Foreign Correspondent in France, Ben Mirzoeff, gives an account of Yellow Vest protests in Toulouse, arguing that protests have now become normalised in the eyes of protesters and police.
Bettina Latuff Hualde talks about the Parisian tourist trail and what it’s like to live in the French capital; translated by Carole Henry. «La vie en rose» pour les uns, la métropole chaotique pour les autres. Au sujet de Paris, ceux de l’Hexagone se trouvent divisés en deux camps: les amants de la capitale, et […]
Foreign Correspondent in France, Katie Fox, explains the country’s latest strikes and outlines why people have decided to protest the government’s pension reform plans.
Isabelle Drage writes on French attitudes towards and current action on the Climate Crisis; translated by Marion L-Huillier-Hunsinger. Il existe de nombreux stéréotypes sur les Français, mais ils ne sont pas forcément connus pour rester silencieux quand ils sont mécontents. La France a la réputation d’être une nation de manifestants ; une tradition qui découle de […]
Natalie Tongue discusses the after-math of the burning of Notre Dame and where the donations for it’s re-build have originated.
With Britain tormented by its decision to leave the European Union, France waits, anticipating Brexit’s fall-out whilst also fantasising over a society full of unicorns. Emmanuel Macron’s pledge in June 2017 to make France a ‘start-up nation’ follows the growing trend of startup creation around Europe, and the appetite to produce startup companies valued at […]
The cleansing wave of ‘Pasokification’ (the process whereby traditional European social democratic and conservative/Christian democratic parties lose their support base) crashed in France in the 2017 election, leaving three populists on the shore with their heads above the water. Macron, the election winner and self-declared ‘Jupiterian’ sun-king, was a populist only in loose terms. He […]
I arrived at the Three Colours Trilogy late. For years it had adorned my watchlist and been the gaping hole in my small smug cabinet of European art house. Trilogies are often the result of a more cynical, franchising side of cinema, so for cinephiles disgruntled with this fact emphasis is often put on spiritual successors […]
Last April, France elected their youngest leader since Napoleon, Emmanuel Macron. A year on, the President of the Republic’s popularity is waning as his approval ratings continue to fall. Some critics say Macron’s centrist platform is a fallacy and correlate his actions, perceived to be far from centrist, to be the reason why. However, the […]
There’s no doubt about it, Paris is certainly one of the places to be around Christmastime. Though Christmas lights are turned on slightly later than on the other side of the Channel, Christmas spirit is still in the air. I feel rather lucky to be here at this time of year, and it gives me […]