France

This Sculptor Piles People on Top of Each Other to Make Art
July 22, 2014

And rethinking public spaces in the process.

I'm Insanely Jealous of Sweden's Work-Family Policies. You Should Be, Too.
June 22, 2014

The US ranks LAST in government-supported time off for parents. That needs to change.

When French Irrationality Was Deadly
The writers who fell in love with fascism
May 31, 2014

France was the seat of the Enlightenment and intellectual order. Perhaps this made its writers fall in love with disorder.

Let's Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language
February 02, 2014

The idea that American-born children need to learn French has become more reflex than action, like classical music played at the wedding of people who live to modern pop.

What Really Happened at the Battle of Waterloo
January 31, 2014

How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.

Meet the Anti-Semitic French Comedian Who Invented the Quenelle
January 31, 2014

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. The Passage de la Main d’Or, half a mile or so from the Place de la Bastille, is a nondescript, narrow street in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, which these days is a fairly chic quarter in eastern Paris.

Meet the French Comedian Behind Soccer's Antisemitism Controversy
January 03, 2014

Nicolas Anelka might regret the goal he scored on Monday: The French soccer star ignited a global controversy when, celebrating, he struck a pose that may be based on the Nazi salute.

France Has Charged Bob Dylan With Breaking the Country's Most Ridiculous Law
December 03, 2013

France's law prohibiting "incitement to hatred" is itself an incitement to hatred.

The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad
September 10, 2013

This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone

Surrender Monkeys Become Interventionist Gorillas!
Paris has become Europe's leading hawk. It actually isn't an anomaly
September 03, 2013

With the British parliament’s no vote on Syria intervention, France has become President Obama’s most important ally as he plans strikes against Bashar Assad’s regime. And if the U.S.

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