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

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

Foreign Policy (blog)French Intelligence Agency Braces for Russian Bots to Back Le PenForeign 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 ...and more »

Politics in France are completely upended - PRI;

Politics in France are completely upended - PRI

PRIPolitics in France are completely upendedPRIFrançois 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 ...and more »

France's Sad Politics - American Spectator;

France's Sad Politics - American Spectator

American SpectatorFrance's Sad PoliticsAmerican SpectatorIt'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 ...and more »

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

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

POLITICO.euMarine Le Pen sues Parliament and anti-fraud chiefsPOLITICO.euNational 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 ...and more »

Macron the Maverick - Project Syndicate;

Macron the Maverick - Project Syndicate

Project SyndicateMacron the MaverickProject SyndicateWASHINGTON, 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 ...and more »

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

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

The AtlanticEmmanuel Macron's Unexpected Shot at the French PresidencyThe AtlanticLike ​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 ...and more »

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

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

Washington PostFrance's big parties probably won't even get into the presidential election's final round. Here's why.Washington PostMost 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 ...and more »

French presidential candidate Macron mocks gay allegations - New Europe;

French presidential candidate Macron mocks gay allegations - New Europe

New EuropeFrench presidential candidate Macron mocks gay allegationsNew EuropeThe 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 ...and more »

New revelations about Fillon in corruption scandal - New Europe;

New revelations about Fillon in corruption scandal - New Europe

New EuropeNew revelations about Fillon in corruption scandalNew EuropeThe 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 ...and more »

Poll shows Le Pen losing French presidential runoff - Reuters;

Poll shows Le Pen losing French presidential runoff - Reuters

ReutersPoll shows Le Pen losing French presidential runoffReutersMarine 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.and more »

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

Le Pen is campaigning on how bad the EU is for France's economy, just as things are improvingQuartzMarine 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 ...and more »

There will be no President Le Pen - The Guardian;

There will be no President Le Pen - The Guardian

The GuardianThere will be no President Le PenThe GuardianMy 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 ...and more »

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

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

The New YorkerFrance's Outsider Candidates Seize the Presidential RaceThe New YorkerThe 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 ...and more »

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

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

The Times (subscription)Gay lover? Where would I find the time, says MacronThe 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 ...and more »

Madame la Présidente? - Irish Times

Madame la Présidente?Irish TimesAs 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 ...and more »

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

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

NDTVFrance's Emmanuel Macron Dismisses Affair As Rival Francois Fillon Battles ScandalNDTVParis: 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 ...and more »

The Trump Factor in the French Election - YaleGlobal Online

The Trump Factor in the French ElectionYaleGlobal OnlinePARIS: 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 ...and more »

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

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

Deutsche WelleMacron tops French presidential opinion polls as Fillon fights for campaignDeutsche WelleConservative 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.and more »

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

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

Jerusalem Post Israel NewsFrench Jewish leader: Kippa ban idea incompatible with Jewish valuesJerusalem Post Israel NewsFrench 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 ...and more »

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

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

Austrian TribuneLe Pen's Election Manifesto Aims to Give Power Back to French PeopleAustrian TribuneFar-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 ...and more »