Valeria Costa-Kostritsky is a French freelance journalist. She reports on social issues and contributes to the LRB, the Guardian, Index on Censorship and French Slate, with a particular interest in France and Russia. She is on Twitter as @valeria_wants.
Her modest swimsuit divided France, but for self-described "Aussie chick" Zanetti, the burkini has made her – and her teenage daughters – feel freer.
The decision by the mayor of Paris’s 20th arrondissement to withdraw from an event with a well-known feminist and anti-racist campaigner has sparked questions of how racism and Islamophobia are discussed in France after the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
The former IMF chief's pimping trial sees abolitionist views well-represented in the courtroom, but will sex workers be ignored?
Back from Paris where she has been interviewing prostitutes, politicians, police, and feminists who argue both for and against legalising prostitution, Valeria Costa-Kostritsky asks whether this is the answer.