Current Affairs

Current Affairs
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18 Changes That Will Impact Expats in France in 2018

A new year often signals new laws which impact our daily lives and our pocketbooks. As of January 1, 2018, here are some measures — from medical to tax reforms — that could affect expatriates living and working in France.
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Métis: The Beauty of Being Biracial in France Today

Award-winning photographer Alexis Duclos produces a photographic essay featuring 46 biracial personalities living and working in France today.
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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.

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.
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.
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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.
meaning of Thanksgiving

American in Paris Reflects on Today’s Meaning of Thanksgiving

This moment of gratitude is the ideal time to be inspired by the true meaning of Thanksgiving and consider how we can work together for a better future.
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.
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.
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...