Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo to run for French presidency

Socialist to campaign on her story of ‘overcoming class prejudice’ in bid to win back voters for the left in 2022 The Socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has announced a bid for the French presidency, saying that as a woman with working-class, immigrant roots she will try to repair the anger and divisions in French societyContinue reading “Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo to run for French presidency”

France’s parliament approves anti-separatism bill against Islamist extremism

The French National Assembly on approved the controversial “anti-separatism” bill despite strong criticisms from parliamentarians from the Left and the Right. The government argued the legislation was needed to bolster France’s secular system, but critics say it breaches religious freedom. After a seven-month debate – and the text going back and forth between France’s lower house, the NationalContinue reading “France’s parliament approves anti-separatism bill against Islamist extremism”

Macron and Le Pen lose out as French voters shun local elections

Abstention rate estimated at 68%, and exit polls suggest Le Pen’s National Rally failed to get expected support Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party and Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally both failed to garner expected support in French regional elections that saw an unprecedented rate of abstention. The president and his government failed to mobilise supporters,Continue reading “Macron and Le Pen lose out as French voters shun local elections”

French far right irked by election results, southern region in play

Le Pen eyes landmark win in southern France Macron faces challenge ahead of 2022 presidential vote Turnout nationwide projected at a record low Centre right does better than expected France’s far right performed worse than predicted in Sunday’s regional elections, exit polls showed, leaving victory in the southern battleground of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and a platformContinue reading “French far right irked by election results, southern region in play”

Gains seen for far-right in French regional polls

France heads to the polls for the first round of regional elections on Sunday that could see Marine Le Pen’s far-right party make gains and step further into the political mainstream. The election will see new assemblies elected for mainland France’s 13 regions and 96 departments, with Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) tipped to winContinue reading “Gains seen for far-right in French regional polls”

Tens of thousands march against far-right in France

Tens of thousands of people across France on Saturday marched against “attacks on freedoms” and what organisers said was a growing influence of far-right ideas ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Members of more than 100 left-leaning organisations participated in the “Liberty March” in cities and towns across the country. The protests were the firstContinue reading “Tens of thousands march against far-right in France”

Macron’s party bans Muslim candidate for wearing hijab in poster

Sara Zemmahi was planning to run with LREM in local elections, but has been criticised by the far right and the LREM itself. French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling centrist party has barred a Muslim candidate from running in a local election after she was photographed in a hijab for a campaign flyer, a move whichContinue reading “Macron’s party bans Muslim candidate for wearing hijab in poster”

French government furious over new military letter warning Macron of ‘survival’ of France

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron reacted with fury on Monday after a group of serving French soldiers published an open letter warning that “civil war” was brewing over his “concessions” to Islamism, weeks after a similar message from elements in the military rocked the elite. The letter, posted on the website of the right-wingContinue reading “French government furious over new military letter warning Macron of ‘survival’ of France”

French soldiers warn of civil war in new letter

A new open letter has been published in France warning of the threat of civil war and claiming to have more than 130,000 signatures from the public. The message, published in a right-wing magazine, accuses the French government of granting “concessions” to Islamism. “It is about the survival of our country,” said the text, saidContinue reading “French soldiers warn of civil war in new letter”

French generals cause backlash with ‘civil war’ warning

The French government has threatened to punish active soldiers who signed an open letter by 25 retired generals warning President Emmanuel Macron the country is headed for “civil war”. A number of serving defence force members are believed to have signed the letter published last week in the right-wing Valeurs Actuelles magazine, which warned thatContinue reading “French generals cause backlash with ‘civil war’ warning”

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