France’s new Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, greets his predecessor Elisabeth Borne during the handover ceremony at Matignon on 9 January 2024.
Four different prime minister in six years is unusual under France’s Fifth Republic. Managerial mechanics, absence of a majority and hyper-presidency: focus on the appointment of Gabriel Attal.
A series of laws voted up in late 1793 enabled the expedited judgement of thousands of people suspected of counterrevolutionary beliefs.
Macron rose to power as an anti-establishment politician but has he now gone too far.
Saying the state upholds universal principles does not act as a safeguard against institutional discrimination and racism.
A protestor looks on after being allegedly injured by anti-riot police during a demonstration against pension reform in Toulouse, southern France, on March 28, 2023.
The brutal methods employed by the French police to maintain order during protests contrast with those of its European neighbours.
Moret was arrested after arriving at St Pancras International station.
Publisher Ernest Moret was detained under terrorism powers for taking part in protests against Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms.
A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Macron, no no no no, 49,3 times no”, a reference to a French law that would allow the country’s president to pass pension reform without a vote in the National Assembly.
While the scale of the strikes in both countries is historic, a scholar in employer relations notes the legislative conditions framing industrial action in the UK are much more restrictive.
When speaking, Emmanual Macron is the champion of “en même temps” (at the same time), putting ideas that are normally opposed directly together.
Freshly re-elected in April, France’s president lost his parliamentary majority in June. So who is Emmanuel Macron and what defines his paradoxical politics?
The results of the first round of the legislative elections on 12 June from the headquarters of Ensemble! (presidential coalition) in Paris show the close finish with the left-wing coalition Nupes.
Amid record abstention, the left-wing NUPES coalition performed well against the presidential coalition.
The next five years are going to be harder than Emmanuel Macron’s first term.
French voters face a stark choice at the polls, but many are saying ‘non’ to both candidates.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon was the great success story of the first round. The question now becomes – who gets his votes in the second?
Far-right candidates Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen have both benefited from substantial support by media groups sympathetic to their ideas.
While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
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Charles de Gaulle created a system where a surprise candidate can upend the presidential elections in France. Will it happen in 2022?
A new world order or more of the same?
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A gap is widening between ordinary people and an elite they deem to be arrogant and disconnected from the realities French people face. In many minds, Macron epitomises this elite.
He said what?
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You can only properly translate French scatological swear words if you consider who is using them. In this case, the most powerful person in France.
No one is forcing people to use “iel” with a gun to their head. But paradoxically, by making the pronoun the focus of attention, critics are inevitably making it more popular.
Eric Zemmour at a conference to discuss the future of right-wing politics in Paris.
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The French commentator’s heritage is providing a useful patina for extreme views.
Zemmour’s ideas are nothing new.
Zemmour’s statements about universalism, assimilation and “separatism” have deep roots in the history of the French Republic.