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Looming election rout ups stakes for France's president

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move party is fighting a losing battle for town halls in the vote while the president's personal popularity has slipped again

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the residence of French Defense Ministry on the eve of Bastille Day, on July 13, 2019, in Paris. File photo by Kamil Zihnioglu/AFP

France's Macron wins strong majority for reform

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

3rd UPDATE The new body will be nearly 6 years younger on average have a record 223 women lawmakers and will be strikingly less politically experienced

FRANCE'S PARLIAMENT. This file photo taken on July 26, 2016 shows the National Assembly's Palais Bourbon in Paris illuminated in the French flag colors in tribute to the victims of the attack in the Normandy city of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Macron eyes next stage in revolution in parliament vote

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:19 PM

The main concern for observers and critics is the likely absence of any political counterweight to Macron

HIS CHOICE. A man casts his ballot as he votes at a polling station in the 14th arrondissement in Paris, during the second round of the French parliamentary elections on June 18, 2017. Benjamin Cremel/AFP

Macron looks to cement mandate as French elect new parliament

Jun 11, 2017 - 11:23 AM

3rd UPDATE To achieve ambitious labor economic and social reforms French President Emmanuel Macron needs a clear majority in parliament

CHOICES. A teenager walks by election posters ahead of the first round of the upcoming legislative elections in Paris on June 9, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Macron hailed by France's allies but huge challenges await

May 09, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Although the centrist politician faces a huge task ahead to unite a fractured and anxious country his win has been greeted with relief by EU leaders and financial markets

HOLLANDE AND MACRON. Outgoing French president Francois Hollande (L) and French president-elect Emmanuel Macron (C) shake hands with veterans during the ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during WWII on May 8, 1945 under the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris on May 8, 2017. Stephane de Sakutin/pool/AFP

Macron won 66.1%, Le Pen 33.9% in French vote – final results

May 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Macron received a total of 20 753 797 votes compared with 10 644 118 for Marine Le Pen the ministry announces the day after the landmark election

MACRON WON. French president-elect Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017, following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French presidential election. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Third of French voters spoiled ballots or abstained

May 08, 2017 - 1:12 PM

According to official results with more than 80 of votes counted the abstention rate stood at 24 52 – the highest since the presidential election in 1969

BALLOTS. A picture taken on May 7, 2017 shows ballot papers on May 7, 2017 in Quimper, western of France during the second round of French presidential election. Fred Tanneau/AFP

Emmanuel Macron: Political prodigy and France's new president

May 08, 2017 - 7:40 AM

UPDATED The 39 year old – set to be the youngest president in French history – breaks the mold of a traditional French leader charting one of the most unlikely paths to the presidency in modern history

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche movement Emmanuel Macron poses for a photo session on March 7, 2017 at his campaign headquarters in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Le Pen claims 'massive' gains but plans party revamp after defeat

May 08, 2017 - 7:25 AM

Marine Le Pen: I suggest we begin a profound transformation of our movement to create a new political force

EXIT. French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen leaves after delivering a speech in Paris, on May 7, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election. Joel Saget/AFP

With Macron win secured, France and Germany look to EU future

May 08, 2017 - 7:16 AM

The two staunch allies face tough challenges over Europe s future

VIVE LA FRANCE! A man waves a French national flag next to people gesturing and shouting on the French avenue of the Champs Elysees by the Arc de Triomphe on May 7, 2017, in Paris following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French presidential election. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential election

May 08, 2017 - 6:48 AM

UPDATED The pro EU former investment banker will become France s youngest ever leader but faces a huge challenge to enact his program while trying to unite a fractured and demoralized country

VICTORY. A TV grab shows French president-elect Emmanuel Macron arriving to deliver a speech in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017, after the second round of the French presidential election. AFP TV/ Stringer/AFP

Tense France picks new president in landmark vote

May 07, 2017 - 11:01 AM

3rd UPDATE Whoever wins there will be profound change for France the world s 6th biggest economy a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a global military power

THE CHOICE. This combination of pictures made on April 23, 2017 shows Emmanuel Macron (L) and Marine Le Pen posing in Paris. Joel Saget and Eric Feferberg/AFP

