Sarkozy Faces Campaign Account Violations in Growing Legal Dispute

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy may have chosen to exit the political arena after his unsuccessful reelection bid for the French presidency in 2012, but ghosts of his campaign refuse to disappear. Sarkozy has been plagued by legal disputes over his re-election bid last year. He faces charges from France’s election watchdog, the Commission des […]

LJP Live Blog: American Election Results and Global Reactions

La Jeune Politique’s transatlantic team gives us a special perspective on tonight’s election. We will be running a live blog as the results from the US election come in, and we’ll also be covering international responses. Also, check out our Twitter @ljpolitique. Some states, including the battleground state of Virginia, are closing their polls at […]

France Displays Support for Obama in Today’s Election

Paris. – A poll published on November 5 by TV station BFM-TV confirmed the support of the French people for presidential candidate Barack Obama and other democratic candidates. 78% stated that they would vote for Obama if they were American citizens, while only 5% of those polled showed support for Mitt Romney. 17% remained without an opinion. On […]

Why so Civil? The French Elections as Seen by “Une Américaine”

At times I wasn’t sure if I was watching a presidential campaign or a game show.  With all due respect to French television, though, the digitalized image of the Palais de l’Élysée adorning the set of the Hollande-Sarkozy debate did seem like something CNN would do in a desperate, gimmicky move for better ratings.  François […]

Op-Ed Small Parties: How To Exist Until 2017

Well, the electoral period is over. Now, the political system will shift back to its classic configuration and the fight between the majority and the opposition will replace the ideological debate. Although this change is natural for the two biggest parties (PS and UMP), it is significantly more difficult for the smallest ones. The Front […]

Bright Tomorrow For The Front National

The 2012 harvest was a good one for Extreme-right party the Front National (FN). In April, the first round of the presidential election saw its leader, Marine Le Pen, win the highest percentage ever for the party at 17.90%. And later, in June, the legislative election witnessed the party winning its first two seats in […]

UMP: After the Defeat Comes…

Well, Nicolas Sarkozy lost, and the right-wing force in the National Assembly lost. After the disappointment of his supporters settled, some still found it difficult to understand the fact that they are now the minority, making it clear that the largest consequence of this defeat will be on the Union pour un Movement Populaire (UMP) […]

The ‘Right-Wing Drift’ and an Inside-Look at UMP Campaign Strategies from a Young UMP Supporter

Involved in the political life since 2007 when he joined the UMP, Julien Blanc-Galera decided to involve himself even more in politics since because of the fourth Commission on Communication at the Conseil Régional des Jeunes (CRJ), or the Regional Council for young people. Since then, he has never given up his values and his […]

Inside the Campaign: Victory and Disenchantment Among the Young Socialists

On June 17th, the Left and its leading party, the Parti Socialiste (PS) won the legislative elections, after a series of electoral victories. This came a little over 1 month after the PS also won the Presidential election on May 6. After this crucial and long political period, which has monopolized the attention of the […]

Feature: The Le Pen Dynasty

In 1956, Jean-Marie Le Pen, then 27 years old, became the youngest deputy ever elected to the French National Assembly. In 1972, he founded the Front National (FN), the extreme-right party that would be his legacy. The party stayed relatively inactive until 1984, when it won ten seats in the European Parliament. Two years later […]