Hollande’s Visit Emphasizes Unity between France and US

French President François Hollande travelled to the United States last week for an official State visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama, aiming to symbolize the renewal of French-American relations. Such a visit had not occurred since Former French President Jacques Chirac visited Bill Clinton in 1996. Hollande and Obama published a co-written article […]

European Leaders Respond to “NSA Reform”

Data protection and privacy, rights contained in Article 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, have often triggered differences of opinions and policies between the US and Europe. The recent disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden did little to help. Following months of resulting controversy, President Barack Obama committed to reforming […]

Debate Over Syrian Intervention Rages On

The international community is waiting to see whether the French government will indeed enact punitive measures against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime. France released intelligence on Monday pointing to chemical weapon usage in Syria, corroborating similar findings by the United States. In response, Assad has warned that any attack on his nation would inevitably add […]

France Calls for Action in Syria after Reports of Devastating Chemical Attack

With reports from Syria of a devastating chemical attack making headlines around the world, the French government has sent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the sternest warnings yet. Now, the question is if those warnings will translate into military action. If Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ recent statements represent the general mood of President François Hollande’s administration, […]

Rising Hopes for Free Trade Agreement Between EU & US

A few sentences from President Obama’s State of the Union Address were all it took to make the world perk up its ears in interest.  Obama’s call for a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union is the source of much optimism in France. After twenty years of failed trade agreements […]

2012 in Perspective

Historians like important dates, dates that will maintain significance in the history books, dates that mark ruptures and world-changing events. Technically 2012 is not a date; it is a sum of dates, a list of events that made the news, some of which will be remembered for years to come. As this year comes to […]

France Reacts to Obama’s Re-election

Hollande, Cahuzac, and the French people express their thoughts on last night’s election results: President François Hollande supported the reelection of Barack Obama, saying that “the choice is clear in favor of an open, solidary, fully engaged in the international scene and conscious of the challenges of our planet: peace, the economy, and the environment.” […]

The U.S. Election as Seen From France

There are few countries so far away and yet so historically close. France and the United States share a long history, from the War of Independence to two World Wars. However, even with this common ground, the perception of each country by the other is often reduced to stereotypes: The Eiffel Tower and Hollywood only […]