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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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More than a year after the presidential elections, France is still in search of a leader

A little over a year since being elected, French President François Hollande’s popularity in the polls has plummeted as the French economy continues to struggle. Rainbow Murray writes that while Hollande’s first year has been beset by scandals and disappointments, France’s main opposition party, the UMP, have their own share of problems following a divisive leadership contest between François Fillon […]

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In 2012 France has seen gains for the Front National, success for François Hollande and electoral defeat and infighting for the UMP.

Rainbow Murray reviews an important year in French politics, one which has seen the left return to power for the first time in a decade, as well as gains for the far-right. 2012 has also been a difficult year for the centre-right in France, with the defeat of President Nicolas Sarkozy in the presidential election, followed by infighting over who […]

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Book Review: Europe’s Encounter with Islam: The Secular and the Postsecular

Since 9/11, the Muslim presence in Europe has been increasingly perceived as ‘problematic’. Events such as the French ban on headscarves in public schools, the publication of the cartoons in Denmark, and speeches by political leaders have hit the front pages of newspapers the world over, and prompted a number of scholarly debates on Muslims’ capacity to comply with the seemingly […]

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August 5th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

After an inconclusive debate, on the final day of the French presidential election campaign, Hollande is still ahead

This Sunday sees incumbent French president Nicolas Sarkozy face off against his Socialist challenger François Hollande in the final round of the French election. After a debate this week where neither candidate was able to land a knockout blow, Françoise Boucek looks at polling for both candidates, finding that despite some positive perceptions of Sarkozy by the French public on competence […]

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The worrying rise of EU intergovernmentalism is the only viable response to the opposing desires in Europe for greater democracy and the reassertion of national sovereignty.

Hostility towards the EU has moved from the fringes to the centre. Olaf Cramme argues that even Francois Hollande’s most ambitious growth pact will not change this - radical institutional reform is the only answer. The verdict on Merkozy has already been passed. Even a few days before the final round of the French election the mainstream commentariat in Europe seems […]

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