Introduction Central to the French political context is the upcoming presidential election of April 2022, after five years of a government headed by President Emmanuel Macron. December 2021’s electoral polls announced that around 32% of the voters intend to put a ballot for one of the main far-right candidates (M. Le Pen 16%, E. Zemmour …

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France | Far-right, far-right reactions, France, Nahel, Riots | 07/03/2023

I’ll put a bullet in your head!

On June 27th, 2023, a 17-year-old boy, Nahel, was shot dead by a police officer during a traffic stop in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris. A witness filmed the scene; the policeman yells, “I’ll put a bullet in your head,” and shoots him despite the absence of imminent danger. For five days and nights, primarily young people from housing projects have revolted in the suburbs of all major and even some medium-sized cities in France.

France | 04/06/2022

Presidential Elections in France

The timing couldn’t be more fortuitous: as the war in Ukraine unsettles political certainties across Europe and Emmanuel Macron seeks to assert himself in the diplomatic arena, voters will head to the polls for the first round of France’s presidential election on 10 April. The second round is scheduled for two weeks later. In the …