Emphasis on Computer Programming Education Gathers Steam in France and Abroad

As part of a global trend in the growing importance of the tech sector, France, along with many other European nations, is pushing for the inclusion of computer programming courses in public schools. This education, they argue, is necessary to obtain the jobs of the future, and necessary for young students to stay competitive in […]

Mayoral candidate Hidalgo wants to give fresh look to Bastille history

Anne Hidalgo’s ambitious proposal to redesign the iconic Place de la Bastille in central Paris is both an easy and a tough sell. Hidalgo, the Socialist Party’s mayoral hope and the favorite to win in next month’s election, is touting her project as a victory for pedestrians and history alike — a way to ease […]

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 […]

French Surgeons Successfully Install Artificial Heart

Nothing short of a holiday miracle, cardiac surgeons in France have successfully installed an artificial heart into a 75-year-old patient on December 21. The prosthetic organ, designed and engineered by French company Carmat with the help of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), utilizes cardiac tissue from biological sources — such as cows […]

Robert Ménard Receives Support of the National Front in Béziers’ Municipal Elections

Former secretary-general and founder of the French branch of Reporters Without Borders, Robert Ménard confirmed on Thursday that he had obtained the support of the extreme-right political party, the Front National (FN). His statement, which was made on Radio France Bleu Hérault, admitted to receiving support from the part of right-wing Marine Le Pen, but […]

White Paper Reaffirms Defense Role, Cuts Budget

On Monday, April 29, more than four months after its expected release date, the French White Paper on Defense and National Security was released to President François Hollande. The document should have been released at the end of 2012, following a committee meeting and national debate. However, disturbed by a lack of political composition and […]

French Government Blocks Yahoo! Deal with Dailymotion

Arnaud Montebourg, French minister of industrial renewal, has blocked Yahoo! from buying a 75 percent stake in French video website Dailymotion. The move is a symbolic declaration of patriotism from the French government, who wants to protect one of France’s biggest start-up companies. Montebourg told the Wall Street Journal that he would not let Dailymotion […]

French Robotics Industry to Get 100 Million Euro Boost

Last month, Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Industrial Renewal in France, announced at the European Robotics Forum in Lyon that a 100 million euro plan ($129.6 million), called the French Robot Initiative, would be introduced so that France could catch up to its competitors in the field. Montebourg wants France to follow Germany’s example, which currently […]

Friendly Competition or Bitter Rivalry? European Union attacks Microsoft for “playing dirty”

On Wednesday, March 6, Joaquin Almunia struck a serious blow against computer behemoth Microsoft in Brussels. Almunia is the European Commissioner for Competition and has fined the company 561 million euros for not upholding certain responsibilities that were promised at the end of 2009. At the time, the company had just eluded prosecution with regard […]

European Council Announces New Project Budget

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, announced the project budget for 2014-2020 on Friday February 8.  Meeting bi-annually, this body guides the priorities and evolution of the European Union.  Although the Council did not release the specifics for the budget plan, Van Rompuy tweeted that after 24 hours of negotiations it was “worth […]