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?
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?
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 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.
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.
The French commentator’s heritage is providing a useful patina for extreme views.
Zemmour’s statements about universalism, assimilation and “separatism” have deep roots in the history of the French Republic.
Recent polemical debates over French rappers Youssoupha and Médine show that rap is still not accepted by the political mainstream.
The south-eastern region of France known as PACA has long been a centre of power for the far-right, but recent failures in the regional elections bring its future into question for Marine Le Pen.
France has undergone thirteen major political shifts since 1789, and yet there have been very few major changes to the country’s elite.
Sky-high abstention rates reveal the weakness of Emmanuel Macron’s political project.
Why are Emmanuel Macron’s reform plans so controversial and why are people protesting about freedom after another spate of violent attacks?
The French president presents himself to all things to all people – leaving voters with less meaningful choice at the ballot box.
French rail transport is grinding to a halt. Teachers, truck drivers, lawyers and judges are also threatening to strike indefinitely.