, carry the responsibility of weaving a single narrative unit out of those twenty moments. The 20 films will not appear in the order of the arrondissements, from one to twenty, but rather, in a pertinent narrative order, initially unknown to the audience. They will be fused together by transitional interstitial sequences, and also via the introduction and epilogue sequences of the feature film. Each transition will begin with the last shot of the previous film and will end with the first shot of the following film, and will have a threefold function: 1) The first is to extend the enchantment and the emotion of the previous segment, 2) The second is to prepare the audience for the surprise of the next segment, and 3) The third is to provide a general, comfortable and cohesive atmosphere to the feature film. The delightful and brief interludes of these transitions will enable the viewer to slide from one world to the next, featuring a recurring and unexpected character. This mysterious character is a witness to the Parisian life and helps create a continuous narration. It appears both in and in-between the films. In addition to the information these transitions will provide about the city and its people, their tone will be intentionally light often referring to famous scenes easily attributed to the history of Paris cinema. Similar specifications will be followed by the composer who will supervise the musical fusion between the films and the transitions as he creates the musical score of Paris, je t'aime. Considering the common theme of Paris and Love, the fusion between the films and the transitions, the fast pace of a fluid and complete storytelling, Paris, je t'aime will not be just another "anthology" picture. It will be a unique collective feature film that will constitute a two-hour cinematographic spectacle whose original structure will make for a dramatically different experience for its global audience. Written by Emmanuel Benbihy "
Paris, Je t'aime trailer
"trailer of Paris, je t'aime. lovely film. " French Film Festival (2007)
February 11: �Pas sur la bouche� (France)
Directed by Alain Resnais, "Not on the Lips" is a tribute to the comical productions of the 1920s. The art-deco sets and costumes, the singing, the clever dialogue and the happy ending make for a sophisticated and highly entertaining farce.
*saw this, which was my first French film to watch. It was actually funny despite some of the moral choices that I don't agree with (e.g. adultery)
February 18th-La Petite Jerusalem
Seattle Weekly PickLa Petite J�rusalem
Showing at Grand Illusion, Fri., May 12� Thurs., May 18. Not rated. 96 minutes.
By Kellie Hwang "A sad and gloomy French film probably doesn't sound like anything new. But this provocative debut from writer-director Karin Albou is nothing short of extraordinary. Superficially, it's about the strictures of religion and the desire of its 18-year-old protagonist, Laura (Fanny Valette), to escape its confines. Then you realize the story is much more complex than that. Smart but somewhat uptight, Laura lives with her extended family in a Jewish suburb of Paris. There she struggles between their rigid Orthodox beliefs and her study of Kantian philosophy, hardly able to figure out who she really is.
Although Laura is suffocating within her family [Mother is from Tunisia, northern Africa], the film sympathetically shows how each member of her clan faces a similar challenge. It would be too easy to blame Laura's kin, but their flaws are entirely human, and therefore relatable. It's like your typical dysfunctional sitcom family cast in a painfully serious light. Albou's directing of each individual's character development is done superbly. (She also colors these domestic scenes a dull blue, accenting the sullen lives of a bleak suburb.)
Ultimately, the story is about love and passion�Laura finds a Muslim [Algerian] boyfriend, leading to inevitable conflict, while her older and more religious married sister deals with her own problematic sex life. Incrementally, each character decreases the hold of religion, philosophy, or old-country ways. Albou is too much the humanist to paint a pretty picture out of this process; her characters are flawed, real, and refreshing. Even if the general mood is rather depressing, Valette leaves you with an optimistic glow. She's got the innocent beauty of Audrey Tautou and the screen presence of Sophie Marceau." Wikipedia Interview: Fanny Valette (small Jerusalem)-translate (Eccranlarge-originially in French) Fan of Valette (origianlly in French)
Le Cafe Paris, French Cafe/cofee shop in Glenwood (35 miles east of Morris on Hwy 28)
"Sixty-five years ago June 6th, 150,000 men stormed the beaches of Normandy, France leading to the defeat of Nazi Germany. A Minnesota man was right there on the front line.
Phillip Harder was a World War II vet. He worked with the Coast Guard as an officer.
Harder landed on Sword Beach. He wasn't even shot at, but now has a difficult time looking at the crosses and the men who never did come home.
The 88-year-old said he's thankful everyday he survived the invasion.
"It was something you had to do. There wasn't a question of being heroic or anything else, a job had to be done you had to go and do it," Harder said.
