Articles by: Camille Duponteil

PRISM : View from France of the Intelligence Scandal

At the beginning of June the Guardian and the Washington Post revealed the existence of two secret programs run by the National Security Agency (NSA). The first program has been collecting telephone data from the telecom provider Verizon since 2006. The second, called PRISM, captures social network communications, but only of users located outside the US according to Barack Obama. The affair has generated worldwide concern about personal data security. Edward Snowden: “I’m just another[Read More…]

22 Billion Euros in Debt But No Purchaser for Virgin Megastore

960 employees of the entertainment retail chain may face unemployment as the Commercial Court of Paris rejected new offers made to take over the French branch of Virgin Megastore. The brand was originally created by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson in 1970 as a record label, before the first French store opened on the Champs Elysées in 1988. But during the past few years, Virgin, like other distributors, suffered from declining sales of DVDs, records,[Read More…]

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 this point openly kept his position as a counsel for them as an independent lawyer. Criticism arose from both sides of[Read More…]

What We Missed in April

Femen attempted action in front of the Tunisian Ambassy (April 4) Fifteen women from the feminist group Femen were arrested in front of the Tunisian embassy in Paris demonstrating support for Amina Tyler. The Tunisian woman fled from her family due to threats of stoning, following the publication of pictures exposing her topless. Three other Femen members showed their support, burning a Salafist flag outside the Grande Mosque in Paris. Sidaction sees rise in donations[Read More…]

Going Green: France

After the catastrophic consequences of Hurricane Sandy in October, the US and the world at large had to question themselves about climate change, the human involvement in it, and what is done at a political level to improve the situation and respond to public concerns. Different studies have been conducted in France about this issue. They show the French are more and more concerned about environmental issues, which is their second biggest concern after unemployment,[Read More…]