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 […]

Disaster for PS in Municipal Elections

Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique

LILLE – Even Limoges, the city that has elected Socialist mayors since 1911, did not choose the Parti Socialiste (PS) in last night’s municipal elections. The second round of the municipal elections marked the most severe defeat the PS has ever experienced in the municipal elections. The PS, which has patiently constructed a strong network of mayors […]

Municipal Elections 2014 1st Round: Heavy Socialist Defeat Leads to Strong FN Results

The Parti Socialiste (PS) in government experienced a harsh night Sunday as the results of the first round of the municipal elections were revealed. As expected, the PS stands behind the right-wing Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP) in the polls and the Front national (FN) has gotten one of its best results ever. But […]

Paris Municipal Elections: Two Weeks to Go

Photo: Flickr.com/Terrazzo

LILLE – With less than two weeks until the French elect the 36,680 mayors that will govern their municipalities for the next six years, it is time to look at the most important race: Paris. If you thought the French electoral system hard to understand, Paris’ is even worse. Because of the its size and its […]

Municipal Elections: Three Weeks to Go

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski for flickr

LILLE. – After last week’s article on the basics of the municipal and inter-municipal elections, La Jeune Politique looks at the issues in France’s main cities. In the municipal elections at the end of the month, the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) will be the main parties vying for […]

2014 Municipal Elections: Four Weeks to Go

LILLE-There are 36,680 municipalities in France, most of which were created during the French Revolution to form the basis of France’s administrative system. From Paris and its 2,200,000 inhabitants, to the six municipalities left with barely any inhabitants after World War I, all of them will elect their Municipal Councils on March 23 and 30. […]

2014: New Deal for President Hollande

What a first couple of weeks! After a disastrous fall, President Hollande decided to take a huge initiative in a master political maneuver – one that some analysts have already dubbed the launch of the President’s re-election campaign. It is possible to say, without exaggerating, that January was the month when Hollande decided to make […]

What France Will Remember of 2013

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski for flickr

The Presidential election of 2012 was certainly not one of revolutionary speeches and promises of a new tomorrow, but the success of François Hollande and the coming-to-power of the Parti socialiste and its allies nevertheless brought great hope among the French people. For those who chose to put their faith in Hollande and his party, […]

Bayrou & Borloo Unite Again in Formation of The Alternative

François Bayrou. Photo: Flickr.com/alibaba0

It was like a family reunion. Not the kind when your family gathers every Christmas or Easter, but instead when you resolve a longstanding family dispute and make peace with a brother you have not seen in ten years. François Bayrou and Jean-Louis Borloo have joined their efforts and formed a new political party, the […]

A Change Has Gotta Come

François Hollande.
Illustration by Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique

Among the main characteristics of democracy, the changing of political power is one of the most important and the most indicative of a mature democratic regime. In this sense, the electoral success of the Parti Socialiste (PS) after ten years of right-wing leadership breathed new life into France’s politics. But fifteen months after the inauguration […]

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