Harder has two children and three grandchildren and says it's important for future generations to know the sacrifices that was made during that day in World War 2. "
"That's our main concern is getting on the ground and be battle ready when we hit the ground," said Jim Caroll. "We jumped down right on top of them."
Minnesota veteran Jim Carroll has no problem remembering where he was 65 years ago Saturday.
"We started taking anti-aircraft fire shortly after we crossed the coast of France," he recalled.
Carroll was one of 13,000 members of the 101st and 82nd Airborne who left England onboard close to 900 C47s heading toward the beaches of Normandy, France.
"That's our main concern is getting on the ground and be battle ready when we hit the ground," he said. "We jumped down right on top of them."
The Bronze Star-recipient said jumping out of an aircraft while enemy fire filled the air was frightening. But he said he somehow knew what he was doing would change the course of an entire century.
Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight the Nazi war machine that occupied countries in Europe. Some-215,000 Allied soldiers and just as many Germans were killed or wounded during D-Day and the following three months.
Celebrations were held around the country and in the Twin Cities Saturday in honor of those who many say saved the world from evil.
At the Parkway Theater a classic World War II film, "The Longest Day" was viewed by hundreds.
Afterwards anyone who wanted to talk to veterans of the Normandy invasion about their experiences was welcome to do so, especially the younger generation, who the veterans said need to know the sacrifices that were made for them.
"This is really a good thing for to get them to know that this was really a war that had a real purpose to it. If we hadn't done well we'd be talking German today," said veteran Robert Erikson.
"If you learn what they've been through you should learn to appreciate what you have right now a lot more," said self-described history buff Carl Senkyr.
Carroll said he appreciates his life experiences, especially his time in France. Sixty-five years later, he has no regrets.
"I'd do it at the drop of a hat for this country, because we are the greatest," he said.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as many as 1,100 World War II veterans die every day."
French woman teaching in MN shares family's connection to D-Day with Obama
"It was the largest seaborne invasion in our military's history.
Sixty-five years ago today, more than 150-thousand men landed at five Normandy beaches fighting across a 60 mile front.
Now a French woman teaching here in Minnesota shares a very rare, and very personal inside look at D-Day.
Sandra Thepaut knew the D-Day invasion had been deadly for her family. But it wasn't until this past month that her aunt in France provided the proof.
Thepaut says, "I heard about that letter three weeks ago because my mom called and told me, 'I have an amazing story to tell you.'"
It's a letter Thepaut's great uncle, Jean Rolland, wrote to his in-laws shortly after D-Day to tell them their daughter, his wife Jeanette, and their twin boys, Jeannot and Jacky, had died.
Thepaut read a translated copy of the letter aloud today from the St. Paul home where she is staying. It says, "I have sad and horrible news to tell you. Jeanette and the two children were killed on Tuesday the 6th during the wide and unexpected bombings by the Anglo Americans."
Thepaut's great uncle lived in the town of Vire, about an hour and a half from the Normandy coast. In the letter, he says the allies tried to warn residents their town would be bombed, but the warning pamphlets dropped from planes landed miles away.
She continues to read, saying, "I watched the wave of planes with my friends while my children played...
All of a sudden I saw something falling from the planes. I told my children to hide... When the light returned, I saw in front of me an unbelievable scene. The building that was sheltering my children had been completely destroyed. I called out but no one answered. I stayed there with my pain until night."
Then she reads, "I had to leave the bodies of the poor children under the rubble of the building as for my poor spouse I found her completely mutilated in the middle of the courtyard. I buried her in a little cemetary near Vire."
Thepaut has shared the letter with the classes she helps teach at Saint Paul Central high school as an Amity intern.
Maureen Elwell Peltier, French teacher at Central, says, "The way that she read it you could hear a pin drop in the classroom."
The letter is a way Thepaut helps students to understand what happened on D-Day.
Central student, Ryan Readinger, says, "I've studied it multiple times during school and stuff but it's always from the U.S. perspective but never from the French perspective."
And now the letter will be read to President Obama as he visits France this weekend. Thepaut says she's proud the letter, now an official French historical document, is being shared with the President.
And despite the tragedy her family suffered, she says her family will always be grateful for the freedoms the Allies restored. She says, "We're so thankful for what they've done for us and how they saved us from the German invasion and liberated us."
Thepaut's aunt in France told her today that President Obama will hear the letter tomorrow.
Thepaut returns to France in two weeks where she will finish her studies.
