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France's 'Imperialist' Arrogance In Clash With Mexico Over Frenchwoman's Fate

EDITORIAL: France’s “provincial and imperialist” response to Cassez affair.

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France is at loggerheads with Mexico over the latter's refusal to release Frenchwoman Florence Cassez from a 60-year jail sentence for convictions in kidnappings, which she denies. French philosopher Chantal Delsol is astonished by France's egocentricity over the affair.

PARIS - It's difficult to know the exact degree of culpability of Florence Cassez, the young woman accused of being an accomplice in a series of abductions, kidnappings, and other crimes in Mexico. It is also impossible to truly comprehend the sense of disbelief and horror gripping Cassez, as well as her family, at the thought of a 60-year prison sentence, or in other words life imprisonment in a country where sentences are not as easily commuted as they are in France.

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Macron, Draghi and Scholz assessing the damage near Kyiv

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Which of today's world leaders provides the full support Ukraine truly needs? Who plays into Putin's hands? Who's caught in the middle, and lacks the courage to choose sides?

With an overdue visit to Kyiv Thursday by three of Europe’s top leaders, Emmanuel Macron of France, Olaf Scholz of Germany and Mario Draghi of Italy, those questions were whispered far from the photo ops. The question of the solidity of its alliances are life-and-death for Kyiv, facing a much stronger military in an existential war against Russia.

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Ukraine has so far received about 10% of the military aid it needs from Western partners to counter Russian aggression, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said Tuesday during a television fundraising drive.

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