Has Marine Le Pen managed to turn the National Front into a regular party? It is hard to believe if we take into account the first measures taken by FN mayors since the municipal elections. But according to polls, the FN party is still expected to take the lead in the French ballot.
Since January 1st 2012, French people pay their sodas at a higher price. Other European countries even tax directly fat- and sweetened aliments. These measures to sensitize consumers with the issue of obesity make their way through a continent where junk food is overly present.
The French government intends to introduce rent control. Cécile Duflot, the newly appointed Minister of Territorial Equality and Housing in the Ayrault Cabinet, wants to draw on the German rent control system.
Taxing incomes over the one million mark at a rate of 75% as François Hollande is suggesting will not cause French millionaires to flee to our European neighbors. Using the example of a taxpayer earning 1,2 million every year, we compared the exact amount of taxes he would be paying in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy and the UK. Not without a few surprises.
With the Tunisian revolution and increasing unrest in Algeria, it's time to reconsider our vision of islam. In a European context of spreading islamophobia, Marc Cheb Sun, founder and director the French “Respect Mag” magazine and initiator of an appeal refusing violence committed in the name of islam (1), invites us to change our view of Muslims inside and outside of Europe's borders.