Mayoral candidate Hidalgo wants to give fresh look to Bastille history

Anne Hidalgo’s ambitious proposal to redesign the iconic Place de la Bastille in central Paris is both an easy and a tough sell. Hidalgo, the Socialist Party’s mayoral hope and the favorite to win in next month’s election, is touting her project as a victory for pedestrians and history alike — a way to ease […]

Breaking the Cycle of Violence, New Perspectives for Marseille

On September 6th, the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault summoned around 15 ministers for a special meeting regarding the city of Marseille, where recurring violence between criminal bands has drawn the country’s attention. A burned corpse found in Marseille on September 3rd triggered controversies and a flow of criticism against the government. It is believed […]

Sad Summer For Women In Politics – Part 1

Sometimes, the law reveals some strange anachronisms. There is still a law in France, from 1799, which forbids women to wear trousers. Of course, it is not applied by anyone anywhere in the country, but the legislator has never felt the necessity to repeal it. However, in 2012, a female minister, Cecile Duflot, was heavily […]

Inside the Campaign: Victory and Disenchantment Among the Young Socialists

On June 17th, the Left and its leading party, the Parti Socialiste (PS) won the legislative elections, after a series of electoral victories. This came a little over 1 month after the PS also won the Presidential election on May 6. After this crucial and long political period, which has monopolized the attention of the […]