Are the French as Cynical About Lobbying As Americans?

French National Assembly. 
Photo: Flickr.com/ell brown

HOUSTON – In 2010, the movie Casino Jack premiered in theatres. For many, especially in America, this film was a first glimpse into Washington, DC lobbying. It is based on the true story of Jack Abramoff, former lobbyist and businessman who was found guilty in 2006 of extensive corruption, along with other political lobbyists, Members […]

The Media Battle Over Ukraine

Media in Central Park, New York City. 
Photo: Flickr.com/Ernst Moeksis

HONG KONG. – It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Russian media are one lean mean propaganda machine. When most of a country’s major media outlets are government owned, that’s the occupational hazard. We, Russians, accept this far too calmly. It used to be that you could turn to Western media, such as that […]

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

Photo: Flickr.com/Terrazzo

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 […]

Bilingual Programs Pushing for Space in New York City

One of the NYFACS murals of previous kindergarten classes.
Photo: Grace Jamieson for La Jeune Politique

Foreign-language schools are fighting a constant battle on the terrain of New York City education. New York City’s schools are some of the most diverse in the nation, serving students from a myriad of backgrounds speaking dozens of native languages. There are over 140,000 English-Language Learners (ELL) students whose first language is not English and […]

Les Tondues: Remembering a Dark Chapter in French Liberation

"Les Tondues" accused of collaborating with German forces are publicly shaved during Liberation. 
Photo: German Federal Archive via Wikimedia Commons.

The Liberation of France is usually associated with joy, relief, and celebration. Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944 and had liberated Paris by August (70 years ago this month). Nazi German forces surrendered unconditionally in May of 1945, and the French people were free once again. Yet, the Liberation was […]

“No Survivors” on Crashed Air Algerie Flight AH5017

In a statement this morning French President François Hollande confirmed that there were no survivors among the 118 victims of the crashed Air Algerie flight AH5017. The number given by officials on July 24 was 116, but today, July 25, Hollande said the number was in fact 118. The wreckage of the plane was found […]

Survey Results: French Anti-Semitism Sparks Jewish Interest in Emigrating?

Nearly three-quarters of surveyed French Jews last month stated that they are leaning towards emigration. 29.9 percent of this 74.2 percent mentioned a desire to escape anti-Semitism, while another 24.4 percent cited a wish to “preserve their Judaism.” Seven and a half percent cited “economic considerations,” while another 12.4 percent simply felt drawn to other […]

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 […]

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 […]

French Senators Give Wine Heritage Status

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Quinn Dombrowski

On Monday, April 14, the French Senate officially recognized wine as part of its cultural heritage, as part of a farm bill already approved by the National Assembly. The bill, originally authored by Roland Courteau, the senator from Aude, makes wine part of the “cultural, gastronomic, and pastoral heritage of France.”  Besides preserving an important […]

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