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French Socialist party in trouble; story is similar throughout Europe

(Paul Mirengoff) The French Socialist party held its primary yesterday in the race to succeed Francois Hollande as the party’s standard bearer. Hollande’s presidency has been such a disaster that he declined to stand for re-election....Show More Summary

France's Hollande says EU to talk trade with Pacific Alliance

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that he would seek to bolster trade and investment with the Pacific Alliance trade bloc in joint negotiations with the European Union.

How To Avoid Giving Regret

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President This article is also available in: French; Polish This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people...Show More Summary

Sarkozy ally given prison sentence for ministry slush fund

A key ally of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been given a jail sentence for misappropriation of public funds. Former interior minister Claude Guéant's appeal against a suspended sentence backfired and the court was tougher on him and his associates.

French Feminists Decry and Vow to Protest César Awards' New Ceremony President Roman Polanski

The red carpet at next month's César Awards might feature more than the usual assortment of movie-making actors, directors and professionals schmoozing and posing for the cameras. According to the Hollywood Reporter, now that director Roman Polanski has been named the president of ceremonies for the French film honor, feminist ... More »

Hamon tops the first round French Socialist primary and looks set to be the party’s nominee

Benoit Hamon moves to 4th favourite to the French presidency after a clear win over Manuel Valls in 1st round of Soclalist nomination race — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) January 22, 2017 With early results suggesting Benoit Hamon is leading the #PrimairesGauche, he is now 33/1 to be elected President of France. Show More Summary


So I haven’t watched either President Trump’s inauguration or the coverage of all the marches yesterday. Why not? I’m attending an intimate conference in an undisclosed location about the great French thinkers Montaigne and Pascal. They both say politics isn’t so important. Show More Summary

Canadians looking to join Women's March denied entry to the United States at border

Borders have already gotten stricter under President Donald Trump. According to a report in the Guardian, several Canadian and French citizens hoping to join Saturday's Women's March in Washington were denied entry to the United States at a land border crossing in Quebec. Show More Summary

French Women’s Groups To Protest César Awards Over Roman Polanski Presidency

French women's groups have called for protests of the César Awards ceremony next month over the Académie des Arts et Techniques' decision to name Roman Polanski President of the proceedings. A largely honorary title — the president’s main role is to declare the event officially open — it was bestowed upon the Polish filmmaker earlier this week. Show More Summary

French minister 'shocked' at Polanski's César jury role

France's minister for women's rights said on Friday that she found it "surprising and shocking" that controversial Franco-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski was chosen to preside over France's equivalent of the Oscars.

Champagne corks pop in Moscow to celebrate Trump’s inauguration

About 100 Trump sympathizers, nationalists and spin doctors gathered at a party just a few hundred meters away from the Kremlin to celebrate Friday, with a triptych of Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French nationalist politician Marine Le Pen in the center of the hall. Show More Summary

'Lost in Trumpslation': The trouble of translating 'Trump speak' into French

As Trump’s inauguration, speech goes out across the world on Friday, many people aren’t happy. Among them are French translators struggling to keep up with the new presidents “unique” vocabulary and style.

'It has no chance': Socialist party heading for implosion in French elections

Bitterly divided as François Hollande’s presidency nears its end, the party has dropped to fifth place in the polls Gérard Singer, a retired clerk in the French social security system, was queuing up for a Socialist party rally on the edge of Paris in the freezing cold, and the mood was grim. Show More Summary

Protests as Polanski is asked to preside at 'French Oscars'

Feminists called for protests Thursday at the "French Oscars" next month after controversial film director Roman Polanski agreed to preside over the ceremony. The maker of "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" has been wanted in the US for almost four decades for the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977. Show More Summary

Polanski to preside at French Oscars: 'We feel sick', say French feminists

Feminists called for protests Thursday at the "French Oscars" next month after controversial film director Roman Polanski agreed to preside over the ceremony.

Le Pen Holds Slim Lead In France

A new poll in Le Monde finds France’s Socialists “still trail well behind four other main candidates for the French presidency days ahead of the first round of the party’s presidential primary.” The survey finds far-right National Front (FN) leader [...]

French Socialists still trail four other Presidential candidates as primary approaches: poll

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Socialists still trail well behind four other main candidates for the French presidency days ahead of the first round of the party's presidential primary, according to extracts from a new opinion poll published by Le Monde.

Presidential duel with Macron would be 'a dream', says Le Pen

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Tuesday she would relish a duel for the presidency with former economy minister Emmanuel Macron, as polls show the rising star closing in on the frontrunners. A little over three months before the French begin voting in an election that could decide the European Union's future, the race is seen as wide open. Show More Summary

Will the UCK terrorist be brought to trial [again]?

The former President of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, was arrested by the French Judicial police, at the airport of Bâle-Mulhouse and then released on a bond of judicial supervision. Serbia is asking for his extradition to put him on trial for the crimes he committed as part of the Army for the Liberation of Kosovo (UCK) during the nineties. Show More Summary

French press review 17 January 2017

US politics is making the headlines this morning with most focusing on Donald Trump who will be sworn in as America's 45th president later this week.

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