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Are the French as Cynical About Lobbying As Americans?

HOUSTON – In 2010, the movie Casino Jack premiered in theatres. For many, especially in America, this film was a first glimpse into Washington, DC lobbying. It is based on the true story of Jack Abramoff, former lobbyist and businessman who was found guilty in 2006 of extensive corruption, along with other political lobbyists, Members of Congress and White House staffers. Abramoff and others were accused of overbilling, pocketing the profits, and even secretly orchestrating[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 0 comments Feature, Up To The Minute

Parti Socialiste Loses Two Seats in the National Assembly

On Sunday, June 9, the Parti socialiste (PS) of France lost two seats in the by-elections for the first and eighth constituencies of the National Assembly, both representing French citizens abroad. The Constitutional Council invalidated the earlier elections for the two seats, first held in May of 2012. The original winners of the seats, Corinne Narassiguin and Daphna Poznanski-Benhamou, were deemed ineligible to hold office for the space of one year. In the first constituency,[Read More…]

by June 15, 2013 0 comments Domestic, Up To The Minute

Democracy: Is Faster Better?

On March 11 and 12, the President of the Republic François Hollande was in Dijon, in Burgundy, to meet with the French people. Unofficially, the maneuver had another goal: try to redress the declining popularity of the President. In Dijon, the President did meet with French people, but his communication strategy failed as it was eclipsed in the media by the snowstorm that covered the country in white on the same day. Due to both[Read More…]

Hollande Promises CSM Reform by Summer

Though he has only been in office less than a year, French President François Hollande is determined to fulfill his agenda – and his most recent development is judiciary reform. Hollande confirmed on January 18 that there would be a reform of the Conseil supérieur de la magistrature (CSM) by the French Parliament convened in Congress. According to Hollande, the reform would be on its way “before summer.” The goal of the reform is to[Read More…]

French Constitutional Council Censors New Housing Law

On October 24 France’s Constitutional Council, the highest legal authority, censored the new housing law that had been passed on October 10. The Council censored the law because its process of implementation “did not respect the parliamentary procedure regarding its examination in the Senate.” The government wanted to pass the law quickly, and so the Senate adopted it on October 10. But since a revised version had been produced in committee that same morning in[Read More…]