Tag Archives: France

Le Pen Gloats After Far-Right Wins 89 Assembly Seats

ABC News reports: France awakened to an ecstatic Marine Le Pen on Monday after her party’s far-right candidates for parliament sent shockwaves through the political establishment and helped deny Macron’s centrist alliance an absolute majority. It was only a couple of months ago that Le Pen lost the presidential election. But now it was her turn to gloat, since she …

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Self-Proclaimed “Discotheque” Inventor Dies At 92

Deadline Hollywood reports: Regine, who claimed to have invented the term “discotheque” as she ran a nightclub empire that stretched from Paris to Los Angeles, has died. She passed on Sunday at age 92, according to her granddaughter. At its height, her nightlife empire had 22 venues. Born Regina Zylberberg in Belgium, Regine opened her first nightclub in Paris’s Latin …

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Putin Sends Macron “Sincere” Congratulations On Win

The New York Times reports: President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia congratulated Emmanuel Macron on Monday for his re-election as France’s president after defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right candidate many in Russia favored as a potential game-changing option for the Kremlin amid the threat of new sanctions and in the midst of the war in Ukraine. “I sincerely wish …

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Le Pen Concedes, Calls Result “Victory” For Far-Right

The New York Times reports: Ms. Le Pen conceded defeat in her third attempt to become president, but bitterly criticized the “brutal and violent methods” of Mr. Macron. She vowed to fight on to secure a large number of representatives in legislative elections in June, declaring that “French people have this evening shown their desire for a strong counter power …

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Emmanuel Macron Projected To Have Won Reelection

CNN reports: Emmanuel Macron will win France’s presidential election, pollsters project, fending off a historic challenge from right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen during Sunday’s runoff vote. President Macron is expected to take 58.2% of the vote to Le Pen’s 41.8%, according to an analysis of voting data by pollsters Ipsos & Sopra Steria conducted for broadcasters France Televisions and Radio …

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Le Pen’s Party Pays $13M To Russian Military Contractor

The Wall Street Journal reports: The far-right party of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has begun paying a settlement of 12 million euros—equivalent to $12.94 million—to a Russian military contractor under U.S. sanctions, part of a debt restructuring that granted her party more time to repay a loan it took from a Russian bank, according to Russian and French …

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Final Polls: Macron +10 Ahead Of Sunday Runoff

Politico Europe reports: Voters in France return to the polling booths on Sunday in a second-round runoff vote to decide who will be their president for the next five years — the incumbent Emmanuel Macron or his far-right rival Marine Le Pen. All available voting intention polls aggregated in our POLITICO Poll of Polls show Macron winning reelection with 55 …

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Macron Warns Marine Le Pen That Her Proposed Ban On Muslim Head Scarves In Public Would Spark “Civil War”

The Associated Press reports: French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that challenger Marine Le Pen’s proposed measure to ban Muslim headscarves in French public spaces would create “civil war” if implemented. In a televised debate Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s presidential election, the far-right presidential candidate said she is fighting radical Islam not Muslims: “I am not carrying out a war …

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France’s Le Pen Vows Alliance With Russia If Elected

Politico Europe reports: French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said today that, if she were president, she would engage with Russia after the war in Ukraine to ensure Moscow doesn’t create an alliance with Beijing. She has been a long-standing admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin and has received party loans from a Russian bank. Le Pen has long …

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Marine Le Pen: Stop Sending Weapons To Ukraine

The Associated Press reports: French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen warned today against sending any more weapons to Ukraine, and called for a rapprochement between NATO and Russia once Moscow’s war in Ukraine winds down. Le Pen, an outspoken nationalist who has long ties to Russia, also confirmed that if she unseats President Emmanuel Macron in France’s April 24 …

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Macron And Le Pen Advance To Runoff For Presidency

The New York Times reports: President Emmanuel Macron will face Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, in the runoff of France’s presidential elections, according to projections based on preliminary ballot counts published by French polling agencies on Sunday at the close of voting. The projections, which may still shift but are generally a good indicator of the outcome, showed …

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Macron Lashes Out At Polish PM Over Putin Criticism

The BBC reports: French President Emmanuel Macron has called Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki “a far-right anti-Semite who bans LGBT people”, after being criticised for his talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Mr Morawiecki compared Mr Macron’s efforts to negotiating with Hitler. The French president has held regular conversations with Mr Putin since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine. On Friday, …

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French Extremist Marine Le Pen Has Shot At Presidency

The Washington Post reports: Leading candidates for the French presidency staged their final campaign rallies on Thursday, three days before a vote that appears increasingly likely to result in a tight runoff between President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Macron is still leading in polls of voter intent, but the gap between him and Le Pen has …

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Far-Right French Presidential Candidate Sued Over Claim That Gays Were Not Victims Of The Holocaust

France 24 reports: Far-right candidate Éric Zemmour faces yet another lawsuit in the run-up to France’s presidential election, this time filed by gay rights groups who say he denied that homosexuals were rounded up and deported during the country’s wartime Nazi occupation. Six gay rights associations told AFP that their criminal complaint for “denial of crimes against humanity” stemmed from …

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Homeschooling Family Dead In Group Suicide Leap

The Daily Mail reports: A family of four are dead and a teenage boy is fighting for life in hospital after appearing to jump from their apartment building in the Swiss resort of Montreux on Lake Geneva, police said. The French family were found at the bottom of a seven storey building in Montreux on Thursday and are believed to …

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Carmaker Renault Resumes Production In Russia

The Guardian reports: The French carmaker Renault has resumed manufacturing in its plants in Moscow, bucking the trend of many other large global companies that have cut ties with Russia over its war on Ukraine. Renault had suspended production at the plant last month, citing logistical problems after the invasion of Ukraine on Vladimir Putin’s orders. However, Renault’s decision to …

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France Seizes Russian Billionaire’s Mega-Yacht [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: French authorities have seized a yacht they say is linked to Russian oligarch Igor Sechin. “Thanks to the French customs officers who are enforcing the European Union’s sanctions against those close to the Russian government,” France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in a tweet Thursday, according to a Reuters translation. Sechin was included in a list, published …

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French Extremist Touts Supportive Call From Trump

The Hill reports: Far-right French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour said on Tuesday that former President Trump encouraged him to “stay true” to himself during a phone call this week. “He told me to remain who I am, that the media would call me brutal but that what mattered was to stay true to myself,” Zemmour told reporters. “We share the …

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Paris Police Block Trucker Convoy From Entering City

Reuters reports: Paris police intercepted at least 500 vehicles attempting to enter the French capital Saturday, in defiance of a police order, to take part in protests against virus restrictions inspired by Canada’s horn-honking “Freedom Convoy.” The police said on Twitter that several convoys were stopped from entering at key city arteries and over 200 motorists were handed tickets. Elsewhere, …

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Macron Refused COVID Test Before Meeting With Putin Because France Didn’t Want Kremlin To Have His DNA

Reuters reports: Observers were struck by images of Macron and Putin sitting at opposite ends of 4-metre-long (13 ft) table to discuss the Ukraine crisis on Monday, with some diplomats and others suggesting Putin might be wanting to send a diplomatic message. But two sources, who have knowledge of the French president’s health protocol, told Reuters Macron had been given …

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