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Celine Dion Sings Edith Piaf’s Hymnne a L’Amour for Paris Victims

French-Canadian Singer Doesn’t Leave a Dry Eye in the Audience NOV 23, 2015 – Celine Dion paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attack at the American Music Awards last night, singing Edith Piaf’s “Hymnne a L’Amour“ (Hymn to Love) in her beautiful French. And as they would say, “she didn’t leave a dry eye…

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American Musician Mark Moogalian Also Hero of France

Academic Recovering in Hospital AUG 25, 2015 – Mark Moogalian, an academic at the University of Paris originally from Midlothian, Virginia, has been revealed as the 4th person that thwarted the attack on the high speed rail in France. Moogalian was actually the first person to engage the suspect, and was seriously injured with a slash…

France Charges Bob Dylan With Inciting Hatred

DEC 3, 2013 – USA Today has an article out today about how the French government has charged Bob Dylan with the crime of "incitement to hatred" because Bob somewhat "compared Croatians to Nazis", and lumped them all together with the evil of the Confederacy slavery, KKK and the Nazis in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview. This is what Bob said, you be the judge:

"Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery — that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can't pretend they don't know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood." 

A Croatian group in France caught wind of the it eventually and filed a complaint against Dylan in French court. Bridgette Bardot has also faced many charges of "inciting hatred" in France for speaking her mind, and even though half my ancestry comes from France, I feel this goes too far and infringes on free speech. I am sure we will not see Bob in jail anytime soon though. Just like Bardot, Dylan will just be fined heavily. Bob has millions like Bardot and he will just pay the fine and move on. Comments? Start a conversation on our JTMP Facebook Page!  (photo credit: Bob Dylan/CC)

Bruce Springteen Talks Occupy, American Politics and New Album “Wrecking Ball”

FEB 20, 2012 – Coming off the heels of his great performance on the Grammys singing his new song from his new album "Wrecking Ball" titled "We Take Care of Our Own", Bruce spoke to a small group of reporters in France and said about Occupy and the broken promise of the American dream alluded to in the song, "Previous to Occupy Wall Street, there was no push back at all saying this was outrageous—a basic theft that struck at the heart of what America was about, a complete disregard for the American sense of history and community. Nobody had talked about income inequality in America for decades—apart from John Edwards, but no one was listening. But now you have Newt Gingrich talking about 'vulture capitalism' – Newt Gingrich! – that would not have happened without Occupy Wall Street." Watch a video of the event below.

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