UPDATED – Algeria Raids Gas Plant Where Islamist Terrorists Hold Hostages, Many Hostages Dead or Missing

On Thursday, January 17, Algerian Special Forces raided a gas plant where an Islamist terrorist group was holding hostages. As of 11:30 EST January 18, there have been reports that approximately 30-35 hostages and 18 militants were killed during the operation. The Algerian state news agency reported that over 600 were taken hostage. The plant […]

Henri Guaino Enters the Race for UMP

Jean-François Copé and François Fillon have one more person to worry about in their race to be the President of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, the center-right party of Nicolas Sarkozy. In an exclusive interview published Monday in Le Figaro, Henri Guaino, special advisor to former President Sarkozy, announced that he was indeed a […]

Conflict in Amiens: In Brief

The nights of violence seem to have finally been calmed. One hundred additional police were deployed to Amiens, leading to the first relatively peaceful night in Amiens this week. In the northern French city of Amiens, violent riots broke out Monday night and into Tuesday morning. In the North neighborhood of the city, about a […]

Sarkozy Re-Enters Politics, Calling for International Intervention in Syria

Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France, re-emerged on the political scene today. News agencies are reporting that the former President had an in-depth phone conversation with Abdel Basset Sayda, the President of the Syrian National Council.  According to France Info, who reported on the call first, the two men talked about “the gravity of the […]

Spain and Italy Gain Ground at European Summit

Spain and Italy dominated more than just the soccer field this week. At the European Summit in Brussels, European leaders negotiated the economic fate of the Euro Zone and future plans to tackle issues of rising debt and unstable markets. Mario Monti and Mariano Rajoy, the Italian and Spanish Prime Ministers respectively, exerted more pressure […]

Bickering within the UMP

François Fillon, former Prime Minister of France under the Sarkozy administration, unexpectedly announced yesterday, May 25, that he intended to run for leader of his party, Union pour un Movement Populaire (UMP). After the UMP’s Presidential defeat to François Hollande of the Parti Socialiste (PS), the leadership within the UMP had made a very clear […]

Ségolène Royal Announces Intentions to Run for President of the National Assembly

Segolene Royal, 2007 Parti Socialiste candidate for President, announced her intentions to run for the President of the National Assembly on Saturday. Royal is currently the President of the Poitou-Charentes branch of the Parti Socialiste and she is running to represent the first district of La Charente-Maritime on the Atlantic  coast of France. Royal ran […]

May 8th Remains a Celebration of Unity for France

PARIS – On May 8th the French celebrate “Victory in Europe Day”, in commemoration of May 8, 1945, the day that the Allied Powers accepted the surrender of the Axis powers and the official end of the Second World War in Europe. The ceremony takes place at L’Arc de Triomphe on the Place de Charles […]

“Hollande Gagne!”

Paris, Hollande supporters celebrate at Bastille

Sea of Red

Sea of Red

PARIS- Celebration by supporters at the Bastille after announcement of Hollande’s victory.