This September I turn 60. As I enter The Final Third, I find myself dumbfounded about where the last 60 years have gone, and driven to take stock and sort it all out. In addition, I want to hedge my bets for the next 30. With nothing really big calling my name, I don't have much of a bucket-list. All I know is that I want to keep going and keep learning.
Since Putin's annexation of Crimea and his obstruction in Eastern Ukraine, France has still moved ahead to satisfy its contract with Russia. France should not stand alone in a commercial confrontation with Russia.
It's well past time for President Hollande to issue a strong response to this incident and others like it. If he does not, it will send a clear message that tolerating or even spreading hatred is acceptable in France.
The French Socialists' failure in last Sunday's European parliament elections goes deeper in history. Their perennial weakness as a party has characterized French politics for a long time.
Having such a powerful 50-million-people political and economic partner should be a source of admiration rather than denigration by the American people.
We care less about sex scandals than financial or other ones. And so we should; trusting a political leader, especially someone who could have been a potential candidate for president, necessitates that she or he can be trusted not to wilfully and negligently abuse the responsibilities of their oath and office.
President Francois Hollande has put in place a new French government led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls. This maneuver has all the hallmarks of shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. Yes, one has the chilling feel that accidents are waiting to happen.
Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.
Why has France, which opposed the war in Iraq, suddenly taken up the mantle of humanitarianism? Is it guilt motivating France's latest bout of humanitarian interventionism? Or is the French government just more humane than ours? Actually, none of the above.
There is no love, only proof of love. This week, the President of France, Francois Hollande wanted to prove his willingness to make entrepreneur's lif...
Is it time to crawl under my desk yet? Like the ice and snow in Sochi, can't we have a thawing of our relationship with Russia? The continued undermining of the Sochi Games and trying to miscast Putin's Olympics as a $50 billion ego trip really needs to stop.
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.