Valls’ Widespread Popularity with Public Belies Criticism from Peers

Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior and one of France’s leading Parti socialiste (PS) politicians, is back in the domestic headlines this past week, although for reasons other than the purely political. Still in the public eye for polemical comments made over Roma settlements in late September, Valls has continued grab media attention by way of […]

Environment Minister Batho Fired, Hollande Criticized

French President Francois Hollande promptly fired Delphine Batho, a member of the Parti socialiste (PS) and now-former Environment Minister of France, after she voiced her displeasure on RTL Radio with the “bad” proposed 7% cut to the energy and environment ministry. “Of course there will be…budget tightening,” Batho noted, “but there are also other ways of proceeding, […]