Macron’s COVID-19 Advisor Underestimated Pandemic

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I watched last Wednesday’s French news bulletin with a quiet bewilderment that bordered on incomprehension. The head of the governmental scientific committee, and advisor to president Macron over the COVID-19 pandemic, publicly admitted that he (and others) had underestimated the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Jean-François Delfraissy, immunologist and chairman of the coronavirus scientific committee, […]

La Vie En Rose – Domestic Violence Figures Shame France

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Some national records are enviable, others are shameful. The official figures concerning domestic violence in France make for grim reading – a woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner every three days. France’s dismal record on domestic violence is certainly nothing to be proud of, but what is even more worrying is that the […]

A Big Mac, French Fries And A Coke. Anything Else, Minister?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It is sad really, when ministers who run out of ideas are being persecuted for something else by the country they are trying to govern. It is as if we all have suddenly had an attack of divine morality concerning the fact that they are otherwise engaged. The latest victim of the democratic inquisition into […]

Running After The Hijab – Why Decathlon And The Washington Post Got It Wrong

Reading Time: 6 minutes For some it is hard to believe that France, of all countries, is having yet another heated debate concerning a dress code. The country that is renowned for its mode and haute-couture, is getting all worked up about a piece of cloth covering a woman’s hair – yet again, again. After having nearly drowned under […]

Is France Facing An Anti-Semitic Insurrection?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The escalating violence associated with the yellow vest demonstrations, coupled with the ever-increasing incoherence of their political and social demands raises the question of whether France is facing insurrection. What is more worrying however, is that this popular rebellion is being used as a pretext for violence and, more dangerously, for antisemitism. Both have nothing […]

Domestic Violence – Because It Was Her, Because It Was Me…

Reading Time: 5 minutes A 31-year-old French woman, known as “ Aïda,” has been found partially responsible for her paraplegia, after having  returned home to her companion, whilst knowing that he was violent – having been victim to domestic violence in the past – and despite police advice not to do so. The couple had no home of their […]

C’est Tellement Con, Que Ça Fait Rire!!

Reading Time: 1 minute La une de Charlie Hebdo, du 26 décembre dernier, faisant suite à la mise en garde-à-vue de Peter Cherif, est le plus beau cadeau de Noël que l’on puisse souhaiter. Pour tous-ceux et toutes-celles qui cultivent de façon ardue un sens d’humour et une dérision de la vie que l’on pourrait qualifier de limite, le […]