Dismissal Of 8000 Workers Is A Rude Awakening For Socialists

Hardly a month in power. the French Socialists are trying to come to grips with the announcement of mass layoffs in auto industry.Amiel Ungar, 7/16/2012, 3:56 AM

With Majority In National Assembly, French Socialists In Control

The French Socialists scored an absolute majority in the legislative elections, the first time they have accomplished this since 1981.Amiel Ungar, 6/18/2012, 9:34 AM

Hollande Warned By Germans As He Collects Allies Against Merkel

The simmering feud over policy between Germany and France was evident last week.Amiel Ungar, 6/17/2012, 1:40 PM

French Legislative Elections Dominated By Change Your Partner

The French Conservatives hope that this week's events will provided a bit of a lift in Sunday's election.Amiel Ungar, 6/15/2012, 9:14 AM

French Socialists And Allies Win Round One, But No Landslide

There will be no left landslide reminiscent of 1981, but a more cohesive left will still obtain a majority in the National Assembly.Amiel Ungar, 6/11/2012, 7:10 AM

Ex Party Of Government Faces Electoral Drubbing Without A Leader

The UMP, up to a month ago the party in power in France, is facing a debacle in the legislative elections. The comeback path will be long.Amiel Ungar, 5/28/2012, 11:47 PM

French Israelis Solidly Backed Sarkozy

Sarkozy won nearly 93 percent of the votes of French citizens in Israel, but expats elsewhere reflected the vote back home.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/7/2012, 10:03 AM

Hollande's Victory Will Provide Springboard For Legislative Vote

Analysis: Having won the presidency, the French left appears a shoo-in to win June's legislative elections.Amiel Ungar, 5/7/2012, 5:30 AM

Hollande's Expected Victory Casts Shadow On Franco-German Motor

For now the financial markets are discounting Francois Hollande's campaign pledges as mere rhetoric.Amiel Ungar, 5/6/2012, 5:55 AM

Le Pen Scorns Both Major Parties Guaranteeing Hollande's Victory

Nicolas Sarkozy had to simultaneously win votes to his right and those in the center. He apparently will do neither.Amiel Ungar, 5/2/2012, 6:13 AM

Sarkozy Offer Of Referendum Reflects Legislative Roadblock

Even though his offer of a referendum reflects constitutional reality, Sarkozy's position further unnerves EU.Amiel Ungar, 4/27/2012, 3:45 AM

Sarkozy Trades Barbs With EU Partisans As He Woos Le Pen Voters

The success of anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen has caused a slanging match between the EU and French politicians.Amiel Ungar, 4/25/2012, 5:13 AM

Right Does Better Than Expected But Sarkozy Remains The Underdog

Although the right actually bested the left on the first round in overall votes, this will not save Nicolas Sarkozy on the second round.Amiel Ungar, 4/23/2012, 9:42 AM

France Elections Headed for Runoff

French President Nicolas Sarkozy to face socialist Francois Hollande in a runoff election on May 6.Elad Benari, 4/23/2012, 1:02 AM

Fight Against Anti-Semitism Enters French Election

French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande said he will "relentlessly fight against anti-Semitism” if elected Sunday.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/22/2012, 8:54 AM

Sarkozy Promises To Curb Immigrant Welfare Sponges

Nicolas Sarkozy pursued his difficult strategy of appealing to the right without alienating centrists and evoked specter of economic ruin.Amiel Ungar, 4/8/2012, 11:16 PM

Sarkozy Must Move Right And Left Simultaneously To Beat Hollande

In the aftermath of the Toulouse massacres. Sarkozy has slightly narrowed the odds. but needs votes to his right and left.Amiel Ungar, 3/30/2012, 4:58 AM

Anti-Semitic Muslim Preachers Persona Non Grata In France

Nicolas Sarkozy and his rivals seek to demonstrate toughness against Muslim extremism.Amiel Ungar, 3/27/2012, 2:13 AM

