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    François Hollande will regret appointing new prime minister Manuel Valls to save the French government

François Hollande will regret appointing new prime minister Manuel Valls to save the French government

Following disappointing municipal election results, French president François Hollande appointed a new prime minister, Manuel Valls, who took office on 2 April. John Gaffney writes that while Valls is one of the few Socialist Party politicians left with broad popularity among the electorate, the appointment is unlikely to pay off for the president. He argues that even if Valls […]

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April 4th, 2014|John Gaffney|0 Comments|

The shock of Sunday’s French municipal elections was the Socialist defeat, not Front National success

France held municipal elections on 23 and 30 March. As Jocelyn Evans and Gilles Ivaldi write, François Hollande’s governing Socialist Party (PS) endured a particularly disappointing result, losing many of the gains it had made in the 2008 elections. They argue that while much of the media coverage centred on the success of the Front National; the PS’s defeat, […]

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    Both Sarkozy and Hollande are victims of the French culture of scandal, but the real loser is democracy

Both Sarkozy and Hollande are victims of the French culture of scandal, but the real loser is democracy

The recent revelations surrounding former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy’s, recorded conversations have added to a long list of scandals involving France’s political leaders. John Gaffney writes that ‘plots and scandals’ have always been an integral part of French politics, but notes that the current accusations from the left and the right of the political spectrum simply serve to further […]

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    The Front National is tipped to ‘win’ this year’s elections in France, but it needs more than votes to claim a share of power

The Front National is tipped to ‘win’ this year’s elections in France, but it needs more than votes to claim a share of power

In addition to the European Parliament elections in May, France will hold municipal elections on 23 and 30 March. James Shields writes that, as with many French elections, the far-right Front National (FN) has attracted much media coverage and public attention in the lead-up. However, he argues that while the FN might significantly improve its share of votes and […]

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The response to the Dieudonné affair in France risks demonising French minority groups in the name of tolerance

The French comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala has caused controversy in France over the alleged anti-Semitism of his performances. Paul A. Silverstein writes on the wider issues related to anti-Semitism in French society, and why Dieudonné has proved so controversial. He argues that while Dieudonné’s supporters deny the accusations of anti-Semitism, they feed into a broader social and institutional context that […]

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Mainstream French parties have failed to form a coherent response to the wave of right-wing movements sweeping across France

France has seen the rise of a number of groups and associations protesting against the French government. Lise Herman writes that these movements are only loosely connected and have emerged in response to the government’s agenda on LGBT rights, education and family law. She argues that it has been difficult for the mainstream parties to establish a firm response given […]

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