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Reading Philippe Sollers: Literature and Politics à la Française

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Read this book right away. Because it carries the echo of the creeping devastation. And because the author proves that there is, in the ruins, another way to live. Not anger, not nostalgia, but insurrection through style.

Sarkozy Takes Big Step Towards Possible Comeback

AP | By JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 11.29.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — As political encores go, former President Nicolas Sarkozy didn't quite get the warm embrace from his party that many French had expecte...

France's Prime Minister Knows What's in a Name

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This is not the first time that Manuel Valls has proposed changing the name of the French Socialist Party. That he has returned to the subject from the vantage point of his present position -- which is, like it or not, the head of the majority -- obviously gives his suggestion new weight.

The Muslims' Date With Destiny

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A growing number of spiritual authorities, from Cairo to Riyadh to Jakarta, have decided, finally, to condemn the crimes of a form of militant Islam of which they had long been far too indulgent.

The Big Chill Facing France's Jews

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

French Jews certainly have had enough of all this. Are we still at home, they ask themselves, in this strange country where the vilest anti-Zionism, the stubbornest Holocaust denial, and the murkiest competition for victimhood are combining to produce a new and potentially devastating form of anti-Semitism?

François Hollande and the French Socialists: Failure Goes Deeper Than the European Elections

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

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.

Toward a Government of National Unity in France

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

France is in danger. In Sunday's elections for the European Parliament, a quarter of France's citizens voted for the worst, choosing the party that was not only anti-Europe but also anti-France.

April Diary

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It was not without pleasure that I read Renaud Girard most recent book, Le monde en marche, which collects the best of the chronicles and reports that have appeared in recent years in Le Figaro. I swear. I protest. About Rwanda, I believe the opposite of what Girard writes. But I lap it up.

A Conversation With Bertrand Tavernier: On Politics, His Favorite Star, Early Influences, and His New Film

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

"The challenge was to be both funny and true, even in the farce. I wanted the feeling that maybe some of the things are a little bit exaggerated, but basically they are true. Sometimes we cheated a little, but you can feel that it's not invented."

What French Voters Need to Know About the National Front

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Let me say quite calmly, and adhering strictly to the facts, that the National Front is not the solution sought by voters discouraged by the toxic climate of French politics today.

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.

Liberty, Equality, and -- Especially -- Fraternity

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In this time of provocative and suggestive "quenelles" and bananas hurled at government officials, of rancid hatred and incendiary clamor, of generalized resentment and vindictive rivalries, we have forgotten a word that badly needs reinventing. That word is fraternity.

Anti-Semitism in France, the Responsibility to Protect, Timorous Europe, and Obama's New Isolationism

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

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.

The Taubira Incident: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The great error would be to believe that racism is merely a machine that has to be kept at bay. The great flaw, the fatal flaw, a flaw not only moral but political, would be to imagine that racism is nothing more than hate speech.

The Mask of Marine Le Pen

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

For months, if not years, people in France and abroad have been trying to prove that Marine Le Pen has not changed as much as she would have us believe. Now, in a mere 20 seconds, she herself has torn away the veil and shot herself in the foot.

In France: Marine Le Pen, the National Front, and the "Extreme Right"

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 10.17.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

These are just a few examples. Dozens more could be cited. I offer them to those of my readers who, for lack of information, run the risk of falling into the trap set by the crudest political marketing operation France has seen in recent years.

Paris Mayoral Frontrunner Anne Hidalgo: 'I Choose Not to Blend In''

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Elisabeth Braw

"The fact that women run for Mayor of Paris is a sign of the times. There's nothing women can't do. Even so, I long for the day when gender doesn't matter in politics. What matters is who you are, what kind of citizen you are and what you campaign for. "

Bashing Aurélie Filippetti, Stopping Time With Gilles Jacob, and the Borromean Knot of J.-M. Colombani

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Who, Colombani asks, wanted to kill off Le Monde at the dawn of the new millennium, when Colombani was in charge of France's newspaper of record? Whose interests was it offending? From what spring bubbled the hate that an unbroken line of French presidents felt for the paper?

Hollande, Royal & Trierweiler: Viva La France and the Female Brain

Alexia Parks | Posted 07.16.2012 | Denver
Alexia Parks

These connected lives, if lifted to a higher level of political service, contain the seeds of a future model for politics where decision-making is based on a balance between the male and female mind.

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.

Applied Classics: François Hollande and the Socialists of Golden-Age Athens

Lex Paulson | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Lex Paulson

The French president-elect might find an interesting lesson on socialist leadership in the far distance of fifth-century B.C. Europe, and specifically from the two men who dominated left-wing politics in the twilight of Athens' golden age.

Presidential Elections à la Française

Joel Dreyfuss | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Joel Dreyfuss

For this American in Paris, presidential politics, French-style, have been a sharp reminder that this country retains its peculiarities despite globalization.

Elections in Gloom

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 07.04.2012 | World
Yavuz Baydar

As two countries in the EU, France and Greece, go to polls on Sunday, far-right or populist nationalist movements are on the rise on the continent even further, to the degree that they will soon seriously challenge the post-WWII order.

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.