What the Cabinet Shake-Up Reveals about the Flaws of the Fifth Republic

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On Monday, August 25, the cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls was dismissed and a new cabinet was formed the following day. Valls has been Prime Minister for less than six months. The cabinet dismissal occurred in reaction to the public opposition of Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg and other ministers to the economic policies of President […]

The War of the Roses: Cabinet Shake Up Reflects Dissension Amid Socialists

Arnaud Montebourg, former Minister of Productive Recovery. Photo: François PATRIAT via Wikimedia Commons.

“Should we now apologize for being on the left?” asked now former Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti. Those words could aptly describe the political earthquake that shook the French government on Tuesday, when French Prime Minister Manuel Valls proclaimed a new list of cabinet ministers. Valls was designated PM just six months ago following the socialist […]

Why Breaking Bad Couldn’t Have Been a French TV Show

PARIS – I recently stumbled upon a joke on 9gag about what Breaking Bad would have looked like if had happened in France. First of all, Breaking Bad probably never would have existed because the French still have not developed a culture of producing quality, daring TV shows. On the whole, they have been rather […]

Passover in Paris, and the Slow Destruction of French Social Harmony

Paris. – Last week, the Jewish celebration of the Passover holiday rekindled tensions that have recently divided Jewish and Muslim communities in Paris. Public celebration elicited visible hostility in the streets of the 19tharrondissement, a neighborhood that contains one of the largest Jewish communities in France. Following a period abroad in New York, the neighborhood […]

Threatened Abortion Rights in Spain Spark Concern in France

A protest against the new Spanish law on January 9, in Toulouse. 
Photo: Samy Soussi

On Jan. 20, the French Parliament started debating a new set of laws regarding gender equality. The bill included an amendment of a 1975 law that allows abortion. The amendment removes the requirement that a woman must be in a situation of “distress” in order to have an abortion. The amendment was passed on Jan. […]

Small Bookstores Win Again Against Amazon

Shakespeare and Company, an independent bookstores in the Latin Quarter.
Photo: Olga Symeonoglou for La Jeune Politique

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 […]

Back From Broadway: Why Are the French So Reluctant to Belong?

When I got back to France after a semester at Columbia University, my friends welcomed me as if those four months “abroad on Broadway” had not really happened. But there was a tiny glitch in the illusion that nothing had changed and it quickly reminded me that I had truly been abroad in a foreign […]

Hollande Wants to “Put France Into Motion” and Dodges Personal Questions

President François Hollande

Photo: flickr.com/jmayrault

Tuesday at his first press conference of the year, a closely watched tradition in the French political world, President François Hollande chose to start his speech with a simple though ambitious commitment to “put France into motion”. On New Year’s Eve, giving his wishes to the French people on television, Hollande had vaguely mentioned a […]

Abroad on Broadway: The Liberal Arts Between Ends and Means

An article in the Wall Street Journal recently advised American students not to abandon the liberal arts without second thoughts for more practically oriented college study. The article was a reaction to a natural trend, especially in times of recession: focus on the programs that train you for jobs in the sectors that are recruiting […]

Abroad on Broadway: How Did the “Dating Culture” Get Lost in Translation?

Clichés do not only die hard; they sometimes express on the surface deep cultural differences of which any student like me, who is “Abroad on Broadway,” should be aware. In this case, what does it mean to say that the French are “romantic”, that our relationships are “passionate”? Being a student here helped me to […]

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