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Politics 22-04-2022

Foreign support in France’s electoral race is a risky move

You can always tell that a candidate is nervous when they wheel out foreign leaders to endorse them. Pollsters may give President Emmanuel Macron a narrow but decisive edge ahead of Sunday’s presidential run-off against far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen,...
EU Elections 2019 14-05-2019

Le Pen’s pro-Kremlin stance creates friction with Estonian populist hosts

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's Rassemblement National (RN), arrives in Tallinn today (14 May) as part of a "European tour" to drum up support for the far-right in the upcoming EU elections.
Politics 10-05-2019

#EU2019 – EU election campaign leaves French people indifferent

No less than 33 election lists are taking part in the EU elections in France on 26 May. But that does not mean French people are highly mobilised for the vote, even though their president is an ardent defender of Europe.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

French electorate in doubt and abundance of candidates: What could go wrong?

Although they elected an ardent defender of Europe as their president, French people are poorly mobilised on the European elections, where 33 French election lists are set to challenge each other on 26 May. EURACTIV France reports.

The Brief: Regulate toasters for an ambitious circular economy

The European Commission will call into question the much-vaunted ambition of its Circular Economy Package, if it doesn't regulate products such as toasters and hairdryers.
EU Elections 2014 25-11-2013

A European self-hating parliament could sap the legitimacy of national politics

The upcoming European elections might turn Brussels into a playground for populists,where the Commission will live in fear of a self-hating parliament, which will not only undermine the EU, but it could  also sap the legitimacy of national politics, writes Mark Leonard.
Elections 24-06-2013

French Minister accuses Barroso of fuelling the far-right

French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg accused European Commission President José Manuel Barroso yesterday (23 June) of fuelling far-right and populist movements in Europe as EU institutions failed to defend the interests of ordinary people.
EU Priorities 2020 17-03-2009

French far-right hopes to rebuild EU Parliament group

French nationalist party 'Front National' launched its campaign for the upcoming EU elections last weekend (14-15 March), showcasing its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in an attempt to gain more votes and re-establish a far-right group in the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 09-02-2009

Le Pen to lead troubled French far-right

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the 80-year old historic leader of the Front National, the French nationalist party, has announced his candidacy for the June European elections, hinting at his possible future retirement from politics after dominating the far-right for over thirty years.

Polls predict centre-right victory in French legislative elections

A poll, conducted by Ipsos, indicates that the center-right could win 41 per cent of the votes in the first round of the French general elections on 9 June (versus 39 per cent of votes for the Socialists). According to the same poll, the extreme-right Front National could win up to 12 per cent of the votes.

Historical victory for Jacques Chirac in French presidency elections

On Sunday 5 May, French citizens re-elected Jacques Chirac as their new President, in the second round of the elections. Mr Chirac (RPR) crushed the extreme-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen (Front National) by an overwhelming majority of 81,9 per cent of the votes (vs. 18,04 per cent for Mr Le Pen) - the highest score ever obtained by a candidate in France.

Mass demonstrations against extreme right in France

On the first of May, just four days before the second round of the presidential elections, more than a million people have demonstrated all over France against the rise of the extreme right Front National.