Tagged: Nicolas Sarkozy

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 […]

Sarkozy challenged from the right

French President Nicolas Sarkozy (r.) is being challenged from within his own party by former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (l.).   The challenge could split Sarkozy’s ruling conservative party in the 2012 elections.  International relations Professor William Keylor reminds that Villepin was the aristocratic French foreign minister who scolded U.S. Secretary of State Powell during the U.N. debate […]