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Will Hollande get France back on track?

After the Socialists' defeat in municipal elections in France, President Hollande has replaced the PM and nominated a new cabinet. Can he lead the country out of the crisis with this government shake-up?

La Croix - France | Thursday, 5. March 2015

Paris must not give up in view of job misery

The unemployment rate in France exceeded ten percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, the statistical office Insee revealed on Thursday. Despite these disappointing figures the government must not toss in the towel in the fight against joblessness, the Catholic daily La Croix believes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 29. September 2014

Hollande loses Senate power base too

The conservatives emerged as the clear winners of the elections to the French Senate on Sunday, winning 145 seats to 112 for the governing Socialist Party. Yet another defeat for the country's president, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 18. September 2014

Hollande wants no more talk of reforms

Speaking on Thursday in the fourth biannual press conference of his term in office, France's President François Hollande focused on international crisis management. Domestic reforms have been wiped from the controversial head of state's agenda, the conservative daily Le Figaro concludes: » more

La Croix - France | Tuesday, 16. September 2014

Valls's opponents help him on vote of confidence

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls plans to explain his new government's austerity and reform policy to the National Assembly today, Tuesday, and then call a vote of confidence. Valls's opponents are playing right into his hands, the Catholic daily La Croix suspects: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 1. September 2014

Jean Viard on the French left overcoming the class struggle

Members of France's Socialist Party have accused the party of veering to the right with last week's cabinet shuffle. Sociologist Jean Viard welcomes the more business-friendly approach of the French left in the left-liberal daily Libération: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 26. August 2014

Power pokering plunges France into crisis

A bitter power struggle is behind the current government crisis, former Le Monde editor Jean-Marie Colombani complains in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 26. August 2014

Berlin and Brussels must support Hollande

Although France's President Hollande has made many mistakes, it's unfair to blame him alone for his country's political paralysis, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 26. August 2014

Minister's sacking well timed

Getting rid of the Minister of the Economy Arnaud Montebourg is the right move because it paves the way for reforms, the conservative daily Le Figaro believes: » more

Tvxs - Greece | Monday, 25. August 2014

Hollande facing same fate as Papandreou

Hollande has failed because he didn't stand up to Berlin's austerity dictates as he had promised to do, the left-leaning website Tvxs comments, drawing parallels with Greek politics: » more

Le Monde - France | Friday, 15. August 2014

Nothing but empty promises from France

France's economy has failed to grow for the second quarter in a row. All the fault of the government's failed policies, the left-liberal daily Le Monde believes: » more

Le Journal du Centre - France | Tuesday, 29. July 2014

Hollande making political hay of Mali plane crash

French President François Hollande has devoted much attention to the crash last week of an Air Algérie passenger plane in Mali. 118 people died in the accident, including 54 French nationals. After making several official speeches, Hollande declared three days of mourning on Monday. So much fuss is unjustified, the regional daily Le Journal du Centre believes: » more

El País - Spain | Friday, 25. July 2014

Spain needs territiorial reform like France's

The French National Assembly approved a territorial reform on Wednesday that will reduce the number of French regions from 22 to 13 in a bid to cut administrative costs. Spain should follow this example, the left-liberal daily El País comments: » more

La Croix - France | Tuesday, 15. July 2014

Hollande cannot dispel doubts

In the traditional Bastille Day televised interview on Monday, French President François Hollande reaffirmed his reform policy and called on the French to be more optimistic. The Catholic daily La Croix is sceptical about whether the president's promises will be fulfilled: » more

La Croix - France | Friday, 11. July 2014

Low interest on savings spurs buying in France

The French government announced on Thursday that it would lower the interest rate on the widely used, state sponsored Livret A savings account as of August 1 from 1.25 to one percent. That will do the economy good, the Catholic daily La Croix predicts: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 9. July 2014

Hollande's reforms come too late

Four French unions have boycotted the second day of the so-called social conference on reform policy in Paris. A majority in the National Assembly voted for important governmental reform projects on Tuesday, but 33 Socialist representatives abstained. Unfortunately President Hollande has waited too long before introducing reforms, the left-liberal daily Le Monde complains: » more

Le Télégramme - France | Wednesday, 18. June 2014

Valls must not give in

The French Court of Auditors warned on Tuesday in a report that France may fall short of its 2014 deficit target of 3.8 percent by 0.2 percentage points. Doubts focus particularly on the success of the government's austerity reforms. The regional paper Le Télégramme explains how Prime Minister Manuel Valls can rebuild trust in the government: » more

Contrepoints - France | Monday, 16. June 2014

France's left must die

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned the Socialists at a party meeting on Saturday that the left could die in view of the disputes over the government's reform programme. The liberal online magazine Contrepoints hopes for just that: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 28. May 2014

French politics in a state of shock

After the victory of the Front National in the European elections, President François Hollande has called on the EU to move away from austerity. The ... » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 28. May 2014

Hollande alone is to blame

French President François Hollande is mainly to blame for the success of the right-wing extremist Front National party and the political crisis in France, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes, and calls on him to summon the courage for change: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Tuesday, 27. May 2014

Only total renewal can help now

After the historic victory of the Front National in the European elections, an uninspired press conference by President Hollande and the resignation of the UMP leader, only total renewal can help French politics, the liberal daily Le Soir writes: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 28. May 2014

Front National is the sole beneficiary

The political constellation has never been as favourable as it is now for the far-right Front National, the conservative daily Die Welt writes: » more

Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Tuesday, 6. May 2014

Hollande his own worst enemy

In an hour-long televised interview on Tuesday, France's President François Hollande also answered a few questions from the public. He has understood that he must regain the people's confidence, the left-liberal weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur comments: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Tuesday, 29. April 2014

Paris meddling with industry again

French President François Hollande has intervened in the bidding battle for French industrial giant Alstom and met with the top managers of General Electric and Siemens. A mistake, the business daily De Tijd contends: » more

Les Echos - France | Thursday, 24. April 2014

France's austerity plans are illusory

Prime Minister Manual Valls' austerity programme was approved by the French cabinet on Wednesday. The liberal business paper Les Echos praises the plan's objectives but doubts they will be met: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Valls' austerity package under fire

France wants to cut its public spending by around 50 billion euros by 2017. Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls will present a corresponding austerity programme ... » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

French facing Spanish fate

The austerity policy announced by the new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is dividing the ruling Socialists, the conservative daily La Vanguardia comments, and points out how badly the Spanish Socialists fared after they pushed through their austerity programme: » more

Le Figaro - France | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Valls must not heed critics

Socialist Party colleagues have criticised Manuel Valls' austerity plans as too harsh. But the prime minister should hold his course, also in the interests of France's European neighbours, the conservative daily Le Figaro urges: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Wednesday, 23. April 2014

Socialists will spare their voters once more

Many MPs from Prime Minister Manuel Valls' own party are protesting against the austerity package. The liberal business daily Handelsblatt fears that this will translate into a half-hearted implementation of the programme: » more

Duma - Bulgaria | Thursday, 3. April 2014

Manuel Valls not a true Socialist

The appointment of Manuel Valls as France's new prime minister is additional proof of the moral decline of the French left, the socialist daily Duma contends: » more

La Liberté - Switzerland | Thursday, 3. April 2014

Paris will keep annoying Brussels

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday presented his cabinet, which is significantly smaller than that of his predecessor. In the view of the left-liberal daily La Liberté, France's conflicts with the European Commission are set to continue because the new government is starting "a veritable fight for survival - with the goal of getting through the next three years! ... In particular this mission impossible will create conflicts with the EU. Only on Tuesday, Brussels once again upped the pressure by reminding France that it had already been given two extensions on the deadline for reducing its public debt. One can already imagine the new Minister of the Economy Arnaud Montebourg justifying France's 'right' to disregard Europe's dictates. … A 'fighting team'! The expression used by François Hollande on Monday night to present his new government may well have to be taken literally: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

A difficult legacy for new centre-left regents

France's new head of government Manuel Valls and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has been in office since February, are strongly reminiscent of the two leading centre-left regents Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder but face much harder times, writes the liberal daily the Financial Times: » more

Le Nouvel Observateur - France | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

Cohabitation would be Hollande's salvation

In the wake of the Socialists' poor showing in the French municipal elections, the leader of the French conservative UMP, Jean-François Copé, is demanding a share in power for his party. Such a cohabitation of a Socialist president and a conservative prime minister would also be in Hollande's interests, the left-liberal weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur points out: » more

Le Temps - Switzerland | Wednesday, 2. April 2014

First important step toward reform

The naming of a business-friendly prime minister in France was long overdue, the liberal daily Le Temps writes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 31. March 2014

New government must pursue new policies

Only if the new prime minister and the president work together as a team and change the policy pursued so far will the French Socialists regain the voters' trust, writes François Heisbourg, chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in the liberal Financial Times: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

Hollande dares shift to the right

Manuel Valls' appointment as new prime minister is a risky move, the liberal daily La Stampa points out, because "the young ex-mayor of the Paris suburb of Évry represents a marked shift to the right by the government. ... This raises two questions: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

Valls' appointment is positive signal

The appointment of Manuel Valls as French prime minister shows Hollande's determination to adopt a reform course, the left-liberal daily El País writes approvingly: » more

L'Alsace - France | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

The president's clever gambit

By appointing Valls prime minister, Hollande may also be trying to get a major rival out of the way before the next presidential elections, the regional daily L'Alsace speculates: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 31. March 2014

A lesson for the Socialists

Above all Hollande's indecision in the fight against the economic crisis has disappointed the Socialists' voter base and strengthened the far right, the conservative daily ABC is convinced: » more

L'Humanité - France | Sunday, 30. March 2014

Government must return to leftist values

After the catastrophic municipal elections, France's Socialist government must focus on leftist values if it wants to regain the people's trust, the communist daily L'Humanité believes: » more

La République des Pyrénées - France | Thursday, 27. March 2014

France needs more professional ministers

After the governing Socialist Party's poor results in municipal elections in France, the media are speculating that certain ministers, and even Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, may be replaced. France needs more professionals in government, the regional daily Le République des Pyrénées demands: » more

Politis - France | Monday, 24. March 2014

Hollande government deserved slap in the face

France's Socialist government has itself to blame for its defeat in the first round of the municipal elections on Sunday, Bernard Langlois, founder of the left-leaning weekly Politis, writes in his blog on the magazine's website: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 24. March 2014

A slap in the face for Paris

In the run-up to the local elections, some members of the Socialist government expressed hopes that above all voters on the right would stay away from the polls. But they had another thing coming, the conservative daily Le Figaro writes, seeing the election results as a rap on the knuckles for President Hollande: » more


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