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France news and analysis from The Nation
November 10, 2017
The Military-Industrial Complex Is Fundamentally Changing the European Union
EU leaders are planning a massive arms buildup—and, amid panic over terror attacks, the critics have been marginalized.
September 22, 2017
The False Promise of Macron’s Labor Reforms
The French president’s proposed labor code would have grave consequences for workers.
July 13, 2017
Even as ISIL Fades, States of Emergency Are Becoming Permanent
From Egypt to Turkey to France, governments are exploiting the fear of terrorism to seize power.
June 29, 2017
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?
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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.
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.