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    1. December 14, 2014

      ‘The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind’, by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban

      In What’s The Matter With Kansas? , Thomas Frank found the ghost of Friedrich Engels haunting the Great Plains. The author...

    2. December 8, 2014

      Watch your words or feed populism, French minister warns Germany

      France’s finance minister has called on the German establishment to watch its words when criticising his country’s economic...

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    1. December 3, 2014

      Sarkozy returns to the fray but he lacks Abe’s arrows

      From a distance, it may appear that the French mainstream right is on the road to political and organisational unity with...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Businesses protest against François Hollande’s policies

      First came the egg-smashing protest in Brittany, then it was boss-napping in a Goodyear tyre plant. Last month, farmers...

    3. December 1, 2014

      UMP party heavyweights snub Sarkozy proposal

      Nicolas Sarkozy made a wobbly start as leader of the centre-right UMP after his call to create a guiding committee of the...

    4. November 30, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy wins UMP leadership election

      Former president Nicolas Sarkozy seized back control of France’s centre-right UMP party in leadership elections but without...

    5. November 30, 2014

      The resistible return of France’s Nicolas Sarkozy

      Nicolas Sarkozy won a vital battle at the weekend in his as yet undeclared campaign to seize back the French presidency in...

    6. November 28, 2014

      The Pope is wrong – ageing Europe’s ideas have life in them yet

      A malaise has settled over Europe’s politicians, and it took the first non-European Pope of modern times to put it into...

    7. November 28, 2014

      France’s UMP party stumbles in its search for direction

      Nathan Rubens trudged along the damp streets of his native Lille in northern France one evening this week to attend a small...

    8. November 25, 2014

      France suspends delivery of Mistral warship to Russia

      French President François Hollande has suspended the delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia...

    9. November 19, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy gay marriage vow highlights shift to right

      When Nicolas Sarkozy took to the stage to tell members of France’s conservative Common Sense group that a law passed last...

    10. November 18, 2014

      Notebook: Hollande really needs to press his reset button

      François Hollande’s policies have attracted plenty of criticism. But the French president’s biggest slips so far have had...

    11. November 18, 2014

      France warns EU investment fund will flop without ‘real money’

      France says the EU must inject up to €80bn of “real money” into the flagging European economy, warning that a big investment...

    12. November 10, 2014

      Alleged Sarkozy plot rocks French political establishment

      Leading figures from France’s two traditional parties have been enmeshed in a fresh political scandal involving former...

    13. November 6, 2014

      Hollande admits to ‘mistakes’ in midterm mea culpa

      François Hollande sought to defend his two-and-a-half years as French president late on Thursday, admitting that he had made...

    14. November 4, 2014

      Notebook: French parties by any other name will smell no sweeter

      When you start life with a bad name, it makes sense to change it. You may not love “Google”. But it is better than BackRub,...

    15. The World

      November 3, 2014

      Montebourg goes to business school

      Michael Stothard in Paris Arnaud Montebourg, the socialist former French industry minister best known for threatening to...

    16. October 29, 2014

      The French far-right mayor, the pig fest and the halal butcher

      You’ve probably never heard of Hayange. It’s a town in France’s northeastern steel belt that has fallen on hard times. The...

    17. The World

      October 29, 2014

      The French culture minister who doesn't read books

      Since a cabinet reshuffle in August instigated by President François Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, France has...

    18. October 22, 2014

      Paris defends budget amid EU irritation

      As the clock ticks down to a potential – and humiliating – rejection of France’s budget plans by the European Commission,...

    19. October 21, 2014

      Epitaph for France does a lively trade

      If you want an indication of the collective mood in France at the moment, try this for a best-selling book title: Le Suicide...

    20. October 19, 2014

      François Hollande’s reform road is long, slow and tortuous

      If you want to make a coach journey from Paris to Perpignan in southern France, you have to take a bus going to Barcelona,...

    21. October 15, 2014

      France touts deregulation as budget scrutiny intensifies

      From opening intercity bus routes to extending Sunday shop opening, France has unveiled deregulation plans in an attempt to...

    22. October 9, 2014

      France to tackle rules that hamper company growth

      One of the curious features of the French economy is that there are, according to Medef, the business confederation, two and...

    23. October 7, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘nuclear shockwave’ prompts Elysée delight

      If there is a glimmer of light in the pall of gloom hanging over President François Hollande, it is surely the Feydeau-esque...

    24. October 2, 2014

      Peugeot Citroën and Renault call for speedier reform in France

      Paris car show France’s two big carmakers are pressing President François Hollande to quicken the pace of economic reform to...

    25. September 28, 2014

      Centre-right to control French senate in latest blow to Hollande

      France’s far right National Front won its first ever seats in the country’s upper house of parliament on Sunday as French...

    26. September 26, 2014

      Crowds rejoice at Nicolas Sarkozy’s return even as doubts linger

      It was as if he had never been away. “Sarko, president!” chanted the crowd as France’s former centre-right president pushed...

    27. September 23, 2014

      Manuel Valls demands end to Air France strike as economy stalls

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has demanded an end to a damaging pilots’ strike that has crippled national carrier Air...

    28. September 23, 2014

      Sarkozy, President Bling-Bling of France, heeds a nation’s call

      It took 865 days for the inevitable to happen in France. And when it came, the furore was such that it even swept away the...

    29. September 22, 2014

      The return of Sarkozy is no solution for France

      Nicolas Sarkozy is again standing for the leadership of France’s centre right, paving the way for another attempt to become...

    30. September 22, 2014

      Nicolas Sarkozy picks tough path for comeback

      Nicolas Sarkozy is back. More than two years after losing the Elysée Palace after just one term to François Hollande, his...

    31. September 21, 2014

      Sarkozy pledges to win voters back from French far-right

      Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday night vowed to wrest votes back from France’s far-right National Front party “one by one” and to...

    32. September 19, 2014

      Sarkozy’s letter to the French people

      Dear friends, On May 6, 2012, the night of the presidential election, I thanked the French people for the honour of allowing...

    33. September 19, 2014

      Sarkozy announces a return to politics

      Nicolas Sarkozy, the man who led France for five years and then vowed to retire from public life after he was beaten in the...

    34. September 16, 2014

      French government faces second confidence vote

      France’s socialist government is facing its second confidence vote in less than six months, with President François...

    35. September 14, 2014

      Hollande confronts mounting sense of crisis in France

      French president François Hollande is to host an international conference on Iraq in Paris on Monday in a welcome break from...

    36. September 5, 2014

      Poll shows Le Pen beating Hollande in presidential run-off

      Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, would beat struggling incumbent François Hollande in a run-off...

    37. September 4, 2014

      France links Russian warship delivery to Ukraine peace deal

      France has stressed it could resume the suspended supply of a warship to Russia within weeks if Moscow backs moves to...

    38. August 31, 2014

      French prime minister Manuel Valls appeals for party unity

      French prime minister Manuel Valls has launched a strong appeal to the ruling Socialist party to rally behind President...

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