MayDay

Paris’ regional authorities temporarily suspended funding for Sciences Po this week, in response to pro-Palestinian demonstrations held at one of France's most elite universities over the war in Gaza, Agence France-Presse reported. Valérie Pécresse, the rightwing head of the greater Paris Île-de-France region, said she was...

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Setting In Stone

France’s upper house passed a bill this week to embed a woman’s right to abortion in the country’s constitution, marking a significant step toward legislation pledged by President Emmanuel Macron in response to the rollback in abortion rights across the world, the Guardian reported. The bill’s...

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No Cake, Please

French police arrested protesting farmers Wednesday as convoys of tractors approached Paris and other cities across France, part of continuing demonstrations over rising costs, bureaucracy and foreign competition impacting the agricultural sector, France 24 reported. Authorities arrested 18 people for “obstructing traffic” near Rungis, a key...

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Out Of Stock

Global supermarket chain Carrefour will stop selling PepsiCo products in some of its European stores in protest over price increases for some popular items, such as Lay’s potato chips and Lipton tea, the Associated Press reported. The French multinational, one of the largest supermarket chains in...

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Lack of Intent

A special court acquitted French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti on charges of conflict of interest, a case that marked the first time in modern France that a government minister was put on trial while still in office, Radio France Internationale reported Wednesday. The case against Dupond-Moretti...

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Making a Stink

French cheesemakers are expressing anger over a proposed European Union recycling rule that may see the traditional round wooden boxes used for Camembert cheese replaced with plastic ones, Sky News reported. The European Parliament is set to vote on the regulation, requiring all food packaging to...

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J’Accuse

French Justice Minister Éric Dupont-Moretti went on trial this week for allegedly using his position to target other officials, the first minister in the country’s modern history to appear on trial while still in office, the Associated Press reported. Dupont-Moretti, whose case is being heard by...

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Hardening Rights

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to enshrine the right to abortion in the country’s constitution, a move that will make France the first nation to explicitly designate access to the procedure as a protected constitutional right, Forbes reported. Last week, the president announced that next year...

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The Spillover

France’s Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles evacuated visitors after receiving bomb threats Saturday, a day after the French government declared a nationwide, top-level security alert following the fatal stabbing of a teacher, Radio France Internationale reported. Officials from both venues said they received threatening...

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The Middle Road

France’s highest administrative court rejected a class action lawsuit accusing the government of failing to stop police racial profiling, a ruling that could influence judicial advocacy actions in the country, Radio France Internationale reported Thursday. The landmark case was brought by six human rights groups who...

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Coming to a Boil

France’s top administrative court heard a landmark case brought by human rights advocates accusing the police of failing to address widespread racial profiling during identity checks, a case that many plaintiffs hope will instigate reform within the country’s police force, Radio France Internationale reported. Friday’s hearing...

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The Name Game

France is drafting a law that would impose restrictions on naming plant-based meat alternatives, the first European country to do so, Sky News reported. Under the draft legislation, the government will outlaw 21 names of meat from describing protein-based products, including “steak,” “spare ribs,” “ham” or...

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Times A-Changin’

Bordeaux, one of France’s renowned wine regions, is facing an uphill battle as it grapples with a combination of challenges that threaten its historic winemaking tradition, CNBC reported. Extreme weather events and shifting consumer preferences are making it increasingly difficult for winemakers to sustain their operations....

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Dress Codes

France will ban female students in state schools from wearing the abaya, the latest policy targeting Muslim dress that the government insists is aimed at preserving the country’s secular values even as critics accuse it of being Islamophobic, CNN reported. French Education Minister Gabriel Attal announced this...

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