White Paper Reaffirms Defense Role, Cuts Budget

On Monday, April 29, more than four months after its expected release date, the French White Paper on Defense and National Security was released to President François Hollande. The document should have been released at the end of 2012, following a committee meeting and national debate. However, disturbed by a lack of political composition and […]

Hollande Calls for Action in Syria and Mali in First U.N. Appearance

Making his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this week, French President François Hollande urged the international community to intervene in rapidly deteriorating situations in both Syria and northern Mali. Mr. Hollande, who was elected in May, reaffirmed his previous promise to recognize an interim government of Syrian opposition leaders as soon as […]

Why Amiens Turned Violent

The violence that erupted in the northern French city of Amiens the night of August 13th has brought France and the rest of the world into a state of shock. While violence this extreme is rare, the events are not random but the result of a long struggle in the northern part of the city […]