Hollande Jeered During Armistice Ceremonies in Paris

French police were forced to detain 73 individuals at Armistice Day ceremonies along the Champs-Élysées this past Monday, November 11.  The disruption was caused by a number of protesters who jeered French President François Hollande as he approached the Arc de Triomphe to lay flowers on the tomb of the unknown soldier. French media reported […]

President Hollande Fails to Quell Leonarda Affair

President François Hollande continues his involvement in the case of Leonarda Dibrani, the fifteen-year-old Romani girl deported to Kosovo over a week ago because her family was living illegally in France for nearly five years. Attempting to avoid any further debate on immigration issues, Hollande issued a statement via national television on October 19, stating […]

Deportation of Roma Students Sparks Impassioned Protests

The streets of Paris were the scene of great disruption on Thursday, October 17, as high school students protested the expulsion of Roma school children, Leonarda (15) and Katchik (19). Both students belonged to families of illegal Roma immigrants, and their deportations were a result of the ongoing effort to dismantle Roma camps in a […]

Valls’ Widespread Popularity with Public Belies Criticism from Peers

Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior and one of France’s leading Parti socialiste (PS) politicians, is back in the domestic headlines this past week, although for reasons other than the purely political. Still in the public eye for polemical comments made over Roma settlements in late September, Valls has continued grab media attention by way of […]

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 […]

Valls Divides Parti socialiste on Immigration Policy, Islam

Minster of the Interior Manuel Valls made headlines upon his return from summer break this week as he questioned France’s immigration policy at President François Hollande’s seminar “France in 2025.”  In addition to questioning France’s family reunification policy, his commentary on Islam also made waves, and was a source of conflict amongst members of his […]

Minister of Interior Manuel Valls Criticizes the Mayor of Marseille in the Wake of Violence

Visiting Marseille in the wake of the city’s thirteenth gang-related death this year, French Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls showered criticism on the Marseille police force and elected elite. Minister Valls criticized how Marseille “has been abandoned for years, by the state as well as by local authorities, and, particularly, the municipal ones.” Valls, […]

Air Force Officer Arrested, Confesses Plot to Attack Venisseux Mosque

Lyon police have arrested a French Air Force officer after uncovering plans to attack a local mosque. The as yet unnamed 23-year-old soldier was detained at the Lyon – Mont Verdun Air Base on Wednesday, August 7 and has been in custody since. After undergoing four days of interrogation, the young man confessed to plotting […]

Norwegian Neo-Nazi Singer Arrested

On Tuesday July 16 French authorities arrested extremist Norwegian musician Kristian “Varg”  Vikernes following suspicion that he might be planning a “massacre”. Police did not find sufficient evidence to charge him with plotting a terrorist attack. He has now been released with no charges made against him. The heavy rock musician, 40, was arrested in the […]