5 Parisian Realities That Could Disappoint You, If You’re Not Prepared For Them

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Who wouldn’t want to live in Paris? I wanted it so badly that I jumped at the first chance the opportunity presented itself to me: a semester exchange at Sciences Po, one of the prestigious grandes ecoles. I found out that I was accepted for the study abroad program a year in advance and this […]

Reflections on a World Cup Past: France Lose to Germany, But Future is Bright

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In FIFA World Cup football, history matters. Whether it was made on the playing field or not. The international history of France playing Germany in the sport is sparse — they’ve only met four times in the World Cup — but significant. Any time two nations with such a telling recent past butt heads and […]

With Sizzling World Cup Scoring, France Shake Off 2010’s Campaign of Shame

If the FIFA World Cup was purely a contest of cumulative goals scored, France would be able to toss a glance back at most of the competition with an appropriate shrug of French indifference after their first two matches. After a 2010 Cup campaign that was, to put it lightly, a disastrous national embarrassment, the […]

How is Manuel Valls Doing?

Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls. Photo: Jackolan1 for Wikimedia Commons

  New Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Jackolan1 for Wikimedia Commons France’s new prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed to his position last month by President François Hollande, as one of many attempts to revive that man’s flagging popularity, along with that of his Parti Socialiste (PS).  A month into his tenure, things seem to be going well for a […]

Lessons on Sexual Assault from Across the Pond

On September 30, a 16-year-old girl was raped from behind in her high school bathroom in Western France. Because it was dark, the girl was unable to identify her attacker, but a genetic profile was extracted from her clothes. When authorities were unable to find a match in the national database, they decided to do […]

The Complexities of Remembering: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

Leaders of remembrance group Ibuka released balloons at a ceremony to honor the memory of those killed in the Rwandan genocide. Photo: Emma Hurt for LJP.

PARIS- 20 years ago this spring Rwanda experienced the fastest and most efficient genocide in history. In addition to the indescribable human and emotional cost, it took a tremendous toll on the country’s economy. Rwanda has made great strides since 1994 and has restored its economy to pre-genocide levels. It is the only country in […]

The House of Cards Generation

LILLE – I like House of Cards. I like it to the point that I watched the second season in less than 24 hours. I like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. I like how they portray their characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, a couple who will engineer any imaginable Machiavellian plans in order in the […]

Municipal Elections 2014 1st Round: Heavy Socialist Defeat Leads to Strong FN Results

The Parti Socialiste (PS) in government experienced a harsh night Sunday as the results of the first round of the municipal elections were revealed. As expected, the PS stands behind the right-wing Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP) in the polls and the Front national (FN) has gotten one of its best results ever. But […]

Françafrique: A Resurgent France Has a Responsibility to Keep House in Its Former Colonial Neighborhood

French troops arrive in Mali.
Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org/James Richardson

In the mid twentieth century, France’s colonial possessions in Africa encompassed enormous swathes of land, from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in the northwest to Madagascar in the southeast. Fifty-some years after the final dissolution of the French empire, France’s recent military incursions on the continent are sparking speculation of a French attempt to resurrect its […]

How does the Franco-German Relationship Shape Europe?

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Garitan

At a meeting of the French and German ministers in Paris last month, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be more united than ever. Hollande emphasized the importance of agreeing on major foreign policy issues, highlighting the alignment of the two countries on issues in Iran, Syria, and Africa. Concerning […]

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