Why so Civil? The French Elections as Seen by “Une Américaine”

At times I wasn’t sure if I was watching a presidential campaign or a game show.  With all due respect to French television, though, the digitalized image of the Palais de l’Élysée adorning the set of the Hollande-Sarkozy debate did seem like something CNN would do in a desperate, gimmicky move for better ratings.  François […]

Metropolitan Triumph for the Left

As the final results of Sunday’s election have been confirmed by the Ministry of the Interior, analysts have been interested in comparing the general transition of both major metropoles and less populated regions of France towards the left with their previous voting records. As seen in the map above, traditional strong-holds of the right like the Alsace-Lorraine […]

François Hollande: 51.70%

PARIS – After one of the most heated and aggressive elections in recent history, Parti Socialiste candidate François Hollande has won back the Presidency for the left. Hollande will be the first left-wing president since 1995. The final results as reported by the Ministry of the Interior report 51.70% for Hollande, and 48.30% for Nicolas […]

“Hollande Gagne!”

Paris, Hollande supporters celebrate at Bastille

Sea of Red

Sea of Red

PARIS- Celebration by supporters at the Bastille after announcement of Hollande’s victory.

“On va gagner!”

PARIS- Solferino in the 7th arrondissement. 7pm

May Day Proves To Be Heated

PARIS – In France, as in many countries in Europe, May Day marks International Workers’ Day, and today was even more tension-filled than usual. It is a national holiday in France, each year celebrated on May 1st. Schools and businesses have the day off, and every year the people take to the streets. Today was […]