Tag Archives: France

France Backs Down on New Fuel Taxes After Car-Burning Riots

For three weeks now, protesters in France have been out in force to challenge new fuel taxes that amount to about 10 cents more per gallon for gas. Over the weekend, they burned cars in Paris and caused enough mayhem for Prime Minister Édouard Philippe to give in Tuesday, agreeing to delay the new taxes for six months.

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The First Car in the World Was Hilariously Bad and Awful and Brilliant

“Aha, I know the first car in the world,” you think, but you are wrong. You are thinking of the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, and while that was the first car to feature an internal combustion engine, it was not the first car ever made. The first car ever built was this hulking, steaming, smoking monster, and it’s from…

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This Boat Jousting Footage Brings Back Incredibly Painful Memories

I, like many kids from the mean streets of suburban Cleveland, am no stranger to the joust. After watching dozens of my friends succumb to the tempress that is the boat joust, I too cut my teeth shovin’ chumps into the depths of the Cuyahoga.

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Air-To-Air Helicopter Refueling Stills Gives Me The Willies

I know that it’s “normal.” I know that it’s something military aviators do every day. Air-to-air refueling, even with helicopters, is vital and necessary and even routine for a lot of operations. But all of those whirling blades and fuel hoses still gives me the heebie-jeebies.

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Poorly Parked Porsche Gets Blown Open By Bomb Squad: Report

Seeing someone illegally parked elicits unspeakable rage in me. Maybe that’s born from living in New York City or something, and it doesn’t seem like the Parisian police take illegal parking lightly either.

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Let’s Go To France And Buy The Rad Old Cars

Paris doesn’t want its old cars! They’re sick of the pollution, sick of the traffic. Eliminating those things are noble goals and I support them for many reasons—not the least of which is that I’m hoping France’s loss could be America’s gain.

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Paris Is Now Banning All Pre-1997 Cars

Paris has tried just about everything to combat its terrible smog problem. The city has launched attempts to take half the cars off its road, introduce regular car-free days, and close famous streets to vehicular traffic—but Paris still has some of the worst pollution in Europe. Now a much bigger idea is going into effect: Kicking the oldest cars out of the city.

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Listen To An Egyptian Army Band Hilariously Butcher The French National Anthem

All countries have great national past times. For America, it’s baseball. For England, it’s soccer. For Egypt, it’s making world leaders sit there and listen while their national anthems are completely massacred by the Egyptian national army band. Here’s what I think is supposed to be La Marseillaise, the national anthem of France.

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France Is Offering Tesla An Old Nuclear Power Plant For Its European Factory

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke of establishing a European manufacturing facility while attending a Tesla owners event in France. Well the people of France were listening, and it’s now reported that the government has offered the electric automaker a re-purposed nuclear power facility as a potential site for the future manufacturing center.

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Rafale And Typhoon Fighters Descend On U.S. For Inaugural Anti-Access Exercise 

The French Air Force and Royal Air Force have sent their finest equipment and crews to Langley AFB in Virginia to take part in an inaugural exercise, dubbed simply “Trilateral Exercise,” alongside the 1st Fighter Wing’s F-22 Raptors. This international air combat force will focus on integrated training for taking on enemies while operating in anti-access and area denial environments.

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