French President François Hollande's friendly visit with Barack Obama this week is an indication of how much relations have improved between France and the United States since the post-9/11 days when some Americans characterized the French as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys."
The French approach to education demonstrates a solid commitment to investing in youth human capital, and there is much that the United States can learn from the French example.
These past weeks, French and international press has placed the private life of the President, Francois Hollande, his now former companion, Valerie Trierweiler and a French actress, Julie Gayet, on the front page non-stop.
Recognizing reality, President Hollande is at last seeing off socialism just as, in his time, President Francois Mitterrand saw off communism in French politics by bringing the Communist Party into his cabinet only to expose their outdated and unrealistic doctrine.
Following President Francois Hollande's historic embrace of social democracy in a major policy speech last week, there is reason to believe that the French have finally found their way.
Since Operation Sangaris was launched, however, the French military has proven powerless to stop the sectarian violence, which took more than a thousand lives in Bangui last month.
My president, François Hollande was caught apparently spending the night with his alleged new lady love. And you know what the French media did? They reported on it!!! They revealed the information and they wrote an article. They even published the photos. Shame on them!
In 2012, French actress Julie Gayet was asked to tape a segment in support of François Hollande, then French presidential candidate. Here's what she had to say, back then, of the one who's alleged to be her lover today.
Far beyond the declarations of his next press conference, Francois Hollande will have to make clear, and repeat, in the coming weeks, the geopolitical, cultural and social project which will provide a reference framework for his new commitments.
There is so much ineptness in a recent Newsweek article by Janine di Giovanni aimed at destroying France -- now a specialty of the magazine. "French bashing" is trendy again among Anglo-Saxons!
A Europe ashamed and disgraced, a Europe discounted, a Europe in name but not in deed, a Europe afraid of its own shadow -- that's a sure path to decline for all of the nations that make it up. On this point, the outcome of the next elections will be critical.
It has been a tough five years since [Obama won the presidential election], and there will be three more to his presidency. But I think he is the best president since Kennedy, or perhaps even since FDR. Here are a few of my reasons for saying this.
What accounts for that greatness? What does it take to become a global icon, one mourned by the entire planet, one whose incalculable legacy many have already rushed in to claim?
The profound symbolism of the moment more than outweighs the lighter substantive elements of the temporary agreement. The United States and its partners appeared tough and got very little. Iran appeared tough and gave up very little. Both sides saved face.
It is 10am. The private coach is waiting exactly where it's supposed to be, in front of the grand main entrance of the Musée d'Orsay. I climb inside and claim a seat alongside my fellow American travelers, of which there are fourteen.