France

Macron on the march?

Alex Porter  |  28 April 2017

The French presidential frontrunner will be competing against low turnout to hold back the tide of populism, says Alex Porter Polling, as we are all keenly aware, has been wrong before. Although the outcomes of the upcoming elections either side of the Channel seem set in stone, pundits remain reluctant to place their bets too …

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Macron should be Labour’s blueprint

Simon Garland Jones  |  30 January 2017

Emmanuel Macron is breaking the mould of French politics – on an unashamedly centrist, pro-European platform, writes Simon Garland Jones The French presidential election this year is already shaping up as a fascinating contest, even before the official campaign has begun. The accepted wisdom leading up to the race was that, with the governing Socialist party …

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A blessing in disguise for the left?

Renaud Thillaye  |  28 November 2016

In a year not short of unexpected political developments, François Fillon has, against all odds, stormed the French centre-right primary. While has was stagnating between 5 and 10 per cent in the polls until September 2016, Fillon scored an impressive 44 per cent in the first round on 21 November, clearly defeating former president Nicolas Sarkozy …

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Le Pen is a threat to our way of life

Seb Dance MEP  |  21 November 2016

Growing up, most of us rely on the comforting belief that our parents always know best, that they will always act responsibly, and will be there to take care of any difficult situation. The moment you realise your parents are fallible and – just like you – are capable of making mistakes, is one of …

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Harsh truths for French Socialists

Renaud Thillaye  |  15 December 2015

It has been a good week for François Hollande. On the weekend, a ‘historic’ deal was reached at the Paris climate summit, which earned French diplomacy a lot of praise. On Sunday evening, the final outcome of the French regional elections were much better than expected, with five wins out of 13 new ‘big’ regions, …

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State of emergency

Sally Gimson  |  6 December 2015

The Paris attacks could be a gift to the French far-right Sally Gimson —Christophe and Catherine did not know where their son was on the evening of 13 November until they got a call from his cousin to turn on the television. As it dawned on them that the rock concert he had told them he was …

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After Paris, progressives must avoid simplistic narratives

Renaud Thillaye  |  19 November 2015

In January, the French thought they seen the worst after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher killings. The success of the 11 January mass solidarity march gave hope that the country – and the world – would stand united and overcome the sorrow with dignity. A number of measures were announced – and quickly adopted …

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Paris has returned to the streets in resilience

Nick Jones  |  18 November 2015

Returning to the Gare de l’Est last night, right at the heart of Paris’ tenth arrondissement, the city seemed notably unchanged from when I left it a little over 72 hours earlier. The streets were not unusually busy for a Monday night, cafe windows were dotted with diners and drinkers, and the familiar Parisian melting-pot …

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The meaning of internationalism

Jacqui Smith  |  16 November 2015

What a very grim weekend it has been watching the aftermath of the Paris attacks. I have turned down many requests for interviews as I dislike the need for speculation and anger-driven conclusions which immediate responses require. However, three days on, I offer here a few reflections on Friday’s events. First, my heart goes out …

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A more progressive world

Mike Gapes MP  |  29 October 2015

The new Labour government in 1997 was immediately internationalist in its approach, recalls Mike Gapes The 1997 government hit the ground running – on aid, ethics, Ireland and Europe – and brought a new dynamism to Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world. The Department for International Development was established by Tony Blair on …

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