After the Coal Rush

Dissent, April 26, 2021 In Montceau-les-Mines, a French town once dependent on coal mining, there was no just transition from fossil fuels. Once a left-leaning industrial hub, Montceau today is an open field for the far right. If there’s one part of the world that’s synonymous with wine, it’s the region of Burgundy, in east-central … Continue reading After the Coal Rush

The secret ingredient in Paris’ green public housing

Grist, March 30, 2021 How cannabis can be part of an affordable housing future — not just one for eco-conscious elites. Winter in Paris is notoriously clammy, and this winter was no exception. But Gregory Ferembach didn’t need to turn on his heat much. One reason? The walls in his public housing building are lined … Continue reading The secret ingredient in Paris’ green public housing

Can Extinction Rebellion Survive?

Dissent, Winter 2020 XR promised to transcend politics as we know it. Yet politics has a stubborn way of catching up with those who disavow it. Ten years ago, as world leaders headed to Copenhagen for the fifteenth annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, dignitaries hailed the event as the last chance to avert catastrophe. … Continue reading Can Extinction Rebellion Survive?

Don’t Mess With French Pensions

The Nation, December 6, 2019 Emmanuel Macron’s latest bugbear: a million angry French citizens striking against his proposed pension reforms.  After a year of protests that dragged his popularity to record lows and forced significant concessions from his government, French President Emmanuel Macron might have thought twice before staking “Act Two” of his presidency on … Continue reading Don’t Mess With French Pensions

French city of Dunkirk tests out free transport – and it works

France 24, August 31, 2019 The city of Dunkirk in northern France launched a revamped bus system last year with a twist – it’s completely free. A new study shows that the programme is not only revitalising the city center but also helping the environment. Dunkirk, which sits on the “Opal Coast” at the northernmost … Continue reading French city of Dunkirk tests out free transport – and it works

French emergency room personnel walk out over a ‘healthcare system in dysfunction’

France 24, May 28, 2019 Emergency room personnel at several dozen hospitals across France staged a five-minute walkout at noon on Tuesday to protest against a lack of staffing and resources, which they say is putting them under severe strain and putting patients in danger. The French system of emergency care “has reached an unprecedented … Continue reading French emergency room personnel walk out over a ‘healthcare system in dysfunction’

Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests

Dissent, Spring 2019 Far from being anti-environment, the gilets jaunes have exposed the greenwashing of Macron’s deeply regressive economic and social agenda. I first passed the protest camp on Christmas Eve, as the sun was setting and most of the country was preparing to sit down for the holiday dinner. So were twenty-odd local gilets … Continue reading Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests