Back From Broadway: Why Are the French So Reluctant to Belong?

When I got back to France after a semester at Columbia University, my friends welcomed me as if those four months “abroad on Broadway” had not really happened. But there was a tiny glitch in the illusion that nothing had changed and it quickly reminded me that I had truly been abroad in a foreign […]

The Paradox in French Student Life: Insecurity in Insurance

On 12 December 2012, a report was published by a group of French senators who, “regularly questioned by families on the malfunctions” of the social security system for students (which provides health insurance, among other things), sought to “suggest emergency measures to simplify a system that suffers from a ludicrous complexity.” Beyond the short-term perspective, the […]