Current Affairs

Current Affairs
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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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.
Good News

Searching for Good News in Uncertain Times

Nutritionist Charlotte Debeugny reflects on uncertain times and the silver linings that could emerge from the stormclouds ahead.
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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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COVID, George Floyd, and My Wave of Anger on a Normandy Beach

An American expat in Paris draws a link from the past to recent events and shares her struggle to make significant change in our turbulent world today.
act now

2020: Act Now for Women and for Our Planet

Climate change and gender inequality are two of the biggest issues facing our world today. Here's how you can be part of the solution and bring about positive change.
European election

What a European Election Soirée Taught an American Millennial  

An American student in Paris attends a European Election night soirée to better understand what young people like her are thinking about as they cast their ballot.

How a Single Mom in Paris Covers War, Conflict and Human Lives

Many women choose to alter or give up their careers when they have children. Not Janine di Giovanni. An award winning war correspondent and Middle East Editor of Newsweek, this single mother feels the call of duty each time an opportunity arises to slip into battle zones to put a human face on war.
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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.