Nantes High School Students Demonstrate Against Sexism

The fight for gender equality took a surprising and touching turn on Friday, May 16 when hundreds of male students from 27 high schools in Nantes, France donned skirts in a show of solidarity for their female counterparts. The movement, entitled “Ce que souleve la jupe” — “What lifts the skirt” — had the support […]

Far-Right FN Leads in French EU Electoral Results

Euroskeptics : FN (National Front) 25% (23-25 seats) Conservatives : UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) 20% Social-democrats : PS 14% Liberals : UDI/Modem 10% Greens : EELV 8% Radical left : FG 6% Participation is around 39%, up five points from 2009.

26-year-old French Photojournalist Found Dead in Central African Republic

Camille Lepage, a photojournalist from Anvers, France was found dead in western Central African Republic (CAR) on May 13. The 26-year-old had been living in Africa for about a year and a half, in Juba and South Sudan, before her last project in the CAR. According to her final Instagram post, about a week before […]

Has France Banned Work Emails After 6 PM?

Anglo press reported last week that the French government had supposedly made it illegal for company employees to contact staff after 6 PM. “No emails after 6pm please, we are French,” quipped endgadget.com. Publications including The Guardian and The Australian originally reported that the new French reform would affect over one million workers and crackdown […]

Four French Journalists Return after 10 Months Held Hostage in Syria

President François Hollande announced this Saturday April 19 the release of four journalists held hostage in Syria since last June. In the statement, he said that he felt “immense relief” that the four ex-hostages, Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres, are “free” and “in good health despite the terrible conditions during their […]

Back to the Polls? French Abstentions Threaten Fledgling Party in European Parliamentary Elections

PARIS – The French media recently stopped publishing stories about the national Municipal Elections. One of the primary topics of this coverage was the unprecedented 36.45% abstention rate. In barely over a month French citizens will be called to the polls again to elect the European Parliament, but in these latter elections abstentions are the […]

Sanctions Against Russia Raise Issues

Russia, Ukraine and the EU walk into a bar. Ukraine fancies Russia, but sees a future with the EU. When Crimea passes by, Russia remembers they were once together and decides to aggravate Ukraine by leaving with Crimea. The US storms in, shocked by the injustice and, together with the EU, comforts Ukraine. The US […]

France Receives 18 Billion Euros in Chinese Contracts

Following the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to France during the week of Monday, March 24, France and China agreed upon a large number of economic contracts meant to stabilize the commercial balance between the two countries. According to the Elysée, over fifty contracts totaling over 18 billion euros were signed, focusing chiefly in […]

Interior Minister Manuel Valls Replaces Ayrault as Prime Minister

PARIS – It was the election night that the Parti Socialiste feared, and hoped would not become a reality — but the resignation of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his French government make the damage done on Sunday night quite clear. Ayrault resigned Monday afternoon after the PS won only 40.57 percent of the total vote in France, while the UMP scored nearly […]

A Week in France / March 30, 2014: Affairs

In The News 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 to the eastern European nation. The promise of monetary support came alongside announcements that the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officers would […]