LILLE. – After last week’s article on the basics of the municipal and inter-municipal elections, La Jeune Politique looks at the issues in France’s main cities. In the municipal elections at the end of the month, the Parti Socialiste (PS) and the Union Pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP) will be the main parties vying for France’s major cities, in addition to the Front National (FN), the far-right party that could possibly win the two-round election[Read More…]
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It was like a family reunion. Not the kind when your family gathers every Christmas or Easter, but instead when you resolve a longstanding family dispute and make peace with a brother you have not seen in ten years. François Bayrou and Jean-Louis Borloo have joined their efforts and formed a new political party, the Alternative. Bayrou and Borloo are political brothers who were brought up in the center-right movement Union pour la Démocratie Française[Read More…]
Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior and one of France’s leading Parti socialiste (PS) politicians, is back in the domestic headlines this past week, although for reasons other than the purely political. Still in the public eye for polemical comments made over Roma settlements in late September, Valls has continued grab media attention by way of aggressive attacks on his party’s opposition, and most recently – and bizarrely – through his sex appeal. According to a[Read More…]
Charges against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy connected to his alleged involvement in the Bettencourt scandal have been dropped by a Bourdeaux court. “In deciding to dismiss the case, the court has declared me innocent in the Bettencourt affair,” Sarkozy posted in his official Facebook page early Monday evening. “Two-and-a-half years of investigation. Three judges. Dozens of police. Twenty-two hours of questioning and confrontations. Four searches. Hundreds of articles calling into question my integrity during[Read More…]