France Covers Obama’s Middle East Retreat

Western Union Renews Contract with La Banque Postale in France

Camille Grand, the director of the Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research, argues that this France is different. Think of its first-in role in Libya, its successful military operation against al Qaeda in Mali, its readiness to strike Syria alongside Americaat least until Mr. Obama’s reversal, which left French President Francois Hollande “flabbergasted,” according to Le Monde. Writing for the World Today magazine, Mr. Grand describes a France that is troubled about the dwindling prospect of Western countries “enforcing” peace and security. “This more interventionist and Atlanticist France,” he says, “sees U.S. leadership often lacking resolve, hesitant, tempted by strategic retrenchment.” It’s a view that jibes with France’s experience with Mr. Obama’s erratic policy. Last October, the White House contacted both France and Britain to say that America would move to an interventionist position on Syria akin to theirs after the November U.S. election. Pfft. Both French and British officials told me that after being kept in the dark for two months, they learned in January this year that the White House plan was dead. A French official also said that in a discussion on Mali in October 2012, former U.S.

She would rein in her niece, parliamentary deputy Marion Marechal-Le Pen — who, a while back, when the party chief, all smiles, was laying down the new line for the “semantic war” (sic) — visited Boom, near Antwerp, to speak at a meeting of Vlaams Belang, the militant Flemish separatist party that preaches, among other fine things, hate for France and everything French (Le Monde, Oct. 10, 2013). She would think twice before declaring, on the subject of the PVV, the Dutch party that could find no better way to work for social peace in the Netherlands than to ban the Koran, “Perhaps we should campaign together; it’s important for voters to see that we are not isolated and that similar patriotic movements are active in all European countries” (Le Monde, Sept. 15, 2013). When an Israeli newspaper asks if she is ready to denounce the regime of Marshal Petain, she could find a more intelligent way to respond than “Absolutely not! I refuse to speak ill of my country” (Haaretz, Jan. 8, 2011), and if she could ensure that within her party there were no more Alexandre Gabriacs, the colorful elected representative from Lyon who was photographed two years ago, around the time he was being lauded as “the youngest member of the central committee” of the National Front, giving a Nazi salute before a flag emblazoned with a swastika (Le Nouvel Observateur, March 29, 2011). She would temper her “admiration” for Vladimir Putin as well as her desire to see France “lean toward Russia” rather than “submit to the United States” (Le Point, October 13, 2011) — the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen obviously doesn’t realize it, but this sort of declaration is directly descended from the ideology embraced by French fascism since its origins. To the extent possible, she would avoid, when speaking about foreign policy, the sort of locker-room rhetoric that is typical of the extreme right — France as the “mistress” of the United States, France as the “slut of paunchy sheiks” — oh, the guilty pleasure of sullying your country, describing it as lower than low, celebrating its supposed abjection (Le Monde, Sept. 15, 2013). She would refrain, in times of war, from making comments that undermine France’s armed forces and their commander in chief. This, too, is a habit in a political family fond of the “divine surprise” and for which disloyalty is second nature: Witness Mrs. Le Pen’s combativeness during the war in Libya, then in Mali, and her gesture — smack dab in the midst of the Syrian crisis, when her country was, rightly or wrongly, on a war footing — of “taking her hat off” to Vladimir Putin (Nice-Matin, Sept.

In France: Marine Le Pen, the National Front, and the extreme right

Markets close in 3 hrs 49 mins Stock Watch Western Union Renews Contract with La Banque Postale in France Long-standing collaboration continues -0.21 ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Western Union ( WU ), a leader in global payment services, announced today that it has renewed in France its long-term collaboration for money-transfer services with La Banque Postale, the banking subsidiary of La Poste group, the postal services operator in France. Serving more than 10 million active customers in France, La Banque Postale has one of the largest banking networks in the country, and is a key Agent for Western Union in France. Western Union and La Banque Postale have been working together since 1996, offering a variety of innovative products and services for money transfers, serving their customers financial needs to transfer money in a fast, convenient and reliable way. Marie-Elise Droga, France and Benelux Regional Director of Western Union, said: We are very pleased to again extend our long-term and successful relationship with La Banque Postale, which combines the best of both our companies. For our customers, we will continue to work together for further excellence in innovation and services, leveraging the breadth and talent of La Banque Postales network and teams with our specialist know-how for offering convenient, reliable and competitive money transfers across the globe. In 17 years, this strong and unique relationship has resulted in the launch of a series of new products and services, including Western Union money transfers directly from La Banque Postale accounts online and in branches, from bank cards, to mobile accounts abroad, and a Western Union and La Banque Postale co-branded loyalty reward Gold Card, among others. About Western Union: The Western Union Company ( WU ) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of June 30, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of approximately 520,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and approximately 115,000 ATMs. In 2012, The Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com . WU-G