Keeping Personal Information Private: Europe responds to NSA Overseas Surveillance

The United States NSA, National Security Agency, has not only been keeping track of business at home, but has expanded its network overseas. Recently, Europeans have discovered Prism, an information program put in place by the NSA to scan communications on various online websites, such as Google, Facebook, and Skype. These new revelations were reported […]

Fabius Visits a French-English Bilingual School in New York

On Monday, September 23, Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Affairs Minister, visited PS 58 in Brooklyn, a bilingual French-English program that opened in 2007 and presently welcomes about 350 children. 8 schools have opened since then with the help of Fabrice Jaumont, education attaché at the French Embassy in New York. For years, Jaumont has been […]

Hope for Major Fiscal Reform “Buried”

Institution of a major fiscal reform plan was the keystone and fourteenth major commitment of François Hollande’s 2012 presidential campaign. As a candidate, he emphasized the necessity for a “fiscal revolution” overseen by the next executive. The goal was to combine the taxes contributing to social security and absorption of associated debt with the income […]

Marseille and Colombes Find Themselves Caught Between Drug-Dealing Gangs

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, a shootout transpired in the late afternoon in Colombes, France, a town located in the Hauts-de-Seine region of Paris. Tuesday’s shootout involved a group of young men who shot at a man driving a vehicle. The conflict was subsequent to a clash of a similar nature occurring less than 24 […]

Approval Ratings for Hollande, Ayrault Rise

Things may be looking up for French President François Hollande, as his approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3. Those of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by marketing firm Institute français d’opinion publique (IFOP). According to the survey, 67% of […]

Hollande announces new measures to confront unemployment

In the wake of the “Social Conference” that took place in Paris last month, President François Hollande announced new measures on Tuesday to tackle unemployment in France, including the proposition to fund 100,000 training schemes for young people by 2014. 30,000 of the 100,000 are aimed to be created by the end of 2013, while […]

Hollande Unveils Government’s Plan to Modernize

In the wake of French President François Hollande announcement of “choc de simplification” (“simplification shock”), work of the third meeting of the Comité interministériel de Modernisation de l’action publique (Interministerial Committee for the Modernatizion of Public Services) will be implemented this week. This “simplification” takes its nickname from the newly announced administrative cuts that could […]

Debate Surrounds Bretigny Train Crash

Authorities are probing into the deadly train crash that occurred on Friday at Bretigny-sur-Orges, just south of Paris. The SNCF train had been heading toward Limoges when it derailed and crashed into the station platform. Six people died, and nearly 200 were injured in the accident. A total of 385 passengers were aboard. The crash […]

Greenpeace Breaks into French Nuclear Plant

On July 15, a group of Greenpeace activists broke into the Tricastin nuclear plant in the French department of Drôme. They declared that their act was meant to “denounce security breaches in the production of nuclear energy.” The French media quickly highlighted that the activists needed only 15 minutes to get past three fences, where […]

Snowden Case: France Apologizes for Denying Airspace to Bolivian President

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to land in Austria on Wednesday after his plane was denied entry into France as a result of the growing suspicion that the plane was carrying the United States fugitive, Edward Snowden.  Before leaving Moscow, where he was attending a summit of natural-gas producing countries, Morales declared that he […]