France tries to curb impact of Macron hack ahead of vote

May 07, 2017 - 7:06 AM

This comes a day before the country heads to the polls for a watershed election

THE CHOICE. This picture, taken on May 5, 2017 an electoral card next to ballots for Emmanuel Macron (L) and Marine Le Pen and on a ballot box at a polling station in Rennes, western France. Damien Meyer/AFP

Macron blasts huge hacking attack just before French vote

May 06, 2017 - 8:13 AM

The leak comes as an 11th hour twist in what has proved to be one of the most drama packed elections in French history

HACKING? In this file photo, French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron visits the European cemetery of Bologhine in Algiers on February 14, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Le Pen, Macron clash in fiery final French debate

May 04, 2017 - 7:39 AM

The duel ahead of this Sunday s May 7 election was billed as a confrontation between Macron s call for openness and pro market reforms and Le Pen s France first nationalism

FACE OFF. A combination of video grabs from an Agence France-Presse video taken on May 3, 2017 during a live broadcast televised debate of television channels France 2 and TF1, shows Marine Le Pen (L) and Emmanuel Macron talking during a face to face debate ahead of the second round of the French presidential election. Stringer/AFP

Le Pen, Macron face off in final French presidential debate

May 03, 2017 - 2:17 PM

UPDATED Their starkly different views of Europe immigration the economy and French identity will be explored for the first time face to face following a week marked by bruising clashes between them

THE CHOICE. A pedestrian walks past posters Emmanuel Macron (L) and Marine Le Pen, in Paris, on April 28, 2017. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Macron camp fear high French abstention rate could damage chances

May 03, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Emmanuel Macron s camp warns that a high number of no shows especially among left wing voters could hurt his chances

FEARING NO-SHOWS. Emmanuel Macron looks on prior to a debate on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis near Paris. Lionel Bonaventure/Pool/AFP

Brigitte Macron: From teacher to potential first lady of France

May 02, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The 64 year old blonde with blue eyes is Emmanuel Macron s closest collaborator whom he has pledged to give an official role at the presidential palace if he emerges victorious in the May 7 runoff vote

MRS. MACRON. Brigitte Macron (C) looks on during a campaign visit of the ruins in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane, on April 28, 2017. Pascal Lachenaud/Pool/AFP

Macron, Le Pen offer sharp contrast in visions for France

Apr 30, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The battle to become France s next president boils down to a sharp clash of contrasting visions

HEAD TO HEAD. Marine Le Pen (L) and Emmanuel Macron (R) offer very different visions for France. AFP file photos

France's Le Pen struggles with fear of far-right

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:46 PM

Marine Le Pen has a tricky balancing act ahead of the runoff: keeping her core far right supporters happy while appealing to a wider electorate who need to be reassured

LE PEN. President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French presidential elections Marine Le Pen smiles during the inauguration of her campaign headquarters in Paris on November 16, 2016. File photo by Alaine Jocard/AFP

Le Pen says voters must choose 'for or against' France

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:13 AM

The country Mr Macron wants is no longer France it s a space a wasteland a trading room where there are only consumers and producers Marine Le Pen tells a cheering crowd in the Riviera city of Nice

WITH SUPPORTERS. In this file photo, French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen speaks during a public rally on February 24, 2017 in Pierrelatte, central eastern France. File photo by Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

France's Macron gets rough ride in Le Pen country

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Macron tries to counter accusations that he had made a complacent start to campaigning for the presidential runoff on May 7 after finishing ahead of Le Pen in the first round

MOBBED. French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (back, center) is surrounded by supporters during a visit to a Whirlpool plant in Amiens, April 26 2017. Photo courtesy Le Pen campaign/Facebook

Polar opposites: The issues that divide Le Pen and Macron

Apr 24, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far right leader Marine Le Pen are set to go head to head in the second round of France s presidential election on May 7

SECOND ROUND. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, 05 October 2006 in Paris. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

France's presidential election: How the world is reacting

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:08 AM

Here are some of the reactions to the projected results of the first round of the French elections

MACRON. Emmanuel Macron gives a thumbs-up sign to a cheering crowd. Photo from Emmanuel Macron's Twitter page.

