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    1. January 28, 2016

      Hardline secularism will not solve France’s problems

      It is not surprising that Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French education minister, recently announced an overhaul of the...

    2. January 26, 2016

      The economic losers are in revolt against the elites

      Losers have votes, too. That is what democracy means — and rightly so. If they feel sufficiently cheated and...

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      Broadband and international air links make possible new careers Perfume industry thr...
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    1. Fast FT

      January 26, 2016

      Flights cancelled, tyres burning: France faces mass strikes

      France was braced for mass strikes Tuesday as taxi drivers, air traffic controllers, civil servants and teachers...

    2. December 30, 2015

      Why globalisers still retain the upper hand

      In her recent unsuccessful campaign during France’s regional elections, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right...

    3. December 21, 2015

      Ethics body questions Le Pens’ wealth claims

      National Front leaders Marine and Jean-Marie Le Pen may have underestimated the value of their wealth, a French...

    4. December 17, 2015

      Hollande stands to benefit from Sarkozy’s shift to the right

      If there is one big beneficiary of Nicolas Sarkozy’s return to politics, it may well be the man who replaced him in the...

    5. The World

      December 17, 2015

      Spain's centrists buck the European trend

      The political headlines in Europe this year have all been about the rise of the political extremes. The National Front...

    6. Fast FT

      December 15, 2015

      FirstFT - How to deal with ‘toxic’ employees

      Here is a taste of today’s FirstFT – a daily newsletter from the Financial Times. For the full briefing and to sign...

    7. December 14, 2015

      The battle against Marine Le Pen is far from won in France

      The growing popularity of Marine Le Pen and France’s far right National Front has provoked unease among mainstream...

    8. December 14, 2015

      French election victory for Sarkozy fails to silence critics

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right party has emerged as the official winner of Sundays’ regional elections in France...

    9. December 14, 2015

      Marine Le Pen, climate and the defeat of nationalism

      The relative strengths of nationalism and internationalism were tested in France over the weekend. And this time the...

    10. December 14, 2015

      Anti-National Front voters turn out to deny Le Pen

      French voters turned out in droves on Sunday to repel the far-right National Front, which failed to win control of any...

    11. December 13, 2015

      France’s National Front seeks breakthrough victory in local polls

      France’s far-right National Front party is hoping for an unprecedented victory in regional elections on Sunday, a month...

    12. December 11, 2015

      Manuel Valls warns of ‘civil war’ if National Front wins power

      Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, stepped up his offensive against the National Front (FN) two days before the...

    13. December 10, 2015

      Marine Le Pen not Donald Trump is the bigger danger

      Donald Trump is disgraceful; Marine Le Pen is dangerous. The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has...

    14. December 10, 2015

      France’s mainstream ties itself in knots as National Front rises

      Christian Estrosi opposed the same-sex marriage law when France’s Socialist government passed it in 2013. But the mayor...

    15. December 7, 2015

      The presidential threat posed by Le Pen in France

      Marine Le Pen and the National Front have once again delivered a shock to France’s political system. In recent years,...

    16. December 7, 2015

      France needs a better way to unseat its ruling clique

      The National Front has emerged as the big winner in France’s regional elections. By the time the second round is over...

    17. December 7, 2015

      National Front stuns Europe’s political elites

      The far-right National Front party is within reach of taking over four regional councils in France after winning 28 per...

    18. December 7, 2015

      National Front breakthrough stuns France’s traditional parties

      Far right triumphs in French poll A day after the far-right National Front party reinforced its claim to be France’s...

    19. FT Photo Diary

      December 7, 2015

      Marine Le Pen

      Marine Le Pen, French National Front political party leader and candidate for the regional elections in the...

    20. December 4, 2015

      Le Pen lures voters who feel let down by left in regional polls

      Regulars at Café de La Paix in Hénin-Beaumont, a former coal-mining town in northern France, have only good things to...

    21. November 30, 2015

      We deride chances of Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump at our peril

      I have a nightmare vision for the year 2017: President Trump, President Le Pen, President Putin. Like most nightmares,...

    22. November 14, 2015

      Paris attacks: France stands at a crossroads

      On this dreadful morning after, France is at an equipoise between two sharply contrasting options. One is to withdraw...

    23. November 14, 2015

      Paris attacks: The global consequences

      Every New Yorker and Londoner will instinctively understand what Parisians are going through this morning: a...

    24. October 2, 2015

      French National Front secures status at Sciences Po

      France’s National Front (FN), long a pariah on leading university campuses, has secured the right to create a political...

    25. September 6, 2015

      France’s National Front taps into rising anti-immigrant mood

      France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen lashed out at a plan to impose quotas of refugees across Europe, stepping...

    26. August 27, 2015

      France cannot indulge the xenophobes on immigration

      You thought the eurozone crisis was bad. Today, Europe faces no greater challenge than the mass exodus of refugees...

    27. August 21, 2015

      Le Pen vows to fight expulsion from the National Front

      Veteran French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen on Friday vowed to fight his expulsion from the far-right National Front...

    28. August 20, 2015

      National Front expels founder Jean-Marie Le Pen

      France’s National Front (FN) has ousted its founder Jean-Marie Le Pen in an effort to shed its extremist image and...

    29. July 28, 2015

      Jean-Marie Le Pen wins 3rd court victory in month over daughter

      A family dispute rocking France’s National Front showed no sign of abating after Jean-Marie Le Pen defeated his...

    30. June 16, 2015

      Le Pen forms far-right group in Brussels

      Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right leader, has formed a political group in the European Parliament for the first time,...

    31. May 18, 2015

      Nicolas Sarkozy’s bruising battle with the Twitter trolls

      Nicolas Sarkozy is embracing Twitter — for better or worse. With his 750,000 or so followers, the former French...

    32. May 1, 2015

      Thousands join National Front’s May Day march in Paris

      Pensioner Alain Michel was one of the thousands of supporters of France’s far-right National Front to come out and...

    33. April 28, 2015

      French to probe Le Pen over ‘secret’ fund claims

      French judicial authorities are considering opening an investigation into allegations that National Front founder...

    34. April 13, 2015

      National Front’s Jean-Marie Le Pen gives in to daughter’s demands

      National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has given in to demands from his daughter and party leader Marine Le Pen to...

    35. April 13, 2015

      Nordic dilemma over how much to include the populist parties

      Populist parties have shaken the political elite across Europe. But as groups such as the Finns, France’s National...

    36. April 10, 2015

      France’s Le Pen political dynasty shows signs of crumbling

      As recently as last year, the different generations of the Le Pen family would have long discussions in the gardens of...

    37. April 8, 2015

      Marine Le Pen takes steps to oust father from National Front

      Marine Le Pen has taken steps to oust her father Jean-Marie from the party he founded, as the head of France’s...

    38. March 30, 2015

      Poll defeat highlights splits in François Hollande’s Socialists

      François Hollande’s reform drive may at last be starting to yield economic results and earning goodwill abroad. But the...

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