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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 ...
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What is the French support for Frexit (France leaving EU) and why?

But the french also hate the EU. No more than 25% of them still supports it. If such a referendum were to happen in france, the result for leave would probably be much higher - comment on another ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in France?

The question is similar to this one: Freedom of speech is understood to be fundamental in a democracy. What limitations to freedom of speech are there in France? Is holocaust denial an example? can ...
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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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How have the people living in "jungle" squatter camps around Calais been obtaining food and medicine?

Does the French government allow those living in the "Jungle" and similar squatter camps to claim benefits? How have the "jungle people" been obtaining food and having their medical needs met? Have ...
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Source for Full Text of 1875 French Constitutional Laws

After some frustrating research, I have still failed to find a full English text of the 1875 French constitutional laws. Where can I find it, or where is a good place to continue searching?
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What factors resulted in victory of National front in French regional elections?

The Far-right party of Le Pen named National Front or FN has just won a sweeping victory in regional elections of France, which were the first elections after the deadly attacks on Paris. Other than ...
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Why is the drive for undocumented migration so strong between France and 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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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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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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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 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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Do Caribbean countries have standing against colonial countries for slave reparations?

A new lawsuit is being filed in the International Court at Haugue for slave reparations. Fourteen Caribbean countries that once sustained that slave economy now want Mr. Hague to put his money where ...
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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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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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