Paris – France : Imagine Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, the great provocateur who offered to send election observers to Florida after the 2000 disaster, asking one of his aid agencies to come to France and bring back neglected children for care.  They hire a private plane and fly into the country, round up 103 kids and set to fly them back to Zimbabwe to adoptive families and all this without going through the French authorities.  This in a nutshell is what the Arche de Zoé, Zoé’s Ark, just did in Chad.

On Harry Truman’s desk was a sign which read “The Buck Stops Here”.  Is it just an American thing to believe that those at the top are ultimately responsible for what their organizations and people do? In France, “passing the buck” seems to be the motto.

When the new interactive web site Rue89 broke the story that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Cecilia did not vote in the second round of Presidential elections, the story was not that the woman did not back her husband.  For Rue89, like most of the French press, the story was the news was censored in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) by its wealthy owner, a close friend of the President.

On October 26, 2006, six kids, all under 18, all from immigrant families, boarded a crowded bus in Marseille, threw gasoline and lit a match.  A Senegalese student did not get out in time and was burned over 60% of her body. She is still in hospital. The trial opens next week.