Air France Decision On Alitalia Rescue Evenly Balanced: Source

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8. Police detained the mother and five of their children Oct. 9, but Leonarda was away on a school field trip. The ministry says police met the girl’s school bus when it returned from the trip later that day. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault ordered an investigation into how she was taken into custody and said that if any violations are found, the family will be brought back to France and their case will be further examined. The association Education Without Frontiers Network said the expulsion was a setback for their efforts to keep children living in the country illegally in school and to protect them from police intervention. Conservatives defended the expulsion, saying police were enforcing the law. But France’s education minister said schools should offer sanctuary, not expose children to arrest. The expelled father, Reshat Dibrani, said he has yet to announce to his family that France doesn’t want them. “I don’t know how I will keep lying to the kids,” he said. “It’s bad. Every morning they ask me (when they will return to France),” he said.

To the extent possible, she would avoid, when speaking about foreign policy, the sort of locker-room rhetoric that is typical of the extreme right — France as the “mistress” of the United States, France as the “slut of paunchy sheiks” — oh, the guilty pleasure of sullying your country, describing it as lower than low, celebrating its supposed abjection (Le Monde, Sept. 15, 2013). She would refrain, in times of war, from making comments that undermine France’s armed forces and their commander in chief. This, too, is a habit in a political family fond of the “divine surprise” and for which disloyalty is second nature: Witness Mrs. Le Pen’s combativeness during the war in Libya, then in Mali, and her gesture — smack dab in the midst of the Syrian crisis, when her country was, rightly or wrongly, on a war footing — of “taking her hat off” to Vladimir Putin (Nice-Matin, Sept. 13, 2013), which, in plain language, comes down to backstabbing… But I’d better stop, because the friend of Bashar al-Assad might just be capable of suing me for slander. She would take care to avoid, when expressing her “physical” hate for ex-president Sarkozy or musing, as she did recently (Journal du Dimanche, Sept. 12, 2013), about seeing him in handcuffs, the old rhetoric of a far right that conservative voters will eventually realize has always had just one enemy, namely the voters themselves and their representatives on the moderate, free-market, democratic right. She would be considerate enough to cite, for the benefit of those observers tempted to take her at her word when she says that she has “chased the devils” from her party, the dates and other details of the occasions on which she has disavowed the anti-Semitic outbursts that litter the career, to the present day, of her father, the party’s honorary chairman. (All she has seen fit to say, so far, is that she finds his “style sometimes blunt” “France Info,” July 8, 2013). These are just a few examples. Dozens more could be cited. I offer them to those of my readers who, for lack of information, run the risk of falling into the trap set by the crudest political marketing operation France has seen in recent years.

In France: Marine Le Pen, the National Front, and the extreme right

Credit: Reuters/Max Rossi By Alberto Sisto and Cyril Altmeyer ROME/PARIS | Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:17pm EDT ROME/PARIS (Reuters) – A decision by Alitalia’s biggest shareholder, Air France-KLM, on whether to participate in an emergency share issue for the near-bankrupt Italian airline is evenly balanced, a source close to the Franco-Dutch carrier said on Tuesday. Air France-KLM is crucial to Alitalia’s chances of keeping flying, but the source told Reuters that the Italian carrier’s survival plan fell short of its requirements. “The position of Air France-KLM is 50:50 at this stage,” the source said. “The business plan presented last week was not suitable, the conditions were not fulfilled, particularly in terms of debt restructuring.” However, the source added that Alitalia was “of strategic interest” to Air France-KLM, which owns 25 percent of the airline that has not made a profit for more than a decade. Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) approved the 300 million-euro ($408 million) share issue along with Alitalia’s other investors during a meeting that lasted until the early hours of Tuesday. But it is not obliged to participate in the cash call, and has always said it would attach strict conditions before giving any help. Analysts suggest Air France-KLM is dragging its feet in order to secure stricter restructuring concessions from the Italian government and other shareholders. The cash call, part of a wider bailout, is seen as only a stop-gap solution before talks on a possible tie-up between Alitalia and Air France-KLM. Massimo Sarmi, the head of Italy’s post office, which has agreed to commit 75 million euros to the capital increase, was flying to Paris to discuss matters with Air France, a second source told Reuters. An Air France-KLM spokesman declined to comment. Alitalia came close to being grounded last weekend after its major creditor Eni (ENI.MI) threatened to cut off fuel supplies. Rome has patched together an emergency 500 million-euro fund, persuading the state-owned post office to take part and banks Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI) and Unicredit (CRDI.MI) to provide guarantees of up to 100 million euros. A broader consortium of banks would put up 200 million in existing and new loans. Intesa, which is also an Alitalia shareholder, said in a statement it would subscribe to its quota of the cash call, or 26 million euros, on top of the bank guarantee of up to 50 million euros. But Alitalia still needs to find about 100 million euros more from its shareholders, who have 30 days to decide whether to sign up.