(Copyright 2009 by KARE. All Rights Reserved.) "
"this video shows rare archive images about the normandy landing from the airborne drop to the gi's landing at Omaha" The Invasion of Normandy; Military Triumph, youtube.com "This is my History Day project! enjoy Normandy Invasion 1944: D-day German footage, from youtube.com "Impressive combat Footage. German newsreel (Die Deutsche Wochenschau). Normandy Invasion" Fall of Falaise , Normandy. France. Aug 1944, from youtube.com "The last major battle of Normandy by British and Canadian armies, in August 1944. Cartonboy's Grandad was a bofor gunner whoses Regiment went into Reserve for Rest, until they moved into Belguim and holland in Aug/sept 1944" D-Day 60 years later. A trip to Normandy, part-1 "Part 1 of a short video-report of a trip, my brother, his wife and I took to Normandy in june 2004. It was the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings and we took an authentic ww-2 Willys jeep and a Harley Davidson 'Liberator' with us. We made the trip from the north of the Netherlands to Courseulles-sur-mer in France, in three days. Stopping off in Belgium and at Batterie Todt. This is part of the 'Atlantic Wall' defences and has a campingsite direct next to the bunker. Inside this bunker, which used to house an enormous coastal gun, is a very nice museum. We went from there to Cape Gris-Nez where we looked at some german bunker installations. From there we went to our final destination, Courseulles-sur-mer. You can see that in part two, which you can find on my channel www.youtube.com/user/raffy2006"
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Saving Private Ryan Online Encyclopedia "Inside you'll learn about the characters, weapons, equipment and locations featured in the movie, as well as details regarding the film's authenticity. If you've ever wondered about how much of the film is real, you've found the right place."
Saving Private Ryan Trailer
"This is a fan-trailer of Saving Private Ryan it is very dramatic to honor the fallen "
"Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.. Saving Private Ryan
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..Portraying history
Saving Private Ryan has been critically noted for its realistic portrayal of World War II combat. In particular, the initial 24-minute sequence depicting the Omaha landings was voted the "best battle scene of all time" by Empire magazine and was ranked number one on TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest Movie Moments". Filmed in Ireland at Ballinesker Beach, the Omaha Beach scene cost US$12 million and involved up to 1,500 extras, some of whom were members of the Irish Army Reserve. Local reenactment groups such as the Second Battle Group were cast as extras to play German soldiers. In addition, 20–30 actual amputees were used to portray US soldiers maimed during the landing..
"A landmark event for HBO and television, Band of Brothers is a 10-part miniseries based on Stephen E. Ambrose's best-selling non-fiction book about a World War II U.S. Army airborne unit known as Easy Company. An epic story of courage, sacrifice, camaraderie and heroism, Band of Brothers brings two of the most important talents in film, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, to HBO in their first- ever collaboration for a TV audience.
Starting with their rigorous boot-camp training in Georgia in 1942, the miniseries recounts the remarkable achievements of this volunteer rifle company, which parachuted into France early on D-Day morning 1944; spearheaded the Market-Garden and Rhine offensives; engaged the Nazis in Bastogne and the Bulge; and captured Hitler's "impenetrable" Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden in 1945.
Each of the ten hour-long Parts begins with recent testimonials from actual Easy veterans, whose indelible words segue into the dramas focusing on key moments in the Company's history. As executive produced by Hanks and Spielberg, the Parts are directed and written by many of today's top filmmakers, with Stephen Ambrose serving as co- executive producer (with Tony To and Gary Goetzman). "
Band of Brothers - Replacements - Nuenen Part 1 - HD
Band of Brothers (TV miniseries)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..is a ten-part television World War II miniseries based on the book of the same title written by historian and biographer Stephen Ambrose. It was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks after their successful collaboration on the Academy Award-winning World War II film Saving Private Ryan (1998). The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO and is still run frequently on various TV networks around the world..
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"of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment is one of the most well-known companies in the United States Army. Easy Company's experiences in World War II are the subject of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, based on the book of the same name by historian Stephen Ambrose...
The 506th PIR was an experimental Airborne Regiment created in 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia. Easy Company missions were to be dropped from a C-47 Transport Airplane over various hostile territories. The units would parachute from the aircraft, and regroup once they had landed. The purpose of an experimental parachute regiment was to gain tactical advantage over the enemy; also as a fast access to wherever the unit needed to be mobilized.
The training for Easy Company was not an easy task. Besides attending the standard Airborne school, the unit had to perform battle drills and excruciating amounts of physical training. One of the more famous exercises performed physical training was the running of Currahee. Currahee was a large, steep hill, up which the men of Easy Company had to run on a regular basis.
