French society is convulsed by confrontations between police and citizens protesting against reforms to employment law. For over two months, major cities have been the scene of mass demonstrations.
The European radical left of the 21st century has the task of setting a new agenda, and challenging the dominant political language, which the social democratic left has failed to do.
The Economist, in its first issues of 2013, ran on its cover a picture of U.S. President Obama wearing a striped shirt and a beret. It was a joke and criticism directed towards his politics.
Masses of people thronged Place de la Bastille -- symbolically representative of the French revolution -- to cheer the electoral victory May 6 of French Socialist Party candidate François Hollande.
Fearing another national election with two right-wing parties competing for the presidency, PS party hopefuls for the presidential candidacy outline their policies.