About: Marine Le Pen


Le Pen party makes breakthrough with most ever parliamentary seats

The far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) surprised all by winning more than 80 seats in the second round of legislative elections on Sunday (19 June), according to initial estimates.
Elections 19-06-2022

Macron loses majority following Assembly polls

French voters have denied President Emmanuel Macron a parliamentary majority following Sunday's (19 June) second round of legislative elections, while the left and far-right have made significant advances.
Elections 17-06-2022

French legislative elections: the risk of a relative majority for Macron

The French are about to vote on Sunday (19 June) for the second round of the legislative elections and could hand the recently re-elected president a relative majority and strong opposition from the left.
Elections 16-06-2022

French elections: parties give mixed messages to supporters ahead of Sunday’s vote

With some candidates not having qualified for France's second round of legislative elections on Sunday (19 June), parties have been giving mixed messages on who to vote for, and no longer calling on voters to vote against the extreme right at all costs.
Elections 13-06-2022

French elections: far-right makes gains, suffers from majority voting system

The far-right bloc dominated by Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National, made some gains in the French parliamentary elections on Sunday (12 June) but will struggle to win seats in the second round (19 June) partly due to the voting system. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 01-06-2022

French Left alliance could topple Macron’s presidential majority

France's new left-wing bloc has made steady progress in the polls and is threatening President Emmanuel Macron's presidential majority ahead of the upcoming legislative elections, a poll from Tuesday (31 May) shows. 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 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 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 25-04-2022

Big relief after Macron’s re-election but ‘third round’ ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to unite a deeply divided nation after winning re-election on Sunday (24 April) in a battle against rival Marine Le Pen that saw the far right come its closest yet to taking power.
Elections 24-04-2022

EURACTIV’s French presidential election coverage has kicked off

The French head to the polls on Sunday (April 24) to decide, once again, whether Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen will lead the country for the next five years. Follow EURACTIV’s live coverage from Paris.
Elections 22-04-2022

Macron, Le Pen spar over disability allowance in TV debate

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right contender Marine Le Pen clashed over the current practice of taking into account the partner's income when calculating the allowance for disabled adults in a televised debate ahead of their final face-off on Sunday.
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 21-04-2022

French healthcare professionals increase calls to vote against Le Pen

French health professionals urged the electorate to vote against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's 'problematic' health programme just a few days before she meets incumbent President Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the polls. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate discussed for 20 minutes in 3-hour-long Macron-Le Pen debate

During the three-hour-long debate between French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, climate was discussed for just 20 minutes, despite being one of the most anticipated topics.
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.

Macron talks up green credentials ahead of French election

President Emmanuel Macron promised to put the environment at the heart of his government if he is re-elected next weekend, in a speech in southern France on Saturday (16 April) designed to appeal to young and green-minded voters.
Elections 19-04-2022

EU Parliament to recover funds from French election candidate Le Pen

The European Parliament said Sunday (17 April) it will try to recover money owed by Marine Le Pen over fraud allegations as the far-right leader prepares to face President Emmanuel Macron in France's unpredictably close election run-off.
Elections 18-04-2022

France’s presidential rivals gird for high-stakes debate

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen traded barbs Monday (18 April) as they returned to campaigning for the French presidency ahead of a prime-time debate that is likely to prove decisive ahead of Sunday's second-round run-off.
Elections 17-04-2022

EU anti-fraud body accuses Marine Le Pen of embezzlement

The EU's anti-fraud body has accused French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and associates of embezzling around €600,000 during their time as MEPs, French website Mediapart said Saturday (16 April), quoting a new report.
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.
Technology 15-04-2022

Digital Brief: DMA final text, DSA approaching, AIA draft report

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Delegations will find attached the final 4-column document (Articles and Recitals) after technical finalisation to reflect the provisional political...
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 14-04-2022

French PM travels to La Réunion to rally support for Macron

Prime Minister Jean Castex will pay a two-day visit to France's overseas territory at Réunion island on 14-15 April in an attempt to rally support for President Emmanuel Macron, after most islanders voted for the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round.