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Nicolas Sarkozy appears on television to protest his innocence. Photo: Getty
Nicolas Sarkozy may recover from his latest scandal, but the political class will not be so lucky
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 03 July 16:42

Whatever the outcome of the ongoing corruption investigations, the damage done to trust in public officials will be long-lasting.

Algeria fans supporting their team in Marseilles. Photo: Getty
New attacks on French-Algerian citizens resurrect old, subtle forms of racism
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 02 July 16:56

The World Cup is just the latest political football to be kicked by the Front National’s Marine Le Pen, who suggested that “You are either French or Algerian”.

Marine Le Pen at a press conference after the European election results were announced. Photo: Getty
The Front National’s success in France shows that “protest votes” can no longer be easily dismissed
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 27 May 12:46

The party’s success in the European elections marks the end of its time as a marginal voice in French politics.

Some of the midwives and patients from the fifth series of One Born Every Minute. Photo: Phil Fisk
One Born Every Minute is the opium of the masses
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 22 April 15:25

Like millions of others, I love Channel 4’s maternity documentary. But it is feeding us an overly rosy view of an NHS suffering from staff shortages and cutbacks.

“No blacks or Arabs” for Israeli PM's visit: the latest example of French state-sanctioned discrimination
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 16 April 10:00

Hollande's silence on the alleged discrimination against black and Arab employees is indicative of the president's recent decision to chase popularity by playing to the centre-right.

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Trouble for Hollande from the Right and the Left
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah - 11 June 17:57

On yesterday's French legislative elections.