News Analysis

March in Paris Brings “Fraternity” into the Foreground

PARIS — More than 4 million people marched all over France yesterday, January 11, 2015. Between 1.5 and 2 millions took to the streets in Paris alone. In fact these numbers are only vague estimations, since the crowds in Paris were so large and their routes so unpredictable, that it was impossible to truly count the number of participants. In what was France’s largest street protest in history, the French capital reconnected with its revolutionary past,[Read More…]

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…]

Should France Prepare for a Netflix Revolution?

To break a series of political scandals dominating newsrooms for the past few weeks, the French media have been recently focusing on the arrival of Netflix in France. Some have announced it like a digital Messiah and others with a mixture of fear and excitement. Netflix is now omnipresent on the American TV landscape and has partially revolutionized what broadcast has always meant. While traditional channels still maintain their strict schedules, Netflix has made these[Read More…]

Admissions Post-Bac: Application Website for Higher Education Revamped

“The University, a choice that works me.” So reads the new slogan for the renovated 2014 “Admission Post-Bac” website, the national portal for preregistration into France’s schools of higher education.  The website, similar to the Common App interface in the United States, serves both public and private post-secondary institutions.  Planned to undergo significant renovation over the next two years, the goal of Admission Post-Bac (APB) is to simplify enrollment in higher education by coordinating both[Read More…]

Hollande in Holland

By Sarah Brown President Francois Hollande’s trip to the Netherlands last Monday marked the first time a French president has made an official visit to the country in 14 years. It was Hollande in Holland — his first trip abroad since a Jan. 14 press conference at the Elysée, when he announced significant economic changes that have shaken Parti Socialiste supporters but have won praise from the right. The trip marked the beginning of a[Read More…]