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French mayor defies coronavirus measures with giant Smurf rally

The mayor of a small town in north-west France justified holding what may be the worlds largest rally of people disguised as Smurfs, the elf-like fictional cartoon characters who livein mushroom shaped houses in the forest, attracting a crowd of more than 3,500 despite a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people to counter the spread of coronovirus, saying 'we must not stop living'.  

Thousands turn out in Nice in homage to executed French hostage

The rally in the hometown of the hostage beheaded by Algerian Islamists, came as flags were lowered to halfmast across France in mourning.

Thousands march peacefully in Paris pro-Palestine protest

The rally against the Israeli offensive in Gaza passed off largely peacefully Wednesday after earlier ones were marrred by anti-Semitic violence.

After student killing, France bans far-right rally

Toulouse's socialist mayor expressed concern about planned torchlight march to commemorate victory of a Christian army in 721 over Muslims.

French 'Violet Rally’ to call for Sarkozy return

Vice-president of right-wing UMP party plans to hold a string of demonstrations to call for return of the man he dubs 'the right’s natural leader'.

French elections in images: Sarkozy's last stand, where the guillotine once stood

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American Paris-based photographer Thomas Haley has been following the French presidential election campaign with a series of reports posted on his Mediapart blog. This weekend he followed the crowds that turned out for incumbent candidate Nicolas Sarkozy as he held his last make-or-break rally in central Paris, ten kilometres away from a mass open air meeting by his main rival, Socialist Party candidate François Hollande.

French elections in images: Sarkozy rallies the faithful in Villepinte

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Photographer Patrick Artinian is following the French presidential election campaign trail for Mediapart, with a series of photo and video reportages with soundtracks of the candidates, their supporters, meetings and milestone events which will continue all the way to the final vote on May 6th. Here he captures the atmosphere at President Nicolas Sarkozy’s major rally on Sunday March 10th at a meeting hall in Villepinte, a suburban town north of Paris, where, before an estimated 30,000 flag-waving supporters, he played the trump cards he hopes will turn around a flagging re-election campaign.