Are the French as Cynical About Lobbying As Americans?

HOUSTON – In 2010, the movie Casino Jack premiered in theatres. For many, especially in America, this film was a first glimpse into Washington, DC lobbying. It is based on the true story of Jack Abramoff, former lobbyist and businessman who was found guilty in 2006 of extensive corruption, along with other political lobbyists, Members […]

Major Internship Reform Underway

The French National Assembly has acted on the issue of internships and voted in favor of a major reform formulated by the ruling Parti Socialiste on the status of interns. The vote occurred on the night of February 24 and received every vote from the Left majority. The bill aims at guaranteeing a certain amount […]

French Conservatives Voice Support of Swiss Immigration Referendum

In a recent discussion on immigration reform, right-wing French politicians are giving a nod in the direction of Switzerland.  On Sunday, Feb. 9, a narrow majority of 50.3% in Switzerland approved an immigration referendum placing strict quotas on immigration from European Union (EU) countries, of which Switzerland is not a member. The decision, which was […]

Shutdown, Debt Ceiling: The Constitutional Limits of the World Superpower

Since October 1, the United States administration has been functioning at minimum capacity due to the Republican-led House of Representatives and the Democratic-led Senate’s inability to reach a consensus over next year’s budget. Meanwhile, they are also negotiating another raise of the country’s legal debt ceiling – the current one will be reached on October […]

“Race” Deleted From French Law in Hopes of Dispelling Racism

A bill proposed by the Front de gauche (FDG) eliminating the word “race” from French legislation was adopted by the National Assembly last Thursday. The term is to be deleted from the Code Pénal, the Code de procedure pénale, and from the law on the freedom of press. André Chassaigne, Communist deputy and President of […]

A Blank Check for Violence? French Senate Votes on Social Amnesty Bill

Last week, the French Senate adopted a proposition for a new law that would grant amnesty towards those who committed crimes during social movements. This text, which will need to be examined by the National Assembly, is sharply critiqued by employers and opposing political parties, who see it as a blank check for violence. The […]

Anti-Gay Marriage Movement Files Referendum in Protest of New Legislation

Following the passage of an historic bill legalizing gay marriage in France on February 12 in the National Assembly, anti-gay marriage movements have risen up across the country in protest of the new law. On Saturday, February 16, those opposed submitted a referendum with 700,000 signatures to the Conseil économique, social, et environnmental (Economic, Social, […]

National Assembly Pulls All-Nighter to Discuss Gay Rights Legislation

The French National Assembly had a nuit blanche – loosely translated as an all-nighter – from February 3 to Feburary 4 to discuss the gay rights legislation. While the article legalizing gay marriage was adopted on Saturday, February 2, many other aspects of the bill still need to be discussed. The session, which lasted from […]

National Assembly Adopts 75% Tax, Debates Other Reforms

On September 28, Hollande’s much anticipated financial reforms were presented in the French National Assembly by Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici and Budget Minister Jêrome Cahuzac. Yesterday the National Assembly voted to adopt a law that taxes income above 1 million Euros at 75%, one part of Hollande’s financial reform project. This law represents the first […]

France Continues Debate on Gay Marriage and Adoption Laws

One of Hollande’s campaign promises was to grant gay couples the right to marry and adopt. The reform was supposed to be voted on in 2013, but the debate between the French Catholic Church and the political and civil spheres has now taken center stage. The entry of the Church into the debate is linked […]