French 2022 presidential elections

How Right will she be? Presidential hopeful Valérie Pécresse's tricky political balancing act

France — Analysis

Valérie Pécresse's victory in becoming the presidential candidate for the right-wing Les Républicains for the 2022 election has been greeted with an opinion poll suggesting she can defeat incumbent President Emmanuel Macron. However, the president of the Paris region is faced with a political quandary: how does she retain support from those who backed her nearest challenger for the candidacy, right-winger Éric Ciotti, who are attracted by the far right, without repelling the “moderate” right-wing voters who currently support Macron? As Ilyes Ramdani reports, it is the first key strategic challenge of her campaign - and perhaps the most crucial one.

Battle over wind power stirs up French election

France — Link

Heavy investment in wind farms is vital to meeting net zero goals but the sector is becoming a contentious political issue in France. 

French far-right polemicist gives 'the finger' on campaign tour

France — Link

Far-right polemicist Éric Zemmour, who is forecast to announce this week he is standing in France's 2022 presidential elections,  has admittted he was 'inelegant' in returning a middle-finger gesture to a woman during his campaigning in Marseille, when he joined the gesture with the comment, 'and very deep'.