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France 24 What’s in the Papers: Figaro Sounds Radicalisation Alarm

France 24 What’s in the Papers: Figaro Sounds Radicalisation Alarm

In this France 24 review of the French papers for February 3, Le Figaro sounds the alarm over the spread of radical Islam in France publishing a map showing 8250 individuals radicalised by Islamism in France. Also in the review the French papers ask is President François Hollande still a Socialist as he continues to draw […]

Can EU Survive its “Successes”: 7-Year Recession, Jobless Youth, Migrant Flood, Greek ‘Coup’?

Can EU Survive its “Successes”: 7-Year Recession, Jobless Youth, Migrant Flood, Greek ‘Coup’?

Three senior European Union figures have warned recently that the tensions of the past year are straining the EU to breaking point and a collapse of the project is possible. EU President Donald Tusk, Parliament President Martin Schulz and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker all spoke in calamitous terms (scroll down for Reuters report) of […]

Merkel’s Migrants: “Worst Piece of Public Policy in 50 Years” Germany and France Told

Merkel’s Migrants: “Worst Piece of Public Policy in 50 Years” Germany and France Told

“Back us or break us” French President François Hollande told Europeans on Wednesday during an historic Franco-German demarche designed to rally a European Union bitterly divided over its disastrous handling of the migrant crisis. Sharing a spot at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — the first time leaders of the two countries have made a joint address […]

France Fails to Meet Budget Target, Hollande Seeks to Square the Circle

France Fails to Meet Budget Target, Hollande Seeks to Square the Circle

France fails budget target, Hollande faces reform dilemma (via AFP) France is way behind budget targets, new data shows, deepening a dilemma for President Francois Hollande over spending cuts which could split his allies, or doing a U-turn in dangerous defiance of the EU. The official figures put the budget overshoot…  

New PM Manuel Valls: Catalan-born Tough-Talker, Popular but Less So in the Party

New PM Manuel Valls: Catalan-born Tough-Talker, Popular but Less So in the Party

France’s new PM: tough-talking and popular (via AFP) France’s new Prime Minister Manuel Valls is the most popular Socialist politician in the country, or at least he is with almost everyone except a sizeable chunk of his own party. As approval ratings plummeted for the rest of France’s Socialist government…  

Reshuffle after Socialists’ Bloodbath in France? Right and Far Right Triumph

Reshuffle after Socialists’ Bloodbath in France? Right and Far Right Triumph

Hollande set to swing axe after Black Sunday for France’s Socialists (via AFP) French President Francois Hollande is set to take the axe to his beleaguered government after it suffered humiliating losses in local elections in which the far-right National Front (FN) made historic gains. The outcome of the first nationwide vote…  

France holds Local Polls: National Front Set for Strong Showing

France holds Local Polls: National Front Set for Strong Showing

Socialists in crunch test as France holds local polls (via AFP) France holds municipal elections Sunday amid high-voltage tension between the Socialist government, battling record unpopularity, and the main opposition beset by scandal, while the far right is tipped to make a strong showing. The contest is the first…  

Security in Hot Water over Hollande’s ‘love nest’

Security in Hot Water over Hollande’s ‘love nest’

Hollande’s security chief in hot water over ‘love nest’ checks (via AFP) Francois Hollande’s security chief is in hot water for failing to properly check out a ‘love nest’ the French President allegedly used for trysts with actress Julie Gayet, Le Monde reported Monday. As the Socialist leader, who had pledged a “normal”…  

Hollande: Decisive Abroad, Ditherer at Home

Hollande: Decisive Abroad, Ditherer at Home

The two faces of Hollande: decisive abroad, ditherer at home (via AFP) A decisive action-taker ready to send French troops into harm’s way. A hapless ditherer who backtracks at the first sign of dissent. These are the two public faces of Socialist French President Francois Hollande, who in his first full year in office…  

France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it?

France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it?

Is France facing a biblical-style upheaval? A French author has published a semi-fictional account (below) in which he suggests France’s poorly calculated choice of President at the last election could lead to far more serious consequences under the next one. France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it? GroundReport Posted: 11/27/2013 at 3:43AM | Author: J.N. PAQUET Yesterday (November […]

Could Front National Gain a Foothold in Brittany?

Could Front National Gain a Foothold in Brittany?

Could France’s National Front gain a foothold in moderate Brittany? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Protesters with Brittany regional flags and wearing red caps, the symbol of protest in Brittany, take part in a demonstration to maintain jobs in Quimper, western France, on Nov. 2. Brittany has become a hotbed of protest in recent weeks […]

Is Hollande’s France in Chaos?

Is Hollande’s France in Chaos?

Boldly and in 72-point type the cover of l’Express proclaims “Hollande’s France on the edge of chaos”. Is this journalistic hype or does it reflect a growing reality? Over the weekend (November 16) road hauliers under the banner of L’Organisation des Transporteurs Routiers Européens set up blockades and traffic slow downs on highways and byways […]

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