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The Media Battle Over Ukraine

HONG KONG. – It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Russian media are one lean mean propaganda machine. When most of a country’s major media outlets are government owned, that’s the occupational hazard. We, Russians, accept this far too calmly. It used to be that you could turn to Western media, such as that […]

5 Parisian Realities That Could Disappoint You, If You’re Not Prepared For Them

Who wouldn’t want to live in Paris? I wanted it so badly that I jumped at the first chance the opportunity presented itself to me: a semester exchange at Sciences Po, one of the prestigious grandes ecoles. I found out that I was accepted for the study abroad program a year in advance and this […]

Official Says Air Algérie Flight Plummeted 10,000 Meters in 3 Minutes

New information by investigators suggests the Air Algérie flight AH5017 dropped 10,000 meters in 3 minutes when it hit a storm. French authorities have not yet ruled out any explanations for the crash but said that bad weather was an important factor in the accident. Burkina Faso officials said radar images produced by air traffic […]

New Sanctions Won’t Block France-Russia Warship Deal

The French government has said that it will push ahead with its warship contract with Russia, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to scrap the deal. The government’s announcement to go ahead with the 1.2 billion euro deal came just before the EU began outlining the new round of sanctions against Russia […]

French Foreign Minister Says Israel’s Right to Self-Defense Does not Justify “Massacres”

“How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Strong words came from the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this morning, condemning what he described as excessive use of force by Israel in the conflict in Gaza. The statement underlined Israel’s right to defend itself, but Fabius […]

Pro-Palestinian Marches in Paris Continue Despite Government Ban

Another pro-Palestinian protest took place in France’s capital Saturday August 2, despite the fact that such protests have been banned. Last weekend over 70 people were arrested after another pro-Palestinian demonstration turned violent in Paris. According to police and organizers, between 4,000 and 10,000 people gathered at Place de la République to demonstrate against Israel’s attack of […]

“No Survivors” on Crashed Air Algerie Flight AH5017

In a statement this morning French President François Hollande confirmed that there were no survivors among the 118 victims of the crashed Air Algerie flight AH5017. The number given by officials on July 24 was 116, but today, July 25, Hollande said the number was in fact 118. The wreckage of the plane was found […]

Air Algerie Flight 5017 Crashed, Carrying 50 French Passengers

An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers is reported to have crashed over northern Mali. The plane was carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew, of which 50 were French citizens. Earlier today Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, president of Mali, announced that the plane’s wreckage was found in the town of Tilemsi, 70 kilometers from […]

EU Investigation Puts Corporate Tax Evasion Under Scrutiny

Apple, Starbucks and Fiat have come under close scrutiny in an investigation by the European Commission over a possible loophole they believe the companies have been exploiting to slash their corporate taxes. The European Commission has launched tax investigations in various EU countries in the past, but this is the first time that specific multinational […]

French Government Urges Hospitality

When it comes to tourism, France enjoys a reputation for elegance in its arts and architecture, finesse in its cuisine, and romance in its streets. This reputation attracts millions of travelers to the City of Love and to the French countryside. Unfortunately, France does not enjoy a reputation for hospitality. Neighboring countries often comically mock […]