Current Affairs

Current Affairs
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.
life with or without children

A Life Well Lived, With or Without Children

Is parenthood a must-have for a "good life"? Nutritionist and mother of four Charlotte Debeugny reflects on the essentials of a happy and well-lived life — with or without children.

The 5 Dangers of Being a Native Anglophone Who Speaks English Only

It makes every last member of the Académie Française fly into a panic, but the truth, hélas, is that English, not French, is today’s universal language. Tongue of technology, patois of the 20th and 21st centuries, dominant more than any other language in history, English is omnipresent in the mouths and minds of much of humankind. You’d think that would put native Anglophones at a huge advantage. But I'm here to tell you that it does not.
trip to France

Should I Cancel My Trip to France?

Wondering whether it's safe to visit France after a series of terrorist attacks? Here's a reassuring reality check from our security consultant.
Brexit

Brexit Blues for a Brit Living in France  

On the eve of the critical Brexit referendum, Jennifer Morgan, a British expat living in France, went to bed with full rights as a citizen of the European Union and woke up the next day in shock, facing an uncertain future.

How the French Really Feel about Their First Ladies

The image of French First Ladies has transformed through the decades. One university student expresses her hope for a new role reflecting the modern French woman.
refugee camp

What Happened on a Design Student’s Quest to Help a Refugee Camp

For the first few hours in the camp, I was scoping out potential design related modifications to make the refugees’ stay more… adequate? I had come expecting to experience a eureka moment: “I’m going to make this camp so much better, good Design will solve the refugee crisis!”. Boy was I wrong.
Princess Diana

Where Were You the Night Princess Diana Died in Paris?

On the 20th anniversary of her shocking accident, a look back at the life and death of Princess Diana and the legacy she left behind.
refugee crisis

Dominica’s Petit Journal: Asylum Seekers Cruise the Mediterranean and Storm the Borders

We are witnessing the largest refugee crisis since World War 2. Why are people leaving home, with no more than a backpack and a passport in a ziplock bag, to risk their lives at sea? And why should you care?
Musées Debout

Musées Debout Protesters Want to Shake Up Paris Museum Scene

What is happening on the Place de la République in Paris? The fact that the “Musées Debout” (“Museums Awake”) initiative has set up camp in this iconic square is no coincidence. Musées Debout is an offshoot of the “Nuit Debout” (“Night Awake”) movement, which attempts to spark discussion and debate with anyone and everyone unhappy with France’s political life and authorities.