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Dominica’s Petit Journal: Can COP21 Save the Planet?

How many of us see and feel the veil of pollution that all too often hangs over Paris, dulling the city of lights? What does mandatory alternative driving tell you about the air we breathe? What can the upcoming COP 21 Conference do about it?
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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?
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SOS HELP: A Hotline in Paris in Need of Your Help

Sometimes the most exciting places in the world can be the most daunting, especially if you’re facing the new challenges alone. Without the support of family or friends, the pressure of figuring everything out can lead to anxiety and even depression. Did you know there is a telephone hotline in Paris that you can call to talk to someone?
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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...
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Don’t Shut Doors to Refugees Once We Open Them

Should we aid the growing millions of our displaced and distressed brothers and sisters? If so, how? Who, as winter encases this saga in ice, should generate the needed human heat that could save the exiled? And how can we keep our and others’ hearts from freezing over with fear or suspicion...

Paris Bids a Loving Farewell to Patricia Laplante-Collins

Paris bids a fond farewell to Patricia Laplante-Collins, who hosted Patricia’s Expat Soirées every week for decades, connecting people with passion.
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Canadian Raises Breast Health Awareness With Pink Bra Spring

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a bra! For the uninitiated, the sight of bras floating floating in the sky might seem oddly delightful — just another day in Paris. For others, the Pink Bra Spring event is an opportunity to come together in love and support for breast health and women with breast cancer.
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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?
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Hopways Rolls Out Mom-Approved Taxi Service for Kids in Paris

HOPWAYS, a community car pool service created by three Paris moms, has just announced they have secured a community taxi service to drive your children to and from school and activities when parents are too busy or unable to drive.
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COP 21 People Power: 10 Ways to Join the Climate Conversation

Want to join the climate conversations taking place during COP 21, which kicks off in Paris next week, but you're not a world leader? Here are 10 ways we average citizens in Paris and anywhere can and should get involved.