Articles by: Marc Goetzmann

Drama in Hénin-Beaumont Brings Out Traditional Strategies against the FN

 In the 11th district of Henin-Beaumont, a northern French City in the Pas-de-Calais region, two former presidential candidates, Marine Le Pen of the extreme right Front National, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the far left Front de Gauche, are facing each other once again for the legislative elections, giving this local election national attention. The two former presidential candidates were both eliminated after the first round, and spent the majority of their respective campaigns attacking each other in[Read More…]

François Hollande leaves the US after four days of international talks:

President François Hollande spent the last four days in the United States for his first official visit to the country as Commander-in-Chief. During the visit, he met with U.S. President Barrack Obama, attended the G8 summit at Camp David and joined the other NATO members in Chicago for the NATO summit. Hollande had four days prove that he could be not only the president of the French people, but a principle player in the international[Read More…]

by May 26, 2012 0 comments Hollande First 100 Days

François Hollande and Barack Obama Meet as New Presidential Partners

WASHINGTON – Recently elected President of France, François Hollande, met Barack Obama on Friday. The meeting was one of the most important in his international agenda for the months to come, and quickly followed from his equally crucial meeting with Angela Merkel on Tuesday. The meeting was visibly friendly and the two leaders sent the world a clear message of cooperation during the principal political discussions to come. The American and French presidents discussed in[Read More…]

by May 20, 2012 0 comments Hollande First 100 Days

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, making him a fresh figure to many French citizens. Born on January 25, 1950 in the town of Maulevrier, Ayrault[Read More…]

The French and the German Leaders Chose Consensus Over Conflict

BERLIN – Newly inaugurated French President François Hollande met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, May 15th in Berlin to discuss their hopes for a common European policy. Despite several disagreements over the best way to promote growth, the two World leaders both pledged to go forward hand-in-hand for the sake of Europe. The day had started with a lightning strike to François Hollande’s plane to Berlin. Good or bad omen, no one could[Read More…]

by May 17, 2012 0 comments Hollande First 100 Days