A Week in France / November 18: Hitting the Bottom

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski for flickr

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski for flickr

Every Monday, La Jeune Politique looks back on the events that made the news in the past week, giving you the chance to catch up on the articles you missed and more.

Tuesday, November 5

In recent weeks, violent protests over the impending eco-tax have taken place throughout France. Riot police clashed with protestors, with some even firing teargas in an effort to control the crowd. On October 21, 2008, an important piece of legislation concerning the environment – Grenelle I – included an article establishing the eco-tax. The objectives of the tax are…

Thursday, November 7

6000 midwives in Paris took to the streets November 7 in a nationwide movement to protest the medical community’s failure to recognize these women as doctors. In a country where nearly 20,000 midwives practice and most work in hospitals, the Minister of Health’s continued refusal to grant midwives official titles for their work has reached a boiling point. These women—and men—have been on strike for…

Friday, November 8

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced an improvement plan for the southern city of Marseille, the second-largest city in France. The goal is to bring the city closer together by opening it up, linking neighborhoods, and making the city more accessible to everyone. The main focus of the plan is to support and modernize…

Monday, November 11

French police were forced to detain 73 individuals at Armistice Day ceremonies along the Champs-Élysées. The disruption was caused by a number of protesters who jeered French President François Hollande as he approached the Arc de Triomphe to lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. French media reported that it was the first time a President had been mocked during the yearly ceremony, which commemorates the signing of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. Protestors shouted phrases…

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Clichés do not only die hard– they sometimes express on the surface deep cultural differences of which any student like me, who is “Abroad on Broadway,” should be aware. In this case, what does it mean to say that the French are “romantic”, that our relationships are “passionate”? Being a student here helped me to understand that those stereotypes that I had considered things from the past, even from an idealized past, could be the cause of harsh misunderstandings. Read more…

Next week on La Jeune Politique

The French economy is down again in Q3 of 2013, and new lay-offs are scheduled to take place soon. Meanwhile, Standard & Poor’s downgrades France credit grade and faces off with Nobel Prize Paul Krugman for that decision. Meanwhile, the French President visits Israel and Palestine in midst of the Iranian negotiations. At home, a new political force emerges in the center, several racist acts shock the public, and the eco-tax contestation continues. And of course, the latest news as it develops.

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