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Stories about France

11 January 2015

They Are Not Charlie: They Torture, Jail and Kill Journalists in Their Own Countries

The presence of world leaders at the forefront of the Paris rally drew much criticism online, especially since some of those leaders were among the world's worst free speech offenders.

10 January 2015

‘Without Humor, We Are All Dead': Cartoonists Pay Tribute to Fallen Comrades After Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Some of the most striking cartoons and images on the web that have circulated in tribute to those killed.

Charlie Is Ahmed. And Ahmed Is Charlie: Hashtags Emerging From the Tragedy in France

While we consume news from France, commenting on freedom of satirical expression, Islam and France as a society, the concept of French universalism and republicanism is left in the shadows.

9 January 2015

British Islamist Anjem Choudary Doesn't Represent All Muslims (Someone Tell USA Today)

The Bridge

The idea of Choudary speaking for all Muslims is laughable, writes Jillian York.

8 January 2015

#JeSuisCharlie: Muslims Have Nothing to Apologize For

The Bridge

Besides the actual attack, what bothered me the most was thousands of people asking, “why aren’t Muslims condemning this?”, writes Joey Ayoub.

29 December 2014

The Christmas When the French City of Angoulême Built Cages Against Its Homeless People

The holiday spirit in the French city of Angoulême this year meant taking measures against homeless people. The outrage was swift, but will it last?

28 December 2014

Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to Be Cheerful in 2015

It seems that things have not been ideal in Algeria, France and Madagascar, yet the Happy Planet Index ranked them quite high on their happiness list.

10 December 2014

Contestants in This French Beauty Pageant Strike a Pose—With Their Cows

A French farmer organized a tongue-in-cheek beauty pageant on Facebook for "country girls only" as an answer to the glittery official Miss France pageant.

9 December 2014

Drones Flying Over Nuclear Power Stations in France Raise Concerns

Internet users in France are worried that a series of drone sightings above French nuclear power sites suggests an unacknowledged national security vulnerability.

14 November 2014

Young People Will Revitalize Politics, Promises This Year’s World Forum for Democracy

Three Global Voices members attended the third World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, exploring innovative tools to create more youth engagement in the democratic process throughout the world.

28 October 2014

GV Face: Asylum Seekers Are Fleeing Conflict to Face Brutal Politics in Europe and Australia

GV Face

According to the UNHCR, 612,700 applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year – the highest since 2001.

2 October 2014

It's a Great Time for Student Housing Across France, Except in Paris

The problem of student rents has not improved in Paris. In fact, unlike the rest of the country, it's become even worse.

11 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: With Free Expression Under Threat, Europe Needs a ‘Marco Civil Moment’

Global Voices Advocacy

In the second installment in our "right to be forgotten" series, Felix Treguer explains how the new EU rules affect corporations like Google -- and their impact on the public.

1 September 2014

From Liberia to South Korea, West Africa's Ebola Outbreak Is Met With Ignorance and Paranoia

A pub in South Korea posted a notice turning away Africans "due to Ebola virus," and a Nigerian millionaire preacher is offering to cure Ebola patients with his special water.

18 August 2014

Deadly Diseases, Violent Conflicts and White Saviors: Hollywood's Skewed Portrayal of Africa

The film "Outbreak" about a fictional Ebola-like virus hit theaters nearly 20 years ago. Has Hollywood's perception of Africa evolved since then?

3 August 2014

Russian-French Opposition Activist Koblyakov Arrested in Bulgaria

Nikolay Koblyakov, founder of the French NGO Free Russia, which for years has organized protests against Putin's regime, was arrested at Sofia Airport on July 29, 2014.

28 July 2014

Can France Catch Up With Internet of Things World Leader China?

The Internet of Things is permanently and fundamentally revolutionizing our consumption habits.

22 July 2014

Court Ruling Against Restaurant Reviewer Leaves French Bloggers Reeling

Global Voices Advocacy

The presiding judge ruled that while the review fell "within the scope of freedom of expression" its title was defamatory.

12 July 2014

A Summer Reading List from Global Voices French-Language Contributors

Need some summer reading material? Here's a reading list of mostly Francophone authors recommended by the GV community.

8 July 2014

This Project Is Helping France Unlearn Its Stereotypes About Romania

Newsroum is a school project from La Sorbonne journalism school in France that is dedicated to fighting clichés about Romania.

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