Current Affairs

Current Affairs
spirituality France

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.
masks

Stop Wondering if You Should Wear a Mask – Here’s Why

Masks protect yourselves and others from COVID-19. Luckily, there's now more than one way to get your hands on one in the Paris area.
Black-owned businesses

Time to Shine a Light on Black-Owned Businesses in France

Upset by scenes of police brutality worldwide, an African-American expat says protests are good but supporting Black-owned businesses in France is better.
change

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.
American voters

American Voters Abroad Hit Feverish Pitch to Cast Their Ballots

An American expat in Paris explains the frenzy to make every vote count this year and why the whole world is watching the upcoming US elections.
change in France 2019

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.

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.
quarantine

Life Under Quarantine for a Bi-Cultural Student

A half-French, half-American student reflects on the evolution of the Coronavirus quarantine and how it has altered her life in the space of a few weeks.
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.
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.