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François Hollande hasn’t seized the moment. Marine Le Pen might


The aftermath of the Paris terror attacks is looking ominously good for the Front National
Jason Walsh—PARIS

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In churches, plazas, playgrounds, Parisians find strength in gathering

CSMonitor Daily News Briefing, NOVEMBER 16, 2015

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In churches, plazas, playgrounds, Parisians find strength in gathering


On Sunday, with the city in a reflective mood, churches were packed, and many headed to the statue of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic.

By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer [and] Jason Walsh, Correspondent

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower stood dark Saturday night, the perfect expression of the stunned stupor that persisted across Paris after living through one of the worst terrorist attacks in European history. But as sunshine embraced the city Sunday, Parisians arose to channel their anger, fear, grief, and determination together.

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While life goes on on the streets of Paris, persons entering and exiting the country are already notcing a difference.

Despite initial reports on Friday claiming France was closing its borders, transport remains in operation to and from the country.

The French diplomatic service confirmed last night that the frontiers are open, but that additional steps were being taken to secure them.

Security was visible and tight at Charles de Gaulle airport Saturday, with heavily armed police supplementing the usual security presence. Early on Saturday some flights were arriving from nearby European countries more than half empty, with some airlines offering refunds on tickets, flights on later days or transfers to alternative European destinations.

Two American women, both New Yorkers on a European vacation, arrived in Paris from Dublin and decided not to leave the airport, discussing moving on immediately to other cities such as Rome and Florence. They declined to give their names to The Monitor.

Public transit is similarly heavily guarded, with a police presence on the city’s railways, both the RER commuter lines and the metro, of which several stations near the various attack scenes remain closed. At de Gaulle airport rail depot, which is closed this weekend for scheduled maintenance, an army presence was noticeable.

Fiona, who is English and commutes to France, was standing outside de Gaulle. “It’s appaling, it’s dreadful.”

Like many travellers today, she also noticed unusually strict passport checks on entering the country: “The security in there; I’ve never seen [anything like] it before.”

Other travellers report long queues on arrival and close scrutiny of documents, even for visitors from other EU nations.

Briefing: Trump across the pond? Another firebrand is shaking up UK’s Labour.

CS Monitor, August 18. 2015

Aspiring Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is a world apart from Donald Trump politically, but he’s causing the same sort of issues within his party that the US billionaire is within the GOP.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

LONDON — A major political party, humbled in its last attempt to win the country’s highest seat, is searching for new leadership ahead of the next election. But what had originally looked like an ordinary contest between unremarkable candidates has been hijacked by a fringe contender advocating policies that the party establishment views as political suicide.

European debate: Should laws target prostitutes or their clients?

CS Monitor, August 7, 2015

Feminist advocates differ on the best way to protect female sex workers. A number of European countries and Canada have passed – or are considering – new laws.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

LONDON; AND DUBLIN, IRELAND — Prostitution is under intense scrutiny in several countries, with feminist-inspired attempts to criminalize the buying of sex being added to statute books in Europe as well as in Canada.

Will Britain leave EU? How lessons from Greece could sway voters.

CS Monitor, August 5, 2015

Horror over the Greek crisis is fueling left-of-center British euroskepticism – for decades largely the preserve of Conservatives. A referendum on the EU has been promised for next year.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

LONDON — Euroskepticism in the UK was for decades the preserve of Conservatives, with pro- and anti-EU divisions tearing the party asunder in the 1990s. But the recent showdown between EU officials and Greece may be shifting that dynamic – with implications for Britain’s vote next year on whether to remain in the European Union.

In UK, heated debate as migrants’ numbers grow across the Channel

CS Monitor, August 3, 2015

Public support for allowing migrants from Calais to enter is very low.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

KENT, ENGLAND; AND PARIS — Scenes of asylum seekers camped near the French port of Calais trying to enter the UK have ignited a conversation across the English Channel about how welcoming a country Britain is – and should be – for migrants.

‘Conservative’ Ireland set to approve same-sex marriage. What changed?

CS Monitor, May 22, 2105

Ireland’s reputation as a devoutly Catholic and conservative country is being defied by the prospect of becoming the first nation to approve gay marriage by referendum. But it’s not as odd as one might think.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

DUBLIN, IRELAND — Same-sex marriage seems like a foregone conclusion in Ireland.

A referendum held today will, if passed, make Ireland the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. It will also, due to a quirk of jurisprudence, place recognition for it directly into the constitution.

Northern Ireland could play rare role in British elections: kingmaker

CS Monitor, April 29, 2015

With neither the Conservatives nor Labour likely to win a majority in the May 7 elections, a coalition is almost certainly in the cards – and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party a possible partner.

By Jason Walsh, Correspondent

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND — As Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband battle it out in the run-up to the May 7 British general election, their titanic traditional parties have been challenged by new faces.