Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Whose boots on the ground? Turkey wary of Syrian Kurds (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Whose boots on the ground? Turkey wary of Syrian Kurds

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dacian Ciolos, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU-US free trade agreement: A bad deal for European consumers?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somali president

Read more

ENCORE!

Tony Allen: Putting the 'beat' in Afrobeat

Read more

REPORTERS

Uruguay: President Mujica’s social revolution

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Turkey ‘turns blind eye’ to border-crossing jihadists

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Climate therapy

Read more

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

FACE-OFF

FACE-OFF

Latest update : 2014-03-19

French local elections: A referendum on Hollande?

This Sunday, voters all across France will head to the polls for the first time since the Socialists won the presidency and a majority in parliament nearly two years ago. They will cast a ballot to elect their mayors. But although these are local elections, their outcome will have national consequences. How much will President Hollande's dreadful approval ratings weigh on voters' minds? Can the opposition conservatives overcome their divisions? And will the far-right become a major player?

By Marc PERELMAN

Our guests

Jean-Marc Gonin

Senior Writer, Le Figaro Magazine

Philip Turle

Journalist, RFI

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-10-14 France

Unemployment benefit: Is France too generous?

Should job seekers have less benefits? For years, merely asking that question was a taboo for the left. But in the space of a few days, both the Prime Minister and the Minister...

Read more

2014-10-07 French politics

Nicolas Sarkozy: The impossible comeback?

He certainly did not expect his political comeback to be a walk in the park. But former French president Nicolas Sarkozy probably did not imagine that his conservative rivals...

Read more

2014-09-30 François Hollande

French Senate election: A new blow for Hollande

For the third time this year, the ruling Socialists have been shown a red card by the French electorate. Last Sunday, they lost their majority in the Senate, which is now...

Read more

2014-09-23 French politics

Nicolas Sarkozy's comeback: A new beginning?

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is back! After releasing a long statement on his Facebook page, he gave a 45-minute-long interview on national television to explain why...

Read more

2014-09-17 French politics

Manuel Valls: A weakened Prime minister?

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has got the confidence vote he was seeking from parliament. But his majority is shrinking as a growing number of his fellow Socialists grumble...

Read more