Kerry Delivers A Love Letter To France, In French

Special Report: In France, a tax-free property empire

The midfielder then collected the rebound and hit the post as France got a reprieve in Tbilisi. ”We had chances at the end, but we failed to score. They also had a chance when they hit the post,” frustrated France coach Didier Deschamps said. ”If you want to win you need to score. It’s not the result we came for.” Deschamps paired Benzema with the Arsenal forward Giroud but the partnership again failed to click, although Benzema wasted a good chance in the 29th when his angled shot was saved by Loria. Moments earlier, Georgia had its first chance of the match when Lloris saved a shot from the lively Okriashvili. France had the majority of the possession early on without creating much other than a shot from winger Franck Ribery that hit the side-netting in the 12th. But the French found themselves increasingly on the back foot in the second half and, after striker Nika Gelashvili went close, Deschamps had seen enough and dragged off Benzema, replacing him with Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 62nd. WHERE THEY STAND Race to Brazil heats up and we have all the updates. Review UEFA’S latest table standings here . It was Gignac’s first appearance for France for more than three years, with his last appearance coming in the last group game of France’s ill-fated 2010 World Cup campaign. Benzema looked unhappy at being replaced, but he has not scored for France since netting twice in a friendly win against Estonia before last year’s European Championship and his starting place is under threat for Tuesday’s match against Belarus. Shortly after coming on, Gignac just failed to get on the end of left back Patrice Evra’s cross as the ball also eluded winger Mathieu Valbuena.

These include a luxury home opposite the Eiffel Tower owned by the late Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saudi and a Kuwaiti family’s flats near the Avenue Montaigne. The French finance ministry said it can’t count Saudi Arabia and Kuwait’s tax-free purchases because, like Qatar’s, they are not declared. Government officials from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait declined to comment. Some French lawmakers suggest the Gulf Arab nations are even competing for French tax concessions: Qatar used the Kuwaiti precedent to renegotiate its treaty in 2008 and today the United Arab Emirates is using Qatar’s to pressure the French for the same sort of gains. “The United Arab Emirates are not at all happy because Qataris have a better tax treatment,” said Nathalie Goulet, a centrist senator from Lower Normandy, who spoke to UAE officials during a fact-finding mission to the Arab Gulf earlier this year. She finds the French concessions “extravagant” and says the fact that Qatar’s neighbors are complaining is a sign the treaty is wrong. “Our deficit has destroyed our freedom,” she said. “The Qataris are here to buy, whilst we are selling our family jewels.” UAE Finance Ministry Under-Secretary Younis Haji al Khoury said Qatar’s tax treatment in France was a matter for those two countries. Asked whether the UAE was seeking renegotiation, he said: “We have not yet negotiated these terms. This is an internal matter and we’ll do it in due time if we need to.” The French ministry said its priority would be to improve exchange of information. TRADING PLACES Taxes matter a lot in France: The country’s total tax take was 43 percent of GDP in 2010, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), far bigger than the United States’ 25 percent or the United Kingdom’s 35 percent. A generous healthcare system and faith in the state have helped governments sell tax rises to the public, which are needed to trim a 90-billion euro budget deficit. It isn’t possible to see what Qatari investors have done with their French investments.

Cajuns travel to France to trace roots

Secretary of State John Kerry flaunted his fluency in the language on Saturday to deliver something of a love letter to France, one of the few world powers that seems likely to join the United States in any military action against Syria. Following the British parliament’s August 29 vote to reject any British use of force against Syria, which the United States accuses of gassing its own people with sarin, France has made no secret of its desire to play Washington’s supporting partner. Speaking in French for eight minutes beneath the gold-painted cherubs of one of the Quai d’Orsay’s elegant salons, Kerry traced the history of U.S.-French relations beginning from the American Revolution, while glossing over their many tiffs. “When he visited General de Gaulle in Paris more than 50 years ago, President Kennedy said, and I quote, ‘The relationship between France and the United States is crucially important for the preservation of liberty in the whole world,'” Kerry said. “Today, faced with the brutal chemical weapons attacks in Syria, that relationship evoked by President Kennedy is more crucial than ever,” he added. Not to be outdone, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius broke a taboo by speaking in English at a news conference in the Foreign Ministry’s elegant building on the banks of the Seine, where he once chided a reporter, “Here, sir, we speak French.” While Kerry’s performance might be seen as flattering a French government that is one of the few to back U.S. President Barack Obama’s call for air strikes to deter Syria from using chemical arms, it may help convince a skeptical French public. An IFOP poll published on Saturday showed 68 percent of French were against an intervention in Syria. France took no part in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, which it strongly opposed, but joined the United States, Britain and others in a military intervention that helped oust Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. POLITICAL LIABILITY, DIPLOMATIC ASSET Kerry, who learned French as a boy, found his fluency a liability during his 2004 U.S. presidential campaign, feeding an image of the Democrat as a wealthy elitist that his Republican opponent, then-President George W.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) arrives for a meeting with French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (2nd L) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris September 7, 2013. REUTERS/Susan Walsh/Pool

In 1785, about 1,600 Acadians who had been deported to France boarded ships sponsored by the Spanish government and made the three-month trip to Louisiana, where the Spanish government gave them land and supplies. They came to be known as les Acadiens, which was eventually shortened to Cajuns. Others expelled from Canada remained in France. Their surnames Granger, Melancon, LeBlanc, Daigle, Richard and Pitre are still found in places like Belle-Ile-en-Mer, which the travelers will visit in coming weeks. The tour group will visit a number of historic places that had been home to the Cajuns who departed for Louisiana and to those who stayed behind in France. Among those historic places they’ll visit is St. Malo, which served as the port of entry for many Acadians expelled from Canada and the departure point for some as they headed to Louisiana. The group also will visit the old Acadian district of Nantes, which is home to a mural by Louisiana native artist Robert Dafford. The mural depicts Acadians leaving the port of Nantes in 1785 bound for Louisiana. Its twin, also painted by Dafford, is at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville and depicts the Acadians’ arrival in Louisiana. Wilson Trahan, 80, of Maurice, is making the trip with his wife, daughter and sister. “My reason for taking that trip is I hope and pray that I can go to a cemetery and find a Trahan,” he said. “We are going to a little church, which is going to make me kneel where my forefathers knelt.