PJM Paris Editor Nidra Poller continues her Middle East adventures, hearing straight talk from Israelis and Palestinians about Hamas in Gaza -- and talking Talmud with some French clergymen.
When last we checked in with PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller, she was dancing at a journalist's wedding with some big-time political types. In the second installment of her Israel travelogue, she shmoozes with Bibi Netanyahu, gets lost in Jerusalem, visits the West Bank, and contemplates whether flames can be extinguished on the Sabbath.
A political confab, a cozy hotel and a romantic wedding -- there was never a dull moment for visiting PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller during her visit to Jerusalem.
Politics or "The Young and the Restless?" The real news was: a Sarkozy setback in the French legislative elections when his UMP party won a majority, but fell short of the predicted landslide. But that's not what the French were buzzing about after defeated presidential candidate S√©gol√®ne Royal chose election night to announce that she and socialist party leader Francois Hollande are no longer an item. By Nidra Poller, PJM Paris editor
The French legislative elections: round one. What is really happening in France? [Paris Lights'] Nidra Poller knows and gives you the score. by Nidra Poller, PJM Paris Editor
Listening to America, France, and Jihad: "These items plucked from breaking news, streaming information, scattered clippings, and smatterings of public opinion, look like fish of all sizes and colors swimming around an aquarium in a seemingly random pattern...trying to figure out if they are in a safe well lighted room, or a sewer, or going down the drain." by Nidra Poller, PJM Paris Editor
By Nidra Poller, PJM Paris Editor The Paris Blues column has become Paris Lights, as an utterly new presidential style is electrifying the nation with high spirited optimism and bold strokes such as naming Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors without Borders, as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Almost overnight France moves from object of contempt to a role model for the Western world.
Poll: Sarkozy after debate holds "an eight point lead with 54 percent support, versus 46 percent for Royal." PJM Paris editor Nidra Poller - who has been following the French presidential election closely for PJ Media - reports on Wednesday's debate between finalists S√©gol√®ne Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy. The "hot-headed" Sarko was supposed to lose his cool, but it may have been his opponent who did. by Nidra Poller
"Sarkozy is truly dedicated, he is sincerely eager to take on a supremely difficult job. He is the only one of the twelve candidates who could even begin to handle it." by Nidra Poller, PJM Paris Editor 20 April 2007
"It's hard being loved by idiots." Muslim chiding French magazine Charlie Hebdo defends freedom of speech...sometimes. by Nidra Poller, PJM Paris editor
France's Monsieur Le Pr√©sident is Getting Off the Stage Before the Lights of Europe Go Out. by Nidra Poller, PJM Paris editor, 14 March 2007 Illustration by Cox & Forkum
A man with a plan.... and ahead in the French polls for president. by Nidra Poller, PJ Media Editor, Paris - 8 March 2007
Fran√ßois Bayrou, Serious French Presidential Candidate or Refrigerator Magnet? You Say You Can't Tell the Players in the French Elections without a Scorecard? Imagine If You Were French. Nidra Poller Explains It All for You. by Nidra Poller, PJM Editor, Paris
(Left) In France a tent is not a home but it is a start. (Right) When is a French "ex-companion" a "companion?" PJ Media's Paris Editor Keeps Track of the Always Sinking Bottom Line in French Politics by Nidra Poller -- Paris 29 January 2007