How is Manuel Valls Doing?

  New Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Jackolan1 for Wikimedia Commons France’s new prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed to his position last month by President François Hollande, as one of many attempts to revive that man’s flagging popularity, along with that of his Parti Socialiste (PS).  A month into his tenure, things seem to be going well for a […]

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 […]

Interior Minister Manuel Valls Replaces Ayrault as Prime Minister

PARIS – It was the election night that the Parti Socialiste feared, and hoped would not become a reality — but the resignation of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his French government make the damage done on Sunday night quite clear. Ayrault resigned Monday afternoon after the PS won only 40.57 percent of the total vote in France, while the UMP scored nearly […]

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 […]

Controversy over Assisted Conception Stalls Changes to Family Reform Bill

PARIS-The French government quickly went on the defensive earlier this week after about 100,000 conservative protesters took to the streets in Paris and Lyon on Sunday Feb. 2, angered by proposed LGBT-friendly additions to a major family reform bill. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office announced on Monday Feb. 3 that the entire bill would be […]

French Parliament Approves 2014 Budget and Pension Reform

As the 2013 fiscal year comes to an end, President François Hollande, Interior Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and the French Parliament have made several commitments to financial overhaul for the coming year. Plagued by discontent over high taxes and proposed pension reforms, President Hollande has set out six goals for the new year, covering political issues […]

France Demands Answers, Explanations over NSA Activity

Following an article from Le Monde detailing the NSA’s invasive intelligence activity on French citizens on Monday, October 21, the United States has faced a firestorm of criticism from France. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, the United States recorded data from 70 million phones in France over 30 days, […]

Deportation of Roma Students Sparks Impassioned Protests

The streets of Paris were the scene of great disruption on Thursday, October 17, as high school students protested the expulsion of Roma school children, Leonarda (15) and Katchik (19). Both students belonged to families of illegal Roma immigrants, and their deportations were a result of the ongoing effort to dismantle Roma camps in a […]

Valls’ Widespread Popularity with Public Belies Criticism from Peers

Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior and one of France’s leading Parti socialiste (PS) politicians, is back in the domestic headlines this past week, although for reasons other than the purely political. Still in the public eye for polemical comments made over Roma settlements in late September, Valls has continued grab media attention by way of […]

Popularity Levels for Hollande and Ayrault Rise

Things may be looking up for French President Francois Hollande. His approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3, and those of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by polling company Ifop for September. According to the survey, 67% of the […]