Tagged: France

French strikes continue

Protests over pension reforms in France continue to escalate. Students have joined the protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following view. “How ironic is it that 16-year-old high school students are protesting against a campaign to raise the […]

France, Roma, and the EU

France may face legal action from the European Union over its expulsion of more than 8,000 Roma, the term used to describe gypsies from Eastern Europe. The EU has given France until October 15th to show that the expulsions were lawful. International relations professor William Keylor, author of “A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945″ and an […]

France bans burqas

The French Parliament passed a bill banning women from wearing burqas and other full-body robes in public. International Relations professor William Keylor gives some historical perspective on the issue. “The great irony of this whole affair is that the deeply felt sentiment in France against public displays of religious affiliation originated in the anti-clerical campaign […]

Japan’s ruling party calls for austerity

The newly elected Japanese ruling Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Naoto Kan (l.) has pledged to rein that nation’s huge debt, the world’s largest, calling for drastic tax reform including a hiking the sales tax.  Public opinion polls show Japanese citizens prepared for tax increases and budget cuts if they can reduce the risk of […]

French loyalty tests

After months of debate, France has unveiled a patriotic  initiative that will have schools flying the French flag and students singing the national anthem — and require immigrants to sign a declaration of French values.  The move comes amid growing anti-Muslim sentiment in France.  International relations Professor William Keylor says it’s no different than Americans saying the Pledge of […]

France and U.K. curb bankers’ pay

England has been joined by France in slapping a supertax on bank bonuses in an effort to push other countries, including the U.S., do so likewise.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, says it’s disgaceful the United States didn’t […]