Even the French recognize that American universities have become breeding grounds for this stunted ideological position that makes no room for context, history, or nuance:In a speech in October on the ‘Fight against Separatism’, Macron warned against leaving ‘the intellectual debate to others’ as he cautioned of the ‘certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States’.
His education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer also warned in October that there is a ‘battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities’.
Historian Pierre-Andre Taguieff notes it’s all driven by a “hatred of the west, as a white civilization and that the agenda of these enemies to the west can be summed up in three words: “decolonize, demasculate, and de-Europeanize.”Some French intellects have also argued that American universities are to blame for giving justification to acts of terrorism carried out by Muslims. After three Islamist terror attacks last fall, Education minister Blanquer accused the universities of being complicit.
He was supported in an open letter from 100 prominent scholars that blasted social theories ‘transferred from North American campuses’. One of the signatories, Gilles Kepel, argued that American influence led to ‘a sort of prohibition in universities to think about the phenomenon of political Islam in the name of a leftist ideology that considers it the religion of the underprivileged.’
Haven't some US localities done the same thing from time to time?Basel offers beggars one-way tickets anywhere in Europe
The city of Basel is offering beggars travel vouchers to any destination in Europe in exchange for agreeing not to return.
The city’s immigration service is offering rail vouchers and CHF 20 to any beggar requesting it, according to 20 Minutes.
To get the voucher beggars must sign a written contract promising not to return to Switzerland for a certain period of time. If they are caught returning they risk being deported.
So far a total of 31 people have taken up the offer. 14 from Romania, 7 from Belgium, 7 from Germany, 2 from Italy and 1 from France.
According to the Basler Zeitung, the city has found CHF 60 flights to Bucarest for those from Romania.
Parts of Switzerland have shown little tolerance for beggars. In 2014, a woman begging on the streets of Geneva was fined CHF 500. Unable to pay the fine, the woman was placed in detention for 5 days. In 2016, the government of the Swiss canton of Vaud introduced a law banning begging across the canton.
It's clever and cheap, but makes plenty of enemies.I don't know, I haven't heard of such methods being done in the US but it could have been done before...
It's clever and cheap, but makes plenty of enemies.
New York City is secretly shipping its homeless to Utah and other states
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France has always been chauvinistic about its language.France plans to oust English language from EU meetings
France is planning to use its EU presidency to oust English as the bloc's most common tongue.
When Paris takes over the rotating presidency of the EU council in 2022, French diplomats will conduct key meetings and working groups in French, with notes taken mainly in the Gallic language, and translations will not always be provided, an EU diplomat told The Telegraph.
France will also dedicate more funding to giving out free language classes for diplomats who may wish to learn la langue de Molière.
The move, while common during French presidencies of the Council, takes particular significance at a time when the country is pushing to promote la Francophonie as part of its cultural heritage, within EU institutions and beyond.
“Even though the French language is alive, flourishing, and its teaching is developing around the world, it is at home, within the European institutions, that it suffers,” Clement Beaune, France's Europe minister, wrote in an op-ed in April. “In the Commission, in the Council, in the agencies, bodies and administrations, meetings are now too often held in English, giving rise to reports in English, even though this language is now no more than that of two Member States,” he added.
Since his election, President Emmanuel Macron has pushed initiatives to boost French learning across the world and promote plurilingualism. French is one of the EU's three working languages, which also include English and German, and one of 24 official languages.
It used to be the dominant language in EU diplomatic circles in the predominantly francophone city of Brussels, but the expansion of the bloc in 2004 to include eastern European countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic saw its usage decline.
Meanwhile the use of English - the most spoken language in Europe - rose in the corridors of EU institutions in the city, pushed by a large number of speakers of English as a second language and bolstered by the importance of Britain within the bloc. But with Brexit leaving only Ireland and Malta as EU countries where English is an official language, its dominance could be at risk.
Around 80% of European Commission staff already spoke French as their first, second or third language as of 2020, according to the body. Already, letters arriving from the European Commission in English go unanswered. “When a [French] commissioner receives a letter in English, we wait for the French version before we hand it over to Paris,” an EU diplomat told The Telegraph, in French.
“We will speak French during the Council's working groups. Some of the working groups do not have translation systems. If something has not been understood, on the sidelines of the meeting we will explain it again. We are in Brussels, among the European civil servants there is a vast majority that speaks French.”
France is not the only country to conduct Council meetings in its native language, but the practice had been fading over the years.