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    Hollande is facing a difficult balancing act over the French policy on military action against IS

Hollande is facing a difficult balancing act over the French policy on military action against IS

France has participated in airstrikes against Islamic state forces in Iraq, but has so far stopped short of involvement in Syria. Rachel Utley writes on the competing motivations underpinning the French policy on the conflict. She notes that the threat of terrorism has been a key driver of French involvement, which was underlined by the murder of French hostage […]

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    The 2014 Israel-Palestine crisis has uncovered deep divisions within French society

The 2014 Israel-Palestine crisis has uncovered deep divisions within French society

The offensive launched by Israel in Gaza in July prompted a range of diverse responses from states across the world. Helen Drake writes on the reaction within France, which saw a number of domestic protests and disturbances related to the crisis. She notes that France is still digesting the consequences of its colonial past, its post-decolonisation present, and the […]

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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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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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