Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2014

Prime Minister Manuel Valls' job is to save François Hollande's presidency. The new government has committed to some changes. But will it push through the painful reforms the country needs or will it chart a political collision course with Brussels? By Mathieu von Rohr in Paris more... Comment ]

Right-Wing Makeover: The Spindoctor Behind the New Front National

Right-Wing Makeover: The Spindoctor Behind the New Front National

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2014

France's right-wing populist party Front National stands to make significant advances in upcoming local elections and in the European vote in May. One reason for its current success is 32-year-old chief strategist Florian Philippot. By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

French Economics Minister: 'There Is No German Model for France'

French Economics Minister: 'There Is No German Model for France'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2014

In an interview, French Economics Minister Pierre Moscovici discusses President Hollande's decision to implement structural reforms, his friendship with Wolfgang Schäuble and criticism of France he believes is unjust. Interview by Britta Sandberg and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Romance and Reform: Does Hollande Mean Business This Time?

Romance and Reform: Does Hollande Mean Business This Time?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

German politicians are letting out a sigh of relief over French President François Hollande's apparent about face on economic reforms. With his private life under scrutiny, is he strong enough to push through needed changes? By Sven Böll, Ralf Neukirch and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Europe's Sole Military Force: Giving France Respect Where It Is Due

Europe's Sole Military Force: Giving France Respect Where It Is Due

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2014

French troops are fighting in bloody conflicts around the world, most recently in the Central African Republic. Other EU members, including Germany, say they will now provide support for these deployments. It's high time. A Commentary by Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

World War I Centenary: The Symbolic Power of French Victory

World War I Centenary: The Symbolic Power of French Victory

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2014

The passionate commemoration of World War I is a vital element of France's contemporary national cohesion. But before a momentous turning point in August 1914, the country looked to be on the brink of defeat. By Romain Leick more... Comment ]

Taking Responsibility: France Seeks Help for Africa Intervention

Taking Responsibility: France Seeks Help for Africa Intervention

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2013

Despite its financial troubles, France remains committed to an expensive military intervention in the Central African Republic. Now the country is looking to its European partners, chiefly Germany, to support the operation. more... Comment ]

Central African Republic: French Intervention Risky for Hollande

Central African Republic: French Intervention Risky for Hollande

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

The Central African Republic is on the verge of collapse, as religious warfare threatens to devolve into genocide. Now French President François Hollande is sending 1,200 troops to end the violence -- but France runs the risk of becoming embroiled in complicated power struggles. By Stefan Simons more... Comment ]

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

French society is under threat, argues philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in a controversial new book. The conservative spoke to SPIEGEL about what he sees as the failure of multiculturalism and the need for better integration of Muslim immigrants. Interview Conducted by Mathieu von Rohr and Romain Leick more... Comment ]

Disneyland Paris: Europe's Magic Kingdom Loses Its Magic

Disneyland Paris: Europe's Magic Kingdom Loses Its Magic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

Disneyland Paris is currently besieged by unflattering headlines and faltering finances. Now an attempted suicide by a park employee is drawing attention to its labor practices. French unions are furious and an outspoken Belgian visitor is campaigning for big changes. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]