How is Manuel Valls Doing?

Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls. Photo: Jackolan1 for Wikimedia Commons

  New Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Jackolan1 for Wikimedia Commons France’s new prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed to his position last month by President François Hollande, as one of many attempts to revive that man’s flagging popularity, along with that of his Parti Socialiste (PS).  A month into his tenure, things seem to be going well for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

French Conservatives Voice Support of Swiss Immigration Referendum

Marine Le Pen.
Photo: http://www.commons.wikimedia.org/ Marine_Le_Pen_-_Chess

In a recent discussion on immigration reform, right-wing French politicians are giving a nod in the direction of Switzerland.  On Sunday, Feb. 9, a narrow majority of 50.3% in Switzerland approved an immigration referendum placing strict quotas on immigration from European Union (EU) countries, of which Switzerland is not a member. The decision, which was […]

Valls’ Widespread Popularity with Public Belies Criticism from Peers

Interior Minister Manuel Valls.
Photo: Flickr.com/vondapol

Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior and one of France’s leading Parti socialiste (PS) politicians, is back in the domestic headlines this past week, although for reasons other than the purely political. Still in the public eye for polemical comments made over Roma settlements in late September, Valls has continued grab media attention by way of […]

Survival of “Green Tax” May Prove an Uphill Battle

President Hollande's approval ratings have risen slightly of late.  Photo: Studiotobago for flickr.

France’s promised “green tax” will not place an additional burden on the French public, Environment Minister Philippe Martin announced on August 22. Although virtually no specific details have been made public, Martin assured French citizens—many of them weary of their country’s already high taxes—that the new tax would not place an additional squeeze on consumers. […]

“Race” Deleted From French Law in Hopes of Dispelling Racism

The National Assembly has not seen substantial progress in tax reform under Hollande. Photo: Flickr.com/ellbrown

A bill proposed by the Front de gauche (FDG) eliminating the word “race” from French legislation was adopted by the National Assembly last Thursday. The term is to be deleted from the Code Pénal, the Code de procedure pénale, and from the law on the freedom of press. André Chassaigne, Communist deputy and President of […]

“Florange Law” Proposed One Year After Hollande Takes Office

ArcelorMittal Headquarters in Luxembourg. Photo: Felix Koenig for Wikimedia Commons

Hollande and the Parti Socialiste (PS) have finally introduced a bill regarding the closing of viable industrial sites, which was promised during his campaign in February of last year. The proposal came shortly after the ArcelorMittal steelworkers in Florange erected a tombstone dedicated to Hollande, marked with the word “betrayal”. Hollande had visited the site […]

Franco-German Relationship Reaches New Low

Addressing Global and European Challenges: Angela Merkel

On Friday, April 26, a French Parti Socialiste (PS) document on Europe was released, putting pressure on already strained Franco-German relations. The document accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “selfish intransigence” in her unbending efforts to enforce austerity measures throughout the troubled eurozone. As Europe’s economic troubles continue, particularly in France where growth has come […]

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