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…]
On June 15, the resignation of Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) party president Jean-François Copé will go into effect. The mayor of Meux and deputy from Seine-et-Marne took charge of the party in 2012 amidst infighting and a contest between him and François Fillon. Since then he has proven unable to unify the party. After dismal European election results in late May (with the UMP falling second to the far-right National Front), something had[Read More…]
The fight for gender equality took a surprising and touching turn on Friday, May 16 when hundreds of male students from 27 high schools in Nantes, France donned skirts in a show of solidarity for their female counterparts. The movement, entitled “Ce que souleve la jupe” — “What lifts the skirt” — had the support of the city’s educational council and local authorities. Girls were encouraged to wear skirts as well. Nantes student and event[Read More…]
Euroskeptics : FN (National Front) 25% (23-25 seats) Conservatives : UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) 20% Social-democrats : PS 14% Liberals : UDI/Modem 10% Greens : EELV 8% Radical left : FG 6% Participation is around 39%, up five points from 2009.
Camille Lepage, a photojournalist from Anvers, France was found dead in western Central African Republic (CAR) on May 13. The 26-year-old had been living in Africa for about a year and a half, in Juba and South Sudan, before her last project in the CAR. According to her final Instagram post, about a week before her death, Lepage had embedded with Anti Balaka Christian militia. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the[Read More…]