Posts Tagged ‘Paris riots’

From its doorknobs to its house numbers, Paris is rich in architectural details. But it was the city’s iconic pavers that led me on my most recent historical adventure. In some streets the pavers are still arranged in beautiful fan-like patterns. The rue de l’Abreuvoir offers a nice view of the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre, […]


I love The Independent. It’s full of informative news from around the world—which is often reported with a wry sense of humor. For example, take the article about the riots in France. I smiled at the helpful translation (in parentheses) of a typically euphemistic phrase: Mr Sarkozy promised rapid action to lift the fuel blockages […]


Less than a month after I accidentally joined a friendly protest in Paris, today the unrest finally boiled over and turned violent. In a nutshell, President Nicolas Zarkozy’s government is proposing that the retirement age be raised from 60 to 62. The government’s argument is that France’s retirement system is untenable if left “as is.” […]