"Macron’s reshuffle, ditching a popular PM, is a gamble indicating how weak he is, how high the stakes are." Professor Ben Clift of PAIS comments on the news that the French Prime Minister has resigned, and explores what this means for President Macron's leadership and re-election chances.
Dr David Lees, expert in French politics from the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, discusses Former French Prime Minister François Fillon’s appearance in court for his role in a "fake jobs" scandal.
"He became recalled popularly as a regular guy who spanned the left-right divide while remaining suitably presidential in office, but who did not let France get pushed around by anyone, including Mrs. Thatcher." Professor Seán Hand comments on the legacy of President Jacques Chirac, who has died at the age of 86.
French authorities have warned that an oil slick is heading towards the Nouvelle-Aquitaine coastline after an Italian cargo ship sank in the Atlantic. Dr Jessica Shepherd , Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Sustainable Development at the University of Warwick, explains the environmental risks.
Dr Alex Corcos from the department of French Studies comments on the latest on the protests in France. As PM Edouard Philippe has announced plans to punish those who hold unsanctioned protests following the weeks of unrest caused by the Yellow Vest movement.