Articles by: Eleni Zaras

French Muslims Condemn ISIS-Linked Terrorists in Defense of Their Dual Identity

NÎMES – When terrorists brutally decapitated French citizen Hervé Gourdel in Algeria on September 22nd, French Muslims were suddenly faced with the need to defend both the name of Islam and their French identities. The group Jund al-Khilafa group (“Soldiers of the Caliphate”) kidnapped Hervé Gourdel, originally from Nice, who had been on a hiking trip in the mountains near Tizi Ouzou in Algeria. The video of his decapitation soon went viral. Originally part of[Read More…]

La Manif Pour Tous Still Rallies to Protect the Family

Weeks after the same-sex marriage bill passed into law in France, La Manif Pour Tous partook in a mass demonstration in Paris on May 26. In the spirit of mother’s day, they hoped to advocate for the protection of the traditional family.  The police counted 150,000 people to be in attendance, but the event organizers’ report claimed the number of people to be closer to one million. Yet, despite a larger turnout, one supporter griped,[Read More…]

by May 27, 2013 0 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute

Protesters Hope to “Sweep Away” Hollande

May 5 in Paris, thousands of people surrounded Place de la Bastille demanding changes in President François Hollande’s unsuccessful austerity policies. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, one of the founders of the Front de Gauche (FG), organized the rally this Sunday, following the May 1 Labor Day protests. Mélenchon reported that 180,000 came out to the event. With France’s unemployment rate reaching an unprecedented high of 12.1%, Mélenchon’s far left party is not alone in its frustration.  Critics[Read More…]

National Assembly Adopts Same-Sex Marriage

Video by Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique. PARIS. – The same-sex marriage bill was adopted Tuesday April 23 just after 5:00 p.m. without further amendments, but that does not mean the fight is over.  The final vote came to 331 for and 225 against after impassioned speeches from various party leaders on both sides.  Chants of “egalité” rang through the room with the announcement of the results. Marriages can take place in early June,[Read More…]

by April 23, 2013 0 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute

Anti-Gay Marriage Protesters Fight the Bill and Their Homophobic Label

PARIS. –Protesters in Paris for Le Manif pour Tous – protest for all—gathered at Denfert-Rochereau metro station and marched up to Place des Invalides this Sunday April 21, calling for a referendum.  The protestors reported that 270,000 people were there this Sunday while police reported 46,000.  This is not the first discrepancy, as the March 24 protest reported a similar difference between 360,000 and 1.4 million. As the final vote will be this Tuesday, Le[Read More…]