Marine Le Pen

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France’s far-right National Rally elects new president to replace Le Pen
Jordan Bardella, 27, who joined the party as a teenager and is a protege of Marine Le Pen, replaces her as leader

Kim Willsher in Paris

05, Nov, 2022 @11:48 AM

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French government to use constitutional powers to force through budget
President accused of authoritarianism as PM puts end to days of heated parliamentary debate

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

19, Oct, 2022 @5:40 PM

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World leaders promise vigilance on human rights as far right win in Italy
France and US among nations to warn over Giorgia Meloni’s commitment to abortion and LGBT+ rights, while rightwing politicians express delight

Sam Jones in Madrid, Kate Connolly in Berlin, Kim Willsher in Paris, Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo, Helena Smith in Athens and Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

26, Sep, 2022 @10:23 AM

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The Observer view on the dangerous rise of the far right in Europe| Observer editorial
The success of the Sweden Democrats shows that no country is immune to hard-right populist parties

Observer editorial

18, Sep, 2022 @5:30 AM

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New French PM vows to nationalise EDF and tackle cost of living crisis
In speech to divided parliament, Élisabeth Borne tries to court opposition parties to avoid deadlock

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris

06, Jul, 2022 @6:20 PM

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It’s not just the far right that should worry us. It’s their ideas seeping into the mainstream | Kenan Malik
Marine Le Pen might have lost the presidential election, but the RN leader’s influence runs deep in France

Kenan Malik

03, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Macron says parties must cooperate after he loses control of parliament
France’s president seeks to form a working majority despite Le Pen’s far-right party being main opposition

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and agencies

22, Jun, 2022 @7:09 PM

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Macron holds talks with opposition over French parliamentary majority
President seeking consensus with groups including far right after failing to control Assemblée Nationale

Kim Willsher in Paris

21, Jun, 2022 @5:57 PM

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The French are obsessed with the burkini – and it’s all getting a bit embarrassing | Arwa Mahdawi
The world is burning and France is fixated on whether women wear long sleeves to have a swim – a furore with obvious roots in the country’s deep Islamophobia, writes Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi

21, Jun, 2022 @1:52 PM

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France: parties reject Mélenchon’s call to form opposition bloc
Hard-left leader and heads of other parties invited to talks with Macron over stalemate, says presidential source

Kim Willsher in Paris

20, Jun, 2022 @7:16 PM

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The Guardian view on Macron’s bad night: a rocky road ahead | Editorial
Editorial: A remarkable parliamentary election has transformed the political landscape


20, Jun, 2022 @5:48 PM

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Five takeaways from the French elections – and what could happen next
It was a bad night for the president and a triumphant one for the far right. How long until a return to the polls?

Jon Henley in Paris

20, Jun, 2022 @12:40 PM

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