Seen and heard

The access of women to power has attracted much attention recently,  in light of the non-election of Hillary Clinton. Two authors have penned powerful essays on power and women: Rebecca Solnit, in From Lying to Leering, and Mary Beard, in Women in Power. Snap’s IPO involves nonvoting shares, which means that investors will get a …

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Europe through the eyes of Verdun

Europe through the eyes of Verdun

Last week I visited Verdun, a town in France about a ninety-minute car ride from where I grew up in Luxembourg. It was my first time in Verdun, a charming town with a vibrant center, lots of those boulangeries that I love in France, and a promenade along its river, the Meuse. I came across …

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Dusting off old gender roles

Dusting off old gender roles

I wonder how Philippe Couillard, the relatively new prime minister of my adopted home province of Quebec, feels about gender roles. Let me elaborate. Mr Couillard, prior to taking up his post, promised that a maximum of 60% of his ministries would be run by men. After his Liberal Party of Quebec won a majority …

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Nice and not so nice.

Nice and not so nice.

It has been a month that I moved to Nice for my sabbatical leave. I had barely set foot on the tarmac at the airport that the honeymoon phase set in. How could it not? There is the obvious, especially for someone used to Montreal winters: balmy temperatures that keep thick coats stowed away, the …

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