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.
POLITICO: Why Marine Le Pen won’t win. I wouldn’t be so sure.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
``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.''
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.