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France Elections

A Big Uh-Oh For Hollande's Gov't

AP | SYLVIE CORBET and THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 05.31.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — President Francois Hollande named former Interior Minister Manuel Valls as France's new prime minister Monday, just 24 hours after his ...

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...

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...

In Praise of Political Parachuting. Beyond "Tweetgate" (Ségolène Royal). On Political Assassination as a Fine Art (Jack Lang).

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.20.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Madame Royal is not completely wrong in saying that the right nailed her. It's unverifiable, one cannot do the math. But philosophically it's undisputable.

French President's Ex Loses Parliament Race

AP | Posted 06.17.2012 | World

PARIS -- French former presidential candidate Segolene Royal is decrying "political treason" against her after she lost her controversial campaign for...

Abstention, a Trap for Idiots? Why the Front National Has No Place in Parliament. Sollers and Picasso.

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Today there is a threat: this party, the Front National, that preaches disunion, promotes an exit from the European Union and proposes suicidal measures in a time of crisis.

Deal Breaker: Why France's Parliamentary Elections Matter

AP | Posted 08.09.2012 | World

PARIS — France's upcoming parliamentary elections will determine whether new President Francois Hollande can push his tax-the-rich, down-with-au...

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.

'Soft As A Strawberry' And Never Married: Meet France's New Prez

Posted 05.10.2012 | World

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande knocked current French Presdent Nicolas Sarkozy out of the Elysee Palace in this Sunday's election. Yet "jus...

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...

Au Revoir Mr. Sarkozy

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 07.07.2012 | World

PARIS -- When Nicolas Sarkozy bounded up the steps of France's presidential palace in jogging shorts and shoes on his first day in office five years a...

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.

Fearing Fear Itself

Marian Salzman | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Marian Salzman

In this election year, I've been on fear watch. Folks are fearful of everything from 2012 theories to GMOs to student loans taking over as the number one source of pain for college grads everywhere.

Vive La France "Hollandaise"?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.06.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

However one cuts it, Messr. Hollande faces the same hard choices as does his defeated predecessor. Does he impose crushing new taxes on the wealthy or does he impose new taxes on everyone to help achieve revenue targets needed to help offset France's deficit?

What's Really the Matter With Kansas and Cairo?

Scott Atran | Posted 07.06.2012 | Politics
Scott Atran

Structural failures in economic management bring on such crises when they fail to maintain expectations for improvement in the standard of living among the middle class, the mainstay of democracies and principal source of political stability in the modern world.

Election Analysis From Le Huffington Post

Posted 05.06.2012 | World

The French people have spoken. François Hollande has been elected President of the Republic with 51.9 percent of the vote against 48.1 percent for th...

Why I Am Not Afraid of President Francois Hollande

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Georges Ugeux

The president will inherit a difficult Eurozone debt crisis that is far from resolved. The Greek election is there to remind us of those challenges. France would be too vulnerable to a contagion coming from Italy or Spain to afford irresponsible behaviors at European level.

HOLLANDE BEATS SARKOZY

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

In an almost universally expected result, Socialist candidate François Hollande has unseated French president Nicolas Sarkozy, winning the French pre...

6 European Nations Hold Elections

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.06.2012 | World

Six European countries held elections Sunday. Here is a quick look at what was at stake: _FRANCE: Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeats incu...

French Prez Candidate Goes From Wishy-Washy To Wow!

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 05.03.2012 | World

PARIS -- The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to S...

SARKOZY ON THE BRINK

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 07.03.2012 | World

PARIS — Socialist candidate Francois Hollande appeared to solidify his chances at winning France's presidency Thursday after his strong showing ...

The Burning Bush of Nicolas Sarkozy

Anne Sinclair | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Anne Sinclair

We don't need anymore confusion and anxiety in our already fragile society. It is time for this campaign to be over, to end an ugly chapter in which the party still in charge is ready to say, do, or protest whatever they want to win an election.

Address to the Republican Right, Confronted With the New Lepenist Offensive

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Today, nearly forty years after its founding and, whatever the result of the presidential election, the real battle against the Front National begins.