Bilingual Programs Pushing for Space in New York City

Foreign-language schools are fighting a constant battle on the terrain of New York City education. New York City’s schools are some of the most diverse in the nation, serving students from a myriad of backgrounds speaking dozens of native languages. There are over 140,000 English-Language Learners (ELL) students whose first language is not English and […]

“Fait-Maison”: French Roll Out Logo for “House-made” Restaurant Dishes

The French have always been particular about their food. Under a recent consumer protection law titled, “Public decree No. 2014-797,” restaurants in France will be allowed to display a symbol to indicate that dishes are “homemade.” The law is intended to combat the growing trend of off-premise preparation and frozen, ready-made food in restaurants. However, […]

Paris Bike Share Vélib Opens Child-Friendly Cycling Program

This past Wednesday, June 18, Paris rolled out a childhood cycling program—the first of its kind—enabling students as young as two to take advantage of Paris’ highly successful bike share program, Vélib. Named “P’tit Vélib,” this new program provides 300 bikes for hire at five different pedestrian-friendly, low-traffic parks across the city. The bikes themselves […]

Taxi Protests Against Uber Disrupt Commute Across Europe

Major cities across Europe faced epic traffic jams on Wednesday, June 11 as taxi drivers organized an international protest against Uber, the highly successful U.S. based car service. The streets of London, Berlin, Paris, and Madrid all experienced major demonstrations. Paris taxi drivers slowed traffic on busy commuter routes in and around the city, blocking […]

Strong Far-Right Turnout Signals Presidential Possibilities for Le Pen

The surprisingly strong turnout of the Front Nationale (FN), France’s right-wing conservative party, in last week’s European Parliament elections has some asking a surprising question: could Marine Le Pen be the next president of France. While the presidential elections are far in the future—not set to occur until 2017—the parliamentary elections show that Le Pen’s […]

Emphasis on Computer Programming Education Gathers Steam in France and Abroad

As part of a global trend in the growing importance of the tech sector, France, along with many other European nations, is pushing for the inclusion of computer programming courses in public schools. This education, they argue, is necessary to obtain the jobs of the future, and necessary for young students to stay competitive in […]

Uber’s Fight Against the Taxi Unions: The Changing Transportation Model in Paris

There is a new transportation model taking France by storm. The French call it the VTC (voitures de tourisme avec chauffeur), which refers to an American model of car service that lets people reserve and pay for a car using a smartphone app. Foremost within this industry is the San Francisco based start-up Uber, which […]

Out of Camembert Boxes? Poplar Shortage Threatens French Food Industry

The French culinary world was shaken by disrupting news in early May—the nation is currently facing a shortage of poplars, the fast-growing trees used to make Camembert cheese boxes, oyster baskets, and vegetable crates. And according to the Vice President of the National Council of Poplars, Hervé Drouin, the situation has grown urgent. The volume […]

France Sells Prestigious Ambassador’s New York Apartment to Meet Budget Cuts

France is currently undergoing a number of impressive cuts in order to bring its growing budget deficit down by 50 billion euros, to meet European Union regulations. One such recourse—selling the French ambassador’s 18-room duplex at 740 Park Avenue in Manhattan. Nicknamed the “Millionaire’s Building,” 740 Park Ave. is one of New York City’s most […]

French Senators Give Wine Heritage Status

On Monday, April 14, the French Senate officially recognized wine as part of its cultural heritage, as part of a farm bill already approved by the National Assembly. The bill, originally authored by Roland Courteau, the senator from Aude, makes wine part of the “cultural, gastronomic, and pastoral heritage of France.”  Besides preserving an important […]