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 ; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emmanuel_Macron_in_Washington_-_2018_(26809923797)_(cropped).jpg) The fundamental problem of the French presidency has been unexpectedly highlighted by Emmanuel Macron’s response to the Gilets Jaunes. Florence […]

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Bilan provisoire

11 December 2018 |

Image by CFI Education Inc. (https://courses.corporatefinanceinstitute.com/courses/financial-analysis-certificate-course-online) Last night Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation. Did he save his skin? My first reaction was negative, based more on a visceral response to […]

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Recalibration

17 October 2018 |

Image by Rédaction Europe1.fr with AFP (Public Domain ; https://www.europe1.fr/politique/remaniement-tout-ca-pour-ca-ironise-la-presse-3502496) France finally has its remaniement. Tonight President Macron came not to explain what he had done but to insist that it was meaningless and […]

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Je suis votre chef!

2 October 2018 |

Image by Erwmat via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 ; https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_Beauvau#/media/Fichier:Plaque_place_Beauvau_à_Paris.JPG) Emmanuel Macron claims that he has heard the complaints about his arrogance and is prepared to change his style in order […]

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Vendangeurs ou Socialistes

10 September 2018 |

Image by Varaine via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0 ; https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=vendanges&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns12=1&ns14=1&ns100=1&ns106=1#/media/File:Côteaux_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 […]

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Hulot Resigns

28 August 2018 |

Image by Curt Teich Company via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain ; https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&limit=20&offset=80&profile=default&search=hunter+with+gun&advancedSearch-current=%7B%7D&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns12=1&ns14=1&ns100=1&ns106=1#/media/File:A_Man_posing_with_a_gun,_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. […]

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La Droite “Humaniste”

13 August 2018 |

Image by Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 ; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Jean-Pierre_Raffarin#/media/File:Jean-Pierre_Raffarin_par_Claude_Truong-Ngoc_2013.jpg) What better time to launch a few trial balloons than the August doldrums. A Le Monde interview with former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin […]

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The Affair

1 August 2018 |

Image by Mbzt via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International ; https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P1300182_Paris_V_place_Contrescarpe_rwk.jpg) In politics you never know what’s going to trip you up. Slow growth and sticky unemployment stats would have […]

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