France

Arts, Culture & Media

Bloggers from France's immigrant suburbs provide their own, alternative voice

The men who are accused of opening fire at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the man accused of taking hostages at a kosher market in Paris grew up in the rough, immigrant suburbs of Paris. The national conversation in France is now full of questions, fury and fear about those suburbs. Some of those looking for answers are turning to a blog written by youth from the 'burbs.

Global Politics

European Union prepares to adopt 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise

In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.