May 082017

Democracy Wins: Vive La France!

France elected Emmanuel Macron with nearly 2/3 of the vote. At 39, Macron will be the youngest French head of state since Napoleon.

Emmanuel Macron – who held the office of Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs – has been described as a social democrat and a social liberal, but he is mainly a centrist. He stands for a free economy, European Union and environment; he is pro-immigration and against President Trump’s proposed “wall”.

Even though only 74% of French citizens turned out to vote (by comparison 60% eligible voters voted in our 2016 presidential elections) the French commitment to human rights, progress and tolerance prevailed.

Macron’s rival, Marion Le Pen representing the French extreme right and espousing similar views to those of President Trump, earned 1/3 of the vote. In the first gesture following his victory, Macron reached out to her supporters and pledged to work to unite the nation.

All in all: France won. France didn’t abandon the principles of its Republic: Vive La France! German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, referred to Macron’s win as a “victory for a strong, united Europe”.

With the notable exception of the United Kingdom’s prime minister, Theresa May a conservative hardliner who is leading Brexit, other recent European elections prove that Europe is still a pillar of democracy.




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Aug 282014

After nine years, the fairytale romance of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt culminated in a long anticipated wedding. The setting was Chateau Miraval in France. The ceremony took place on Saturday August 23rd 2014. All six of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s children participated in the wedding ceremony. The wedding was an intimate affair attended by family and friends of the couple.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married! (The photo is believed to be public domain and is published with no intent of disrespecting anyone’s rights, including possibly copyrights.)

The sparks between Angelina Jolie and – then married – Brad Pitt flew when they costarred in “Mr And Mrs Smith” in 2005. Apparently, the sparks evolved into a fire with a staying power as the pair’s romance remained strong in a relationship which included elements of a fairytale as well as Angelina’s preventive mastectomy.

So, as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married, says congratulations to the newlyweds! We’ve been following your love story from the sidelines and it affirmed our belief that a fairytale can come true. Many blessings to you and your family!