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Stories about France

Minister accused of rape gets appointed. What does this say about France?

The appointment to the ministry of the interior of a man under investigation for rape and sexual harassment raises questions on normalization of sexist remarks and actions in France.

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

Under pressure from Black Lives Matter movement activists, the company IBM has announced its withdrawal from the facial recognition software market

Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past

Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

Albanians angry at EU's failure to open accession talks–but for PM sun ‘still shining’

"This is the biggest mistake that the EU has made over these years, Albania is a reforming country who more than ever needed this decision to be positive."

Twitter users from North Macedonia fight disappointment with EU non-decision with humor

The date for the long-anticipated start of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia's membership in the EU didn't materialize, due in large part to a lack of support by France.

Detention of Gaspard Glanz is a sign of France’s increasingly authoritarian treatment of journalists

The French government is increasingly using security and defense secrets as excuses for clamping down on journalists. The industry has pushed back.

Running counter: An interview with a French publisher of Turkish literature

"Kontr is a publishing house, and a home where one invites the ones he likes, it is not a factory aimed at producing goods, labels or at making money."

Colombian activists deliver letter about killings of social leaders to the ICC

Over 163 community leaders and activists have been murdered over the past three years in Colombia.

In France, police violence escalates to quell yellow vests protests

How is it possible to lose your eye or the use of your hand by joining a demonstration? The use of LBD's by French police are to blame.

The French Yellow Vests movement seen through global lenses

As we witness the rise of the Yellow Vests, France revisits its bloodthirsty history.

The repatriation of African artifacts to countries of origin is tricky business

Many of Africa's "stolen artifacts from colonial times were generally given or donated to French public collections. Thus, these artworks ... have become a property of the French state."

‘Space is about dreaming’ — an interview with International Space University president

"We hope that space will not become a space of confrontation (...) Space makes children dream and all of humanity as well."

Cameroonian justice minister rationalizes Holocaust on national television

The comments are distressing given how it feeds into the renewed reliance worldwide from far-right movements on the tired, racist trope that the Jewish community controls the finance world.

‘Space ventures can improve the quality of life on Earth’ — an interview with International Space University president

Today, the International Space University has more than 4600 former students, and of those, more than 80 percent are working in space industries.

Why Chinese netizens believe a commodity index can predict global affairs

According to the myth, the Yiwu commodity index predicted the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election and is set to do the same for Europe's "yellow vest" protests.

The Yellow Vest movement in France: What's at stake?

"Every time I read about the 'Yellow Vests' in the media, I feel like there is a lack of information, sources and perspectives on this complex topic."

France seeks three high-ranking Syrian officials in the deaths of French-Syrian nationals

The three officials are wanted in connection with the detention and subsequent disappearance of two French-Syrian nationals, Mazen Dabbagh and his son Patrick.

Will France’s new street harassment law really benefit women?

"We refuse to let feminism be used to reinforce the French government’s tendencies toward racism and over-policing."

With refugees evicted, France’s ‘Calais Jungle’ is now a nature preserve

Was the project is motivated by a desire to protect the area’s wildlife or was it an attempt at 'greenwashing' the forced eviction of migrants from their living spaces?

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