Notre Dame Cathedral Scarred by Fire

By: Meredith Antell Paris residents watched as the Notre Dame cathedral, the symbol of beauty and history of Paris, was damaged by a dramatic fire last Monday evening. Completed in the 13th century, the cathedral has served as a landmark for Paris, attracting around 13 million people each year — nearly double the visitors of…

Paper or Plastic?

By: Matthew Quraishi-Landes On April 20, 2018, two days before Earth Day, countries convened in New York to explore possible solutions to this year’s Earth Day theme: “Kicking the Plastic Bag Addiction: A Plan for Response to Plastic Pollution”. Among nations present were France, Mexico, Rwanda, Morocco, and other European Union nations who presented possible strategies…

Small Terrorist Attack in France Adds to Big Debate

By: Julie Schneiberg On Friday, March 23th, tragedy struck in Trèbes, France, a small town that lies roughly 60 miles southeast of Toulouse. Islamic extremist Radouane Lakdim, a French-Moroccan of dual citizenship, first hijacked a car where he shot and wounded the driver and killed a passenger. He then proceeded to leave the car in…

Macron on the Move

By: Annie Schoenfeldt After an election cycle fraught with contention and uncertainty, the French rallied to choose their next president: Emmanuel Macron. The 39-year old, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon,[1] emerged as a clear victor with almost two thirds of the vote. His victory over Marine Le Pen of the National Front marks a pivotal moment…

The French Presidential Election: Round One

By: Annie Schoenfeldt   A wave of uncertainty sweeps the political landscape at the approach of the April 23 presidential election. Four candidates: Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, François Fillon, and Emmanuel Macron, vie for votes in a contentious and close race. If no candidate wins over 50% of the vote, the elections will continue in…