Thought Suppression Flourishes in France and Washington

August 04, 2021

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

June 22, 2021

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...

What Is Behind the Rise of Islamophobia in France?

November 05, 2020

On October 29, the French Ministry of Interior sent out a message on social media warning of “Violent radicalization, Islamism ... If you have any doubts about someone you know, contact the toll-free number.” The situation in France has exploded into what is now increasingly reminiscent...

Muslims Will Not Kill God for Marianne

November 04, 2020

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...

Emmanuel Macron, France’s Islamophobe-in-Chief

October 07, 2020

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...

Europe Is Divided in Libya

September 04, 2020

France’s foreign policy in Libya has left Europe divided in relation to the North African country's civil war.

Emmanuel Macron’s Campaign to Stifle Debate in France

June 12, 2020

On May 25, hours before George Floyd was killed in the US for all the world to watch, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner reacted to the public accusation by a celebrity that the French police were racist and capable of brutality in the execution of their duties.  Hospitals...

Jean de Viguerie, a Counter-Revolutionary Historian in Post-1968 France

April 28, 2020

The luminaries of contemporary counter-revolutionary thinking are not well-known and their publications are seldom reported, much less reviewed. France is one of few countries where counter-revolutionary groups are still active, mostly within the Catholic fundamentalist (“intégriste”)...

Emmanuel Macron Rallies Around Bernie to Save France

March 13, 2020

Watching French President Emmanuel Macron’s address to the nation on March 12, I couldn’t avoid admiring the skill with which he deployed two supremely engineered strategic themes. After drawing attention to the importance of a concerted European response to the pandemic, he insisted that the...

Emmanuel Macron’s War on Welfare

February 13, 2020

France is in chaos. For the last five years, the land of wine, cheese and chateaux has dominated headlines for all the wrong reasons: a series of terror attacks, the yearlong mobilization by the gilets jaunes, and now the longest transport strike in over two decades that crippled Île-de-France...

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