FN Loses – Narrow Margin Raises Fears

The Union pour un mouvement populaire has beaten the Front national in the Villeneuve-sur-Lot special election to replace disgraced former Parti socialiste MP, Jérôme Cahuzac. While most on the French political left and center are relieved that the FN has been defeated, many are expressing shock and dismay at how close the socially ultraconservative party […]

Blame from Left, Denials from Right in Wake of Meric Murder

In the wake of the killing of left wing activist Clement Meric in a brawl with skinheads, France has vigorously debated how closely—if at all—the crime may be linked to the political far right. In the days following the murder, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has asked the Ministry of the Interior to act “immediately” to […]

Ayrault Calls for Ban of Far Right Group after Death of Activist

Following the recent death of Far-Left activist Clement Medic, prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has called for the militant Far-Right group “The Revolutionary Nationalist Youths” to be banned. The 19 year old died as a result of violence at a anti-gay marriage rally on Wednesday, June 5. “The Revolutionary Nationalist Youths” is said to be the […]

Le Pen Faces Legal Trouble for Anti-Muslim Speech

Front national (FN) leader and member of the European Parliament Marine Le Pen may face charges over inciting racial hatred after a special vote in the EP. In a December 2010 speech, Le Pen compared Muslims praying in French streets to France’s Nazi occupiers. French prosecutors had hoped to charge Le Pen with inciting religious […]

“Wall of Jerks” in French Magistrates Union Raises Concerns of Political Neutrality

A storm over political bias of France’s judges has blown up, with the revelation of a bizarre Mur des Cons—literally, “Wall of Jerks” –in France’s second largest Magistrates union. The wall featured caricatures and insulting slogans of French right wing political heavyweights, including former President Nicolas Sarkozy. Comments on the wall accuse politicians of a […]

Minister of Interior Valls faces Criticism from Right in wake of Train Attack

Last month, on Saturday, March 16, a group of twenty young people attacked several RER D train carriages – public transportation that links the city of Paris and its outskirts – at the ‘Grigny Centre’ station. The train was headed towards Essonne, a notoriously dangerous part of the Ile-de-France region. At around 10:00 in the […]

Counter Powers: Democracy in Action

Simply speaking, it was an exciting week in French politics. In less than seven days, the majority didn’t qualify for the second round of a by-election, the Budget Minister was forced to resign, and a motion of no confidence, rejected by the Parliament and the former President of the Republic, was put under formal investigation […]

PS Candidate Loses in First Round Vote to UMP and FN

France’s Parti socialiste (PS) was eliminated in a by-election March 17 for the MP of the Oise constituency, a region to the north of Paris. The Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) and Front national (FN) candidates will face off in another round of voting for the seat. The PS candidate, Sylvie Houssin, came in […]

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan: “Stop Our National Masochism”

On Monday, February 11, French representative and leader of the Debout La République (literally “Stand Up, Republic”) party Nicolas Dupont-Aignan spent the day in Lille, in the north of France, visiting a Romani living camp. Later, he held a public gathering in the University of Sciences Po Lille. La Jeune Politique was there. The evening […]

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 […]