Debate Over Syrian Intervention Rages On

The international community is waiting to see whether the French government will indeed enact punitive measures against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime. France released intelligence on Monday pointing to chemical weapon usage in Syria, corroborating similar findings by the United States. In response, Assad has warned that any attack on his nation would inevitably add […]

Approval Ratings for Hollande, Ayrault Rise

Things may be looking up for French President François Hollande, as his approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3. Those of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by marketing firm Institute français d’opinion publique (IFOP). According to the survey, 67% of […]

Hollande’s Government Cautiously Moves Towards Pension Reform

In a televised presentation aired August 27, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced the planned reform of the pension system. However as much as European officials and others in France have called for structural reform of the system, the consensus is that the socialist government’s reform is cautious. Because a system of social protections is […]

An Economic Recovery May Save Hollande’s Presidency

France’s recession is officially over, as newly released economic data showed a surprising return to growth in the second quarter. The national economic statistics agency, INSEE, reported that the French economy grew by 0.5% between April and June, its best showing in the last two years. The unexpected boost was attributed in large part to […]

Fabius Concludes State Visit to Indonesia on Note of Unity

Concluding the first French state visit to Indonesia in 17 years, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius spoke optimistically of a more “united” European Union and South Asian region to Indonesian government officials on Friday, August 2. Fabius spent two days in Jakarta, the nation’s capital, in order to help strengthen French economic relations with the nation. […]

Housing Minister Brought to Tears after Attack by the Right

At Tuesday’s National Assembly, Cécile Duflot, Housing Minister and former leader of the party European Ecology – The Greens (EELV), was moved to tears after a UMP deputy questioned a polemic tweet from her partner. The scandal began on Sunday, July 14th, when Xavier Cantat, Duflot’s husband and an environmental activist, confessed on Twitter that […]

Environment Minister Batho Fired, Hollande Criticized

French President Francois Hollande promptly fired Delphine Batho, a member of the Parti socialiste (PS) and now-former Environment Minister of France, after she voiced her displeasure on RTL Radio with the “bad” proposed 7% cut to the energy and environment ministry. “Of course there will be…budget tightening,” Batho noted, “but there are also other ways of proceeding, […]

May Unemployment Numbers Reveal First Lull in Two Years

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Labor published the official 2013 unemployment figures. For the first time in two years, the unemployment numbers have stabilized. While this is good news—particularly after two years of rising numbers—the Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault continues to maintain a cautionary stance. Having just arrived in Guadeloupe on an official visit, Ayrault […]

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 […]