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The rise of populism

Donald Trump’s election has shocked the world and the aftershocks have crossed the Atlantic, landing smack in the middle of the French presidential campaign. Could a populist candidate such as far-right leader Marine Le Pen also carry the day next May, or will what happened in the US stay in the US? This question will […]

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Social Unrest

Another week of social unrest in France: A series of strikes have been launched to protest the government’s proposed labour reform as the country is gearing up for the European football championship. For now, the face-off continues and tempers are flaring with the head of the union representing employers going as far as to accuse […]

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François Hollande: A lame-duck President?

The French presidential election is now exactly one year away. The sitting president, François Hollande, will not announce until the end of the year whether he intends to run for re-election or not. But if he does, he will need nothing short of a miracle to stay on in the Elysée Palace. According to the […]

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Molenbeeks in France?

Molenbeek has become a synonym for terrorism in Europe. This neighbourhood of the Belgian capital is widely described as a jihadist hotbed and often branded as an example of failed government policies. In France, a heated controversy has emerged after Patrick Kanner, the minister in charge of urban affairs and sports, suggested that the country […]

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France’s ruling Socialist Party held its congress last weekend in Poitiers. After weeks of tensions, it managed to avoid a nasty split between supporters of the government and President Hollande, and those who criticise his perceived tilt towards the right of centre. But these disagreements are still simmering and could hurt Hollande’s re-election prospects in […]

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The World This Week - 22.02.2013

Chinese hackers, Italian politics and a feisty correspondence between France and the US.

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