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November 11, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail 10 November 2014)


Enough of “le french bashing et le pessimisme” France’s Prime Minister declared last Monday during a business award ceremony in central Paris.


Not one to mince his words, Manual Valls went on to remind his audience...

October 14, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail 13 October)


France could soon be facing its own homegrown Ebola cases as has happened in America and Spain, unless it is very lucky.


Projections made by scientists at MobsLab in Boston predict a 25 to 75 percent chance of France suffering a...

September 26, 2014

We are in a state of shock over the beheading of a French tourist in Algeria on Wednesday. There is no doubt about it: ISIS has brought terror directly into the hearts and minds of the French people.


Hervé Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountaineering guide from Nice, was...

September 18, 2014

(Published by The Malay Mail on 18 September — n.b. Graham Paling currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and as such was unable to vote in today’s Scottish referendum)


Is Scotland heading for a painful divorce from Britain?


As Scottish voters head to the polls today...

April 24, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail 25 January 2014)


It’s been a tough January in my household, but not as tough as the behind-the-scenes discussions at the Élysée Palace, home to France’s most unpopular leader ever, President François Hollande. Our worries — hubby about...

April 24, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail on 14 October 2013)


I’ve been religiously tracking the reports on the US shutdown over the past week: how will this major showdown between those Republican fruit loops and President Obama play out?


The drama, the stakes, the egos. It’s like...

April 24, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail on 6 February 2014)


I don’t know if you have been following the ‘quenelle’ row here in France and, more recently, in Britain.


Take a look at the front page of tabloid Le Parisien from last Wednesday (above). That’s the ‘quenelle’ being perf...

April 24, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail on 23 March 2014)


I’ve become quite incensed by the heavy criticism of Malaysia’s handling of the ill-fated Flight MH370. The international media, without exception, have thrown all manner of insults at Malaysia following the disappearance...

April 23, 2014

(Published in The Malay Mail on 7 October 2013)


Who in their right mind would cancel an all expenses paid trip to Malaysia, land of the exotic and of embracing welcomes? President Obama just did. He’s not in his right mind though, is he?


Far from it, the president is r...

October 26, 2012

The scores are in following Monday’s third, and last, presidential debate: President Barack Obama is declared the overall winner by two debates to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s one, according to the Gallup poll results published Thursday.


Obama made a bellige...

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