Keyword: Front national
Ex-minister embroiled in scandal over which IMF boss Christine Lagarde faces court wants to fight youth unemployment and rise of far-right.
The anti-immigration Front National hopes to win three regions in voting this weekend, and plans changes to please grassroots supporters if it does.
Poll suggests Front National leader Marine Le Pen and niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen could both lose in regions they scored highly in on Sunday.
Among all the political casualties of the first round of France’s regional elections last weekend, when the far-right Front National party achieved a landslide share of votes cast, none was left in poorer shape than Nicolas Sarkozy, leader of the recently-renamed conservative opposition party, Les Républicains. The success of the Front National, and the retreat of support for the conservatives, is widely forecast to be sealed in next Sunday’s final round of voting. Mediapart editor François Bonnet and political correspondent Ellen Salvi analyse why the former president, since his return to active politics 18 months ago, has failed to reconstruct the mainstream Right, and how, by perpetually mimicking the far-right, he has handed them victory.
France’s far-right Front National (FN) party is hoping to take control of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in nationwide regional elections played out today and next Sunday. The council of this south-east corner of France has been run for 17 years by the Socialist Party, which is now predicted to receive a drubbing. The main predicament facing the socialists after the first round is whether or not to withdraw their list of candidates for the benefit of the hard-right conservative candidate to defeat the FN. But, as Ellen Salvi reports from Nice, even collective political suicide may not be enough to stop the increasingly popular far-right.
Far-right Front national party hopes to win control of two regions, while conservatives tipped for wide gains and ruling socialists for large defeat.
The ex-president and now conservative opposition leader said no joint deals will be made to bar Front National from wins in regional elections.
Next Sunday France goes to the polls to elect the members of the councils ruling the country’s new administrative regions, and which will be an important test of the popularity of the far-right Front National party tipped to draw strongly increased support. The two-round elections for the 13 new super-regions, created in a reform earlier this year from 22 previous regions, are overshadowed by the immense shock felt across France after the terrorist massacres in Paris last month. Mathieu Magnaudeix travelled before and after the attacks to the new Aquitaine-Poitou-Charentes-Limousin region in south-west France where, bucking the trend, the Socialist Party was confident of victory. On his return visit last weekend, he found that optimism had completely disappeared in the aftermath of the attacks.
Medef boss Pierre Gattaz was speaking ahead of regional elections next weekend, when the Front National is tipped to make strong gains.
Front National's Marion Maréchal Le Pen ahead in polls in PACA region in southern France ahead of December's regional elections.
Front National’s Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, 25, is at the fore of a crucial new battle in the party’s grassroots rise across France.
Revelations about the dramatic escape by two French pilots from the Dominican Republic made headlines in France this week. The two men, convicted of cocaine trafficking, fled the Caribbean country thanks to a well-organised plan while they were on house arrest pending an appeal. But the affair took on a political flavour, too, as anger rose in the Dominican Republic about the pilots' escape and amid claims that some French government agencies were involved. In particular a Euro MP and close ally of Marine Le Pen has belatedly admitted that he was directly involved in the extraction operation. Michel Deléan, Louise Fessard and Marine Turchi report.
As far-right National Front party surges in polls for December local elections, French politics are relentlessly driven from the Right, argues NYT.
Opinion survey finds Front National party will win Nord-Pas-de-Calais in north-east France from the socialists in year-end regional elections.
The French far-right party, reeling from internal disputes, is suspected of defrauding the state by inflating campaign expenses in 2012 elections.