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France, Islam and the 'Spreading Hatred'

John Vinocur, Wall St. Journal

France: New Cauldron of Euroskepticism

A. Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

Europe's Comeback

Washington Post

Is a French Intifada Brewing?

Marc Hecker, The American Interest

There's an area of French society bleak beyond any let's-pretend action-plan or incantatory chorus about brotherhood. The country's existential problem of coming to terms with mor...(full article)

Britain is marginal to the great debate on Europe. France is the linchpin, fast becoming a cauldron of Eurosceptic/Poujadist views on the Right, anti-EMU reflationary Keynesian v...(full article)

The powers that be within the European Union — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Draghi — would be wise to grant Mr. Valls and Mr. Renzi the fiscal wiggle room they need....(full article)

Blimey, those lazy French slackers are at it again. Not content with a statutory 35-hour week, now people are banned from checking work emails after 6pm. No wonder France’s econ...(full article)

France has Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities. The outbreaks of anti-Semitic violence since the Second Intifada are only the most visible signs of an unstable and...(full article)

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Will the EU Take on Putin? - Bloomberg View

If the Europeans think that Plan A gives them wiggle room on imposing painful sanctions, they are deluding themselves. It was important that the U.S. administration respond to the ...

A Socialist Nightmare Looms for Britain - The Spectator

So we can look to France to see the kind of future which may await Britain if, as the pollsters and bookmakers believe, Miliband is just over a year away from 10 Downing Street. It...

Mitterrand: France's Enduring Inegma - Tom Carson, American Prospect

A new biography of the former president of France examines the man's setbacks, gambles, and pragmatic self-reinventions....

Hollande Pulls Puppet PM's Strings - Allan Massie, The Scotsman

The French president may be unpopular with the electorate, but it could be a masterstroke to promote his main party rival....

France Hits Pause on Its War on Wealth - Wall Street Journal

French President François Hollande dismissed his cabinet on Monday following a drubbing for the Socialist party in last weekend's municipal elections. Gone is Jean-Marc Ayrault, t...

France's 'Sarkozy of the Left' - David Revault d'Allonnes, Le Monde

Tough on crime and blatantly ambitious, Valls was plucked by President Hollande to lead a new government after Sunday's disaster in local elections. It's a risky choice, for many r...

Is Le Tea Party Brewing in France? - Anthony Faiola, Washington Post

Steeped in conservative rage and tasting of grass roots, a political backlash has traditional politicians and the news media asking the once-unthinkable: Is le tea party brewing in...

Dithering Francois Stunned into Action - Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Telegraph

After a revolt by voters, and losing ground to the far Right, the President of France had little choice but to promote 'Sarkozy’s clone.'...

Why France Has Given Up on Its Politicians - Dan Hannan, Daily Telegraph

Unemployment is over three million and there is no prospect of an economic recovery. Only 40 per cent of French people are in work of any kind, as against 60 per cent of Swiss. Mor...

Devastating Losses for France's Socialists - The Economist

A crushing defeat at French local elections has intensified pressure on François Hollande to reshuffle his government. At a second round of voting on March 30th, Mr Hollande’s S...

The French Intifada - Rupert Edis, Daily Telegraph

Immigrant discontent in France is a warning to the rest of Europe....

Tea Party Libertarianism Sweeps France - Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

Is it possible that France is now importing the brand of conservative politics peculiar to Texas? Following their first round of local elections last Sunday, the French, at least a...

Why I Won't Let My Children Learn French - Liam Mullone, The Spectator

Look at Ivory Coast and Chad and Mali and the two Congos and — right now — the Central African Republic. Much of Africa is looking up these days, but these particular countries...

How The National Front Is Winning France - Cecile Alduy, The Nation

Marine Le Pen’s party has emerged as a formidable political force not just nationally, but locally....

What's Wrong with France? - New York Times

Far-right populist parties feed on discontent, and whenever they draw strong support outside their fringe base it’s time to pause and ask, what’s wrong?...

Youth Surge to the Right in UK & France? - Mondon & Bowman, TC

Participation is commonly viewed as the cornerstone of liberal democracy. In Europe, however, the decades since the 1980s have been marked by falling participation and increased di...

Marine Le Pen's Earthquake Rocks France - The Economist

FOR Libération, it was a “slap in the face”. For Le Monde, another daily newspaper, it was an “earthquake”. The first round of voting in French munic...

The French Undressing - Christopher Caldwell, Weekly Standard

When PC meets big government....

Why Europe Needs More Believers - Gilles Finchelstein, Irish Times

Europe’s big problem is its tendency to repeat at will the idea that the problem is Ireland, or Germany, or France, or someone else. The endless search for scapegoats is a si...

Will France Appease Moscow? - John Fund, National Review

As Russia absorbs Crimea and masses 60,000 troops on Ukraine’s border, is the West serious about sanctions against Moscow? The best test could come this Tuesday, when the defens...

To Stop Russia, Convene the 'Quad + 1' - Burt & Feinstein, Nat'l Interest

It now seems almost certain that this weekend’s referendum by the Crimean parliament on joining the Russian Federation will pass. There is also a real threat that Russian pre...

