European Union Passes Budget for 2014 to 2020

After approving the 2014-2020 European budget on November 14 in the European Union’s budget committee, deputies of the EU voted on November 19 in plenary to put the motion into effect on January 1. The budget proposal passed with a vote of 537 to 126 with 19 abstentions. The deal includes a high-level working that uses the […]

Midwives on Strike, Demanding Pay Raise and Respect

Six thousand midwives in Paris took to the street 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 […]

French Football Clubs Cry Foul Over 75% Tax

French association football (soccer) teams are in an uproar in the aftermath of French President François Hollande’s sweeping tax measures introduced as part of the 2014 budget. The 75% tax levied on the wealthiest in France will effect more than France’s millionaires, and football teams have declared the tax will “kill” the sport. Because the […]

France Demands Answers, Explanations over NSA Activity

Following an article from Le Monde detailing the NSA’s invasive intelligence activity on French citizens on Monday, October 21, the United States has faced a firestorm of criticism from France. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, the United States recorded data from 70 million phones in France over 30 days, […]

Two Cases of SARS Confirmed in France

After a possible SARS case had been reported on May 10 in Valenciennes, a second case has been confirmed Monday, May 12.  The individuals, two men aged 65 and 50, shared the same hospital room from April 27 to 29. The new strain of the virus was identified in the Middle East last September, killing 18 […]

Guéant Faces Corruption Allegations from Potential Money Laundering

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Chief of Staff and right-hand man, Claude Guéant, faces new scrutiny following the investigation into Sarkozy’s questionable campaign finances. The allegations stem from a $650,000 transfer to Guéant’s personal bank account from a foreign account in 2008 and from receipts for bills paid in cash for a sum of $35,000, which […]

Hollande Gives Entrepreneurs Tax Cut Amid Budget Trouble

After dismal economic reports for the first four months of 2013 with France’s unemployment rate still over 10%, President François Hollande announced Monday, April 29 a plan to cut investment tax for entrepreneurs as an incentive for business interests in the French market. The plan would cut up to 65% on capital gains tax for […]

French Unemployment Rate Reaches All-Time High

French Labor Minister Michel Sapin released March’s job figures Thursday, April 25, which showed that Europe’s second largest economy is continuing to flounder during the economic recession. The unemployment rate reached 3,224,000, the highest yet for France. This latest joblessness figure surpasses the previous record high in January 1997 by nearly 30,000 unemployed citizens. This […]

Car Explodes Outside of French Embassy in Libya

Tuesday, April 23, a car exploded outside of the French Embassy in Tripoli in what appears to be the first terrorist attack against foreign diplomats since Muammar el-Gaddafi was removed from power in 2011. The explosion leveled the embassy’s reception area on the ground floor and damaged nearby residences and shops. The blast has not […]

French Prosecutors Investigate Possible Libyan Ties to Sarkozy Campaign

In the midst of the formal investigation launched last month into his campaign finances for the 2007 Presidential Campaign, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has now been accused of accepting illegal funds from Muammar Gaddafi’s government. Sarkozy continues to maintain his innocence and denies any wrongdoing. Sarkozy was first accused of accepting the money in […]