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Same-sex marriage; the prospect of a female mayor for Paris; French people complaining about the weather, this time via social media … France is very much evolving.

French elections: a woman in charge at the Paris city hall in 2014?

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2014 will see France’s municipal elections taking place. The current mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, has announced his decision not to seek re-election – so a new mayor shall reign in the Paris city hall. The political party of the Left – the PS (Parti Socialiste) – will now be represented by Anne Hidalgo, the city’s current deputy mayor.

On 2 June, the Right UMP (‘Union for a Popular Movement’) party nominated Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, (nicknamed ‘NKM’), a former member of the Fillon government during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, via primary vote.

To watch a video about the announcement of her victory, click here.

Housing, employment, security, transport, the environment: these are some of the issues on which Parisians are awaiting statements from the candidates.

Same-sex marriage: France divided

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As we announced in our magazine in April, marriage between people of the same sex is now legal in France, and so is the possibility for a same-sex couple to have children. Despite the legislation being passed, the anti-gay marriage movement continued recently on 26 May, with a march organised in the streets of Paris.

Coincidentally, the same day, the 66th Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival was given to Abellatif Kechice for his film ‘La Vie d’Adèle’ (whose English title is ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’). The film tells the love story of two young women, Adèle and Emma.


In France, the same-sex marriage debate has divided the political parties – and the country. This topic is also making headlines in other countries including Australia, Great Britain and the US. How is the question approached where you live? If you’d like, share your thoughts in the comments below.

The weather: France’s favourite topic!

Emmanuelle Tremolet - 06.06.13
The weather forecast is one of the favourite topics of the French. Go down to the corner café and listen to the conversations, and you will very often hear the French commenting on how the day’s weather is shaping up.

This year, France saw a cold and wet spring.

The French have shared their weather-related sentiments on social media, often with humour.

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The forecast for the spring of 2013 has had an impact on the French economy, already affected by the economic crisis. Many sectors have been affected, such as agriculture, construction, and textiles. Consumer confidence is at its lowest; the French are depressed. Let’s hope that they have a very sunny summer. Otherwise, why not read Jacques Séguéla’s book ‘Merde à la Déprime.

If you’re going to France and the weather is gloomy, don’t worry! Really, France is a top location for culture; wherever you are, you will find exhibitions, plays, and concerts. Don’t hesitate to take a look at tourism websites – for Paris, Lyon or Marseille, for example.

What do you suggest for the French to stop feeling sad? Send your suggestion on Twitter to @MaVieFrancaise – the French need you!

Translation by Michael McArdle.
Image credits:
1. Arc en ciel sur Grenoble via www.meteo-paris.com
. Candidates à la Mairie de Paris via www.telegraph.co.uk
3. Mariage pour tous via www.lesechos.fr
4. Paris sous la pluie via fr.news.yahoo.fr
5. Twitter screenshot via @EmmaTremolet

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  1. Elisabeth Donato Jun 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM - Reply

    I am presently at the tail end of a three-month stay in France (I was born and raised in France, but have been living in the USA for the past 38 years.) I am following only marginally the Paris mayoral election, and have not really read much (so far) on the two candidates… The gay marriage debate and passing of the law making it legal brought out the very worst homophobic sentiments in France. I am outraged by what I have seen and heard (even from people close to me!). As far as the weather goes, yes, it’s been extremely bad, especially in regions that have suffered from serious flooding.
    But it’s still fun to be in France.

    • Emmanuelle Tremolet Jun 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM - Reply

      Bonjour Elisabeth,
      63% of French people are in favour of gay marriage but only 49% in favour of adoption by homosexual couples. The debate is actually more about adoption than gay marriage. About the homophobic sentiments in France, I don’t think that French people are homophobic, however a climate of violence is growing in France and everything becomes a pretext for violence (gay marriage, soccer championship results, pro or anti muslin attacks etc). French society is more fragile than ever. It’s a shame. However yes, it’s still fun to be in France.

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