Keyword: Stéphane le Foll

'A man of power like the others': what voters think of Macron after Benalla affair

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Opinion was divided on the lakeside beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume in central west France. © Justine Brabant Opinion was divided on the lakeside beach at Sillé-le-Guillaume in central west France. © Justine Brabant

In an attempt to play down the Benalla affair, the minister for equality Marlène Schiappa claimed that the issue did not interest “the people”. To test this assertion Mediapart went to  her political stronghold, the central western city of Le Mans, visiting both its plusher districts where Emmanuel Macron picked up 35% of the first-round vote last year, and more working class areas. As Justine Brabant found, while the affair involving the president's bodyguard dressing in police insignia and beating up protestors has not shaken people's convictions, many profess to be weary of politics – both that of the old world and Macron's “new world”.

New leader for French Socialist Party emerges after rival quits race

Olivier Faure, 49, is to become the new leader of France's Socialist Party, which suffered a crushing defeat in last year's legislative elections, after comfortably winning the first of two rounds of voting and with the announcement on Friday that his only serious rival, former agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll, will not stand for the final round on March 29th.

Protesting French farmers turn on their own leaders

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A farm slogan in Brittany proposing a solution to the 'milk war'. © DR A farm slogan in Brittany proposing a solution to the 'milk war'. © DR

Despite the French government's attempt to calm the situation, angry farmers are continuing to protest over the prices they are receiving for their produce. On Sunday evening a group of farmers even went to the home of agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll to demand action. But as Mediapart's Karl Laske found when he visited Finistère in Brittany in the west of France, farmers are not only angry with politicians – but with their own union leaders and local cooperatives too.

France detects first bird flu outbreak in eight years

The first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens since 2007 has been confirmed in Dordogne in south-west France.

France will not extradite ‘Air Cocaine’ pilots to Dominican Republic

Government spokesman made clear France will not intervene after two pilots convicted of drug trafficking fled Caribbean country by boat.

Sanofi under fire in France over new CEO's pay package

Government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll blasted €4 million golden 'hello' package for pharma firm's Olivier Brandicourt 'incomprehensible'.

France maintains tough stance in EU-US trade talks

French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll tells FT that France insists that EC sets uncrossable 'red lines' in trans-Atlantic trade negotiations.