Articles by: Hugo Argenton

Sarkozy’s “Republicans” May Redefine Fundamental Notions

  Lille – Since former French President Nicolas Sarkozy returned to politics last fall and took back control of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) as party chairman, he has worked to build the party into what it once was: the perfect machine to conquer the seated power. After reorganizing the party’s structure, Sarkozy decided last month to take the next step in this reconstruction by changing the party’s name. Out with the UMP.[Read More…]

What Is Wrong with Paris: How Public Transportation Divides the City of Lights

  PARIS – I am what Parisians call a “provincial.” This derogatory term comes from the days of the monarchy when France was divided between a royal capital and provinces ruled as fiefdoms by noble families. Though the French have done away with the king, they have yet to discard the notion that Paris is the center of the universe. Some Parisians still believe it is the only city in the country worth interest. Paris[Read More…]

The Wake of Tragedy: Considering Charlie Hebdo Weeks Later

  PARIS — It is always hard to write in the midst of dramatic events. In the days following the attack on Charlie Hebdo, it felt impossible to report on the tragic attack or the ensuing manhunt for gunmen Chérif and Saïd Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly. Though I did not feel particularly affected by the attack, I found myself engrossed in the manhunt. As events unfolded across live news feeds, relentless images and details threatened[Read More…]

European Elections: Eurosceptics Rise All Over Europe, Lead in France

And the award for best Eurosceptic polling in the 2014 European election goes to… France! Perhaps this could be a consolation after France’s catastrophic results in the continental singing contest Eurovision – France finished dead last, scoring two points against Austria’s 290 – because, apart from this shameful record, there was nothing worth celebrating in the results of the European Parliament elections. While no one seems to consider how calling more than 300 million Europeans[Read More…]

by May 28, 2014 0 comments European Union, Uncategorized

The House of Cards Generation

LILLE – I like House of Cards. I like it to the point that I watched the second season in less than 24 hours. I like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. I like how they portray their characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, a couple who will engineer any imaginable Machiavellian plans in order in the interest of power. I like watching the depiction of the inner-workings of the House of Representatives and the White House.[Read More…]

by April 14, 2014 0 comments Editorial, Feature, Up To The Minute