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France Elections 2012

Abstention, a Trap for Idiots? Why the Front National Has No Place in Parliament. Sollers and Picasso.

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Today there is a threat: this party, the Front National, that preaches disunion, promotes an exit from the European Union and proposes suicidal measures in a time of crisis.

France Veers Right

Eric Margolis | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

As Europe's conservatives watch in dismay and even horror, the second big shoe is about to drop in French politics. Far-rightist Marine Le Pen appears set to emerge triumphant from the wreckage of France's defeated center-right.

Despite Elections, Austerity May Still Rule In Europe

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 07.08.2012 | Business

BRUSSELS — Germany and the European Commission on Tuesday called on EU nations to stick to their agreed budget cuts despite mounting voter disco...

Vive La France "Hollandaise"?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.06.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

However one cuts it, Messr. Hollande faces the same hard choices as does his defeated predecessor. Does he impose crushing new taxes on the wealthy or does he impose new taxes on everyone to help achieve revenue targets needed to help offset France's deficit?

The Scene At Bastille

Clementine Athanasiadis | Posted 05.07.2012 | World

At 8:00 p.m., Place de la Bastille erupted in joyous celebration. Hands reached toward the sky, people embraced, jumped in the air and shouted, “vic...

Monsieur Normal's Accidental Presidency

AP | GREG KELLER | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

PARIS -- Just one year ago, the idea that Francois Hollande would become France's next president would have been laughed at – even by some of hi...

Election Analysis From Le Huffington Post

Posted 05.06.2012 | World

The French people have spoken. François Hollande has been elected President of the Republic with 51.9 percent of the vote against 48.1 percent for th...


AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 07.03.2012 | World

PARIS — Socialist candidate Francois Hollande appeared to solidify his chances at winning France's presidency Thursday after his strong showing ...

The Burning Bush of Nicolas Sarkozy

Anne Sinclair | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Anne Sinclair

We don't need anymore confusion and anxiety in our already fragile society. It is time for this campaign to be over, to end an ugly chapter in which the party still in charge is ready to say, do, or protest whatever they want to win an election.

Address to the Republican Right, Confronted With the New Lepenist Offensive

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Today, nearly forty years after its founding and, whatever the result of the presidential election, the real battle against the Front National begins.

Has France Lost Its Soul?

Rachida Dati | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Rachida Dati

France is now at a crossroads: one road leads to economic and moral bankruptcy under François Hollande; the other leads to growth, jobs, competitiveness, greatness and the pride of being French. This is the France Nicolas Sarkozy is proposing.

French Far Right Flirts With Sarkozy

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2012 | World

By John Irish and Daniel Flynn PARIS, April 26 (Reuters) - Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has emerged as a kingmaker in France's ...

Lessons Learned From Sunday's French Elections

Geoffroy Clavel | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

A victory for François Hollande, a disappointment for Sarkozy and a triumph for Marine Le Pen; the first-round of French elections have been enlighte...

French Presidential Elections: What's Next?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Georges Ugeux

The results of the primaries of the French presidential elections are not a huge surprise as the two expected candidates will be present in the second round, and the socialist candidate, Francois Hollande, is likely to be the next President of the French Republic.

Far-Right On The Come-Up?

Le Huffington Post | Grégory Raymond | Posted 04.23.2012 | World

It’s the unpleasant outcome no one was expecting: Having won 18 percent of the French vote, Marine Le Pen can now be considered the third voice in t...

Le Huffington Post Analyzes Results

Le Huffington Post | Geoffry Clavel | Posted 04.22.2012 | World

The polls have spoken, and to no surprise, François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy will be battling in the second round of France's presidential electi...

Tortoise Beats Hare In French Elections

AP | GREG KELLER | Posted 04.22.2012 | World

PARIS -- Slow and steady wins the race. French Socialist Francois Hollande has taken his plodding, undynamic campaign to become France's next preside...

French Presidential Election Results

AP | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

PARIS (AP) — Official partial results: Hollande, Sarkozy advance to French presidential election runoff....

President Sarkozy to Press: 'See You Tomorrow, Pedophile Friends'

Mitch Feierstein | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Mitch Feierstein

Sarkozy's tendency to honesty doesn't seem to extend as far as an appetite for debate. Given a hard ride by some journalists in relation to a major current corruption scandal -- hardly a topic that journalists ought to avoid -- Sarkozy raged at them.

Le Duel

AP | SARAH DiLORENZO and GREG KELLER | Posted 04.15.2012 | World

PARIS -- Neck-and-neck in the polls just one week before the election, France's leading presidential candidates rallied tens of thousands to separate ...

Christine Boutin, Last French Pro-Life Activist, Throws In The Towel

Jean-Charles Bares | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Jean-Charles Bares

If she had managed to stand, Christine Boutin would have got the media platform she hoped for. But she also risked failing to gather the necessary signatures, or polling a ridiculous score in the first round.

Sarkozy Challenger Promises To Pull Troops Out Of Afghanistan

AP | By GREG KELLER | Posted 01.22.2012 | World

LE BOURGET, France -- The Socialist candidate for France's presidency attempted to consolidate his front-runner status on Sunday with a pledge to pull...

Death of Four French Soldiers: Sarkozy Revives a Neglected Debate

Marie Kostrz | Posted 03.21.2012 | World
Marie Kostrz

It is tragic that it takes the death of four more soldiers for the French public to engage in a real debate about Afghanistan. But the opportunist statements of a president seeking reelection are likely to rebound on him.

The Next French President Won't Be Who You Think

Benoit Toussaint | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Benoit Toussaint

Of course, no one can predict who the next French president will be. It doesn't really matter. The real winner will be austerity.

Hollande, Aubry Lead In French Socialist Primary

AP | Posted 12.10.2011 | World

PARIS — France's opposition Socialists says former party head Francois Hollande came in first in round one of the party's presidential primary, ...