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France's Agricultural Model Is in Trouble

Nicholas Vinocur, Politico EU

How Putin Won French Conservatives

Benjamin Haddad, Daily Beast

Why European Multiculturalism Fails

Kenan Malik, Foreign Affairs

The French Disconnection

Arthur Goldhammer, The American Prospect

A suggestion by a Catalonia government official that the region could offer Catalan citizenship to residents of Valencia, the Balearics, parts of Aragon and parts of southern Franc...(full article)

The sight of French farmers blocking roads, torching tires and dumping their produce in the streets is a staple of French life -- on par with the Tour de France and jet flyovers du...(full article)

Last month, a delegation of 10 French members of parliament, mainly from the center-right main opposition party Les Républicains visited Russia and Crimea in a trip destined to ...(full article)

Community Versus Society in Europe...(full article)

French politics can be bewildering to outsiders. The state seems all-powerful. The government consumes a larger share of national income than in most other countries, and many larg...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Heroes Thwart a Train Attack, Yet Europe Remains Vulnerable - NYT

The four men -- three American and one British -- who received France’s highest honor, the Legion of Honor, on Monday from President François Hollande richly deserved ...

Lining Up to Be France's Tsipras - Nicholas Vinocur, Politico EU

PARIS — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is casting a long shadow over France’s 2017 presidential election....

Will Iran Buy French Warplanes? - Abbas Qaidaari, Al-Monitor

With restrictions set to come off in the medium term, Iran has an even greater incentive to modernize its antiquated air force....

Europe's Streets Aren't Paved in Gold - May & Cazeneuve, Telegraph

Last week, we saw very starkly the desperate measures some migrants will take to try to cross the 20-mile stretch of sea between our two countries. As the extra security fencing th...

Will French Jews Say Au Revoir? - Marie Brenner, Vanity Fair

‘How can anyone be allowed to paint a swastika on the statue of Marianne, the goddess of French liberty, in the very center of the Place de la République?”...

France Thinks a Better Iran Deal Is Still Possible - Josh Rogin, Bloom View

“He basically said, if Congress votes this down, there will be some saber-rattling and some chaos for a year or two, but in the end nothing will change and Iran will come bac...

Who's Nexit? 5 EuroStates in Trouble - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

Which will be the next eurozone domino to fall? With Greece enjoying a temporary lull in its apparently permanent crisis, we can take a moment to look around its neighborhood at ot...

A Tectonic Shift in British Politics - Robert Winnett, Telegraph

the Conservative leadership also faces a major battle over the next two years renegotiating the country’s relationship with the EU without provoking a damaging Tory split. Mr...

Home in Champagne Country - Juliette Lyons, Compass Cultura

At that moment, staring at the endless and hypnotizing stream of micro-bubbles that magically form at the bottom of the glass and gently float to the top, I am struck by the contra...

Hollande's Risky Re-Election Bet - Nicholas Vinocur, Politico EU

For a master of ambiguity, Francois Hollande was remarkably clear when he told journalists that unless France starts creating jobs, he won’t run for reelection in 2017....

The Political Resurrection of Francois Hollande - Jon Fenby, Spectator

If Hollande can simply get to the second round, he knows that France will rally to him. In 2002, Chirac received 82 per cent of the vote in the run-off. So don’t write off Mo...

Being Gay and Muslim in France - Stephanie Plasse, Worldcrunch

To live their sexual orientation without exclusion, gay Muslims often do not tell their whole family about their homosexuality — which make them feel "schyzophrenic," says Ka...

If This Is a Win for Europe, What Does Defeat Look Like? - N. Irwin, NYT

For years, Greece’s negotiations with its European creditors have featured moments in which all parties stare into the abyss, fear what they see, and step back to reach a dea...

France Takes Greece's Side Against Germany - Clive Crook, Bloomberg

You can't exaggerate the importance of France's decision to align itself with Greece before this weekend's crisis meetings. As Wolfgang Munchau correctly notes in the Financial Tim...

Can We Kick Out France, Spain, and Portugal Too? - Rod Liddle, Spectator

The Greeks should not have been invited into the European Union and, having been so invited, their arcane financial practices should not have been tolerated by the economically dom...

France's Toxic Brew - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

If you think immigration is a poisonous issue in American politics, spare a moment of sympathy for France, where demographics, terrorism and a presidential election have collided t...

Is France the Gulf's New Western Partner? - Julien Barnes-Dacey, ECFR

Paris is today being used by the Gulf states to secure desired western political cover for their regional positions - including by sending a message to Washington that the Gulf can...

Terror Attacks Across 3 Continents Kill Dozens - Ben Hubbard, NYT

Terrorists attacked sites in France, Tunisia and Kuwait on Friday, leaving a bloody toll on three continents and prompting new concerns about the spreading influence of jihadists....

