Is French Parti Socialiste (still) a party of activists?
French politics

Is French Parti Socialiste (still) a party of activists?

What a crazy week at Solferino (the PS national headquarters) and inside the French government. On this Tuesday, new junior ministers were appointed to join the Valls government. If some appointments have been welcomed (for instance Fleur Pellerin staying as International Trade junior minister and Axelle Lemaire as Digital junior minister), others have been controversial … Continue reading

Hollande’s clarification
French politics

Hollande’s clarification

President of the French Republic promised to clarify the situation, François Hollande finally did it, much faster than expected. He officially announced, on the last Saturday, the end of his affair with the journalist Valérie Trierweiler putting an end to a three-week-politico-romantic comedy after the French gossip magazine Closer revealed his affair with the actress … Continue reading

The “Mitterrand syndrome”
French politics

The “Mitterrand syndrome”

Yesterday morning, the French State radio France Info really thought to get a scoop revealing the French president was admitted at hospital to be treated for prostate on February 2011, a month before he announced his bid a socialist candidate. Reactions went fast, some political columnists and analysts were wondering about it was seen as … Continue reading

Marianne, Shevchenko: same fight?
French politics

Marianne, Shevchenko: same fight?

Let’s talk about philately (in relation with politics, as usual) François Hollande unveiled during the Bastille Day, the new Marianne stamp which symbolises his term. The stamp was selected in the framework of a contest in which French students high school have chosen artists and awarded Olivier Ciappa. This sample, although simple and banal, is … Continue reading