Also as part of their physical training, the members of Easy Company performed formation runs. Formation runs are formed into three-four column running groups. The purpose of this training was to first push the soldiers to their limits, and also to teach them how to work together as a team.
Operation Overlord (D-Day)
Operation Overlord is the most well known Allied Forces invasion during World War Two. The mission of Easy Company was to be deployed from an airbase located in England, and be dropped over the area of Normandy, France. From there, their mission was to destroy German positions so that the Allied beach-front invasion could take place with a limited amount of Allied casualties. The troops were dropped into France at the early hours of the morning on June 6, 1944. This was to keep the deployment unnoticed to the Germans, and to keep the airplanes safe from anti-aircraft fire. Their mission was to spearhead the invasion of the beaches of Normandy....
"COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (CNN) -- World leaders gave thanks Saturday to military veterans for their efforts in the D-Day landings of 65 years ago at a ceremony in northwest France, warning that their legacy must not be forgotten as the world faces renewed threats of tyranny.
President Obama joined Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a ceremony at the American Cemetary in Normandy, close where many died in the World War II offensive.
More than 150,000 allied troops, about half of them Americans, took part in D-Day on June 6, 1944, overwhelming German forces in an operation that proved a turning point in driving the Nazis out of France.
Allied forces secured the beaches at a cost of about 10,000 casualties in what was the first step in a campaign that would, in a matter of weeks, liberate Paris, which had been under Nazi occupation for more than four years...
After 65 years, hero talks about D-Day assault
"An uncle and a D-Day hero 2:56
CNN's Susan Lisovicz sits down with her 'Uncle Lenny'...a war hero who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day."
"CNN's Susan Lisovicz sat down with her uncle Lenny Lisovicz, a decorated D-Day veteran, to talk about his experiences at war.
HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- Decorated D-Day veteran Lenny Lisovicz says the whispers are true.
For 65 years my family had heard whispers that he and 220 men stormed Omaha Beach and that he and his captain later went AWOL in Paris, France.
They heard he returned to combat and fought all the way to Germany and his courage was rewarded with the prestigious Silver Star.
Then -- after that sacrifice and loss -- he was committed to a hospital.
On the 65th anniversary of D-Day, Uncle Lenny finally talked at length about everything he had seen and done. And he said it was all true.
Nowadays, Uncle Lenny lives a tranquil life. At 91, he is proud of his garden, where he grows corn, tomatoes and grapefruit. He takes in stray cats, attends Mass and sends money regularly to Catholic missionaries....
The Silver Star says that he "skillfully deployed men and weapons into strategic positions and with accurately directed fire, held the foe at bay until supporting troops arrived and repulsed the attack."
But there was more.
"When I looked up I seen a man walking up with two of my comrades. It was a German. So I went after him. And got him and brought my men back," he said.
The Silver Star described it as "extraordinary gallantry and aggressive leadership."
Only 22 of the 220 men that stormed the beach with him came home alive.
That was the last time my uncle saw combat. He had been hit. He learned about his Silver Star in the hospital.
He wanted to return, but he was shell-shocked.
"It took them a year and a half of my life for them to straighten me out and get back to civilian life," he said."
"Na pequena Antioch, o ex-pastor Travis Jordan (Martin Donavan, de Insônia) perde a fé após sua esposa ter sido assassinada e o crime arquivado por falta de pistas.
Anos mais tarde, com a misteriosa chegada de Brandon Nichols (Edward Furlong, de O Exterminador do Futuro 2), fatos sobrenaturais mudam a vida de todos. Isso é só o começo de uma história que os demônios de cada um têm o poder de mudar o destino de uma cidade para sempre.
Para descobrir de onde vêm esses demônios você verá que alguns milagres não são bênçãos. Fé e ceticismo vivem lado-a-lado nesse suspense de arrepiar, baseado no best-seller de Frank Peretti e produzido por Ralph Winter da trilogia X-Men, O Quarteto Fantástico e O Planeta dos Macacos."
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A Scottish bagpiper who played his fellow soldiers ashore during the D-Day landings in 1944 has been remembered by veterans in Portsmouth.
Bill Millin, known as Piper Bill, defied orders and took his bagpipes to D-Day.
Patrick Churchill, a friend of Bill Millin, said that the piper had led the troops on to the beaches "completely unarmed"."
"TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - A gunman suspected of killing seven people in the name of al Qaeda, including three children at a Jewish school, said on Wednesday he would hand himself over to police to end an hours-long siege in southwestern France.
