France

  • A heart of blood: Muslims crowd French prisons

    For a long time now, the overwhelming presence of Muslims in the French carceral system has been vividly criticized. Today, in light of recent terrorist attacks and fear of growing radicalization, this issue raised by this observation becomes more vital than ever. The high rate of Muslim incarceration constitutes...
  • Crescent and croissants: the difficult history of French Islam

    The crescent and the croissant are respective symbols of Islam and France. At first glance, they might not seem to have a lot in common, but the croissant, arguably one of the most famous pillars of French culture and cuisine, was originally created by the Austrians and shaped like a crescent in...
  • Illiberal Democracies: Protecting or Controlling?

    Over the past few months, three Western countries, namely Canada, Australia and France, have been the targets of attacks that politicians quickly labelled as “terror attacks.” Now these three countries are all trying to pass bills that would extend the powers of surveillance institutions in order to guarantee public...
  • The Ultimate Reality Show: from Game to Grief

    I have always been very sceptical about reality shows that put on screen the difficulties of life without taking into account that there are people in the world who actually have to go through a countless number of adversities in order to survive. But this thought of mine has...
  • On the Edge of Genocide

    The Central African Republic is the scene of a genocide of ethnic-religious origins. Twenty years after the Rwandan genocide, the international community cannot stand idly by. The Central African Republic is a landlocked French-speaking country located precisely in the centre of Africa, it is rich in resources (uranium, oil,...