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France: From “Yes we Can!” to “Yes you Must!”

Amazed Parisians are still reeling after discovering billboards featuring President Sarkozy, pictured as U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, after Shepard Fairey's famous poster, with the wonders working comment Yes We Can! Suzanne Lehn gives us a chronological break down of what happened and how the Yes We Can slogan became Yes We Must!

Malian Artists, American Politics & Guns N’ Roses

Inauguration day on January 20, 2009, shapes up to be an event to remember for many historical reasons. One of the more mundane reasons will be the invitation extended by president elect Barack Obama to the Malian duo Amadou et Mariam. Lova Rakotomalala connects the dots between music, art and American politics in this post.

Sarkozy to Putin: “Do you want to end up like Bush?”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Russian president Vladimir Putin are known for having a colorful and unpredictable relationship. Has Sarkozy's warning to Putin not to behave like the American president George W Bush been a factor in not escalating the crisis in Georgia? Bloggers from around Europe weigh in.

France: “Diversity” Boosted by the Obama Effect?

“The Obama effect,” the new set phrase for change French-style, from economics to sports to nearly every area of life, is shaking up the literary as well as the political...

Green Dreams: Environment Bloggers Weigh in on Historic Election

For envrionment bloggers around the world, hopes are high for the Obama Administration. After Obama's victory in the Presidential election last week, however, can he maintain the high expectations people have for him and his policies? This group of environment bloggers have begun ranking proposals and issues they hope Team Obama will begin tackling.

Francophone bloggers: Barack, don't disappoint

Like much of the world, France held its breath on the night of the election. It woke the next day happy and elated. Bloggers from France and throughout La Francophonie, however, understand that the road ahead for President Obama is long and difficult. Read what's on their minds.

Debating the mystical significance of the 44th President

For many, the number four is merely a numeral after three and before five. For those following certain Far Eastern practices, the number four and eight carries heavy significance. What happens when someone born 08/04/61 becomes the 44th President on 11/04/08?

France: Is Obama's color blinding French minorities?

In the French-speaking blogosphere, a fiery debate has broken out whether people are supporting Obama's candidacy simply as a reflex or are they really judging him by his policies.

France : Parties, parties, parties !

If France could vote in the U.S. election, 76 per cent would elect Obama reveals a poll published by sunday paper Le Journal du Dimanche [fr] . At 3pm local time on this crucial Tuesday, for lack of hard news on the outcome of the election, the French blogosphere and Twitter is abuzz with another vital matter: where to spend election night? Where are the best parties in Paris?

America votes. American election officials sweat.

A record number of voters in the United States will attempt to cast ballots in Tuesday's election, leading many to worry about the potential for chaos at polling stations across the country. International bloggers look at the problems and some possible solutions.