Francois Hollande gambles on excluding Socialist dissidents

French president François Hollande took the biggest gamble of his two-year-old presidency on Monday by ordering his reformist prime minister to form a new government which will exclude Socialist dissidents demanding an end to economic austerity policies dictated by Germany. Continue reading…


CAR: French public fears “mission creep” as operation drags on


When President François Hollande ordered French troops into the Central African Republic
ostensibly to avert a “genocide” by Muslim rebels who had seized power, the operation
was named “Sangaris” after a butterfly to reflect its intended brief life.
Almost three months later, the French parliament is to vote tomorrow on extending the
operation, amid claims the government underestimated the potential for a backlash by the
Christian majority the troops were sent to protect. Continue reading…