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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  • France's Le Pen says party in mortal danger after funds seized
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    France's Le Pen says party in mortal danger after funds seized

    France's far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said her cash-strapped party was in mortal danger Monday after judges seized two million euros in subsidies as part of an illicit funding inquiry. Le Pen, who was runner-up in last year's presidential election behind Emmanuel Macron, said the move was a "death sentence" for the party formerly known as the National Front and accused the judiciary of a plot to destroy it.

  • EU parliament orders Le Pen group to reimburse over 500,000 euros
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    EU parliament orders Le Pen group to reimburse over 500,000 euros

    The European parliament on Monday ordered the political group of French far-right leader and former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to reimburse more than 500,000 euros claimed in unjustified expenses, including pricey champagne and dinners. The political group Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) to which Le Pen's party belongs, had claimed 477,780 euros in expenses in 2016 that the Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee deemed unjustified or non-compliant. The audit report for 2016 seen by AFP showed claims for about one hundred Christmas presents worth more than 100 euros each, 230 bottles of champagne, and a Christmas meal for 140 people with a tab of more than 13,500 euros.

  • In The Shadow Of A Terrorist Attack, Rapper Is Targeted By France's Right Wing
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    In The Shadow Of A Terrorist Attack, Rapper Is Targeted By France's Right Wing

    AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: A Paris concert that's months away is already generating controversy. A Muslim rapper is scheduled to play at the Bataclan. That's the concert hall where 90 people were killed by Islamist extremists in a terrorist attack 2 1/2 years ago. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley sends this report. ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: The idea of the French Muslim rapper Medine playing for two nights at the Bataclan has stoked outrage on the right. Far-right leader Marine Le Pen gathered thousands of signatures on a petition to ban the concert. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MARINE LE PEN: (Through interpreter) Is it normal that a militant fundamentalist Islamist goes to the Bataclan to express his

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    Le Journal Weekend

    30/06/2018 Le premier rendez-vous d'information de la soirée

  • Invitée_du 29_06_ Johanna Siméant Germanos
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    Invitée_du 29_06_ Johanna Siméant Germanos

    30 mille morts ou personnes disparues en 2017, la crise migratoire est devenue aujourd'hui un fléau mondial selon le HCR, l'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés. Johanna Siméant Germanos, sociologue, professeur de science politique à l'Université de Paris 1 et Spécialiste des questions migratoires qui est notre invitée analyse le phénomène de la migration. Elle est interrogée par Ferdinand GOGOUA.

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    France: Veteran far-right head in hospital for 90th birthday

    PARIS (AP) — Jean-Marie Le Pen, long-time leader of France's far-right who was sidelined in a family feud over his anti-Semitic remarks, is spending his 90th birthday in a hospital, still under treatment more than a week after checking in. Le Pen turned 90 on Wednesday. A Father's Day visit by daughter Marine Le Pen raised questions about his health. Marine Le Pen has given her father the cold shoulder since divesting him of membership in the National Front in 2015, removing his title of honorary president-for-life in March and this month changing the party name to National Rally. An aide, Lorrain de Saint Affrique, says that Le Pen still plans a June 30 birthday party with hundreds of guests.

  • EU court orders French far-right leader to repay $346,000
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    EU court orders French far-right leader to repay $346,000

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  • EU court orders French far-right leader to repay $346,000
    Associated Press

    EU court orders French far-right leader to repay $346,000

    PARIS (AP) — A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant.

  • French far-right figurehead Jean-Marie Le Pen hospitalised: lawyer
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    French far-right figurehead Jean-Marie Le Pen hospitalised: lawyer

    France's far-right figurehead Jean-Marie Le Pen has been taken to hospital suffering from "general fatigue", his lawyer said Wednesday. Explaining his absence in court, his lawyer Frederic Joachim produced a hospital certificate saying he had been admitted "in an emergency, for an undetermined time". Le Pen co-founded France's National Front (FN) party in 1972 and built it up into a formidable national political force known for its virulently anti-immigration and anti-EU policies.

  • Farage clashes with Verhofstadt over claims of Russian influence on Brexit
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    Farage clashes with Verhofstadt over claims of Russian influence on Brexit

    A war of words has erupted between Nigel Farage and Guy Verhofstadt over claims of Russian influence in European politics - including the Brexit vote.

  • National Rally: France's far-right approve name change
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    National Rally: France's far-right approve name change

    France's far-right National Front, trying to shake off its reputation for racism that has tinged the party for decades, approved a name change Friday as it seeks new momentum under leader Marine Le Pen. Party members backed the scrapping of the National Front name in favour of National Rally at a congress in Lyon, southeast France. "Homage to the National Front, long live the National Rally," Le Pen said to gathered activists, who voted 81 percent in favour of the new name, with a 53 percent turnout.