French MEPs are mobilising for the French municipal elections and have shown open support for some candidates. Conservative MEP Agnès Evren is even the top candidate of Les Républicains (LR) for the elections in the 15th Paris arrondissement. EURACTIV France reports.
The French government continues to defend its pension reform proposal initially recommended by the European executive. Although it has since been watered down, its divisiveness has led to the paralysis of the transport system for almost a month. EURACTIV France reports.
Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National and its allies are facing protest from the European Parliament's political groups, who are refusing to involve the French far-right party in a process that will decide on the Parliament's key positions. EURACTIV France reports.
Doubled in size compared to the last legislature, the newly formed nationalist group Identity and Democracy (ID) is now eager to capitalise on its success and get a share of high-level roles in the European Parliament’s Bureau and committees.
French left-wing and environmentalist MEPs have decided not to attend a meeting organised by the French government. They are refusing to support its call for an "équipe de France" in the European Parliament as it would mean siding with MEPs of Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement national. EURACTIV France reports.
The two main political groups in the European Parliament are losing ground but will remain the powerhouses in the new assembly. However, the traditional political forces on both the right and the left collapsed in France during the European elections. EURACTIV France reports.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron's party failed to defeat Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National. Surprisingly, the Greens became the third largest French force in the new European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
French party programmes for the upcoming European elections contain proposals that are sometimes far-fetched, even unrealistic. So far, all parties have managed to be off-topic. EURACTIV France reports.
Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National and Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche appear to be neck and neck in the European election polls but Macron's party still retains a statistical advantage. But media coverage appears to be hailing a possible victory for Rassemblement National, rather than for Macron's party. EURACTIV France reports.
The EU election debate broadcast on France 2 next Wednesday (22 May) is causing growing controversy. Guests from minority parties have argued the structure of the debate is biased against them, and have threatened to boycott the programme. EURACTIV France reports.
Only 20 out of the 70 MEPs set to represent France in the new European Parliament already know the system. "It is like a company that only functions with interns," according to one lawmaker. EURACTIV France reports.
As many as 42% of French people interviewed by the BVA institute expressed a lack of interest in the upcoming 2019 EU parliamentary elections, six percentage points more than in the previous poll in March. EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune reports.
Leading candidate Nathalie Loiseau and the other 29 top candidates on the “Renaissance” list of the La République En Marche for the European elections kicked off their campaign at the first meeting on 30 March in Aubervilliers. EURACTIV France reports.
Considered the favourite for the European elections in the autumn polls, the far-right Rassemblement National party of Marine Le Pen is now predicted to finish in second place with 20% of voting intentions, behind Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche. EURACTIV France reports.
The Swedish far-right party, the Sweden Democrats, is no longer calling for the country to leave the EU and it is not the only one. Several European populist parties have backtracked on this issue. EURACTIV France reports.
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged Europe's populist parties to unite against a liberal establishment in next year's European elections, as she made a combative return to the spotlight after her bruising election defeat last year.
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).