French politics

Why voters in one corner of France are quietly turning their back on politics

France — Report

The Bas-Rhin département or county in north-east France, which borders Germany, is dominated politically by the Right and far-right. Mediapart visited the region to test the mood on the ground and found that more and more local people, and especially those in rural areas, are choosing to abstain from voting. Quietly, and with no fanfare, swathes of people in this area are saying a discreet farewell to the world of politics. Mathilde Goanec reports from the towns of Drusenheim and Haguenau.

Why France must cure itself of its addiction to Nicolas Sarkozy

France — Analysis

The media is constantly speculating about the likelihood of former president Nicolas Sarkozy returning to the political fray and ultimately challenging President François Hollande at the next presidential election. Here academic, author and Mediapart contributor Christian Salmon argues that it has always been apparent that Sarkozy would seek revenge for his defeat at the hands of Hollande in 2012, and that the 'will he, won't he' story of his possible return is simply a marketing ploy to get French public opinion acclimatised to the idea. The real issue in 2014, says Salmon, is how to wean France off its addiction to Sarkozyism before it takes hold of the country once again...

Beleaguered President Hollande under pressure to announce major 'clean up' of political life

France

First panic then a state of limbo overtook the French government after the shock confession of former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac over his Swiss bank account. Now president François Hollande, under great pressure from all sides of the political debate and amid growing public disenchantment, looks set to announce major new measures in a bid to improve the 'morals' of French politics. Lénaïg Bredoux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.