Far Left Candidate Seeks to Arouse French Revolutionary Spirit

The surge by the French extreme left has paradoxically given the center-right some hope. Amiel Ungar, 3/21/2012, 4:46 AM

Sarkozy Veers From Defender Of The Euro To Critic of EU

Nicolas Sarkozy, in trying to revive his campaign, has attacked the EU's failure on illegal immigration and job protection.Amiel Ungar, 3/13/2012, 2:48 PM

Sarkozy Promises to Visit Israel If Re-elected

French President Nicolas Sarkozy promises that if he is re-elected, he will visit Israel and the PA to promote peace.Elad Benari, 3/7/2012, 6:10 AM

Jewish Kosher Slaughter Enters French Presidential Campaign

French PM Francois Fillon stumbled by casting aspersions on ritual slaughter.Amiel Ungar, 3/7/2012, 2:14 AM

Sarkozy Bombs In Bayonne As Basques Hoot Him, Hollande Gains

Sarkozy's hope for first ballot win had a setback last week when he was chased into a bar by demonstrators. Hollande plans 75% tax for rich.Amiel Ungar, 3/4/2012, 5:37 AM

Sarkozy Trails in Polls as Pessimistic France Blames Leaders

Nicolas Sarkozy must combat rampant pessimism and the feeling that past French governments left the country unprepared for the modern world.Amiel Ungar, 2/24/2012, 12:21 PM

Nicolas Sarkozy To End False Suspense; Le Pen Seeks Sponsors

Nicolas Sarkozy about to end shadow candidacy and declare, while Marine Le Pen may or may not have enough sponsors to qualify.Amiel Ungar, 2/14/2012, 10:21 AM

Attack On Minister Of Interior Triggers Parliamentary Walkout

The Gueant affair has escalated after a Socialist Deputy all but accused the Minister of Interior of sympathy for the Nazi era.Amiel Ungar, 2/9/2012, 4:43 AM

Clash Of Civilizations Enters French Presidential Contest

French Interior Minister has enlivened the French presidential elections by claiming that cultures that subjugate women are not equal.Amiel Ungar, 2/8/2012, 12:32 PM

Sarkozy Would Have France Emulate The Success of Germany

Nicolas Sarkozy plans to offer the French a German style economy, promising competitiveness and low unemployment. Amiel Ungar, 1/31/2012, 12:15 AM

Undeclared French Presidential Candidate Running Out Of Time

Nicolas Sarkozy will try to convince Frenchmen on Sunday that he is not yet a man of the past. Amiel Ungar, 1/27/2012, 3:29 PM

Sarkozy to Quit Politics if He Loses Re-Election

Is French President Nicolas Sarkozy a sore loser? Sarkozy claimed last weekend that he will quit politics if he is not re-elected.Chana Ya'ar, 1/26/2012, 10:10 AM

Hollande Mimics Obama's "Change" Theme

Socialist Party nominee Francois Hollande made a pitch to the French left in kicking off his presidential campaign.Amiel Ungar, 1/23/2012, 6:53 AM

French Socialists Begin To Take Le Pen Candidacy Seriously

While the Socialist game plan has been to trounce Nicolas Sarkozy in the second round they are showing concern about a Le Pen surge.Amiel Ungar, 1/15/2012, 2:27 AM

Le Pen Hopes To Capitalize On French Economic Discontent

Marine Le Pen in an attempt to restore momentum is adopting populism and protectionism.Aryeh ben Hayim, 1/10/2012, 8:57 PM

Anti-Deficit Sarkozy Pivots to Tackle Rising Unemployment

While Sarkozy was fighting the deficit, he neglected the unemployment front. Now he is desperately trying to catch up.Amiel Ungar, 1/2/2012, 5:56 AM

His Position Has Improved, But Sarkozy Has a Long Way to Go

Marine Le Pen will not block Nicolas Sarkozy from making it into the second round of the presidential elections but can still hurt him.Amiel Ungar, 11/24/2011, 7:57 AM