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Stories about France

11 November 2016

A French Videographer is Detained, Highlighting France's Odd Use of ‘State of Emergency’

Global Voices Advocacy

Gaspard Glantz, Taranis News site creator and video reporter focusing on protest movements in France is facing legal challenges that constraint his work.

8 November 2016

‘In Our World, You're Either Born With the Right Passport or Not’

Amélie Jacques, a French blogger, reacts to the current situation with refugees in Calais, France.

5 November 2016

Kehinde Wiley Reimagines Old Portraits Because ‘If Black Lives Matter, They Deserve to Be in Paintings’

Kehinde Wiley thinks art, at its best, highlights what we as human beings value. That's why all his portraits have at their center a person of color.

27 October 2016

After a Well-Known Artist's Tragic Death, Taiwan's LGBT Community Demands Marriage Equality

"Don't just pay lip service to "equal rights for the LGBT community". Words are empty! As long as same-sex marriage is not legalized, it means nothing!"

30 September 2016

French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

10 September 2016

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

30 August 2016

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

The Bridge

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

19 August 2016

When Never Forgetting the Attacks on France, Try to Remember the Heroes, Too

Global Voices looks at several heroic stories during the latest mass attacks on French soil.

31 July 2016

Helping Out With Migrants Stuck in Calais, France

Two Global Voices contributors spent a week working with a British charity in Calais, France in solidarity with the refugees and migrants of the so-called "Calais Jungle".

18 July 2016

‘People Are Getting on Those Boats Because They Want to Live’

The rescue operation Sos Méditerranée publishes accounts of people who have survived journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on their blog.

15 July 2016

After the Nice Attack, a Chance for Us to Respect the Pain Everywhere, Together

The Bridge

"Please, today, let us just stay in the now. Let us respect grieving families and friends and in so doing, let us also pay tribute to the other tragedies before."

5 July 2016

Goodbye to Abbas Kiarostami, a Filmmaking Legend Whose Vision ‘Transversed His Persian Roots’

Iranian cinematic legend Abbas Kiarostami died after a battle with cancer. We asked some of his fans to share their favourite scenes from the filmmaker's body of work.

27 June 2016

Macedonian Youth Speak Out About Freedom of Expression Through Mini-Videos

"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."

10 June 2016

Women Are Speaking Up About the Sexual Harassment They've Experienced in French Politics

"...when it happens, you don't know how to react. You're stunned. Frozen. Do you give him a slap? Everyone is looking at you. Why are you not laughing?"

2 June 2016

How Madagascar's The Dizzy Brains Is Rocking Its Way Into European Hearts

The Dizzy Brains to Madagascar's prime minister: "Just do your job, man!"

31 May 2016

Mexico and the World Meet at the Festival of Friendly Cultures

More than 90 nations are converging at Mexico City's Zócalo. France is the special guest country.

26 April 2016

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

22 April 2016

A Little-Known Perspective on the Life of Homeless People in France—Their Own

"Why would a homeless person make a website? ...I will say that I am a computer programmer first and a homeless person second."

17 April 2016

At a Paris Restaurant, ‘Freegans’ Fight Waste by Cooking Up Food Diverted From the Dumpster

Researchers say roughly a third of all the food we produce is never eaten. In Paris, a new restaurant is taking a small slice out of all that waste.

8 April 2016

‘Let's Not Give In to Fear': An Interview With Hugues Lawson-Body, Photographer of Celebrities and Parisian Youth

"I try to photograph young people just as they are. They are just as important as the adult generation, yet they suffer from neglect and need to be inspired."

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