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As Hollande Struggles, So Does the Opposition

France has a double crisis. Its ruling political party, Francois Hollande’s Socialist, is in a state of catatonia, usually defined as a condition of incoherence with alternate periods of stupor and activity. More after the jump about that.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Death to Austerity

Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Michel Spingler

France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE



WEF and Jean-Marc Ayrault

Forget Le Pen, It’s Down to Two

The French elections have settled one question, that of the two finalists for the presidency.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Francois Mori

The Globalization of Hollow Politics

I went to Lille in northern France to attend a rally held by the socialist candidate Francois Hollande. I could, with a few alterations, have been at a football rally in Amarillo, Texas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE



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France: Socialist Victory Overshadowed by ‘Big Healthy Blonde Girl’

Until his daughter, Marine, captured 19 percent of the vote in France’s first round of presidential elections Sunday, Jean Marie Le Pen was the country’s most politically successful right-wing crazy. In a way he saw this coming, promoting his daughter, as The Guardian recalls, as a “big healthy blonde girl ... an ideal physical specimen.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Toulouse Killings Send Tremors Through French Presidential Election

Francois Hollande is not action-man, and his presence on the scene in Toulouse inevitably was one of passive observer.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bob Edme

Toulouse Aftermath: Is It Really?

Mohammed Merah, a teenage loser and a petty thief who achieved instant worldwide notoriety as the latest symbol of Islamic jihad, leaves a string of unanswered questions and paradoxes in his wake.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Remy de la Mauviniere

The Nightmare Won’t End in Toulouse

The horrific chain of seven slayings in Toulouse, France, that has stunned that country could have been lifted directly from a television thriller. In fact, this whole terrible affair has been a nightmare scenario that for decades has haunted authorities in France, Europe and the United States.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Christophe Ena

French Police Corner Shooting Suspect

The man suspected of killing three children and a rabbi on Monday in Toulouse, France, was identified and surrounded by police on Wednesday. More details about Mohammed Merah, who is also connected to the shooting deaths of three paratroopers earlier this month, also emerged.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

French Shocked by Jewish School Shooting

There are potential connections to killings earlier this month, and the general sociocultural climate and the context of the current presidential campaign offer other possible explanations, but the French were left with a big tragedy and something of a mystery after three children and a rabbi were slain outside an Orthodox Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



Christian Guthier (CC-BY)

Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Sarkozy Slapped With the Ultimate French Slight

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has already famously been called “Sarko the American,” but the campaign team behind his challenger François Hollande (pictured) found another brand of international insult to toss at the incumbent and see if it sticks in time to do damage at the polls in April.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Michael Probst

Greece Set for Second Bailout

Having pulled off the biggest debt restructuring deal ever, Greece is on track for yet another bailout. Meanwhile, the Greek government is also preparing to make yet another round of austerity cuts, which may involve lowering the nation’s minimum wage.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE



Richard Newton (CC-BY)

The French Aren’t Thrilled With Their Presidential Candidates Either

The Socialist Francois Hollande is running ahead of President Nicolas Sarkozy in a contest that has more to do with personal character than issues.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Wounded Journalists Smuggled Out of Syria

On Tuesday, a group of 35 Syrian volunteers—13 of whom eventually lost their lives—took part in a rescue operation to smuggle two foreign journalists, British photographer Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier, out of the besieged city of Homs.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Assad Waves an ‘Iron Hand’ at Opposition

Arab League, shmarab league. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is evidently still unwilling to make room for the possibility that he is in anything resembling a precarious position, as he made a defiant speech on Tuesday in Damascus, blaming foreign media for making him look bad and dissing the Arab League.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Germany and France to the Rescue, Again

Now that the holiday season is over, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are back in crisis management mode, huddling in Berlin on Monday before emerging to hold a joint news conference on the future of the eurozone.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

France, Turkey Trade Accusations of Genocide

Since France took the bold step this week of making it a criminal act to deny that Ottoman Turks committed genocide in Armenia nearly a century ago, Turkey has countered with similar accusations, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even added a personal touch about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s own past.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Sarkozy and Merkel: Never Again

As France and Germany have become the self-appointed leaders of the eurozone’s financial crisis recovery initiative, President Nicolas Sarkozy brought German Chancellor Angela Merkel in for a meeting in Paris, during which they decided, as Sarkozy said, “What has happened must never happen again.”

