Although #JeSuisCharlie, referring to the attack on political newspaper Charlie Hebdo, has gained traction well beyond France, another hashtag is trending: #JeSuisAhmed.
The Eiffel Tower went dark Thursday night in a tribute to those killed Wednesday in an attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is offering help to French officials to pursue terrorists responsible for what he is calling a “horrific shooting” at a satirical weekly newspaper. Continue reading
Jean Tirole, of the University of Toulouse, France, won the Nobel Prize in economics Monday for his work on markets and regulation. Although his name might not be well-known in the U.S., his work has been recognized as some of the most applicable “real-world” economics research in decades. Continue reading
French writer Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature this morning. The Nobel Academy said they awarded Modiano the award “For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, a Frenchman was murdered by militants linked to the Islamic State in Algeria. Herve Gourdel was kidnapped over the weekend and was killed after the French government refused to halt airstrikes in Iraq. Also, NATO reported a significant drawdown of Russian forces inside Ukraine, but that thousands of troops or special forces are still deployed in or near the country. Continue reading
Herve Gourdel, a 55-year-old mountain guide, was abducted on Sunday as he was hiking the remote Djura Djura mountains of northern Algeria. He was killed by extremists in a video released Wednesday that YouTube quickly pulled off the Internet. Continue reading
French attack planes on Friday destroyed fuel depots and ammunitions on an Iraqi military installation run by the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. Fighter jets accompanied by support planes carried out four airstrikes and managed to destroy the target, the Associated Press reports. French president Francois Hollande said that other operations will continue in the coming days with the goal to “weaken this terrorist organization and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities.” Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, more than 700 immigrants hoping to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East were killed in two shipwrecks last week. The death toll reportedly equals all migrant deaths for the entire year of 2013. Also, Air France pilots began a week-long strike, grounding more than half of the airline’s flights. Continue reading