Reflections on a World Cup Past: France Lose to Germany, But Future is Bright

In FIFA World Cup football, history matters. Whether it was made on the playing field or not. The international history of France playing Germany in the sport is sparse — they’ve only met four times in the World Cup — but significant. Any time two nations with such a telling recent past butt heads and […]

With Sizzling World Cup Scoring, France Shake Off 2010’s Campaign of Shame

If the FIFA World Cup was purely a contest of cumulative goals scored, France would be able to toss a glance back at most of the competition with an appropriate shrug of French indifference after their first two matches. After a 2010 Cup campaign that was, to put it lightly, a disastrous national embarrassment, the […]

A Look Back at NKM’s Failed Campaign

PARIS – It was a French election night that went the UMP’s way. They had strong campaigns, excitement, momentum. They had the Parti Socialiste (PS) where they wanted them – unpopular – and they left them scrambling to maintain a hint of the historic election successes they had two years ago. But the staunchly liberal bastion […]

Interior Minister Manuel Valls Replaces Ayrault as Prime Minister

PARIS – It was the election night that the Parti Socialiste feared, and hoped would not become a reality — but the resignation of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his French government make the damage done on Sunday night quite clear. Ayrault resigned Monday afternoon after the PS won only 40.57 percent of the total vote in France, while the UMP scored nearly […]

Front National Candidates Show Strength in Numbers for Municipal Elections

PARIS – Nearly 600 candidates from the far-right and long-disregarded Front National (FN) party are slated to grace the municipal elections stage during these last two weekends of March—the largest turnout ever facilitated by the radical group. But it turns out they may not all be on the ballot by choice. On March 6, the […]

Hollande Announces Measures to Increase France’s Economic Outlook

President Francois Hollande presented a fresh fiscal outlook for the struggling French economy to 30 or more international business executives on 17 February. The meeting included representatives from corporate staples such as Volvo, Intel and Nestle, in addition to financial chiefs from China and various Gulf nations. France, the European Union’s second-largest economy, has experienced […]

Mayoral candidate Hidalgo wants to give fresh look to Bastille history

Anne Hidalgo’s ambitious proposal to redesign the iconic Place de la Bastille in central Paris is both an easy and a tough sell. Hidalgo, the Socialist Party’s mayoral hope and the favorite to win in next month’s election, is touting her project as a victory for pedestrians and history alike — a way to ease […]

Controversy over Assisted Conception Stalls Changes to Family Reform Bill

PARIS-The French government quickly went on the defensive earlier this week after about 100,000 conservative protesters took to the streets in Paris and Lyon on Sunday Feb. 2, angered by proposed LGBT-friendly additions to a major family reform bill. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office announced on Monday Feb. 3 that the entire bill would be […]