Giroud: France Played Beautiful Football To Thrash Australia

(Catharine M. Hamm / Los Angeles Times) By Catharine M. Hamm Los Angeles Times Travel Editor October 10, 2013, 7:15 a.m. Like cats after the cream, Parisians are flocking to a new cafe whose centerpiece is not food but felines. Le Cafe des Chats , which opened a little more than two weeks ago in the 3rd arrondissement in the heart of the City of Light, was an instant hit and has been reluctantly turning away those who arrive without reservations. The attraction, besides an elegant but simple menu that last weekend featured a 20-euro ($27) menu that included freshly squeezed orange juice and eggs scrambled with chanterelle mushrooms, are the furry denizens (10 females, two males) that lie on laps, perch on cat condos and strike stately poses in the front window, which reflected nose and fingerprints from those eager to get a glimpse of an assortment of tabbies, gingers, solid black and sort-of Siamese-looking restaurant residents. Also 16 Rue Michel le Comte, 75003 Paris, France Owner Margaux Gandelon took her cue from the immensely popular cat cafes in Japan, which number about 150, according to a BBC travel report last year. The French love their pets; there are 11.5-million cat owners in France, according to a Canadian pet food report of 2011 . (The U.S. has about eight times that many cat pets but almost 250 million more human residents.) This cafe seats 35 to 40, said Gandelon, a self-acknowledged animal lover (but who is currently without a cat at home). She worked with animal welfare and the health department to ensure proper standards for the cats and the customers. Now shes running this darling of the cafe set with help from mom Anne-Sophie and sister Chloe Lou, plus the crew necessary for a restaurant whose main appeal, oddly in foodie France, may not be whats served at the table but whats sitting under it. And near it. And above it. On Saturday, the cats seemed to be taking it all in stride (all are rescues who were chosen for their mellow personalities, Gandelon said). One white-and-orange cat found a spot on an unoccupied chair at a couples table; another was conked out on a patrons lap.

But it is important to try and resolve the issue through diplomacy, she said. “In large part because the alternative has a lot of incredibly grave consequences that would go along with it,” she said. Netanyahu is likely to address the issue of Iran when he speaks in front of the Knesset plenum on Monday, the first of three speeches he will give. Since 2006, Iran has crossed several thresholds deemed unacceptable by the West and Israel, which has threatened military strikes to ensure that its foe does not acquire such arms. Iran built a second uranium enrichment plant at Fordow, deep underground near the Shi’ite Muslim holy city of Qom, started producing uranium to a level closer to that suitable for bombs, and installed advanced centrifuges able to enrich much faster. Illustrating the nuclear program’s growth and increasing complexity, the IAEA’s reports have more than doubled in length, to 14 pages this year from just five in 2006. Despite a more moderate tone from Iran under new President Hassan Rouhani, Vienna-based diplomats say they see no clear indication so far that Iran is putting the brakes on its nuclear drive. Between May and August this year, it installed an additional 1,861 old-generation centrifuges at its main enrichment site near the town of Natanz, bringing the total to 15,416, although only about 60 percent of them seemed to be in operation. At the same time, Iran completed putting in place 1,008 advanced, so-called IR-2m centrifuges at Natanz and was planning to test them, the IAEA said in a report issued in late August. At Fordow, it continued to produce medium-enriched uranium – refined to 20 percent concentration of the fissile isotope – with 700 IR-1 centrifuges out of a total of 2,710 installed. In addition, it has 328 IR-1 machines producing the same medium-enriched material in a research and development facility in the Natanz complex, as well as nearly 400 centrifuges of various models it is testing, including more advanced ones. Iran’s total number of centrifuges – machines that spin at supersonic speed to separate the fissile U-235 isotope – comes to over 19,800. The fact that many of them remain idle suggests that Iran could sharply ramp up production at short notice. “Iran could quickly begin feeding natural uranium into these cascades (linked networks of centrifuges) and more than double its enrichment capacity,” said David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security think-tank.

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The Arsenal striker notched two goals within the opening 30 minutes as les Blues geared up for their final Group I World Cup qualifying game against Finland on Tuesday in style. Giroud is in fine form for club and country, with eight goals in 15 outings, but was keen to congratulate the other members of the France squad as they subjected Australia to a second consecutive six-goal loss, resulting in the dismissal of manager Holger Osieck. “The first goal, I try it sometimes and if it does not work people say it’s because I have not played well, but when it comes off, it come off,” Giroud toldL’Equipe. “The second goal was a beautiful team movement. I hope to see more of that in the future. “To assess a striker, he must perform on the big occasions. Tonight, I was provided with many chances so I could perform. To score goals, the France team needs several good strikers. We are fortunate to have two strikers who complement different tactics. I am very happy for me, but also for Karim [Benzema] who scored. It’s good for us to score, but also for les Bleus.” Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter Shanghai (AFP) – World number one Rafael Nadal has tipped Juan Martin del Potro for more Grand Slam glory after he was handed a tennis lesson by the Argentine in their Shanghai Masters semi-final on Saturday. AFP FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jadeveon Clowney didn’t make a tackle in the first three quarters of his return to action for No. 14 South Carolina on Saturday. The SportsXchange

France charges Al-Qaeda suspect deported from Pakistan

View gallery French commandoes stand guard outside the National Police College in Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d’Or, on October 15, 2012 (AFP Photo/Philippe Desmazes) Paris (AFP) – A French-Algerian man suspected of Al-Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistan this week has been charged with terror offences, French judicial officials said on Saturday. Intelligence officials believe Naamen Meziche was once connected to Al-Qaeda’s so-called “Hamburg cell”, which planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Deported on Tuesday, he was charged and remanded in custody in Paris on Friday for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise, with a view to carrying out criminal acts, the source said. Meziche had been in Pakistani custody since being arrested in May 2012 in the southwest of the country along with three other suspected French jihadis, who were sent back to France in April and charged on the same count. Born in Paris in 1970, Meziche left France in the early 1990s for Afghanistan, then Germany where he is alleged to have come into close contact with the “Hamburg Cell”. He has been known to intelligence officials for more than a decade, though he has no criminal record in Europe. French law gives authorities broad powers to detain and prosecute a suspect for intending to carry out terrorist acts or contacting organisations suspected of terrorism. Though Meziche is suspected of being a long-time Al-Qaeda member, no proof has yet emerged of his involvement in any specific act of terror, and security officials are divided about how big a player he is. One French anti-terror officer told AFP this week Meziche was “a big fish — right in the… heart of Al-Qaeda”. But another source close to the case said it was “hard to say if he is an active player or a bit of a has-been”. Crime & Justice