Tag: Emmanuel Macron

Macron Won But the Election Isn’t Over

Macron Won But the Election Isn’t Over

With 58.54% of the vote, Emmanuel Macron unambiguously bucked the recent trend thanks to which incumbent French presidents consistently failed to earn a second term due to their unpopularity. In their election night commentaries, the Macronists noted with glee that their man was the first to gain...

Democracy and France’s Theater of the Absurd

Democracy and France’s Theater of the Absurd

In Sunday’s first round presidential race, even though the ultimate result is to set up a repeat of the 2017 runoff between the incumbent Emmanuel Macron and the xenophobic candidate Marine Le Pen, there were two enormous surprises. The first was the utter humiliation of the two political...

Emmanuel Macron’s Chance to Appear Transformative

Emmanuel Macron’s Chance to Appear Transformative

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Macron Promotes Fraternity in the Middle East

Macron Promotes Fraternity in the Middle East

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron, despite being preoccupied with next spring’s presidential election, dropped in on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to celebrate the conclusion of a massive sale of French military equipment to Saudi Arabia’s neighbor and co-sponsor of the war...

Algeria to France: No Thanks for the Memories 

Algeria to France: No Thanks for the Memories 

In a discussion concerning a new law that restricts the attribution of French visas to North Africans, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Algeria’s leadership of the crime of using the history of French oppression during the colonial period as an excuse for fomenting what he deems an...

Thought Suppression Flourishes in France and Washington

Thought Suppression Flourishes in France and Washington

In August, the Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears in a single weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts.  This week, we jump from French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal of a new law intended to produce electoral momentum in the run-up to the...

France’s Electoral Abyss

France’s Electoral Abyss

Across the globe, democracy appears to be in a curious state. One of the main indicators of the health or pathology of democracy is the turnout in elections. Some might claim that the high turnout for the Biden-Trump face-off last year was a sign of health for US democracy. But the aftermath...

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

One of the worst humanitarian disasters of the past 30 years took place in 1994 in Rwanda. Approximately 800,000 people died in a genocidal campaign led by the Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority. The rampage began after Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was shot down. The Hutus...

Unchanged or Unchained: What’s in Store for the JCPOA?

Unchanged or Unchained: What’s in Store for the JCPOA?

When any new US president is inaugurated, especially when there is a change of party, the world expects some kind of serious change. Despite the fact that since 1992 every change of president has seen a change of the party in power, continuity has been the most consistent feature of those moments...

Muslims Will Not Kill God for Marianne

Muslims Will Not Kill God for Marianne

Two conflicting narratives have been clashing anew in extremely heated debates amid what we may call “a new cartoon crisis.” On one side, there is a sizable portion of orthodox Muslims with a strong aniconism tradition and who perceive the representation of sacred characters as unpardonable...

Is Peace Religious or Secular?

Is Peace Religious or Secular?

Reporting on yesterday’ horrendous knife attack in Nice’s cathedral, Al Jazeera defined the context: “The incident comes amid growing tensions between France and the Muslim world over French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech wherein he said Islam was in ‘crisis’, and amid...

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

Macron Claims Islam Is in “Crisis.” Erdogan Disagrees

In France, Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 near Paris. He was a history teacher who had shown caricatures of Prophet Muhammad to his students in a lesson on freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. Paty’s killer, Abdullakh Anzorov, is an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. He arrived in...

Emmanuel Macron, France’s Islamophobe-in-Chief

Emmanuel Macron, France’s Islamophobe-in-Chief

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, may be unique on today’s world stage in an era marked by the rise of populism. He came to power in 2017 as a centrist maverick. He had no established party, ideology or tradition to guide him or fight for his future agenda. And yet, in the midst of that...

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