Young, Socialists and Enthusiasts: What We Forgot to See in La Rochelle

Young Socialists at La Rochelle this summer. Photo: Jean-Jacques Thomas

There is another side to the rallies at La Rochelle, often forgotten by the media. It is the side that belongs to the activists. These people whose names we may not know often consider these rallies as a celebration of their common ideals, and, at the same time, as a way to renew an ideological […]

Sad Summer for Women Part 2

Saudi Arabian athlete Sarah Attar at the Olympics. Photo: AP/Anja Niedringhaus

The Cecile Duflot case has not been the only attack on women in France in recent months. In the spring, the Constitutional Council – the French equivalent to the Supreme Court – annulled the law banning sexual harassment on the grounds that the concept was badly defined. This decision was unanimously criticized, as the Council […]

Socialist Summer Rally in La Rochelle: Carefully Going Back To Work

The main figures of the French Parti Socialiste (PS) met their supports in the now traditional summer rally in La Rochelle. The rally took place from August 23-27. It was relatively quiet and devoid of real political statements, even though the party needs, now more than ever, to find an invigorating pulse several months since […]

Sad Summer For Women In Politics – Part 1

Sometimes, the law reveals some strange anachronisms. There is still a law in France, from 1799, which forbids women to wear trousers. Of course, it is not applied by anyone anywhere in the country, but the legislator has never felt the necessity to repeal it. However, in 2012, a female minister, Cecile Duflot, was heavily […]

Hard Times for French Students

Although in many ways French students are better-off financially than their American, British and Canadian counterparts, student life in France is getting more and more expensive. The situation has lead the two main student unions, the Union Nationale des Etudiants de France (UNEF) and the Fédération des Associations Générales Étudiantes (FAGE), to ring the bell. […]

Germany Refuses to Alleviate Greek Burden

Greece was the focus of a meeting between Angela Merkel and François Hollande on August 23rd. The two main leaders of the European Union discussed Greece’s request to postpone some of the reforms demanded by its creditors in exchange for funding to avoid complete bankruptcy. The German and French leaders had a dinner before both […]

Camus Exhibit Sparks Controversy

The planning of an exhibit about Albert Camus has brought on an intellectual controversy that combines politics, history, and literature. While Marseille prepares to become the European Capital of Culture for 2013, Aix-en-Provence has dedicated an exhibit to the famous French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus. Michel Onfray, a philosopher who is well known in […]

Aryault Counters Criticisms of Inactivity by Announcing Upcoming Reforms

On Wednesday August 22nd, Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault announced on BFM-TV and RMC the reforms the government will implement in the coming months, overpowering the criticisms of inactivity from the UMP and Jean Luc Mélenchon regarding the first 100 days of presidency The main points of these interviews concerned firstly the Livret A, the […]

Mélenchon Publicly Criticizes Hollande

After three months of silence and a long stay in Venezuela at the invitation of Hugo Chavez, the President of the Parti de Gauche (PG) and former presidential candidate Jean Luc Mélenchon made his thunderous political comeback earlier this week in the Journal du Dimanche. Regarding the first 100 days of Hollande: “100 days for […]

Why Amiens Turned Violent

Interior Minister Manuel Valls.

The violence that erupted in the northern French city of Amiens the night of August 13th has brought France and the rest of the world into a state of shock. While violence this extreme is rare, the events are not random but the result of a long struggle in the northern part of the city […]


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