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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Aristides de Sousa Mendes: a light in the dark

Aristides de Sousa Mendes chose his conscience over his orders. His altruism should be an example for all those struggling to change a world that is once again failing to protect its citizens.   

What is ‘femonationalism’?

Academic Sara Farris talks about the 'instrumentalisation' of migrant women in Europe by right-wing nationalists – and neoliberals.

Simone Veil – a passionate believer in Europe

She was a tower of moral rectitude like that other great Jewish figure of French post war politics, Pierre Mendes France. In memoriam.

Democracy in the age of Macron

What European democracies have lacked most, since at least the 1980s, is high-profile political vision.

Macron and absolute responsibility

If there were one word to characterise these elections, it was crafted by Melenchon and is “dégagisme”, or cleaning-out.

#OpérationRobe: confronting everyday sexism in France

In 2012, then-minister Cécile Duflot was cat-called in parliament. Last week, the dress she wore made a comeback in a new campaign.

21 candidates for French parliament endorse DiEM25’s principles

"Our French members... gave a variety of candidates running in the upcoming parliamentary elections on June 11 and 18 the chance to embrace our movement’s aims."

A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

In a world stuck between neoliberal crisis and authoritarianism, a reinvigorated municipalist movement is proving a powerful tool to build emancipatory alternatives from the ground up.

Merkel, Macron and the future of the EU

The results will tell us whether or not we are witnessing a historical shake-up of the French political scene. Meanwhile, pragmatism is what is needed both in Berlin and Paris.

The politics of being Roma in France

The marginalisation of Roma in France has led to communities being held back from political life, and manifested itself in some very strange ways.

Will the feline Macron succeed?

“Enthusiasm for his victory is drawing investment into European equities. And French private sector employment has just reached a post-crisis high, giving a boost to wages.”

Whatever happened to peace? Arms, oil and war by proxy

We're living in a new era of proxy warfare, where multiple powers fund local proxies with disastrous consequences. We need to break the cycle.

Restoring the Franco-German leadership of the EU

Britain for one is quite unprepared for the ultimate project of the new French president: the restoration of Franco-German leadership in Europe.

Britain would have been safer with Corbyn in charge

Jeremy Corbyn consistently voted against wars of choice that Britain could have refrained from taking part in, now regarded as strategic failures, promoting, not reducing, international terrorism.

Why Marine Le Pen will never be France's President

Speculation about a National Front victory in the recent presidental elections was ill-founded, as is the chorus of commentators warning of a Le Pen success in 2022.

Old country, young president

The French have used their democracy to give this young man in an old country a chance to experiment with a new type of politics. But have we tried everything?

“Our programme is called reality”: rain on the Rue Nationale

Beyond the French elections, how much ‘business as usual’ can French and German voters take?

What exactly does Macron, president-elect of France, stand for?

Does Macron leave the room for citizen participation? Will his pledges of social and economic reforms include giving citizens a greater say? 

Red lines: can we be sure that Assad was responsible?

Why has the mainstream media reported Assad’s guilt as a fact and failed to address the crucial question of why he deliberately shot himself in the foot – twice?

¿Por qué los progresistas franceses deberían votar por Macron?

No se trata de votar por el menor de dos males. Se trata de unir a los progresistas para votar contra el mal mismo. English

Why French progressives should vote for Macron

The second round of the French presidential election is not about voting for the lesser of two evils. It’s about bringing progressives together to vote against evil itself. Español

French tragedy or farce - 2: A ‘republican front’ against Marine Le Pen?

The truth is that the former economy minister has no solid constituency backing him, and no real popularity.

Not “one of us”: the French presidential elections

So, this new situation which looked simple with a choice between two different types of societies, has to face once again a bitter resistance from entrenched political interests from all sides.

Colonial history in the French elections: Algeria, Le Pen, and fascism at the heart of Europe

Marine Le Pen's declaration that colonialism was a positive thing is not only a denial of France's painful history, but an example of the fascism that we now face in Europe.

Amiens – a cacophony of voices

What is the political mood in Emmanuel Macron’s home town this week? How is his campaign faring alongside the Le Pen supporters, among the Whirlpool factory workers, the old and young?

Quo vadis Alsace? Politics in the land of paradox

Why are so many people in Alsace voting for the Front National?

The truth behind Front National's change of heart

Despite its suggestive rhetoric and its appeals to the lower classes, the party's disguise as a champion of "the people" is a sham, and must be uncovered.

French tragedy or farce: the 2017 presidential election – 1

Why Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s late surge? Are we about to see de Gaulle's fifth republic replaced by a sixth? And in 2017, what does a Citizens' Revolution look like?

DiEM25: an example of internal democracy in action

For an inspiring example of internal democracy in action, look no further than DiEM25’s briefing paper on the French elections.

Marine Le Pen, the Vel d'Hiv round-up, and the grey zone of Vichy France

Marine Le Pen has courted yet more controversy by saying that France is not responsible for the rounding up of Jews in Paris during WWII, but grey zones in the country's collective memory still abound.

Francia: unas elecciones presidenciales históricas

El 23 de abril, los votantes tendrán que decidir si darle a Macron la oportunidad de reformar Francia o si prefieren llevar el destino de la república al desguace. English Português

This French presidential election is historic

On 23 April, voters will have to decide whether to give Macron the chance to reform France or whether they prefer to entrust the fate of the republic to a wrecker. Español Português

França: umas eleições presidenciais históricas

No dia 23 de Abril, os franceses terão que decidir se querem dar a Macron a oportunidade de reformar a França, ou se querem deitar o destino da república pelo cano abaixo. English Español 

After walking 5,500km through hell

The stories from a week in France’s only humanitarian centre for registered refugees show us that their work is needed now more than ever. Français

Brexit and France: a divorce by mutual consent?

Every country, just like any individual, has to live with its own mess and pay the price for it.

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