Socialist Party to Choose New Leader

The question of who will succeed Martine Aubry as the leader of the Parti Socialiste (PS) is the one that is currently occupying all of its members. Aubry, the current First Secretary of the party, announced at the summer forum in La Rochelle that she would not apply for a second term. So far, two candidates are favored: Harlem […]

Taubira and Security Issues: the Never-ending Debate between Sanction and Prevention

Christiane Taubira, the French Minister of Justice, recently triggered a storm of criticism after she questioned the efficiency of the Centres Educatifs Fermés (CEF), a name for enclosed educational centers for young offenders. The debate created by her comments stirred up the old and traditional opposition between Right and Left regarding security and criminal issues. The […]

Legislative Elections 2012: The Second Tour Live Blog

Live Blog is in full effect. Please follow us both on Twitter at!/ljpolitique, and watch this page for regular and up to the minute updates from our French and American correspondents. Final Results: (Courtesy of 7:40pm: In this second round of legislative elections, around 5pm, voter participation was 46.42%, less than the 2007 election and than […]

Legislative Elections 2012: The First Tour Live Blog

UPDATED – Live Blog is in full effect. Follow our updates below as the results are released. LIVE BLOG 7:25pm: The first projections obtained by exit pollsters give the right (UMP and allies) between 34 and 35%, Parti Socialiste and its allies between 31 and 32%, Front National (far right) around 14%, Front de Gauche (far left), between 7 […]

Sarkozy’s Future: “A Frenchman in France”

PARIS – Before his humbled and disappointed constituents Sunday evening at the Palace Elysée, Nicolas Sarkozy made clear that his time as a political candidate was over. While he did not explicitly resign from politics altogether in his concession speech, he declared that “Another time begins. In this new era, I will remain one of […]

“Sarkozy, C’est fini!”

Hollande supporters march through Paris to celebrate victory at the Bastille.