Matthew Moran is a Research Associate at King's College London. He holds a PhD in French Studies from University College London and his research interests span a range of contemporary French social and political issues. Matthew is co-editor of Le mensonge: Multidisciplinary Perspectives in French Studies (CSP, 2010).

Rioting in the UK and France: driving factors

The riots that shook England in 2011 are beginning to fade from memory, but the causes won’t disappear as quickly. The UK should look to France, where the anger and frustration that erupted in 2005 still simmers below the surface

The Left's Nuclear Dilemma

As the Socialists attempt to strengthen their electoral position through an alliance with the Green party in France, nuclear power has become a burning issue.

François Hollande: President-in-waiting?

François Hollande has been chosen as the man to challenge Sarkozy’s reign. But has ‘Monsieur Normal’ got what it takes to lead the country?

UK riots: lessons from the banlieues?

In 2005, France witnessed three weeks of riots on an unprecedented scale. Can the UK learn anything from the French experience?

France, and the Socialists, need a debate on nuclear

Nuclear could become a key issue ahead of next year's presedential elections. Matthew Moran and Carl Miller tell us why.
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The French presidency: When absence makes the heart grow fonder

Stepping back from the spotlight from time to time can have a positive impact on a politician’s presidential credentials. A guest post from Maura Stewart tells us why.

Le Pen 2.0: Analysing the Front National

With the French political landscape in turmoil, just how much of a threat does the FN pose to the mainstream parties?

The Strauss-Kahn Affair: Implications for the 2012 Presidential Elections

On Sunday Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of attempted rape in New York. The scandal has important implications for next year’s presidential elections.

Looking beyond the veil: France’s burka ban

Today sees a ban on the full Islamic veil come into force in France. The culmination of a lengthy and highly politicised process, the new law reveals the xenophobic currents that lie beneath the polished veneer of the French republican model.

Saving President Sarkozy?

Nicolas Sarkozy sees the UN-sanctioned military action in Libya as a chance to rejuvenate his image at home. But is it a case of too little too late?