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France Takes Fidget Spinning To Peak Level

Le hand spinner, quoi
Le hand spinner, quoi
Lucie Jung

Hand Spinner Mag, July 2017

PARIS — Fidget spinners — or as they're called here, "hand spinners' — have made it to France.

Originally created for medical purposes, to help autistic children with attention disorders, the device has become a worldwide must-have for summer 2017.

France seems to have taken things to a whole other level: The Turnon publishing group, which specializes in magazines for teenagers, is riding the trend and releasing Hand Spinner Mag, the very first magazine dedicated to the toy. In the first edition, distributed in July, readers can learn how to improve their spinning skills and master the best tricks. And for just under five euros (for the first issue; later the price will spin out of control), you even get a free fidget spinner. What a bargain.

Turnon has announced the magazine will also cover various subjects related to cartoons and video games. Trying to spin it forward, if you will.

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For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

Turkey's objections to Swedish membership of NATO may mean that Finland joins first. And as he approaches an election at home, Turkish President Erdogan is playing the game to his advantage.

For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

January 11, 2023, Ankara (Turkey): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the International Conference of the Board of Grievances on January 11.

Turkish Presidency / APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire
Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — This story has all the key elements of our age: the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the excessive ambitions of an autocrat, the opportunism of a right-wing demagogue, Islamophobia... And at the end, a country, Sweden, whose NATO membership, which should have been only a formality, has been blocked.

Last spring, under the shock of the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, Sweden and Finland, two neutral countries in northern Europe, decided to apply for membership in NATO. For Sweden, this is a major turning point: the kingdom’s neutrality had lasted more than 150 years.

Turkey's President Erdogan raised objections. It demanded that Sweden stop sheltering Kurdish opponents in its country. This has nothing to do with NATO or Ukraine, but everything to do with Erdogan's electoral agenda, as he campaigns for the Turkish presidential elections next May.

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