Hollande and the Left-Wing Paradox

François Hollande has been in power for almost a year. He was elected on a platform containing three main themes: fight unregulated finance, do politics differently, and solve the chronic deficit of the national budget. He was elected by a wide coalition of voters, ranging from a traditional – now seen as radical and old […]

French Employers, Unions Reach Labor Agreement

In an unprecedented and surprising move, French employers and labor unions reached an agreement on Friday, January 11 that is expected to bring major reforms to a heavily burdened and recession-bruised French labor market. Reuters reports that the proposed reforms will address concerns “often cited by credit ratings agencies” that the French work force is […]

Comrade Depardieu? Putin Grants Actor Russian Citizenship

Following his highly publicized exit from his native France, Academy Award-nominated French actor Gérard Depardieu can now send love from Russia as the country’s newest citizen. On January 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin—a close friend of Depardieu’s—signed a decree granting citizenship to the Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) star. Depardieu’s expatriation follows a proposed French tax […]

A Deeper Look at the PS Congress

On October 27, at the opening of the congress of the Parti Socialiste (PS) in Toulouse, Martine Aubry stepped down as the First Secretary of the PS. Before leaving the party she said, “ I am proud and happy to have a united socialist party so that our government succeeds.” Harlem Désir succeeded Martine Aubry, […]

A Bigger Gap to Mind

Two weeks ago, a video of a confrontation between a manager at Orange and a train attendant made headlines in France. The French are growing tired of a government unable to deal with a slow economy. In Paris, they are also growing tired of each other. Using Paris’ Metro between 5 pm and 7 pm […]