Article of the Day: The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party

The French should be watching the antics of the UK’s Labour party Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn is quite an enigma. If he, as many anticipate, wins the internal election to become Labour leader, the perplexing MP from Islington North will be the newest in a series of far-left leaders rising to the top of his party […]

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Article of the Day: The Last Valls

The Last Valls This article from the Economist is honestly the best I’ve read at explaining the current problems facing France, and the challenges for the reform-minded Prime Minister Manuel Valls.  There are too many problems in France to simply list here but its clear that Valls has his work cut out for him. The biggest problem […]

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My comment on Simon Kuper’s FT Post

The FT’s Simon Kuper put out a very interesting article today on the state of déclinisme in France.  His argument is coherent and generally strong until the last paragraph where he says that France does not change due to the focus of the people on their social benefits.  That’s certainly a problem, but the bigger issue remains […]

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The Crisis that Never Was

The first government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls lasted a total of 147 days, making it the shortest government not interrupted by a parliamentary election in the history of the Fifth Republic. Political crises in France are a dime a dozen these days.  Just yesterday, former Economy Minister and current IMF Director Christine Lagarde was […]

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Green Dreams and Nuclear Nightmares

Nuclear energy currently accounts for roughly 75% of France’s energy mix – a new plan recently unveiled by the French government wishes to reduce this number to 50% by 2025.  Given the trend of my last couple posts, I should rename this blog French Energy and keep analyzing French energy politics. I promise this is the last […]

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La Folie du Dirigisme – GE and Alstom

France’s Socialist government has sealed a deal with American giant General Electric (GE) over the purchase of French company Alstom’s energy division. Part of the agreement hinges on France taking a 20% stake in the company valued currently at 1.7 billion euros. The fate of the two-month drama involving GE’s acquisition of Alstom’s energy division is now […]

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