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 man whose leftist credentials are considered anything but pristine to his party’s most orthodox supporters, and who has, at the[Read More…]
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PARIS – It was the election night that the Parti Socialiste feared, and hoped would not become a reality — but the resignation of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his French government make the damage done on Sunday night quite clear. Ayrault resigned Monday afternoon after the PS won only 40.57 percent of the total vote in France, while the UMP scored nearly 46 percent and took over several major cities that had been controlled by the Left, namely Toulouse, Limoges, and Reims.[Read More…]
Parisian police have been systematically underreporting crime for years, according to a government audit. The scheme was apparently meant to maintain the French capital’s safe, tourist-friendly image, and to give the impression that government anti-crime policies were working. Municipal authorities in Paris apparently started purposefully downplaying crime a decade ago. However, the cover-up hit new heights in 2008, a year after Nicolas Sarkozy of the center-right Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP) was elected president.[Read More…]
Plagued with immigration issues since becoming Minister of the Interior in 2012, Manuel Valls provided a comprehensive review of immigration statistics and reform to the public on Jan. 31, at a press conference at the Place Beauvau, in Paris. Figures released by the French government show a slight decrease in the number of illegal aliens in France from 2012 to 2013, from 21,800 to 20,800. Responding to criticism from the political right, Valls maintained that[Read More…]