France is a secular republic, dedicated to the principle of laïcité, or the absence of religion in public life. But it has as its national symbol the Notre-Dame cathedral.
It survived eight centuries of plague, war, revolution, and the Nazis. How could it be burning?
The Berlusconi era—full of flashy parties, legal misdeeds, and too much news for the Italian public to keep track of—foreshadowed America’s current predicament.
Benedict, the pope emeritus, weighed in on the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis. What was once opaque becomes clearer, and even stranger.
The politicians behind a continent-wide far-right alliance share concerns about migration—and little else.
Manuel Valls is running for office in Barcelona, where his trumpeting of European values has gained little traction in the face of everyday politics.
In Faces Places and The Gleaners and I, the director trained her camera on people and issues not frequently seen on-screen.
Hundreds of thousands of Algerians have been protesting “to prove to the world and to the regime that they could move without destroying the country,” says the Algerian writer Kamel Daoud.
French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to figure out what they want. It’s not an easy task.
The conviction of a high-ranking cardinal for sexually abusing two boys shows that civil authorities, and not Church officials, will bring abusers to justice.
Residents of the city’s poorer, immigrant-heavy suburbs have for years asked the government to take their challenges seriously. They’ve had little success.
At a Vatican conference on clerical sexual abuse, victims spoke of their lives being ruined. Closing the conference, Francis appeared to equivocate.
The Vatican’s conference on child sexual abuse would never be happening, and the dark secret of clerical sexual abuse and cover-up might never have come to light, if not for outsiders to the hierarchy.
Pope Francis wants “concrete” change over the Church’s child sexual-abuse scandal. It won’t be easy, though.
Pope Francis convened 190 bishops and other prelates to discuss the protection of minors in the Church. Are they serious about it?
A confounding exhibition from the Russian film director Ilya Khrzhanovsky poses as an exploration of artistic control and authoritarianism. But it might just be plain exploitation.
By inaugurating a national “grand debate,” can Macron harness the concerns of citizens without undermining his government’s own mandate?
American allies are laughing at the whole country.
Michel Houellebecq’s latest provocation takes aim at the EU.
Pawel Pawlikowski’s latest film masterfully depicts how deep emotional ties blossomed and survived during an era of extreme conflict in Poland.