Lille – Since former French President Nicolas Sarkozy returned to politics last fall and took back control of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) as party chairman, he has worked to build the party into what it once was: the perfect machine to conquer the seated power. After reorganizing the party’s structure, Sarkozy decided last month to take the next step in this reconstruction by changing the party’s name. Out with the UMP.[Read More…]
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PARIS — It is always hard to write in the midst of dramatic events. In the days following the attack on Charlie Hebdo, it felt impossible to report on the tragic attack or the ensuing manhunt for gunmen Chérif and Saïd Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly. Though I did not feel particularly affected by the attack, I found myself engrossed in the manhunt. As events unfolded across live news feeds, relentless images and details threatened[Read More…]
The surprisingly strong turnout of the Front Nationale (FN), France’s right-wing conservative party, in last week’s European Parliament elections has some asking a surprising question: could Marine Le Pen be the next president of France. While the presidential elections are far in the future—not set to occur until 2017—the parliamentary elections show that Le Pen’s party is gaining traction with the popular voter base. The FN, previously led by Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie, has rebranded[Read More…]
PARIS – The French media recently stopped publishing stories about the national Municipal Elections. One of the primary topics of this coverage was the unprecedented 36.45% abstention rate. In barely over a month French citizens will be called to the polls again to elect the European Parliament, but in these latter elections abstentions are the norm. The abstention rates have been rising in French European elections since voting began in 1979. In 2009 close to[Read More…]