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Michael Probst

Sarkozy: It All Comes Down to France and Germany

In a speech Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confronted the economic quagmire otherwise known as the eurozone and declared that France and Germany would be the key players in Europe’s rehabilitation. Also important in Sarkozy’s scheme was the idea that stricter regulations would help ward off further catastrophe.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Sarkozy to Obama: Netanyahu Is a ‘Liar’

In a hot mic moment now heard around the world, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was reportedly caught gossiping to President Barack Obama about Israeli Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu at last week’s G-20 summit in Cannes, proving that not even heads of state ... (more)

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Vasilis Filis (CC-BY-SA)

Greek PM Rocks the Bailout Boat

Last week’s summit of European Union leaders to find an emergency solution, or at least a stopgap measure, for the region’s compounding economic crisis initially led to a brief bounce in the markets and a flash of hope. That was squelched by Tuesday with the news that Greek prime minister … (more)

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial

Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in ... (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Sarkozy Urges ‘One Voice’ for EU on Issue of Palestinian Statehood

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday in a speech to French ambassadors that he wanted all 27 countries of the European Union to speak with “one voice” in September on the issue of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations General Assembly. (more)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

Les Riches Attempt to Pull a Buffett

Sixteen of France’s wealthiest people have pulled a Warren Buffett and asked to be taxed more in order to help pay for the nation’s growing debt.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Philippe Wojazer

German Economy Lags in Second Quarter

Germany’s economy slowed to a crawl during the second financial quarter this year, registering only 0.1 percent growth during that time and dampening the optimism that Germans felt after an exceptionally strong first quarter. (more)

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / GTFP (CC-BY-SA)

French Ex-Minister Charged With Rape

This may or may not contribute to changes in French sexual politics (paging DSK), but the rape and sexual assault charges against Georges Tron (above), former French civil service minister and current mayor of Draveil, show that being in President Sarkozy’s ...

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE



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DSK and French Sexual Politics

If former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is found guilty, his sexual assault case could have an impact on French culture vis-à-vis relations between men and women, The New York Times has found in speaking with women in France.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel, U.S. Maneuver After Palestinians Get Together

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has condemned the recent reunification of Palestinian leadership, met Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to forestall attempts by Palestinians to win national recognition in the U.N. (more)

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

Western Leaders Say Gadhafi’s Got to Go

Although he’s probably gotten the hint right now, three heads of state—from the U.S., Britain and France—have signed a joint letter expressing their shared wish that tenacious Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi relinquish his power, stat.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Inconsistent Principles

There’s a problem when world leaders announce fervid support for universal principles: There is no way to avoid having those highflying words flung back at them at another time, during some other crisis, when they will have no choice but to lie or duck and scamper for cover. (more)

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Francois Mori

The French Sure Know How to Strike

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his camp are trying to keep their cool and push on with a vote on pension reform that would change France’s official retirement age, but the opposition isn’t backing down. In fact, labor unions have set aside ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Thibault Camus

French Protesters Hit the Streets

President Sarkozy, you’re on notice. On Tuesday, French protesters took to the streets en masse to send the message that they do not approve of their president’s move to change the country’s official retirement age.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Sarkozy, EU Officials Trade Blows in Roma Row

French President Nicolas Sarkozy fired back Thursday at European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who had previously let fly about France’s controversial move to dismantle Roma camps and deport occupants thereof to other countries.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


A French Leftist Ritual Takes On Sarkozy

This week has seen the annual ritual by which the left in France marks summer’s end and the resumption of politics as usual. This ritual is a general strike called by the left, whenever a rightist government is in power.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Vahid Salemi

