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The French Conundrum

Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Why France's Hollande Is Losing Grip

Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail

The War Within Islam Concerns Us All

Bernard-Henri Levy, Proj. Syn.

France is in the midst of political change. After years of economic decline and shaken by a spate of terrorist attacks at home and elsewhere in Europe, many French voters are disen...(full article)

The outcome of next year’s presidential vote is as unpredictable as the weather on April 23, 2017, the likely date of the election’s first round. The French right is as...(full article)

A youth-led nocturnal protest movement known as La Nuit Debout (or “Up All Night”) is becoming a serious headache for President François Hollande — not bec...(full article)

PARIS – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was right when he recently said that there is no good excuse for jihadism. Rejecting the culture of excuses, said Valls, also meant...(full article)

France and Germany are growing further apart. When it comes to their approach to security threats, military operations and spending priorities, the two countries increasingly diver...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Hijab Day Causes a French Panic - Kelly Weill, Daily Beast

When students at a Parisian university announced a “Hijab Day,” their hope was to combat Islamophobia on campus. But the event, which invites non-Muslim students at the...

Air France Flight Attendants Score a Win Over Islamists - New York Post

Kudos to the Union des Navigants de l’Aviation Civile and its allies for forcing Air France to back down from its effort to bend female flight attendants to the Islamist dema...

Welcome to France's Food-and-Booze Fest - Lauren Collins, New Yorker

For several years now, my favorite microtouristic destination has been the Salon International de l’Agriculture, the enormous show that each spring brings the farmers of Fran...

Put UK's Stolen Easter Island Statue on First Boat Home - M. Gilbert, BV

The world's museums -- mostly those of rich countries with a history of overseas pillaging -- are stuffed with artifacts plundered from other countries. It's time they started bein...

Hollande's Retreat, France's Loss - Bloomberg View

French President Francois Hollande recently came up with some good proposals for reforming the country's notoriously rigid labor laws. Most of them never made it into the bill pres...

The Trump-Cruz Police State? It's Called France - Eli Lake, Bloom. View

What I have just described is not a Republican sound bite. Rather, it is the current counterterrorism posture of France. Since the attacks in Paris last November, the socialist gov...

Why Are French Farmers Taking Their Lives? - Jon Alpeyrie, Narratively

In an age of globalized agriculture, suicides have spiked among small farmers who are drowning in debt. Survivors speak out about what’s pushing so many to the brink....

Terror and France - Economist

After two deadly terrorist attacks in 2015, France, home to Europe’s biggest Muslim minority, has been more alert to the threat than any other European country. Manuel Valls,...

Europe Doesn't Owe Migrants Fairness - James Traub, Foreign Policy

If Europe is to survive both as a coherent institution and as an embodiment of the liberal values of the Enlightenment, it will do so only by resisting the universalism of the left...

Could France Become Europe's Financial Capital? - Mark Gilbert, B-View

The future geography of European trading will depend mostly on the rules that are enacted after an EU divorce. A French government that's been at the forefront of the Europe projec...

A French Girls' Tale of Facebook and Jihad - Soren Seelow, Worldcrunch

Behind their keyboards, they talked for months with "hunters" from ISIS and supported each other in their deadly delirium. Two of them left for Syria, the other three planned an at...

Obama's Right: Europe's Free Riders Must Act - N. Nougayrede, Guardian

The US president has had harsh words for his Nato allies. With luck they will galvanise Britain, France and Germany into action....

How the French Face Terror - Mark Lilla, New York Review of Books

The highly coordinated massacres this past November by a team of European terrorists inspired by ISIS have shifted the debate radically. It is simply no longer possible to ignore t...

Has America Found Its Le Pen? - Robert Zaretsky, RealClearWorld

"Vote for the crook, not the fascist!" So urged the French newspaper Libération on the morning of April 23, 2002. The paper's editors had woken up to a reality that few thought po...

Could ISIS Hit Russia or France With WMD? - De Bretton-Gordon, C-Brief

One of the most startling aspects after the Paris attacks was the French Prime Minister’s warnings of the threat of chemical and biological attack from ISIL. This shocking r...

An Unlikely Anglo-French Love Affair - Martin Kettle, Guardian

Ever since British exit from Europe became a realistic possibility, there has never been any doubt that Germany would be a pivotal player in the negotiations leading up to any deal...

France's Empty Threat to Britain - Telegraph

France says that it may end border control along the Channel if we vote for Brexit. It's an empty, self-defeating threat....

Globalization's Losers Clash in Calais - Chris Caldwell, Weekly Standard

France has been cut in two by the globalization of its economy. The urban upper classes of Paris and a couple of other cities (aeronautical Toulouse, for instance, or bohemian Mont...

France's Feast of Political Undesirables - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

With one year to go before the 2017 election, France's socialist president, Francois Hollande, is fighting for his political life. After boldly stating in the past that he would no...

Can France Find a Way Out of Its Mess? - Mark Lilla, NY Review of Books

The attention of the political class is now focused almost exclusively on the presidential elections of 2017, not on France’s long-term challenges. The chances of Marine Le P...

