Local Elections Underway in Paris

The municipal campaign for Mayor of Paris is fully underway between Anne Hidalgo, current deputy mayor, and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (better known as NKM) of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP). Both candidates have revealed their platforms and will continue touring the capital until the elections in March 2014. Hidalgo discussed her focal points for […]

Bonnets Rouges Fight Against Unpopular Eco-tax

A movement calling itself the bonnets rouges (red caps) has emerged in France in the last month, in response to the impending establishment of the eco-tax. The group’s name refers to a very well known a revolt in Brittany – and symbol of the fight against taxes and for social equality – during the reign […]

The Eco-tax: What is it and why is it so unpopular?

In recent weeks, violent protests over the impending eco-tax have taken place throughout France. Riot police clashed with protestors, some even firing teargas in an effort to control the crowd. What is this tax and why is it causing such a large outcry from the French population? On October 21, 2008, an important piece of […]