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French Muslims Condemn ISIS-Linked Terrorists in Defense of Their Dual Identity

NÎMES – When terrorists brutally decapitated French citizen Hervé Gourdel in Algeria on September 22nd, French Muslims were suddenly faced with the need to defend both the name of Islam and their French identities. The group Jund al-Khilafa group (“Soldiers of the Caliphate”) kidnapped Hervé Gourdel, originally from Nice, who had been on a hiking […]

La Manif Pour Tous Still Rallies to Protect the Family

Weeks after the same-sex marriage bill passed into law in France, La Manif Pour Tous partook in a mass demonstration in Paris on May 26. In the spirit of mother’s day, they hoped to advocate for the protection of the traditional family.  The police counted 150,000 people to be in attendance, but the event organizers’ […]

Protesters Hope to “Sweep Away” Hollande

May 5 in Paris, thousands of people surrounded Place de la Bastille demanding changes in President François Hollande’s unsuccessful austerity policies. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, one of the founders of the Front de Gauche (FG), organized the rally this Sunday, following the May 1 Labor Day protests. Mélenchon reported that 180,000 came out to the event. With […]

National Assembly Adopts Same-Sex Marriage

Video by Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique. PARIS. – The same-sex marriage bill was adopted Tuesday April 23 just after 5:00 p.m. without further amendments, but that does not mean the fight is over.  The final vote came to 331 for and 225 against after impassioned speeches from various party leaders on both sides.  […]

Anti-Gay Marriage Protesters Fight the Bill and Their Homophobic Label

PARIS. –Protesters in Paris for Le Manif pour Tous – protest for all—gathered at Denfert-Rochereau metro station and marched up to Place des Invalides this Sunday April 21, calling for a referendum.  The protestors reported that 270,000 people were there this Sunday while police reported 46,000.  This is not the first discrepancy, as the March […]

Two Friday Protests, Two Different Approaches

After an odd mix of late afternoon weather in Paris on Friday, from sun to rain to hail, it cleared up just in time for the start of two very different demonstrations. At 7:00 pm by the park at Solférino, members of Act-Up, Oui Oui Oui, the Pink Bloc, and other LGBT supporters gathered to […]

Gay Marriage Debate Still Heated After Bill Passes in Senate

The final vote on the gay marriage and adoption bill is scheduled for a fixed-time debate of 25 hours to be followed by a final vote on April 23, in hopes of more rapidly quelling social disorder. But is it time to move on or should there be more debate? Opposition groups, such as Manif […]

ANI Passes in National Assembly Regardless of Nationwide Protests

Members of the Confédération Générale du Travail, (CGT) Solidaires, and Parti Communiste Français (PCF) protested in Paris and across France today in opposition to the Accord National Interprofessionnel (ANI – National Interprofessional Agreement) labor reform bill. While these labor unions urged parliament members to vote against the b ill, 250 out of 276 officials in […]

What You Missed in March

The end of diesel? Debate around car industry (March 3) French ministers are debating raising taxes on diesel.  The 18 cent difference between a liter of gas and diesel—and World Health Organization reports about the carcinogenic effects of diesel—have deterred the government from wanting to continue support of the industry.  The projected 7 billion euro […]

Hollande’s 75% Income Tax Plan Receives Final Blow

The French State Council (Counseil d’Etat ) objected to President François Hollande’s controversial 75% top-margin income tax reform plan last Thursday, declaring that the tax could not exceed 66.66% without being “confiscatory.” Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici released on Friday the government’s acknowledgement and acceptance of their advice. The 75% tax would have only been imposed […]