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In France, a Candidate Intent on a Conservative Overhaul

19 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

François Fillon, who has vaulted to the forefront of France’s presidential race against Marine Le Pen, pledges to shrink big government, aid business and face down unions.

Five Most Popular Posts for November

The five most-read last month were: 1. Race, Class and Donald Trump 2. Marine Le Pen on Andrew Marr 3. The End of Capitalism? 4. Momentum's Double Vision 5. How Likely is a General Election? Good to see this blog's slightly different take on Donald Trump's unexpected election victory get top of the pops this month. Show More Summary

France's Fillon to beat Le Pen next year with 66 percent of vote: Elabe poll

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Francois Fillon will convincingly beat National Front leader Marine Le Pen in a presidential election runoff next May, taking 66 percent of the vote, a new opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

A Paris satellite town's unabashed shift to the far right

Emilie Fougerolles voted for the far left in 2012 and is "troubled by the racism" of France's far-right National Front, but nevertheless she is seriously thinking of voting for its presidential candidate Marine Le Pen next year. TheShow More Summary

What the world worries about

2 days agoNews : Daily Chart

BREXIT in June, then Trump in November and next year the threat of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s Eurosceptic party. Populism has rarely been so popular, and Western democratic and international institutions look increasingly fragile.

How one French town shifted unabashed to Marine Le Pen

A walk thorough the Paris satellite town of Mantes-la-Ville reveals why many disgruntled voters in France are willing to pin their hopes on Marine Le Pen in next year's presidential election in France.

Can France resist the far right? – video

Now that François Fillon has become the French right’s presidential candidate, it is possible that he will face Marine Le Pen of the Front National in the final round. Guardian columnist Natalie Nougayrède asks whether it is likely that France will have a far right president, and what the consequences would be for the country and for the rest of the world Continue reading...

Schaeuble praises Fillon, says hopes Le Pen never becomes French president

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble praised the economic program of French presidential contender Francois Fillon and said he hoped the conservative candidate's far-right rival Marine Le Pen would never become president.

Will Marine Le Pen Become France’s Next President?

AP Photo/Christophe Ena French far-right leader Marine le Pen makes a statement on the presidential election in the United States on November 9, 2016, in Nanterre, outside Paris.  Y esterday, François Fillon won the primary of the French Republican Party (Les Républicains, known as LR). Show More Summary

Fillon Would Beat Le Pen in Both Rounds of Election, Polls Show

``In a scenario where incumbent Francois Hollande is running along with former Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, Fillon would win the first round with 32 percent of the vote against 22 percent for Le Pen and 8 percent for Hollande, according to a poll by Odoxa for France 2 television. In the run-off two weeks later, he would defeat Le Pen 71 percent to 20 percent.''

French PM Valls raises prospect he could challenge Hollande in election (ENABLING LE PEN)

However, in an interview published on Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, Valls did not rule out running against Hollande in the Socialist party primaries in January...."We need to state that over the last few weeks, the context has changed. Show More Summary

The Guardian view on France: Fillon v Le Pen is the wrong contest | Editorial

The shift to the right in western democracies is undeniable. The left shares the blame, in France as elsewhere Across the western democracies, the centre of political gravity shifts erratically but inexorably to the right. Britain’sShow More Summary

France: government in turmoil as Socialist infighting grows

Fractured party under pressure to unite its warring factions ahead of difficult election battle against Fillon and Le Pen The French prime minister, Manuel Valls, has insisted he will not resign amid growing government infighting over...Show More Summary

France's next President could be an Islamophobic "Thatcherite" who wants to dismantle the social safety net

4 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Trump election gave real legitimacy to Europe's fascist parties, including France's Marine Le Pen of the National Front; and in the absence of real, left-win alternatives for populist discontent, the only real opposition to these...Show More Summary

Germany wants 'any French president who's not Le Pen'

Francois Fillon, frontrunner to become France's next president, has sparked unease in Germany with his friendly attitude toward Russia, but signs that he would beat Marine Le Pen are being welcomed.

François Fillon is as big a threat to liberal values as Marine Le Pen | Natalie Nougayrède

Fillon’s victory in the presidential primaries reflects the rise of the new reactionaries – who share many ideas with the far-right Front National François Fillon’s victory in France’s rightwing presidential primaries shows that liberal progressive values in Europe aren’t just confronting the ghosts of fascist-type movements. Show More Summary

Italian Banks Hit Again Ahead of the Looming December 4th Referendum

There may be another reason why the Euro has been so damned weak v the dollar: it might not exist for too much longer. With Le Pen from France surging in the polls and Prime Minister Renzi from Italy promising to fire himself shouldShow More Summary

Victory for hardline Fillon is not all bad news for Le Pen

After winning Sunday's rightwing primary runoff vote François Fillon's next challenge will be to take on Marine Le Pen. His hardline views on identity and Islam may help him, but his economic plan "to tear the house down" may not.

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