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Right expects boost from Sunday’s local polls
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Right expects boost from Sunday’s local polls

France's ruling Socialists look set for a drubbing in local polls Sunday that are expected to deliver a boost for former president Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. READ  

Gay support for National Front on the rise
Gay rights leader Sebastien Chenu with Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

Gay support for National Front on the rise

A recent survey shows gay support for the National Front is rising. Some gays say the far-right party is more open to minorities than France’s mainstream parties, despite a history of homophobia. READ  

Sarkozy refuses to call for an anti-Le Pen vote
Marine Le Pen and Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: AFP

Sarkozy refuses to call for an anti-Le Pen vote

The head of the UMP party Nicolas Sarkozy has rejected a bid for a televised interview with the leader of the far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen. He has also angered Socialists by refusing to call for an anti-FN vote. READ  

Analysis - Local elections
French PM's victory cigar proves a little premature
French far-right Front National (FN) party's supporters react after the announcement of results in the first round of the French departemental elections. Photo: AFP

French PM's victory cigar proves a little premature

After hearing that the far-right National Front had not come out on top in Sunday's local elections, French PM Manuel Valls is said to have sat back and smoked a cigar. However there’s more than one reason why Valls may have lit up prematurely. READ  

UK prime minister mocks 'the French dream'
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UK prime minister mocks 'the French dream'

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has taken an unprovoked swipe at France and its struggling economy as he tried to score points over his left-wing rival for the UK parliamentary elections in May. READ  

Regional Elections
Sarkozy insists 'no deals' with National Front
Leader of French right-wing UMP party Nicolas Sarkozy looking pretty please with himself. Photo: François Guillot/AFP

Sarkozy insists 'no deals' with National Front

France's right-wing parties, led by former president Nicolas Sarkozy, edged out the far-right National Front to take first place in local elections on Sunday, in a crucial test ahead of 2017 presidential elections. READ  

Comic within rights to call Le Pen 'fascist b**ch'
National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

Comic within rights to call Le Pen 'fascist b**ch'

A French comedian has been found to have been within his rights to refer to the leader of the far right National Front as a "fascist b**ch" in a magazine column. READ  

Regional Elections
French far-right plagued by shady candidates
Damien Hameau-Brielles from Mayenne with a puppet of Francois Hollande. Photo: Facebook

French far-right plagued by shady candidates

The National Front are expected to storm another election in France, but old demons are returning to haunt the far right's quest to be considered a mainstream party. They come in the form of some controversial candidates and the skeletons in their closet. READ  

French Language Week
Minister calls on French to ditch English at work
Annick Girardin, Secretary of State for Francophone Countries. Photo: AFP

Minister calls on French to ditch English at work

A French minister has shared a tongue-in-cheek open letter complaining about the overuse of English in the French work place. The minister peppered her letter with commonly used English words to make her point. READ  

Does Hollande have the world's messiest desk?
President Francois Hollande at his cluttered desk. Photo: AFP

Does Hollande have the world's messiest desk?

After a picture of the French President and his cluttered desk was published in the national media, one news site has questioned whether the French leader has the messiest desk in the world. Given France's notoriety for paperwork, perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. READ  

France shouldn't get easy ride: Bundesbank
French President Francois Hollande. Photo: DPA

France shouldn't get easy ride: Bundesbank

The head of the German central bank on Thursday described the decision by the EU Commission to grant France a two-year delay to reach its budget targets as problematic. READ  

The French Republicans?
France set to get its own 'Republican' party
"It's my party and I'll change the name if I want to". UMP leader Nicolas Sarkozy. Photo: AFP

France set to get its own 'Republican' party

Nicolas Sarkozy has created a buzz on the French political scene after it emerged he is planning to rename his UMP party, possibly as "The Republicans". READ  

Le Pen says EU fraud probe is 'just politics'
National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

Le Pen says EU fraud probe is 'just politics'

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen accused opponents of "political manipulation" Tuesday after the European Parliament launched a fraud investigation into her National Front party. READ  

EU calls in fraud squad over National Front
The EU parliament in Brussels has asked the fraud squad to investigate the National Front. Photo: AFP

EU calls in fraud squad over National Front

Anti-fraud investigators have been alerted by the European Parliament to possible financial irregularities by France's far-right National Front party. READ  

Could Le Pen be elected president in 2017?
File photo: AFP

Could Le Pen be elected president in 2017?

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Sunday that the far-right Front National (FN) party could win the next presidential election in 2017, saying their policies were a "disaster" for the country. READ  

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