Traces of Asbestos Discovered at the Montparnasse Tower

Employees of the Montparnasse Tower (la Tour Montparnasse) have once again discovered asbestos dust on the premises. The Thursday revelation in Le Monde has prompted the Prefecture of Paris Police to threaten immediate evacuation of the site. Upon inhalation, asbestos — one of six naturally occurring silicate minerals — can become a carcinogen, leading to […]

Homophobic Tweeting Breaks Out Across France

This past week, a new trending topic shot to the number one “hashtag” spot in France, shocking millions around the globe and once again calling into question the nation’s level of tolerance and acceptance towards its LGBT community. Tweets featuring the hashtag, #LesGaysDoiventDisparaitreCar (“Gays must disappear because”), numbered close to 10,000. Approximately 900 of the […]

Air Force Officer Arrested, Confesses Plot to Attack Venisseux Mosque

Lyon police have arrested a French Air Force officer after uncovering plans to attack a local mosque. The as yet unnamed 23-year-old soldier was detained at the Lyon – Mont Verdun Air Base on Wednesday, August 7 and has been in custody since. After undergoing four days of interrogation, the young man confessed to plotting […]

Bomb Scare Interrupts an Afternoon at the Eiffel Tower

On the afternoon of Friday, August 9, thousands of visitors were evacuated from Paris’s Eiffel Tower and surrounding area following a bomb threat. Security received an anonymous phone tip around 2 PM before dispatching a bomb disposal unit to search the monument. Tourists in the Tower’s summit were forced to take elevators and approximately 700 […]

Fabius Concludes State Visit to Indonesia on Note of Unity

Concluding the first French state visit to Indonesia in 17 years, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius spoke optimistically of a more “united” European Union and South Asian region to Indonesian government officials on Friday, August 2. Fabius spent two days in Jakarta, the nation’s capital, in order to help strengthen French economic relations with the nation. […]

European Commission Reauthorizes sale of Diane-35

The European Commission (EC) has reauthorized popular prescription acne pill Diane-35 for the French market, ending the drug’s three-month suspension. The European Medicines Agency official website has released the following statement: “The Coordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralised Procedures — Human (CMDh) has endorsed by majority (26:1) the recommendation of the…(EMA’s) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment […]

Strauss-Kahn faces charges for alleged role in pimping circle

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces trial in Paris on charges of “aggravated pimping as part of a group.” A Lille court had previously decided in November 2012 to push back the hearing, but now the trial will occur in spite of recommendations from prosecutors to drop allegations. Aggravated pimping, as listed under France’s penal […]

Violent Outbreaks in Parisian Suburbs Highlight Religious Tensions

Nearly 250 youth in the town of Trappes skirmished with city police during the evening of Friday, July 19 and early morning of Saturday, July 20. The attacks were launched in protest of the arrest of a Muslim woman for wearing a niqab, or veil that fully covers the face with a slit for the […]

Hollande Unveils Government’s Plan to Modernize

In the wake of French President François Hollande announcement of “choc de simplification” (“simplification shock”), work of the third meeting of the Comité interministériel de Modernisation de l’action publique (Interministerial Committee for the Modernatizion of Public Services) will be implemented this week. This “simplification” takes its nickname from the newly announced administrative cuts that could […]

La Fête Nationale: a Party on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Last Thursday, July 4, the United States celebrated its Independence Day, marking the 237th anniversary of the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence. Ten days later, France — the Americans’ most powerful ally in the War of Independence with Great Britain that resulted from the Declaration — is commemorating Bastille Day, the joyful observance […]