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 […]

Humor and Politics

It is a tradition. Every year, the Press Club hands out its famous Humor & Politics Awards, recognizing the funniest declaration by French politicians. Here are this year’s awards and an occasion for us to come back to a few of the political events that made the year: –       Encouragement Award for PS deputy Jean-Jacques […]

Electronic Cigarettes Subjected to Classic Cigarettes Bans

On World No Tobacco Day last Friday, May 31, Marisol Touraine, French Minister of Health, announced that the government wants to ban electronic cigarettes for minors (under 18 years-old) and forbid any kind of advertisements for the product. She also announced that e-cigarettes would be banned in public places, including bars and restaurants, since “the […]

France Passes Law that Covers Abortions and Contraceptives

A bill that makes abortions and contraceptives free for all French women went into effect on April 1, after being initially passed in October of 2012. This success is a huge victory for Francois Hollande’s government as increasing reproductive justice for French women was one of the main promises he made during his presidential campaign. […]

Electronic Cigarette Popularity Raises Controversy in France

In May 2011, the previous French Agency for Safety of Health Products (ANSM) recommended that the public stay away from the newly popular electronic cigarettes. Pharmacies had not officially secured the right to sell them, and the electronic cigarette was only available through some special businesses and online. That is not enough to dissuade many […]

French Regulators Take On Birth Control Amid Side-Effect Concerns

French health authorities have proposed a restriction on so-called “newer-generation” contraceptive pills citing health risks –namely of blood clot and stroke—reported France’s Agence France-Presse on Friday, January 8. Urging other European countries to follow suit, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine indicated she would request that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to amend its approval of […]

Minister of Health Wants to Experiment with Supervised Injection Sites

Marisol Touraine, French Minister of Health, announced on October 21st that she was “hoping” that France could start experimenting supervised injection sites (SIS), otherwise known as “shooting galleries,” or salles de shoot in French, by the end of 2013. She asserted that she had the support of several cities in the country that were willing […]

France Lowers Retirement Age

In 2010, former President Nicolas Sarkozy raised the retirement age from 60 to 62. During his campaign, President François Hollande promised to lower the age back to 60, beginning with the people who have jobs considered to be difficult and who began to work early in their lives, and then to lower the age for […]