Copé Out: Right-Wing Party President Resigns Amid Scandal and Poor Election Results

On June 15, the resignation of Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) party president Jean-François Copé will go into effect. The mayor of Meux and deputy from Seine-et-Marne took charge of the party in 2012 amidst infighting and a contest between him and François Fillon. Since then he has proven unable to unify the party. […]

Harmony and Unity at UMP National Council

The battle for the pre-presidential primary election, in which Nicolas Sarkozy appears to be ever present, is again on everyone’s mind. However, several weeks before key Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) elections, the parties worked to show their unity at the national council in Paris, on Jan. 25. It was stated that “unity” and […]

2014: New Deal for President Hollande

What a first couple of weeks! After a disastrous fall, President Hollande decided to take a huge initiative in a master political maneuver – one that some analysts have already dubbed the launch of the President’s re-election campaign. It is possible to say, without exaggerating, that January was the month when Hollande decided to make […]

Copé Proposes Revision of Immigration Policy

The Leonarda affair, the deportation of a fifteen-year-old Romani girl to Kosovo because her family was living illegally in France for nearly five years, has sparked a debate and call for revision of France’s immigration policy, specifically concerning the acquiring of citizenship by children of foreign-born parents. France’s current policy of droit du sol, or […]

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, […]

Humor and Politics

It is a tradition. Every year, the Press Club hands out its famous Humor & Politics Awards, recognizing the funniest declaration by French politicians. Here are this year’s awards and an occasion for us to come back to a few of the political events that made the year: –       Encouragement Award for PS deputy Jean-Jacques […]

What We Missed in May

President of the UMP Ends Functions as Lawyer (April 22) Jean François Copé – president of the UMP – announced he will cease his lawyer activities to be able to fully focus on his political group and his country. Copé left his job with the international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in 2010, but had until […]

Fillon Announces Candidacy for Next Presidential Election

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon has declared that he will be a candidate in the next presidential election. He stated his intention to run in an informal interview after receiving an honor in Tokyo. Though the presidential race is still four years away, Fillon declared that he would run “no matter what.” While he […]

“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 […]

Franco-German Relationship Reaches New Low

On Friday, April 26, a French Parti Socialiste (PS) document on Europe was released, putting pressure on already strained Franco-German relations. The document accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of “selfish intransigence” in her unbending efforts to enforce austerity measures throughout the troubled eurozone. As Europe’s economic troubles continue, particularly in France where growth has come […]