Davide Basso

Elections 19-05-2022

No ‘immediate exit’ from NATO for Mélenchon, but a vote in Parliament

French parliament would vote on the country's membership in NATO if radical left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon wins the June legislative elections and is nominated prime minister, the France Insoumise chief suggested on Thursday (19 May). EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 16-05-2022

Radical Left refuses to join Mélenchon’s left-wing bloc over EU stance

France's Radical Left Party will not take part in the new 'united left' group set up by Jean-Luc Mélenchon's La France Insoumise, the party's president, Guillaume Lacroix, said, citing concerns over the alliance's EU stance. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 12-05-2022

Macron backs right-wing hopefuls ahead of June polls

French President Emmanuel Macron has chosen to back several right-wing Les Républicains (LR) candidates in the June legislative elections, continuing his takeover of the now ailing traditional right-wing bloc. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 12-05-2022

Le Pen makes her comeback by roasting Mélenchon

After the two weeks of silence that followed her defeat in the presidential election on April 24, Marine Le Pen returned to the political scene by attacking head-on the union of the left and the "fairy tales" of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Elections 10-05-2022

French left-wing bloc divided over legislative nominees

France's new left-wing union has reached a compromise on sharing constituencies ahead of the legislative elections in June despite not everyone agreeing on the choice of nominees. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 10-05-2022

Scholz and Macron to reignite Franco-German engine on EU-integration

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to intensify the Franco-German tandem and to lead Europe on a path of reform to enable a stronger and more sovereign EU.
Future EU 09-05-2022

Macron teases alternative to EU enlargement

French president Emmanuel Macron on Monday (9 May) pitched a proposal for a new "political European community" that would allow Ukraine and others currently outside of the EU framework to be more closely involved with the EU.
Elections 05-05-2022

Macron stalls on prime minister nomination

French President Emmanuel Macron is not expected to name the next prime minister before the end of next week although he is already being officially sworn in for a second term on Saturday (7 May), as several prominent figures have reportedly already turned down the job.
Elections 04-05-2022

French Socialist Party in disarray after joining new Left alliance

France's Socialist Party has joined the New Popular Ecological and Social Union formed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon's La France Insoumise ahead of the legislative elections in June but the news has not been well-received by all. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 02-05-2022

Radical left and Greens agree ‘exceptional’ electoral pact in France

Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) and Jean Luc Mélenchon's La France Insoumise have reached on Sunday an agreement setting up a joint programme and a sharing of electoral districts for the legislative elections.
Elections 29-04-2022

France’s traditional right in turmoil ahead of parliamentary vote

France's formerly dominant right-wing party, Les Républicains (LR), will seek "no alliance" with re-elected centrist President Emmanuel Macron before the legislative elections in June, the party decided during a strategic council meeting on Tuesday (26 April). There have been no public statements since then.
Elections 28-04-2022

Left-wing majority at French parliament polls ‘highly unlikely’

Though negotiations continue on an alliance between France's leftist parties ahead of June's legislative elections, the prospect of a left-wing majority in June remains remote, both for experts and the leaders of the left.
Elections 27-04-2022

French Left split over union centred around Mélenchon

Negotiations over uniting the French left ahead of the legislative elections in June are underway but senior officials of the parties involved are split over calls to rally behind radical-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 25-04-2022

Challenges already loom after Macron’s reelection

With the ongoing French EU Council presidency and the upcoming parliamentary elections, Emmanuel Macron will enjoy no grace period at the start of his second mandate. The opposition in France, both on the left and the right, is more determined than ever to strip the newly re-elected president of his majority in parliament.
Elections 22-04-2022

Ahead of second election round, French more divided than before

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron is within reach of re-election in the second voting round on Sunday, but his far-right rival Marine Le Pen cannot be dismissed out of hand as the French seem to be more divided than before.
Elections 21-04-2022

Le Pen’s U-turn on EU policy is proving difficult to sell

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen insists she wants to remain in the EU and "deeply" reform it despite accusations that her programme is just a veiled "Frexit". EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 19-04-2022

Macron and Le Pen adopt opposing strategies ahead of election run-off

With five days to go before the final run-off of the French presidential election, the two remaining candidates are adopting opposing strategies as far-right candidate Marine Le Pen wants to be viewed as 'presidential material' while President Emmanuel Macron aims to get closer to the people. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 15-04-2022

Students occupy universities to protest Macron-Le Pen face-off

Students have staged protests at France's main universities, with hundreds opposing the prospective leadership of both outgoing president Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, the two candidates in the run-off of the presidential election. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 15-04-2022

Macron wants institutional reform, proposes trans-partisan convention

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to hold a trans-partisan convention that will debate and decide on institutional reform, possibly including an overhaul of the country's entire election schedule, if he is reelected in a run-off vote on 24 April.
Elections 13-04-2022

Le Pen sets out blueprint for government

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has unveiled how she plans to govern France if she wins the run-off against incumbent President Emmanuel Macron, stressing that she would rely on  "consulting the people" through referendums.
Elections 12-04-2022

The Brief – The death of the French right? Not so fast

Between the historically low score for Les Républicains in the first round of Sunday's presidential election and the loss of ideological bearings, the death certificate of the great party of the French right seems to have been signed.
Elections 12-04-2022

Sarkozy calls to vote for Macron as the French right fractures

The former right-wing president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, has called on citizens to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election on 24 April, in contrast with the position of his former party.
Elections 08-04-2022

Pécresse will not urge voters to pick Macron in final round

French right-wing candidate Valérie Pécresse said on Friday (8 April) she will not tell voters who to pick in the second round of the presidential election should she fail to make it past the first one on Sunday (10 April) - a surprising move for a party that has always urged voters to block the far-right.
Elections 06-04-2022

French left mulls backing Mélenchon’s presidential bid

With just four days to go before the first round of the French presidential election, many left-wing voters still wonder whether they should bend some of their beliefs and support far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the only viable candidate on the left likely to be able to hold back the far-right