Current Affairs

Current Affairs
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Important Changes in 2019 That Will Impact Life In France

There is no overnight panacea to resolve the economic malaise à la française but "change" is the mantra for 2019. Here are some new laws that could affect your pocketbooks and French lifestyle in this new year.
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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.
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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.