May Unemployment Numbers Reveal First Lull in Two Years

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Labor published the official 2013 unemployment figures. For the first time in two years, the unemployment numbers have stabilized. While this is good news—particularly after two years of rising numbers—the Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault continues to maintain a cautionary stance. Having just arrived in Guadeloupe on an official visit, Ayrault […]

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: A “Normal” Colleague for a “Normal” President

For his first act as President of France, François Hollande named his prime minister and chief of government on Tuesday. He chose Jean-Marc Ayrault, 62, a close friend and long-time ally. Although he has been a familiar face within the Socialist Party for many years, he was not well-known beyond a close circle of politicians, […]