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What pro-French paramilitary forces exist on New Caledonia?

The news is reporting that paramilitaries are assisting police in the unrest in New Caledonia: 600 heavily armed police and paramilitaries on Sunday took part in an operation to retake the 60-...
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How it is possible to be both "libertaire" and "center-left"?

The term "libertaire" is a quite ambiguous French political term. The definition is "Which, in theory as in practice, goes as far as possible in the direction of absolute individual ...
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Why did a majority vote against the 2010 French Guianan status referendum?

French Guianan voters were asked whether they wanted more power to be given to the local government based in Cayenne.[3] French Guiana was an overseas region and an overseas department of France, ...
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Why French Action on Ukraine seems so Disconnected from Macron Speech?

In the last few months, French President Macron has repeatedly said that Europe should avoid that Russia win the war with Ukraine see for instance. Also envisaging the send of NATO troops to Ukraine. ...
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What's the basis for the rumors that Macron takes cocaine? [closed]

There's a French "observer" to the Russian election who says I think Macron and Zelensky take too much cocaine, and they should stop. So, since the Zelensky angle has been covered before ...
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Why does the purchasing power of the pensions for the cadres erode much faster than for the non-cadres in France?

I read on https://www.lamontagne.fr/paris-75000/economie/les-retraites-ont-ils-beaucoup-perdu-en-pouvoir-d-achat-ces-dernieres-annees_14060647/: le pouvoir d’achat d’un retraité non-­cadre du secteur ...
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What are the main influences of the French "republican socialists" (Pierre Leroux, Louis Blanc, Jean-Jaurès)?

What are the main influences of the French "republican socialists" (e.g. Pierre Leroux, Louis Blanc, Jean-Jaurès)? In particular, can we trace back their ideology to Saint-Simon and Comte, ...
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Why does resentment toward former colonizers such as France still linger in Africa?

Others point to what they see as hypocrisy in Western condemnations of Russia; Western countries also deploy PMCs across the continent, which has led the AU to call for the “complete exclusion of ...
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Has the Niger junta explained why they expelled French but not US troops?

The Niger junta that took power this summer expelled French but not US troops. From what I can tell, France had about 1,500 troops there, and the US has about 1,100 (or maybe just 600--sources differ ...
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Who were Sarkozy's "high-powered advisers with ethnic Russian backgrounds"?

RFERL wrote in 2008: By throwing his weight behind Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's calls for an OSCE summit in 2009 to discuss a new "security architecture" for Europe, Sarkozy ignored ...
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Did France issue an official statement on why it supplied arms to Armenia?

Azerbaijan has accused France of sowing the seeds of a new war by supplying arms to Armenia, which is also being courted by the United States. Pashinyan last month discussed cooperation with Javier ...
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Why are Ahmed Deedat's books banned in France?

According to Wikipedia, the books of the late Muslim preacher Ahmed Deedat are banned in France. This is surprising given that France is a democracy and book bannings are not supposed to be features ...
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Stéphane Séjourné said that the Jewish state should not be accused of genocide. Is there any legal basis or support from politicians? [closed]

Last week, French politician Stéphane Séjourné responded to a question from Danièle Obono, a member of France's lower house of parliament, and replied that "To accuse the Jewish state of genocide ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra was recently designated as the French Minister of Education. She triggered a few controversies, the last one being that her son somehow bypassed the national system of selection ...
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Le Pen's gesture as immigration bill passed

This might be more a question of political discourse than of politics proper. Recently, French passed legislation toughening France's immigration policy. Emmanuel Macron's centrist Renaissance party ...
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Did Sarkozy scupper his own peace plan in re Georgia (2008)?

The Guardian quotes a response to Sarkozy's remarks on Ukraine: Responding to Sarkozy’s Ukraine remarks, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former Estonian president, used even less diplomatic language to ...
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What kind of government organization does Alain de Benoist seek?

Alain de Benoist's main focus is "identity". This article says that Alain de Benoist is both a "conservative and “socialist””. A wikipedia article says that he is also a radical ...
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To what extent could India, Pakistan, China, France, and/or the UK individually destroy the U.S. and/or Russia with their nukes if it came to that? [closed]

Some of these match-ups are obviously highly implausible such as France vs. the U.S. (well, they did rename their fries once...). Others are not completely improbable, such as China vs. the U.S. or ...
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Does this newly proposed French bill violate or go against the principles of international human right of free speech?

Just made aware of this newly proposed bill at the French senate, proposes punishment to who insults Israel Translation to item 3: Insult committed against the State of Israel, by one of the means ...
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Does the North American island of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon still hold a strategic advantage for France?

Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon has had strategic significance at various eras in its history, mostly as fishing grounds and a geographical bargaining chip between France and England[1]. It also played a ...
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Have any countries besides France banned pro-Palestine demonstrations recently?

Reuters reports: French police used teargas and water cannon to break up a banned rally in support of the Palestinian people in Paris on Thursday, as President Emmanuel Macron urged the French to ...
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Can the Bank of France print as many Euros as it wants, what are the limitations, and how is it enforced? [duplicate]

The Bank of France contributes to the design of the monetary policy of the euro zone (through macroeconomic research and forecast and by taking part in the deliberations on ECB decisions) and ...
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Why is the French embassy in Niger still considered an embassy?

As I see it, if the French ambassador to Niger has been effectively sacked and become persona non grata with no diplomatic immunity, then how can the building still be an embassy? Surely now it's ...
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How can a country force an ambassador to leave?

Recently the coup leaders in Niger asked the French ambassador to leave. France declined the request and the ambassador is still in the embassy. The Nigerien coup's "government" considers ...
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What incentive is there for the French policy of escorting small boats across the channel?

