Right-wing MP Hervé Mariton led the parliamentary opposition to the controversial bill on same-sex marriage that recently passed into law. Now Mediapart can reveal that his parliamentary assistant has close links with the extreme right, and even stood as a candidate for a radical far-right group when she was a student. The MP insists he had no idea about the woman's political affiliations when he hired her and says that she is now leaving his employment. Marine Turchi reports on an affair that once again raises the issue of links between the mainstream UMP and the far right in French politics.
The group to be shut down, the Revolutionary Nationalist Youths, is the militant wing of a broader far-right movement known as the "Third Way".
Toulouse's socialist mayor expressed concern about planned torchlight march to commemorate victory of a Christian army in 721 over Muslims.
Dominique Venner, 78, shot himself through the mouth at the altar after calling for more radical action in opposition to same-sex marriage.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of France in May Day rallies marked by calls for an end to President Hollande’s austerity policies.
While this year’s presidential elections in France saw the first return to power of a socialist administration in 17 years, it also landmarked a significant resurgence of the French Front National (FN) party, whose candidate and leader, Marine Le Pen, scored the highest share of the vote the far-right has ever reached in a presidential poll, attracting more than 6.4 million voters. But behind her national score, Le Pen arrived first-placed among the ten candidates in one out of six municipalities across the country. A French researcher has now completed a study of the populations where Le Pen did best, and his findings contradict a number of clichés about its grass-roots supporters. Michaël Hajdenberg and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.
France's Constitutional Court rules that names of mandatory mayoral backers for Far Right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen must be made public.
Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande attacks Nicolas Sarkozy for wooing far-right vote and using state ressources on unofficial campaign.