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EU Elections 2019 14-09-2018

Macron’s party neck-and-neck with far-right in 2019 EU election opinion poll

French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist LREM party is neck-and-neck with the far-right Rassemblement National, formerly the National Front, for the May 2019 European Parliament elections, according to poll results published on Thursday (13 September).

Macron wants to treat France’s addiction to public money

In an interview given with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) and the Figaro, French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to wean the French off public fund allocations, as he assessed his first year in office. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 12-03-2018

What’s in a name? France’s Le Pen proposes far-right rebrand

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed changing the name of her party to  “Rassemblement National” (National Rally) on Sunday (11 March) as part of efforts to improve its image after she was re-elected for a third term as leader.
Elections 07-02-2018

European Parliament votes against transnational lists

MEPs rejected the idea of a transnational list for the 2019 European elections on Wednesday (7 February), though they agreed to change the composition of the Parliament in light of Brexit. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 05-07-2017

PM says time to end France’s addiction to spending

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said on Tuesday (4 July) it was time to end France's addiction to easy public spending, promising to cut expenditures over the next five years and rein in debts he said were at an unacceptable level.
Elections 20-06-2017

Fractured French Socialists seek new identity after election disaster

After the Socialist Party's dismal showing in the first round of France's parliamentary election, an advert appeared on a property website offering the HQ of the party for sale "due to poor election results".
Elections 19-06-2017

Macron marches to clear majority in French parliament

French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party swept to a large majority in parliamentary elections on Sunday (18 June), although it fell short of a predicted landslide.
Brexit 14-06-2017

Macron tells May ‘door always open’ for UK to stay in EU

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (13 June) the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the EU despite Prime Minister Theresa May saying Brexit talks would begin next week.
Elections 08-05-2017

Roundly defeated, Le Pen promises extreme-right renewal

The National Front’s defeated presidential candidate has called for France’s patriots to come together ahead of legislative elections in June. The message went down well with her supporters last night (7 May), despite the tense atmosphere. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
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 04-05-2017

Jadot: ‘Macron and Le Pen are like Clinton and Trump’

Green presidential candidate Yannick Jadot has called for his supporters to back Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the French election this Sunday (7 May). But the former banker's "technocratic" vision of Europe is unconvincing, Jadot told EURACTIV France.
Elections 02-05-2017

Macron pushes republican values, attacks National Front’s ‘lies’

At a rally of some 12,000 people in Paris yesterday (1 May), the presidential frontrunner confirmed his anti-National Front stance, denounced the illiberal regimes in Hungary, Poland and Russia and promised a new approach to CETA. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 02-05-2017

Pro-European feeling on the rise in France

European citizens feel more positively towards the European project than they did this time last year, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey. The change has been particularly marked in France. EURACTIV France reports.
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 29-04-2017

Hollande: The French will vote for France, but also for Europe

At French President François Hollande's last press conference at a European summit today (29 April), EURACTIV.com asked the last question: The EU will obviously survive Brexit but could the bloc survive if France takes another course after the second round of the presidential election on 7 May?
Future EU 28-04-2017

Goulard: Macron’s election will change Europe

If Emmanuel Macron wins the second round of the French election on 7 May, labour market reform, security and the migration crisis will become priority issues for the European Union.
Elections 27-04-2017

Future of the French deficit hangs on election result

Emmanuel Macron has promised to respect the EU’s budget rules, while Marine Le Pen has hardly mentioned the issue in her campaign. But Brussels is preparing for tough talks on the French deficit once the new president is elected. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 27-04-2017

Macron gets rough ride in Le Pen country

French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron vowed yesterday (26 April) not to "yield a centimetre" to Marine Le Pen after being booed and heckled with chants backing his far-right rival during a chaotic visit to an under-threat factory in the nation's rustbelt.
Politics 24-04-2017

Europe’s populist wave crashes as Macron sails into French runoff

The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday (23 April).
Elections 21-04-2017

Young French voters seduced by extreme candidates despite EU stance

Young people are losing their trust in politics. While they tend to be overwhelmingly pro-European, many are seduced by the discourse of the extreme right or left of French politics. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 13-04-2017

Markets get nervous as French presidential race tightens

Polls showed France's presidential election campaign tightening further yesterday (12 April) as financial markets fretted about the rising popularity of a far-left candidate who wants to put France's European Union membership to a vote.
Politics 24-03-2017

Spokesperson: Expensive gifts to Commissioners from ‘old friends’ don’t count

Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has received expensive suits as gifts. Their unit price is estimated at €15,000, the French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné has revealed. But the Commission sees no wrongdoing.
Elections 21-03-2017

Europe still a footnote in French presidential debate

The five candidates for France’s top job set out their stalls in a three hour televised debate on TF1 on Monday night (20 March). Questions on Europe and foreign policy were only raised in the last quarter of an hour. EURACTIV France reports.

Macron wants to forge new French-German partnership

France's only clearly pro-European presidential candidate, Emmanuel Macron, and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel know each other well. In 2015, they both published their vision for an economic and social union within the EU. Yesterday evening (16 March), they met again to discuss the future of the bloc.