Hollande’s Government Outlines Housing Priorities

During a cabinet meeting Wednesday, the Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing, Cécile Duflot, presented her initial plans to address France’s housing issues. “The first step for the global policy that the government wishes to undertake is to improve the lives of the French, increasing housing access and supporting the construction effort.” Ms. Duflot’s first […]

The “Jospin Commission”: The Controversy Inside and Out

“There are rules that are in demand because we are in a difficult period and that there is a moral requirement, renovation (…) when the Republic is elected, there must be rules as appropriate. ” These are the words of the President July 14 when he announced the creation of a Commission for the Moralization […]

Audrey Pulvar: the Difficult Relationship between Politicians and Journalists

In an important announcement made last week, Audrey Pulvar, renowned journalist and girlfriend of Arnaud Montebourg, was named editorial director of the magazine Les Inrockuptibles. This is not the first time that the journalist has been at the heart of a controversy. Pulvar’s boyfriend, Montebourg, previously a lively member of the PS, is now minister of […]

When the Devil files a complaint against the Virgin

Marine Le Pen does not like being associated with the dark hour of history and once again, she has made it known. The Front National (FN) announced on Sunday its intent to file a complaint against the singer, Madonna, following the broadcast of a video clip during her concert in Paris, which shows the President […]

50 years after Independence, Difficult Relations Between France and Algeria

After nearly a century and a half of colonialism and a brutal war, Algeria became officially independent on July 5, 1962. Fifty years later, Algiers commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of independence. Diplomats from major world powers: United States, China, Russia, India and others were present to celebrate the birth of the Algerian State. One major […]

Hollande meets with Gabon President, Ali Bongo

Thursday afternoon, Francois Hollande met with Ali Bongo, President of Gabon, at the Palace Elysée. During their meeting, the relationship between France and its former colony were discussed in depth. France has numerous military and strategic interests in Gabon. At the end of his visit, Ali Bongo reiterated its confidence in “the great friendship” between […]

Culture, The Other Goal of Hollande’s Presidency

It was June 8 at the Ateliers Berthier of the Odéon Theater in Paris, François Hollande, his girlfriend, and David Kessler, the cultural counselor of the Elysée, went to the theater as any other spectator to see Joël Pommerat’s play, My Cold Room. Aside from the anecdotal aspect, the presence of the President of the […]

Draft Amending Budget for 2012 Released by the Government

“Request first, those who were previously exempt from the collective effort” and it is to be done with a tax “favoring private income.” These are the words uttered yesterday during his policy speech of the Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault who announced his political line regarding state funding, while the right shouted sarcastically, “taxes, taxes …” […]

Update: Small Changes for the Government of Jean Marc Ayrault

As expected after the legislative elections, the Élysée has announced a slight reorganization of the government this week. Four new people were added: Anne Marie Escoffier was named Minister of Decentralization. She was until now a senator belonging to the radical left party in Aveyron, a small rural department. Her nomination allows for the opening […]

The Battle for the Presidency of the Assembly Begins

This is a battle within a battle. While the Parti Socialiste (PS) and its allies have won an absolute majority in the Assembly with 314 deputies, the race for the Presidency is open. With Ségolène Royal defeated in La Rochelle and Jack Lang defeated in the Vosges, the field now appears open for certain members of the […]