Exclusive Interview: Pierre Morel-A-L’Huissier

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PARIS—Wednesday September 26th, in a small office next to the National Assembly, La Jeune Politique interviewed Pierre Morel à l’Huissier, an Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire(UMP) deputy of France’s smallest department, Lozère. He welcomed the chance to talk about his profession, his new role as an opponent of the current majority party, and about the UMP, […]

Medef Holds Summer Forum

Laurence Parisot, Head of Medef, and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault 
Photo: AP Jacques Brinon

At the Medef (Movement of Enterprises in France) summer forum, employers are worried and the government remains unable to reassure them. The traditional summer forum of Medef, the French Employers Union, was held August 29-31 in Jouey-en-Josas on the campus of the prestigious business school HEC. The theme of this year: integration. Over the course […]

Hollande Already Losing Support

François Hollande after his election in May 
Photo: AP / Francois Mori

Down from 55% in June and July, François Hollande’s August approval ratings stand at 44% according to IPSOS, 50% according to TNS Sofres and 49% CSA for all pollsters. The decline in results is relentless; François Hollande is experiencing a fall in popularity. As the President expected, there has been no grace period during the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mississippi Attractive Option for French Millionaires After New Tax Proposal

Have French taxpayers become the people to seduce since May? After British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he would “roll out the red carpet” for French businesses, Republican Governor of Mississippi from 2004-2012, Haley Barbour, has invited “French overtaxed millionaires to come to Mississippi.” In an article published on the website of Foreign Policy […]

Philippe Courroye’s Fight Against His Transfer

“A manhunt” are the words that the Nanterre prosecutor Philippe Courroye used in late July in Le Figaro to announce his transfer by the Department of Justice. Validated by a decree from the President of the Republic, he appeals to the State Council about his appointment as Attorney General at the Paris Court of Appeals. […]

France Passes New Law Against Sexual Harassment

Following the National Assembly, on Tuesday night the Senate voted unanimously in favor of the new law against sexual harassment. The Minister of Women’s Rights, Najat Belkacem-Vallaud, quickly congratulated herself on the passage of this “very clear” law that “not only meets the requirements of precision, but also the demands of organizations and victims.” The […]

Transportation Authority Gives up French Contract for Call Center in Morocco

Jean-Paul Huchon, Socialist President of the Region Île-de-France
Photo: Flickr.com/s.letur

The Ile-de-France region has decided to move its call center offshore, or across the Mediterranean: to Morocco. The controversy of outsourcing is one the government would have liked to avoid. Although social reforms are increasing, unemployment is at its highest level since 1999. In this time of economic crisis, STIF (transport authority for the region […]

Key to Auto Industry: the Environment

Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Productive Recovery. 
Photo: Flickr.com/jyc1

“This plan is the rebirth of the French car,” Arnaud Montebourg declared on Wednesday during a press conference held to detail the measures to help French manufacturers and their subcontractors. Primarily focused on the environmentally friendly car, the Productive Recovery Minister explained that, “the future of the French automobile will come through a clean, innovative, […]

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