Topic archives: France

Did the missile attack on Syria really happen?

April 16, 2018 49

Western military attacks on Syria's chemical weapons sites serve little purpose, are entirely incoherent, and part of profoundly flawed interventionist urge that plays out as ritual that may as well be fake.

Crocodile Dundee in Munich: the sequel that never was

October 4, 2017 7

With Munich’s famous Oktoberfest coming to a climax this week, clam-handed castaway Richard Ogier has the city’s DIY denizens decidedly non-plussed.

Rundle: heady hours for centrist France as Macron thumps Le Pen

May 8, 2017 18

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has won a convincing victory in round two of the French presidential elections, defeating National Front candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65% to 35%. The figure is somewhat better than was forecast throughout most of the lead-up to the final bout, with Macron leading Le Pen by 60%-40% in polls. […]

Rundle: on the troubled streets of a France that’s burning

May 2, 2017 5

Could Marine Le Pen win the 2017 French election after all?

Rundle: history — of France and the world — happens in the expo park

April 28, 2017 6

Could far-right darling Marine Le Pen possibly beat centrist Emmanuel Macron? Stranger things have happened.

France’s youth call bullshit on boomers’ faith in centrism, globalisation

April 27, 2017 17

Younger people have been confounding older people from society’s very dawn, and the recent first-round French presidential elections have proved no different.

Rundle: for France’s traditional left, le fin

April 21, 2017 12

Barring a miracle or collective polling error -- neither of which favour a secular mainstream party -- Benoit Hamon and the Parti Socialiste are toast.

Right-wing France will beat the crepe out of leftists come polling day, unless …

January 20, 2017 3

The left parties effectively conceded defeat by fielding six candidates, writes freelance journalist in France Alan Austin.

Liberte, egalite, and a firm ‘non’ to Trumpism

November 21, 2016

Nicolas Sarkozy was the most Donald Trump-like candidate for France's Republican party, but voters were having none of it.

Rundle: fighting terrorism with violence only creates more terrorists

November 16, 2015 23

Everything will be tried, in an effort to avoid the obvious truth: withdrawing troops and bombing runs from Muslim lands would diminish the terror risk at home greatly.

WikiLeaks: what Australia got from the NSA’s commercial spying

WikiLeaks: what Australia got from the NSA’s commercial spying

June 30, 2015 9

The vast mass surveillance system established by the National Security Agency and its partners like Australia aren't about stopping terrorist attacks but about helping our companies make a buck. New documents from WikiLeaks show how.

Rundle: authoritarianism, not terrorists, killed <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>

Rundle: authoritarianism, not terrorists, killed Charlie Hebdo

April 22, 2015 4

France is locking up people because of what they say on the street. And other Western powers are saying nothing.

How to fix democracy, a la Francaise

How to fix democracy, a la Francaise

April 8, 2015 4

"Open primaries", as have been conducted across Europe for decades, might be the best way to restore faith in Australia's broken party system.

Rundle: after <em>Hebdo</em>, the world enters political limbo

Rundle: after Hebdo, the world enters political limbo

January 14, 2015 43

Both the Right and the Left have eschewed any attempt to sensibly comprehend and politically locate the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Why Australia’s news editors ran the <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> cartoons

Why Australia’s news editors ran the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

January 9, 2015 17

The journalistic ethics around republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons are delicate, and Australian editors didn't take their responsibilities lightly.

Razer: Je ne suis pas <em>Charlie</em>

Razer: Je ne suis pas Charlie

January 9, 2015

Though satire has a rich history in Western culture, it does not win wars. And to believe that Charlie Hebdo was attacked simply for its irreverence is tragically myopic.

Six ways to deal with the far-right

Six ways to deal with the far-right

January 9, 2015 16

The fallout from yesterday's Charlie Hebdo will likely produce a wave of support for far-right parties. Here are some practical lessons in dealing with extremist political parties.

Rundle: <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>, terrorism and the distortion of popular memory

Rundle: Charlie Hebdo, terrorism and the distortion of popular memory

January 8, 2015 115

The violence against French journalists and cartoonists has shaken the world -- but the reaction is something Charlie Hebdo itself would've mocked.

The curious case of the missing French nukes

The curious case of the missing French nukes

November 27, 2014 4

French President Francois Hollande delivered a strongly worded speech on Australian-French defence co-operation. But there was a word or two missing in the English translation. Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher in the Pacific, reports.

The complicated politics of a French defence treaty

The complicated politics of a French defence treaty

November 19, 2014

Australia and France have been quietly negotiating a defence treaty that will affect New Caledonia and French Polynesia. But the people that live there seem to have been lost in the negotiations, writes Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher on Pacific affairs.