No taboos at Elysee as Mrs. Macron signals change

/ | May 15, 2017

No taboos at Elysee as Mrs. Macron signals change

As Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, settle in to the Elysee Palace, their unconventional partnership stands as a symbol of the changes the new president is aiming to bring about in France. She’s almost 25 years his senior. They met when she taught ...

Niece of France's Le Pen held as rising star quits politics

/ May 10, 2017

Niece of France's Le Pen held as rising star quits politics

The niece of defeated far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Tuesday that she’s leaving political life, at least temporarily, citing “personal and political reasons.” Marion Marechal-Le Pen had been seen as a rising star of the nationalist and anti-immigration National Front party. ...

Pro-EU Macron wins France's presidency, dashing Le Pen's hopes

/ May 8, 2017

Pro-EU Macron wins France's presidency, dashing Le Pen's hopes

Ripping up France’s political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Macron, who had never ...

Despite electoral setback, European populism lives on

/ | May 8, 2017

Despite electoral setback, European populism lives on

It’s a triple-whammy. The last six months have seen three European elections and three defeats for far-right populists. The tempting conclusion is that populism’s destructive ability to dismantle old worlds without having credible blueprints for building new ones has been contained for now — ...

Parisians hold rousing Louvre party for Macron

/ May 8, 2017

Parisians hold rousing Louvre party for Macron

Screams of joy, sighs of relief and rousing dance music. A wave of human emotion wafted across the palatial esplanade of the Louvre Museum on Sunday night as thousands celebrated the victory of president-elect Emmanuel Macron — and the defeat of his far-right rival, ...

Le Pen claims 'massive' gains but says party needs major change

/ May 8, 2017

Le Pen claims 'massive' gains but says party needs major change

Defeated French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen claimed a “massive” result for the far right in Sunday’s presidential run-off against centrist Emmanuel Macron, but said her National Front (FN) party had to undergo major change. Separately, the FN’s deputy leader, Florian Philippot, said the ...

/ May 8, 2017

Trump lauds Macron's 'big win' in France's election

President Donald Trump is offering praise and congratulations to centrist Emmanuel Macron, who was elected as France’s youngest president ever. Trump described Macron’s victory over far-right opponent Marine Le Pen in the French presidential runoff as a “big win.” In a tweet Sunday, Trump ...