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Does the Shanghai Academic Ranking Really Matter? French and American Students Respond

Yesterday, La Jeune Politique published an article titled Shanghai Academic Index: A French Controversy, but does the Shanghai Index really matter? After studying in the engineering program at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) of Cachan, intending to become a researcher, Charles Vanwynsberghe got a Master’s in acoustics at University Pierre et Marie Curie, the 37th university on the Shanghai ranking and the first of the French group. He will start a PhD program there in the[Read More…]

French Government ordered by court to rethink ban on Mercedes-Benz vehicles

The manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars has found itself in the middle of a legal battle with the French government after the environmental ministry stopped registering cars whose air-conditioning coolant does not comply with the European Union’s regulations. The scandal erupted when Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, became the third German firm to reject the refrigerant called HFO-1234yf, a substance scheduled to be adopted by manufacturers in the European Union by 2017. Although the new coolant is thought to[Read More…]

Young, Wild, and French: Why Don’t We Leave the Country Straight Away?

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times published an article entitled “The Best Hope for France’s Young? Get Out”, relaying a French controversy triggered by a column published by Libération in 2012, inviting the young French to leave their country and its “gerontocracy”, to find jobs and fresh ideas elsewhere. If there is one cliché about the French that needs qualification, it is that we entertain excessive national pride. While we may be a[Read More…]

by July 21, 2013 3 comments Feature, Up To The Minute

France Eases Stem Cell Research Ban, but Fight is Not Over

The French National Assembly passed a bill that will expand embryonic stem cell research in France, by a comfortable margin, but experts say that the fight over stem cells is far from over. The proposed law had already been adopted by the Senate, the upper house of France’s Parliament. Despite vociferous opposition from some, it passed the National Assembly by a comfortable margin. Before this week’s vote, embryonic stem cell research in France had effectively[Read More…]

The French Baccalaureat– a Billion Euro Exam

On Friday June 21, the last official exam of the French Baccalaureat was held. The Baccalaureat exam, the equivalent of UK A-Levels and the equivalent of American High School’s end-of-year exams, is solely a State run program. The French Baccalaureat is one of the oldests schooling systems. Originating from the 18th century, the Baccalaureat was set up as a prerequisite for practicing medicine, law, theology, or the arts in France and was later adopted by[Read More…]

by July 8, 2013 0 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute