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EU Investigation Puts Corporate Tax Evasion Under Scrutiny

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 companies have been targeted. The investigation was launched by the EU Commission’s Vice President and competition regulator Joaquin Almunia, after[Read More…]

French Government Urges Hospitality

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 the ‘rudeness’ of the French. The common expectation seems to be: when travelling in France, don’t expect people to be[Read More…]

European Court of Human Rights Upholds France’s Burqa Ban

On Tuesday, July 2 the European Court of Human Rights upheld France’s 2010 law that bans the burqa in public spaces and ruled that the ban does not violate Muslim women’s human rights. The case was brought to the Court by a 24-year-old Muslim French woman in April 2011, who denounced the law as not only discriminatory but also a breach of religious freedom. At the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, judges ruled[Read More…]

by July 3, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Uncategorized

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

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 ruling be made. Vincent Lambert has been tetraplegic and in vegetative state after a road accident in 2008. The Council[Read More…]

Paris Bike Share Vélib Opens Child-Friendly Cycling Program

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 vary across four sizes, from a pedal-less bike for the youngest of riders to a bike with training wheels, as[Read More…]

by June 24, 2014 1 comment Domestic, Up To The Minute