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The Scattered French Left

A kiosk of the French Socialist Party in 2007.

“Today, I am conscious of the risks that would arise from an approach, such as mine, that would not gather up to a great extent.” This is how François Hollande announced that he would not run for a second five-year…

Fillon Did It. Now What?

François Fillon at the World Economic Forum in 2008.

François Fillon (Les Républicains/LR) has now become the official conservative candidate for the 2017 French presidential elections. Winning the Republican primaries with 67% of the votes, he has outmatched the 33% of the Centrist Alain Juppé. What now? Fillon, up till now an…

Another Fracture, This Time in France

François Fillon

Brexit, President-elect Trump and now François Fillon in the front row since the first round of the French Republican primaries. In each case, research institutes have failed to forecast the outcome. And it is not a triffling incident. Indeed, Alain…

DACA policy and Its Recipients

Photograph of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo.

Unlike Canada, the United States prides itself in its “melting pot” of cultures. Immigrants are welcome as long as they assimilate to the American culture, language, and values. This has created the rich American culture formed from a variety of…

A Trump Effect in France?

Marine Le Pen, Leader of the extreme-right party Front National.

In North America and in France, it seems that we have come to a dramatic shift in politics. Indeed, President-elect Trump has shown that polls and surveys could be deceiving in the States, and as the French elections approach (today,…

Generalisations After Trump’s Election

Extremist Trump supporters have been bolder with their action since their champion’s win on November 8th. For example, Muslim women have been threatened for wearing hijabs, black Americans are threatened with violence and are verbally assaulted, swastika graffiti has appeared throughout…

American Haste to Come to Canada: The Truth of the Process

With the results of the American elections last Tuesday, many Americans are claiming they have decided to immigrate to Canada. The office of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) website was even reported to have crashed following election day. One could easily…

In Remembrance

In Remembrance

November 11th is the day we are supposed to remember, but November 8th will prove to be the day that is the hardest to forget. I and many other Canadians wear a poppy today, as we do every year, to…