Russia Stops Missile Sale to Iran

The powers that be in Tehran felt the sting of recently imposed U.N. sanctions Friday when Russia decided to halt the planned sale of air defense missiles to Iran as part of ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti aftermath
AP / Gregory Bull

Haiti Death Toll Could Figure in Hundreds of Thousands

As rescue teams and aid groups rush to help the injured and displaced—and to tend to the dead—after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, officials from the Caribbean nation estimated Wednesday that the number of casualties could exceed 100,000, even by a large margin. Updated

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection

Sarkozy’s Bid to Move Camus’ Ashes Stirs Controversy

A French writer could do a lot worse than be buried alongside the likes of Émile Zola, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Victor Hugo, but some compatriots of philosopher Albert Camus, as well as his son, Jean, are none too pleased with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to relocate Camus’ ashes to the celebrated Panthéon in Paris.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Herbert Knosowski

Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall

To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group of world leaders from past and present—including Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hillary Rodham Clinton—joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday for a stroll through the Brandenberg Gate, which stood between East and West Berlin.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE



White House Archive / Paul Morse

Tony Blair Isn’t Conservative Enough to Be President of Europe

The former British prime minister took a hit after France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany’s Angela Merkel agreed over dinner at the Élysée Palace (oh to be a fly on that wall) that the first president of the European Council ought to be more of a right-winger. (continued)

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


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honkifyoureaknob.blogspot.com

Sarkozy Dresses Down the Burqa

French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that burqas worn by Muslim women are no longer welcome in France. The full-body veil, symbol of women’s “enslavement,” he said, is a threat to gender equality and to France’s long-standing secular democracy. Only a minority of women among the roughly 6 million Muslims in France wear such attire, but Sarkoz’s new hard line is sure to fan the debate.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Sang Tan

French Parliament Nixes Web Piracy Bill

Sacre bleu! Some conservative members of France’s parliament are probably regretting their decision to begin their Easter break a little early, as their absence allowed rival socialists to ambush an Internet piracy bill on Thursday.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 READ MORE


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blogs.ft.com

British PM: We Need ‘Global New Deal’

It’s time for teamwork, according to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who made a call for unity—and a “global New Deal”—during a meeting about the worldwide economic crisis with other European heads of state over the weekend.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE


Rafah burning
AP photo / Eyad Baba

Who Believes There Is ‘Progress’ in the Middle East?

If reporting is, as I suspect, a record of mankind’s folly, then the end of 2008 is proving my point.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Palin Punked by Faux Sarkozy Prank Call

In what will go down as one of the epic prank calls of all time, Canadian radio show jester Marc Antoine Audette got Sarah Palin on the phone Saturday by telling her French President Nicolas Sarkozy was calling. Oops.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


Sarkozy in Tel Aviv

Policeman’s Suicide Hastens Sarkozy’s Farewell to Israel

An Israeli policeman killed himself Tuesday afternoon at the Tel Aviv airport—just as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, were saying their goodbyes to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before boarding their plane, which suddenly became a quick and urgent exercise.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Mugabe Henchmen Mutilate and Murder Opposition Activists

In a gruesome killing spree that morbidly illustrates the ongoing election crisis in Zimbabwe, militia members apparently supporting President Robert Mugabe mutilated and killed four young men, three of whom were identified as activists for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the rival party to Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) group. The fourth happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and didn’t know Zanu (PF)‘s secret handshake, so to speak.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


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ohiomm.com

Spin Control With Your Host, President Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy strode into office a year ago after talking big about economic growth, but by early 2008 he complained that “the till’s already empty”—as he sported flashy accessories and stepped out with an even flashier new partner, Carla Bruni.  Now, “Sarko” is doing crisis management and offering apologies for his past mistakes.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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interet-general.info

Conservative Wins French Election

Socialist candidate Segolene Royal has conceded to conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, the next president of France. In his acceptance speech, Sarkozy promised to unite a divided nation and urged Washington to address climate change more aggressively.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


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