Lessons of a sacking
French politics

Lessons of a sacking

Delphine Batho has been sacked by the French president, on this Tuesday, only few hours after criticizing the 7%-decrease of the budget planned for her ministry in 2014. Reactions quickly came to comment the sacking of the ex-minister of Ecology and Energy, now replaced by Philippe Martin. The Front de gauche (Radical Left) is scandalised … Continue reading

Jérôme Cahuzac’s (useful) sacrifice
French politics

Jérôme Cahuzac’s (useful) sacrifice

Jérôme Cahuzac resigned as French minister for Budget, just after the opening of a judicial inquiry for tax fraud laundering regarding the presumed existence of a non-declared bank account in Switzerland than Singapore in the 2010’s. The ex-minister, immediately replaced by Bernard Cazeneuve (minister of European Affairs so far) still affirms his innocence explaining he … Continue reading

The race to the Speaker’s Chair
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The race to the Speaker’s Chair

Which person to succeed Bernard Accoyer as Chairman of the French Assembly? And which person to get this so wanted position? With the defeat of Ségolène Royal, new ambitions appeared even if there were some indiscretions. Thus, some personalities of the French Socialist Party more or less declared their intention to apply for the Chair … Continue reading

A victory and some thorns
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A victory and some thorns

As planned, the French socialist party won the legislatives run-off and even gets the absolute majority with 301 seats (plus the 15 got by the Left Radical Party and the MRC) for the first time of the V° Republic History. The French Socialists will need not the support of the Greens and the Radical Left … Continue reading

A too independent Première Dame?
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A too independent Première Dame?

This was the political piece of information of these previous days in France. Valérie Trierweiler, companion of the French president, officially backed Olivier Falorni, candidate to the legislative elections at La Rochelle, and direct challenger of Ségolène Royal, Socialist party candidate, former candidate to the French presidency, and François Hollande’s ex-companion. In a recent interview … Continue reading

To the absolute majority?
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To the absolute majority?

The first round of the French legislative elections gave its verdict and its first outcomes. First of all, a very important low turnout: 42% of voters did not come to vote and do their duty maybe because of a less and more complicated ballot but also the periodicity. The legislatives seem to become a second … Continue reading

An equilibrium government
French politics

An equilibrium government

Jean-Marc Ayrault, the new French PM, unveiled his so expected government list, the last Wednesday evening. The government gathers experienced and novice people, left and right wing of the French Socialist Party, men and women, old and new generation, leaving some more or less good surprises. Thus, there are no “Elephants”[1] present in the government … Continue reading

I, as president of the Republic
French politics

I, as president of the Republic

A three-hour-debate and a balanced match in which we’ve seen an offensive candidate and another on the defensive. This is the conclusion I draw the debate of yesterday between François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy. The two finalists for the French presidency wanted to have a fight apparently and to show they were able to lead … Continue reading