2014 Municipal Elections Results

Municipal Elections Final Map

The second round of the 2014 French Municipal Elections concluded tonight. Haven’t been following the coverage? Check out our map to see who won in which cities and to find out which cities changed hands. To see how the results came in, see our live blog from tonight’s elections. For more information:An analysis on the municipal […]

Everything You Need to Know About this Weekend’s French Municipal Elections in One Map

French Municipal Elections

The French municipal elections are this weekend. Haven’t been following the coverage? Take a look at our map of the elections in nearly 50 cities across the country! See where the Parti Socialiste, the Union pour un Movement Populaire, and the Parti Communiste Français are currently in control and check out which cities’ elections are […]

French Parliament Approves 2014 Budget and Pension Reform

French National Assembly. 
Photo: Flickr.com/ell brown

As the 2013 fiscal year comes to an end, President François Hollande, Interior Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and the French Parliament have made several commitments to financial overhaul for the coming year. Plagued by discontent over high taxes and proposed pension reforms, President Hollande has set out six goals for the new year, covering political issues […]

“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 […]

“Wall of Jerks” in French Magistrates Union Raises Concerns of Political Neutrality

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Photo: Flickr.com/Guillaume Paumier

A storm over political bias of France’s judges has blown up, with the revelation of a bizarre Mur des Cons—literally, “Wall of Jerks” –in France’s second largest Magistrates union. The wall featured caricatures and insulting slogans of French right wing political heavyweights, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy. Comments on the wall accuse politicians of a […]

Hollande and the Left-Wing Paradox

Illustration by Peter Ansell for La Jeune Politique

François Hollande has been in power for almost a year. He was elected on a platform containing three main themes: fight unregulated finance, do politics differently, and solve the chronic deficit of the national budget. He was elected by a wide coalition of voters, ranging from a traditional – now seen as radical and old […]

Hollande Promises Reporting Measures Following Budget Minister Scandal

President François Hollande

Photo: flickr.com/jmayrault

After Wednesday’s weekly cabinet meeting on April 10, French President Francois Hollande gave a press conference where he detailed a plan to make politician’s private finances more transparent. Following the scandalous resignation of his budget minister, Jérôme Cahuzac, last month, Hollande pledged to act immediately to prevent such corruption, introducing the strictest reporting requirements for […]

Judge in Sarkozy Case Receives Death Threat

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the World Economic Forum in 2011
Photo: World Economic Forum/flickr.com

The main judge presiding over the case investigating former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for taking advantage of elderly French billionaire, Liliane Bettencourt, received a death threat on Wednesday, March 27.  The letter, along with several blank gun cartridges, was sent to Jean-Michel Gentil’s office in Bordeaux.  Other magistrates were threatened as well, according to spokesperson […]

UMP to Implement Agreement, Party Left With Tarnished Reputation

copé fillon

PARIS. – Last year, the UMP wore itself out as a dispute over who would become the new head of the party dragged on for three weeks without any resolution. The declared winner, Jean-François Copé, wouldn’t budge, and poll favorite, François Fillon, left the UMP group at the National Assembly. He created RUMP (rassemblement-UMP), taking […]

UMP Proposes Amendment to Gay Marriage Bill

Anti-gay marriage poster from Toulouse. "Opening marriage to same-sex couples: 'And why not unions with animals?'" 
Photo: Flickr.com/Guillaume Paumier

The fight for same-sex marriage and adoption in France is far from over, as evidenced by the struggle between the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP). On January 8 Christian Jacob, president of the UMP in the French National Assembly, announced a motion for an amendment to the marriage equality […]

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