Articles by: Emma Hurt

Attack on Roma Teen in Paris Suburb Begs Bigger Questions

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 the situation of the Roma population in France. Darius was reportedly placed in a medically-induced coma after being beaten by[Read More…]

Copé Out: Right-Wing Party President Resigns Amid Scandal and Poor Election Results

On June 15, the resignation of Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) party president Jean-François Copé will go into effect. The mayor of Meux and deputy from Seine-et-Marne took charge of the party in 2012 amidst infighting and a contest between him and François Fillon. Since then he has proven unable to unify the party. After dismal European election results in late May (with the UMP falling second to the far-right National Front), something had[Read More…]

by June 12, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Today's Headline

Drugged-Up: Studies Reveal Alarming Psychotropic Drug Use in France

Drug overuse has emerged as an unintended side effect of the French universal national health care system. It is not surprising that the French people are one of the world’s top consumers of prescription drugs considering the 20 million Euros the French government spends on prescription reimbursements annually (the single greatest expense on governmental health insurance). However, a recent study by the Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament (ANSM) has revealed that 32% of French[Read More…]

by May 24, 2014 2 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute

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

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 her death, Lepage had embedded with Anti Balaka Christian militia. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the[Read More…]

Back to the Polls? French Abstentions Threaten Fledgling Party in European Parliamentary Elections

PARIS – The French media recently stopped publishing stories about the national Municipal Elections. One of the primary topics of this coverage was the unprecedented 36.45% abstention rate. In barely over a month French citizens will be called to the polls again to elect the European Parliament, but in these latter elections abstentions are the norm. The abstention rates have been rising in French European elections since voting began in 1979. In 2009 close to[Read More…]