The new socialist president of France and his prime minister create a lefty government with plenty of estrogen and a dash of crunchy granola. Yes! See the full-size infographic.
For a project named La Campagne à vélo, two journalists, Raphael Krafft and Alexis Monchovet, are biking around France in order to meet French voters directly in their workplaces and homes until the end of the French presidential campaign in May.
Their Facebook page is the main portal: the two journalists post pictures of their trip, updates on their latest video, radio or written productions and ask for help or tips on their journey (the two bikers have to find a place to sleep every night!).
Read the rest and learn how you can keep up with Ralph and Alexis at Geeking the Elysée.
We could wander these virtual stacks for days! So far, the Bibliothèque nationale de France has digitized more than one million works, including books, maps, manuscripts, images, periodicals, scores and sound recordings, and made them available for free to the public at the Gallica digital library. This is France’s answer to Google Books, and the result of the big fight from a couple of years ago.
Thought up by the French cartoonist Plantu, Cartooning for Peace is an initiative born on 16 October 2006 at UN headquarters in New York. A two-day conference organised by Kofi Annan, the then Secretary General of the United Nations, brought together the twelve best-known political cartoonists in the world for “unlearning intolerance”.
Cartooning for Peace is based in Geneva. Don’t miss the current outdoor exhibit in Geneva till July 10: Geneva Lunch.
Literally it means bourgeois bohème. For a thorough understanding of the breed, read An Illustrated Guide to Parisian Bobos in New York Magazine.
A strange sense of architectural déjà vu has gripped the French capital. Parisians, who in their day loathed the Eiffel Tower, the Pompidou Centre and the Louvre Pyramid, are campaigning once again to defeat a revolutionary new building.
via The Independent
Through collaboration with artists representing a variety of disciplines, F.A.C.E. (French-American Creative Exchange) endeavours to inspire and empower local urban communities by way of a creative, micro-political exchange. Interactive arts projects draw from their imagination and input in order to highlight social issues such as civic preservation and revitalization, education and progressive urban planning, all of which have a daily impact on local citizens.
Our thanks to the Paris Property Group for supporting this organization and letting us know about it!
The Cultural Affairs and Education Committee of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, voted Wednesday to exempt “artistic or cultural works” from a 1991 law that prohibits tobacco advertisements, but that also prevents the presence of tobacco in advertisements for goods of any kind.
The French live in one of the richest and safest countries in the world, yet they are global champions of pessimism, fearful of the future and longing for the past, according to a survey published this week.
*We say it’s realism rather than pessimism.
France is to start teaching philosophy to younger pupils, in some cases as young as four, provoking a row over whether the discipline is being dumbed down.
(We think it’s a brilliant idea.)
via Montreal Gazette