International

French Foreign Minister Says Israel’s Right to Self-Defense Does not Justify “Massacres”

“How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Strong words came from the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius this morning, condemning what he described as excessive use of force by Israel in the conflict in Gaza. The statement underlined Israel’s right to defend itself, but Fabius said this does not justify “the killing of children and the massacre of civilians.” Fabius drew attention to the recent[Read More…]

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 Gao in northern Mali. That was contested by the French Ministry of Defense, which said its fighter jets located the[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…]

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 team is trying to rebrand itself as a bearer of good news — nailing the ball into the net eight[Read More…]

Taxi Protests Against Uber Disrupt Commute Across Europe

Major cities across Europe faced epic traffic jams on Wednesday, June 11 as taxi drivers organized an international protest against Uber, the highly successful U.S. based car service. The streets of London, Berlin, Paris, and Madrid all experienced major demonstrations. Paris taxi drivers slowed traffic on busy commuter routes in and around the city, blocking roads to the Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, as well as the perimeter A1 highway that circles the city.[Read More…]