French election

The 2017 French presidential election was held on 23 April and 7 May 2017. As no candidate won a majority in the first round on 23 April, a run-off was held between the top two candidates, Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN), which Macron won by a decisive margin on 7 May. The presidential election was followed by legislative elections to elect members of the National Assembly on 11 and 18 June.
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  • Seen as pro-business, Macron shifts to the left at UN body
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    Seen as pro-business, Macron shifts to the left at UN body

    GENEVA -  French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for an EU-wide minimum wage and a stepped-up fight against inequality, in what represents a return to his left-leaning political roots after critics have painted him as overly pro-business. In a speech to the U.N.'s main labor body, Macron alluded to the protests by the yellow vest anti-government movement in France that has shaken his balancing act as a promoter of business with roots in the Socialist Party — which he abandoned to set up his own centrist party. "France has gone through very difficult crisis in the last few months, which I have personally experienced as a type of opportunity," Macron said in remarks that appeared largely

  • French hospital workers strike against Macron's health cuts
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    French hospital workers strike against Macron's health cuts

    By Anthony Torres 15 June 2019 While the Senate adopted the 2022 health bill on Tuesday, hospital strikes against the deterioration of the health system that began in March in Paris are now spreading throughout France. Health Minister Agnès Buzyn and President Emmanuel Macron have turned down all the demands of hospital staff despite rising anger among workers. Already, Macron has refused to make any concessions to demands of “yellow vest” protesters that he put an end to his policy of austerity and war. He reacted by launching riot police against the “yellow vests,” leading to mass arrests of thousands of protesters, dozens of whom have been mutilated by the cops. On Monday on the set of the

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    French Nationalist Leader Marine Le Pen Ordered to Be Put on Trial for Tweets

    ZeroHedge reports that controversial nationalist politician Marine Le Pen will stand trial for posting photographs of ISIS atrocities in December 2015. These tweets were posted after ISIS terrorists murdered 130 people in Paris. A judge in the Western Paris suburb of Nanterre ruled that Le Pen faces charges of circulating “violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity” according to a report from France24. These photos included the grisly beheading of journalist James Foley, a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a tank, and a third photo of a Jordanian air force pilot being burned alive in a cage. In a caption, Le Pen stated “Daesh is this!”, referencing

  • Europe's populists rebrand but policies remain the same
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    Europe's populists rebrand but policies remain the same

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's far-right and populist parties sought to rebrand themselves Thursday, launching a new group dubbed Identity and Democracy in the European Parliament but with many of the same faces and most of the old policies. Claiming to be riding the crest of a popular wave from last month's EU elections, the group welcomed in the far-right Alternative for Germany and renewed pledges to take back sovereignty from Brussels, boost security and stop migrants entering Europe. "Things must change, because voters demand it," Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally party said at a news conference where several of the group's staff, stood among reporters, applauded the politicians'

  • Europe's populists rebrand but policies remain the same
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    Europe's populists rebrand but policies remain the same

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's far-right and populist parties sought to rebrand themselves Thursday, launching a new group dubbed Identity and Democracy in the European Parliament but with many of the same faces and most of the old policies. Claiming to be riding the crest of a popular wave from last month's EU elections, the group welcomed in the far-right Alternative for Germany and renewed pledges to take back sovereignty from Brussels, boost security and stop migrants entering Europe. “Things must change, because voters demand it,” Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally party said at a news conference where several of the group's staff, stood among reporters, applauded the politicians'

  • Europe's populists rebrand but policies remain the same
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    Europe's populists rebrand but policies remain the same

    BRUSSELS -  Europe's far-right and populist parties sought to rebrand themselves Thursday, launching a new group dubbed Identity and Democracy in the European Parliament but with many of the same faces and most of the old policies. Claiming to be riding the crest of a popular wave from last month's EU elections, the group welcomed in the far-right Alternative for Germany and renewed pledges to take back sovereignty from Brussels, boost security and stop migrants entering Europe. "Things must change, because voters demand it," Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally party said at a news conference where several of the group's staff, stood among reporters, applauded the politicians' remarks.