Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Tale of Two Frances:Marine Le Pen 6.2 % in Paris, 27.5 % in Vaucluse

When one analyses the first round French presidential election results in detail and examines the vote in the major cities and compares it with the regions some very striking differences emerge which illustrate the divide in French society today. For … Continue reading

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France votes:Hollande 28.5 %; Sarkozy 27.1%;Le Pen 18.2%;Mélenchon 11.1%;Bayrou 9.1%;Joly 2.3%

France the bastion of democracy has voted in the first round of the Presidential elections. As the polls suggested François Hollande of the Parti socialiste has finished just ahead of the President Nicholas Sarkozy of the UMP. In third place … Continue reading

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More violent clashes in Quebec between student demonstrators and police over proposed tuition fees increase

Both yesterday and today there have been further violent clashes between demonstrators opposed to the fee increases and the police in Montreal. Malicious property damage , personal injury to both protestors  and police and innocent bystanders have resulted. One has … Continue reading

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Canadian inflation falls to 1.9 % below the 2 % target rate of the Bank of Canada: raising interest rates would be a big mistake

Statistics Canada has announced that the inflation rate for March fell to 1.9 %. This is exactly opposite to what a number of conventional economists including those who hold influential positions at the Bank thought would be the case. The … Continue reading

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French election heats up: Hollande and Sarkozy neck and neck with Mélenchon in third Le Pen close behind

The French Presidential election taking place amidst the turmoil and deprivation unleashed by the crash and failed austerity approach of the European leadership is turning into a very interesting contest. It would seem with only a week to go before … Continue reading

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Vive le Québec social et progressif ! : the conflict over higher university tuition fees in Québec

There has been a significant clash over values and higher education taking place in Québec over the past few weeks. There is an on going student strike and there  have been daily demonstrations at many of the university campuses in … Continue reading

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Australia and unemployment rate significantly lower than North America and most of Western Europe

Australia has always been a country I have followed with interest. I had Australian teachers in grade school who were among my favorites and my primary school principal was a kind and wise Australian from Tasmania. I also have some … Continue reading

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