Keyword: Donald Trump

Judith Butler on the 'fascist phenomenon' that put Trump into power

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US President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office on Friday, as much of the world holds its breath for the start of what is arguably the most controversial presidency in American history. In this interview with Mediapart, US thinker and academic Judith Butler analyses the true political nature of the 70-year-old businessman and reality-show star who is to lead the world's most powerful nation, and who is already at the centre of international tensions. She argues that behind Trump’s electoral success is “a fascist phenomenon” and says that “many rejoice to see this awkward and not very intelligent person posturing as the centre of the world, and gaining power through that posturing”.


The hidden activities of the clan behind Doyen Sports

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Tevfik Arif (r), with Kazakh-Israeli oligarch Alexander Mashkevitch (c) and Russian businessman Musa Bazhaev, in 2009. © EIC Tevfik Arif (r), with Kazakh-Israeli oligarch Alexander Mashkevitch (c) and Russian businessman Musa Bazhaev, in 2009. © EIC

One of the biggest investment funds in European football, Doyen Sports Investments, is controlled by a secretive Kazakh family who made their fortune in a chemicals plant and who hide their vast wealth in the British Virgin Islands. Tevfik Arif, who was for several years a business partner of US president-elect Donald Trump, is the ‘public face’ of the clan of four brothers who run the family’s business activities and who enjoy close links to several oligarchs from the former Soviet Union. In a series of further revelations from documents obtained from the Football Leaks platform by the journalistic consortium European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), Yann Philippin lifts the lid on one of football’s best-kept secrets.

Trump's partnership with the Kazakh businessman he says he hardly knew

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Donald Trump and Tefvik Arif in 2007. Donald Trump and Tefvik Arif in 2007.

Tevfik Arif is one of the key figures to feature in a series of revelations stemming from documents from the whistle-blowing platform Football Leaks and obtained by the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) journalistic collective, in which Mediapart is a partner. The Kazakh-Turkish businessman is one of four brothers behind the secretive Doyen Group, and built a property development company in the US largely thanks to his controversial partnership with president-elect Donald Trump, including the construction of the Trump SoHo building in New York. Martine Orange and Yann Philippin report on an association which Trump now claims he has difficulty in remembering.  

France slams Trump's China-Taiwan statements

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Trump's remarks that US might not be bound by longstanding one China policy were 'not very smart'.

W​ill the next political earthquake happen in France?

However key differences between the two – and the French electoral system – stand in the way of Marine Le Pen emulating Donald Trump.

France and UN warn Trump on 'irreversible' climate treaty

French President François Hollande who, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was attending a meeting of almost 200 nations in Morocco on ways to slow global warming, said US 'must respect the commitments it has undertaken' with last year's UN pact to combat climate change, which president-elect Donald Trump has called into question.

Can French far-right leader Le Pen follow Trump path to power?

Front National party leader Marine Le Pen's hopes in next year's French presidential elections were given a clear boost by the victory of Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant, xenophobic and protectionist rhetoric she shares.

Donald Trump's victory, a 'political 9/11'

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Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections largely caught political experts, commentators, opinion poll agencies and the media by surprise. But, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet in this op-ed article, Trump’s accession to the White House is a "political 9/11" and the most spectacular manifestation of a worldwide cycle that has seen the inexorable rise of strongman leaders, warmongering, nationalism and xenophobia, together with the arrival of extremists at the heart of the ideological landscape.

French far-right leader congratulates Trump, eyes victory in 2017

Front National leader Marine Le Pen, who opinion polls predict will garner strong support in next year's French presidential elections, hailed Donald Trump's as that of a 'free' US, while her party's vice-president announced 'their world is collapsing, ours is being built'.

French FM says Europe must go on 'offensive' after Trump win

Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that after Donald Trump's election as US president, and following the British referendum majority vote to leave the European Union, 'Europe must stand together more, be more active and go more on the offensive even if it is just to protect itself'.

French president warns Trump victory heralds 'uncertainty'

François Hollande, who has been outspoken in his criticism of Donlad Trump during the US presidential election campaign, said the billionaire's victory 'opens a period of uncertainty' in the world.

Donald Trump makes me sick says François Hollande

French president says democracy is at stake in 2016 US election and victory for the Republican could make global politics more conservative.

Trump election campaign manager cited in French probe into illegal political funding

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Paul Manafort, campaign manager for Donald Trump, at the Republican convention in Cleveland. © Reuters Paul Manafort, campaign manager for Donald Trump, at the Republican convention in Cleveland. © Reuters

Donald Trump’s election campaign manager Paul Manafort is suspected by a French judicial investigation of having signed a fake contract with Paris-based arms dealer Ziad Takieddine to help the latter hide the real origin of cash seized by customs officers which he had smuggled into France from Switzerland. The incident occurred at the height of what has become known as the “Karachi Affair”, involving suspected illegal funding of former French prime minister Édouard Balladur’s 1995 presidential election campaign. Manafort is also suspected by the investigation of having invoiced the Balladur camp for unnecessary opinion polls during the campaign. Karl Laske and Fabrice Arfi report.  

President Hollande endorses Hillary Clinton

French leader said 'the best thing' US Democrats could do would be to get Hillary Clinton elected, as he attacked views of Donald Trump.