Hollande Opens Year with Promises of Tax Cuts, Redeployment from Mali

French President François Hollande has vowed to sharply cut French troop levels in Mali while tackling unemployment at home, as part of his package of New Years’ promises to the French people. Hollande promised on January 8 to reduce the number of French troops in Mali to 1,600 by mid-February. France currently has 2,500 soldiers […]

An Economic Recovery May Save Hollande’s Presidency

France’s recession is officially over, as newly released economic data showed a surprising return to growth in the second quarter. The national economic statistics agency, INSEE, reported that the French economy grew by 0.5% between April and June, its best showing in the last two years. The unexpected boost was attributed in large part to […]

Manufacturing Improvements are Good Omen for French Economy

French manufacturing output for July shrank at the slowest rate in the last 17 months, in what some analysts are taking as a sign that the worst of France’s recession is over. According to financial information company Markit, France’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI)—a measure of factory activity that factors in output, hiring, and other economic […]

“Social Conference” Tackles Unemployment, Economic Stagnation

President François Hollande launched the second annual “Social Conference” on June 20 at the Palais d’Iéna in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. While last year’s meeting included the initiation of promising plans for “Generation Contracts,” a competitiveness pact, and future job growth, the discussion this year was focused around unemployment and continued economic weakness. The […]

Airbus Makes Historic Deal with Lion Air

The “contract of the century” has been made, Productive Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg proclaimed on Monday, March 18. Airbus signed an unprecedented contract with Indonesian Lion Air. President Hollande noted, “The contract is historic in its breadth — 234 planes and 18 billions of euros — and notable also for the relationship between a large […]

Hollande Announces Measures to Mobilize and Aid French Youth

With more than 1 million French citizens ages 18 to 25 facing unemployment or financial difficulty, François Hollande announced a sweeping campaign Thursday, February 21, to alleviate the current difficulties for French youth and to help mobilize the younger generation in the future. Many of these measures were already introduced in the fall. Hollande’s special […]

France Announces New Urban Renewal Plan

On August 22 François Lamy, Junior Minister for Urban Affairs, announced a new plan for urban renewal that will focus on the areas experiencing the greatest difficulty. The new plan is expected to be carried out in the first half of 2013. The new program (PNRU- National Project for Urban Renewal) will be directed by the […]

Germany Refuses to Alleviate Greek Burden

Greece was the focus of a meeting between Angela Merkel and François Hollande on August 23rd. The two main leaders of the European Union discussed Greece’s request to postpone some of the reforms demanded by its creditors in exchange for funding to avoid complete bankruptcy. The German and French leaders had a dinner before both […]

Why Amiens Turned Violent

The violence that erupted in the northern French city of Amiens the night of August 13th has brought France and the rest of the world into a state of shock. While violence this extreme is rare, the events are not random but the result of a long struggle in the northern part of the city […]