Housing Minister Brought to Tears after Attack by the Right

At Tuesday’s National Assembly, Cécile Duflot, Housing Minister and former leader of the party European Ecology – The Greens (EELV), was moved to tears after a UMP deputy questioned a polemic tweet from her partner. The scandal began on Sunday, July 14th, when Xavier Cantat, Duflot’s husband and an environmental activist, confessed on Twitter that […]

Notre-Dame-des-Landes Airport: “Contentious Collaboration” In the Government

January 2013 was meant to mark the beginning of the construction of the new airport Notre-Dame-des-Landes, scheduled to open in 2017. Yet, after the violent confrontations on the site between protesters opposing the project and the police, the project has been postponed until June. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reopens discussions on the issue November 30th. […]

French Constitutional Council Censors New Housing Law

On October 24 France’s Constitutional Council, the highest legal authority, censored the new housing law that had been passed on October 10. The Council censored the law because its process of implementation “did not respect the parliamentary procedure regarding its examination in the Senate.” The government wanted to pass the law quickly, and so the […]

The Greens’ Opposition to the Budgetary Pact Divides the Left Majority

On September 22nd, the Ecologist Party Europe-Écologie-les-Verts (EELV) expressed its firm rejection of the European Budgetary Pact, with 70% voting no during the federal council of the party. The ecologists are part of the left-wing in the assembly, and they are the official allies of the Parti Socialiste (PS). The two major ecologist figures, Cécile […]

Government Makes Plans to Fight Environmental Crisis

Energy resources are becoming increasingly hard to come by and worries concerning environmental protection are rising. These factors make the environmental conference that was held September 14 and 15 in Paris at the Palais Iéna of the greatest importance. Five themes were discussed at the conference: energy, biodiversity, health and environmental risks, environmental taxes, and environmental governance. […]

Sad Summer For Women In Politics – Part 1

Sometimes, the law reveals some strange anachronisms. There is still a law in France, from 1799, which forbids women to wear trousers. Of course, it is not applied by anyone anywhere in the country, but the legislator has never felt the necessity to repeal it. However, in 2012, a female minister, Cecile Duflot, was heavily […]

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 […]

Hollande Proposes Nationwide Rent Freeze

One of the numerous promises of François Hollande’s presidential campaign was to freeze rent prices which were considered excessive. Many voters were personally invested in the promise: the price of the rent is one of the major difficulties facing the French middle class. On the 4th of July, the media released Hollande’s proposition, drawn up […]

Marijuana Continues to be an Embarrassment for the Left

“The objective of the legalization [of marijuana] is twofold. It is to reduce trafficking and violence, and to have a public health policy,” said Housing Minister Cécile Duflot on Tuesday. Questioned at the beginning of the week about the consumption of marijuana, Duflot, in favor of legalization, continued to provoke controversy for the Parti Socialiste […]