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 […]

Official Says Air Algérie Flight Plummeted 10,000 Meters in 3 Minutes

New information by investigators suggests the Air Algérie flight AH5017 dropped 10,000 meters in 3 minutes when it hit a storm. French authorities have not yet ruled out any explanations for the crash but said that bad weather was an important factor in the accident. Burkina Faso officials said radar images produced by air traffic […]

New Sanctions Won’t Block France-Russia Warship Deal

Vladimir Putin. Photo: World Economic Forum on Flickr

The French government has said that it will push ahead with its warship contract with Russia, despite pressure from the United States and European Union to scrap the deal. The government’s announcement to go ahead with the 1.2 billion euro deal came just before the EU began outlining the new round of sanctions against Russia […]

French Foreign Minister Says Israel’s Right to Self-Defense Does not Justify “Massacres”

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“How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Strong words came from the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this morning, condemning what he described as excessive use of force by Israel in the conflict in Gaza. The statement underlined Israel’s right to defend itself, but Fabius […]

Air Algerie Flight 5017 Crashed, Carrying 50 French Passengers

An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers is reported to have crashed over northern Mali. The plane was carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew, of which 50 were French citizens. Earlier today Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, president of Mali, announced that the plane’s wreckage was found in the town of Tilemsi, 70 kilometers from […]

French Government Urges Hospitality

A waiter and customers in Lorraine, France. Photo: Neil Moralee via Flickr

When it comes to tourism, France enjoys a reputation for elegance in its arts and architecture, finesse in its cuisine, and romance in its streets. This reputation attracts millions of travelers to the City of Love and to the French countryside. Unfortunately, France does not enjoy a reputation for hospitality. Neighboring countries often comically mock […]

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 […]

Taxi Protests Against Uber Disrupt Commute Across Europe

Paris Taxi
Photo: Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, by jean pierre gallot

Major cities across Europe faced epic traffic jams on Wednesday, June 11 as taxi drivers organized an international protest against Uber, the highly successful U.S. based car service. The streets of London, Berlin, Paris, and Madrid all experienced major demonstrations. Paris taxi drivers slowed traffic on busy commuter routes in and around the city, blocking […]

Final Day of EP Elections Arrives

EU Parliament chamber in Strasbourg, France. Photo: jeffowenphotos for Wikimedia Commons

400 million people can vote in the European Parliament (EP) election, taking place across the European Union from May 22 to May 25. The only democratically elected institution in the European Union, the EP brings together the 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) from the 28 states, who will not only set the course of European […]

26-year-old French Photojournalist Found Dead in Central African Republic

Camille Lepage in October 2013 in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui

Camille Lepage, a photojournalist from Anvers, France was found dead in western Central African Republic (CAR) on May 13. The 26-year-old had been living in Africa for about a year and a half, in Juba and South Sudan, before her last project in the CAR. According to her final Instagram post, about a week before […]

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