About: Jean-Marie Le Pen

Jean-Marie Le Pen faces trial for ‘oven’ swipe at Jewish singer

The co-founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, faces trial for inciting racial hatred over a swipe at a Jewish singer that was seen as anti-Semitic, judicial sources said Tuesday (18 July).
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.
Global Europe 13-01-2017

French far-right leader Le Pen visits Trump Tower

Populist French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen visited Donald Trump's headquarters but left without meeting the US president-elect or any of his staff, aides said Thursday (12 January).
Elections 06-01-2017

France scrutinises cash-strapped FN over alleged fraud

French prosecutors are probing the far-right National Front (FN) for suspected fraud linked to payments for aides at the European Parliament, judicial sources said yesterday (5 December), as the party struggles to find all-important funding.
Global Europe 17-11-2016

The Brief: UKIP ‘used EU cash’ for Brexit campaign

UKIP allegedly used almost half a million euros of EU cash to pay for its Brexit and election campaigns, in breach of European Parliament rules.

Jean-Marie Le Pen loses immunity over racial hatred charges

The European Parliament on Tuesday (25 October) voted to lift Jean-Marie Le Pen's parliamentary immunity. The move follows a request from French prosecutors, who are building a case against Le Pen for inciting racial hatred.

The National Front: A family affair?

French newspaper Libération has teamed up with the Jean Jaurès foundation, a think tank, and the communications agency Netscouade to launch an observatory of the National Front, to look into the reasons behind the party’s growth and recent success. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 31-08-2016

The silver lining to the Brexit cloud

After a fairly restless summer, the mood on Brexit has shifted in Brussels. Initial disbelief that the UK could have voted to leave is now replaced by acceptance that, “Brexit means Brexit”, writes Andrew Duff.

Jean-Marie Le Pen told to repay €320,000 to European Parliament

The European Parliament is demanding the repayment of €320,000 from MEP Jean-Marie Le Pen over a salary it believes was wrongly paid out to a parliamentary assistant, sources said on Wednesday (22 June).
Elections 24-05-2016

Austrian right’s strong showing suggest further successes to come elsewhere

Nearly half of Austrian voters ended up voting for far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, showing that European right-wing populism's time in the sun is far from over.  EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 15-04-2016

French National Front ‘implicated’ in Panama Papers

The French extreme right party has denounced tax evasion in the European Parliament, but several of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s close contacts have been implicated in the Panama Papers. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 02-03-2016

National Front’s voting errors raise questions of competence

MEPs from France's National Front have corrected 988 voting errors since July 2014, seven times more than members of the French Socialists or the British Conservatives. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 31-07-2015

Wilders inquiry puts far right group under strain

The French National Front has punished Jean-Marie Le Pen for describing the gas chambers of the Holocaust as a "detail" of history, but enforcing discipline among their European Parliament allies could prove harmful to their fledgling political group. EURACTIV France reports

Dissolve the eurozone, says new extreme right group

Marine Le Pen has presented her new Polish and British allies, who will be propping up her group in the European Parliament. But the details of their political programme are yet to be defined. EURACTIV France reports
EU Priorities 2020 12-05-2015

National Front more divided than ever

Jean-Marie Le Pen has announced plans to establish his own political group, deepening the rift within the French National Front. EURACTIV France reports
Public Affairs 28-04-2015

Jean-Marie Le Pen accused of hiding €2 million in Switzerland

The founder of the French National Front is accused of channelling funds to Switzerland through a trust held in the name of a European Parliament assistant. EURACTIV France reports
Elections 13-04-2015

Jean-Marie Le Pen pulls out of poll after feud

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's National Front (FN), pulled out of regional elections on Monday after a fierce public spat with his daughter, who now leads the far-right party.

Le Pen angry at father for defending ‘gas chamber’ comment

Tensions between French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and her father Jean-Marie worsened on Thursday as the 86-year-old founder of the far-right party defended having described Nazi gas chambers as a "detail of history".
EU Priorities 2020 02-04-2015

European Parliament questions overabundance of MEP assistants

Parliament is trying to clamp down on lawmakers employing excessive numbers of assistants. Among those with particularly high numbers of are Polish, Lithuanian, Bulgarian, Romanian and Eurosceptic MEPs. EURACTIV France reports
Marine Le Pen, Leader of the French National Front
EU Elections 2014 12-06-2014

Difficult home stretch for National Front’s parliamentary group

Despite tensions caused by Jean-Marie Le Pen's most recent anti-Semitic outburst, the National Front is picking up the tempo on talks to form a political group in the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
Jean-Marie Le Pen, France's National Front political party founder, holds an umbrella as he attends their traditional rally in Paris May 1, 2014. [REUTERS/Benoit Tessier]
EU Elections 2014 10-06-2014

Le Pen caught in new anti-Semitism row

The European Jewish Congress has called on the European Union to remove Jean-Marie Le Pen’s parliamentary immunity after the former leader of the French National Front made remarks reviving long-standing allegations of anti-Semitism.
Elections 28-04-2011

French far-right endeavours to improve its image

The new leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen, warned skinheads to stay away from its annual labour day parade this weekend, stepping up efforts to improve the far-right party's image ahead of elections next year.

Expert: Front National claims EU ‘threatens France’s roots’

New Front National leader Marine Le Pen will campaign against Brussels as a threat to French independence, heritage and jobs, Sylvain Crépon, a researcher at Nanterre University and an expert on the far right, told EURACTIV.fr in an interview.

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