Monday’s calamitous fire at Notre-Dame elicited an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from donors near and far, great and small. But as the embers cooled, so have cracks appeared in the initial élan of unity and controversy flared over funds.
French PM Édouard Philippe on Monday outlined the initial conclusions of the so-called Grand Débat, or grand debate, a nationwide public consultation President Emmanuel Macron launched in January in response to the Yellow Vest protest movement.
New French minister and government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye has spent almost five years at Emmanuel Macron’s side as his media adviser, earning a reputation for blunt speech and a willingness to put the press in its place.
The ugly anti-Semitic invective levied Saturday against French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut by yellow vest-clad demonstrators in Paris left a new stain on a movement that has already seen its popular support undercut by outbreaks of violence.
A high-profile French trial over the evocatively named Air Cocaine drug smuggling scandal began Monday in Aix-en-Provence after six years in the making.
On the day elite policemen in Paris were convicted of raping a Canadian tourist – a verdict activists hail as a watershed – an official French report noted a jump in sexual violence complaints for 2018 with a nod to the Weinstein scandal and #MeToo.
A group of France’s Yellow Vest protesters has declared it will field a list of candidates in the upcoming European Parliament elections. But that effort, paradoxically, could well be a boon to the very establishment the anti-elite protesters oppose.
Two elite police officers go on trial in Paris on Monday, five years after a Canadian tourist alleged they raped her at the judicial police’s prestigious headquarters in the heart of the French capital after a late-night encounter at a nearby pub.
France has struggled to douse Yellow Vest fuel-tax protests that have laid waste to symbols like the Champs-Élysées in a pall of tear gas and car fires. All over the country, Facebook users who lit the spark have been fanning the flames in real-time.
Emmanuel Macron’s highly anticipated speech on transitioning his country’s energy mix was always going to be a delicate balancing act. But in striking a conciliatory tone, the French president hardly appears to have enchanted anyone.