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The Front National Must Be Put in a European Perspective

Jean-Yves Camus | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Jean-Yves Camus

Rather than sudden and table-overturning victories, the future of the radical right in Western Europe possibly lies in a capacity to be maintained in the very long-term, in modifying their "revolutionary" dimension and in being satisfied with it being a force of rebalancing at the heart of the right.

Why Voters Won't Keep Bailing Out France's Mainstream

Cas Mudde | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Cas Mudde

It is often said that politicians live for the day, lacking both a historical perspective and a long-term vision. In many ways the same can be said about media reporting on politics.

Hollande, Valls, Macron and Article 49-3: France Tries Harder to Reform

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Ronald Tiersky

France needs a decisive president with a sense of urgency and a capacity for statesmanship. Both require a willingness to be "more confrontational" at home, as Macron says, and more forceful abroad.

Demagoguery Is the Last Thing France Needs

Corinne Narassiguin | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Corinne Narassiguin

Her tactics are always the same: mixing obvious statements with half-truths, and sometimes outright lies under the guise of common sense, finding all French political leaders but her guilty of incompetence and hypocrisy.

Far-Right Party Drubs Socialists In Local French Elections

Reuters | Mark John | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

By Mark John PARIS, March 31 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande will take soundings on a possible cabinet reshuffle on Monday after the drubbi...

In Local Elections, France's Far Right Make Gains, Punishes Hollande

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2014 | World

PARIS, March 23 (Reuters) - France's anti-immigrant National Front (FN) scored gains in first-round town hall elections on Sunday and took control o...

French Presidential Election: New Rules for 2017

Guy Birenbaum | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Guy Birenbaum

Imagine... A presidential election where each party (or each side), already "animated" by internal televised debates, could designate its candidate before the open primaries...

In Praise of Political Parachuting. Beyond "Tweetgate" (Ségolène Royal). On Political Assassination as a Fine Art (Jack Lang).

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Madame Royal is not completely wrong in saying that the right nailed her. It's unverifiable, one cannot do the math. But philosophically it's undisputable.

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.

The DSK Affair: One Year Later

Edward Jay Epstein | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Edward Jay Epstein

Even if all the mysteries of the presidential suite have not been solved, it is now abundantly clear that if the district attorney's office had gathered more evidence before they arrested and imprisoned DSK, the outcome of the French election might well have ad a different victor.

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.

'Soft As A Strawberry' And Never Married: Meet France's New Prez

Posted 05.10.2012 | World

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande knocked current French Presdent Nicolas Sarkozy out of the Elysee Palace in this Sunday's election. Yet "jus...

Meet France's New 'First Lady'

Posted 05.09.2012 | World

Nicolas Sarkozy is not the only one who will be packing his bags and leaving the presidential palace after his election defeat last Sunday. French fir...

French Fallacies: Inaccurate Conclusions From the Hollande Victory

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
Mark R. Kennedy

Europe and the global economy are at a crossroads. It would behoove us all to study the map to renewed prosperity carefully to ensure miscues do not send us down the wrong path.

Fearing Fear Itself

Marian Salzman | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Marian Salzman

In this election year, I've been on fear watch. Folks are fearful of everything from 2012 theories to GMOs to student loans taking over as the number one source of pain for college grads everywhere.

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?

What's Really the Matter With Kansas and Cairo?

Scott Atran | Posted 07.06.2012 | Politics
Scott Atran

Structural failures in economic management bring on such crises when they fail to maintain expectations for improvement in the standard of living among the middle class, the mainstay of democracies and principal source of political stability in the modern world.

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...

Why I Am Not Afraid of President Francois Hollande

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Georges Ugeux

The president will inherit a difficult Eurozone debt crisis that is far from resolved. The Greek election is there to remind us of those challenges. France would be too vulnerable to a contagion coming from Italy or Spain to afford irresponsible behaviors at European level.

HOLLANDE BEATS SARKOZY

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

In an almost universally expected result, Socialist candidate François Hollande has unseated French president Nicolas Sarkozy, winning the French pre...

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.

Europe's Banks Versus European Democracy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.29.2012 | Business
Robert Kuttner

Germany profits because the more that financial markets flee from the bonds of other nations, the more money pours into German government bunds, reducing German costs of borrowing. So, what is to be done? If Hollande is elected President of France next week and attempts to pursue a growth policy in one country, as President Francois Mitterrand tried in the 1980s, he will be punished both by money markets and by other leaders. When Mitterrand tried expansion in one country, the result was capital flight and pressure against the franc. In those years, currencies were vulnerable to conservative financial pressures. Today, with a single European currency, it's government bonds that are under attack. But it's the same story.

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 ...