Liberté, égalité, fraternité. The famous motto to presumably epitomize the correct model and stage of societal and economic development. Admittedly, a great portion of the Western world owes their success and progress to this powerful ideology. However, today’s France under the leftist leadership captained by President Francois Hollande has taken the premise of égalité to another level. Consequently, history may remember Hollande’s reign differently: as a time of fiscalité, misere, faillite.
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From Concussions to Chronic Headaches: What an Islamist-controlled North Africa means for the United States and the WestFeb 2nd, 2013 | By The Political Bouillon
As outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the 23rd of January, the country is reminded of a sobering truth: the chaos in North Africa spells bad fortunes for the United States. Four months have passed since American ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed in a jihadist attack in Libya. Just as Clinton gives a testimony taking responsibility for the security failures in Benghazi, France continues to be engaged in a ground conflict by the side of the Malian government. Regional turbulence threatens to expand northwards as the aftermath from the Algerian hostage crisis unfolds. With the US renewing its vows to find those responsible for the Libya attacks, and French military engagements deepening in Mali, these crises show no signs of letting up.
What was the government’s incentive in raising such hostility towards the French liberal doctors? Why such reform? The answer is fairly simple: money, and drawing the public’s attention away from where the socialists get their funding.
While protests and demonstrations have never been unusual in France, one currently taking place might just be standing out. As of November 12th, French doctors in clinics have engaged in an illimitable strike to express their anger against the healthcare reform concerning top-up medical fees (les “dépassements d’honoraires”) in sector 2, signed on October 25th. Many surgeons have since refused to perform any more surgeries until an agreement can be reached, while some med school interns are also refusing to work anymore. Protests and marches have been initiated all around the country, affecting more than 70% of the French healthcare facilities.
Today the new president of France was sworn in. Who is the new president of France, and what will his rule mean for Europe? [Continuation] The Agenda – International Politics and the Franco-German Axis Less rosy seems the international field, where Hollande will soon have to demonstrate, if he can assert France’s interests among the [...]
The victory of the rebel forces in Libya is often conceived as not only their victory, but as a victory of European diplomacy as well. Though this might be true for the relations between Europe and the United States, it is doubtful whether it is the case for the relations with the Arab world as well. The economic and political reality must lead to the conclusion that the effects might not be as lasting as one would hope.
France’s bombs on Gbagbo and Italy’s bombs on Khadafi show that Europe’s countries dare to act in their former colonies. Accusations of neocolonialism by evildoers should be accepted as compliments, as it means standing up for human rights, even in countries where acting militarily is sensitive.
On February 25, 2011 the French President visited Turkey and he stayed in Ankara for 300 minutes. Even though the official purpose of the visit was a work meeting to discuss regional and international issues as G-20 members, the Turkish bid for EU accession dominated the atmosphere. What does this “300-minutes” mean for Turkey, France and the EU? The short time of the visit was long enough to create many implications for all the sides around the table.