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What to expect from the 2021 French regional elections

France will hold regional elections on 20 and 27 June. Françoise Boucek explains why the vote matters and what the outcome might tell us about the 2022 French presidential election. This month’s regional elections in France are a tough call. A volatile environment is marked by a complex two-round non-majoritarian list system and a de-aligned and fragmented party system with factionalised parties on the left and right. Historically, these regional contests were a fair predictor of...

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France is in the midst of a poverty crisis

What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on poverty? Nicolas Duvoux presents findings from a major report on the impact of the virus in France. He writes that there is clear evidence the pandemic has accelerated levels of inequality in the country. In January, French Prime Minister Jean Castex commissioned a report on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on poverty. The report was produced by the National Council of Antipoverty and Exclusion Policies (CNLE), a body that brings...

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What France’s civil war warning told us about the French military, Islam, and the far-right

Two open letters warning of a potential civil war have once again put Islam at the centre of the political agenda in France. Joseph Downing argues that instead of viewing French Muslims as a unique threat to the security of the country, politicians and the armed forces would be better served by focusing on France’s secular security problems. Two open letters discussing the possibility of civil war in France have sent shockwaves through Europe. The letters, written first by retired...

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Critique de Livre : The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville

Share the post "Critique de Livre : The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville" Ceci est la seconde critique de livre parue dans notre mini-forum sur The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville (2019), édité par Daniel Gordon. Dans l’abondante littérature consacrée à Tocqueville, ce volume collectif apporte une contribution importante et originale. Cet ouvrage propose une compréhension globale de l’œuvre de Tocqueville en diversifiant les angles d’approche. Les...

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COVID-19 credit-support programmes in Europe’s five largest economies

This paper assesses COVID-19 credit-support programmes in five of the largest European economies, and examines how countries have dealt with trade-offs raised by the programmes. In 2020, European governments mitigated the economic impact of COVID-19 lockdowns and other pandemic-fighting programmes through a host of initiatives. These included efforts to support credit, such as guarantees for bank loans, particularly to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We present and analyse...

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Contentious politics and policy congruence: How French society responds to Muslims

Issues surrounding Muslims have become a prominent feature of French politics. Drawing on a new study, Steven M. Van Hauwaert and Manlio Cinalli present a novel measure of how views toward Muslims have changed within France, and how government policies have responded to these shifts in public opinion. Issues related to Muslims play an important role in today’s politics, especially in France, where Republican values and secularism are foundational principles. Much of the scholarly...

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The Source of Our Restlessness

Share the post "The Source of Our Restlessness" Blaise Pascal, seated at his desk. Line engraving by J. Bein. “We just cannot get a break.” Surely that is the universal sentiment of the past year. Yet in trying to rationalize a catastrophic year, there is something we can do moving forward: stop guessing what will be the next catastrophe. For the sarcastic observers, “What will this month hold for us?” has become the new “Have you seen the weather?” This phenomenon...

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Trump, Fascism, and French History

Share the post "Trump, Fascism, and French History" On 6 January 2021, a mob of demonstrators broke into and ransacked the US Capitol. Five people, including one police officer, died during the violence. The demonstrators had gathered to protest against the result of the 2020 election, encouraged by President Donald Trump’s baseless accusations that his opponent Joe Biden had “stolen” victory in the November vote. The invasion of the seat of American representative...

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Has the European Union squandered its coronavirus vaccination opportunity?

The European Union’s purchases of frontrunner coronavirus vaccines are insufficient for the population’s near-term needs. The shortfall could have healthcare consequences and might delay economic reopening. Lessons should be learned for future pandemics. Worldwide progress on the development on safe, effective vaccines against the coronavirus has been impressively fast. Three vaccines have been approved in the EU, the United Kingdom or the United States (Table 1). Given the lack of effective...

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‘It’s not a French-German Europe’: How small creditor states stand up for their interests in the EU

It is often assumed that if both France and Germany support an EU proposal, it is likely to be implemented. Yet as Magnus G. Schoeller explains, this is not always the case. Drawing on a new study, he documents the success of smaller ‘creditor states’ in blocking Franco-German initiatives within Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union. EU leaders recently agreed on a 750bn euro recovery package to fight the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis. The larger share of the jointly borrowed...

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