French Businesses Fined for Failing to Comply with Gender Equality Laws

As the 2013 business year came to an end, French Women’s Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem gave an ultimatum to the nearly 500 French companies failing to comply with gender equality laws established in 2010. Companies employing more than 50 individuals are at risk of steep penal fines, with five such businesses already paying several million […]

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 […]

French Court Orders Twitter to Publish Racist Users’ Data

In an effort to track potential extremists, France has ordered Twitter to reveal the personal information of racist users. The battle over Twitter started last October, when the anti-Semitic hashtag #UnBonJuif ( “a good Jew”) began trending in France. The Association of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) took legal action, asking that the social networking […]

What We Missed in May

President of the UMP Ends Functions as Lawyer (April 22) Jean François Copé – president of the UMP – announced he will cease his lawyer activities to be able to fully focus on his political group and his country. Copé left his job with the international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2010, but had until […]

The Values of the Republic, the Rules of the Internet

“Twitter must find ways to ensure that messages sent in our territory, in our language and intended for our citizens do not contain manifest attacks against our fixed principles [sic].” — Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights / Government Spokesperson, 28 Dec. 2012, Le Monde French President François Hollande hasn’t tweeted since May 18. Granted, […]

The Greens’ Opposition to the Budgetary Pact Divides the Left Majority

On September 22nd, the Ecologist Party Europe-Écologie-les-Verts (EELV) expressed its firm rejection of the European Budgetary Pact, with 70% voting no during the federal council of the party. The ecologists are part of the left-wing in the assembly, and they are the official allies of the Parti Socialiste (PS). The two major ecologist figures, Cécile […]

Valls and Taubira Unite Against Escalating Violence in Marseille

The cycle of violence in Marseille has existed for some time, but a recent crime wave has drawn international attention. Manuel Valls, Interior Minister, and Christiane Taubira, Justice Minister, went to Marseille on Friday to demonstrate the national government’s support in fighting the situation in Marseille. Samia Ghali, a Senator for Bouches-du-Rhône, a suburb of Marseille, […]

Op-Ed: Getting Away with Sexual Harassment Just Got Easier

Wednesday, June 20, the Senate finished its report on a new sexual harassment law that will fill the current legal void surrounding the issue. In the wake of the Presidential Election, a major court decision went relatively unnoticed.  As of May 4th, 2012, there is no longer a law protecting sexual harassment victims in France. […]