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The Climate (of) Crisis in the French Media

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Villeneuve d'Ascq - FRANCE
À propos du blog
A translation project by students in the MéLexTra master's degree in translation at the University of Lille. The blog provides a press review consisting of English translations of a broad range of French articles on a different news topic every year. This year's project concerns responses to the climate crisis and related stories in francophone culture. (Image: Le Monde, "Understand global warming in 4 minutes", 28/04/2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4LVXCCmIKA).
  • French Government Plans to Introduce Specialised Environmental Judiciary

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    AFP reports on the government's announcement that it intends to create a network of judicial task forces specialising in the prosecution of environmental crimes; the article questions whether the project will receive sufficient funding and points out that it will not deal with major incidents, such as last year's controversial fire at the Lubrizol chemical plant in Rouen.
  • French Study Shows Air Pollution Affects Women’s Health

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    Olivier Monod reports in Libération on the results of a French research project that show a correlation between peaks in local air pollution and disruption of women’s menstrual cycles, linking the study to a burgeoning international interest in environmental impacts on women's health and reproduction.*
  • Q-Tips to Eco-Tips: Things We Can Do Without

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    Rookie reporter Marie Zafimehy, on the website of talk radio station RTL, provides an example of the kind of ‘lifestyle’ response to French Circular Economy legislation which downplays the gravity of the issue, offering little more than a tongue in cheek greenwashing of the disposable consumer advice articles churned out by online media as clickbait: can we call this single-use plastic journalism?
  • Extreme Weather Shock: France Ranked Fifteenth in Global Risk Table

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    Reporting in Le Parisien on a climate risk study published by a German think tank, Frédéric Mouchon epitomises the shock expressed in the national press to France being classed in the same category as famously vulnerable countries like Bangladesh.
  • The Climate (of) Crisis in the French Media: Introduction

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    In this blog about the climate (of) crisis, a group of Lille University master's students present a range of reports from the French media concerning the debates surrounding major environmental issues and their human impact. English versions of the articles, complete with glossaries and notes, provide an insight into how the French press is treating a range of controversial topics.
  • For a bioethics of vulnerability

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    An ear, nose and throat specialist, Jean Lacau St Guily, Professor of Oncology at one of the Sorbonne's main teaching hospitals, argues that the current debates about bioethics in France tend to focus on expensive cutting-edge technology and thus exclude the realities of medicine for the underpriveleged and socially marginal patients who make up the majority of his practice.
  • French Citizenship Rights for Surrogate Children to be Reviewed

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    An article written by Agence France Presse gives an update on the case of the Mennesson family, who have been campaigning for 17 years to get the French state to officially recognise their surrogate daughters' status as the children of two French parents.
  • French Health Service on Notice for Database Vulnerabilities

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    The website of medical TV show Allô Docteurs reports that the French health service has been served with an official notice to improve the security of its medical insurance database, which contains highly personal information about the vast majority of the country's citizens and service users.
  • Major religions sing from the same hymn sheet on assisted dying

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    Relying primarily on the word of a Christian union representative, the traditionally Catholic newspaper La Croix reports on the unity of the major Abrahamic religions in France with regard to the ethics of end of life issues, and how this show of thoughtful solidarity has apparently impressed the French government's social advisory body.
  • France's Surrogacy Assault Course

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    Eve Roger's brief exposé, broadcast on radio station Europe 1, reveals the difficulties faced by would-be parents wishing to find a way to circumvent France's stringent anti-surrogacy laws.