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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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François Hollande will require a more detailed and far-reaching economic strategy if he is to turn France’s ailing economy around

Like many countries across Europe, France has suffered economically since the beginning of the financial crisis. As Andy Langenkamp writes, French President François Hollande’s recent ‘responsibility pact’ outlined a number of reforms designed to restructure the economy, making it more competitive in the long-term. He argues that while Hollande has the political resources required to implement bold reforms, his current […]

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The controversy over François Hollande’s alleged affair illustrates that politicians’ private lives are no longer off-limits in French politics

Last week, the magazine Closer published allegations that French President François Hollande had been involved in an affair with a French actress. John Gaffney writes that the fallout from the article highlights the changing attitudes toward the private lives of French Presidents. He notes that while rumours concerning previous French Presidents were largely inconsequential at the political level, the scandal […]

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François Hollande’s legitimacy crisis is a threat to the French republic

Like many countries in Europe, France is facing a serious economic and social crisis. As John Gaffney writes, the situation in France is compounded by the highly personalised French political system, which keeps the President of the Republic continually in the spotlight. He argues that François Hollande has failed to project a clear and effective public persona and that his […]

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