In the French Brief, experts discuss French matters, unveiling the country’s complexities and ways of thinking, through historical analysis, political reflections and international comparisons.
Life in France's Banlieues: Overview and Battle Plan
Analysis by Iona Lefevbre
What are the various realities of life in the suburbs? How can we improve the lives of the communities that live there?
The Politics of Macron’s Commemoration of the Algerian War
Analysis by Hakim El Karoui and Mahaut de Fougières
Emmanuel Macron has commemorated the Algerian War throughout his mandate. He launched several initiatives in this sense
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What to Expect French Healthcare in 2022
Analysis by Laure Millet and Emma Ros
French healthcare has seen its ups and downs in the last few years. Yet, the presidential campaigns have yet to make it a priority.
Understanding French Housing Policy (and its Challenges)
Analysis by Iona Lefebvre
This French Brief is dedicated to France's housing crisis, which has been aggravated since the pandemic and the new ecological challenges it brought.
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Bataclan 6 Years On: The Attacks That Changed France
Analysis by Mahaut de Fougières and Hakim El Karoui
On November 13, 2015 a series of attacks set in motion a profound transformation in mindset and policy measures that changed how France approaches security and counterterrorism.
Left Out: A History of the French Right and Left
Analysis by Philip Nord
A brief history of the French political spectrum, and why the Left is on shaky ground today, by historian Phillip Nord.
There is More to France than Paris
Analysis by Nicolas Bauquet
Since an important reform implemented by former president François Hollande in 2015, French Regions are slowly but radically transforming the country.
Religion in the French Workplace: What it Really Looks Like
Analysis by Lionel Honoré
Our 2021 Barometer of Religion in the Workplace shows empirical evidence that the state of religion in France is not what it may seem at first glance.
Impetus for Reform: Higher Education and Research in France
France must undertake structural changes in higher education and research around a clear strategic line, solid governance and collective commitment from all academics, institutions and governmental stakeholders.
The Road to Gender Equality in France’s Labor Market
Analysis by Mahaut de Fougières
Women have been disproportionally impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has set back worldwide progress towards gender equality. France is no exception.
The New Frontiers of Healthcare
Analysis by Laure Millet
The sanitary crisis revealed the weaknesses and tensions of France's healthcare system. In order to be more resilient it needs structural changes.
Reinforcing the Principles of the Republic: A French Paradox?
Analysis by Hakim El Karoui
After months of heated debate, the law bolstering the respect of republican principles wanted by President Macron finally shows its depth. How can we analyze it ?
Four Good Reasons to Change Our Mental Healthcare System
Analysis of Angèle Malâtre-Lansac
The psychological impacts of the pandemic will undoubtedly be one of the major challenges of the coming years.
Reinventing Retirement in the Midst of a Pandemic
Analysis by Victor Poirier
The effect of Covid-19 on France’s pension system has been complex and profound. Could it be the opportunity to reinvent retirement?
Finding Answers to Islamic Separatism
Analysis of Hakim El Karoui
In a country where wounds from extremist attacks are still open, important questions need to be raised about Islamism, the individuals it affects and society's response to it.
The Overdue Task of Understanding France's Poor Districts
by Hakim El Karoui
Understanding the diversity of France’s poor districts and investing in people at least as much as in buildings is a fundamental to tackling poverty in France.
France’s Green Budget: Making Our Planet Great Again?
Analysis by Clémence Alméras
The French government has made the environmental transition a key element of its recovery plan, following the lead of the European Commission and of Germany.
France in the Era of Unemployment
Analysis by Franck Morel
Second article of our new series The French Brief, offering analysis on all things French.