French Government Concerned with its Citizens’ Involvement in Syria

Following the release of a group of French journalists from a Syrian prison, the issue of French citizens leaving the country to “faire le djihad” has been brought to the public’s attention. The hostages were released on April 20 after 10 months of captivity. During a debriefing by the Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure […]

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Re-elected for Fourth Term

On Friday April 18, Minister of the Interior Tayeb Belaïz of Algeria, announced that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been re-elected for a fourth term with 81.53 percent of the vote. Belaïz declared that the Algerian people had elected Bouteflika freely, in a climate of transparency and neutrality. On election day, Bouteflika submitted his ballot from […]

France Says No to GMO Corn

The French National Assembly passed a bill this week to ban the planting of transgenic corn within the country’s borders, in a new attempt to perennially ban MON810 corn. The bill’s main objective is to legally secure the ban on American agro-giant Monsanto’s genetically modified corn species, including Pioneer TC1507. The bill also confers to […]

How does the Franco-German Relationship Shape Europe?

At a meeting of the French and German ministers in Paris last month, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be more united than ever. Hollande emphasized the importance of agreeing on major foreign policy issues, highlighting the alignment of the two countries on issues in Iran, Syria, and Africa. Concerning […]

Annual Agricultural Fair in Paris Comes to an End

Nearly 1,300 exhibitors from 22 different countries around the world displayed their prized animals, food and food products this past week at the 51st annual Salon International de l’Agriculture. More than four thousand animals were transported to Paris to be displayed. Often referred to as the “biggest farm in France”, the salon showcases local products, […]

France Urges UN to help in Central African Republic

On Friday December 27, during talks with Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, French President François Hollande expressed his wish that the United Nations would play a more important role in the transition period in the Central African Republic. Hollande also thanked the leader for the reinforcement of African forces organized by the UN. The UN […]

Hollande Not to Attend Winter Olympics

President François Hollande is the latest addition to the list of key international figures who will not attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced last Sunday without explanation that the President would not be attending. Many speculated that he was following suit of several other world leaders […]

Defense Company’s Cuts to Affect French Employment

Earlier this month, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) unveiled plans to cut 5,800 jobs in several European countries – Germany, France, England and Spain. The cuts come just one year after a merger of EADS and BAE Systems, a British defense company, fell through due to opposition in Germany. At a time […]

Inequality Rampant in French Education

Every three years, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) performs a study ­– the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – assessing the scholastic performance of 15-year-olds in member and non-member nations. While France’s scores improved somewhat since the last survey, the results for 2012, presented on December 3, 2013, showed that the […]

French Military to Take Action in the Central African Republic

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday, authorizing France to take action in the Central African Republic (Centrafrique), a former French colony. The peacekeeping operation is only the organization’s 16 since its creation in 1945. Following the ousting of President Bozizé in March of this year, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis involving 4.6 […]