Macron, Le Pen set for French election run-off

Apr 24, 2017 - 6:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Macron tops Sunday s first round with 23 9 of votes slightly ahead of National Front FN leader Le Pen with 21 4 according to near final results from the interior ministry

LE PEN AND MACRON. Emmanuel Macron photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP. Marine Le Pen photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

France votes in high-stakes presidential election

Apr 23, 2017 - 2:12 PM

UPDATED Far right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are the frontrunners to progress to a run off on May 7 but the result is too close to call in a deeply divided country

FRANCE VOTES. A man casts his ballot at a polling station on April 22, 2017 in Remire Montjoly, French Guiana during the first round of the French presidential election. Jody Amiet/AFP

French election: what you need to know

Apr 23, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Nearly 47 million voters are set to go to the polls with 11 candidates vying for president

IN THE RUNNING. The eleven candidates for the French presidential election attend a debate on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

France on edge as presidential vote looms

Apr 23, 2017 - 4:50 AM

France goes to the polls on Sunday April 23 in an election seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the beleaguered European Union

FRENCH VOTE. People wave French flags during a public meeting for one of the candidates for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party primary ahead of the 2017 presidential election in Nice on November 15, 2016. Photo by Valery Hache/Rappler

In or out? EU is hot-button issue in French vote

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:23 PM

None of the 4 main candidates can afford to be neutral on the EU whether they portray it as the source of all woes or a guarantee of peace and stability

FRENCH ELECTION. A man puts the final touche on a giant figure depicting right-wing presidential candidates Francois Fillon (C) next to others depicting far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (L) and centrist independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, on January 27, 2017 in Nice, southeastern France, during the preparation of the 133rd Nice Carnival. Photo by Valery Hache/AFP

Fears engulf French election after policeman shot in Paris

Apr 21, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Three of the 4 frontrunners – far right leader Marine Le Pen centrist Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon – call off campaign events planned for Friday in the wake of the attack

Jean-Luc Melenchon: France's 'unbowed' hard left candidate

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:26 PM

For many Jean Luc Melenchon has emerged as the main voice on the left

THIRD PLACE - AND RISING. Jean-Luc Melenchon in an undated campaign photo. Photo from Melenchon's Facebook page

France's Le Pen hardens tone as campaign clock ticks down

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Marine Le Pen has spent years trying to broaden support for her National Front party but she signals a return to the core concerns of many of her supporters in recent speeches

MARINE LE PEN. President of the French far-right party and presidential candidate for the 2017 French Presidential elections Marine Le Pen delivers a speech during a press conference on November 9, 2016 at the party headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

France arrests two over attack plot days before vote

Apr 18, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED The foiled plot sparked fears that the closing days of the campaign could be a target for extremists ahead of Sunday s April 23 vote the country s most unpredictable election in decades

FRENCH PRESIDENT. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, 05 October 2006 in Paris. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Frontrunners Le Pen, Macron hold rival Paris rallies

Apr 17, 2017 - 8:12 PM

The unpredictable race narrows dramatically with surveys suggesting 4 candidates are in contention to win one of the top two spots in the April 23 vote and progress to the run off election a fortnight later

LE PEN AND MACRON. Emmanuel Macron photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP. Marine Le Pen photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

French presidential hopefuls battle for votes with a week to go

Apr 17, 2017 - 12:25 AM

The French go to the polls on April 23 to choose two candidates from a field of 11 who will go head to head in a run off

PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, 05 October 2006 in Paris. Fred Dufour/AFP/File

Far-left Melenchon's surge shakes up French presidential race

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:41 AM

After strong performances in two televised debates several new surveys this weekend show him climbing to third position with 18 19 of voters saying they would vote for him

THIRD PLACE - AND RISING. Jean-Luc Melenchon in an undated campaign photo. Photo from Melenchon's Facebook page

Macron targets Le Pen over economy in French presidential debate

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The televised debate was at times chaotic and often dominated by the anti capitalist and virulently anti EU smaller candidates who made their first major appearance ahead of the first round vote

LE GRAND DEBAT. The 11 candidates for the French presidential election attend a debate, presented by French TV hosts Ruth Elkrief and Laurence Ferrari and organised by the French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, on April 4, 2017 in La Plaine-Saint-Denis. Lionel Bonaventure/Pool/AFP

Former PM Valls endorses Macron for French presidency

Mar 29, 2017 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED Valls: I think you should not take any risks for the Republic So I will vote for Emmanuel Macron

BACKING MACRON. In this file photo, Manuel Valls speaks on January 22, 2017 at the Latin American House in Paris. Eric Feferberg/AFP

