About: National Front

Europe and refugees causes rift among the French right

The theme of Europe and refugees is the main cause for division in the French conservative party Les Républicains. The leader of the party has dismissed its vice-president Virginie Calmels, who accused him of “defending his own ideas”. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 07-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Tanks against migrants

The rhetoric about sending troops to the Brenner Pass was especially reactionary. But Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil felt compelled to use it anyway.
Elections 16-06-2017

Could proportional representation work for France?

France is mulling the introduction of proportional representation for its next legislative election. It could take inspiration from its European neighbours, all of which – bar the United Kingdom – use a version of PR. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
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.
Future EU 05-05-2017

EU analysts say traditional parties should learn from populists

In the wake of Brexit and the growing dissatisfaction of European voters, populists are gaining ground across the continent. But experts don’t seem concerned, as they see the shake-up as a healthy sign of democracy.
Elections 04-05-2017

Presidential rivals clash in tempestuous final French TV debate

French centrist Emmanuel Macron and his far-right presidential rival Marine Le Pen clashed over terrorism, the economy and Europe Wednesday (3 May) in a bad-tempered TV debate that laid bare their profoundly different visions for the country.
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 20-04-2017

Le Pen takes aim at EU flag

The National Front’s presidential candidate has made a symbolic scapegoat of the European flag during her campaign. Yet, the flag is not an official symbol under EU law. EURACTIV France reports.
Marine Le Pen

Legal source: France asked EU Parliament to lift Le Pen immunity

French prosecutors have asked the European parliament to lift the immunity of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen over an inquiry into alleged fake parliamentary jobs, legal sources said Friday (14 April).
Future EU 05-04-2017

Macron clashes with Le Pen in second French election debate

Centrist Emmanuel Macron kept his position as favourite to win France's presidential election after a televised debate on Tuesday night (4 April) in which he clashed sharply with his main rival, Marine Le Pen, over Europe, just 19 days before the election.
Elections 07-03-2017

AfD and National Front converge ahead of elections

The right-wing spiral of Germany’s anti-EU Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) has brought it shoulder to shoulder with France’s National Front (NF). The two parties see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, including Russia. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 24-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: National Front Multiculturalism

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon? The idea is almost preposterous.
Elections 22-02-2017

Dutch elections, a rehearsal for France?

Dutch voters will go to the polls on 15 March to elect their new MPs, in what many observers see as a dry run for the French presidential election one month later. EURACTIV France reports.
Public Affairs 08-02-2017

Ombudswoman brushes off National Front MEP’s discrimination complaint

A National Front MEP has called on Emily O’Reilly to examine discrimination against political minorities in the European Parliament. He says the situation has worsened since Brexit. 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 09-01-2017

Obama warns NATO allies of Russian interference in national elections

Outgoing US President Barack Obama warned European NATO allies yesterday (8 January) of an “accelerating” threat of Russian interference in their elections.
Elections 04-01-2017

Top French paper drops polls after forecast failures

A leading French newspaper said Tuesday (3 January) it had decided to stop publishing political polls, which have been widely criticised for failing to predict the biggest shocks of the last year.
Elections 10-11-2016

Europe’s extreme right leaders revel in Trump’s victory

Europe's nationalist and extreme right wing parties have reacted with glee to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Le Pen's National Front is being shunned by organisers of Sunday's republican march in Paris.
Elections 10-11-2016

Le Pen hopes Trump victory will sweep National Front to power

The election of a populist US president means "the supposedly impossible is possible", Marine Le Pen said after Trump's victory. But the French electoral system may stop the National Front rising to power. EURACTIV France reports.

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.
Future EU 05-10-2016

Emmanuel Macron unveils plans to ‘bring European democracy to life’

Though not yet an official candidate for the French presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron this week (4 October) presented plans for sweeping changes to the French – and European – system of representative democracy. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 15-09-2016

France and the UK as influential as Lithuania in the European Parliament

Germany, Italy and Poland have far more influence over EU legislation than France or the UK, which suffer from the lack of involvement of many of their MEPs. But three women preserve France’s dignity. EURACTIV France reports.

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 29-06-2016

Brexit’s long shadow falls on French presidential campaign

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the EU has catapulted the question of EU membership to the forefront of France’s 2017 presidential election campaign, with the right and extreme right leading calls for a referendum. EURACTIV France reports.

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