Although the French still eat cheese, as President Francois Hollande orders troops into one of the world’s most dangerous hotspots once again, it’s worth remembering that another of their culinary favorites is about as red meat as you can get: the raw beef dish steak tartare.
So far this year, France has battled Islamist insurgents in Mali, led calls for international intervention in Syria and talked tougher than the United States in getting Iran to accept a nuclear deal.
Now Hollande is sending troops into the chaos that is the Central African Republic (CAR).
The new gung-ho France seems to have well and truly buried the “cheese-eating surrender monkey” tag invented by The Simpsons later taken up with glee by American hawks during the Iraq War.
Under siege at home, Hollande gets tough on the world stage
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[The Iran sanctions have] very much affected things like medical supplies because although medicine is supposed to be exempt from sanctions there’s no way for the Iranians to pay for the medicine because they can’t transfer funds back and forth because of the banking sanctions. I actually know someone who had cancer and unfortunately she’s passed away because she couldn’t get medicine anymore in Iran… But that’s true of other cancer patients in Iran who have not been able to get medicine, medical supplies and the kinds of drugs that they need.
Iranian-American journalist Hooman Majd explains on today’s Fresh Air how the Iran sanctions have affected the lives of citizens
Thousands of Iranians chanted “Death to America” on the anniversary on Monday of the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in a jab at moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he tries to ease tension with Washington and resolve the nuclear dispute.
Large crowds gathered around the embassy building dubbed the “nest of spies” in the local press, holding up anti-US placards and shouting “Death to America,” a standard refrain since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Hardliners chant ‘Death to America’ on Iran hostage crisis anniversary
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Top and middle left picture from 1979, middle right and bottom from today.
Iran’s parliament strongly endorsed President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic bid to dispel mistrust at the United Nations last week during a visit which ended with an historic phone call with President Barack Obama, Iranian media said. http://reut.rs/16XhUU4
The backing from the assembly, controlled by political factions deeply loyal to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a further sign that Rouhani has the support of the Iranian establishment, though there are some rumblings from hardliners.
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Photo: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. REUTERS/Keith Bedford