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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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". The ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 ...