France

Science, Tech & Environment

At this Paris restaurant, 'freegans' fight waste by cooking up food diverted from the dumpster

Researchers figure that roughly a third of all the food we produce is never eaten. In Paris, a new restaurant is taking a small slice out of all that waste by salvaging discarded food from a local market, cooking it up into fine cuisine, and serving it on a "pay-what-you-can" basis to a clientele that includes some of the city's neediest residents.

Conflict & Justice

For many in Paris, the attacks in Brussels brings up recent memories of their own tragedy

When news of the ISIS attacks on Brussels was heard in Paris, it seemed especially close. It was just last week when Salah Abdeslam, a key organizer of the Paris attacks in November, was captured in Brussels. We met several Parisians who observed a moment of silence Wednesday in front of City Hall in honor of the Belgian victims and their own.

Business, Finance & Economics

The new regulars at this French café are migrants living in a nearby camp

There are frequent protests in Calais, where the largest camp in France for migrants is located. But is was the appalling living conditions at Grande-Synthe, 30 miles away, that got the attention of Doctors Without Borders. Migrants there try to find the best ways to cope — for many men, that means becoming regulars in a local café. Some in the town even call it 'the Migrants' Café.'

Lifestyle & Belief

Does France's 'burqa ban' protect — or persecute?

In 2004, France banned the wearing of all conspicuous religious symbols in grade schools. Then, in 2010, France enacted the so-called "burqa ban," making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the traditional face and body covering in public. These rules, based in France’s extreme separation of church and state, have stirred debate over whether France is protecting secularism or stifling religious freedom.