How does the Franco-German Relationship Shape Europe?

At a meeting of the French and German ministers in Paris last month, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be more united than ever. Hollande emphasized the importance of agreeing on major foreign policy issues, highlighting the alignment of the two countries on issues in Iran, Syria, and Africa. Concerning […]

France to Welcome More Syrian Refugees

More Syrian refugees can now look to France as a safe haven. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 12 that France would welcome more Syrian refugees. Many nations, including France, have opened their doors to the refugees, now currently numbered at more than 2 million. According to the United Nations refugee agency, more […]

Hollande Isolated on Syria While Domestic Opposition Grows Stronger

The French government is now moving to reenter the conversation on military intervention in Syria, after the focus had shifted to the United States and Russia after a bilateral agreement was reached on Syrian chemical weapons. The September 14 agreement represents a unified front from the two governments, whose recent discussions on Syria had been […]

St. Petersburg Summit Sees G-20 Split over Syria

Discord and disunity were the orders of the day in St. Petersburg, as the 2013 G-20 summit came and went, with Syria sharply dividing the economic group’s members. French President François Hollande insisted afterwards that the meeting had been a productive one. But Hollande’s optimism could not conceal the summit’s icy environment—particularly between the United […]

French and German Presidents Meet in Oradour-sur-Glane, Site of Nazi Massacre

This coming year will mark a few key dates in world history that helped mold the relationship between France and Germany. 2014 symbolizes the 100th anniversary of World War I’s outbreak. The anniversary of the Treaty of Elysée is coming up on January 22, as it is the 51st year since Charles de Gaulle and […]

Debate Over Syrian Intervention Rages On

The international community is waiting to see whether the French government will indeed enact punitive measures against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime. France released intelligence on Monday pointing to chemical weapon usage in Syria, corroborating similar findings by the United States. In response, Assad has warned that any attack on his nation would inevitably add […]

Western Governments Consider Syrian Intervention in Wake of Gas Attacks

While Western nations have been reluctant to commit military forces as the Syrian conflict continues to escalate, recent conversations indicate a potential move towards intervention. Latest calls for a military response come in the wake of alleged chemical attacks in rebel territory within an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus. Doctors Without Borders and […]

France Calls for Action in Syria after Reports of Devastating Chemical Attack

With reports from Syria of a devastating chemical attack making headlines around the world, the French government has sent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the sternest warnings yet. Now, the question is if those warnings will translate into military action. If Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ recent statements represent the general mood of President François Hollande’s administration, […]

At G8 Summit, Agreement Reached on Tax Fraud while Divisions Remain over Syria

   On June 17 and 18, the leaders of the G8 nations gathered in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland for their annual summit. At the top of the agenda: tax fraud and the Syrian crisis. In an effort to address tax fraud across the world, G8 members had asked the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development […]

Syria: to Ban or Not to Ban?

On Friday, March 15, France joined Britain in calling to lift the arms embargo on Syria. Two years into the Syrian civil war, European delegates fear that lifting the ban could help escalate the tumultuous situation on the ground. France explained their denunciation of the ban, explaining that France “cannot allow a people to be […]