from The Great Debate UK:

Democracy vs. austerity

May 8, 2012

By Kathleen Brooks. The opinions expressed are her own.

Throughout history it has always been difficult to take something away from someone once you have given it to them. Europe is finding that it is extremely difficult to reign in public finances once they start to go out of control. Democracies don’t like to vote for austerity, which is why Sarkozy lost the Presidency in France, why a radical left party came second in the Greek elections and why the Conservatives got a drubbing at last week’s local elections in the UK.

from Global Investing:

A necessary evil?

May 7, 2012

While market players nervously chew their nails over the Greek election result, the French market is calmly absorbing news of a socialist victory in its own presidential race.

from MacroScope:

Joint euro bonds: the inconvenient truth

August 18, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy kept a distance from the idea of a common sovereign euro zone bond on this week, with France hinting only that it could be a possibility in the very distant future.

from FaithWorld:

France’s ban on full face veils goes into force

April 11, 2011

(Official poster for the information campaign about France's full face veil ban/SIG)

(Official poster for the information campaign about France's full face veil ban. The quote says "Nobody can wear clothes meant to hide the face in public."/SIG)

from FaithWorld:

Sarkozy party: Islam debate undercuts French far-right

By Reuters Staff
April 6, 2011

(Jean-Francois Cope, France's UMP political party leader, speaks at the end of the UMP party's debate on secularism in Paris April 5, 2011. France's ruling conservatives discussed a 26-point secularism platform for the practice of Islam in French society on Tuesday at a debate which has forced the party to fend off accusations of bigotry. The slogan reads " Secularism, to live better together". REUTERS/Charles Platiau )

(Jean-François Copé, April 5, 2011. The sign says: "Secularism - for living together better"/Charles Platiau )

from FaithWorld:

Boycott and protests set stage for French Islam debate

By Reuters Staff
April 4, 2011

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(Muslims demonstrate against the debate about secularism and Islam proposed by the UMP party, April 2, 2011. The placard reads,"French and Muslims, where is the problem?"/Benoit Tessier)

from FaithWorld:

French religious leaders warn against divisive Islam debate

March 30, 2011

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(Abderrahmane Dahmane displays green star to protest against France's Islam debate, March 29, 2011/Gonzalo Fuentes)

from FaithWorld:

Islam emerges as divisive issue in French local polls campaign

March 25, 2011

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(Marine Le Pen, the anti-immigrant National Front leader whose success has prompted President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party to veer to the right before a local elections runoff on Sunday, photographed after voting in the first round on March 20, 2011/Pascal Rossignol )

from FaithWorld:

France to enforce ban on full Muslim face veils from April

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2011

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(A Muslim woman at a demonstration against France's banning of full face veils from public spaces, outside the French Embassy in London, September 25, 2010/Luke MacGregor)

from FaithWorld:

French far-right sees boost from planned Islam debate

February 18, 2011

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(Marine Le Pen at a National Front congress in Tours January 16, 2011/Stephane Mahe)