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There are many in the United States who lack a basic understanding of Socialism in even a few of its many forms. The most damning indictment is when a person uses Communism, Nazism, and Socialism as though they are synonyms. It would be lost on them to attempt to explain nuances between Social Democracy and Democratic Socialism. There are numerous programs ...


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Because US Democratic party is not left wing, it's just slightly more to the left than extremely right wing Republican party. This is an important point, one that is worth expanding. The ideology of the Democratic Party is closer to that of European Centre-Right parties like the UK Conservative Party and the German CDU than it is to the European Centre-Left,...


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There are major differences between the French and American political culture which reflect into their respective political agendas. I am not sure their minds or political programs fully fall into the definition of "ideologies". I sum it up like this. Similarities: Protectionism Isolationism Identity politics Anti-immigration Anti-NATO Extreme vetting or ...


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Without citing President Macron directly, the BBC summarizes some of the reasons that play a role: But France worries a 12-week extension could encourage more UK indecisiveness or a general election which may prove inconclusive on Brexit. President Emmanuel Macron favours a short, sharp Brexit delay; encouraging MPs and the UK government to ...


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Customs in French Guiana Yes, it is an external border for the purpose of EU common external customs tariffs. According to the EU's page on Territorial status of EU countries and certain territories It is a territory of the EU, EU customs rules do apply, EU VAT rules do not apply, and Excise rules do not apply either. The New York Times has an ...


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Adrien's answer has a lot of merits. It is indeed a marketing strategy, especially done at this moment (between the two rounds). It can also be said that this is a French tradition: the President is the President of all French people, designated to lead them all and serve their interest, and not only the supporters of the winning party. This comes from ...


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The funding of political parties is strictly organized by the law in France. Even a former President can be prosecuted, and potentially sent to jail, for cheating with the regulations. In the outtakes of a documentary about Mr. Bannon by Alison Klayman, Bannon is filmed discussing Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National financial difficulties, and being ...


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Given that all the other parties were either neutral or supported Macron, and was branded an enemy of the republic, how did she gain an addition 12% or so? Voters aren't beholden to parties. It's quite possible that 12% of the voters preferred François Fillon, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, etc. in the first round but preferred Marine Le Pen to Emmanuel Macron in ...


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This could be traced back to the Cold War era, when socialism and the USSR was the mortal enemy of the US. Any party nowadays wouldn't want to associate themselves with the old enemy. Also for most people, 'socialism' strongly recalls in their memory the crimes committed by the various socialist proclaimed regimes around the world.


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Other answers have commented on the US side of the question but I am not sure that France's Parti Socialiste “proudly” calls itself socialist. In fact, the prime minister (who presently comes from this party) floated the idea of changing its name less than a month ago. In any case, most European centre-left parties have kept their traditional name (“...


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With Britain exiting, France and Germany are the most powerful countries in the EU. If France exits, the EU will in practice be dominated by Germany, and thus cease to be a truly multipolar institution. As such, it will have failed in its mission of permanently constraining major power rivalry in Western Europe through economic and political integration.


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Given that while an Ambassador is the formal representative of a State to a foreign government, if he is recalled the delegation (embassy staff et al) can remain at their post. Thus it is a purely political signal to show the discontent of a government with a foreign government. Citizens are not harmed as the representations (embassies and consulates) will ...


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Stratfor's latest podcast (or here) addressed it in detail, but at root level it's very simple: the markets were pricing in (due to closeness of polling and other polling-related factors) the worst-case scenario of the two winners being right-wing Euro-skeptic Marine Le Pen and left-wing Euro-skeptic Socialist/part-time-Communist Jean-Luc Mélenchon. In ...


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In short, yes the information presented in that graphic is well sourced and appears generally reliable. The creator of the graphic is Olivier Berruyer who is French political blogger. His source is IFOP, a well established French polling company, with a history dating back to 1938. Olivier includes in his blog an image of a 1944 newspaper containing the ...


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There are three types of "Emergency" in the French system. The first two are constitutional, the third is statutory law, and it was the third type that was used in 2016/17. The first can be declared when the territory, people or constitution of France are in grave danger. The President can take emergency actions to protect France. But the "Emergency" can ...


