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France's Search for Influence Lost

Nicholas Vinocur, Politico EU

Sarkozy Can't Airbrush His Legacy

Nabila Ramdani, The Guardian

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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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....

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...

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...

French Youth And Far Right, A Budding Love Affair? - Collas/Nunès, LM

LILLE — Youssef is only 16. In 2017, when he’ll be able to vote, he already knows what he'll do: “I’ll vote for anyone as long as they stand in the way of t...

Francois Hollande, the Decider - Nicholas Vinocur, Politico EU

After a year of roiling crisis and tragedy, François Hollande is entering 2016 in a stronger position than he was 12 months ago, having shown the kind of decisive authority that m...

The 20 Percent World - John Micklethwait, Bloomberg View

Corruption and inefficiency -- whether in the form of America’s money politics or the EU’s lack of accountability -- partly explain why the ills of the Western world ha...

France's Diminished Liberties - New York Times

Since President François Hollande of France declared a state of emergency after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, more than 2,700 police raids have been carried out...

Elites Have Failed the Western World - Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian

The modern west has been admirably different from other civilisations in its ability to counterbalance the arrogance of power with recognition of its excesses. Now, however, it is ...

Why Populism Is on the Rise in the West - John O'Sullivan, National Review

Altogether the so-called populist threat is a damning verdict on the political competence and democratic decency of the mainstream Right....

France: A Country and Party Shaken to Its Core - Konrad Yakabuski, G&M

The French President’s traditional New Year’s Eve address to the country will be anything but festive this year. It has been an annus horribilis in France. Two terroris...

After the French 9/11, Le Patriot Act - Matt Welch, Los Angeles Times

The visible signs of change here at the merciful close of France's annus horribilis are subtle to the American eye. Travelers arriving by air from other European countries no longe...

A Year of Heavy History for France - Jeff Israely, Worldcrunch

Much has been made of the locations targeted, and there was a sudden rash of articles written about our extended neighborhood of the 10th and 11th arrondissements in eastern Paris....

Le Pen May Be Down, but She Is Not Out - Konrad Yakabuski, Globe & Mail

Ms. Le Pen’s name appears destined to be one of two on the final presidential ballot. She does not have to take the election to win the debate. She is already doing that, for...

Le Pen's Hopes Are Not Dashed - John Rosenthal, Geopolitical Monitor

The “republican front” is so named, incidentally, for the “republican values” that are supposedly shared by the Center-Right and the Left, but not by the Na...

Deciphering the French Regionals - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

It seems wise to avoid sweeping generalizations. The first-round results of course attracted superlatives. Seeing Front National surpass 40 percent in the first round is stunning. ...

France Resists Le Pen - Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate

PARIS – Watching the results of the second ballot in France’s regional elections on December 13, surrounded by my family, I was overpowered by a sense of relief, and ev...

Argentina Needs to Leave Tradition Behind - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RCW

To describe the idiosyncrasies of his fellow countrymen, the novelist Jorge Luis Borges defined the Argentinian as being "an Italian who speaks Spanish, thinks in French, and wishe...

What France's Vote Means - New York Times

France’s two-round election system gives voters a chance to let off steam in the first round and restore rationality in the second. It happened in March in local elections, a...

Postponing Le Pen - Sylvie Kauffmann, New York Times

In the United States, moderate Republicans are fretting about the threat that leading presidential candidate Donald J. Trump poses to their party. In France, the destruction is alr...

France's Far Right Will Be Back - Economist

On Sunday night she spoke of a “campaign of calumnies and defamation decided in the gilded palaces of the Republic”. This will help her build support for the presidenti...

The Partial Defeat of France's Far Right - Guardian

Relief that Front National has failed to win even one of the regions it was contesting in France at the weekend must be tempered by apprehension. A victory for Marine Le Pen’...

France's Far Right Is Still a Huge Threat - Jerome Fenoglio, Worldcrunch

But, in these times of designating scapegoats, it is also important not to put all the blame on political leaders. Elected representatives don’t have the monopoly on cynicism...

Le Pen's Natl. Front Dealt Setback in Regional Elections - Nossiter, NYT

PARIS — French voters dealt a sharp setback to the far-right National Front in regional elections on Sunday, depriving the party of victory in any of the country’s 13 r...

French Voters Want Action on the Economy - Bloomberg View

France's political elites may be tempted to simply breathe a sigh of relief and get back to business as usual, now that the National Front has failed in its bid to win control of a...

Le Pen Fails to Win any Regions in French Vote - N. Vinocur, Politico EU

PARIS — France’s National Front failed to win a single region in local elections Sunday, after mainstream parties managed to block its candidates — including the ...

Le Pen's National Front: Down, but not Out - The Economist

THERE was widespread relief among mainstream voters in France this evening, after Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front (FN) failed to score a single victory at elections ...

Le Pen Is a Bigger Danger Than Trump - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

Ms Le Pen’s currencies are fear and prejudice. The enemies are “outsiders” — in this case Muslims and international capitalism. Her answer is to close the b...

A Big Day in Geopolitics - George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

It is extraordinary when multiple events occur in a single day that confirmed our model or move us towards a revised version of it. To cut to the chase, yesterday was that kind of ...

France's Would-Be Joan of Arc - James Poulos, Foreign Policy

These are bold deeds and fiery words from a woman young enough and salvific enough, in the eyes of her faithful, to have summoned emotions reserved for France’s top tier of h...

Europe, Land of Many Trumps - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

Take Marine Le Pen, whose National Front just won 28 percent of the vote -- more than either of the main parties -- in the first round of elections to run France's regional governm...

Le Pen Still Can't Win France - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

The 2017 presidential election in France will be about more than just the fate of President Francois Hollande and the direction of the French state. Since France is one of the corn...

Is Marine Le Pen Stoppable? - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Marine Le Pen has astutely worked to remodel her far-right National Front party and deodorize some of its most rancid elements, including the anti-Semitism of her father, former le...

France: The New Leader of the Free World? - Neville Teller, Jerusalem Post

‘Nature abhors a vacuum” observed the Greek philosopher Aristotle – a remark that, demonstrably valid, has entered into common parlance. Given US President Barack...

This Conservative Wunderkind Is Taking France By Storm - The Week

France's populist party just had its best electoral night ever. In the first round of regional elections on Sunday, the National Front (FN) came in first in six out of 14 regions, ...

France's Flailing Economy Boosts Far Right - L. Bershidsky, Bloomberg

None of that, however, will take her as far as she wants to go -- to the French presidency in 2017. So far, the French have backed her where the stakes are lower. In the latest mun...

Marine Le Pen Has Her Day - Irish Times

France is opening a frightening new chapter in its political history...

Fear Bears Political Fruit in France - New York Times

The stunning gains made by France’s far-right National Front party in the first round of voting in regional elections on Sunday were clearly bolstered by fears arising from t...

French Establishment Is in Big Trouble - Pierre Briancon, Politico EU

The far-right National Front’s victory in the first round of French regional elections on Sunday will have an impact far beyond the composition of local governments and the s...

France's Far Right Claims Victory - Eric Maurice, EU Observer

The National Front has come first in half of the regions in a first round of local elections in France. Left and right are divided over a strategy to block it....

The Islamicization of Radicalness - Robert Zaretsky, American Conservative

Twenty years ago, such youths rallied to radical Islamic movements in Chechnya and Bosnia, or joined the Groupe Islamique Armée in Algeria or the various al-Qaeda affiliates...

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