Françafrique: A Resurgent France Has a Responsibility to Keep House in Its Former Colonial Neighborhood

In the mid twentieth century, France’s colonial possessions in Africa encompassed enormous swathes of land, from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in the northwest to Madagascar in the southeast. Fifty-some years after the final dissolution of the French empire, France’s recent military incursions on the continent are sparking speculation of a French attempt to resurrect its […]

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 […]

Immigration Restrictions Lifted for Bulgaria and Romania: Have they Lived Up to the Hype?

Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, but their citizens saw their right to work freely in other EU nations restricted for seven years. Employers had to apply for work permits and migrants for an “accession worker card” or self-employment certificates, while low-skilled workers were constrained by quota schemes in the agricultural and […]

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 […]

European communication network: viable reaction to NSA scandal?

LONDON. – Angela Merkel has voiced support for a European communication network that would keep out the US. Germany has been pushing the issue of data protection in Europe ever since the NSA scandal first broke. Following revelations that Merkel’s phone had been under surveillance –among 60 million other German calls the NSA had tapped into […]

Hollande’s Visit Emphasizes Unity between France and US

French President François Hollande travelled to the United States last week for an official State visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama, aiming to symbolize the renewal of French-American relations. Such a visit had not occurred since Former French President Jacques Chirac visited Bill Clinton in 1996. Hollande and Obama published a co-written article […]

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 […]

France and United Kingdom Talk of Military Cooperation

After a series of official visits in the Netherlands, Turkey and the Vatican, French President Francois Hollande travelled to the United Kingdom last Friday to attend the opening of a Franco-British summit in the military base of Brize-Norton, near Oxford. Accompanied by four ministers, including Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, […]

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 […]