A month before France votes, undecideds in the lead

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:40 AM

With a month to go 40 of voters have yet to decide how they ll vote in the first round of the French presidential poll – or even if they ll show up on election day at all

PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, 05 October 2006 in Paris. Fred Dufour/AFP/File

Francois Fillon: 'Clean' image spoiled but still in race

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:05 PM

With scandals left and right Francois Fillon s early frontrunner status is now diminished Some commentators wonder whether he has lost the moral authority to carry out his key campaign pledge

Francois Fillon, candidate for the right-wing primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election poses for a photo session in Paris on November 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

Marine Le Pen: Far-right heir reaping rewards of party purges

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:00 PM

If Marine Le Pen does win the keys to the Elyseé Palace it will be partly because of her repudiation of the man she once idolized – her own father Jean Marie Le Pen

President of the Front national (FN) far-right party Marine Le Pen poses, on January 30, 2014 in Nanterre. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

France's Le Pen attacked as Macron passes first debate test

Mar 21, 2017 - 7:32 AM

UPDATED Marine Le Pen s hardline stance on security and the place of Islam in France come under attack from her fellow presidential hopefuls

TOP BETS. French presidential election candidates (L-R) Francois Fillon, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Marine Le Pen, and Benoit Hamon pose before a debate organised by the French private TV channel TF1 on March 20, 2017 in Aubervilliers, outside Paris. Eliot Blondet/Pool/AFP

French presidential candidates face off in first TV debate

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:01 PM

UPDATED Centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron and far right leader Marine Le Pen are expected to come under attack in the first of 3 debates

SEAT OF POWER. A photo showing the main entrance of the Elysee palace, the official residence of the French President, October 5, 2006 in Paris. Fred Dufour/AFP

New poll shows France's Macron leading in first round

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Macron s lead comes as a growing list of backers from both the left and the center throw their support behind the 39 year old former economy minister who is trying to upend France s traditional politics

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche movement Emmanuel Macron gestures as speaks during an event organized by the collective 'Elles Marchent' (They Walk in feminine in French), during International Women's Day on March 8, 2017, in Paris. Eric Feferberg/AFP

New revelation hits France's scandal-plagued Fillon

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:53 AM

The conservative candidate did not deem it necessary to report the 50 000 euros 53 000 loan he received from Marc Ladreit de Lacharriere in 2013 to a state transparency watchdog the Canard Enchaine weekly reports

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon waves after delivering a speech during a campaign meeting in Orleans, central France, on March 7, 2017. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Obama 2017? 50,000 French people want him as president

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:51 PM

A French petition calling for the former US president to enter the race for the French presidency has gathered thousands of signatures Their only problem? He s not a French citizen

'OUI ON PEUT' This file photo taken on February 27, 2017 shows the four authors of 'Obama 17' posing in front of a poster to promote Obama's candidacy to the French presidential election in 2017, on February 27, 2017 in Paris. Martin Bureau/AFP

Defiant Fillon says 'no one' can stop France election bid

Mar 06, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The conservative candidate is in a defiant mood after holding a rally in Paris attended by tens of thousands of flag waving supporters

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon (C) gestures as supporters applaud him on stage during a rally at the place du Trocadero, in Paris, on March 5, 2017. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP

France's Fillon to talk politics amid scandal

Mar 04, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Fillon tries to wrest back control of his campaign by setting out his policies on Saturday March 4 before holding a rally on Sunday March 5 near the Eiffel Tower

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon looks on as he visits the Paris' International Agriculture Fair on March 1, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Marine Le Pen loses EU immunity over ISIS tweets

Mar 02, 2017 - 9:57 PM

The move paves the way for France to pursue a case against the far right National Front leader after prosecutors launched a probe in 2015 over the graphic pictures which included the decapitated body of US journalist James Foley

Head of the far-right party FN and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (C) smiles as she arrives to visit the Salon des Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurship fair) in Paris on February 1, 2017. Eric Piermont/AFP

Fillon faces 'fake job' charges but stays in French campaign

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:09 AM

The Fillons woes are the latest twist in an extraordinary presidential campaign that has repeatedly wrong footed observers ahead of the two stage contest on April 23 and May 7

French presidential election candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon looks on as he visits the Paris' International Agriculture Fair on March 1, 2017. Christophe Archambault/AFP