Sarkozy speaks out amidst series of scandals

For the first time since he lost his reelection campaign in 2012, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given a public statement defending himself in the wake of a series of political scandals that have plagued him since he left office. He published an address in Le Figaro on March 21, criticizing the actions of […]

Mathieu Gallet Tapped as New CEO of Radio France

For French public radio broadcaster Radio France, leadership is taking on a fresh new meaning. On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel (or CSA, an independent media regulator organization in France) chose Mathieu Gallet, 37, as the new CEO of Radio France. Gallet will succeed current CEO Jean-Luc Hees. The choice of Gallet […]

Moody’s Remains Skeptical of Hollande’s Economic Policies

Credit rating giant Moody’s has decided to maintain France’s credit rating as Aa1 or AA+, the second highest rating on its credit scale. The stability of the credit rating came after France’s economic policies underwent their first major test of the year in the markets on January 24. Moody’s outlook, however, is tinged with a […]

Hollande Gives Press Conference in Corrèze

French President Francois Hollande gave his traditional New Year’s Press Conference to Corrèze, a department in south-central France. The conference, which took place the weekend of January 11, focused on rural and local government reform as well as economic policy. Hollande promised that 2014 would be a year of decentralization, and emphasized the importance of […]

Xenophobia Continues to be Pervading Problem in France

Xenophobia and anti-Islamic sentiment have been on the rise in Europe, and France is no stranger to this trend. Racism in public discourse has become especially conspicuous in recent years.  In the political arena, politicians are no strangers to dealing with xenophobia. This turmoil can be attributed in part to the influx of immigrants from […]

France, Germany Demand Non-spying Agreement

This October, the opening of the European Summit in Brussels was marked with a growing sense of distrust. European leaders, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, have called for a non-spying “code of conduct” agreement—a move that comes in the wake of the revelation that the U.S. National Security Agency […]

Galeries Lafayette Unveils Department Store in Beijing

The popular French department chain Galeries Lafayette has unveiled a new location in Beijing. After a 15-year hiatus, the company has returned to operations in China. Their previous store in the country had remained open only a year. The store will be the company’s second-largest location. At six floors and with more than 350,000 square […]

France to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

More Syrian refugees can now look to France as a safe haven. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 12 that France would welcome more Syrian refugees. Many nations, including France, have opened their doors to the refugees, now currently numbered at more than 2 million. According to the United Nations refugee agency, more […]

Popularity Levels for Hollande and Ayrault Rise

Things may be looking up for French President Francois Hollande. His approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3, and those of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by polling company Ifop for September. According to the survey, 67% of the […]

Approval Ratings for Hollande, Ayrault Rise

Things may be looking up for French President François Hollande, as his approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3. Those of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by marketing firm Institute français d’opinion publique (IFOP). According to the survey, 67% of […]