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Sarkozy’s 100 days

France's new president has been as hyperactive in office as he was on the campaign trail. But real reform has yet to come
Tim King  

France profonde

Village festivals are increasingly important in rural France. They bring tourists and money, but they also restore pride to small towns which have lost so much else
Tim King  

France profonde

Unlike his predecessors, Nicolas Sarkozy takes a practical approach to politics. Unfortunately, this seems to mean mythifying the French nation and rewriting history
Tim King  

France profonde

By the time you read this, the first round of the French presidential election will have taken place. What has the three-month campaign told us about modern France?
Tim King  

Now for round two

The first round of the French presidential election threw up a few surprises. But now it's a straight fight—and Sarkozy has the upper hand
Tim King  

Front National

The Front National is an established part of French life with a solid support base. But talking to its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, and his daughter Marine, it is clear why the party will not easily become part of the…
Tim King  

France profonde

Most French people believe their government is corrupt. This may not stop corrupt politicians gaining office, but it turns many off voting and benefits Le Pen
Tim King  

France profonde

If Ségolène Royal wins the French presidency in May, a quirky regional experiment in participative budgeting for schools may become national policy
Tim King  

France profonde

Jean-Marie Le Pen will soon be begging the rural mayors of France to endorse his presidential run next year. Is it their democratic duty to sign? Or not to sign?
Tim King  

France profonde

After the traumas of the last two years, the French feel deeply uneasy about the state of their country. But most think it can pull itself back from the brink
Tim King  

France profonde

Although Blairism is withering away in Britain, it drives the presidential campaign in France, as I saw during Ségolène Royal's recent visit to a local village
Tim King  

France profonde

Founded by Jean-Paul Sartre, the left-wing newspaper Libération was once the smart radical's essential reading. But its values no longer reflect modern France
Tim King