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A Path for Le Pen?

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The first round of the French Presidential elections was held on the 24th of April and Europe breathed a sigh of relief as Marine Le Pen, the anti-EU leader of the National Front, came in second place to political newcomer Emmanuel Macron. The two outsiders were neck-and-neck in last weeks of the campaign, leading to […]

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The New Face of Europe

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Paris continues to be rocked by protests and urban violence directed at French police and allegations that they are deliberately targeting minority groups and poor neighborhoods. Most protests have been peaceful, but there have also been violent incidents with hooded and masked provocateurs burning cars – now a French tradition – and hurling paving stones […]

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French Regional Elections Warn of Impending Disaster for EU

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Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front (FN – Front National) has pulled off a historic electoral performance in last night’s regional elections in France[1]. These regional election will select the members of the regional assemblies of metropolitan France, Corsica, Guyana and Martinique as well as 18 presidencies: those presidencies where a majority is not achieved […]

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Evolution of Islamic State Objectives and Operations

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Recent changes in the balance of power in the Syrian battlespace has possibly led to a change in strategic focus by the Islamic State. These changes are vital to understand in order to evaluate the potential impact both on the outcome of the civil war as well as the broader implications for the entire Arab […]

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The New Entente Cordiale: Russia’s Dangerous Idea

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The Paris terrorist attack and the French “declaration of war”[1] against the Islamic State has been ably exploited by Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the immediate aftermath of the slaughter in the French capital, the Kremlin finally acknowledged what was long known to Western intelligence agencies: the Metrojet flight from Sharm el Sheik was destroyed […]

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How Paris Changes Everything

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Europe’s 9-11. That’s what the coordinated terrorist attack on Friday night has been called. With 128 dead and over 200 wounded, the Paris attack is an order of magnitude smaller than the destruction wrought on New York; yet the psychological impact may be similar. The rhetoric coming out of Europe is an echo of the […]

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France rocked by Multiple Terror Attacks

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This update is republished with permission of Stratfor. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.     Update (6:00 CST): According to French media reports, French security forces have stormed and secured the Bataclan theater. The attackers apparently used grenades inside the main concert hall, Aujourd’hui […]

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Au Revoir Charlie, Bon Jour Marine

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Anger. Outrage. Indignation. Rejection. But not surprise. Those were my feelings last Wednesday[1] when I saw the initial reports and videos of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. Attacks against Western soft targets have become increasingly frequent, and Charlie was an obvious and appealing one for its always satirical and often sexually revealing or humiliating […]

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Mariano Rajoy’s Quixotic Priorities

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Never a dull moment when it comes to the antics of the Spanish government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy recently hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel[1], also known as “La Patrona”. Mrs. Merkel went to Madrid to shore up support in Europe’s fifth largest economy for a continuation of austerity measures. This was made necessary by the […]

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Happy Bastille Day!

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From Common Sense and the United States to our sister republic, France.

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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