Rumors: French Nuclear Plants May Get Deferred Retirement

France’s current generation of nuclear power plants may keep running for a while longer, with conflicting reports suggesting that the French government has authorized an extension of plants’ active lifespans from 40 to 50 years. Government officials, however, have denied that any such decision has been reached, and safety regulators have said that they were […]

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. […]

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 […]

Hollande Already Losing Support

Down from 55% in June and July, François Hollande’s August approval ratings stand at 44% according to IPSOS, 50% according to TNS Sofres and 49% CSA for all pollsters. The decline in results is relentless; François Hollande is experiencing a fall in popularity. As the President expected, there has been no grace period during the […]