French Foreign Minister Says Israel’s Right to Self-Defense Does not Justify “Massacres”

“How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Strong words came from the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this morning, condemning what he described as excessive use of force by Israel in the conflict in Gaza. The statement underlined Israel’s right to defend itself, but Fabius […]

French Government Urges Hospitality

When it comes to tourism, France enjoys a reputation for elegance in its arts and architecture, finesse in its cuisine, and romance in its streets. This reputation attracts millions of travelers to the City of Love and to the French countryside. Unfortunately, France does not enjoy a reputation for hospitality. Neighboring countries often comically mock […]

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 in Ukraine. The promise of monetary compensation came alongside announcements that the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officers would be frozen.  The names of the individuals were withheld until Thursday, to prevent […]

Hollande Not to Attend Winter Olympics

President François Hollande is the latest addition to the list of key international figures who will not attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced last Sunday without explanation that the President would not be attending. Many speculated that he was following suit of several other world leaders […]

Paris to Host Climate Change Conference in 2015

Following last month’s climate change conference in Warsaw, Paris has been chosen to be the host of the 2015 conference. This will mark France’s first time hosting the conference in its 15 year history. The Kyoto Protocol expired in 2012, creating the need for a new international agreement on the fight against climate change by […]

France Welcomes Hostages Home After Three-Year Wait

Four French citizens, held hostage in North Africa by Al-Qaeda for three years, returned to their families in an emotional reunion in Paris on Wednesday. President François Hollande greeted the four men — all of them bearded, careworn, and nervous, but otherwise not visibly harmed — on the tarmac. Long-separated friends and families tearfully embraced […]

Expansion of the Schengen Area to Include Bulgaria and Romania

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 24 France’s opposition to the expansion of the Schengen area to include Bulgaria and Romania. Both countries, which entered the European Union in 2007, have officially integrated into the EU and have met all preconditions set by the Schengen agreement to become a part of this passport […]

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 […]

France to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

More Syrian refugees can now look to France as a safe haven. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 12 that France would welcome more Syrian refugees. Many nations, including France, have opened their doors to the refugees, now currently numbered at more than 2 million. According to the United Nations refugee agency, more […]

Western Governments Consider Syrian Intervention in Wake of Gas Attacks

While Western nations have been reluctant to commit military forces as the Syrian conflict continues to escalate, recent conversations indicate a potential move towards intervention. Latest calls for a military response come in the wake of alleged chemical attacks in rebel territory within an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus. Doctors Without Borders and […]