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  1. April 18, 2014

    A populism spurned by the downturn’s discontents

    Political backlash usually follows economic crisis. Everyone knows how the Great Depression fuelled support for extremists...

  2. March 24, 2014

    The dangerous rise of Marine Le Pen

    Twelve years ago Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, stunned the French political...

  1. March 24, 2014

    Mainstream French parties split over how to fight far right

    France’s mainstream political parties are at loggerheads over how to react to surging support for the far right as an...

  2. The A-List

    March 24, 2014

    French alienation, abstention and National Front success

    The English Channel narrowed a little overnight. The French woke up this morning to discover that they have been afflicted...

  3. March 23, 2014

    Hollande hit by National Front vote in municipal elections

    France’s far-right National Front (FN) stunned President François Hollande’s socialist government in nationwide municipal...

  4. March 19, 2014

    National Front aims for breakthrough in France’s local elections

    Francis Mouche, candidate for mayor for the far-right National Front in a town close to the southwestern French city of...

  5. February 14, 2014

    Europe’s far-right parties seek Swiss-style immigration curbs

    At least a half-dozen far-right European populist parties, some of them leading in national polling, have seized on last...

  6. January 9, 2014

    Marine Le Pen vows to block further EU integration

    Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN), has promised that nationalist parties will do “the maximum”...

  7. November 22, 2013

    France: The people see red

    In 1675 a popular revolt exploded in Brittany, the rugged north western region of France that juts into the Atlantic Ocean....

  8. The World

    November 18, 2013

    Smart reads November 18, 2013

    By Luisa Frey ♦ The Indonesian province of Aceh, devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, has become a model for...

  9. November 14, 2013

    Europe’s far right prepares for battle

    Next May, some 390m people will be eligible to vote in elections for the European parliament. The most vexed question at...

  10. November 13, 2013

    Wilders and Le Pen join forces against Brussels

    Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders, two of Europe’s best-known far-right leaders, vowed to fight side by side in a coalition of...

  11. November 13, 2013

    Racist portrayal of French minister sparks outrage

    France’s increasingly assertive extreme right has provoked new outrage with the publication on Wednesday of a magazine cover...

  12. October 15, 2013

    Europe: United by hostility

    The political romance between two of Europe’s best-known rightwing leaders blossomed at a Paris restaurant in April. Geert...

  13. October 14, 2013

    Time to stand up to Marine Le Pen

    The National Front’s comfortable win in a French local election at the weekend is an ominous fillip for Marine Le Pen’s...

  14. October 13, 2013

    French far right sweeps to victory in local election

    France’s Front National swept to victory over the country’s mainstream centre-right opposition in a closely watched local...

  15. October 10, 2013

    France’s most popular minister Manuel Valls battles far right

    Manuel Valls, the French interior minister fast emerging as the leading figure in François Hollande’s struggling Socialist...

  16. June 24, 2013

    José Manuel Barroso hits back at criticism from French minister

    José Manuel Barroso, head of the EU’s executive arm, has waded into battle with a French minister who accused him of fueling...

  17. May 1, 2013

    Europe May Day protests target austerity

    May Day rallies Europe’s anti-austerity activists used May Day demonstrations to rally supporters against eurozone economic...

  18. April 3, 2013

    Hollande promises to root out corruption

    François Hollande, facing the worst political crisis of his presidency, promised new measures to root out ministerial...

  19. January 13, 2013

    Mali puts focus on French foreign policy

    France’s president François Hollande has spent most of his first year in office embroiled in domestic issues, but the...

  20. November 25, 2012

    Juppé fails to end UMP leadership dispute

    France’s centre-right opposition was thrown into renewed deadlock on Sunday night when Alain Juppé, the former prime...

  21. November 16, 2012

    Fillon and Copé vie to succeed Sarkozy

    Six months after the defeat of Nicolas Sarkozy, a fierce battle to succeed him at the head of France’s mainstream...

  22. July 6, 2012

    Do you believe in progress?

    Around the corner from me here in Paris is a café called Le Progrès. I imagine its pavement tables a century ago, populated...

  23. June 17, 2012

    Hollande secures parliamentary majority

    President François Hollande’s Socialist government secured a clear majority in the final round of France’s parliamentary...

  24. June 11, 2012

    Hollande set for poll victory

    Final results from the first round of France’s National Assembly elections indicate that François Hollande, the Socialist...

  25. June 10, 2012

    Hollande set to win Assembly majority

    François Hollande is on track to win an all-important parliamentary majority following the first round of National Assembly...

  26. June 8, 2012

    Sarkozy’s party in rearguard fight against Hollande

    France’s main centre-right movement, wounded by the loss of its feisty champion Nicolas Sarkozy, is fighting a rearguard...

  27. June 7, 2012

    Hollande faces new election test

    Unemployment has hit 10 per cent, growth has stalled and the eurozone crisis has made an ominous return, but an opinion poll...

  28. June 1, 2012

    Mélenchon fights Le Pen in ‘losers’ final’

    In a forlorn corner of northern France, stricken by industrial decline, the country’s two most colourful politicians are...

  29. May 15, 2012

    Extreme politics

    He says she is semi-demented. She likens him to an obsessive lover. The battle between the leaders of France’s political...

  30. The A-List

    May 10, 2012

    Ghosts from the 1930s have returned to haunt us

    We may not yet have succumbed to a Great Depression but depression, in one form or another, is all around us. And we are...

  31. May 7, 2012

    Existential crisis for centre-right UMP

    The victory of Socialist François Hollande in France’s presidential elections raises an immediate question about the future...

  32. May 4, 2012

    Sarkozy’s strange reluctance to play crisis card

    For Nicolas Sarkozy’s true believers, who throughout a long campaign have come in thousands to his rallies across the...

  33. May 3, 2012

    Hollande warns supporters of task ahead

    François Hollande, the Socialist candidate and frontrunner in France's presidential election, told supporters on Thursday...

  34. May 2, 2012

    Sarkozy’s party fractures over Le Pen talks

    Cracks have started to emerge in Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right party ahead of Sunday’s presidential election, as senior...

  35. May 1, 2012

    May Day sees wave of austerity protests

    Tens of thousands of workers took to the streets on Tuesday for annual May Day rallies, with extra police deployed in some...

  36. April 29, 2012

    Sarkozy calls for border ‘respect’

    A defiant president Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday issued a strong defence of patriotism, saying frontiers must be put back at...

  37. April 29, 2012

    Hollande camp’s confidence backed by polls

    For François Hollande, the Socialist candidate and frontrunner for the French presidency, the temptation to crow was just...

  38. April 27, 2012

    Le Pen backers scorn Sarkozy and Hollande

    Jacques Gaillard, an organiser for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front, has a colourful answer when asked whether he...

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