The House of Cards Generation

LILLE – I like House of Cards. I like it to the point that I watched the second season in less than 24 hours. I like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. I like how they portray their characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, a couple who will engineer any imaginable Machiavellian plans in order in the […]

Sarkozy speaks out amidst series of scandals

For the first time since he lost his reelection campaign in 2012, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given a public statement defending himself in the wake of a series of political scandals that have plagued him since he left office. He published an address in Le Figaro on March 21, criticizing the actions of […]

Paris Municipal Elections: Two Weeks to Go

LILLE – With less than two weeks until the French elect the 36,680 mayors that will govern their municipalities for the next six years, it is time to look at the most important race: Paris. If you thought the French electoral system hard to understand, Paris’ is even worse. Because of the its size and its […]

Paris Police Facing Scrutiny over Doctored Crime Numbers

Parisian police have been systematically underreporting crime for years, according to a government audit. The scheme was apparently meant to maintain the French capital’s safe, tourist-friendly image, and to give the impression that government anti-crime policies were working. Municipal authorities in Paris apparently started purposefully downplaying crime a decade ago. However, the cover-up hit new […]

Sarkoleaks: Recordings of Meetings from Sarkozy’s Presidency Leaked to Press

LONDON – The era of privacy is definitely coming to an end. After the NSA leaks and the ensuing revelations, the French press has been taken aback since Wednesday over the scandal that has already dubbed “Sarkoleaks.” The newspaper Le Canard Enchainé and the website Atlantico revealed that Patrick Buisson, a special counsellor to former […]

Hollande Visits Turkey to Repair Relations

In an effort to repair French relations with Turkey, French President Francois Hollande traveled on Monday Jan. 27 to Ankara, the nation’s capital, for a two-day visit. The trip was fraught with political implication, both due to upcoming ministerial elections in Turkey and the country’s efforts to join the European Union (EU), of which France […]

2014: New Deal for President Hollande

What a first couple of weeks! After a disastrous fall, President Hollande decided to take a huge initiative in a master political maneuver – one that some analysts have already dubbed the launch of the President’s re-election campaign. It is possible to say, without exaggerating, that January was the month when Hollande decided to make […]

Hollande Not to Attend Winter Olympics

President François Hollande is the latest addition to the list of key international figures who will not attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced last Sunday without explanation that the President would not be attending. Many speculated that he was following suit of several other world leaders […]

Mediapart and Sarkozy Campaign Allegations Reignited

An article published on December 12 in the French Vanity Fair has resurfaced issues in the ongoing investigation into an alleged donation Nicolas Sarkozy received from the Libyan dictatorship during his 2007 presidential campaign. In March and April of 2012, French online investigative journal Mediapart published a document stating that former president Nicolas Sarkozy had received donations […]

Bayrou & Borloo Unite Again in Formation of The Alternative

It was like a family reunion. Not the kind when your family gathers every Christmas or Easter, but instead when you resolve a longstanding family dispute and make peace with a brother you have not seen in ten years. François Bayrou and Jean-Louis Borloo have joined their efforts and formed a new political party, the […]