Current Affairs

Current Affairs
D-Day Normandy

D-Day Normandy: A Normand’s Special Connection to America

As the anniversary of the June 6th D-Day Normandy invasion approaches, Normand Danielle Duboscq recounts with fondness growing up around American Allied soldiers who helped to rebuild her country after the end of World War II.
Paris Attacks reflections

Reflections from Paris

This week, as a shadow of darkness hangs over our beloved Paris, we have struggled to find the right words to share with you. So we reached out to our amazing contributors and friends, who have helped produce this special issue of INSPIRELLE...

How a Single Mom in Paris Covers War, Conflict and Human Lives

Many women choose to alter or give up their careers when they have children. Not Janine di Giovanni. An award winning war correspondent and Middle East Editor of Newsweek, this single mother feels the call of duty each time an opportunity arises to slip into battle zones to put a human face on war.
Policeman in tears after Paris attacks

Paris Attacks: A French Police Officer’s View

In the aftermath of the recent attacks on Paris, Christophe Gadenne, a former French police officer and currently a security consultant, shares some insights into the battle against criminals from the perspective of local law enforcement officers.
Hillary Clinton Pantsuit Nation

Expat Women Unite to Create “Pantsuit Nation France”

Expat women united in Paris to form a Facebook group called "Pantsuit Nation-France" to connect like-minded people over post-US election concerns and issues that matter to them.
Thalys train attack survivor

Terrorist Train Attack Survivor Speaks About Her Life Today

Isabelle Risacher Moogalian is a bicultural coach whose life aboard a peniche on the Seine seemed idyllic with American-born husband Mark Moogalian, until they were victims of an attempted terrorist attack on a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris. Seconds after Mark wrenched the automatic weapon from the hands of the attacker he was shot in his back as he tried to get away.
US elections

Global Mom: Resisting Despair, Stoking Hope After the US Elections

Melissa Dalton-Bradford offers advice on how to counter despair over the US elections by standing up, speaking out and keeping hope alive.
state of emergency in France

What It Means to Live in a State of Emergency Facing Terrorism

For expats whose jobs, spouses or dreams brought them to France, 2015 was a year when one could legitimately wonder whether the pleasures of life in this country were going to be compromised by the increasingly alarming trajectory of violence, and tension, which resulted from the attacks of January and November. The refrain of "they shall not win" could not eradicate a general feeling of unease felt by many Parisians, and not only expats, in the weeks after November 13.
French elections

Why My French Vote is Weighing On Me

An expat voter reviews the candidates in the upcoming French elections and considers what's at stake for her, her family and the country.
spirituality France

Trying to Grasp Spirituality in France, Where Religion is Not Recognized

I have been always very careful to which of my French friends I would reveal my spiritual search. For in this country, spirituality and religion are very much a private matter. Why is this topic to be handled with care? Today’s France is a society firmly entrenched in the separation of church and state. And the rocky road to a secular republic has taken a few centuries to achieve.