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Questions about politics and policy of the French Republic.

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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 ...
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Why has Macron offered to mediate between the Turkish government and YPG force of Syria?

Recently, the French president Macron has offered to mediate between the Syrian Kurdish force YPG and the Turkish government. How will Macron or France benefit from mediating between the YPG Kurds ...
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Can Macron legally reform Islam in France?

In February 2018, french president Emmanuel Macron said : "I want to lay the foundations for the whole organization of Islam in France" He plans to do this to diminish the number of young ...
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Are Jews fleeing France able to flee to any countries other than Israel?

French Jews, and Jews from many if not all countries, are able to emigrate to Israel, the only Jewish-majority country, as a result of the law of return. Apart from Israel, are there any countries ...
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Why is Nicolas Sarkozy charged with corruption over suspected Kadhafi financing after five years?

According to this Independent article from the beginning of 2013, there were serious allegations against the former French President: Documentary proof exists that France’s former President Nicolas ...
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Was any reason indicated for Marine Le Pen's choice about the party's new name?

According to this article (also confirmed by BBC), Marine Le Pen proposes National Front changes name to National Rally: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has proposed her National Front ...
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Power structure of French vs. German federalism [closed]

While Germany is a federation of states, France has chosen to devolve some of the power to its regional governments. How has this affected the development of these countries? Has one system fared ...
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What far-right politicians has Hassan Iquioussen endorsed?

In France, Furor Over a Muslim Reality Show Star Reveals Deeper Tensions says that Hassan Iquioussen has endorsed far-right politicians. While I'm aware of the horseshoe theory in general, I assume ...
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What do paternity test restriction laws aim to achieve?

I recently learned that genetic paternity tests are being restricted or even banned in Germany and France (and perhaps in other countries as well). In Germany the law requires consent from both ...
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Has there been any attempt to prevent false information from spreading? (legal fact check)

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, said during his new year press conference he would soon propose laws preventing false information from spreading on the web ("fausses nouvelles", more or less ...
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Did most French people change their opinion about who contributed most to the defeat of Nazi Germany?

It seems implausible, but I have found many sources citing this image: If this is true is it unique to France or do other countries follow a similar pattern in change of opinion?
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State of Emergency

It was reported in the Independent that France ended the state of emergency on 1 November of this year. Is there a time limit to which an emergency can be imposed in the country? Why do democratic ...
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Is “poorphobia” a valid type of discrimination?

I originally posted this question in Skeptics.SE. My humanities teacher was apart of a Wikipedia project with a class describing the "discrimination against social precarity", using a newly-coined ...
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What is the significance of Macron's proposed status change to the European Flag, and what steps would be needed to make this a reality?

President Macron said he wants to officially recognize the status of flag of Europe (my translation). Does this mean that the flag has been decorative only up until now? What would officially ...
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What is the position of the main Spanish Catalonia independence movements on French Catalonia?

The geographic area of Catalonia is not limited to Spain but extends to France, corresponding roughly to the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales. This area is referred as Northern Catalonia. ...
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Why would a state tax something to obtain money for unrelated activities?

According to this article France’s ‘Solidarity Tax’ on air travel is a major source of funding for health programs in the world’s poorest countries: Just days before the presentation of Air France ...
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Is there any evaluation of solidarity tax impact in France?

Romania's Government has changed recently and the new one tries to introduce a solidarity tax: The Romanian Government wants to introduce a new type of tax called the solidarity tax, which will ...
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French municipal elections: How are the seats divided based on the vote?

For example, in St-Front-de-Pradoux in 2014, these were the second round results (source): This was an unusual election in that Crouzille and Olivier each got 277 votes. French law requires that ties ...
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Why is public funding used to support bullfighting in France?

According to this article bullfighting is allowed only within a small portion of France and also requires some public funding to be alive: Bullfighting takes place in only 10% of the French ...
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How can a government untie the “Gordian Knot” of public sector reformation?

According to this article: Emmanuel Macron continues to surprise. On Sunday, in the first round of the French legislative elections, his La République En Marche movement, created only six ...
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Why is the result if Macron's party's at the first round of French parlamentary elections “historical”?

"Historical", "a tsunami" -- these are the headlines one can read or hear at all French mainstream media. They are about the victory of La République en Marche at the first round of French ...
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French election - what does this opinion say? [closed]

In this opinion, I am really confused. Is the author trying to say: (i) The eurocrats are ignorant, as they believe all their actions are correct? (ii) If Macron wins, it makes the eurocrats even ...
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Is the French government formed before and/or after the legislative elections?

In 2017, France had Presidential elections on 23 April and 7 May and will have legislative elections on 11 and 18 June. I was expecting the President would wait with appointing a government until ...
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Is Le Pen ideologically a French equivalent of Trump?

I've heard it said that Marine Le Pen was like Trump and by voting against her the French have put the brakes on Trump-like populism. What are the political similarities between Le Pen and Trump?
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How did Le Pen do better in the second round than in the first?

