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French member of the European parliament and Left Front (Front de Gauche, FG) President Jean-Luc Melenchon gestures as he delivers a speech during the Left Party (Parti de Gauche, PG) summer university in Toulouse on August 30, 2015
13/10/2015 - France

Left leaders shocked by Air France arrests, why saga is mirror of French Revolution

Five Air France workers, arrested following last week's violent clashes, remained in police custody on Tuesday, despite numerous calls for their release.

French press review 26 May 2015

Spanish elections draw a lot of attention this morning, as French editors sift the results for lessons at local and European level.

French weekly magazines review 5 April 2015

Editorialists examine the consequences of President Francois Hollande's third consecutive electoral defeat, and the political uncertainties facing Nicolas Sarkozy's opposition conservative UMP party ...
Rights group fear Front National rise in French regional elections
27/03/2015 - On-the-spot France

Rights group fear Front National rise in French regional elections

Mainstream parties in last week’s first round of elections in France's départements have urged supporters to turn out in droves to halt the progress of the far-right Front National.
France elections: Islam under scrutiny
26/03/2015 - On-the-spot France

France elections: Islam under scrutiny

Islam’s place in France is increasingly under debate, following January’s terror attacks against Charlie Hebdo magazine and attacks in Tunisia that left 22 people dead.
14/02/2015 - FRANCE

Controversial law to keep shops open Sundays passes in Paris

France’s economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s push to allow shops to stay open on Sundays – otherwise legally closed in the traditionally Catholic country – has passed for ...

French press review 27 October 2014

Is the French left an endangered species? Is another financial crisis on the way? Who are the Kurds? Who’s afraid of family allowance reform? And why is David Cameron apoplectic?

A banner backing Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Diyarbakir
07/08/2014 - Report: Turkey presidential election 2014

Left-wing candidate Demirtas counts on Kurds in Turkey’s presidential election … but second round may surprise

Selhettin Demirtas is standing for minority rights and a left-wing agenda in Turkey’s presidential election.
Gezi Park a year after the protests against its redevelopment
06/08/2014 - Report: Turkey presidential election 2014

Turkey’s Gezi Park protesters fear Erdogan presidential victory

In Turkey’s first-ever direct election of its president Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is defending the 12-year legacy of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in government.
Selahattin Demirtaş
01/08/2014 - Explainer: Turkey presidential election 2014

Turkish presidential candidates: Selahattin Demirtas

Selahattin Demirtas could be called the Gezi Park candidate in Turkey’s presidential election.