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 […]

“Fait-Maison”: French Roll Out Logo for “House-made” Restaurant Dishes

Le Mouffetard Restaurant, Paris. Photo: besopha via Flickr.

The French have always been particular about their food. Under a recent consumer protection law titled, “Public decree No. 2014-797,” restaurants in France will be allowed to display a symbol to indicate that dishes are “homemade.” The law is intended to combat the growing trend of off-premise preparation and frozen, ready-made food in restaurants. However, […]

“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 […]

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 […]

EU Investigation Puts Corporate Tax Evasion Under Scrutiny

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Apple, Starbucks and Fiat have come under close scrutiny in an investigation by the European Commission over a possible loophole they believe the companies have been exploiting to slash their corporate taxes. The European Commission has launched tax investigations in various EU countries in the past, but this is the first time that specific multinational […]

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 […]

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 […]

Primary School Teacher Stabbed to Death by Pupil’s Parent

A primary school teacher died in her classroom on Friday morning after being stabbed by the mother of one of her pupils, according to police. The attack happened in front of her class of five and six year old students on the last day of school. Fabienne Terre-Calmes, 34, was a teacher at the Edouard […]

European Court of Human Rights Orders France to Maintain Life Support for Tetraplegic

The European Court of Justice in Strasbourg has handed down a suspension of a French Council of State ruling. Photo: CherryX for Wikimedia Commons.

On Tuesday, June 24, the European Court of Human Rights suspended the decision made just a few hours before by French Council of State to end treatment for Vincent Lambert, a 38-year-old tetraplegic man who has been in coma for six years. The Court ordered France to maintain the man’s life support before any final […]

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