About 300 police, some in bullet-proof body armor, cordoned off an area surrounding a four-storey house in a leafy suburb of the city of Toulouse where the 24-year-old Muslim man, identified as Mohamed Merah, was holed up on the ground floor.
Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the gunman was a French citizen of Algerian origin who had been to Pakistan and Afghanistan and had carried out his killings in revenge for French military involvement abroad.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, running for re-election in five weeks time, said France should not give way to discrimination or vengeance after the shootings of a rabbi and the three children, and three soldiers of North African origin.
His warning came after far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a rival presidential candidate, said France should wage war on Islamic fundamentalism.
"I have brought the Jewish and Muslim communities together to show that terrorism will not manage to break our nation's feeling of community," Sarkozy said after meeting community leaders. "We must stand together. We must not cede to discrimination or vengeance."
Interior Minister Gueant said Merah, who had been under surveillance since the attack on the first of the soldiers last week, wanted revenge "for the Palestinian children and he also wanted to attack the French army because of its foreign intervention".
He told journalists Merah was a member of an ideological Islamic group in France but this organization was not involved in plotting any violence.
"We are certain that the man surrounded by police, and whose surrender is expected, is the one who committed this series of killings," Gueant told BFM television.
He said Merah had thrown a Colt 45 pistol out of a window of the block of flats in exchange for a "communication device" or mobile phone, but was still armed. Police evacuated the other residents at 11:00 a.m (1000 GMT).
"He said ... he will turn himself in this afternoon."
Police sources said they had conducted a controlled explosion of the suspect's car at around 9:00 a.m. after discovering it was loaded with weapons.
Merah's girlfriend and brother, who was also known to authorities as a radical Islamist, have also been arrested, officials said.
Gueant said Merah had contacted the first soldier he attacked under the pretext of wanting to buy his motorcycle.
Investigators identified the IP address he used - that of his mother - because he was already under surveillance for radical Islamist beliefs.
"We knew, and that is why he was under surveillance, that he had travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan," the minister said.
The telephone of the man and his family was tapped from Monday and with the help of other information the police decided to raid his house. Merah has a criminal record in France, Gueant said, but nothing indicating such an attack was possible.
Sarkozy had been informed of the standoff early in the morning, officials said.
The president's handling of the crisis could be a decisive factor in determining how the French people vote in the two-round presidential elections in April and May.
In Jerusalem, the Jewish victims from the Ozar Hatorah school were buried. Parliament speaker Reuben Rivlin said in his eulogy at the hill-top cemetery that the attack was inspired by "wild animals with hatred in their hearts".
Immigrants and Islam have been major themes of the campaign after Sarkozy tried to win over the voters of Le Pen, who quickly called for a war on fundamentalism.
"The risk of fundamentalism has been underestimated in our country. Certain political and religious groups are developing in the face of a certain laxness," she told the i-Tele news channel, questioning the decision to deploy in Afghanistan.
"We must now wage this war against these fundamentalist political and religious group that are killing our children, that are killing our Christian children, our Christian young men, young Muslim men and Jewish children."
But leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities pointed out that the gunman was a lone extremist.
Dalil Boubakeur at the main mosque in Paris told Europe 1 radio that no one should link the Toulouse events and the Muslim religion, which is "99 percent peaceful, responsible, non-violent and well-integrated into the country".
France's military presence in Afghanistan has divided the two main candidates in the election. Socialist frontrunner Francois Hollande has said he will pull them out by the end of this year while Sarkozy aims for the end of 2013.
Jean Marc, a 56-year-old restaurant owner in the city who declined to give his last name, said he believed the crisis would benefit the far right or Sarkozy in the election.
"The Socialists don't talk about this stuff and it shows they don't know what they are doing," he said. "They (the police) need to get this guy."
Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said on Tuesday that the gunman had filmed the killings in the school. He first wounded Rabbi Jonathan Sandler as he entered the school and then cornered eight-year-old Myriam Monsonego and shot her in the head, he said. He then returned outside and shot Sandler and his two children, who had rushed to his side, at point blank range.
Authorities believe that the gunman in the school shooting was the same person responsible for killing the seven people because the same Colt 45 handgun was used in all the attacks and in each case the gunman arrived on a Yamaha scooter with his face hidden by a motorcycle helmet.
(Additional reporting by Brian Love, Daniel Flynn and Geert de Clercq in Paris; writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)"
Story Behind "Self-Styled" Al-Qaeda Jihadist
"CNN|Added on March 21, 2012CNN's Dan Rivers reports on the background of Toulouse terror suspect Mohammed Merah."
