Keyword: meetings

When Brigitte Macron goes in search of the vox populi

The Élysée Palace says she conducts walkabout meetings with her aides to stay in touch with public opinion, which she reportedly relays to her husband who is widely accused of being out of touch with the aspirations of ordinary people.

The UMP's shadowy Protection Group

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Official campaigning for next year's French presidential elections will begin later this autumn, when most of the candidates will finally be declared. Before the flurry of mass rallies and local meetings kick off across the country, Mediapart has been looking at the shadowy security force that polices gatherings by President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party. Its members include ex-servicemen from elite army units and former police officers, whose missions apparently go well beyond crowd security alone. Marine Turchi reports.