Current Affairs

Current Affairs
US elections

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.
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.
state of emergency in France

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.
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Essential Eating: Devastating Impact of Pandemic on Paris Cafés and Restaurants

A behind-the-scenes look at how Parisian restaurants and cafés are coping with the pandemic and reinventing the concept of French dining for the future.
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.
post-brexit

Post-Brexit and the Pandemic: Shifting Identity for a British Woman in France

A British working mom in Paris describes feeling abandoned post-Brexit to being welcomed with open arms by her adopted country.
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.
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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.
dining

Terrace and Take Out Dining are the New Normal in Paris

As lockdown eases in Paris, restaurants and vendors must find creative new ways to provide fine dining while respecting safety measures.