Onion Domes on the Seine: Tension over New Russian Orthodox Church in Paris

PARIS. – The famous skyline on the banks of the river Seine is about to be changed for good. Soon, Gustave Eiffel’s iron tower, jutting above the 19th century Haussmann buildings, will be joined by five, shiny, onion shaped domes. The construction of a new Russian Orthodox church might seem complementary to Putin’s recent agenda […]

LJP Youth: Hollande’s Love Affair Inspires a Video Game

Maria Makarova is part of a new initiative called LJP Youth. The LJP team has partnered with the Bilingual School of Marcq-en-Baroeul, a high school in Lille, France, to create a space for young, aspiring journalists to comment on the world around them. We hope you enjoy what they have to say.  Everyone has been following the developments […]

St. Petersburg Summit Sees G-20 Split over Syria

Discord and disunity were the orders of the day in St. Petersburg, as the 2013 G-20 summit came and went, with Syria sharply dividing the economic group’s members. French President François Hollande insisted afterwards that the meeting had been a productive one. But Hollande’s optimism could not conceal the summit’s icy environment—particularly between the United […]

Snowden Case: France Apologizes for Denying Airspace to Bolivian President

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to land in Austria on Wednesday after his plane was denied entry into France as a result of the growing suspicion that the plane was carrying the United States fugitive, Edward Snowden.  Before leaving Moscow, where he was attending a summit of natural-gas producing countries, Morales declared that he […]

Comrade Depardieu? Putin Grants Actor Russian Citizenship

Following his highly publicized exit from his native France, Academy Award-nominated French actor Gérard Depardieu can now send love from Russia as the country’s newest citizen. On January 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin—a close friend of Depardieu’s—signed a decree granting citizenship to the Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) star. Depardieu’s expatriation follows a proposed French tax […]