Current Affairs

Current Affairs
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.
American Presidential Elections 2016- Expat voters

Expat Voters Uncomfortable with US Presidential Elections Circus

We still have over five months to go until the November 6 polling day in the US presidential elections. If that seems like an awfully long time for the rest of you to be watching this tense campaign, do spare a thought for our American expatriate friends. All of us are observing the contest nervously but none more so than the 7.6 million Americans who live outside the USA.
Young refugee boy arrives in Greece. Photo: UNHCR/Socrates Baltagiannis

Refugees in Need: How We Can Help in Paris

INSPIRELLE has visited the Centre Corot, a voluntary association in the 16th arrondissement, which gladly collects clothing throughout the week to redistribute to refugees, and people in need living in Paris.

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.
Beauté Congo, JP Mika, Kiese na Kiese

Dominica’s Petit Journal: Cool African Vibes in Paris

Congolese art comes to Paris, at the prestigious Fondation Cartier, until January 2016. Beauté Congo 1926-2015 is an exhibition of visual arts, music and photography which works backwards, beginning with the contemporary work of some current artists and ending on a series of precursor paintings dating back to 1926.
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.
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...
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.
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.
trip to France

Should I Cancel My Trip to France?

Wondering whether it's safe to visit France after a series of terrorist attacks over the past year? Here's a reassuring reality check from INSPIRELLE's security consultant.