Homeopathy facing criticism in France

A debate is raging in France about whether homeopathy is really effective. The country’s high authority of health is due to issue a long-awaited opinion in the spring on the appropriateness of reimbursing this form of alternative medicine, which has been described as “fake” by some practitioners. But French homeopathic giant Boiron says it would be a false economy if the state decides to stop reimbursing patients for such treatments.

Home of France’s National Assembly president in arson attack

An arson attack has taken place on the house belonging to the president of the French National Assembly in Motreff, France. IMAGES

Paris’s Grevin wax museum gets ready to reopen after renovation

Paris’s Grevin wax museum is preparing to reopen after its first major renovation in more than 15 years. Rather than “selfie rows” of famous faces, the museum’s CEO Yves Delhommeau explains that visitors will now be encouraged to “go back in time” and immerse themselves in historical scenes from prehistoric France to the present day.

Ex-nun reacts to Catholic church ‘sex slave’ scandal

Former French nun Laurence Poujade, who claims to have been sexually abused by a member of the Community of St. Jean in France, says she has been waiting “for twenty years to be able to speak”. She is happy that Pope François admits that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” but adds it’s just ‘a step’, not ‘the final stop’.

Macron asks French youth to participate in National Debate

French President Emmanuel Macron calls on France’s youth to take part in the Great National Debate, his bid to face the fierce criticism he has endured in “yellow vest” protests. IMAGES

US Pompeo meets with France’s Le Drian at State Department

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian ahead of the opening of a meeting of the 79-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. IMAGES of Mike Pompeo and Jean-Yves Le Drian shaking hands