2022 French presidential election

Marine Le Pen re-elected as leader of French far-right party

France — Link

Marine Le Pen, 52, was on Sunday re-elected as leader of the far-right Rassemblement National party, the former Front National, during its congress in the southern town of Perpignan, setting in train her 2022 presidential election bid. 

French conservatives eye Macron 2022 clash

France — Link

The French conservative Les Républicains party, which has been reeling from electoral defeat and internal divisions since political maverick Emmanuel Macron's arrival in power in 2017, now senses blood after their relative success in regional elections.

The catastrophe now upon us

France — Opinion

After he was slapped earlier this week in a town in south-east France by a man shouting a medieval royalist battle cry, President Emmanuel Macron described the assault as an “incident” that should be “relativised”, and that “all is well”. On the contrary, writes Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this opinion article, all is going badly, and the slap illustrates the far-right violence that has been set loose by the cynicism and irresponsibility of the Macron presidency.

French radical-left leader slammed for conspiracy theory outburst

France — Link

Speaking in a radio interview, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the radical-left La France insoumise (France unbowed) party warned that a 'serious incident or a murder' would occur at the height of next year's presidential election campaign, citing tragic events during previous campaigns and seemingly suggesting they are part of a recurrent plot to change the outcome of the vote.

French agency to fight information manipulation as elections loom

France — Link

France is to launch a 'National Agency for the Fight Against Manipulation of Information' in September, in an effort to prevent foreign powers such as Russia and China from using covert means to influence French voters in presidential and parliamentary elections due in 2022.

Macron embarks on 'pulse of nation' tour of France

France — Link

French President Emmanuel Macron this week began a six-week 'tour de France' with a trip to the south-west  of the country, presented by his staff as an attempt to better understand the grass-roots concerns of the nation but which political observers regard as the beginning of his campaign for re-election in 2022.

French Left split in two ahead of 2022 presidential elections

France — Analysis

In just less than 12 months, France goes to the polls in presidential elections. On the Left, two distinct blocs are emerging, with separate policies and strategies, no common candidate and the prospect of a political crash. But could growing forecasts of a strong performance, and even victory, by the far-right yet force a union of the Left? Pauline Graulle reports.

France's Greens hope to turn summer wave into ongoing tide

France — Link

Regional and presidential votes in next two years will prove an electoral test for Europe Écologie-Les Verts’s claim of an ‘historic turning point'.

Far-right leader Le Pen announces new bid for presidency

France — Link

Marine Le Pen, the 51-year-old leader of France’s far-right Rassemblement National party, the former Front National, and who reached but lost the second-round playoff against Emmanuel Macron in France's 2017 presidential elections, has announced she will stand in the country’s next presidential elections due in 2022.

France’s disillusioned voters prepare to abstain

France — Link

Presidential election could see record abstention rate with 37% of people saying they plan to abstain in first round, against 20% in 2012 vote.