• The political vacuum behind the rise of the French far-right

    An opinion poll published last weekend in France placed far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen ahead of incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and other mainstream rivals in next year's presidential election first round vote. Here, Laurent Mauduit argues that the resurgence of the National Front is in large part due to the failure of the French opposition left parties to recognise and address the causes of a deep social malaise in the country.
  • Tunisian crisis exposes misery behind IMF 'model'

    Tunis lawyers © D.R. Tunis lawyers © D.R.

    Tunisia is witnessing the largest and most violent popular protest movement since President Ben Ali came to power 23 years ago. Thousands of Tunisian lawyers staged a national strike and demonstrations (photo) on January 6th, joining the revolts born from high youth unemployment, soaring inflation, and widespread corruption and human rights violations.

  • Why this tragedy for Hungary shames all Europe


    Hungary took over the rolling six-month presidency of the European Union on January 1st. On the same day, its government introduced a new law severely restricting the freedom of the Hungarian media. This scandalous law of censorship is an outrageous attack on fundamental human rights and contravenes the very founding principles of the European Treaty, says Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel. If the EU takes no action against Hungary, it will have betrayed its very reasons for being and, in the process, give a green light to the politics of authoritarianism now sweeping the continent.

  • Why we must all join in the battle for WikiLeaks

    WikiLeaks has opened a worldwide battle over the future of freedom of information with its release of US diplomatic cables. Mediapart's Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel argues here that it pitches the fundamental right of the public to access information against the stranglehold on information hitherto exercised by governing powers and establishments. At stake is whether the alliance of economic interests and national powers-that-be can snuff out the future of democratic ideals spurred by the tools of the digital age; and the result concerns everyone of us.
  • The farce of Sarkozy's reshuffle and the crisis it cannot hide

    No control: President Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters No control: President Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has re-appointed François Fillon as prime minister, and the long-awaited ministerial reshuffle has happened. The president hopes it will turn a political page on a volatile social crisis and the scandals rocking his presidency. But, argues Mediapart's Laurent Mauduit, the stage-managed media rumours surrounding the future government and an abscence of political debate before its composition speak volumes about the president's attachment to democracy as well as the extent of a crisis within his own political camp.

  • Lies, damned lies, and statistics

    While the French government argues that a national recovery is now underway, Laurent Mauduit details here how a closer study of the economic statistics in fact reveals a country of deepening social divides and rising frustrations.