Post Tagged with: "Nicolas Sarkozy"

Sarkozy’s “Republicans” May Redefine Fundamental Notions

  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…]

What Is Wrong with Paris: How Public Transportation Divides the City of Lights

  PARIS – I am what Parisians call a “provincial.” This derogatory term comes from the days of the monarchy when France was divided between a royal capital and provinces ruled as fiefdoms by noble families. Though the French have done away with the king, they have yet to discard the notion that Paris is the center of the universe. Some Parisians still believe it is the only city in the country worth interest. Paris[Read More…]

The House of Cards Generation

LILLE – I like House of Cards. I like it to the point that I watched the second season in less than 24 hours. I like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. I like how they portray their characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, a couple who will engineer any imaginable Machiavellian plans in order in the interest of power. I like watching the depiction of the inner-workings of the House of Representatives and the White House.[Read More…]

by April 14, 2014 0 comments Editorial, Feature, Up To The Minute

Sarkozy speaks out amidst series of scandals

For the first time since he lost his reelection campaign in 2012, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given a public statement defending himself in the wake of a series of political scandals that have plagued him since he left office. He published an address in Le Figaro on March 21, criticizing the actions of the French state under current French President Francois Hollande. “The sacred principles of our Republic are trampled,” he said. Sarkozy[Read More…]

by March 26, 2014 0 comments Up To The Minute

Paris Municipal Elections: Two Weeks to Go

LILLE – With less than two weeks until the French elect the 36,680 mayors that will govern their municipalities for the next six years, it is time to look at the most important race: Paris. If you thought the French electoral system hard to understand, Paris’ is even worse. Because of the its size and its important role as the capital, the municipality was under the direct control of the government until 1975, when the first[Read More…]

by March 10, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Editorial, Up To The Minute