Category: Res Publica

Bilingual blog devoted to topical analysis of French politics and foreign relations

Res Publica: An Introduction to Post-Election French Politics

Welcome to Res Publica. Res Publica is a McGill International Review (MIR) blog devoted to the analysis of French politics. In the coming months, it will more specifically examine the post-election politics of France. Articles will be published both in English…

The Scattered French Left

“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 (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…

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…

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…

End of Reign

With a mere 4% favourablity rating and the media disaster caused by the publication of the book Un président ne devrait pas dire ça (“A President Should Not Say That”, a collection of interviews given throughout five years to two journalists of…