The ‘Right-Wing Drift’ and an Inside-Look at UMP Campaign Strategies from a Young UMP Supporter

Involved in the political life since 2007 when he joined the UMP, Julien Blanc-Galera decided to involve himself even more in politics since because of the fourth Commission on Communication at the Conseil Régional des Jeunes (CRJ), or the Regional Council for young people. Since then, he has never given up his values and his […]

Feature: The Le Pen Dynasty

In 1956, Jean-Marie Le Pen, then 27 years old, became the youngest deputy ever elected to the French National Assembly. In 1972, he founded the Front National (FN), the extreme-right party that would be his legacy. The party stayed relatively inactive until 1984, when it won ten seats in the European Parliament. Two years later […]

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 […]

A Socialist Vaudeville at La Rochelle

“Courage to Olivier Falorni who has proven himself worthy, who has fought alongside the people of La Rochelle for so many years in a selfless commitment.” It was a simple tweet in support of Ségolène Royal’s opponent, Olivier Falorni, that triggered an uproar in the quiet port of La Rochelle after it was posted Tuesday […]

NEWS ANALYSIS Legislative Elections: Socialists Could Win Absolute Majority in the Assembly, Yet Uncertainties Remain

The Socialists won the majority of votes Sunday for the first round of the legislative elections, barely a month after the election of their candidate, François Hollande, to the Presidency. The results for the Left were better than expected, but they did not sweep the election. “There is still a long way to go,” said […]

42.9%: Record numbers of Voting Abstention In First Round of French Legislative Elections

Yesterday June 10, Ipsos disclosed that a new abstention record had been reached during the first round of legislative elections. This is the highest percentage in the history of the 5th Republic (the current French government instituted in 1958), and causes a lot of concern regarding future elections. High abstention rates make it harder for […]

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 […]

Political Action Committee Calls For More Diversity in National Assembly

While the issue of gender equality in politics has been the focus of many initiatives in the last 30 years, other diversity issues, such as race, have made slower progress in the complicated political history of diversity in France. In a speech to the Political Action Group for Blacks in France (Les Noirs de France […]