European Court of Human Rights Orders France to Maintain Life Support for Tetraplegic

The European Court of Justice in Strasbourg has handed down a suspension of a French Council of State ruling. Photo: CherryX for Wikimedia Commons.

On Tuesday, June 24, the European Court of Human Rights suspended the decision made just a few hours before by French Council of State to end treatment for Vincent Lambert, a 38-year-old tetraplegic man who has been in coma for six years. The Court ordered France to maintain the man’s life support before any final […]

SNCF Worker Strike Enters Second Week

SNCF TGV 375 at the Paris Montparnasse train station. Photo: DXR for flickr.

Railway workers of SNCF, the French National Railway Company, continue to strike this Wednesday, July 18, with a participation rate of 11.8%. Entering its eighth day, the strike has become the longest since 2010. Lasting for over a week, the strike has affected millions of travelers, including high school students who need to take trains […]

Far-Right FN Leads in French EU Electoral Results

Euroskeptics : FN (National Front) 25% (23-25 seats) Conservatives : UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) 20% Social-democrats : PS 14% Liberals : UDI/Modem 10% Greens : EELV 8% Radical left : FG 6% Participation is around 39%, up five points from 2009.

EC Estimates France Will Miss Deficit Target in 2015

The European Commission Building in Brussels. Photo: Sébastien Bertrand for Wikimedia Commons.

  The European Commission doubts that France will be able to cut its deficit to the target level – 3% of its GDP – in 2015, despite the austerity measures announced by the new government led by Manuel Valls. Last Monday, the European Commission released its latest economic forecast for France, estimating a 3.4% public […]

Why is Women’s Suffrage in France Only 70 Years Old?

Reunion of the French League for Women's Rights, April 1914. Photo: Lebreton32 for Wikimedia Commons

On April 21, 1944, General Charles de Gaulle, then leader of the provisional government in Algiers, issued a simple decree, “Women are eligible to vote under the same conditions as men.” The first municipal election after the liberation of France was held a year later on April 29, 1945. Across France twelve million women walked […]

Four French Journalists Return after 10 Months Held Hostage in Syria

President François Hollande announced this Saturday April 19 the release of four journalists held hostage in Syria since last June. In the statement, he said that he felt “immense relief” that the four ex-hostages, Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres, are “free” and “in good health despite the terrible conditions during their […]

Mass DNA Testing Ordered Following High School Rape

The Justice Department has ordered a DNA test for 527 males, both adults and minors, in the private high school Fénelon-Notre-Dame, located in downtown La Rochelle in western France. The DNA test, which began Monday April 14, is part of an ongoing rape investigation of an incident that occurred at Fénelon-Notre-Dame last year. On Sept. […]

Vivendi Accepts Numericable Bid to Buy SFR

Vivendi

  Vivendi announced on April 5 it would accept the bid from Numericable to buy its telecommunication affiliate SFR, over a rival offer from Bouygues, in a deal worth more than 17 billion euros. According to the announcement released last Saturday, the supervisory board of Vivendi “unanimously” decided to accept the offer from Numericable, a […]

2014 Municipal Elections Results

Municipal Elections Final Map

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 […]

A Week in France / March 30, 2014: Affairs

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski for flickr

In The News EU gives €11 billion in aid to Ukraine. On March 5, the European Commission promised Kiev €11 billion in aid, taking what many consider a long overdue measure to provide help to the eastern European nation. The promise of monetary support came alongside announcements that the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officers would […]

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