Both sweeping immunity and overzealous prosecutions of former leaders can undermine democracy. But such prosecutions pose different risks for older democracies like the US than in younger ones.
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.
Criminal charges against former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot could spark political consequences – not only for Trump, but for US democracy.
Recent polemical debates over French rappers Youssoupha and Médine show that rap is still not accepted by the political mainstream.
It will take time for Rwandans, especially those who suffered or witnessed the genocide, to trust France again.
From Europe to Latin America and the US, former world leaders are being investigated, tried and even jailed. In theory, this shows no one is above the law. But presidents and PMs aren’t just anyone.
The former president advocated an ‘advanced liberal society’ in which the state must promote growth and paved the way for Europe.
The most popular president of the Fifth Republic actually achieved alarmingly little during his tenure.
President Emmanuel Macron has presented himself as a defender of the liberal order against the rising tide of right-wing populism. But he can’t lead Europe while mass protests have France in crisis.
France and the US have always had their differences, but they’ve also proved strong and steady allies.
The first round of the presidential election has left French citizens and politicians divided – and the top candidates’ four-way split doesn’t favour governance of the country.
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.
Get up to speed before the first round of voting on April 23.
Just a month after moving into the Élysée Palace, the new president will face the country’s parliamentary elections.
The former PM stands accused of employing his wife for years without bothering to mention it to voters.
The former president has lost out to his own prime minister in the first round of the Republican primary.
The Front National leader is feeling confident after Brexit and Trump.
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.
With its share of the vote rising with each election, can the extreme-right party take power on its own? The example of the French communists during the postwar boom suggests otherwise.