Shooting of a teenager: why it's time for French politicians to stop defending police violence

France — Opinion

The killing of 17-year-old Nahel by an armed police officer in the Paris suburb of Nanterre has made headlines in France and across the world. It has provoked angry reactions in the streets and from a number of politicians. But as Ellen Salvi writes in this op-ed article, the youngster's death has also been the subject of some shameful comments, of falsehoods, efforts at justification and attempts to play it down. She argues that for the last 20 years successive governments and a rampant far right have denied a stark reality: that of a society that is sinking as it forgets its fundamental principles and the values that stem from them.

Four far-right extremists accused of terrorism on trial in Paris

France — Link

The men, now aged between 22 and 28, are accused of planning attacks on mosques, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) and the French headquarters of The International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra) in Tours.

French village mayor placed under police protection over far-right hate campaign


In the tiny medieval village of Montjoi, in south-west France, a dispute over the use of a rural public right of way, pitching a pig farmer against a British house owner and the local mayor, had been simmering for years. But since a far-right YouTuber took up the cause of the pig farmer, the quarrel has taken on a political and sinister dimension, and the mayor, who became the target of a viscous campaign of intimidation, including murder threats, is now placed under police protection. Christophe Gueugneau reports from Montjoi.

Macron contradicts his PM on how to tackle the far right

France — Link

French prime minister Élisabeth Borne tackled the Rassemblement National by stating thy were the political heirs of the head of France's wartime Vichy regime which collaborated with the Nazis; but in a move suggesting tensions inside the government, the president said the far-right party should instead be confronted over its policies.

How Macron's crusade against 'decivilisation' is a far-right diversionary tactic

France — Analysis

Last week, following a series of violent but unrelated incidents in the country, French president Emmanuel Macron told ministers that the government needed to “counter this process of decivilisation”. The expression immediately provoked controversy. In this analysis, Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel says that despite what his supporters claim, the president's choice of the word “decivilisation” owes nothing to the late German sociologist Norbert Elias and instead owes everything to the normalisation of far-right ideas.

Move to ban all 'ultra-right' rallies after Paris neo-Nazi march

France — Link

France's interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, has instructed all prefects - the regional chief administrative officers for central government - to issue bans on demonstrations organised by 'ultra-right' groups, following an outcry over the allowing of a neo-Nazi march in Paris at the weekend. 

Emmanuel Macron: a president without scruples leading France astray

Institutions — Opinion

President Emmanuel Macron, according to his entourage, said he had “no scruples” about walking over the rights of Parliament by using an article of the French constitution to force his reform of the pensions system through the chamber, which was denied a vote on the legislation because he knew it would be rejected. In this op-ed article, Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues that the move shines a clear light on a presidency which, far from acting as a barrage against the far-right, opens up a path for it by accustoming France to its anti-democratic violence and anti-egalitarian ideology.

How Macron's government debases public debate and aids the far-right

Politique — Opinion

Emmanuel Macron and his supporters – including interior minister Gérald Darmanin – have not learnt the lessons from the president's first term and the fact that, twice in a row, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen made it through to the second round of a French presidential election, argues Ellen Salvi in this op-ed article. All the while, she says, the government continues to lower the level of public debate, with the far-right being the main beneficiaries.

Pension reform in France: the grandmother of all battles

Politique — Opinion

The battle against the French government's pension reform is not simply just another protest movement. Three crucial issues are at stake here: social, democratic and civilisational, as shown by the exceptional unity among trade unions opposed to the changes, argues Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this op-ed article. All the more reason, he writes, to put all our energy into supporting this combat.

Nine acquitted, four convicted over far-right plot to attack Macron

France — Link

At the end of a four-week trial, a Paris court has acquitted nine out of a far-right group of 13 men and women aged between 26 and 66 accused of plotting a knife attack against President Emmanuel Macron in 2018.

French far-right seeks political gain from horror of girl's murder

France — Analysis

The shocking sequestration, rape and murder in Paris last week of Lola, a 12-year-old girl whose body was found in a trunk in front of her apartment building home, has been transformed by the far-right and conservative hardliners into a political row over immigration policy after it was revealed that the arrested suspect is a young Algerian woman who since August was the subject of an expulsion order. The controversy snowballed this week, forcing the government onto the defence despite an appeal by Lola’s parents that no political gain should be made of the atrocious crime. Lucie Delaporte and Christophe Gueugneau report.

The French far-right's election dilemma: a family split between Le Pen and Zemmour

France — Report

For three generations Melinda and Dylan's family from northern France has voted steadfastly for the far-right Le Pen family at elections; first Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the Front National, and more recently his daughter Marine Le Pen who is president of its successor party Rassemblement National. However, the decision on who to vote for has now been thrown into question by the presence of another far-right candidate in April's French presidential election, the polemicist Éric Zemmour. The dilemma, one faced by many voters across the country, threatens to divide the family. Lucie Delaporte reports.

French far-right presidential hopeful Zemmour fined for hate speech

France — Link

A Paris court has ordered maverick far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour to pay a fine of 10,000 euros after finding him guilty of hate speech during a television appearance when he described unaccompanied migrant children as "thieves", "rapists" and "murderers".

French far-right target journalists amid Macron's 'laissez-faire'

France — Opinion

The threats against journalists, including one of our own, by far-right supporters in France are intolerable, write Mediapart co-editors Stéphane Alliès and Carine Fouteau in this op-ed article. It is high time for French President Emmanuel Macron, preoccupied with ensuring a second mandate in the presidential elections due next April, to take proper measure of the danger that is afoot.  

Far-right puts Dreyfus affair into spotlight in French election race

France — Link

As French President Emmanuel Macron opens a museum dedicated to the exonerated Jewish soldier, ultra-nationalists like maverick far-right polemicist and expected candidate in next year's presidential elections, Éric Zemmour, again question his innocence.