Category: France

Hostage to Theocracy

Zineb El Rhazoui is a Muslim Moroccan-born French journalist and sociologist of religion. As a columnist for Charlie Hebdo, she escaped death when she happened to be in Morocco during the attack in January of last year. El Rhazoui remains undeterred by…

End of Reign

With a mere 4% favourablity rating and the media disaster caused by the publication of the book Un président ne devrait pas dire ça (“A President Should Not Say That”, a collection of interviews given throughout five years to two journalists of…

What is France Coming To?

In just a couple of months, several civil servants, be it policemen or teachers, have been violently assaulted in the regions surrounding Paris. On October 13th a police unit came under mortar fire as they were investigating an unruly high school…

French 2017 Elections: Terrorism, Prisons and Justice

At last, a consensus! Apparently, the republican candidates for the French primaries agree on one thing: the vital need for new prison cells. In 2016, there were 68,253 people for 58,311 only spaces. Poisson thus plans for 30.000 new ones, Sarkozy, Copé…

J. F. Poisson: The Outsider Republican

The first TV debate of the 2017 French primaries took place this Wednesday, and it did two things: it maintained the Juppé/Sarkozy status quo while it propelled an as of now unknown candidate, namely Jean-Frédéric Poisson. At first glance indeed,…

2016 French Education Reform: An Ideological Rewriting of History in School Manuals?

*French-to-English translations by the author* The start of the school year would not be a French one without another uproar sparked by the Ministry of National Education. After the spelling reform of last February (simplifying a total 2400 words and notoriously boycotted by the Académie française),…