Art Goldhammer: French Politics

A blog about contemporary French politics by an American observer based at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies

La Pagaille

18 December 2018 |

Image by U.S. Department of State via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain ; The fundamental problem of the French presidency has been unexpectedly highlighted by Emmanuel Macron’s response to the Gilets Jaunes. Florence […]


Bilan provisoire

11 December 2018 |

Image by CFI Education Inc. ( Last night Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation. Did he save his skin? My first reaction was negative, based more on a visceral response to […]



17 October 2018 |

Image by Rédaction with AFP (Public Domain ; France finally has its remaniement. Tonight President Macron came not to explain what he had done but to insist that it was meaningless and […]


Je suis votre chef!

2 October 2018 |

Image by Erwmat via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 ;à_Paris.JPG) Emmanuel Macron claims that he has heard the complaints about his arrogance and is prepared to change his style in order […]


Vendangeurs ou Socialistes

10 September 2018 |

Image by Varaine via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0 ;ôteaux_de_la_Charité_(IGP)_Vendanges_manuelles.jpg) Maneuvering has begun in advance of the 2019 European elections. Alain Juppé summoned his troops to the Vendanges de Bordeaux, a […]


Hulot Resigns

28 August 2018 |

Image by Curt Teich Company via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain ;,_advertisement_for_Curt_Teich_Company_(NBY_9860).jpg) Nicolas Hulot resigned this morning. The announcement came suddenly, without warning to either the prime minister or the president. […]


La Droite “Humaniste”

13 August 2018 |

Image by Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 ; What better time to launch a few trial balloons than the August doldrums. A Le Monde interview with former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin […]


The Affair

1 August 2018 |

Image by Mbzt via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International ; In politics you never know what’s going to trip you up. Slow growth and sticky unemployment stats would have […]