Protesters Hope to “Sweep Away” Hollande

Protesters at the Front de Gauche rally on Sunday.
Photo: Eleni Zaras

May 5 in Paris, thousands of people surrounded Place de la Bastille demanding changes in President François Hollande’s unsuccessful austerity policies. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, one of the founders of the Front de Gauche (FG), organized the rally this Sunday, following the May 1 Labor Day protests. Mélenchon reported that 180,000 came out to the event. With […]

Should There Be “More Dictators Like Chavez”?

Illustration by Justin Walker for La Jeune Politique.

Last Tuesday, March 5, the President of the Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez died after battling cancer for months. In Venezuela, the announcement of his death provoked scenes of despair, as Chavez was revered by many in his country. Meanwhile, some argued that no one should cry over the loss of the Venezuelan President who […]

A Blank Check for Violence? French Senate Votes on Social Amnesty Bill

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, one of the supporters of the proposed law.
Photo by Remi Noyon, courtesy of Creative Commons

Last week, the French Senate adopted a proposition for a new law that would grant amnesty towards those who committed crimes during social movements. This text, which will need to be examined by the National Assembly, is sharply critiqued by employers and opposing political parties, who see it as a blank check for violence. The […]

VIDEO: The French Far-Left Unites Against Austerity in Paris. Exclusive Interview with Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Front de Gauche Official electoral posters, picturing Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Credits: Flickr, t_bartherote

Our reporters Nadeem Hakemi and Peter Ansell went to a Front de Gauche rally on Saturday, November 16. Please find the report down below:   For an extended version of the Mélenchon report, see the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RwV8o3dO_A&feature=youtu.be

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 […]

Op-Ed Small Parties: How To Exist Until 2017

Well, the electoral period is over. Now, the political system will shift back to its classic configuration and the fight between the majority and the opposition will replace the ideological debate. Although this change is natural for the two biggest parties (PS and UMP), it is significantly more difficult for the smallest ones. The Front […]

Where is the Left?

President François Hollande

Photo: flickr.com/jmayrault

Yes, François Hollande has been elected President of the Republic. Yes, the Parti Socialiste (PS) controls all the major institutions. But since there is nothing very socialist about the PS, is it still a Left party? After the defeat, the debate. A few after losing the Elections to the PS, the Union for a Popular Movement […]

What is to Come For the Front de Gauche?

As one of the all-stars of the last presidential election, the Front de Gauche (FG), is now facing the downfall: a deceiving 11% in the first round and even more disappointing scores in the legislative elections, it is only the communist ‘fortresses’ that allow the radical left to hope there will be Front de gauche […]

NEWS ANALYSIS Legislative Elections: Socialists Could Win Absolute Majority in the Assembly, Yet Uncertainties Remain

Predictions for the final number of representatives after the second round of elections. 
Photo courtesy of LeMonde.fr

The Socialists won the majority of votes Sunday for the first round of the legislative elections, barely a month after the election of their candidate, François Hollande, to the Presidency. The results for the Left were better than expected, but they did not sweep the election. “There is still a long way to go,” said […]

Opinion: Are French Politics Becoming Too Dirty?

The French political landscape has become soiled over the past few months as insults, lies and low blows flood the presidential and legislative campaigns. The most striking example may be the recent confrontation between Jean Luc Melenchon and Marine Le Pen. While Melenchon deemed Marine Le Pen to be a “semi-demented” person on national television, […]

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