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No Celebration in France Over Blocking Le Pen

Joel Dreyfuss | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Joel Dreyfuss

France dodged the bullet in Sunday's second round of regional elections, but the threat from the extreme right remains a dark cloud over election post-mortems. Mainstream French politicians expressed relief this week that they had turned back a bid by Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Front that threatened to win control of six of France's 13 regions.

France's National Front's Le Pen Tells Her Father To Step Down From Politics

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

PARIS, April 9 (Reuters) - France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen urged her father Jean-Marie to withdraw from political life and said she wou...

Thousands Protest Amid Strikes Against Cutbacks In France

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

* Anti-cutback protests in Paris close Eiffel Tower * Coincides with air traffic, state radio strikes * Government confi...

Francois Hollande in Purgatory

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

Hollande should let Montebourg and the Socialist party's left-wing go its own way. He's lost them anyway. The Socialists would be free to prepare the 2017 presidential election with Montebourg a strong candidate against an MRP politician such as Alain Juppé or former president Sarkozy.

Democracy's Conundrum: Reforms Take Time to Mature -- But Voters Want Results Now

Mario Monti | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Mario Monti

All great reforms must first mature. To be successful, they must be fully understood by society. This process requires time and a lot of explanations. However, the need to obtain the consent of the people must not deter the leaders from their mission, even if it makes them unpopular. As it is written in the American Federalist Papers: "When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection (Federalist Papers Nr. 71). What is called "populism" nowadays is not really tantamount to defending the real interests of the people. Rather, it is a political ruse, which consists of using ultra-simplified language that is easily understood by the people, playing on their sense of fear, to conquer power.

French PM Resigns

The Huffington Post | Ryan Craggs | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault handed in his resignation on Monday, France 24 reports. #BREAKING - France : Prime Minister Ayrault, gover...

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...

El-Erian: Strauss-Kahn Scandal Could Put IMF 'Under Huge Cloud'

Reuters | Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 07.16.2011 | Business

This weekend’s detention of the IMF’s chief on allegations of sexual assault has implications that go well beyond the impact on Dominique Strauss-...