According to recent reports (for instance in the Daily Mail on August 12, 2023) the French navy as of the last three years has embarked on a policy of escorting small migrant boats across the channel ...
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How successful was the French Initiative for Western Balkans? [closed]

I'm trying to write an essay about the "French Initiative for Western Balkans" and the consequent results of their new methodology. It has been 4 years since the process started and there is ...
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Why was the recent "Nahel Marzouk Protest" more violent than the BLM protest?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests began in 2013 as a response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager. The movement gained national attention ...
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Why did France oppose Fiona Scott Morton's nomination so strongly?

Fiona Scott Morton was recently appointed as chief economist in the Commission's Directorate-General (DG) for Competition by European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager. This started a ...
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What are the reasons for the French opposition to opening a NATO bureau in Japan?

It has been reported in the news that France vetoed the opening up of a NATO bureau in Tokyo (here, here, here). But it is not clear what all of the aspects of this situation are. Was there any ...
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How does the logic work for no prosecution exceptions to the right to not self incriminate in the presence of different jurisdictions?

In many democratic countries there is some sort of a right for an accused to not have to answer police questions to prevent people being forced to incriminate themselves. In the USA this is in the ...
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Are there famous examples of left-wing reforms blocked by the French Senate?

The French Senate is often described as a bulwark of the right and of the rural areas, due to the indirect way in which it is elected (more or less by local councilors, as I understand). I've looked ...
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What's the highest number of amendments submitted for a law proposal in France, since 1958?

According to the French press, back on Feb 2 The members of the Social Affairs commission had been meeting since Monday morning to examine the government’s proposed pension reform and the 7,000 ...
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Is increased retirement age really the reason for 2023 protests in France?

France has one of the world's highest working populations by percentage. Hence, the lack of jobs/unemployment is clearly not the root cause of this problem. Most protestors are relatively young (20-30 ...
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How does France compare to other countries with respect to police brutality?

Recently France has seen some massive protests against Macron’s pension law. Most of these protests are peaceful, but unavoidably there was some violence, especially since Macron decided to bypass ...
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Pension reforms. Why is the debate constrained to raising the retirement age or not, with no intermediate solutions?

This question was inspired by the French pension reform, but also in other European countries the situation is not different. The debate seems framed between the two extremes. Increase or not the ...
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Did Macron win any of the young left-wing voters in the 2nd round of the elections?

If one reads France24's vignettes of the young, left-wing voters before the 2nd round of the 2022 French presidential election, you could almost swear none were going to vote Macron: "Macron or ...
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What’s the Realpolitik reason for Macron to change the retirement age despite this being very unpopular?

President Macron recently invoked Article 49.3 of the French constitution, allowing him to bypass the normal legislative process. This measure is quite unpopular and might result in him getting voted ...
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How often is Article 49.3 of the French Constitution used?

According to recent news: On Thursday, French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne announced that the government was resorting to Article 49.3 of the Constitution to force the bill through parliament ...
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Why do industrial actions in France seem to happen more frequently, visibly, and intensely than in other EU states?

Obviously asking due to ongoing protests against pension reform in France. This might be just a perception issue, but it seems France has a reputation for having more frequent, visible, and intense ...
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Which NATO countries sided with France in the 2020 Courbet frigate incident?

Back in 2020, according to French sources: the relationship between Paris and Ankara was severely affected by a serious naval incident on June 10, in which a Turkish vessel threatened a French ...
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What are the options for a government facing massive protests over seemingly unsustainable economical measures?

Context France is currently facing nationwide strikes due to pension system reformation discussions. According to France24, there seems to be a debate over the opportunity of such a reform: French ...
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Why is there an official retirement age?

France strikes bid to halt Macron's rise in retirement age: President Macron's reform programme faces a make-or-break moment, as French unions stage a day of mass strikes and protests on Thursday ...
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Why does France public health system seem to have so many problems despite its rather big financing?

According to this article, France public health system problems became so big that French President Emmanuel Macron addressed to France’s health workers about them: French President Emmanuel Macron ...
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Why do politicians get national honorary decorations?

On January first, in France, a few hundred people got the Légion d'Honneur, like M. Bayrou. While this is obviously a personnal opinion, I do not believe, for several reasons which are out of topic ...
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How did the UK race ahead of France in GDP

Source of data In 2019, GDP of the UK was 2,743.586 Billion USD, while that of France was 2,707.074 B. That is just a difference of 1.33 percent. Some might even dismiss it as noise. In 2022 however,...
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How much foreign currency gets injected into the French economy every year because of CFA Franc?

How much foreign currency gets injected into the French economy every year from Africa because of CFA Franc alone? How else is France profiting from this CFA arrangement?
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Why was the number of seats that RN gained in the 2022 legislative elections so poorly predicted by pollsters in the runup?

A France24 article from June says RN’s performance at 90 seats is a “seismic event; an extraordinary result for them”, said Paul Smith, a professor of French politics at Nottingham University. “There ...
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Does France consider an HVDC grid connection to French Guyana?

An aspect that seems to plague the idea of a European supergrid for electricity (i.e. the concept of a renewables-dominated electricity grid with continental or even intercontinental ...
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Why does France resist the Midcat pipeline?

Earlier this month we read that the construction of a gas pipeline between Germany and the Iberian peninsula is strongly supported by Portugal, Germany and Spain. This pipeline should, at least in ...
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(Why) did the central French government deem the lifting of the burkini ban in Grenoble but not in Rennes an "unacceptable provocation"?

Unless the VOA is mistaken, Rennes lifted their public-swimming pools burkini ban a few years ago (seemingly in 2019) without causing much outcry. A few years ago, local authorities quietly changed ...
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