My french chronicles (15): Suspended

As with every election since the famous showdown between presidential candidates Jacques Chirac and Jean-Marie le Pen back in 2002, the emergence of the National Front on the ashes of french derilict national governance is having everyone up in arms. It sounds very much as if political agents and press commentators all suffer from deep Alzheimer, […]

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My french chronicles (14): Here we are, George!

Had I known, I would have saved the title of my previous chronicle, « From the killing fields to autocracy« , for today. How relevant that would have been now that we are in a suspended state of democracy. As the islamic killing teams wrought havoc to the parisian nightlife last Friday, the bottomless pit of hypocrisy that […]

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My french chronicles (12): On Islam and French Society

Alain Finkielkraut is a well-known essayist turned radio host on the « Répliques » programme from national radio channel France Culture. Finkielkraut is seen as a somewhat conservativish, right-wingingish actor in the french intellectual landscape and certainly holds some debatable views, which make his work all the more interesting.

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My french chronicles (9): Decision time

We all had a good laugh this week when ex-and-would-be-next-president Sarkozy said that « France, throughout eternity, as always been on the side of the oppressed and always on the side of the dictators, always on the side of the one thrown into prison for believing in his ideas ». (1) Sarkozy is one of the world’s biggest […]

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My french chronicles (6): Valls attitude

France has a real problem. Well it has a multitude of real problems, but it has one particular real problem identified by its screams and finger-pointing: Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Born in Spain in 1962, member of the French Parliament from 2002 to 2012 when he took office as Interior Minister under then-PM Jean-Marc Ayrault, […]

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My french chronicles (5): Republic at stake.

The « République » was the focus of french political action this week. Attachement to « republican values » and to the very concept of « the republic » was hotly contested between the governing socialists under François Hollande and the conservative oppostion party which has just relabelled itself « Les Républicains ».

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