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French Elections

France: The National Front's Defeat Was Predictable

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 12.16.2016 | World
Ronald Tiersky

Predictions of FN triumph were so wrong because of weak knowledge of French history and political institutions. The Fifth Republic's electoral system is a permanent safeguard against the likelihood that extremist parties can win power.

The Front National Must Be Put in a European Perspective

Jean-Yves Camus | Posted 12.15.2016 | 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.

French Regional Elections: The 'Crazy' Is Everywhere

Anne Sinclair | Posted 12.15.2016 | World
Anne Sinclair

The "crazy" is everywhere. The question is whether, after the fear subsides, the varying political forces will return to "business as usual" as if nothing fundamental has changed in French politics.

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

Cas Mudde | Posted 12.14.2016 | 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.

What Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump Have in Common

Joel Dreyfuss | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Joel Dreyfuss

France's wrenching shift to the right in last Sunday's regional elections should serve as a warning to American liberals.

Well, There We Have It...

Anne Sinclair | Posted 12.07.2016 | World
Anne Sinclair

I am not convinced that, contrary to the enthusiastic claims of Florian Philippot, the FN vote was a "vote of love." At least, let's hope it isn't the case! But it is, at the very least, a vote of fear.

France's Sarkozy Calls For Two-Speed EU, Tighter Borders

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

By Nicholas Vinocur PARIS, May 22 (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy weighed into the European Parliament election ca...

France's New Government and the Ecology of Cécile Duflot

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Mrs. Duflot, who presents herself as the guardian of the loftiest questions facing the human race, who supposedly thinks only of the immense challenges that, because they affect us one and all, should occupy a heavenly space of pure ideas, has her feet planted in the same mud in which the most cynically political leftists of the past century waded.

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...

Vote Wisely

Jacques Attali | Posted 05.11.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

The forthcoming municipal elections, within a month from now, should offer the opportunity for exciting and fruitful debates on future ways of living together. Unfortunately, in France, we are still very far from it; only personal squabbles and party differences can be heard.

Will Sarkozy Save The French Right?

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2013 | World

PARIS, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy met on Monday one of the two men locked in a vicious dispute over succeeding him a...

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...

Is Merkel the Herman Cain of the Eurozone: NEIN - NEIN - NEIN? (And Why It Matters to the U.S.)

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Terry Connelly

Sometimes it seems that the chancellor would rather go down in history as the German who sank the euro rather than appear to be following a made-in-America idea.

France: An Epicenter of Culture

Katherine Krauss | Posted 08.04.2012 | Teen
Katherine Krauss

French culture is definitely distinct. Never scared of being considered elitist, the French value the best and brightest from their country.

Bonjour, Merkel

Daniel Nehemia | Posted 08.01.2012 | Teen
Daniel Nehemia

Less than a month after France chose her new president and few months before Germany starts her own elections campaigns, Europe is dealing with a collapse of more countries in the eurozone.

Comparing Political Extremism in Europe and America

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

People often ask whether America or Europe fare better or worse in terms of political extremism. Yet, in a race to the bottom, what matters most is the direction.

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.

From One Francois to the Next: A Look at France's Leadership

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Kyle Jarrard

Now comes l'autre François, a breath of fresh air and dignity, with a bit of Tonton in his folded-arms repose and sweet-boy smile. But is he for real, complete with spine? Can he lead the way with a pro-growth banner held high?

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...

Europe's Lesson: No Time for Austerity Measures

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Europeans are using democratic elections and demonstrations to send a message: Austerity is spreading unacceptable human misery.

Short-term Status Quo in France While Greece Wonders If There Will Ever Be "Business as Usual"

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
Vivian Norris

The election of Francois Hollande as president has not created the panic depicted in the foreign media, but rather an emphasis on keeping to the status quo, at least in the short term.

U.S. Presidential Elections Should Have A French Accent

Scott Blakeman | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

While the individual contribution limit in France is more than twice as high as the U.S., there are no PACs or Super PACs, and French companies, unions and special interests are not allowed to make political contributions.

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.