February, 2017

French presidential candidate’s corruption scandal elicits Gallic shrug

, Feb 08, 2017

The allegations are flying, but this has not thwarted Fillon’s or his party’s intention to continue his candidature.

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

, Jan 20, 2017

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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

, Nov 21, 2016

Nicolas Sarkozy was the most Donald Trump-like candidate for France's Republican party, but voters were having none of it.
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How to fix democracy, a la Francaise

, Apr 08, 2015

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

, Jan 09, 2015

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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.
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Le voila: Sarkozy’s legal troubles could be Hollande’s lucky break

, Jul 08, 2014

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Nicolas Sarkozy has denied any wrongdoing and says his arrest was politically motivated. But no matter the outcome of the charges, there is one clear winner: Francois Hollande.

Greece and France deliver differing verdicts from voters

, Jun 18, 2012

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The important election result from the weekend was from France, where pro-growth policies have received a strong endorsement, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

Celebrations in France, trepidation elsewhere in Europe

, May 07, 2012

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As expected France lurched to the left yesterday and elected François Hollande as its president, writes Alan Austin, an Australian freelance journalist, in France.

Rundle: Europe, where the Left takes centre stage

, May 07, 2012

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In Europe, the Left has had a phenomenal weekend, writes Guy Rundle, at Dubai Airport.

Far right claims a scalp in the Netherlands

, Apr 24, 2012

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The collapse yesterday of the Netherlands government is being spun mainly as a story about differences on how to deal with Europe's economic troubles.