The Loaded Swimsuit

France’s top administrative court ruled against the wearing of full-body swimwear, including the burkini, in public pools this week, amid an intense national debate about the country’s principle of secularism and the respect for fundamental rights, Reuters reported. The case began when the city of Grenoble...

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The Speed Bumps

French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist coalition lost its parliamentary majority following Sunday’s legislative elections, a vote that could result in a difficult five-year term for the incumbent, Politico reported Monday. The results showed that Macron’s Ensemble alliance won 245 seats in the 577-seat lower house of...

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Caught in the Middle

President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance secured the lead in France’s first round of parliamentary elections but faces a tough challenge in the final round against the leftwing bloc of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Financial Times reported Monday. Results showed that Macron’s “Ensemble” (Together) and the Mélenchon’s red-green New...

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A Nod Left

French President Emmanuel Macron picked Elisabeth Borne as the country’s new prime minister this week, an appointment many observers described as an effort to attract left-leaning voters ahead of next month’s legislative elections, the Washington Post reported. Borne’s selection marks the second time a woman has...

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Last Minute Skeletons

French prosecutors began analyzing a report by the European Union’s fraud agency accusing far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen and other members of her National Rally party of misusing public funds while serving in the European Parliament, the Associated Press reported. Last month, the European Anti-Fraud...

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Runoff Redux

Incumbent President Emmanuel Macron secured the top spot in France’s presidential elections Sunday, but he failed to gain enough votes to avoid a runoff election against his main opponent, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, the Washington Post reported Monday. Results showed that Macron secured nearly 28...

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Ça Marche

Folks in the small town of Moissac in southern France are on edge. The ethnic composition of the medieval town has changed dramatically in the past decade. Around 2,000 Bulgarians – mostly Roma – have settled in Moissac. Last year, concern over the newcomers led Moissac...

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A Spark

French President Emmanuel Macron called for calm in Corsica after a Corsican independence figure died of his injuries resulting from a prison attack, a death that some worry could spark unrest on the island, Euronews reported. Yvan Colonna died Monday after being in a coma for...

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An Assassin, a Hero

Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Corsica this week following a prison assault of a Corsican nationalist figure that sparked anger on the French Mediterranean island, Agence France-Presse reported. Authorities said that more than 60 people, including 44 police officers, were injured in the skirmishes,...

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Elusive Justice

A French court convicted four men of conspiracy to commit terrorism in the murder of an 85-year-old Catholic priest in Normandy in 2016, the latest trial related to attacks connected to the Islamic State terrorist group, the Associated Press reported. The defendants received sentences between eight...

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