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

Joaquín Almunia. 
Photo: Flickr.com/Friends of Europe

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 […]

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 […]

Paris Bike Share Vélib Opens Child-Friendly Cycling Program

A Vélib bike share station in Paris.
Photo by Grace Jamieson for La Jeune Politique

This past Wednesday, June 18, Paris rolled out a childhood cycling program—the first of its kind—enabling students as young as two to take advantage of Paris’ highly successful bike share program, Vélib. Named “P’tit Vélib,” this new program provides 300 bikes for hire at five different pedestrian-friendly, low-traffic parks across the city. The bikes themselves […]

Attack on Roma Teen in Paris Suburb Begs Bigger Questions

An evacuated Roma camp near Marseille in October, 2013. Photo: AFP/Getty Images.

Darius, a sixteen-year-old Roma teenager was found nearly beaten to death in a shopping cart on Friday in a housing project outside of Paris. This story has made it into the headlines of the major French and some international press outlets. Called a “lynching” by Le Monde, the event has sparked the ongoing discussion about […]

SNCF Worker Strike Enters Second Week

SNCF TGV 375 at the Paris Montparnasse train station. Photo: DXR for flickr.

Railway workers of SNCF, the French National Railway Company, continue to strike this Wednesday, July 18, with a participation rate of 11.8%. Entering its eighth day, the strike has become the longest since 2010. Lasting for over a week, the strike has affected millions of travelers, including high school students who need to take trains […]

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