Internet Wars: Google and EU Work to Reach Agreement Three Years in the Making

On Wednesday, February 5, the European Commission announced it had accepted terms proposed by Google to remedy problems concerning the marketing of online search results. Google was accused of overstepping boundaries, yet the talks between the EU and Google are said to have opened the way for an amicable solution. The 14 plaintiffs can be […]

Trial of Alleged Rwandan Genocide Participant Opens in Paris

On Tuesday, February 4, the trial of Pascal Simbikangwa, an alleged participant in the Rwandan Genocide, opened at the Paris Criminal Court. The trial is a judicial first in France; many Rwandans have not looked upon France favorably, claiming that many exiles fled to the European country after murdering fellow countrymen in 1994. Simbikangwa was […]

Harmony and Unity at UMP National Council

The battle for the pre-presidential primary election, in which Nicolas Sarkozy appears to be ever present, is again on everyone’s mind. However, several weeks before key Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) elections, the parties worked to show their unity at the national council in Paris, on Jan. 25. It was stated that “unity” and […]

Keeping Personal Information Private: Europe responds to NSA Overseas Surveillance

The United States NSA, National Security Agency, has not only been keeping track of business at home, but has expanded its network overseas. Recently, Europeans have discovered Prism, an information program put in place by the NSA to scan communications on various online websites, such as Google, Facebook, and Skype. These new revelations were reported […]

Marseille and Colombes Find Themselves Caught Between Drug-Dealing Gangs

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, a shootout transpired in the late afternoon in Colombes, France, a town located in the Hauts-de-Seine region of Paris. Tuesday’s shootout involved a group of young men who shot at a man driving a vehicle. The conflict was subsequent to a clash of a similar nature occurring less than 24 […]

French and German Presidents Meet in Oradour-sur-Glane, Site of Nazi Massacre

This coming year will mark a few key dates in world history that helped mold the relationship between France and Germany. 2014 symbolizes the 100th anniversary of World War I’s outbreak. The anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée is coming up on January 22, as it is the 51st year since Charles de Gaulle and […]

EU Considers Lifting Syrian Oil, Arms Embargoes

On Monday, April 22, European Ministers of Foreign Affairs met in Luxembourg to revise their decisions pertaining to the embargo on Syrian petroleum products. The goal of these revisions is to aid the civilian population, which has been greatly impacted by civil war in a country wrought with violence. According to a text released from […]

Mission Accomplished: Relief as Hostage Family Returns to France

On Friday, April 19, Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon, announced the liberation of the seven French hostages that had been held captive for two months. The group consisted of Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, his brother Cyril, his wife and four sons, ranging from five to twelve years old. Tanguy is an expatriate employee of GDF Suez, […]

Investing in the Future: Vincent Peillon Releases Plans for Educational Reform

The French Minster of Education, Vincent Peillon, informed the public last Thursday, April 10 that the 2013 school year would be “a year of transition.” According to him, 6,770 new jobs will be created, an increased emphasis will be placed on more teachers coming into the workforce, and a change in the structure of the […]