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France news and analysis from The Nation
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What’s Next for the French Left?
With sweeping labor reforms on the horizon, a nasty fight awaits Macron and his new party in the fall.
June 27, 2017
Macron on the March in France
Many voters share his belief that the current crisis requires a different kind of politics—but can Macron deliver the goods?
May 18, 2017
Letters From the June 5-12, 2017, Issue
A history of colonization… Democracy or disintegration?… Borne back ceaselessly…
May 9, 2017
What Can Emmanuel Macron Accomplish as France’s President?
The resentments that led a third of the electorate to vote for Le Pen are not going to disappear anytime soon.
David A. Bell
May 8, 2017
The Crucial Role of Islam in the French Election
A solid majority of French Muslims, about half of whom identify as secular, continued to support the left this year.
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May 5, 2017
Centrist Macron Beats Back the National Front—and the Spread of Trumpism
The world could not afford another Trump ally in power.
May 5, 2017
How the Eurozone Damaged French Politics—and This Year’s Presidential Election
It has constrained the country’s economic decision-making, and center-left collaboration with Brussels opened up space for the far right.
May 2, 2017
Choosing Between a Headscarf and a Job
An EU court’s ruling against a woman who wore a hijab to work is part of a continuing crackdown on Muslim identity in Europe.
April 21, 2017
Could Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon Win the French Presidency?
Communism may be dead, but the struggle against capital has taken on new life in France.
April 5, 2017
From Collapse to Mystique
François Hollande failed French Socialists, and France. Emmanuel Macron is promising France a glorious rebirth—but without the “Socialist” label.