France sprung into the international headlines after the recent Paris Attacks. Just what’s life really like as a French citizen?
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Pork or nothing: how school dinners are dividing France
The Guardian- http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/13/pork-school-dinners-france-secularism-children-religious-intolerance
‘After years of French controversies over headscarves, pork has become the new battleground in the nation’s uneasy debate over national identity and the place of Islam. Bacon and sausage school dinners are being used by rightwing politicians to hammer home what it means to be French.’
French Youth Line Up to Join the Military After Paris Attacks
Bloomberg Business – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-23/french-youth-line-up-to-join-the-military-after-paris-attacks
‘The number of daily applications received by France’s armed forces has tripled since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in the Paris area, which claimed 130 lives and injured more than 300 people. People signing up to join the military went up to about 1,500 from an average of 500, a spokeswoman for the French army said by phone.’