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A debate on the latest developments in French politics with two Paris-based journalists. Every Tuesday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

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Latest update : 2013-11-25

Major tax reform: will Hollande pull the trigger?

Since François Hollande's election, taxes have certainly gone up, which partly explains his record low popularity ratings. But now his Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is suddenly pledging a major overhaul of the byzantine tax system in France. Also this week, there was a breath of fresh air as the French football team pulled off a miracle by coming from behind and qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Hollande was quick to seize upon the victory.

On the set:
  • Jean-Marc Gonin, Senior Writer, Le Figaro Magazine;
  • Philip Turle, Journalist, RFI.

 

By Marc PERELMAN

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2014-11-18 French politics

Gay marriage law: Nicolas Sarkozy under fire for promising repeal

Nicolas Sarkozy's promise to repeal France's gay marriage law has raised eyebrows on both left and right, with some of his most loyal supporters publicly disagreeing with him....

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2014-11-11 French politics

A new political scandal: A plot against Sarkozy?

This week, the French have been riveted by a scandal that seems to come right out of a political thriller. In a new book, journalists from newspaper "Le Monde" claim that former...

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2014-11-04 French politics

François Hollande's mid-mandate: Can he bounce back?

This week marks the middle of President François Hollande's 5-year mandate. The inevitable flurry of polls taken on that occasion all tell the same story: a deeply unpopular...

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2014-10-28 French politics

France's budget: Is the EU calling the shots?

With the European Commission reviewing France's budget for next year, the French government has found itself in the awkward position of the student anxiously waiting for the...

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2014-10-21 French politics

François Hollande: The mid-term blues

French President François Hollande is reaching mid-mandate with very little to celebrate. He is, by far, the most unpopular president in modern times and the vast majority of his...

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