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 […]

Labor Conflicts: the Inflexible “Social Dialogue” between Hollande and the Unions

PARIS. – Two major labor unions, Conféderation Générale du Travail (CGT) and Confédération Générale du Travail – Force Ouvrière (FO), along with smaller activist groups including the student union UNEF, marched this Tuesday, March 5 to protest the proposed changes to the labor laws. The bill, to be put forward to the cabinet Wednesday, March 6, threatens […]

Mélenchon Publicly Criticizes Hollande

After three months of silence and a long stay in Venezuela at the invitation of Hugo Chavez, the President of the Parti de Gauche (PG) and former presidential candidate Jean Luc Mélenchon made his thunderous political comeback earlier this week in the Journal du Dimanche. Regarding the first 100 days of Hollande: “100 days for […]