Posts for France

French Politics: “It’s Football, Stupid!” or is it the other way around?

Tuesday, 31st July 2018

It is not new: football can become a footboard for political power. French politicians know it so well that they even play football themselves. It is such a widespread sport in the political sphere that since 2014 there has been an official team of MPs in the National Assembly, playing a yearly match against veteran players from Les Bleus and famous media persons. Read more...

Huile de palme: comment Nicolas Hulot s’est habilement sorti d’une polémique complexe

Monday, 09th July 2018

La nomination de Nicolas Hulot au Ministère de l’Ecologie a suscité toutes les attentes. Il symbolisait l’ouverture d’Emmanuel Macron et sa caution environnementale. Depuis, Nicolas Hulot a dû traverser plusieurs épreuves : abandon de l’objectif de ramener à 50 % la part du nucléaire d'ici 2025, recul sur la fin des hydrocarbures, entrée en vigueur provisoire du Ceta, etc. Read more...

Trump Behavior at the G7 Summit Gives Franco-German Axis New Impetus

Tuesday, 26th June 2018

Since his election, President Macron has put in motion an “outstretched hand” strategy with President Trump to build a special relationship, taking advantage of the vacuum left by Theresa May, trapped in her own political internal turmoil. Putting aside his ideological differences on almost everything, President Macron focused on winning influence with the unpredictable but still powerful U.S. leader. He used the flagrant hostility of the other European leaders towards President Trump as an opportunity to welcome him to the world stage and be seen as his only ally in Europe, and try to open a possibility of rebuilding a “bridge” between the two continents. Read more...

“Comment les députés ont découvert les lobbies?” Florence Maisel, Directrice Générale d’Interel France, citée dans un article de Contexte

Thursday, 21st June 2018

Les nouveaux députés ont fait l’objet de nombreuses sollicitations des représentants d’intérêts pressés de reconstituer leurs carnets d’adresses.
Ils ont dû apprendre à naviguer entre deux écueils : ne pas consulter les lobbyistes au risque de voir les enjeux des textes leur échapper, et s’exposer à la critique d’une opinion publique peu amène envers la profession. Read more...