Hollande — hope for the European Left?

Hollande — hope for the European Left?

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In May, Nicolas Sarkozy lost the presidential elections in France. One can say, he deserved it, as he had implemented many reforms that were either unfair or not well thought-over. He restricted, for instance, civil liberties by implementing, back in 2009, the HADOPI law, which is based on the same principles as ACTA. He unreasonably […]

Pas de rêves, messieurs

Pas de rêves, messieurs

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The 1st round of the elections to the National Assembly of France proved that the liberal centre in a form of independent circles doesn’t stand a chance on political stage. One may assume that the situation became precarious after last elections to the lower house of the French Parliament in 2007. The Democratic Movement (the […]

Too leftist left-wing, too rightist right-wing

Too leftist left-wing, too rightist right-wing

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Presidential elections in France may be analyzed in their ideological context – by way of asking a question who should the moderate electors vote for. Unfortunately, the answer is not that easy. For the French had to deal with a classical dilemma for the modern politics, which is yet unknown to the Polish voters. In […]

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 […]

„Buy French!” … and a look at the causes of stagnation

„Buy French!” … and a look at the causes of stagnation

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Nicolas Sarkozy, coming into the home straight of the presidential campaign, is urging the French to spend their money on locally manufactured goods. His rival, Francois Hollande, also spoke in similar vein recently, albeit in a less nationalistic tone. But in essence they are both saying the same thing – that Europe must protect its markets both by encouraging […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Bang on head using a Turk

Bang on head using a Turk

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French National Assembly adopted a law which condemns the genocide of Armenians. This is what caused a French-Turkish outcry. As far as genocide in Armenia is concerned,  where does this sudden French stick to principles come from? Isn’t it influenced by electoral campaign which is just in its initial phase? Fight for the electorate French […]

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