Copé Out: Right-Wing Party President Resigns Amid Scandal and Poor Election Results

On June 15, the resignation of Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) party president Jean-François Copé will go into effect. The mayor of Meux and deputy from Seine-et-Marne took charge of the party in 2012 amidst infighting and a contest between him and François Fillon. Since then he has proven unable to unify the party. […]

How is Manuel Valls Doing?

  New Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Photo: Jackolan1 for Wikimedia Commons France’s new prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed to his position last month by President François Hollande, as one of many attempts to revive that man’s flagging popularity, along with that of his Parti Socialiste (PS).  A month into his tenure, things seem to be going well for a […]

Disaster for PS in Municipal Elections

LILLE – Even Limoges, the city that has elected Socialist mayors since 1911, did not choose the Parti Socialiste (PS) in last night’s municipal elections. The second round of the municipal elections marked the most severe defeat the PS has ever experienced in the municipal elections. The PS, which has patiently constructed a strong network of mayors […]

Paris Municipal Elections: Two Weeks to Go

LILLE – With less than two weeks until the French elect the 36,680 mayors that will govern their municipalities for the next six years, it is time to look at the most important race: Paris. If you thought the French electoral system hard to understand, Paris’ is even worse. Because of the its size and its […]

Municipal Elections: Three Weeks to Go

LILLE. – After last week’s article on the basics of the municipal and inter-municipal elections, La Jeune Politique looks at the issues in France’s main cities. In the municipal elections at the end of the month, the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) will be the main parties vying for […]

French Conservatives Voice Support of Swiss Immigration Referendum

In a recent discussion on immigration reform, right-wing French politicians are giving a nod in the direction of Switzerland.  On Sunday, Feb. 9, a narrow majority of 50.3% in Switzerland approved an immigration referendum placing strict quotas on immigration from European Union (EU) countries, of which Switzerland is not a member. The decision, which was […]

Bayrou & Borloo Unite Again in Formation of The Alternative

It was like a family reunion. Not the kind when your family gathers every Christmas or Easter, but instead when you resolve a longstanding family dispute and make peace with a brother you have not seen in ten years. François Bayrou and Jean-Louis Borloo have joined their efforts and formed a new political party, the […]

Valls’ Widespread Popularity with Public Belies Criticism from Peers

Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior and one of France’s leading Parti socialiste (PS) politicians, is back in the domestic headlines this past week, although for reasons other than the purely political. Still in the public eye for polemical comments made over Roma settlements in late September, Valls has continued grab media attention by way of […]

Sarkozy Cleared of Wrongdoing in Latest Chapter of Bettencourt Saga

Charges against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy connected to his alleged involvement in the Bettencourt scandal have been dropped by a Bourdeaux court. “In deciding to dismiss the case, the court has declared me innocent in the Bettencourt affair,” Sarkozy posted in his official Facebook page early Monday evening. “Two-and-a-half years of investigation. Three judges. […]

Survival of “Green Tax” May Prove an Uphill Battle

France’s promised “green tax” will not place an additional burden on the French public, Environment Minister Philippe Martin announced on August 22. Although virtually no specific details have been made public, Martin assured French citizens—many of them weary of their country’s already high taxes—that the new tax would not place an additional squeeze on consumers. […]