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 […]

Abroad on Broadway: Protesting the French Way

Kassandra Céssaire. Photo courtesy of Kassandra Céssaire.

The French are known for being unhappy. Studies regularly say that we are one of the most dissatisfied nations in the world, more discontent with our current living conditions than countries at war like Afghanistan. On October 17, while I was stuck in the challenging and exciting daily life of an exchange student in New […]

French Court Upholds Verdict of Organized Fraud for Church of Scientology

A "dianetics" center of the Church of Scientology in Marseilles. Photo: Dominique Pipet for flickr.

On October 16, a French court reaffirmed a ruling finding the two main institutions of the Church of Scientology in France, the SEL Bookstore and its Celebrity Center, guilty of organized fraud. Four years after a similar decision, both were charged and will respectively pay €200,000 and €400,000 – more than $270,000 and $540,000. The […]

Fabius Visits a French-English Bilingual School in New York

PS 58 in Brooklyn
Photo: http://flickr.com/photos/nycschoolhelp

On Monday, September 23, Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Affairs Minister, visited PS 58 in Brooklyn, a bilingual French-English program that opened in 2007 and presently welcomes about 350 children. 8 schools have opened since then with the help of Fabrice Jaumont, education attaché at the French Embassy in New York. For years, Jaumont has been […]

Hollande Isolated on Syria While Domestic Opposition Grows Stronger

Hollande is facing increased domestic pressure to avoid a military intervention in Syria. Translation: "NO to the war in Syria." Photo: Morganmamaria for flickr.

The French government is now moving to reenter the conversation on military intervention in Syria, after the focus had shifted to the United States and Russia after a bilateral agreement was reached on Syrian chemical weapons. The September 14 agreement represents a unified front from the two governments, whose recent discussions on Syria had been […]

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