April 22, 1997 |
Taking the biggest political gamble of his term, President Jacques Chirac on Monday night dissolved the National Assembly and asked the French to elect a new Parliament willing to impose more belt-tightening measures on an already restive nation. "Our economy, our enterprises, employment cannot wait," Chirac proclaimed. "France needs a new elan. This . . . can only be given by clearly expressed approval from the French people."
January 14, 1998 |
She is university-educated, well-spoken and exquisitely polite, but citizens such as Beatrice, an auburn-haired Parisian who finds herself without steady work as she faces middle age, are making the French government tremble these days. On Tuesday, the unemployed Frenchwoman and thousands like her were in the streets, demanding a less precarious present and a more secure future.
January 19, 2001 |
"Get a lunchtime appointment in Paris in January with the people I need to see?" said the reporter from Time magazine. "Forget it." This is a very peculiar French season, known as the exchange of vows. For French President Jacques Chirac, it has meant eight receptions in one week at his official residence, plus a trip to his longtime power base, the farming area of Correze, about 250 miles south of Paris.
June 5, 1997 |
New French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin unveiled his government Wednesday, breaking spectacularly with the stubborn misogyny of French politics by entrusting more than a third of its 16 ministerial portfolios to women.
June 3, 1997 |
Rimless spectacles, white curls, dull-hued suits, professorial air and talk of ethics in politics: In style as well as substance, Lionel Jospin, the new prime minister of France, is the very opposite of the monarchical Francois Mitterrand, his onetime Socialist mentor. "Between the principles of morality that I used to see written on the blackboard of my classroom, and the principles that must impose themselves on the state, there must be a close relationship," Jospin has said.
November 11, 1998 |
They have almost faded away, those young Americans who crouched once upon a time in the muddy trenches of France, braving machine-gun fire, artillery salvos and poison gas for what they were told would be the last war ever fought. More than 2.1 million U.S. servicemen--doughboys, they were nicknamed--served in France and helped deliver the coup de grace to Germany and its allies in 1917 and 1918.