France Reacts to Charlie Hebdo Massacre

PARIS – All over Facebook, people changed their profile pictures to a simple black box with broad white letters that reads “Je suis Charlie.” Joachim Roncin from the French magazine Stylist designed the image just after the terrorist attack that targeted the Parisian office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday January 7, at […]

5 Parisian Realities That Could Disappoint You, If You’re Not Prepared For Them

Who wouldn’t want to live in Paris? I wanted it so badly that I jumped at the first chance the opportunity presented itself to me: a semester exchange at Sciences Po, one of the prestigious grandes ecoles. I found out that I was accepted for the study abroad program a year in advance and this […]

The Last Newspaper Vendor: an Unlikely Celebrity of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

PARIS – Seeing Ali Akbar selling Le Monde on the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is startling. Not simply because he is often calling out his own headlines like, “Monica Lewinsky pregnant by Obama! She’s got twins!” or “Sarkozy converts to Islam!” But when was the last time you saw someone selling paper newspapers on foot in […]

2014 Municipal Elections Results

The second round of the 2014 French Municipal Elections concluded tonight. Haven’t been following the coverage? Check out our map to see who won in which cities and to find out which cities changed hands. To see how the results came in, see our live blog from tonight’s elections. For more information:An analysis on the municipal […]

Live Blog: Municipal Elections 2014 Round 2

Welcome to the LJP Live Blog for the second and final round of the French Municipal Elections! For additional information, be sure to check out our previous coverage: See the results of last Sunday’s first round here. Map of the elections in nearly 50 cities across France. An analysis on the municipal elections in Paris. […]

Live Blog: 2014 Municipal Elections

Today, French voters take to the polls for the first round of municipal elections. Follow along as we liveblog the results! For additional information, be sure to check out our previous coverage: Map of the elections in nearly 50 cities across France. An analysis on the municipal elections in Paris. Information on the French municipal […]

Everything You Need to Know About this Weekend’s French Municipal Elections in One Map

The French municipal elections are this weekend. Haven’t been following the coverage? Take a look at our map of the elections in nearly 50 cities across the country! See where the Parti Socialiste, the Union pour un Movement Populaire, and the Parti Communiste Français are currently in control and check out which cities’ elections are […]

Paris Police Facing Scrutiny over Doctored Crime Numbers

Parisian police have been systematically underreporting crime for years, according to a government audit. The scheme was apparently meant to maintain the French capital’s safe, tourist-friendly image, and to give the impression that government anti-crime policies were working. Municipal authorities in Paris apparently started purposefully downplaying crime a decade ago. However, the cover-up hit new […]

Mayoral candidate Hidalgo wants to give fresh look to Bastille history

Anne Hidalgo’s ambitious proposal to redesign the iconic Place de la Bastille in central Paris is both an easy and a tough sell. Hidalgo, the Socialist Party’s mayoral hope and the favorite to win in next month’s election, is touting her project as a victory for pedestrians and history alike — a way to ease […]

Small Bookstores Win Again Against Amazon

PARIS- After years of debate, French booksellers won another victory earlier this month against Amazon and other large booksellers, when the French Senate banned the practice of free shipping, one of the perks of using many online megastores. On the corner of the square outside the Sorbonne in Paris, tourists are unlikely to notice a small […]