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Lessons on Sexual Assault from Across the Pond

On September 30, a 16-year-old girl was raped from behind in her high school bathroom in Western France. Because it was dark, the girl was unable to identify her attacker, but a genetic profile was extracted from her clothes. When authorities were unable to find a match in the national database, they decided to do something drastic: they ordered DNA tests on all 527 male students and staff who were present on the closed campus[Read More…]

by April 29, 2014 0 comments Editorial, Feature, Up To The Minute

French Senators Give Wine Heritage Status

On Monday, April 14, the French Senate officially recognized wine as part of its cultural heritage, as part of a farm bill already approved by the National Assembly. The bill, originally authored by Roland Courteau, the senator from Aude, makes wine part of the “cultural, gastronomic, and pastoral heritage of France.”  Besides preserving an important cultural aspect, the bill is also meant to protect the production of wine, elevating the importance of vineyards and their[Read More…]

by April 21, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Feature, Up To The Minute

The House of Cards Generation

LILLE – I like House of Cards. I like it to the point that I watched the second season in less than 24 hours. I like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. I like how they portray their characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, a couple who will engineer any imaginable Machiavellian plans in order in the interest of power. I like watching the depiction of the inner-workings of the House of Representatives and the White House.[Read More…]

by April 14, 2014 0 comments Editorial, Feature, Up To The Minute

Sanctions Against Russia Raise Issues

Russia, Ukraine and the EU walk into a bar. Ukraine fancies Russia, but sees a future with the EU. When Crimea passes by, Russia remembers they were once together and decides to aggravate Ukraine by leaving with Crimea. The US storms in, shocked by the injustice and, together with the EU, comforts Ukraine. The US and the EU threaten to have Russia banned from the bar and in the meantime, try to make her life[Read More…]

Disaster for PS in Municipal Elections

LILLE – Even Limoges, the city that has elected Socialist mayors since 1911, did not choose the Parti Socialiste (PS) in last night’s municipal elections. The second round of the municipal elections marked the most severe defeat the PS has ever experienced in the municipal elections. The PS, which has patiently constructed a strong network of mayors all over the country, lost many of these cities to the Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP). Only the victories[Read More…]