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France Embraces US-style Primaries, but Maybe Not the Sparks

After Sunday's showdown between U.S. candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, France's first presidential debate this week may seem a bit staid. Yet it counts as a game changer, as the country's two main parties embrace American-style primary elections for the first time. "Our democracy is very porous, we live in the same pop and political culture," said political scientist Nicole Bacharan, explaining the spreading U.S. influence on European politics. "And...

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