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The reason for French military action now is that the carefully crafted French-led plan of action (train African troops to fight the Islamists, with France as trainers) got thrown out the window since said Islamists declined to oblige waiting on the French/UN timetable and launched a major 2-column advance on the South that threatened to net them a complete ...


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In early 20th century America, communism was viewed as a threat to the "American way of life." Socialism was viewed as simply a variation of communism. At the time, there were Communist and Socialist Parties. Many of the members of these groups were what many Americans viewed as undesirables (i.e. immigrants, Jews and the poor). Many Americans began ...


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According to Luxemburg Times, Marcon only wants to grant an extension until Nov 30. French President Emmanuel Macron wants to grant a delay until 30 November, or even sooner, to put pressure on the House of Commons to back Boris Johnson's deal. Other EU governments see that as too much of a gamble because it could lead to a no-deal Brexit. They are ...


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I have been wondering about that for quite some time and I do not have any comprehensive answer but that fact is that migration routes are much more complicated than “poor people going to rich countries”. There are many people from Africa immigrating to France as well, either with a student visa, family/spouse visa or some other way. Some of them might end ...


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Those percentages are the percentages in expressed votes. They do not take into account the blank or null votes (11.5 percent of the votes casted, 4.07 million votes, all-time highest score), as well as the participation (down to 74.6%, lowest in quite a long time). Those are not really relevant to study "additional votes", even though it is the criteria ...


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Because saying "Things as usual" provide fewer page views.... just kidding, there is always some sensationalism but the main points are: "Traditional" parties have suffered a severe setback. According to current data: Parti Socialiste would have got 7.44% votes, from 29.35% in 2012 Les Républicains would have got 15.77% votes, from 27.12% in 2012 The ...


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With few exceptions, taxes collected by governments go into a 'general fund' and are not earmarked for 'related' activities. Gasoline taxes are not used for roads, alcohol taxes are not used for addictions, real estate taxes are not used for real estate. This is just following the general pattern.


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The "why" in these cases would seem to be The protection of the child is the primary consideration However, there is a general right to privacy and a right not to have one's DNA analysed. Paternity testing in particular reveals private information not only about the person taking the test, but also the child's mother and third parties. This information ...


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Historically, diesel fuel was taxed at a lower rate than regular fuel in France. This was mostly a way for the government to help the French car-making industry, which had invested significantly in the diesel technology. Thus during a long time it was financially a good choice to buy a diesel car in France, and as a result the share of diesel cars in the ...


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Following the link to the actual report (from the Wikipedia page) and searching for France brings data like: [..] as France slipped down a category. France’s slip was the result of a deterioration in social cohesion. and The rise of the FN in France is just one example of an increased appetite among voters in western Europe for populist, anti-...


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This is a marketing strategy in order to gather more people because the NF is something that still scares and worries a lot of people. A similar fact was the removal of her family name from her campaign posters to dissociate from her father and soften her image. This also give her more freedom and let her the possibility to amend her project to rally more ...


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So as the border of the EU does French Guiana have an open and free-flowing border with its neighbours, or border posts and heavily restricted movement? There's a pretty "hard" border between French Guiana and Brazil, if that's really your question. There are Customs on the Oyapock River Bridge, just to pick an example. You don't just get waved through. ...


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As stated in the Le Parisien article mentioned in the BBC article you linked, a medical exam is simply something that a prosecutor must order as part of an investigation for the type of offense that Le Pen is being investigated for. However, since the point of the medical exam is to provide proper prison care in the event of a conviction I'm sure there are ...


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The simple (and much more important) fact is that the current French Republic is the successor of the kingdom of France (and of the various regimes that existed in-between). In spite of all the turmoil and deep changes that happened in the last two centuries, the state still sees itself that way, honors international commitments and agreements, etc. Even if ...


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I am French and your question interested me so I read some articles about that. I'm not a political expert but maybe this can help you. As you noticed, president Mitterrand (left wing) decided in 1985 to include proportionality after losing the cantonal elections (second-level districts) in order to limit the damages for his political party in the 1986 ...


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