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France – elegant or not that elegant country?

France – elegant or not that elegant country?

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Last year, a dispute over a cross at Presidential Palace marked the period of a holiday heat wave in Poland, pushing aside such political ‘trivialities’ like the Perennial State Finances Plan or the completion of operations of gambling commission. In order not to develop a complex or to get frustrated by how things are in […]

Super popular but centrist candidate

Super popular but centrist candidate

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François Bayrou is an extraordinary candidate in every respect. Brought up in a small village, he was a farmer and a country teacher and is a practicing Catholic as well as father of a numerous family. On public meetings he recites poetry and shines with erudition; he doesn’t feel abashed while conversing with foreign journalists […]

Hollande apologises to the plumbers

Hollande apologises to the plumbers

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Although François Hollande, for  a few weeks, has been soliciting the support of European leaders or governments with perseverance, the doors of the main political offices remain closed to him. The same could have happened in Warsaw if it had not been  for the Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski. The latter met the French presidential candidate […]

What next after Toulouse?

What next after Toulouse?

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It has always been said about Nicolas Sarkozy that he is a good president for the time of crisis. And that this is mainly why he still fights for re-election, despite the fact that many do not like him in France – in quiet times his hyperactivity and impulsiveness labelled him as a troublemaker. The […]

The Left at Bastille

The Left at Bastille

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The far left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is well on the road to become the greatest revelation of the election. In a few weeks he has doubled his support, today it already amounts to 10-11 percent and it keeps growing. The dynamics of this increase resembles the one of 2007, when the centrist François Bayrou reached […]

Marine Le Pen’s Judgment Days

Marine Le Pen’s Judgment Days

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Marine Le Pen won’t have pleasant memories of the current election campaign. Less than two months before the election her ratings in polls go down and her campaign has reached an impasse. For this situation problems are blamed with collecting written support of at least 500 persons in a position of trust (e.g. mayors, members […]

The most important European elections of 2012

The most important European elections of 2012

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April 22nd and May 6th are those days when French will be choosing their next president. Two words are going to be prominent during the 2012 election campaign – crisis and style. French will expect from the candidates to have formulas for overcoming the economic stagnation and the improvement of living conditions.  Immigration and security, […]

Is the French social model becoming a thing of the past?

Is the French social model becoming a thing of the past?

Written by: in: Society

To Europeans, French social model translates into a success story  similar to that of Scandinavian model. Healthcare system is estimated to be the best in the world, French work professionally for a short time and enjoy the growing life expectancy, and fertility rate is surprisingly high compared to those in ageing Europe. However, French pay […]

Far right and Le Pen – history and future

Far right and Le Pen – history and future

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The beginning of 2011 brought the end to one of the most startling political careers in post-war Europe. After over 50 years Jean-Marie Le Pen, a founder of the National Front, a doyen of the European extreme right wing, retired. A politician who did not leave the space for other than extreme emotions – was […]

Be like Mitterand

Be like Mitterand

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It is customary for Polish politicians to launch their election campaigns in a ‘truly American style’.  Surely, this would not be well received in France where a Socialist candidate for the presidential election François Hollande, related his opening speech to François Mitterand; the legendary president serving from 1981 to 1995 and the mentor for a […]

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