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March in Paris Brings “Fraternity” into the Foreground

PARIS — More than 4 million people marched all over France yesterday, January 11, 2015. Between 1.5 and 2 millions took to the streets in Paris alone. In fact these numbers are only vague estimations, since the crowds in Paris were so large and their routes so unpredictable, that it was impossible to truly count the […]

French Muslims Condemn ISIS-Linked Terrorists in Defense of Their Dual Identity

NÎMES – When terrorists brutally decapitated French citizen Hervé Gourdel in Algeria on September 22nd, French Muslims were suddenly faced with the need to defend both the name of Islam and their French identities. The group Jund al-Khilafa group (“Soldiers of the Caliphate”) kidnapped Hervé Gourdel, originally from Nice, who had been on a hiking […]

Should France Prepare for a Netflix Revolution?

To break a series of political scandals dominating newsrooms for the past few weeks, the French media have been recently focusing on the arrival of Netflix in France. Some have announced it like a digital Messiah and others with a mixture of fear and excitement. Netflix is now omnipresent on the American TV landscape and […]

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 […]

Hollande in Holland

By Sarah Brown President Francois Hollande’s trip to the Netherlands last Monday marked the first time a French president has made an official visit to the country in 14 years. It was Hollande in Holland — his first trip abroad since a Jan. 14 press conference at the Elysée, when he announced significant economic changes […]

Winners and Losers? EP rejects the Estrela Report Yet Again

The European Parliament rejected the controversial Estrela report yet again on the Dec. 10, with 351 members voting to send it back for further revision. The Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, put forward by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela, was rejected once before in October. Despite the changes made by the Committee on […]

An Ocean Apart: Price Tags and Priorities in Higher Education

Forty-six percent. That’s the percent of students in the United States who enroll in a four-year university, but have still not gotten their degree after six years of schooling. Much of the debate surrounding that figures is centered around the enormous cost of higher education in the United States. Since 1981, college tuition rates in […]

Bayrou & Borloo Unite Again in Formation of The Alternative

It was like a family reunion. Not the kind when your family gathers every Christmas or Easter, but instead when you resolve a longstanding family dispute and make peace with a brother you have not seen in ten years. François Bayrou and Jean-Louis Borloo have joined their efforts and formed a new political party, the […]

Hollande’s Struggle, Exemplified by Bastille Day

Never in the history of the Fifth Republic had a French President been so low in the opinion polls. While more than 60 % of the French people had a positive opinion of the President when he was elected in May 2012, this number has not stopped decreasing since that month. Today, it has more […]

French Polynesia: On its Way to Being the Newest Country after South Sudan?

Last week, Friday May 17, 2013, the United Nations adopted a resolution to put French Polynesia back onto the UN list of territories to be decolonized along with 16 other territories – including the British Falkland Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Gibraltar and Bermuda. The UN General Assembly requested of the French Government to “facilitate […]