July 19, 2017

Disguising opinion as fact in the coverage of France’s military chief

The head of France’s armed forces, General Pierre De Villiers, resigned on Wednesday, and President Emmanuel Macron appointed General Francois Lecointre to replace him. De Villiers released a statement saying, “In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection […]

May 15, 2017

The vague language of political news coverage

French President Emmanuel Macron named Republican Party member Édouard Philippe as his prime minister. The president’s secretary general Alexis Kohle made the announcement on Monday outside the Élysée Palace, the president’s residence. Macron, 39, was inaugurated on Sunday after winning the runoff presidential election on May 7. Parliamentary elections to fill the 577 seats of […]

May 5, 2017

3 faulty assumptions in the coverage of the French campaign and Le Pen

On Friday, the last day of campaigning before Sunday’s French presidential elections, four new polls showed Emmanuel Macron leading with 62 percent of the votes and Marine Le Pen with 38 percent. Another poll showed Macron with 61.5 percent. An Odoxa poll showed a quarter of French voters are planning to abstain from voting on […]

April 24, 2017

Does division in France really spell doom?

French President François Hollande endorsed independent candidate Emmanuel Macron after he won the most votes in the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday. National Front leader Marine Le Pen placed second. François Fillon and Benoît Hamon, presidential candidates who did not advance to the second round, both asked their supporters to vote for […]

April 23, 2017

The French election: Missing information strikes again

Early projections showed Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen leading the first-round of France’s presidential election after the polls closed at 8 p.m. local time on Sunday. Official results were not yet available. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the first round will compete in a run-off election that is scheduled for […]

April 21, 2017

The mysterious case of the missing French election info

France is holding the first of two possible rounds of voting to elect a new president on Sunday. Eleven candidates are running in the first round. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in this round, a second round will be held on May 7 with the top two candidates from […]