Articles by: Anne-Sophie Raujol

VIDEO: La Fête de la Musique

Video: Interview with Le Disco Mojo Club about la Fête de la Musique What better way to celebrate the coming of summer on the 21st of June than a music festival? Just over a month ago, as always on the first day of summer, the streets of all the towns in France were full of musical groups, both professional and amateur. Former Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, first introduced the Fête de la Musique in 1982. Since[Read More…]

At G8 Summit, Agreement Reached on Tax Fraud while Divisions Remain over Syria

   On June 17 and 18, the leaders of the G8 nations gathered in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland for their annual summit. At the top of the agenda: tax fraud and the Syrian crisis. In an effort to address tax fraud across the world, G8 members had asked the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for a report outlining a fast and efficient method for the automatized exchange of tax data. The report, introduced[Read More…]

European Union Announces New Taxes on Chinese Solar Panels

On Tuesday, June 4 the European Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, announced that the European Union would implement higher taxes on Chinese solar panels. Beginning on June 6, these taxes will reach 11.6%, and if no compromise can be made between the European and Chinese authorities within two months, the rate will be nearly five times as high at 47%. These measures may be linked to the future free-exchange treaty between the European Union and the[Read More…]

What the Ipsos Survey Does Not Say

Back in February, Science Po’s Political Studies Center and the Jean Jaurès Foundation presented a new Ipsos study for Le Monde called “France 2013: new divisions.” The survey polled 1016 people above the age of 18, attempting to gauge French approval regarding their own society and government. But behind the numerous questions and survey-tailored wording, what does the Ipsos survey truly reveal about France and her citizens? Political science professor at the National Institute of[Read More…]

Sarkozy Keeps Return to Politics as Option

Ten months after his decision not to involve himself  in French politics anymore, former president Nicolas Sarkozy announced that his return in politics could in fact be a possibility. This announcement happened at the same time former Prime Minister François Fillon announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential UMP primary. However, Sarkozy presented his decision a “duty” as opposed to a choice. “I will have to go back. Not from desire. But from duty. Only because[Read More…]