Hidalgo, Paris’ First Female Mayor, Sworn into Office

On Saturday April 5, Anne Hidalgo was sworn into office as the first female mayor of Paris, after her popular election was confirmed by council members in a system similar to that of the Electoral College. Hidalgo, a member of France’s Parti Socialiste (PS), won the city’s municipal elections on March 30, making her socialist […]

France Receives 18 Billion Euros in Chinese Contracts

Following the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to France during the week of Monday, March 24, France and China agreed upon a large number of economic contracts meant to stabilize the commercial balance between the two countries. According to the Elysée, over fifty contracts totaling over 18 billion euros were signed, focusing chiefly in […]

EU Gives €11 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

On March 5, the European Commission promised Kiev €11 billion in aid, taking what many consider a long overdue measure to provide help in Ukraine. The promise of monetary compensation came alongside announcements that the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officers would be frozen.  The names of the individuals were withheld until Thursday, to prevent […]

French Dual Language Program to Serve Immigrants in Underserved Boroughs

NEW YORK. – The French language has long been a source of pride among the French population, both those at home and abroad. Recently, New York City has seen a surge in support and funding for bilingual French-English programs, geared to both introduce American students to French language and culture and assist francophone immigrant populations […]

Four French Notables to be Buried in Panthéon

On Friday, Feb. 21, President François Hollande announced that four new individuals were to be inducted into the Panthéon, a secular mausoleum in the Latin Quarter that serves as the final resting place to dozens of France’s notables. Among the four named were two women, WWII resistance fighters Germaine Tillion and Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz, the […]

French Conservatives Voice Support of Swiss Immigration Referendum

In a recent discussion on immigration reform, right-wing French politicians are giving a nod in the direction of Switzerland.  On Sunday, Feb. 9, a narrow majority of 50.3% in Switzerland approved an immigration referendum placing strict quotas on immigration from European Union (EU) countries, of which Switzerland is not a member. The decision, which was […]

Valls Boasts Progress in Immigration

Plagued with immigration issues since becoming Minister of the Interior in 2012, Manuel Valls provided a comprehensive review of immigration statistics and reform to the public on Jan. 31, at a press conference at the Place Beauvau, in Paris. Figures released by the French government show a slight decrease in the number of illegal aliens […]

Teaching of “Gender Theory” Causes Controversy in French Schools

Over the past week, a small movement in the French school system has caused a large stir. On Friday, January 24and Monday, January 27, schools across the country saw a dip in attendance, the result of boycotts stemming from parental concern over the alleged teaching of “gender theory” in schools. According to a Le Monde […]

Hollande Visits Turkey to Repair Relations

In an effort to repair French relations with Turkey, French President Francois Hollande traveled on Monday Jan. 27 to Ankara, the nation’s capital, for a two-day visit. The trip was fraught with political implication, both due to upcoming ministerial elections in Turkey and the country’s efforts to join the European Union (EU), of which France […]

Admissions Post-Bac: Application Website for Higher Education Revamped

“The University, a choice that works me.” So reads the new slogan for the renovated 2014 “Admission Post-Bac” website, the national portal for preregistration into France’s schools of higher education.  The website, similar to the Common App interface in the United States, serves both public and private post-secondary institutions.  Planned to undergo significant renovation over […]