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France Election 2012

Lucky Sarko

Eric Margolis | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Eric Margolis

France's presidential elections are only two weeks away. President Sarkozy, who was trailing Socialist challenger Francois Hollande just weeks ago, is now neck-and-neck with his leading rival. One suspects Sarkozy has either made a pact with the devil or should head straight to Monaco's casino.

Sarkozy's "Worst Nightmare": An Interview With Dominique de Villepin

Alexandre Devecchio | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Alexandre Devecchio

For French journalists, Villepin is Nicolas Sarkozy's "worst nightmare." The former prime minister belongs to the same political family as Sarkozy. Yet he still decided to run for president to make sure a more socially-committed voice would be heard.

The Presidential Campaign Where Money Doesn't Matter

Celia Lebur | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Celia Lebur

The French system of public funds allowing minority parties to flourish might look quite eccentric from across the pond. But once elected, the new president doesn't owe victory to his generous donors.

Hollande: Back to the Future

Anna Winterstein | Posted 04.02.2012 | Home
Anna Winterstein

Hollande is competent. He has made huge efforts to become glamorous. Will that be enough to satisfy the French public's new appetite?

François Hollande: "Ally Does Not Mean Aligned"

Alexandre Devecchio | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Alexandre Devecchio

The day after his first major campaign meeting, Francois Hollande has granted us an exclusive interview in which he gives us his vision of foreign policy.

A French President Not Born in France? Possible, But Not Likely in 2012!

Sabine Hervy | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Sabine Hervy

The "Joly case" doesn't mean French people will never vote for a naturalized citizen. It just means they need to find a competent one to vote for.

Jean-Pierre Chevènement: France's Eminence Grise

Guillaume Daudin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Home
Guillaume Daudin

The 73 year-old is struggling to reach 1 percent in the opinion polls, but he keeps soldiering on. Jean-Pierre Chevènement was once a major political figure in France. But now, he is more likely to get the 500 endorsements than poll a lot of votes.

Marine Le Pen: A Fatal Attraction?

Arnaud Bevilacqua | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
Arnaud Bevilacqua

How could a woman, who came into politics in the wake of her father, who has extreme right wing views and no ministerial experience, become so popular?