For the Love of France - Michael Curtis, The Commentator

Jean Jaurès and Charles Péguy were totally different human beings who knew each other for a time but who are significant figures in the pantheon of French personaliti...

Has Le Pen Already Won the War for France? - Cecile Alduy, The Nation

The National Front leader has cleverly rebranded her father’s party, cloaking its far-right agenda with liberal rhetoric....

How David Cameron Could Reshape Europe - Fraser Nelson, Spectator

If David Cameron were to divide Europe up, he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain, Greece, France — examples, by and larg...

The Journey of French Teen Jihadists - Laurent Borredon, Le Monde

Two French teenagers, aged 15 and 16, organized their journey in just a few days, via the Internet, to set off on Jihad in Syria. Once there, they were soon disillusioned....

France, a Down-in-the-Dumps Nation - Pascal Bruckner, Los Angeles Times

The French have become afraid of everything: the world, poverty, globalization, Islam, capitalism, global warming, natural catastrophes -- and even, to borrow an American phrase, f...

Learning the Real Lessons of World War I - Victor Davis Hanson, NRO

China, like the Westernized Japan of the 1930s, wants influence and power commensurate with its economic clout, and perhaps believes its growing military can obtain both at the exp...

Check Your U.S.-Franco History, Mr. President - Carl Cannon, OC Register

By Carl M. Cannon - February 16, 2014   After a three-day U.S. visit that brought him to Washington, Monticello, Va., and Northern California, Francois Hollande has returned to Pa...

The French Gender-Bending Panic of 2014 - Robert Zaretsky, RCW

As French President Francois Hollande returns home from a three-day state visit to the U.S., he may be wishing he had stretched his visit out for a few more days. Lord knows Holla...

France's Unwanted Roma - Henri Astier, BBC Magazine

France has possibly the harshest policy in Europe towards Roma immigrants. Most live in camps that are regularly demolished by police - and then rebuilt. Every year thousands are d...

Do Americans Really Love France Again? - Max Fisher, Washington Post

Since 1991, Gallup has been asking Americans about their views of France. Americans tend to like other Western liberal democracies. But in 2003, after France opposed the Iraq War, ...

Hollande's Vacuous Rebranding - Peter Gumbel, Bloomberg View

To the French, the Francois Hollande who arrived in the U.S. for a state visit today sounds quite different from the man they elected president 21 months ago....

Is France America's New Special Relationship? - Pierre Haski, Guardian

Call it the unlikely – or unexpected – "special relationship". France and the United States have more than 200 years of common history, and it all started with a love affair, f...

A Renewed Alliance - Barack Obama & Francois Hollande, Washington Post

Today, American and French diplomats are preparing for talks with Iran that build on the agreement that has halted progress on and rolled back key elements of the Iranian nuclear p...

Why Barack Obama Loves France - Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico

There won’t be any freedom fries on the menu for Tuesday’s state dinner. For all of President Barack Obama’s hopes of recalibrating American foreign policy around his own per...

Hollande's Martial Prowess - Francois Heisbourg, New York Times

François Hollande, the first French president to pay a state visit to the United States since 1996, is seemingly a man of paradox. Before the 2012 elections, he was taunted ...

The Reform Split in Southern Europe - Financial Times

Almost four years since the start of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, the debate on the effectiveness of the eurozone response is still far from settled. In particular, economists...

Echoes of 1934 on the Streets of Paris - Robert Zaretsky, Forward

Substitute “Zionist” for “Jew” and the script for “Day of Anger” remains largely unchanged from 1934. Along with supporters of the negationist Alain Soral and anti-Semi...

Let's Stop Pretending French Is So Important - John McWhorter, TNR

Make no mistake: For immigrant kids from anywhere, bilingual education is invaluable. But the idea that American-born children need to learn French has become more reflex than acti...

Francois Hollande Is No Mitterrand - Ronald Tiersky, RealClearWorld

French President Francois Hollande's amorous adventures in recent weeks have turned him into an international laughing-stock. Some Parisians claim not to care much about it, but lo...

Hollande's 'Non' to Cameron on Europe - Irish Times

François Hollande’s “non” was diplomatic but unambiguous. Amending the EU treaties, the French president told British PM David Cameron at their pub lunch s...

I Tried to Join the French Foreign Legion - Simon Bennett, Vice

Here's what happened....

Why Shopping in Paris Can Be a Nightmare - Claire Lundberg, Slate

France, fundamentally, is not a country where the customer is always right. It’s not very interested in customer satisfaction. What it’s interested in are satisfied wor...

Hollande Challenges French Labor Unions - Peter Gumbel, Reuters

This issue of the disproportionate power of French unions has become the biggest challenge confronting President François Hollande, now that he has sorted out his private li...

In France, Keynesians Lose a Fellow Traveler - Fabio Fiallo, RealClearWorld

Keynesians aren't happy with French President Francois Hollande, and they are blatantly making it known. At the source of the disgruntlement lies Hollande's January 14 press confer...

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