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  1. The World

    April 15, 2014

    Springtime in Paris fails to dispel clouds over Hollande

    François Hollande has had to get used to dismal opinion polls, but the latest one is about as bad as it gets for France’s...

  2. The World

    March 31, 2014

    Five things to know about Manuel Valls

    French President François Hollande has made an uncharacteristically audacious decision in appointing Manuel Valls, an...

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  1. March 28, 2014

    Fresh face of France’s far right battles to win Avignon

    Historic Avignon in the south of France, with its monumental papal palace and much sung-about old bridge, has suddenly...

  2. March 24, 2014

    France’s National Front relishes election breakthrough

    A striking breakthrough in local elections by France’s National Front has raised the question of whether the far-right party...

  3. January 24, 2014

    Dieudonné’s controversial humour attracts fans across French society

    The official verdict on Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, France’s most controversial entertainer, has been rendered: The country’s...

  4. December 13, 2013

    Globalisation is turning the west against its elites

    A new alliance is being forged between Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen to fight what the Dutch populist calls “this monster...

  5. October 14, 2013

    French far-right victory stirs fear among mainstream parties

    A local council by-election in a small town in the sleepy hinterland of France’s Côte d’Azur would not normally be the stuff...

  6. June 15, 2012

    Third Le Pen generation steps forward

    First there was the bombastic Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded France’s far-right National Front. Then there was his fiery...

  7. The World

    June 11, 2012

    The Le Pen dynasty

    Marine Le Pen. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol The first round of France’s parliamentary polls on Sunday provided another good...

  8. May 1, 2012

    Le Pen looks to next battleground

    Marine Le Pen will vote in Sunday’s presidential election. But she will drop a blank ballot paper into the box rather than...

  9. May 1, 2012

    Sarkozy makes impassioned plea for votes

    Nicolas Sarkozy mounted a defiant show of force in Paris on Tuesday, wresting the spotlight from traditional trade union May...

  10. The World

    April 22, 2012

    The surprising resilience of Sarko

    The initial reaction of many pundits to the first round of the French presidential election was that the vote was very bad...

  11. April 22, 2012

    Le Pen fille delivers right’s ‘big surprise’

    With an estimated score of nearly 20 per cent in first round of France’s presidential election, Marine Le Pen, the leader of...

  12. April 20, 2012

    Defiant Sarkozy appeals for support

    A defiant Nicolas Sarkozy issued a passionate appeal for support as he wound up campaigning for Sunday’s first round of...

  13. The World

    April 19, 2012

    Does France want a normal president?

    France's Socialist Party candidate François Hollande greets supporters after a campaign speech in Bordeaux. Getty Images...

  14. April 19, 2012

    Favourites ponder run-off strategies

    As they rally their supporters for Sunday’s first round of the French presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy and François...

  15. April 18, 2012

    Le Pen vows to take seat at top table

    Sweeping into a packed Paris hall, blonde hair shimmering atop a black trouser suit, Marine Le Pen promised her...

  16. March 14, 2012

    Merkel has prevented Le Pen from becoming president

    From Mr Luc Sitbon. Sir, I read with interest Wolfgang Münchau’s article “Well done Merkel on campaigning for Sarko” (March...

  17. February 29, 2012

    Politics: Sarkozy confident of support in the south

    Nice, along with neighbouring Cannes and Marseilles, make up a southern fortress of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling...

  18. February 21, 2012

    Le Pen loses fight for secret backing

    Marine Le Pen, firebrand leader of France’s far-right National Front, suffered a rebuff in her presidential campaign on...

  19. February 7, 2012

    National Front hopes to oust Sarkozy

    It is late afternoon and the office of the extreme-right National Front party in Nice, on France’s Cote d’Azur, is abuzz...

  20. January 16, 2012

    Fighting the Front

    Nature abhors a vacuum but France’s far right has every reason to love it. The absence of clear vision and coherent...

  21. January 15, 2012

    Le Pen seizes on downgrade to open campaign

    Marine Le Pen could not have chosen a better moment to outline her economic programme as she campaigns for France’s...

  22. January 14, 2012

    Marine Le Pen is the threat to Sarkozy

    From Mr Nicholas W. Gillham. Sir, The graph accompanying the article “Sarkozy and Hollande lock horns as poll fight heats...

  23. January 6, 2012

    Sarkozy and Hollande lock horns

    President Nicolas Sarkozy has not yet officially declared his candidacy and the first vote is more than three months away,...

  24. November 20, 2011

    Le Pen calls for France to quit euro

    Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, has made abandoning the euro one of the pillars of her...

  25. November 20, 2011

    Spain’s voice of fascism is barely a murmur

    Sitting outside a central Madrid bar, a group of middle-aged women are sipping on beers, loudly exchanging jokes to lift...

  26. November 1, 2011

    Long road back for Strauss-Kahn

    If Dominique Strauss-Kahn had hoped that a summer of scandal would be followed by a winter of rehabilitation, it seems he is...

  27. October 10, 2011

    Protectionist wins key role in French Socialist primary

    A youthful, articulate lawyer who champions protection against the impact of globalisation has overnight become the key...

  28. May 22, 2011

    Le Pen’s challenge

    Nine years ago Jean-Marie Le Pen, the irascible leader of the far-right National Front, stunned Europe by coming second with...

  29. April 29, 2011

    A Palace in the Old Village

    A Palace in the Old Village, by Tahar Ben Jelloun, translated by Linda, Coverdale Arcadia, RRP£8.99, 165 pages Social...

  30. April 26, 2011

    A voting system fit to bar Le Pen from power

    An English tabloid in my local newsagent tells me to reject the alternative vote (AV) in the coming referendum. It says the...

  31. March 28, 2011

    Sarkozy faces test as Socialists triumph

    The opposition Socialist Party won a clear victory in French local elections on Sunday as the far-right National Front...

  32. March 13, 2011

    National affront

    Nine years ago, Jean-Marie Le Pen, then head of France’s far-right National Front, sent shockwaves across Europe by reaching...

  33. March 11, 2011

    Steer clear of Le Pen, Sarkozy tells party

    President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has threatened members of his ruling centre-right party with expulsion if they seek...

  34. March 10, 2011

    We should beware of another Le Pen

    France’s political class cannot say it has not been warned. In 2002, Jean-Marie Le Pen, the veteran chief of the country’s...

  35. The World

    March 8, 2011

    France's first woman president?

    One poll can be dismissed as a freak. But now a second opinion poll in France has suggested that Marine Le Pen, the new...

  36. February 10, 2011

    Sarkozy joins multiculturalism attack

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has joined the growing condemnation of multiculturalism, saying it had damaged...

  37. February 9, 2011

    French far-right seeks to change image

    Marine Le Pen adresses the audience at a National Front party conference She is young, blonde, dynamic and seems a world...

  38. February 9, 2011

    Le Pen daughter applauds Cameron

    Marine Le Pen, the new leader of France’s extreme right National Front, has congratulated David Cameron, UK prime minister,...

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