With its 13 regions, departments, and 36,000 town and villages, metropolitan France is often referred to as a territorial mille-feuille, a veritable land of contrasts. This also extends to the living standards of its 67 million inhabitants. Even though France’s high welfare spending helps keep inequality below the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) average, the country’s recent “yellow vest” protests have exposed a deep-seated societal divide. Proof of this growing gap between rich and poor in France is best showcased by official living standards data provided by the country’s statistics body INSEE, which classifies every town, department and region according to its inhabitants’ average household income (wages, pensions, benefits, property income). For extra context, in France and in Europe the poverty line is determined by the living standards of the entire population. A person whose income is below a certain … [Read more...] about Inégalité: Where are the richest and poorest parts of France?
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is going after the "horror show" known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and illegal varieties — as he declared a national emergency aimed at finding the money to build his border wall. He said drugs are flowing across the hinterlands from Mexico, not from border crossings, and suggested that the federal prison population is laden with hardened criminals who are in the U.S. illegally. Neither claim is substantiated. Along the way, the president took unearned credit for developments in the auto industry, health care for veterans and trade with China. A look at the rhetoric and the reality: ___ DIVERSITY VISAS TRUMP: "And then you have the lottery. It's a horror show, because when countries put people into the lottery, they're not putting you in; they're … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump describes drugs flowing across the hinterlands from Mexico, a federal prison population laden with criminals who are in the U.S. illegally and a Texas city transformed by a border barrier into a safe place to live. It's a misleading and in some ways false picture, and one that underpins his extraordinary declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. Trump opened this past week with a rally in El Paso, Texas, and capped it with his emergency declaration Friday, a move taken to free up billions of dollars for a border wall that Congress refused to give him. Along the way, the president took unearned credit for developments in the auto industry, health care for veterans and trade with China. As Trump played up the perils of illegal immigration, several Democrats went the other way, understating illegal crossings. A look at a week of political rhetoric: THE WALL TRUMP: "I've built a lot of wall. I have a lot of money, and I've built a … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s skewed picture of border perils
Associated Press Published 12:18 AM EST Feb 6, 2019 Text of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, as delivered: Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans. We meet tonight in a moment of unlimited potential as we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic break-troughs for all Americans. Millions of our fellow citizens are watching us now gathered in this great chamber, hoping we will govern not as two parties, but as one nation. The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda, it’s the agenda of the American people. Many of us have campaigned on the same core promises to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers, to rebuild and revitalize our nation’s infrastructure, to reduce the price of health care and prescription drugs, to create an immigration system that is safe, lawful, … [Read more...] about Text of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address
President Donald J. Trump Published 6:30 pm PST, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watchrd, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watchrd, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP Image 1 of / 34 Caption Close Image 1 of 34 President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watchrd, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union … [Read more...] about Full text of President Trump’s State of the Union address