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French Education and Youth Minister Pap Ndiaye speaks during a press conference following a weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on June 14, 2022. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Appointment of Pap Ndiaye as education minister highlights ‘woke’ debate in France

Considered a pioneer of “Black Studies à la française”, Ndiaye’s appointment comes at a time when issues in race and gender have divided the French political class and public opinion.
Most of us love chocolates, but child labor has been found involved in some of the production. Jupiterimages/ The Image Bank via Getty Images

Some chocolate has a dark side to it – child labor

An anthropologist writes that despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that children may not have been exploited in the production process of chocolate.
The mortality rate among young adults is higher than it should be, statistically. Sammie Chaffin/Unsplash

Excessive mortality of young adults: a natural trait?

The risk of dying changes over the course of a lifetime. Very high at birth, it falls and then gradually rises again… except for a peak after adolescence. Why such a statistical anomaly?
Bike delivery people from the Deliveroo food delivery service gather for a demonstration at Place de la République in Paris in August 2017. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Punishment of Deliveroo by French court is a blow to the platform’s business model

A trial in France revealed how the platform’s algorithm established a subordination relationship between riders and the firm. Could we be witnessing the beginning of the end of “uberisation”?
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round of the presidential election, as in 2022. Ludovic Marin/AFP

French elections: a divided country faces an uncertain second round

The first round of the French presidential elections leaves the country’s party system in tatters and voters divided along three poles. What will happen in the second round is now anyone’s guess.

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