Helen Hickey

Helen Hickey


Helen Hickey is a British freelance journalist now residing in Paris, France with her hubby, cat and four children who miss everything Malaysian, even those dodgy traffic cops.

Recent Opinion

  • 3 months ago

    Giving back during a gap year

  • 11 months ago

    ‘Vive La France’ and ‘Vive Emmanuel Macron’

  • 11 months ago

    It’s a Macron versus Le Pen final

  • 11 months ago

    The French need a Revolution, not crisis

More from Helen Hickey

  • 1 year ago

    Women’s March: Millions unite against Trump and all he stands for

    JANUARY 25 — We will not be silent. This is what the resistance movement ‘Women’s March’ is about: We have a voice. On Saturday, women, men and children, united by their...

  • 1 year ago

    Bonne année celebrations in Paris: What a way to spend the first day of 2017!

    JANUARY 3 — Minus 3 degrees was too cold to drag the kids to the midnight bash on the Champs-Élysée, and so the New Year’s Day parade seemed like the next best thing. Our...

  • 1 year ago

    Trump's triumph calls for humour

    NOVEMBER 16 — Since Donald Trump’s US presidential win last Wednesday, I’ve relied heavily on jokes shared by friends to cure my nausea and stop me from descending into a...

  • 1 year ago

    Inside the last days of the Calais Jungle

    NOV 2 — The dismantling of the Calais camp began last Monday and is expected to be complete early this week. The French authorities have transferred more than 5,000 Jungle...

  • 1 year ago

    After the destruction of the Calais Jungle — can we be part of the healing process?

    OCTOBER 28 ― I feel terrible guilt as I watch, from my comfortable middle class existence, the Jungle camp in Calais being ripped apart by armed police this week. Up to 10,000...

  • 1 year ago

    Between the devil and the deep blue sea

    JULY 30 ― I feel numbed by the last few weeks of human vileness concocted from a potent mix of the terrorist attacks in Europe, Brexit and just across the pond, the rise of...

  • 1 year ago

    What’s it like being a teacher?

    JUNE 15 ― Like Alice in Wonderland, it feels as though I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole, had an adventure, and just dizzily surfaced for air. An air laden with...

  • 2 years ago

    2015: France’s annus horribilis

    DECEMBER 31 ― Looking back at 2015, this is a year that has rightly earned the name annus horribilis, or put simply, it’s been a truly horrible year. The savage raid...

  • 2 years ago

    Tonight in Paris...

    NOV 14 — I’m in a pub, fortunately not in Paris. I am celebrating my first week of teaching, and ironically myself and two other teachers were thinking about heading...

  • 2 years ago

    The Ascent of Woman: Rewriting women back into history

    OCT 13 — If you’re like me and hanker for anything positive in the field of advancing women’s rights, then watch The Ascent of Woman. This pioneering BBC 2...

  • 2 years ago

    Uber has won, says French cabbie

    JULY 3 ― Will last week’s violent protests in Paris stop Uber?  Two Californian-based entrepreneurs hatched the idea behind Uber while struggling to hail a cab...

  • 2 years ago

    Tourist sexually assaulted, by monkeys?

    JUNE 20 — I did have a laugh during last week’s French conversation class.  A class which over the past year has morphed into an excuse for a leisurely coffee and...

  • 2 years ago

    Paris: A matter of grave concern

    JUNE 1 ― Like practically everyone else last week, I had my eye on the most prestigious place to be buried in France — the Panthéon in Paris. Four French World...

  • 2 years ago

    Am I a feminist?

    MAY 19 — The working class girl who grew up in the shadow of a closed coal pit is not everyone’s cup of tea. But, as I stood washing dishes, I couldn’t feel...

  • 3 years ago

    Dyslexia and pit bull terriers

    APRIL 1 — “I was like a ‘pit bull terrier’ when it came to dealing with my son’s school, fighting for precious extra time for exams and other...