Keyword: Front national

French and Italian far-right groups stage joint anti-migrant protest

The youth arms of France's Rassemblement national (National Rally) party, formerly called the Front National, and its far-right Italian ally, the League, staged a joint demonstration near the French-Italian border on Sunday to demand tough measures against what they said was the 'overwhelming' of Europe by migrants.

French far-right party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen hospitalsied

Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the country's Front National party now renamed and led by his estranged daughter Marine, has been admitted to hospital for reported exhaustion one week before his 90th birthday and just hours before he was due to stand trial accused of inciting homophobia.

France's Front National changes name to boost its appeal

Marine Le Pen's far-right party is now Rassemblement National or National Rally in bid to broaden appeal ahead of European elections next year.

Plot thickens over Russian bank loan to Marine Le Pen's Front National

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The Russian loan contract signed by the head of the bank Roman Popov and Front National treasurer Wallerand de Saint-Just. © Document Mediapart The Russian loan contract signed by the head of the bank Roman Popov and Front National treasurer Wallerand de Saint-Just. © Document Mediapart

Mediapart has obtained a copy of the contract for the 9 million euro loan that a Russian bank gave to France's far-right Front National (FN) in 2014. The document answers some of the questions in this murky affair but many remain. The bank later went bankrupt, its former director is wanted for alleged misappropriation of funds, the FN's loan has been sold on at least twice, and it is still not clear to whom it has to be repaid. Marine Turchi and Agathe Duparc report.

 

Politics looms over Paris march to honour Jewish murder victim

Heads of far-right Front National and hard-left France Unbowed had to quit march for Holocaust survivor killed in suspected anti-Semitic attack.

Le Pen proposes to change Front National's name to 'National Rally'

Marine Le Pen unveils new name of 'Rassemblement National', which still needs final approval, saying current name was 'psychological barrier'.

 

 

Steve Bannon tells French far-right 'history is on our side'

Former Trump adviser addresses Front National as its beleaguered president Marine Le Pen attempts to relaunch her party.

Former Trump advisor to address Front National as party seeks unity

Steve Bannon is surprise guest speaker as Marine Le Pen aims to use conference to resolve rifts amid some questions over her leadership.

Front National and EU allies face €427,000 bill over 'non-compliant' expenses

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The Front National's Marine Le Pen and her European allies at Koblenz in Germany, January 21st, 2017. © Reuters The Front National's Marine Le Pen and her European allies at Koblenz in Germany, January 21st, 2017. © Reuters

The European Parliament is poised to launch proceedings to reclaim “non-compliant” expenses from the far-right parliamentary grouping that includes France's Front National, Mediapart has learnt. The total amount of the expenses involved, which include “unreasonable” claims of meals costing 400 euros a person, and the purchase of 228 bottles of champagne as gifts, comes to 427,000 euros. Ludovic Lamant and Marine Turchi report.

France's far-right National Front to change name

Leader Marine Le Pen will unveil a new name for 45-year-old party and a refocus on immigration as it searches for more voters and relevance.

French far-right 'heiress' addresses US conservatives

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, 28, granddaughter of the founder of France's far-right party Front National, who is regarded as a potential future leader of the party currently headed by her aunt Marine Le Pen, was invited to the US Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland where she told the audience that a 'France first' campaign, mirrored on US president Donald Trump's  slogan, is rallied by 'youth ready for this fight in Europe today'.

Front National placed under investigation in EU 'fake jobs' case

France's far-right Front National party has been placed under investigation by Paris magistrates over suspicion it fraudulently placed France-based staff on the European Parliament payroll as assistants to its sitting MEPs. 

French cement firm execs face probe over 'financing Islamic State'

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A Lafarge lorry photographed in the Paris region in April 2014. © Reuters A Lafarge lorry photographed in the Paris region in April 2014. © Reuters

Two former executives at giant French cement manufacturers Lafarge and the head of its security – a former election candidate for Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National – have been formally placed under investigation for alleged “financing of terrorism”. It follows an investigation by French prosecutors into links between the French group – now merged with a Swiss firm – and jihadist groups such as Islamic State. In 2013 and 2014 the cement group maintained its activities in zones in Syria which were at the time controlled by IS and other armed factions. Fabrice Arfi, Michel Deléan and Julien Antoine report.

French central bank okays closure of Le Pen accounts

Head of far-right Front National accused banks of 'banking fatwa' after Société Générale and Crédit du Nord shut down her party's accounts.

France's National Front number two quits as tensions split party

Florian Philippot, seen as champion of party’s opposition to the euro, quit the party after being stripped of strategic and communications role.