Disaster for PS in Municipal Elections

LILLE – Even Limoges, the city that has elected Socialist mayors since 1911, did not choose the Parti Socialiste (PS) in last night’s municipal elections. The second round of the municipal elections marked the most severe defeat the PS has ever experienced in the municipal elections. The PS, which has patiently constructed a strong network of mayors […]

Municipal Elections: Three Weeks to Go

LILLE. – After last week’s article on the basics of the municipal and inter-municipal elections, La Jeune Politique looks at the issues in France’s main cities. In the municipal elections at the end of the month, the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) will be the main parties vying for […]

French Conservatives Voice Support of Swiss Immigration Referendum

In a recent discussion on immigration reform, right-wing French politicians are giving a nod in the direction of Switzerland.  On Sunday, Feb. 9, a narrow majority of 50.3% in Switzerland approved an immigration referendum placing strict quotas on immigration from European Union (EU) countries, of which Switzerland is not a member. The decision, which was […]

What France Will Remember of 2013

The Presidential election of 2012 was certainly not one of revolutionary speeches and promises of a new tomorrow, but the success of François Hollande and the coming-to-power of the Parti socialiste and its allies nevertheless brought great hope among the French people. For those who chose to put their faith in Hollande and his party, […]

Xenophobia Continues to be Pervading Problem in France

Xenophobia and anti-Islamic sentiment have been on the rise in Europe, and France is no stranger to this trend. Racism in public discourse has become especially conspicuous in recent years.  In the political arena, politicians are no strangers to dealing with xenophobia. This turmoil can be attributed in part to the influx of immigrants from […]

Questions remain after Trappes riots, sentencing

A French court has sentenced a 19-year-old rioter to six months in prison, making him the first person to be convicted in connection with this week’s civil unrest in Trappes. The primarily working class commune, home to many North African Muslim immigrants, became the latest scene of violent clashes between the police and banlieu youths, […]

Marine Le Pen Accused of Conflict of Interests in European Parliament

The leader of the far-right group Front National (FN) has become embroiled in a scandal over the hiring of her boyfriend as an assistant in the European Parliament. Louis Aliot, the deputy leader of the FN and long-time boyfriend of Marine Le Pen, is thought to have received 5,000 Euros a month from the European […]

Mayor of Nice Targets Roma in Racialized “Call to Revolt”

Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and prominent member of the Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP), presented on Sunday his instructions for “subduing” the gens du voyage, or travelers, as the Roma are often called. His proposal consists of installing surveillance cameras in Roma camps, reviving registration plates, and even enforcing a judiciary procedure […]

European Parliament Revokes Le Pen’s Immunity

Front national (FN) president and Member of the European Parliament Marine Le Pen has lost her parliamentary immunity, opening the way to hate speech prosecution in France. Le Pen was stripped of her immunity by a large margin following a show-of-hands vote in the European Parliament on July 2. She was present for the vote […]

“Outdated” Barosso Runs Afoul of French Politicians

European Commission President José Manuel Barosso, broadly seen as the enforcer of the EU’s wildly unpopular austerity measures, has found himself in an escalating war of words with the French government. The spat went public on Monday, June 24, when the Portuguese Barosso accused French politicians of using the EU as a “scapegoat” for France’s […]