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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...

The News Media’s Piano Lacks a Sustain Pedal

The News Media’s Piano Lacks a Sustain Pedal

The website FAIR calls itself a “national media watch group” whose mission consists of “scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.” All commercial news outlets tend to represent an often easily identifiable point of view on the...

The Real Glue-Trapping Scandal

The Real Glue-Trapping Scandal

Over centuries, Europeans have developed local traditions that define the economy, the arts and the rituals of daily life. Those traditions sometimes belong to nations or are spread across the entire continent. Sometimes they are very local and remain unknown beyond a small region. The...

Emmanuel Macron Promotes “le Startupisme”

Emmanuel Macron Promotes “le Startupisme”

Bloomberg offers its readers a look at a typically French phenomenon: a government’s economic cheerleading around the promotion of a simplistic idea that makes its traditionally stale policies appear more modern and dynamic than they actually are. One of the classic ploys is to borrow...

Macron’s Risky Strategy to Consolidate the Center

Macron’s Risky Strategy to Consolidate the Center

The recent European elections have triggered dramatic changes in French politics but, with a murky political landscape, no one can predict where they might lead. The year 2019 has turned out to be rich in pretexts for political predictions. While India managed to hold an election that produced...

Our Lady of Paris Finds Itself in a Quasi State

Our Lady of Paris Finds Itself in a Quasi State

Holy week in Notre Dame de Paris got off to a catastrophic start, but the president and his ministers are there to raise our spirits, even if it’s hard to believe what they say. When Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire on April 15, the number of associations in people’s minds as they...

Emmanuel Macron Wants to Share Power with the Yellow Vests

Emmanuel Macron Wants to Share Power with the Yellow Vests

In a startling development that risks shaking up the political chessboard in France for years to come, Emmanuel Macron has invited the yellow vests to work with him on a power-sharing plan. Exasperated by the repeated Saturday skirmishes with protesters that led him to mobilize the French army...

Gilets Jaunes Have Not Succumbed to Mindless Nationalism

Gilets Jaunes Have Not Succumbed to Mindless Nationalism

The gilets jaunes movement has become a part, even a fixture, of contemporary French culture. In an article for Fair Observer about how the far right in the UK has appropriated the symbols of the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement in France, doctoral researcher Natalie James highlights the...

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Can France and Germany Save Europe?

Can France and Germany Save Europe?

How real is the French-German pact signed at Aachen this week? Can it save and even reinforce Europe? What many assumed to be simply the routine renewal of the 1963 Elysée Treaty between France and Germany has turned into a possible pivotal moment in the history of modern Europe. As Brexit...

Emmanuel Macron Has “Messed Up”

Emmanuel Macron Has “Messed Up”

When Emmanuel Macron attempts to speak in the language of the people, it just makes things worse. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. French President Emmanuel Macron is trying very hard to understand what the gilets jaunes (yellow vest protesters) are trying to tell him. Try as he may —...

When English Media Report on Emmanuel Macron

When English Media Report on Emmanuel Macron

When Emmanuel Macron admits his own cowardice, the English-speaking media cover it up. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Emmanuel Macron has finally stepped up to his presidential perch to address the yellow army that has rebelled against his reforms. It turned out to be a kind of...

Is France’s World Cup Victory a Win for Diversity?

Is France’s World Cup Victory a Win for Diversity?

For a month, people from hundreds of different countries with millions of different stories come together for one reason: to enjoy football together. The 2018 FIFA World Cup went out with a bang on July 15 as France won the tournament for a second time after an intense final against...

The Last of the Summer Wine

The Last of the Summer Wine

Not only is the world feeling the effects of climate change, we are beginning to taste it, too. Even though the effects of climate change may not seem so immediate, its ramifications are becoming more noticeable. The rise in temperature is bringing a change to one of the world’s most beloved...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Rebalance” Trade with Europe

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Rebalance” Trade with Europe

Can America, a nation that claims to be leading the world and dominating the global economy, really function while mocking the notion of relationship? CNN has been following the White House’s accounts of conversations between President Donald Trump and European leaders unhappy about the trade...

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