Muslims, France and the Sexualization of National Culture
“Sexagon”, by Mehammed Amadeus Mack
Joan W. Scott, 2 February
Refusing to choose between the “liberation” that France wants to impose on them and the “repression” that would be inherent in their religion, many Muslims invent new sexual and gender practices.
Early in January (9 January 2018), Le Monde ran a series of articles responding to the Weinstein affair (...)
The Unlocatable Politics of Paris in Syria
Chirac, Assad and the Others: Franco-Syrian Relations since 1946
Pierre Prier, 25 January
Since the 2011 uprising, France has had to revise its policy towards Syria. In order to understand the mechanisms behind the current diplomatic situation, historian Manon-Nour Tannous reviews the bilateral relations between the two countries since the end of the French mandate on Syria (...)
How France Participates in the Yemen Conflict
Arms Sales and War Crimes
Warda Mohamed, Tony Fortin, September 2017
From 11 to 15 September, Geneva will be hosting the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty. The world’s third largest purveyor of armaments, France has a privileged relationship in this area with Saudi Arabia and its allies. According to hitherto undisclosed data revealed to Orient (...)
De Gaulle : “The Jews, a People Sure of Itself and Domineering”
June 1967, an Endless Six-Day War
Alain Gresh, September 2017
From the very start of the June 1967 war, French President General Charles de Gaulle condemned Israel for having started it. This position, in contradiction with that of most political leaders, the media and public opinion earned de Gaulle many criticisms, including that of antisemitism.
France Under Macron Still Indulges Egypt’s Harsh Repression
Joe Stork, June 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron may be a fresh new face, but if the visits to Cairo by former Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard (June 5) and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (June 8) are anything to go by, we seem set for the same indulgence of unabated repression.
“Military and security (...)
Seen From Algiers: The Other Side of a Colonial War
Warda Mohamed, June 2017
In Algiers, what is commemorated on the 8th of May is not the Allied victory over Nazi Germany but the massacres of Algerian separatists by the French in Setif, Guelma and Kherrata and their areas. More than 70 years later and despite a few politicians’ speeches, the “country of human rights” has (...)
A Macron Tale: The Story of a Perfect Champs Elysees Recipe
Jean-Bernard Beauregard, June 2017
Part I: A long, vain introduction
Let me start with a vain introduction.
I am French.
Worse, I belong to the Parisian middle-class.
After needing 10 years to realize human life is theoretically possible outside of Paris and 10 more to realize it actually exists, I left Paris, and have lived (...)
When France Used the Public Debt to Colonise Morocco
Adam Barbe, February 2017
It is now widely recognised that the French protectorate over Morocco was acquired thanks to that country’s public debt. Guy de Maupassant in Bel Ami (1885) alludes to this possibility twenty years before the event! Yet still today many historians fantasise about secret financial and diplomatic (...)
Algeria’s Independence: The Forgotten Protests that Forged a Nation
Mathieu Rigouste, February 2017
By the end of 1957, France claimed political dissent in Algieria had been eradicated. Yet soon the Algerian people were to take to the streets to reclaim their independence in a chapter that remains largely unknown.
On 11 December 1960, three years after the Battle of Algiers, large-scale (...)
The Sykes-Picot Agreements
Phase Two of the Middle East Partition Process
Kawthar Guediri, November 2016
Exactly a hundred years ago, in 1916, expecting the imminent collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and in order to expand their spheres of influence in the Middle East, the United Kingdom and France concluded a secret agreement with the assent of Tsarist Russia. This accord known as the Sykes-Picot (...)
From Climate Change to War
COP22 From Rhetoric to Action
Warda Mohamed, November 2016
The work of researchers has established that climate change and the monopolisation of resources are factors in the development of armed conflict and terrorist groups. These relatively little-explored connections are relevant in many areas of the world, including Syria, Iraq, Burma and numerous (...)
Algerians and the First World War
Gilbert Meynier, May 2016
Throughout the First World War, Algeria has provided the French colonial power not only substantial material support, but especially thousands of “indigenous” soldiers. Zouaves and “tirailleurs”, praised for their bravery, yet never had access to full citizenship. Conscious of having helped France (...)
The Veil and the Political Unconscious of French Republicanism
Joan W. Scott, April 2016
The French obsession with the veil exceeds that of most other countries in the West. Why? Analysis of an American historian specializing in France.
The official French preoccupation with the veil exceeds that of most other countries in Western Europe. In the Anglo-American world, even post (...)
Muslim Show, a French comic book series takes on the world
Portrait-interview with Norédine Allam, creator and author of comic books
Warda Mohamed, May 2014
In another life, Norédine Allam was a comic book star in France and Europe. From the Dargaud publishing house to the Astérix studios, his talents were fought until the launch of the ’Islamic’ comic, Muslim’ Show. Although the collection has met with a frank success in some thirty countries, it is (...)
Does volunteering for Israeli army comply with international law ?
Marc Cher-Leparrain, March 2014
A dozen states in the world are opening the doors of their army to foreign nationals. A single country however is opening them according to sole ethno-religious criterion : Israel. Beyond the ideological raison d’être, this raises the question of compliance with international law by States that (...)