Keyword: 2017 French presidential elections

Le Pen tightens gap with French presidential election rivals: poll

Far-right Front National presidential election candidate Marine Le Pen has increased her lead over rivals in the first-round of voting, and narrowed her trailing position for the final second round playoff, according to a poll of voting intentions published on Monday.

Why scandal-hit François Fillon could yet win France's presidential elections

Down but not out: François Fillon. © Reuters Down but not out: François Fillon. © Reuters

While mired in a scandal over allegations that he provided his family with fake jobs paid out of public funds, French conservative party presidential election candidate François Fillon has insisted he will not step down. Fillon, once the front runner in the race and now knocked off his perch and into the back line of contenders, has become a largely inaudible candidate, his public appearances compromised by regular protests, while his statements denying any wrongdoing have been notable by the frequent contradictions of his explanations. But he still believes in his chances of election. Mediapart political analyst Hubert Huertas argues here why he might well be right.

Centrist Macron slips in poll ratings after angering Right and Left

France's maverick centrist presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron has begun slipping in opinion polls, which previously placed him as a frontrunner in the race, following comments slamming France's colonial past in Algeria, sparking uproar on the Right, and his remarks that the same-sex marriage law had 'humiliated' its Catholic and rightwing opponents, infuriating many on the Left.

Why colonialisation remains a political hot potato in France

Following the controversy stirred by French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's comments last week that France's 1830-1962 period of colonial rule in Algeria was 'a crime against humanity', FRANCE 24 turned to historian Pascal Blanchard to explain the reasons for why the topic still arouses such heated tensions.  

Fillon casts doubt on promise to quit presidential race if probe hardens

François Fillon, the conservative candidate in this spring's French presidential elections and the subject of a preliminary investigation by prosecutors into alleged fake jobs given to his family, said in a newspaper interview he will continue his campaign 'until victory', appearing to renege on his previous pledge to quit if ever the probe were to place him under formal investigation.

Macron denounces France's 'barbaric' past in Algeria

Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's comments, during a trip to Algiers, that French colonial past in Algeria included crimes against humanity, which he said 'we must face up to also by apologising to those who were hurt', have been slammed by his far-right and conservative rivals, the latter describing his move as 'unworthy'.

France warns Russia over presidential election hacking attacks

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault gave the warning after complaints by the party of centrist presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron that his campaign was the target of 'fake news' put out by Russian media, including rumours about his private life, as well ascyber attacks on its databases.

Why veteran Polynesian independence leader is to run for French presidency

Oscar Temaru. © Saga70 - Wikimedia commons Oscar Temaru. © Saga70 - Wikimedia commons

Oscar Temaru, the veteran leader of the pro-independence movement in French Polynesia, is hoping to run in this spring’s French presidential elections. He is currently in mainland France to lobby elected representatives, from Members of Parliament to village mayors, for the mandatory 500 signatures of support for his candidature which are required to enter the race. Temaru openly declares he does not want to become president, but instead he hopes to win the vote of a majority of Polynesians in order to declare the archipelago’s independence. Is his campaign a political stunt or a significant challenge to French rule? Julien Sartre reports.    

French presidential race: the insoluble divide of the Left

Benoît Hamon: seeking a path to party unity. Benoît Hamon: seeking a path to party unity.

With just ten weeks to go before voting begins in the first round of France’s presidential elections, newly-elected Socialist Party candidate Benoît Hamon has revealed a campaign team made up of fellow leftwingers but also of allies of President François Hollande and former prime minister Manuel Valls.  While Hamon’s olive branch to the party’s Right may dissipate its predicted desertion in favour of maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron, it suggests there can be little, if any, chance that he can reach an alliance with radical-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Mediapart political analyst Hubert Huertas sketches here the fundamental divide between Mélenchon and Hamon and what is at stake for the future of the Socialist Party.

French presidential candidate Macron promises 'tough' deal on Brexit

Maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron, the former French economy minister who is currently tipped by opinion polls to reach the two-horse final round of presidential elections in May, has warned Britain that 'you don’t get a passport and you don’t get access to the single market when you decide to leave' the European Union.

French Socialist Hamon quietly rises in election polls

As French presidential campaign of François Fillon implodes, the Socialist Party’s candidate is slowing emerging as an unlikely contender.

Divided French socialists choose leftist Hamon as presidential candidate

Benoît Hamon (right) with Socialist Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadélis (centre) and Manuel Valls. © Christophe Gueugneau Benoît Hamon (right) with Socialist Party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadélis (centre) and Manuel Valls. © Christophe Gueugneau

Benoît Hamon, the leftist candidate bidding for the Socialist Party’s nomination to run in France’s presidential elections this spring, has won a resounding victory over his rival, the former prime minister Manuel Valls, in the final round of the primary contest on Sunday. Hamon, 49, who represents a clear break with the policies of the current socialist government and President François Hollande, will run on a manifesto that eats into that of the radical-left, with significant consequences for the spread of the vote in the presidential election, and also on the future cohesion of France’s beleaguered Socialist Party. Follow the results and reactions as they happened throughout the evening in this live report.

Presidential hopeful Fillon fails to shake off graft claims

François Fillon. François Fillon.

François Fillon, the presidential election candidate for the French conservative party Les Républicains, appeared on French television on Thursday evening in an attempt to contain the scandal caused by press revelations this week that his wife was paid 500,000 euros from MPs’ funds to act as his parliamentary assistant, a role which, it is alleged, she did not fulfil. Fillon, who was just one month ago regarded as the presidential election frontrunner, denounced the "abject nature of these accusations” but failed to provide clear evidence that his wife Penelope carried out the job she was paid for, while he also admitted to having employed two of his children when he was a senator. Ellen Salvi reports.

The Guardian view of French socialists: 'getting left behind'

British daily The Guardian reviews the state of the French Left ahead of this weekend's vote to choose the presidential election candidate for the Socialist Party and its allies.

French presidential candidate Fillon on the ropes over wife's payments

François Fillon. François Fillon.

Former French prime minister François Fillon, presidential candidate of the conservative Les Républicains party and widely tipped as the frontrunner in the elections, was this week fighting for his political survival following press revelations that his British-born wife Penelope was paid a total of 500,000 euros out of MPs’ funds to act as his parliamentary assistant, and which cast doubt about whether she actually fulfilled the role. It also emerges that she was paid about 100,000 euros between 2012 and 2013 by a magazine owned by a wealthy Fillon ally. The public prosecutor’s office has now opened an investigation into suspected “misappropriation of public funds” and “misuse of company assets”. Mathilde Mathieu reports on the background to a scandal that not only threatens Fillon’s future, but which could also radically affect the outcome of the presidential elections.