French Politics

The French Left And Right Risk Coming Too Close Facing Macron's Centrism

Dr Itay Lotem | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Itay Lotem

At this moment, the danger is that the FI will re-re-shape French left-wing identity in nationalist terms. This would undermine the revival of a progressive left and strengthen Macron's view of a society where left and right are seen through the narrowest lens of their most regressive streaks.

Emmanuel Macron May Have Won The Battle, But The War Has Only Just Begun

Ben Cullimore | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Cullimore

A period of cohabitation with what could very well be a Républicains prime minister would not only be a major setback for Macron but also represent a further opportunity to grow for the French far-right. Le Pen may have been defeated in Sunday's presidential election, but Front National and their increasingly loyal supporters are only getting started.

Imagining Marine Le Pen Elected? 'I Find It Horrendous', WW2 Résistant Says

J.N. Paquet | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

When a WW2 Resistant tells a newspaper that in French politics, Le Pen represents the negation of all that the Resistance fought for and calls on everyone to vote Emmanuel Macron next Sunday.

Data Shows Why Building A Wall In Calais Is Bound To Fail

Natalie Stanton | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Natalie Stanton

If policymakers are serious about resolving the crisis in Calais, they need to take immediate steps to fix this broken system. It has become clear that no progress will be made until funds are invested in educating and empowering the camp's residents, rather than continuing to segregate and dehumanise them.

Alain Juppé: The Cold, Septuagenarian Conservative May Be The Best Option For French Progressives

Jasper Cox | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Politics
Jasper Cox

Traumatised by terrorist attacks, depressed by continued economic malaise, desensitised to political scandals, France desperately needs someone who can channel the powerful spirit of de Gaulle, who was caricatured by the magazine Le Canard Enchaîné as the Sun King, Louis XIV. Of the current crop, Alain Juppé looks most able to wear the crown.

Brexit Explained to My Four-Year-Old Daughter: Elsa and the EU

Pervenche Berès | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Politics
Pervenche Berès

Of course, the United Kingdom is not Elsa, the queen in Disney's Frozen. However several similarities can be drawn between the United Kingdom's choice over leaving the European Union and Elsa's flight from the kingdom of Arendelle.

Calais - Whose Problem?

Grace Thompson | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Thompson

Astonishing images have appeared on our TV screens in past weeks, whether it be broken security fences, lorries jammed in miles of "car-park traffic",...

Anarchy: A Story "Written by a Thousand Hands"

Sophie Bauer | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Bauer

Anarchy is a story "written by a thousand hands" that is aired through weekly episodes on France 4. A team of 15 scriptwriters got the ball rolling on Thursday with the serie's first episode. From now until the 18th of December it is up to Anarchy's viewers to craft the plot and to shape each and every character, red-herring and gag.

French Presidency in Crisis and a Neurotic Need for Heroes Means DSK Won't Go Away

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back. On Thursday May 16 he took a major part in a prime-time documentary about the Euro - where he criticised Nicolas Sarkozy's response to the 2008-9 economic crisis.

France's Tony Blair Takes Over

Denis MacShane | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Denis MacShane

The reforms France needs however are massive and require a revolutionary casting aside of vested interests and old thinking, Valls does not lack ambition but whether he will have the support in French parliament and in the Socialist Party remains the big unanswered question. If he doesn't, c'est la fin.

François Hollande - A Case of Infidelity or Integrity?

Dragana Brown | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dragana Brown

Irrespective of whether Hollande was involved in another relationship or not, for I am not here to cast judgement, the question of integrity is one to raise on the basis of Hollande's choices to hide behind and use as an excuse French cultural ways, rather than stand as a true leader and be completely transparent.

Should We View the 'Quenelle' as Racist?

Ally Livingston | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ally Livingston

Even if Anelka's lawyers can prove that there was no anti-Semitism in the gesture, he is still open to receive some sort of punishment as Fifa's rules make clear that political statements should play no part in football...

Ignore the French and Legalise Brothels

Jonathan Romain | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Britain should not emulate France... we should move in the opposite direction and legalise brothels. True, this might seem odd coming from a rabbi but it is a matter of social reality not pious theology. The question is not do we wish the sex trade did not exist, but how do we best deal with it?

This House Would Invite Marine Le Pen

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

For nearly 200 years the Cambridge Union has existed to promote free speech. At times this inevitably leads to controversy. In the 1960s, it stemmed from the Union's invitation to Enoch Powell and Oswald Mosley. Last term it was Julian Assange, and before that Dominique Strauss-Kahn. This time it was Mme. Le Pen.

IN PICTURES: Le Pen Met By Protestors At Cambridge Union Talk

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Marine Le Pen - leader of the French Front National - was greeted by an anti-fascist protest as she addressed a Cambridge University debating group on...

Far Right 'Fascist' French Leader To Speak At Cambridge

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Marine Le Pen, president of France's far right Front National party, is to speak at Cambridge Union on Tuesday but will be greeted by students protest...

Revealing French Minister's Sex Life is a Cheap Trick in Paternity Battle

Helen Croydon | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Croydon

With a penchant for Dior clothes, vertiginous heels and expensive jewels it's easy to see why the colourful love life of Rachida Dati, 47, the former French Justice Minister, has attracted the world's media.

Marion Le Pen Becomes Youngest MP In Modern History

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Politics

Marion le Pen, a 22 year old law student, has become the youngest MP in modern political history by gaining a seat in the French parliamentary electio...

François Hollande: Enter Mr Normal

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

François Hollande doesn't want to live in the Elysée Palace, but in his ordinary flat in the 15th arrondissement with his partner Valérie Trierweiler. He celebrated his victory not in stylish Paris but in the little town of Tulle, in rural Corrèze. Hollande wants to be a 'normal' President.

UK 'Would Fall Back Into Recession' If Hollande Became French President

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 05.04.2012 | UK Politics

The UK would fall back into recession if Francois Hollande became French president in a few weeks time, according to a leading French economist workin...

Sarkozy Gets On Twitter... As Facebook Scandal Unfolds

The Huffington Post UK | Cosima Ungaro | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has joined social networking site Twitter despite his communications team insisting only months ago that the leader w...