May Unemployment Numbers Reveal First Lull in Two Years

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Labor published the official 2013 unemployment figures. For the first time in two years, the unemployment numbers have stabilized. While this is good news—particularly after two years of rising numbers—the Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault continues to maintain a cautionary stance. Having just arrived in Guadeloupe on an official visit, Ayrault […]

Offshore Leaks

The current Cazhuac story has shed light on an organization that collaborates 160 reporters, has more than 2.5 million analyzed documents, and logs a long list of offshore companies and tax havens used by the wealthy worldwide. With Wikileaks and Vatileaks not far off in our memories, Offshore Leaks is the newest global scandal. Yesterday, […]

Violent Clashes and a New Successor in the Wake of Confirmation of Abou Zeid’s Death

Towards the end of February, covert operations in Mali’s northern mountains of Ifoghas resulted in the death of around forty terrorists. Rumors have been floating around the Internet about the identity of the bodies. While French authorities have been reluctant to confirm any of these rumors, a month after the attack Paris has finally confirmed […]

Airbus Makes Historic Deal with Lion Air

The “contract of the century” has been made, Productive Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg proclaimed on Monday, March 18. Airbus signed an unprecedented contract with Indonesian Lion Air. President Hollande noted, “The contract is historic in its breadth — 234 planes and 18 billions of euros — and notable also for the relationship between a large […]

Syria: to Ban or Not to Ban?

On Friday, March 15, France joined Britain in calling to lift the arms embargo on Syria. Two years into the Syrian civil war, European delegates fear that lifting the ban could help escalate the tumultuous situation on the ground. France explained their denunciation of the ban, explaining that France “cannot allow a people to be […]

Baby Steps in Belaïd Investigation as Tunisia Remains Paralyzed

Last week, Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki was called as a witness in front of the judge in charge of the investigation into the February assassination of opposition activist Chokri Belaïd. On March 5, the new Prime Minister Ali Larayedh announced that the alleged suspect had been identified as a Tunisian from the Jedouba region who […]

French Authorities Tread Lightly as Others Confirm Death of Al-Qaeda Leader

The cyber world is afloat with rumors. Is Abou Zeid dead? According to Algerian television and Chadian President Idriss Debry, Abou Zeid, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has died in a French military operation along with 42 other al-Qaeda terrorists. French authorities have yet to comment and corroborate that DNA tests confirmed […]

A Failure, a Resignation, and the New Tunisian Prime Minister

  Tunisia has often been heralded as an exception to the social and political chaos that plagues the region. The Jasmine Revolutions that took place there catalyzed the region’s Arab Spring Revolutions. The country’s relative lack of instability after the revolution was considered a success. However, the political assassination of the left opposition’s Chokri Belaid […]

Hollande: We are in “the final phase” of the operation in Mali

On Tuesday February 19, during his visit to Athens, Greece, French president François Hollande announced to the press the death of a second French soldier in Mali since the beginning of the French Intervention, Operation Serval, in January. The Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that the man killed was 33 year-old staff sergeant Harold […]

New Seats on Constitutional Council All Filled by Women

For the first time in history, three women have now have seats on the Constitutional Council. This past week, François Hollande, Jean-Pierre Bel, and Claude Bartolone have appointed three nominees to sit on the council. On February 12, Hollande named Nicole Maestracci as the replacement for Pierre Steinmetz. Maestracci was the first president of La […]