Why is Women’s Suffrage in France Only 70 Years Old?

On April 21, 1944, General Charles de Gaulle, then leader of the provisional government in Algiers, issued a simple decree, “Women are eligible to vote under the same conditions as men.” The first municipal election after the liberation of France was held a year later on April 29, 1945. Across France twelve million women walked […]

French and German Presidents Meet in Oradour-sur-Glane, Site of Nazi Massacre

This coming year will mark a few key dates in world history that helped mold the relationship between France and Germany. 2014 symbolizes the 100th anniversary of World War I’s outbreak. The anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée is coming up on January 22, as it is the 51st year since Charles de Gaulle and […]

French Criminal Defense Lawyer Jacques Vergès Dies at Age 88

Jacques Vergès, the French lawyer renowned for defending prominent war criminals and terrorists of the 20th century, passed away in Paris on August 15th. The lawyer, nicknamed “the devil’s advocate” for defending high-profile criminals such as the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, suffered a heart attack. The location of Vergès death was a final act […]

Extreme Far-Right Historian Commits Suicide in Notre Dame

In an act of political protest, extreme far-right historian, Dominique Venner, committed suicide in front of the altar in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday. He left a letter explaining his motives on the altar and shot himself through the mouth while regular tours were taking place. Police quickly evacuated the cathedral, as an […]

Golden Anniversary – A Tale of Two Countries

This week, France and Germany celebrated the fifty-year anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée, signed on January 22, 1963. The treaty was a phenomenal accomplishment, as France overlooked Germany’s previous occupation of France and considered her neighbor to be a trustworthy ally. At the time of the agreement, president Charles de Gaulle (France) and Chancellor […]