Europe's Tower of Babel May Soon Fall - Paul Taylor, Reuters

It's little wonder the European Union can't find common solutions to Europe's urgent problems when its main members are having such different national conversations. Like the bibl...

The Uncivilized British Croissant - Adam Gopnik, New Yorker

International breakfast circles were roiled, as the Times might write, by the news last week that Tesco, the British supermarket chain, had decided to stop selling croissants that ...

Is Europe Better Off Without Britain? - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

EU countries have been wary of Great Britain's membership ever since former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously stormed into Europe demanding that London "get its mon...

France Gets to the Point on Language - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe and Mail

French, whose elevated degree of difficulty is a source of pride for those who master it, but a source of frustration for those who seek to learn it, does not have history on its s...

France's John Kasich Is Winning - Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

Once dismissed as an out-of-touch technocrat, Alain Juppé has reinvented himself as France's voice of moderation — and the French love him for it....

Europe's Political Center Is Caving in - G. Wheatcroft, National Interest

The Cinque Stelle is not discernibly Left or Right but just anti: antiestablishment, antiausterity, anti-European. It could be called antipolitical, and almost anti-Italian. Such r...

The U.S., the EU, and NATO - George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

American officials have begun expressing concerns about the state of the European Union. In particular, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Feb. 12 that America has a "very ...

Healing the Scars of Bataclan - Julia Heyer & Petra Truckendanner, Spiegel

Three months ago, a trio of Islamist terrorists stormed the Bataclan theater in Paris and slaughtered 90 people. Those who survived are still struggling to come to terms with what ...

Here Is Why Europe's Jews Are so Worried - Harold James, Reuters

Jews feel vulnerable on two fronts: vulnerable because of who is attacking them, and vulnerable because of who is defending them....

The Diverse, Squabbling World of La Resistance - R. Paxton, NY Books

One needs also to ask what the main purpose of resistance was. De Gaulle took a predominantly military view of it. He wanted the movements to prepare a secret underground force wit...

Is This France Anymore? - James Blitz, Financial Times

François Hollande’s government is in the throes of passing a new law that will allow the state to strip convicted terrorists of their French nationality. The move is proving hig...

France on a Footing for Permanent War - Leela Jacinto, Foreign Policy

A constitutional amendment — fancy that! At the Davos summit last month, when French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was asked how long he proposed extending the state of emergen...

Changes in French Spelling Cause Uproar - BBC

The Academie Francaise proposed changes in 1990, including the deletion of the circumflex accent (ˆ) and hyphens in some words, but they were optional....

France's Search for Influence Lost - Nicholas Vinocur, Politico EU

PARIS — France has lost a great deal of its influence in the European Union and must work hard to get it back or risk being eclipsed further in Brussels, two French MPs warne...

Francois Hollande's Own State of Emergency - Patrick Marnham, Spectator

Hollande’s polls rose slightly after he declared a state of emergency on 14 November. During a state of emergency, the French government assumes fearsome powers that are norm...

Charting the Jewish Exodus From France - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

France is home to about 475,000 Jews, the world's third-largest Jewish population. Yet its Jews are increasingly fearful of anti-Semitic violence. In late January, someone in Marse...

Deepening India's French Connection - The Hindu

The India-France strategic relationship has generated a sense of comfort between the relevant government agencies. The Hollande visit focussed on initiatives that can strengthen bu...

Sarkozy Can't Airbrush His Legacy - Nabila Ramdani, The Guardian

What is clear is that it was Sarkozy’s abject failure to reform France that directly led to the country electing its first socialist head of state this century....

Extremists Are One Crisis Away from Power - William Hague, Telegraph

The biggest threat to the security of western nations and the lives of their citizens is a terrorist attack. This is a threat that has to be defeated, but it is not the one that wi...

How Britain Gave up Learning French - Ed West, The Guardian

The vast majority of immigrants do learn English, and while immigration discontent can be fuelled by the language issue, as in Catalonia, where migrants tend to learn Castilian, ou...

Why Marine Le Pen Is Going Off the Grid - Nicholas Vinocur, Politico EU

Marine Le Pen has a message for TV and radio interviewers who competed to ask her the toughest, most “gotcha” question in 2015: Find another target, because I’m going off the...

Once More, With Feeling: Europe Needs US Help - Nougayrede, Guardian

Since 1947 the US goal has been a peaceful, undivided and democratic Europe – not for altruistic reasons, but because such a continent serves American interests. Today’...

It's Ever More Dangerous to Be Jewish in Europe - J. Tobin, Commentary

While one should be careful not to exaggerate the danger, the frequency of attacks on Jews is discouraging and enough to impact the mentality of a community that understands that E...

Corsica Is Europe's New Hot Nationalism - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

For the first time, an explicitly nationalist coalition now controls Corsica’s regional government after it unexpectedly triumphed in December’s regional elections. Tha...

France Forfeits Its Values - Robert Zaretsky, New York Times

Two weeks ago, the Socialist prime minister, Manuel Valls, delivered a stunning blow to the French revolutionary ideal that citizenship is no less indivisible than the republic its...

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