It was a brutal setback. Despite an election campaign that was dominated by law and order issues and after months of public debate on themes favouring the far right, Rassemblement National (RN), led by Marine Le Pen, performed poorly in the first round of France's regional elections on Sunday 20th June 2021. It topped the voting in just one French region, Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur (PACA) in the south. Yet in the first round of the same elections in 2015 it led in six regions: PACA, Hauts-de-France, Grand Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val de Loire and Occitanie.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.