Can France Shake Up Israeli-Palestinian Talks? - Piotr Smolar, Le Monde

PARIS - We've reached the point in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict where time can no longer be allowed to run its course....

Napoleon the Despot - Simon Schama, Financial Times

Perhaps Chateaubriand put it most humanely when, despising the romance of the despot, he lamented that “gone are the sufferers, and the victims’ curses, their cries of ...

The Old Continent Creaks - Arthur Goldhammer, Democracy Journal

Austerity and the failures of the technocratic elite have created the current populist backlash. France’s experience is instructive—and, possibly, ominous....

How France Could Wake Up to President Le Pen - Kaj Leers, RCWorld

It's the middle of 2015, and contenders for the French presidency are already gearing up for the 2017 elections. The center-left and center-right both seem to be banking on strateg...

I Think, Therefore I Am French - The Economist

IN 2003, as America was gearing up for the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, a tall Frenchman with a thick silvery mane took the floor at the UN in New York. Dominique de Vi...

Blame Weak Laws for Charlie Hebdo Attack - Sebastian Rotella, PacStd

In the summer of 2011, three French ex-convicts met in Yemen to talk about unleashing death and terror on the streets of Paris....

France, Germany Seek Closer Euro Ties - Traynor & Perraudin, Guardian

Proposals to be presented at EU summit in June will come as a blow to David Cameron who will table British pre-referendum demands at same meeting....

Francois Hollande, Europe's Lonely Socialist - Pierre Briancon, Politico EU

François Hollande wants to avoid public ruminations about the future of leftist politics in favor of a more practical goal....

America's Frenemy, and Other Parties to Iran Talks - A. Tabatabai, BAS

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers are entering their final stage. For months, the two sides have met in various cities to come up with an agreement under w...

Will China Buy the Ships France Built for Russia? - A. Panda, Diplomat

The possibility of China snapping up the Mistrals on the open market will surely spark the same sort of concern in the United States as the prospect of the Russian sale did in earl...

France Plays the Hero Role Against Russia - J. Gelernter, National Review

Keeping Putin out of the Baltics....

Sarkozy Is Back, and He Wants to Be France's Pres - JA Heyer, Der Spiegel

He became French president at 52. He had always been open about his desire to attain France's highest political office, saying years prior to his election that he thought often abo...

After Tory Win, France Needs a New EU Strategy - Francois Heisbourg, FT

Paris is less amenable than Berlin to accommodating London’s demands....

France's Slippery Slope on Surveillance - Irish Times

The dubious thesis that to defend freedom and democracy we are entitled to curtail both is a dangerous erosion of democratic values and a slippery slope that France appears to be h...

The French Built the World's Most Perfect Car - Dan Neil, WSJ

The Citroën DS is technically unsurpassed, completely inimitable, has a great back story and is the most beautiful car of all time...

Building a New French Capitalism - Emmanuel Macron, Wall Street Journal

French investors need to exercise longer-term thinking to boost innovation and growth....

What Lies at the Heart of French Malaise - Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, NYT

PARIS — France is in the throes of a unique cultural moment — one that stretches way beyond the soul-searching debates over Islamist violence and Muslim integration, or...

France Takes the Initiative in the Middle East - Uri Savir, Al Monitor

France has been very proactive during talks on the Iranian framework agreement, and it intends to extend this proactive attitude to the Palestinian issue....

Lessons in Reform from...Italy? - Klaus Zimmerman, Wall Street Journal

Rome could teach Paris a few things about how to push ahead with difficult but necessary reforms....

In France, Secularism Is Its Own Religion - Roger Cohen, NY Times

I recently visited an old friend, Micha Shagrir, a movie producer in Jerusalem. He was in a Jerusalem hospice; soon he would die of cancer. We talked about old times. It was a tend...

April Fools: France Sells Its Warships to Europe - A Rettman, EU Observer

France is to supply its Mistral warships to the EU foreign service instead of to Russia in a move designed to forge a “genuine European defence policy”....

A Conservative Triumph in France - BBC

France's opposition conservative UMP Party has made big gains in local elections, at the expense of the ruling Socialists....

Kerry's Assad Accommodation - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded everyone-in case anyone still harbored doubts-that the Obama administration had no intentio...

China Moves In on U.S. Turf - Washington Post

THE OBAMA administration suffered a foreign policy setback last week when three European allies — Germany, France and Italy — decided to join a fourth, Britain, as shar...

France Shows Some Reformist Spine - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

French country-wide local elections will occur next week in which president François Hollande risks another disavowal by the people. Marine Le Pen's nationalist National Fro...

The Troubling Rise of Marine Le Pen - The Economist

ALMOST 13 years have passed since the then leader of the Front National (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, shocked the world by reaching the run-off in the presidential election of 2002. The...

France's Far Right on the Path to Power - Economist

Polls suggest that the FN will come top in the first round of voting in the elections on March 22nd, grabbing at least 30% of the vote. This would beat its previous best score of 2...

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