Among the main characteristics of democracy, the changing of political power is one of the most important and the most indicative of a mature democratic regime. In this sense, the electoral success of the Parti Socialiste (PS) after ten years of right-wing leadership breathed new life into France’s politics. But fifteen months after the inauguration of President François Hollande, the assessment is bitter. The left-wing majorities in Parliament and government have alienated the vast majority[Read More…]
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French foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 24 France’s opposition to the expansion of the Schengen area to include Bulgaria and Romania. Both countries, which entered the European Union in 2007, have officially integrated into the EU and have met all preconditions set by the Schengen agreement to become a part of this passport free area. As of January 1, 2014, Bulgarians and Romanians will have freedom of movement. They will be enabled to[Read More…]
A French court has sentenced a 19-year-old rioter to six months in prison, making him the first person to be convicted in connection with this week’s civil unrest in Trappes. The primarily working class commune, home to many North African Muslim immigrants, became the latest scene of violent clashes between the police and banlieu youths, beginning on the evening of Friday, July 19. The riot is thought to have grown out of a dispute between[Read More…]
The leader of the far-right group Front National (FN) has become embroiled in a scandal over the hiring of her boyfriend as an assistant in the European Parliament. Louis Aliot, the deputy leader of the FN and long-time boyfriend of Marine Le Pen, is thought to have received 5,000 Euros a month from the European Union in return for 17.5 hours work per week. According to Mediapart, the European Union sought explanation of the arrangement[Read More…]
Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and prominent member of the Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP), presented on Sunday his instructions for “subduing” the gens du voyage, or travelers, as the Roma are often called. His proposal consists of installing surveillance cameras in Roma camps, reviving registration plates, and even enforcing a judiciary procedure allowing the seizure of vehicles. This so-called “call to revolt” has been perceived as an act of hatred against a[Read More…]