Macron Enriches French Vocabulary and Impoverishes Political Thought

March 03, 2021

France appears to be living through a strange transitional period that could be described as the waning of the Fifth Republic. It contains no sense of what a sixth republic might look like or why it might even be necessary. But today’s republic, with its unique electoral system, has achieved a...

Did a French Far-Right Thinker Predict 2020?

September 10, 2020

The year 2020 has thrown the world into disarray, with a severe pandemic creating many unforeseen challenges. The COVID-19 plague has so far infected nearly 30 million people worldwide, with the death toll climbing toward a million. With rising unemployment and sector-specific industry...

Will the French Ban on Mobile Phones in Schools Work?

August 22, 2018

With the onslaught of technological advancements and the gradual change in human behavior as a consequence, will banning mobile devices stand the test of time? In a country where 9 out of 10 students between the ages of 12 and 17 have cellphones, France has banned the use of mobile phones in...

Iranians Learn Lessons from French History

May 08, 2018

After protests at the beginning of 2018, Iran faces more questions than answers over its future. The protests in Iran earlier this year were the largest anti-government demonstrations since the 2009 Green Movement. International media outlets, especially American and European, drew on the fact...

Debating the Intellectual Leader of the French New Right

April 25, 2018

As Umberto Eco warned and as Alain de Benoist shows, fascism can return in the most unexpected of disguises. I am the author of two books about the French nouvelle droite (ND): Where Have All the Fascists Gone? and Rethinking the French New Right: Alternatives to Modernity. In 2014, I published...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Macron Puts French “First”

February 23, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to give Donald Trump a run for his money. In November 2017, France’s young and new president, Emmanuel Macron, profited from a visit to Africa to launch a new, updated approach to postcolonial conquest. He predicted that French would become the first...

How French Feminists Are Divided Over Catherine Deneuve’s Letter

January 13, 2018

Many prominent women are concerned that France's long history of “libertinage” is threatened by what they see as a witchhunt against men. The recent publication in the French newspaper Le Monde of an open letter by female writers and actors in defense of men’s right to pick up women...

The World This Week: Another French Revolution

April 30, 2017

The French vote for outsiders because Charles de Gaulle’s Fifth Republic is failing to tackle challenges facing the country. This week, a 600-year-old oak tree that George Washington loved was cut down as the White House proposed tax reform. The Economist, no left-leaning lily livered...

Young Voices of the French Far Right

April 20, 2017

Will France elect the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen? France is heading to the polls on April 23. Following the shock results in Britain and the US in 2016, the French are on edge as they grapple with the prospect of a far-right president. But not everyone seems to think...

French Election Will Decide Europe’s Future

April 02, 2017

If a pro-European candidate doesn’t win the French election, Europe’s nationalist protectionist agendas may dominate the region. Is a “European Spring” in the making, just as the European Union (EU) celebrates its 60th anniversary? In this opinion piece, Peter Vanham, global leadership...

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