Current Affairs

Current Affairs
Genie Godula

Genie Godula: Who’s that Girl on France 24 Television?

Born and bred in Chicago, USA, Genie Godula is one of the rare American journalists reporting for French media. Today, she's the familiar face on France 24 TV presenting the daytime newscasts.
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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.
Young refugee boy arrives in Greece. Photo: UNHCR/Socrates Baltagiannis

Refugees in Need: How We Can Help in Paris

Looking for a concrete way to help people in need, including refugees in Paris? Why not donate your gently used, unwanted clothing and shoes to the Centre Corot?

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.
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.

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.
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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.
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.
refugees

Global Mom: Expat Women Understand the Need to Help Refugees

A globe-trotting writer and mother describes how she became involved in the cause of helping refugees, documenting their experiences to give them a voice.
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.