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Opinion: Talk about burqa ban before it's too late

BOSTON — The recent French parliamentary committee report recommending a partial ban on women wearing Islamic face veils raises critical questions not just for French politicians and society at large, but for democracies throughout the world.

Opinion: Greek debt crisis a hazard for EU

WASHINGTON — The Greek membership of the eurozone has never been easy. While other EU countries either adopted the euro or chose not to do so, Greece was the only EU country that wanted to join the common currency area at the outset, but could not. The Greeks were keen to jettison the drachma because of their past experience with inflation and devaluation. Giving monetary authority to the European Central Bank would eliminate those two problems.

New York's Little France blossoms

NEW YORK — Three years ago, after hearing about Brooklyn’s burgeoning Little France through word of mouth, Jean-Jacques Bernat relocated his bistro there. He said his new neighbors reacted to his arrival by revamping their own businesses — adding a fresh coat of paint here, replacing a crumbling light fixture there.

Poor, Poor Europa

At each stage of the seemingly endless expansion and integration of the European Union, the world is promised a more rational system will be installed for important functions like foreign policy, trade and setting interest rates. Yet each expansion added primarily fog to these processes, and now a crisis looms that may for the EU to look its hydra-headed self squarely in the mirror.

Concorde crash trial seeks answers almost a decade later

Starting Tuesday, Continental Airlines along with five people will go on trial over the July 2000 crash of the Concorde that killed 113 people. It’s a peculiar coincidence but memories of my first trip to France are interwoven with those of the crash since I had landed at Charles de Gaulle airport a few days before the doomed July 25 flight.

Verdict launches de Villepin's political future

PARIS, France — The slander trial pitting the French president against a former prime minister ended on Thursday with the acquittal of Dominique de Villepin. The court concluded in a 326-page judgment that there wasn't enough proof to determine that he acted in "bad faith" by not alerting Nicolas Sarkozy that his name appeared on a list tied to an alleged money laundering scheme. Three out of four co-defendants also on trial were found guilty.

France's new breed of entrepreneurs

French identity debate: beyond burqas

PARIS, France — A panel of French lawmakers has recommended passing a law to forbid women from wearing head-to-toe Islamic dress in some public spaces such as government buildings, hospitals, outside of schools and public transportation. Those who failed to obey the law could be penalized by a denial of service. 

Haiti: A long survival story

PARIS, France — It is more than heartbreaking to watch the images that are pouring out of earthquake-stricken Haiti. In the time it took for the cameraperson to capture the scene one, 10 or dozens of people still trapped beneath the concrete nearby were likely breathing their last breaths. Now, multiply those images from the last few days by a number that yields 200,000, the latest death toll estimate. Will we ever even know the final tally?

Haitians in France: Desperate for news

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