Articles by: lajeunepolitique

SNCF Worker Strike Enters Second Week

Railway workers of SNCF, the French National Railway Company, continue to strike this Wednesday, July 18, with a participation rate of 11.8%. Entering its eighth day, the strike has become the longest since 2010. Lasting for over a week, the strike has affected millions of travelers, including high school students who need to take trains to sit the Baccalauréat this week, the nationwide academic qualification exams taken at the end of secondary education. The conflict[Read More…]

by June 18, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute

Far-Right FN Leads in French EU Electoral Results

Euroskeptics : FN (National Front) 25% (23-25 seats) Conservatives : UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) 20% Social-democrats : PS 14% Liberals : UDI/Modem 10% Greens : EELV 8% Radical left : FG 6% Participation is around 39%, up five points from 2009.

EC Estimates France Will Miss Deficit Target in 2015

  The European Commission doubts that France will be able to cut its deficit to the target level – 3% of its GDP – in 2015, despite the austerity measures announced by the new government led by Manuel Valls. Last Monday, the European Commission released its latest economic forecast for France, estimating a 3.4% public deficit next year. Though lower than 3.9% in the last February forecast, the percentage is still above 3%, the target[Read More…]

by May 10, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute

Why is Women’s Suffrage in France Only 70 Years Old?

On April 21, 1944, General Charles de Gaulle, then leader of the provisional government in Algiers, issued a simple decree, “Women are eligible to vote under the same conditions as men.” The first municipal election after the liberation of France was held a year later on April 29, 1945. Across France twelve million women walked into voting booths and cast their first ballots. On this historic day, one woman told reporters, “I am so proud[Read More…]

by April 26, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute

Four French Journalists Return after 10 Months Held Hostage in Syria

President François Hollande announced this Saturday April 19 the release of four journalists held hostage in Syria since last June. In the statement, he said that he felt “immense relief” that the four ex-hostages, Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres, are “free” and “in good health despite the terrible conditions during their captivity.” On Sunday April 20, the four journalists landed at the airport of Villacoublay, a military base south of Paris.[Read More…]