Stories about France
Will Algeria ease the chill of a looming European winter?
As the leading African gas exporter to Europe, is Algeria actually capable of compensating for the shortage of Russian gas supplies to the EU? And is it willing to cooperate?
Armenia and Azerbaijan recognize each other's territorial integrity
The peace talks were mediated by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and French president Emanuel Macron.
Queen Elizabeth II through the Arab prism
For many, Queen Elizabeth II passing’s is a reminder of how different the world is now from the time of her ascension to the throne in 1952.
“Those people”: comments by French minister spark questions about homophobia in government
The new government of Emmanuel Macron is currently facing backlash over homophobic comments and stances expressed by some of its members.
Cultural diplomacy and political goals: “Cheb Macron's” ode to Algerian gas
Macron's condescending attitude towards Algeria changed to a strong desire to improve relations between the two countries, in the face of a long and harsh winter awaiting Europe.
In Azerbaijan, international absence on a visit to formerly disputed territory draws government ire
The absence of US and French representatives at the event dedicated to the "restoration and reconstruction" of territories Azerbaijan regained after the war, seemed to have irritated the authorities.
Undertones: Is there a perversion of decolonial narratives in Mali?
With the military junta and Russia's increasing presence in the region, Mali is undergoing an information warfare
New Caledonia votes to stay with France in referendum boycotted by the Indigenous population
"The future of New Caledonia cannot be built without its indigenous people. The Kanak voice is the cornerstone of New Caledonia’s common destiny."
France complicit in heinous crimes committed by Egyptian state, website reveals
'Strikes often destroyed several vehicles, and the number of victims could be as many as several hundred. According to UNGA resolution 56/83, France's complicity in these illegal executions could be established.'
A ‘new deal’ for Africa: Is this the best chance for a generation?
The pressure is now “on Europe, on the developed countries, and on governments, to seize this opportunity to deliver a generational change in Africa.”
COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system
“ … obesity might soon be recognised as a vitally strategic global element in explaining varying COVID-19 levels between rich and poor.”
France blasts Australia's nuclear-powered submarine deal with US and UK as ‘duplicity’
'I wanted to underline the level of anger that exists here in France at the moment. Your government is an embarrassment, ...the damage regarding the Australian image here is huge'.
France's regional languages, patois, dialects: what was that again?
In that sense, the so-called "regional" languages area also minority languages in terms of their number of speakers, and even 'minoritised' by the fact of their historical marginalisation.
The decline of Occitan: A failure of cultural initiatives, or abandonment by the state?
A setback for Occitan, spoken by more than half a million people in France, due to failed cultural initiatives or to the policy of the French State?
The French government’s U-turn on regional languages
A new law passed in May 2021 has reignited the debate around France's regional languages
France, Turkey, Poland: The reality of the new COVID-19 spike crisis
“The figures serve to discount the Western implication that Indian democracy and civil society have failed in the last analysis to match the achievements of the richer nations.”
Alternative Indian movies: Is Netflix at last embracing cultural diversity?
Netflix, which has become the entertainment go-to for millions during the pandemic's prolonged lockdowns, is exploring new Indian productions that stray away from the typical plotlines and visuals.
Who can become a parent in France?
Many single women and LGBTQI+ people are forced to go abroad until the country decides to open assisted reproduction technologies (ART) to them.
Queer and single French women face uphill legal battle to have biological children
The French Senate voted against permitting fertility treatments for queer women and single women.
COVID Christmas: Was it truly like no other?
For our world and the faiths we have, hasn't this Christmas been like all others—painful, often sordid, sometimes deadly?
Why Macron’s tweet on the Serbian Patriarch's death angered so many people in the Balkans
Why would someone who claimed to defend secular, enlightened values invest France's institutional political capital with a figure who symbolized everything that is backward and racist about Serbian society?