by | May 12, 2017

France will have a new president by the beginning of next week, following a dignified ceremony at the Elysée Palace in central Paris, as retiring President François Hollande formally hands over the office (and the house) to his ex-Minister of…

by | May 8, 2017

The French voted yesterday and, one hopes, got over the collective frisson they engaged in for much of the past six months, combining it with a national exercise of you-stink-I-hate-you group therapy. They needed to get it done before having…

by | May 8, 2017

Let’s play a game of pretend. In Pretend Europe, business is booming, young people are marrying, and in their optimism about a bright and cheery future, they’re having multiple children, sending them to parochial school, and creating a new generation…

by | Apr 25, 2017

The France Presidential election has already alarmed the Powers That Be™. These would be the soft, effete, comfortable, insular, hiding elites ignoring the challenges all around them because they’re scared. France has two choices: Marine Le Pen, a middle-aged woman…

by | Apr 21, 2017

Who profits from the terrorism that, once again, claimed a policeman’s life in France? Will the outrage influence Sunday’s presidential election? If French security authorities confirm that the AK-47-armed gunman who shot up a police squad on the Champs-Elysées Friday…

by | Apr 13, 2017

A national conscience stricken by collective guilt is not easily assuaged. For all the palliative steps that can be taken, from reparation programs and documentation centers to memorial gardens and mea maxima culpae, the blot invariably remains, like an ancient…

by | Mar 2, 2017

In April and May, French voters will head to the polls to decide who will succeed François Hollande as their President. France’s constitution invests the French presidency with even greater powers than an American president’s. But for all the power…

by | Feb 24, 2017

Just so we’re clear: Eight years of rising anti-Semitism on college campuses and abroad. Eight years of French Jews too scared to wear their kipot (yarmulkes) on the streets and observe their religion openly. Eight years of Jews fleeing France…

by | Feb 8, 2017

It’s hard to feel optimistic about the future of France when considering the current slate of candidates for the presidential election this spring. Arguably Francois Fillon is the best candidate as he would attempt to rein in the state, loosen…

by | Jul 26, 2016

ISIS has hit France again. Less than two weeks after the Bastille Day attacks in Nice, two men pledging allegiance to ISIS seized nuns as hostages in a Catholic church outside of Rouen in Northern France during morning mass. They…

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