French Intelligence Agency Braces for Russian Bots to Back Le Pen - Foreign Policy (blog)

France's spy agency believes Russia intends to try to influence France's upcoming elections in favor of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. On Wednesday, Le Canard Enchaîné said that France's Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) believes ...

Politics in France are completely upended - PRI

François Fillon (2nd L), a former French prime minister, a member of The Republicans political party and 2017 presidential candidate of the French center-right, and Troyes Mayor Francois Baroin visit Le Coq Sportif factory as they attend a campaign ...

France's Sad Politics - American Spectator

It's hard to feel optimistic about the future of France when considering the current slate of candidates for the presidential election this spring. Arguably Francois Fillon is the best candidate as he would attempt to rein in the state, loosen labor ...

Marine Le Pen sues Parliament and anti-fraud chiefs - POLITICO.eu

National Front leader says German leftist Martin Schulz is behind a plot to discredit the Euroskeptics. By Giulia Paravicini. 2/8/17, 3:42 PM CET. Updated 2/15/17, 4:52 AM CET. French far-right party National Front leader Marine Le Pen | Jeff J ...

Macron the Maverick - Project Syndicate

WASHINGTON, DC – Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front, may be a charter member of what New America Senior Fellow Scott Malcomson calls the “Nationalist International.” But she is not the only “maverick” who is polling well in ...

Emmanuel Macron's Unexpected Shot at the French Presidency - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. The French presidential election has been full of surprises—from former Prime Minister Manuel Valls's failed Socialist primary bid to the financial scandal ...

France's big parties probably won't even get into the presidential election's final round. Here's why. - Washington Post

Most Western countries are seeing increased dissatisfaction with the economic and political status quo. This has fed the rise of populism, destabilizing party systems and even democracy. The most recent twists in the French presidential race reflect ...

French presidential candidate Macron mocks gay allegations - New Europe

The French presidential election sank to a new low yesterday, after Emmanuel Macron, the leading candidate who is married to his former high school teacher, was forced to deny a gay extramarital affair. Making fun of rumours that he is gay, Macron had ...

New revelations about Fillon in corruption scandal - New Europe

The French politico-satyrical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné published in its last issue new embarrassing revelations showing that the British-born wife of François Fillon, the rightwing French presidential candidate, Penelope Fillon, who was highly paid ...

Poll shows Le Pen losing French presidential runoff - Reuters

Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for the French 2017 presidential election, attends the 2-day FN political rally to launch the presidential campaign in Lyon, France February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Robert Pratta.

Le Pen is campaigning on how bad the EU is for France's economy, just as things are improving - Quartz

Marine Le Pen kicked off her presidential campaign last weekend with all the populist flourish of Donald Trump. The crowd at the rally in Lyon chanted “this is our country!” back at the leader of France's far-right National Front party. Le Pen promised ...

There will be no President Le Pen - The Guardian

My work with focus groups across France suggests something is shifting. The Front National is a threat, but the populist domino effect will stop at France. Launch of the Le Pen campaign on 5 January in Lyon. 'Le Pen may really only have one shot: she ...

France's Outsider Candidates Seize the Presidential Race - The New Yorker

The public gymnasium across the street from my Paris apartment, in an unassuming neighborhood of the Nineteenth Arrondissement, has become an effigy for the city's political class. One morning a few weeks ago, posters went up announcing a rally for ...

Gay lover? Where would I find the time, says Macron - The Times (subscription)

Emmanuel Macron, the independent who has emerged as favourite to be the next French president, has dismissed suggestions that he is having an affair with a male broadcasting executive. Mr Macron, 39, spoke out as French press and opposition ...

Madame la Présidente? - Irish Times

As conventional wisdom would have it, Marine Le Pen will easily make it through the first round of the French presidential election in April. And then, like her father before her – beaten 82 to 18 per cent by Jacques Chirac in 2002 – will succumb in ...

France's Emmanuel Macron Dismisses Affair As Rival Francois Fillon Battles Scandal - NDTV

Paris: France's presidential race sank deeper into smear and sleaze on Tuesday after centrist Emmanuel Macron was forced to deny an extramarital affair and conservative Francois Fillon pressed on with efforts to salvage his reputation. A slump in ...

The Trump Factor in the French Election - YaleGlobal Online

PARIS: If you asked a Wisconsin farmer why he voted for Donald Trump when his great-grandparents supported Senator Robert La Follette, a maverick progressive, he might not have an answer. If you asked a French voter from the wider suburbs what he ...

Macron tops French presidential opinion polls as Fillon fights for campaign - Deutsche Welle

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon has been left fighting to save his presidential candidacy following new revelations over his wife's job. Current opinion polls have put independent Emmanuel Macron at 64 percent. Supporters of Emmanuel Macron.

French Jewish leader: Kippa ban idea incompatible with Jewish values - Jerusalem Post Israel News

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Jews should sacrifice wearing thier Yarmulkes in struggle against radical Islam. French Jewish man pays repsects to victims of terror attack. (photo credit:REUTERS). A leader of the French Jewish community on ...

Le Pen's Election Manifesto Aims to Give Power Back to French People - Austrian Tribune

Far-right French party National Front has launched its election manifesto and the party has promised major changes for France if Marine Le Pen manages to win the Presidential elections. Le Pen has strongly criticized current French government's failure ...