Keyword: Front national

The 8-million-euro loan via a UAE bank that saved Marine Le Pen's far-right party

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Far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Paris on January 13th 2019. © Reuters Far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Paris on January 13th 2019. © Reuters

The far-right Rassemblement National – the former Front National – was in serious financial difficulty after the Parliamentary and presidential elections in 2017 and was bailed out by a loan of 8 million euros. That loan, Mediapart can reveal, came from French businessman Laurent Foucher who has a range of commercial interests in Africa and who is close to Nicolas Sarkozy's former right-hand man Claude Guéant. The loan was transferred from a bank in the United Arab Emirates but questions still remain over the precise origin of the money. Karl Laske and Marine Turchi report.

How French far-right eyes local election gains

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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen casting her vote in the May 2019 European Parliament elections. © Reuters French far-right leader Marine Le Pen casting her vote in the May 2019 European Parliament elections. © Reuters

The French far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party, the renamed Front National, held its post-summer congress this weekend in the south-east town of Fréjus, when its leader Marine Le Pen set out the party’s policies ahead of municipal elections to be held across the country in six months’ time. The RN, which won the majority of votes cast in France in European Parliament elections in May, hopes to at last solidly establish itself at a local level, amid a fragmented political landscape in the country and notably the collapse of the conservatives. In this interview with Lucie Delaporte, French political scientist Sylvain Crépon, a specialist of far-right politics, analyses the party’s new strategy for the elections.

Parliamentarians call for probe into Bannon ties with French far-right

Following revelations of previously unseen footage of US President Donald Trump's former advisor Steve Bannon taking part in discussions in London with France's far-right Rassemblement National party, broadcast by a French TV current affairs programme and during which he was invited and accepted to discuss with the party's sympathisers from among France's high-ranking civil servants, has prompted calls for a parliamentary inquiry. 

How France's far-right RN party plans enriching its supporters out of public funds

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Far-right Rassemblement National party leader Marine Le Pen. © Reuters Far-right Rassemblement National party leader Marine Le Pen. © Reuters

To fund its campaign for this month’s European Parliament elections, the French far-right Rassemblement National party (the renamed Front National) has raised around 4 million euros through so-called “patriotic” loans from its members and supporters, to who it has promised a 5% interest rate. The party will submit the amounts raised, with interest, in its application for a post-election refund of campaign spending that is granted to parties and paid out of the public purse. The generous interest payments paid to its lending members and supporters will cost the taxpayer around 200,000 euros, and the party says it plans employing the same strategy in future elections. Marine Turchi reports.

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'.