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Why is France upset with Turkey's presence, but not Russia's presence, in Libya?

This question was inspired by this answer I wrote. Never heard Macron saying anything against Russians while they are bombarding Turkey with accusations. I am confused, however, about why France is ...
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Why does France support Haftar?

According to Politico, it's because Haftar controls the oilfields among other things. Is it a legitimate fear that Haftar would cut France off oil otherwise? Or is it a strategy for quicker peace?
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What percentage of Frenchmen still think [hydroxy]chloroquine is an effective remedy against Covid-19?

News from almost two months ago: A survey released by French polling institute IFOP on 6 April revealed that 59% of the French population believes chloroquine is effective against the new ...
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Looking for French Media Bias Chart

Can anyone point me to a reliable French Media Bias Chart, please? I am looking for an equivalent of adfontes media bias chart for French media.
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What can cause a government to collapse in France?

In France, how can a government be forced to resign? Are there any examples of this occurring?
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Why wasn't Charles de Gaulle President of France during the 4th Republic? [closed]

As we all know Charles de Gaulle was the commander of the Free France that liberated France from the Vichy regime and from the German occupation. After that victory, though, he was the chairmen of the ...
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Is there a limit to how long the second round of French mayoral elections can be postponed?

Coronavirus has forced the French government to postpone the second round of local elections: France will postpone the second round of mayoral elections to June 21 due to the coronavirus outbreak, ...
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Why is France not a member of the Environmental Modification Convention?

What are the reasons that led France not to sign the Environmental Modification Convention? This can also be checked from here.
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Why did the French government not cancel elections because of Covid-19?

France held local elections even after coronavirus related restrictions had to be put in place. The article mentions only this rather general and vague reason for holding them: Macron decided to ...
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Does France deny the support of genocide in African countries and mass-massacre of Algerian people? [closed]

Does France deny the genocide against Algerian people during their occupation of Algeria? Did France ever apologize to any African country for these incidents? Here some articles about French actions ...
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Is there an elaboration on Roger Martelli's conclusion that left-populism is doomed to fail?

In reading an article about Chantal Mouffe's work, some of which advocated for left-populism, I found this bit interesting: According to Mouffe, who is also a philosopher of art, only Jean-Luc ...
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Why do the French parties seem to be unanimous on environmental laws when part of the people with significant power of nuisance oppose them?

That make no sense to propose policies to shift to political themes when people seem to oppose to it and have enough protest power to make them fail. For instance the Grenelle Environment Round Table ...
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Why does Paris draw its city limits so tightly?

On Feb. 1st 2020, Berlin become the largest city of the EU, with a population of approximately. 3,75 million inside the city limits. Except that Paris is a much larger city by almost any other ...
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Is the French public opinion more favorable to Muslims than to Jews?

It's been suggested in an answer to a related question that the French public opinion is more favorable to Muslims than to Jews (due in part to the larger presence of Muslims in France). I for one ...
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Why is French a diplomatic language for the Holy See?

I was reading about the government for the Holy See and found out that French is used as a diplomatic language for the nation. This seems rather odd to me since the nation is closest to Italy (to the ...
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How did the 4th of July “Salute to America” military parade compare to France's (regular one) on Bastille Day, numerically?

Trump's decision to have a military parade on the 4th of July last year was criticized as being out of character for the US and even costly. According to Wikipedia, France regularly conducts such a ...
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Why exactly is Laïcité (the law on separation of church and state) not valid in Alsace?

I've read that Due to the special historical situation (Laïcité is not valid in Alsace), there is a university with a theology faculty (Catholic and Protestant). In 2009 a Master's degree in ...
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What happens if a candidate dies after the first round of French presidential elections?

Assuming that no candidate wins an absolute majority in the first round of voting, what happens if one of the two top candidates dies between the first round of voting and the scheduled date of the ...
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Dependencies, autonomous territories and the EU

UK Crown Dependencies (e.g.: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man), Overseas Territories (e.g.: The Falkland Islands) as well as Danish autonomous territories (Greenland and the Faroe Islands) are not ...
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How would France benefit from a potential “Frexit”?

I was recently seeing this video on the French Presidential Candidate Marine le Pen by Vox, and although the video and creators are slightly biased, they make these points:- "...She's particularly ...
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What happened in the trials on “France's Watergate” on Mitterand's security wiretapping journalists etc.?

The Guardian reported in 2002: Twenty years after the event, the full truth of the scandal known as France's Watergate may finally come out following a decision this week to send for trial 12 men ...
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Is intra-EU movement/migration of EU/EUAA citizens a sizeable contributor to illegal work?

French president Macron has recently caused controversy with his contrast of extra-EU legal immigration and intra-EU illegal movements of EU/EUAA people: Last week, the right-wing French magazine ...
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Are there any polls in France on further EU expansion in the Balkans?

On October 18, the BBC reported that At the EU summit, French President Emmanuel Macron led a small number of countries in rejecting the Western Balkan countries from moving forward with their ...
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Why has Macron/France insisted that the UK must nominate a commissioner?

According to some Elysee officials quoted by the Guardian All weekend, France took the initiative with Germany, Ireland, Donald Tusk’s team and a few other countries, to fix the terms of the ...
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Why is Macron seemingly opposing an article 50 extension?

