About: French elections 2017

CETA 26-10-2017

France to ratify CETA next year, seeks ‘green veto’

France's parliament is expected to ratify the CETA trade deal with Canada around the second half of 2018, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot told reporters yesterday (25 October). But he made it clear that this will include “climate veto” powers.
Elections 19-05-2017

Polls suggest parliamentary majority within reach for Macron

A parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for centrist French President Emmanuel Macron in next month's parliamentary election, opinion polls indicated yesterday (18 May), as his cross-partisan government held its first meeting.
Elections 18-05-2017

Macron blurs party lines with mixed French cabinet

French President Emmanuel Macron appointed his first cabinet yesterday (17 May) mixing Socialists, centrists and rightwingers with newcomers to politics as he pressed ahead with plans to create a broad governing coalition.
Future EU 17-05-2017

‘Mercron’: The EU’s new power couple

Freshly elected French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are the new power couple leading the charge against anti-European populists and trying to put the struggling EU back on track, analysts say.
Central Europe 15-05-2017

Macron’s win puts pressure on Poland, Hungary to align with EU

While the election of Emmanuel Macron as French president with a vision of closer European Union integration was a relief to much of Europe, for Poland and Hungary it fanned fears of losing influence.
Elections 15-05-2017

Macron takes over as president, promising to relaunch the EU

Emmanuel Macron became France's youngest ever president yesterday (14 May), promising at his inauguration to restore the country's lost confidence and relaunch the flagging European Union.
Elections 12-05-2017

As Macron forms party, Brussels ponders its affiliation

Emmanuel Macron's start-up political party on Thursday (11 May) announced a list of 428 candidates for French parliamentary elections in June, a move likely to shake up French politics. In Brussels, the liberal ALDE group hopes En Marche! will join its ranks.
Elections 09-05-2017

Back to the beginning: Hollande makes final foreign stop in Berlin

Outgoing French President Francois Hollande made an emotional final foreign trip on Monday (9 May) to Berlin, ahead of the transfer of power to his successor Emmanuel Macron next week.
Elections 08-05-2017

Macron, the Fifth Republic’s unusual eighth president

Just one year after making his big political gamble, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France with more than 65% of the vote on Sunday (7 May). EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 07-05-2017

French campaign under intense international pressures

Terrorist threats by ISIS, fake news spreading from the United States and massive investments into extreme-right francophone media: the French presidential campaign unfolded under a lot of international pressure. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 03-05-2017

Marc Levy: National Front elite share mindset of men that tortured my father

Marc Levy, France’s most widely-read living author, implored his countrymen not to fall into the “racist, xenophobic and backward” trap of the National Front. A party which, in his words, think the same way as those who tortured his father, a former resistance fighter. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Elections 03-05-2017

Generation Macron: Young liberal EU leaders rally behind French ‘Kennedy’

If Emmanuel Macron wins Sunday's French presidential run-off (7 May) Europe's pro-EU liberals will finally have their champion.
Elections 02-05-2017

Macron, Le Pen exchange May Day blows on euro, economic reforms

Centrist presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen attacked each other's visions of France and the role it should play in Europe on Monday (1 May) against a background of May Day rallies and protests.
Elections 02-05-2017

Renzi makes big comeback to Italian politics

Matteo Renzi easily regained the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday (30 April) with an overwhelming victory in a primary election among party supporters, less than five months after resigning as the country's prime minister.
Politics 28-04-2017

Le Pen confuses student initiative with ‘EU propaganda’

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has embarrassed herself by attacking a project called WhyEurope, presuming it to be financed with EU money. In fact, WhyEurope is an initiative by a group of students, based on what they call “positive populism”, and has received no funding.
Elections 26-04-2017

French extreme-right woos Mélenchon voters ahead of election second round

Both candidates in the second round of France’s presidential election need the support of the country’s extreme left voters. To win them over, the National Front is highlighting the similarities between their candidate and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. EURACTIV France reports.
Cybersecurity 25-04-2017

Macron campaign was target of cyber-attacks by spy-linked group

The campaign of Emmanuel Macron, the favorite to win France's presidential election, has been targeted by a cyber-espionage group linked by some experts to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU.
Elections 21-04-2017

Presidential candidates too cautious on development pledges

Most of the candidates for Sunday’s (23 April) presidential election in France have made inadequate commitments on development aid. Just five of the 11 presidential hopefuls say they would boost spending to meet the OECD target of 0.7% of GNI. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 21-04-2017

Juncker trusts EU could survive ‘President Le Pen’

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sees no need for “contingency planning” regarding the French presidential election, as the EU is strong enough to survive even if the Eurosceptic candidate wins, his spokesperson said today (21 April).
Elections 21-04-2017

IMF warns against protectionism as Trump, Brexit loom

The International Monetary Fund renewed its warnings against protectionism yesterday (20 April) as nationalist political trends threaten trade integration on both sides of the Atlantic.
Global Europe 21-04-2017

Paris shooting overshadows final day of French election campaign

Security concerns took centre stage in the final days of France's tight presidential race, as candidates defended their stance on the fight against terror, following a shooting in Paris that killed one policeman.
Politics 19-04-2017

France arrests men suspected of planning attack ahead of elections

Two men arrested in Marseille on Tuesday (18 April) planned an "imminent and violent attack" ahead of the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday (23 April), authorities said.
Elections 18-04-2017

Le Pen, Macron and Mélenchon stage rival rallies in Paris

The two frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, staged rival rallies in Paris on Monday, while outsider Mélenchon cruised through the capital on a barge.

French prosecutor’s office eagerly awaits launch of European equivalent

France's anti-corruption efforts were boosted three years ago with the creation of a national finance prosecutor's office (PNF). The planned European Public Prosecutor's Office could simplify its now high-profile investigations. EURACTIV France reports.

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