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…]
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LONDON – The era of privacy is definitely coming to an end. After the NSA leaks and the ensuing revelations, the French press has been taken aback since Wednesday over the scandal that has already dubbed “Sarkoleaks.” The newspaper Le Canard Enchainé and the website Atlantico revealed that Patrick Buisson, a special counsellor to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, had recorded meetings between himself and other members of the government in 2011 without their knowledge.[Read More…]
In an effort to repair French relations with Turkey, French President Francois Hollande traveled on Monday Jan. 27 to Ankara, the nation’s capital, for a two-day visit. The trip was fraught with political implication, both due to upcoming ministerial elections in Turkey and the country’s efforts to join the European Union (EU), of which France has been a major opponent for the past three years. Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy maintained a fierce anti-Turkish diplomacy,[Read More…]
President François Hollande is the latest addition to the list of key international figures who will not attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in February. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced last Sunday without explanation that the President would not be attending. Many speculated that he was following suit of several other world leaders and joining in the boycott in protest of Russia’s law that limits the rights of homosexuals. President Obama included three[Read More…]