The Complexities of Remembering: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

Leaders of remembrance group Ibuka released balloons at a ceremony to honor the memory of those killed in the Rwandan genocide. Photo: Emma Hurt for LJP.

PARIS- 20 years ago this spring Rwanda experienced the fastest and most efficient genocide in history. In addition to the indescribable human and emotional cost, it took a tremendous toll on the country’s economy. Rwanda has made great strides since 1994 and has restored its economy to pre-genocide levels. It is the only country in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Françafrique: A Resurgent France Has a Responsibility to Keep House in Its Former Colonial Neighborhood

French troops arrive in Mali.
Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org/James Richardson

In the mid twentieth century, France’s colonial possessions in Africa encompassed enormous swathes of land, from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in the northwest to Madagascar in the southeast. Fifty-some years after the final dissolution of the French empire, France’s recent military incursions on the continent are sparking speculation of a French attempt to resurrect its […]

How does the Franco-German Relationship Shape Europe?

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Garitan

At a meeting of the French and German ministers in Paris last month, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be more united than ever. Hollande emphasized the importance of agreeing on major foreign policy issues, highlighting the alignment of the two countries on issues in Iran, Syria, and Africa. Concerning […]

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 […]

Is France as Unprepared for the Future as We Think?

From the Roman writers of old to Tony Soprano’s anxious musings in the pilot episode of The Sopranos, navel-gazing is as old as Western civilization itself. Even now, American students who take French long enough will inevitably be asked to write a response to the following prompt: “Les Etats-Unis sont-ils en déclin? Repondez avec des […]

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