Word of a candidate
French politics

Word of a candidate

François Hollande was on the first French private channel, TF1, in the political programme “Parole de candidat” (Words of candidate). Faced to fourteen people representing the French society, the socialist candidate for the presidency defended and reminded some key-points of his manifesto and made new proposals as the creation of a high revenue tax from … Continue reading

Bend it like Mitterrand?
French politics

Bend it like Mitterrand?

Is François Hollande on the path of François Mitterrand, the former and unique French socialist president of the fifth Republic so far? Evocating Mitterrand is almost compulsory when you are a socialist candidate running for the Elysée. On the last January, the former PS First secretary came to Jarnac, (the Mitterrand birthplace) to pay tribute … Continue reading

German phobia
French politics / International

German phobia

German phobia. This word was pronounced and a tough debate started. Since a couple of days, some French socialist members strongly criticized the Angela Merkel European policy. Arnaud Montebourg referred to Bismarck and Martine Aubry – the current PS first secretary – dealt with capitulation to describe the Nicolas Sarkozy’s behaviour vis-à-vis the latest propositions … Continue reading

A very good deal?
French politics

A very good deal?

Parti socialiste and Europe Ecologie – Les Verts (the French Greens) recently made a deal for the 2012 elections. This deal implies the reduction of the nuclear output, the partial implementation of proportional representation for the legislatives, the creation of new jobs, the implementation of a new carbon tax at the EU level and the … Continue reading