MARSEILLE POUR CHRIST 2 MARSEILLE FOR CHRIST 2 The Great Commission Marseille For his Name 2
"Our prayer is that the Lord will use this site to save those who are lost, give answers to those who are seeking, encourage the people of God, and further the ministry of the local church. We hope you will stay with us and support us in this effort. The gospel of Jesus is literally ?good news,? so we hope you enjoy exploring the miracle and wonder of what the God of all creation did for you. Marseille , Jean Francois, E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org"
"..I walked through several days of rain. The heavens would open up and pour, then turn hot again in an hour. It was thrilling. The big trucks racing past would spray me with water. I would close my eyes and hold my breath as the spray of water and oil hit me in the face, and then in a couple of seconds it would happen again. I was continuously wiping mud and praising God.
Joy Blessitt with broken legOne night Joy was playing and kicked the door of the van and broke her leg! It was very difficult at the hospital, as we did not speak French.
Two men drove past me in a rainstorm. The driver cried out to his sleepy friend, "I saw Jesus carrying a cross." They turned around and came back. They were University students and I led both of them to Jesus. They left praising the Lord...
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"The current Jewish community in France numbers around 606,561, according to the World Jewish Congress and 500,000 according to the Appel Unifi� Juif de France (France Jewish community main organism), and is found mainly in the metropolitan areas of Paris, Marseille and Strasbourg.
The French Republic contains the largest Jewish population in Europe. French Jews are mostly Sephardic and span a range of religious affiliations, from the ultra-Orthodox Haredi communities to the large segment of Jews who are entirely secular." French Aliyah
CURRENT NEWS: Fearful Jews Fleeing France, from CBS News (July 28th 2004) "France is widely viewed in Israel as biased in favor of the Palestinians. The French Jewish community � at 600,000 the third-largest in the world � tends to be strongly pro-Israel, creating friction with a Muslim population of almost 5 million.
The latest French Interior Ministry figures show 510 anti-Jewish acts or threats in the first six months of 2004 � compared to 593 for all of last year.
While France has strengthened security at Jewish institutions and enacted tougher punishments for people convicted of such crimes, a sense of uneasiness and betrayal has some Jews questioning where they belong."
"A study conducted by Mich�le Tribalat, a researcher at INED, and based on 1999 French census returns, showed that claims of 5 to 6 million Muslims in France were largely exaggerated. According to the census returns, there are only 3.7 million people of "possible Muslim faith" in France (6.3% of the total population of Metropolitan France in 1999).  These millions of Muslims who come from countries where Islam is the dominant faith may or may not be observant Muslims."
"..2010 marks the 25th anniversary year for Les Misérables in London.
Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has already been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records across the UK. Cameron Mackintosh is now ‘Bringing her Home’ to play at the Barbican Theatre in London (where it originally premiered in 1985) as part of the show’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. Les Mis will run for 22 performances only between 14 September – 2 October 2010. This will be the first time anywhere in world that two productions of the same musical are playing in the same city, giving London theatre-goers the only chance of seeing this acclaimed new production...
Les Miserables 25th Anniversary O2 Concert - Confrontation
"There is a new flight from Shoreham Airport in the UK to Le Havre in France with a connecting limo and train service to Rouen and Paris. The flights are on a nine seater Piper Chieftain aircraft. We take the flight and visit Rouen. www.SkySouth.co.uk and www.IndependentTravelWriter.com"
"Me travelling in the elevator all the way up to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (300m.)
Shot in december 2005
Ronald-O/2005 " Wikipedia "The structure was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair, marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Eiffel originally planned to build it in Barcelona, for the Universal Exposition of 1888, but those responsible at the Barcelona city hall thought it was a strange construction, and expensive, which did not fit into the city. After the refusal of the Consistory of Barcelona, Eiffel submitted his draft to those responsible for the Universal Exhibition in Paris, where he would build a year later, in 1889. The tower was inaugurated on March 31, 1889, and opened on 6 May."
"..The Gothic loftiness of Notre-Dame dominates the Seine and the Ile-de-la-Cité as well as the history of Paris. On the spot where this majestic cathedral now stands, the Romans had built a temple to Jupiter, which was followed by a Christian basilica and then a Romanesque church (the Cathedral of St. Etienne, founded by Childebert in 528)...."
Notre Dame Chimes - Paris
"Chimes of the Notre Dame During Easter 2007 - Paris, France"