François Hollande, the French president who took office one year ago, has already been judged the hapless Louis XVI on the eve of the French Revolution or the feckless René Coty who presided over the demise of the Fourth Republic. But what has caused Hollande to adopt the stance he has?
Messrs. Hollande and Delanoë warn that Paris will become "a museum city" if skyscrapers are not built, and that foreign visitors and foreign investment will dwindle. In fact, Paris will probably be less desirable if its traditional attractions are (literally) overshadowed by modern monstrosities.
Every French government in recent history has promised to do something about that bureaucracy. None have succeeded in tackling the entrenched labor unions and special interests.
Yes, it is true, Francois Hollande went to Greece. Unfortunately, he had nothing of substance to offer the Greek people.
The French military action to counter extremism did not affect the cohesion of the UN Security Council, now it is time for a unified community of nations to battle economic exclusion, the long term ally of terrorism.
President Hollande said the menace of a radical Islamic takeover was so imminent that he had no choice but to intervene to save Mali. But despite the supposed urgency of the situation, France has had precious little luck in convincing its European partners to contribute their own troops.
I've never been to Mali and know little about it. I have been to neighboring Algeria, but only on its Mediterranean coast. I suspect that is far closer than most of those who are making judgments on Mali today.
On a train from Paris over the holiday, I received a 25% discount because of my age. The only way the French government can afford to give me that 25% discount is to tax. And as Depardieu's departure to the other side of the old Iron Curtain signifies, this tax can be unbearably high.
Last year, UNITAID released a study that demonstrates exactly what a country would need to do to implement an FTT. The study found that the introduction of such a tax on a national basis should have no significant negative impact on national financial markets.
Whether in France, the UK or Hollywood, top actors and politicians have much in common. They are both performers by trade who are put under intense public scrutiny. Their careers require a huge amount of guts and stamina, and can disappear into thin air overnight for seemingly minor offenses.
Despite the election of socialist François Hollande to the presidency of the Republic, France, far from breaking with the neoliberal model that has led much of Europe toward disaster, has chosen the path of austerity.
TAXE 75% - Les Sages avaient l'embarras du choix du moyen à retenir pour justifier l'annulation. Ils ont adopté le plus simple: les impositions sur le revenu ne peuvent frapper que les foyers fiscaux; celle-ci visait non les foyers mais les individus; elle est inconstitutionnelle à ce titre, faute d'appréhender la capacité contributive réelle: un couple dont les deux membres perçoivent chacun 900.000 euros n'aurait pas été touché, alors qu'un autre couple, dans lequel l'un gagne 300.000 euros et l'autre 1,5 million, soit un total moindre, aurait dû acquitter 75% de 500.000 euros. La rupture d'égalité entre ces deux couples est manifeste et manifestement inconstitutionnelle. Est-ce à dire qu'il suffit de reprendre le dispositif en le faisant porter sur le foyer et non plus sur la personne? Ce n'est pas si simple.
It has taken long months of incessant bloodshed and a humanitarian disaster the breadth of which no one could possibly have imagined to bring an end to the wait-and-see policy, the non-interventionism, and the regime of crocodile tears towards Syria. The words have finally been said.
Imagine... A presidential election where each party (or each side), already "animated" by internal televised debates, could designate its candidate before the open primaries...
The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance, which imposes austerity policies as the only possible standard, is doomed to failure and inevitably worsens the economic crisis in a Europe that is already in recession.
Timbuktu conjures up images of remote parts of the earth and fabled ancient monuments. Now radical Islamic groups, with ties to al Qaeda, have taken over the north in Mali, destroying monuments and torturing civilians in a brutal interpretation of Sharia law.