Far from an exception, 16 March marked the 100th time under the Fifth Republic that France’s president chose to use a special constitutional measure to force through unpopular measures.
There are few visible results on the ground after eight years of war in Mali.
With some “Gilet jaune” protestors calling for the removal of Emmanuel Macron, the French constitution is being criticized anew for concentrating too much power in the hands of the president.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
With just 6% of the vote, the French socialist party of outgoing president François Hollande came a distant fifth in the French election.
François Hollande promised to make France’s youth a priority, but was a disappointment to them. While current candidates often showcase young supporters, will they have a voice after the election?
A candidate’s perceived Islamophobia may influence a French Muslim’s vote, but the impact of religious faith on political choice should not be overstated.
Governments’ continual use of security forces to ‘keep order’ in low-income and minority neighborhoods masks their inability find solutions other than force.
What hope of finding a candidate who can hold onto the presidency?
The most unpopular president of the fifth republic won’t be seeking a second mandate.
The suggested start of Brexit negotiations doesn’t do Britain any favours, nor Germany, France or Italy.
While the French public comes to terms with a series of appalling attacks, politicians seize the opportunity to position themselves ahead of next year’s Presidential election.
Britain might want to play nice and exit calmly, but the French president must avoid giving ammunition to Frexiters.
Angela Merkel and François Hollande are now alone at the top table, and there are no prizes for guessing who is drawing up the seating plan.
Some Gallic goals might cheer up the French, but they certainly won’t save Hollande.
France was left reeling by the attacks of January 2015 and things only got worse as the year unfolded – so why the political inertia?
He ran the show at COP21 but the man who once became France’s youngest Prime Minister is not what the country needs in 2017.
Vladimir Putin has been proved right again as Western priorities shift from removing Assad to destroying Islamic State.
Like France, the US faces the possibility that ISIS will attack an American city sooner or later.
Conflict is normally governed by rules and regulations but France is taking on an enemy that disregards them all.