Emmanuel Macron seems to be opposing Article 50 extension, according to Bloomberg: French President Emmanuel Macron blocked the European Union’s attempt to delay Brexit for three months, raising ...
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Did anything come out the proposal(s) to buy back taxi licenses in France?

France24 reported in 2016 that there were several proposed schemes to buy out the (still) transferable taxi licenses. Cost was apparently a problem though: In a “roadmap” presented to taxi companies ...
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Why did France start issuing non-transferable taxi licenses in 2015?

According to a 2016 EU document taxi licenses issued in France before 2015 remain transferable, but those issued thereafter are not. Under the French system, the licences are called “parking ...
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What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc?

What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc? https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/african-currency-eco-replace-cfa-franc-190711162229142.html Leaders from eight ...
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Why has Macron apparently decided to support the Romanian candidate (Kovesi) instead of his own country candidate (Bohnert) as EU prosecutor?

A rather surprising news came from the Romanian Presidency: President Klaus Iohannis on Friday had a phone conversation with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, during which the latter told ...
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Why did France stop its uranium extraction activities?

According to the French Wikipedia article, France had these going from 1953 to 2002, but no mention of the reason of the cessation. Now most of the material comes from the outside of the country, ...
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What are the incentives for CFA countries to remain under France's financial umbrella?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_-ALNwpUo It seems that France benefits a lot from having its former colonies rely on France's financial system, but the former colonies don't really seem to derive ...
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Why are Marine Le Pen's possible connections with Steve Bannon something worth investigating?

According to The Telegraph, a French MP demanded an inquiry be made into Steve Bannon's links with Marine Le Pen: Mr Lefebvre made the demand in an open letter to the heads of the National ...
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Think tanks and newspapers that are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance?

What think tanks are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance? What newspapers (possibly French) are read by the voters/supporters of En Marche and Renaissance?
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Which countries have largely copied article 49 para 3 of the French constitution?

Roughly speaking, article 49.3 of the French constitution allows the government to pass a law without an explicit vote in the legislative assembly by "committing government's responsibility"....
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The Gilets Jaunes protest started in response to fuel prices - which has been reversed - so why do they continue?

The Gilets Jaunes (yellow vests) protest started in response to fuel prices, which, as I understand it, were reversed in December? So why do they continue?
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Is there any impact of voting for a list that will not get any representation?

Members of the European Parliament for France are chosen proportionally, according to the votes received by each list of candidates, provided that the list receives more than 5% of the votes. The ...
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Is French Guiana a (hard) EU border?

In the context of Brexit, there has been much discussion that the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would mark the boundary of the EU. This has had large ramifications due to the length and ...
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What happens in transfer of technology in defence deals

As per an article, Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), Mumbai, is manufacturing six Scorpene submarines under technology transfer from Naval Group of France under a 2005 contract. I don't understand the term ...
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To which extent can the French president bypass the parliament using decrees?

I am interested in the actual power the French president has to bypass the parliament to issue a decree. Which control mechanisms do exist on parliament side? And what is the possible content of such ...
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Why does France have systematic difficulties in obtaining a budget deficit below 3%?

According to this article France plans for a budget deficit slightly over the EU allowed limit of 3%: France's budget deficit is likely to overshoot the European Union's limit of 3 percent of GDP ...
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What were the positive and negative effects of the French ISF?

The Impôt de Solidarité sur la Fortune (ISF, or wealth solidarity tax), is easily the most controversial part of French tax policy, and its removal by Emmanuel Macron was probably the most ...
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What are the reasons presented by the French government to explain why the price of diesel fuel increased so much in France?

Many media channels are covering the "fuel protests". According to BBC, the main reason behind these protests is fuel (especially diesel) prices raising: The price of diesel, the most commonly used ...
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How can an unpopular French president be replaced before the next election?

Macron's recent popularity has fallen to a record low. However, France is a so-named "presidential democracy", which essentially means that most of the power is in the hands of the president and not ...
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Who organised the Belleau Wood cemetery visit on November 10th 2018?

Was yesterday’s United States visit to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery in Belleau Wood, fifty miles east of Paris, organised by President Macron? In other words: was it a bilateral event, or merely ...
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Why is France cutting nuclear power policy so different than Germany's?

According to this article France postpones nuclear power reduction: The French government has postponed a long-held target to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the country’s power production ...
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Why is Marine Le Pen ordered to undergo psychiatric testing instead of being fined?

According to BBC, Marine Le Pen was ordered by a French court to undergo psychiatric testing: A French court has ordered far-right leader Marine Le Pen to undergo psychiatric tests as part of an ...
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Why did France not sign the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties?

It looks like France is the only Security Council permanent member that did not sign the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. (The US signed in 1970, but has yet to ratify, although successive US ...
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Why does France have so many bilateral treaties?

According to Miles & Posner (2008) "Which States Enter into Treaties, and Why?" The average for North America is more than ten times that of Africa. The North American average is driven by ...
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Macron's “lead climbers” (vs. trickle down)

Are there more details on Macron's vision of how tax cuts will positively affect (French) society? I found a story from last year his rejection of the well-known “trickle-down” economics narrative, ...
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How can French politicians prevent the US from collecting taxes from expats?

According to 20minutes.fr : « Le problème principal, c’est que la fiscalité américaine est basée sur la nationalité, en contradiction avec les règles de l’OCDE, estime l’eurodéputée française ...