Category: France

Fillon Did It. Now What?

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

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…

The United States Today, France Tomorrow?

Donald Trump’s victory on November 9th has come as a shock for many. It is the victory of a populist electorate that sanctioned the elite leaders of the country. Trump’s election has created deep concerns in Western Europe, which is already…

Fighting for Gender Pay Equality, One Minute at a Time

Every year on October 24th, women in Iceland finish their work, pack their bags, and leave work at —what might seem to some— a very peculiar, prespecified time. This October, it was 2:38 pm, or 86% of the Icelandic work day. In…

A Trump Effect in France?

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,…

Reality TV Politics

Now this is something unusual in the French TV landscape. Beside their polemical investigation of French Islam in the show “Dossier TABOU” [“Taboo Files”], the M6 channel has launched “Ambition Intime,” a reality TV show inviting the presidential candidates to…

The Reluctant Welcome of the Calais Migrants and What It Means for France

     When it comes to the dispatching of the Calais migrants throughout France, there seems to be two types of reactions. On the one hand, a supportive welcome, as in Cancale (Ille-et-Vilaine), Loudun (Vienne) or Pouilly-en-Auxois (Côte-d’Or) with pro-refugee…

Self-Hate

      We do not vote willingly anymore. Rather, we try and block a specific candidate by voting for his opponent. In France, voters who fear a spectre of Hollande will vote for Sarkozy, while those who fear a…