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Why does the U.S. left-wing party hate being called "socialist", but in France the left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?

Why does the main left-wing party in the United States (the Democratic Party) hate being called "socialist", but in France the main left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?
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What are the benefits for strong economies like Germany and France for being members of the European Union?

Recently I was reading things on the European debt crisis. It seems to me that when there is a financial crisis, strong economies in EU, like Germany and France, are supposed to help the countries in ...
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Is Le Pen ideologically a French equivalent of Trump?

I've heard some say 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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Why would far-left groups oppose Macron’s re-election?

As a background to this question, I know next-to-nothing about French politics other than briefly reading a few news articles about current events. In response to the re-election of Emmanuel Macron in ...
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Why is there a strong drive for undocumented migration, from France, to the United Kingdom?

Since years, undocumented migrants camp in Calais and try to get to the United Kingdom. In recent days, media have reported this has increased. For example, BBC News. I can understand why ...
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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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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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Do tiny communes in France have any practical significance?

The French commune of Rouchefourchat has exactly one inhabitant. I imagine that would make mayoral elections rather boring. Joking aside, do such tiny municipalities even have a mayor or local ...
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What actions have governments critical of Macron's response to the murder of Samuel Paty called for?

Following the murder of Samuel Paty in France two weeks ago, Emmanuel Macron gave a speech [fr] in which he defended freedom of expression and said "we won't give up on caricatures". This ...
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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 is the French democracy not using proportional representation for election of the assembly?

Proportional representation was used during the French Fourth Republic, while other kinds of voting systems were preferred during the French Third Republic and the French Fifth Republic (with an ...
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Why isn't mail-in voting allowed in France?

AP news states flatly that: Mail-in voting isn’t allowed in France. What's the usual reason invoked by French politicians in making this prohibition?
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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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Can an extra nomination in the French presidential election prevent a person's candidacy?

In order to be a candidate in a French presidential election, a person must obtain at least 500 "présentations" or "parrainages" from among tens of thousands of elected ...
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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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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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What is the point of Emmanuel Macron speaking so often with Vladimir Putin?

This article mentions the frequent discussions between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin: French President Emmanuel Macron continues to keep his hotline open with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ...
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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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Why is France involved in Mali?

This month France has sent ground troops to and bombed northern Mali. This feels like the first time in a while that a country besides the US has stuck its neck out to fight violent Islamist groups ...
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Did most French people change their opinion about who contributed most to the defeat of Nazi Germany?

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: The title translates to: ...
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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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When and why did the President of the French Republic inherit the titles of the King of France?

The President of the French Republic is also co-Prince of Andorra and canon priest of St. John Lateran, amongst other titles. He has also the right to hunt in the domain of the castle of Chambord. ...
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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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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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Why is the result of Macron's party 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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Why do some African countries use the CFA franc if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies?

Why do some African countries use the CFA franc if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies? Strictly speaking, the CFA franc is the name given to two ...
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Has a French president ever made a ruling in favor of Andorra, at the expense of France?

Considering that the incumbent French president is also Co-Prince of Andorra, have there ever been rulings or actions made by a French president, in his role as an Andorrian monarch, that benefit ...
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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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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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Why does the economist label France a flawed democracy?

The Economist's Democracy Index lists France as a flawed democracy. Why doesn't the Economist see France as a full democracy?
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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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What is the meaning and significance of the privilege of French Presidents to impose the biretta on the nuncio?

The King of France, and the French Presidents after them, had been given by the Pope, the privilege to impose to the nuncio, the ambassador of Vatican, in France to wear the biretta. What are the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is there evidence of on-going legislation specifically targeting Muslims in France?

In 2004, France banned wearing conspicuous religious symbols in schools. In particular, this bans the Muslim headscarf, the Jewish kippah, and the Sikh turban. The turban has now been exempted as ...
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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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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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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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Macron has made Covid vaccination hard to avoid in France but not mandatory. What accommodations exist for those who medically can't get vaccinated?

After months of slowing uptake on low overall vaccination rates, French President Macron has made the covid vaccine very hard to avoid, without making it mandatory: In an address to the nation, ...
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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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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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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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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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