For or Against: What the Gay Marriage Protests Tell Us About France

PARIS. – On February 2, the French National Assembly voted to legalize gay marriage, followed shortly thereafter by Great Britain on February 5. The path leading to the adoption of this article of the gay rights project was not simple, however, and was marked by several massive demonstrations from both sides. The French are no […]

Hollande’s Visit to Mali Seen as Support of Democracy

PARIS. – President Hollande was in Mali for a brief visit on Saturday February 2. Hollande is no stranger to the battlefield – he visited Afghanistan only a few days after his election, though this visit in no way compares. This is not a conflict he inherited, but one that was started during his presidency. […]

Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 2

Continued from Part 1 of La Jeune Politique’s Guide to the Conflict in Mali WHY MALI? AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is a foreign force — the soldiers are not Malian and they apply a radical version of Charia law, a practice alien to the local people and to Malian culture. Many occurrences […]

Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 1

HOW WE GOT HERE Since gaining its independence from France in 1960, Mali has been dealing with northern Tuareg separatist movements. This ethnically Arabic group roams the desert in the north of the country and has rebelled many times in hopes of obtaining independence for what they call “the country of Azawad.” Their chance came […]

France Faces Criticism over Malian Intervention as Humanitarian Questions Arise

As new humanitarian concerns arise over the situation in Mali, tensions on the ground there have been highlighted by analysts and reporters. Several incidents of retaliation have been reported in recently liberated cities against both “white faces” (Arabic and Tuareg) and black Africans believed to have collaborated with the Islamists. Worse still, summary executions were […]

Algerian Hostage Situation Resolved After Military Raid

The hostage situation at the remote Algerian gas facility has come to an end. Seven foreigners and eleven terrorists are dead, according to the Algerian government, with another four BP workers still missing. The assault by the Algerian military claimed fewer lives than previously reported– the numbers of 50 dead put forth by the terrorists […]

French Intervention Brings Relief in Mali, Al-Qaeda-Linked Hostages in Algeria

PARIS. – “Vive la France !” “Welcome to the liberators!” The headlines of Malian newspapers are increasingly complementary to France, following the French intervention in Mopti and Konna. After a year of violence due to an Islamist hijaking of the Tuareg separatists’ rebellion, the Malians are relieved the conflict has subsided. Since President François Hollande […]

Opponents of Gay Marriage Make Their Voices Heard in Paris Protest

PARIS – They were at least 300,000 according to the police, but the protestors claim their numbers were closer to 800,000. The opponents of gay marriage rallied from all over France and swarmed Paris this Sunday, January 13 to protest against the “marriage for all” bill, which would grant the right to marry to homosexual […]

French Helicopter Raid in Mali Kills Pilot at Start of Military Intervention

PARIS. – The French intervention in Mali has claimed its first victim. Lieutenant Damien Boiteux of the 4th helicopter regiment special forces, from the southern city of Pau, was killed the afternoon of Friday January 11 in a raid against a terrorist group. According to the high command of the French military, Boiteux suffered damage […]

UMP to Implement Agreement, Party Left With Tarnished Reputation

PARIS. – Last year, the UMP wore itself out as a dispute over who would become the new head of the party dragged on for three weeks without any resolution. The declared winner, Jean-François Copé, wouldn’t budge, and poll favorite, François Fillon, left the UMP group at the National Assembly. He created RUMP (rassemblement-UMP), taking […]