Tag: Philippe, Edouard

There Really Is a French Exception

ImageCreditIan Langsdon/EPA, via Shutterstock PARIS — Nowhere else have the hardships of a vast segment of the population turned into a social movement like this — one that refuses to bear the brunt of economic liberalization, points out real inequalities, is active over large swathes of the country, is resolutely modern in its use of […]

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Attempted Raid on News Site’s Offices Prompts Outcry in France

PARIS — French journalists and press advocates expressed outrage this week after prosecutors tried to search the offices of the investigative news site Mediapart, which had published audio recordings of a former aide to President Emmanuel Macron whose legal troubles have dogged him for months. The outcry over possible executive overreach grew following reports that […]

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Paris Burning

The violent protests of the “yellow vests” in France have inevitably prompted comparisons with insurrections past, most notably the unrest of 1968 that effectively shut down the French government, and the tribulations of presidents from Charles de Gaulle through François Hollande who have fallen victim to street uprisings. There are similarities, partly expressed in the […]

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France to Suspend Fuel Tax Increase That Spurred Violent Protests

PARIS — France will suspend a small increase in the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that had been slated for January, the prime minister announced on Tuesday, in an attempt to quell weeks of protests and rioting by the so-called Yellow Vests movement, according to two lawmakers. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced the move […]

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