Macron headed for huge parliamentary majority

/ Jun 12, 2017

Macron headed for huge parliamentary majority

French voters have put President Emmanuel Macron's party on course for a crushing parliamentary majority, though a record low turnout in the first round of voting raised concerns Monday over the strength of his future mandate. Projections showed Macron widening his centrist revolution, with his ...

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 him ...

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 run ...

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 — ...

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 party ...

/ May 6, 2017

Le Pen's party says some voters received torn ballot papers

The National Front party of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen complained to election authorities that voters in several regions received torn facsimile ballot papers bearing her name in a pre-election information package. Such packages are sent to all French voters in the run-up to ...