12 Readers on What the Rest of the World Does Better Than the U.S.

This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Last week I asked, “If you could change one thing...
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Société Générale Set to Acquire Majority Stake in PayXpert

French multinational financial services company Société Générale announced Monday (Oct. 3) that it is to acquire a majority stake in PayXpert. The final acquisition remains subject to the approval of the relevant authorities, according to a press release. Neither party has revealed the value of the deal.

Protesters attack French Embassy in Burkina Faso after coup

Angry protesters attacked the French Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital on Saturday after supporters of the West African nation's new coup leader accused France of harboring the ousted interim president, a charge French authorities vehemently denied.

Afternoon Addition: New York is 4th largest wine producer in US, but the city prefers it from France

The New York City skyline as seen from a plane descending into LaGuardia in August 2022. Architect Nader Tehrani reportedly thinks this is the best view of Manhattan. New York makes more wine than almost any other state, but NYC residents aren't interested in buying local wine. In fact, French wine bars are all the rage right now. Plus, where to find the best view of the city, United Airlines ending service at JFK, some news on highly paid government officials, plus more stories from around town. [ more › ]

Kanye West Shows Off ‘White Lives Matter’ Shirt, Social Media Reacts

Kanye West, now known simply as Ye, unveiled his newest collection for his fashion brand Yeezy, in Paris, France earlier today. But that’s not what has the internet buzzing. Kanye, while launching his ninth season of Yeezy attire, pulled up with a surprise showcase in Paris. According to reports, before the display, he gave a quick speech while wearing a shirt with the words ‘White Lives Matter’ written on the back. On the front of the shirt, there was a picture of the Pope.