François Fillon Spreads His Wings

During his five-year term, President Nicolas Sarkozy grabbed headlines for both his controversial policies and his polarizing persona. In the stoic and often-bland world of French politics, Sarkozy was not merely an anomaly – he was an outlier. In many ways, his defeat in 2012 by the uncharismatic François Hollande – who made his “normal” […]

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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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Article of the day: Emmanuel Macron, Face of France’s New Socialism

Emmanuel Macron, Face of France’s New Socialism The New York Times ran a piece today about the new French Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron.  Praising the Minister for his youth and vitality, this piece underlined the differences between Macron and traditional socialists.  Despite this apparent break, Macron still very much symbolizes what’s wrong with […]

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From Finances to Politics: A Look at the State of France’s Broken Center-Right

France’s center-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) has accrued a debt of over 74.5 million euros, according to a recent audit of the party accounts. This latest revelation could prove to be the final blow for a party marred in scandals that has so far proven incapable of actively opposing the policies of French […]

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Crime and Ambition: The Return of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under investigation last week over an alleged corruption affair. The court has held three different charges against the former President potentially damaging his chances of a political comeback. Since leaving the Elysée palace in May 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy has been dogged by a seemingly incessant stream of political […]

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The Rise and Fall of Jean-François Copé

From November 19, 2012 to June 15, 2014, Jean-François Copé was the President of France’s center-right UMP. He leaves the presidency disgraced, marred in scandals, and with questionable results. Jean-François Copé officially resigned today from the presidency of France’s center-right UMP – effectively resigning as leader of the opposition. Copé left the presidency of the […]

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