Pressed by Energy Demands, UK Allows Drilling for Shale Gas

LONDON. – In September, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that the government will remove legislative barriers to onshore oil and gas and to deep geothermal exploration. Such measures will allows companies to start drilling and testing for shale gas in the UK and to begin to exploit available resources. Stipulations […]

The French Baccalaureat– a Billion Euro Exam

On Friday June 21, the last official exam of the French Baccalaureat was held. The Baccalaureat exam, the equivalent of UK A-Levels and the equivalent of American High School’s end-of-year exams, is solely a State run program. The French Baccalaureat is one of the oldests schooling systems. Originating from the 18th century, the Baccalaureat was […]

French Soldier Stabbed in Paris

On Saturday, May 25, a male French citizen described as “North African” in appearance stabbed a 23-year-old soldier in the neck with a pocketknife and fled. The incident took place in “La Defense” – a crowded part of Paris known for its office buildings and large mall – where soldiers were patrolling the area as […]

French Polynesia: On its Way to Being the Newest Country after South Sudan?

Last week, Friday May 17, 2013, the United Nations adopted a resolution to put French Polynesia back onto the UN list of territories to be decolonized along with 16 other territories – including the British Falkland Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Gibraltar and Bermuda. The UN General Assembly requested of the French Government to “facilitate […]

Transitioning from AFISMA to a United Nations Stabilization Operation MINUSMA

Thursday April 25, the Security Council of the United Nations unanimously approved a resolution put forward by the French government to bring in a UN peacekeeping force for Mali as of the July 1. Within the next 60 days the UN shall determine the area’s state of security is adequate to allow for their deployment […]

Minister of Interior Valls faces Criticism from Right in wake of Train Attack

Last month, on Saturday, March 16, a group of twenty young people attacked several RER D train carriages – public transportation that links the city of Paris and its outskirts – at the ‘Grigny Centre’ station. The train was headed towards Essonne, a notoriously dangerous part of the Ile-de-France region. At around 10:00 in the […]

France Denies the Right to ‘Sexual Assistance’ for Severely Handicapped Individuals

On Monday, March 11, the National Consulting Committee of Ethics (NCCE), formulated a response to the following question: Should severely handicapped individuals with hindered sexuality reserve the right to be helped by specialized professionals? The blunt answer was no. However, the Committee brought up this question as a result of Roselyne Bachelot, the Health Minister […]

French Company Areva, World Leader in Nuclear Energy, to Restart Japanese Nuclear Plants

Just a week prior to the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear tragedy of March 11, 2011, the CEO of Areva, the French leader company in Nuclear Energy, announced plans to restart six Japanese nuclear reactors by the end of 2013. CEO Luc Boursel declared on Monday, March 4 that the impact of this tragedy […]

Crédit Agricole Announces High Net Losses in Midst of Bank Reforms

Last Wednesday, February 20, French bank Crédit Agricole, announced a net loss of 6.47 billion euros for the year 2012. This statement sets the bank’s balance sheet “in the red” at a net negative of 3.8 billion euros. Great losses for the first three quarters of 2012 had already been declared, and this most recent […]

Chokri Belaid, Tunisian Politician and Activist, Murdered, Splitting a Country in Two

Protests have broken out across Tunisia in response to the murder of Chokri Belaid, the left-wing human rights activist and head of the Democratic Patriots Movement. Belaid, 48, was gunned down outside of his home on Wednesday, February 6. A lawyer and opponent of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, Belaid was a champion of a […]