Author Archives: Chris Reynolds

L’histoire est dans la rue: L’Écotaxe and the Crisis in Brittany

Saturday 2 November witnessed a mass demonstration in Quimper, Brittany. Anywhere between 15,000-30,000 people were in attendance protesting for the suppression of the l’écotaxe in Brittany. This tax will target and charge the most polluting vehicles using the French road … Continue reading

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Cartographiez les coupes dans les budgets de la culture

As the crisis deepens and its consequences are increasingly felt on the ground, an interesting project has been launched to help take stock of the magnitude of its impact on  the cultural sector. Teaming up with the Guardian and several … Continue reading

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Marlière across La Manche: a diary of the 2012 French presidential election

Click here for Philippe Marlière’s take on the French presidential election every day until the second round on 6 May.

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Explorez les discours des candidats à la présidentielle 2012

Now that the first round of the elections have passed, those interested in examining the evolution of the campaign thus far will find the following tool of great benefit. It is hosted on Le Monde website and avilable via this … Continue reading

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France grows tired of Nicolas Sarkozy, its half-baked president

Philippe Marlière Like Blair and Cameron, Sarkozy is not a man of deep political conviction. The French miss a president with a sense of state Days before the first round of the French presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy was addressing his … Continue reading

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Presidential elections 2012: the question of Europe

Past French Presidential elections and campaigns have revealed a certain paradox concerning the importance afforded to the question of Europe. This became particularly evident in the aftermath of the 1992 referendum on the Treaty of Maastricht which sparked a huge … Continue reading

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Candidate Sarkozy and the centrality of the crisis

Less than one week following his confirmation to stand as a candidate in the presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy held his first big ‘meeting’ on Sunday 19 February in Marseilles marking the culmination of a series of actions that are surely … Continue reading

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