Although Le Pen lost the election, she got a higher proportion in the second round than in the first round: 33% versus 21%. Given that all the other parties were either neutral or supported Macron, ...
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Why was the voter turnout so low in the second round of French elections?

According to French election: Turnout sharply down in Le Pen-Macron battle, voter turnout in the second round of French presidential election was the lowest since 1981: The participation rate ...
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What is the political proposal of Emmanuel Macron?

I have to admit that not being French, I have not paid too close attention to the various proposals of the different presidential candidates. Now that the second turn draws near, I'd like to ...
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Does Marine Le Pen oppose circumcision?

In Marine Le Pen's Insane Kippah Ban Defense it's stated that Marine Le Pen is opposed to (male) circumcision: This becomes most apparent in Le Pen’s views on the headscarf and the yarmulke: ...
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Why did the french government disempower the legislative (which had an oppositional opinion to a proposed act) to force an unpopular act?

To cite this article from rubikon.news: Denn was französische Regierungen zum wiederholten Mal durchzusetzen versuchen (zuletzt mit einer ‚Rentenreform’ unter Nicolas Sarcosy), ist in ...
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Why have markets reacted well to the first round of the French presidential election?

I've heard that markets have reacted well to the first round of the French presidential election, in which the National Front candidate and a centrist, mainstream candidate got through to the second ...
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What significance does the announcement that Marine Le Pen is momentarily stepping aside as the leader of France's “Front National” have?

I have read that Marine Le Pen has announced that she will momentarily step aside from her role as the leader of France's Front National (FN) political party. How does this have any relevance for the ...
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What political benefit would there be in stronger ties with Putin and Russia?

I was reading this article about Marine Le Pen stating that [Ms. Le Pen] vows to... strengthen ties Vladmir Putin's Russia. What is so significant about strengthening ties with Russia, and why ...
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Why does the French election have a runoff election instead of preferential voting

In the recent French election, there will now be another vote between Macron and La Pen to determine a winner. A lot of other countries seem to have this system. Elections are not cheap and having ...
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Why is there so much worry about France potentially leaving the EU?

I've kept reading and listening on information and opinions about the upcoming French election and one of the main issues that keep coming up is the future of France in the EU. I know that many of the ...
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How could François Fillon recover in the polls after his financial scandals?

A couple of months ago I was wondering if Can François Fillon be replaced as candidate of The Republicans to the presidential elections? . He finally did not and he has been slowly but steadily ...
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Why won't the two main French far-left parties unite and present a single candidate?

Lutte ouvrière (LO) and Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) are both French far-left communist parties and they are both represented by a candidate during the French 2017 presidential elections, why ...
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Can French President decide the recognition status of another territory/state?

According to this Wikipedia article, Marine Le Pen promised the recognition of Russian annexation of Crimea if elected as a president: According to Russian media, Le Pen has promised to recognize ...
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What can Hollande do to prevent a Marine Le Pen victory?

French President François Hollande said his "ultimate duty" is to prevent a Marine Le Pen victory: "My ultimate duty is to make sure that France is not won over by such a program, and that France ...
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How much money does France get from its former colonies?

There are various stories in the internet about how France gets billions from its former colonies. These figures are often inconsistent. Does France benefit from its former colonies?
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Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles of China, France, Israel, and UK

Why do China, France and Israel maintain ICBMs of ranges more than 10,000 kms? Why not, say, 5000 kms? On the other hand, why doesn't the UK have ICBMs?
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Can François Fillon be replaced as candidate of The Republicans to the presidential elections?

Few months ago, François Fillon was elected candidate of the right wing party The Republicans in France to the presidential elections in 2017. These days, however, he is facing severe problems due to ...
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How does France's electoral system work

With the elections across the EU likely to have significant consequences for the future fate of Europe, I'd like to try to understand the electoral systems of each state a little more. I'm ...
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French Presidential Election 2017: When will the PS announce its candidate + independants

It seems that, thus far, the five main parties that will take part in the french presidential elections are: PS, LR, FN, EM, FI (see source). The PS seems to be the only party that have still not put ...
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What is the reason for Nicolas Sarkozy's decline?

These days the right wing party Republicans are holding their presidential primaries for the 2017 presidential election in France. Technically speaking, the person designated to represent the ...
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Is the National Front's presidential election chances dependent on which party opposes it in the run-off?

In the 2002 French presidential election, Jacques Chirac from the centre-right Rally for the Republic won with a large margin against Jean-Marie Le Pen of the National Front. I have a suspicion that ...
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How can minority churches such as Protestant survive in a stricly secular state like France?

In the country where I live (Switzerland), the state is not strictly secular, and is supporting some churches. The vast majority of the population is not religious anymore (regardless of whether or ...
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Is there debate on keeping the French nuclear deterrent, like there is in the UK?

In the UK, there has been a lot of debate recently about whether to renew Trident, their nuclear deterrent. Most arguments are based on cost, usefulness in the modern world, and nuclear disarmament ...