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These seven photos show how France's far right has become normalized over 15 years

In 2002, the openly anti-Semitic French far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen shocked the world by reaching the second round of his country’s presidential election, with 17% of the first round vote. 499 more words

French Presidential election 2017: The polls opened and offered little change

The first round of the French election took place last Sunday that saw Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Francois Filon, and Jean-Luc Melenchon go into the election as the four clear favourites to go through to the next round with Macron and Le Pen as favourites to go through to round 2. 496 more words


All the ways Emmanuel Macron could still lose the French election

Pollsters, and even a few confidantes in his inner circle, are already declaring Emmanuel Macron the next president of France.

In their reckoning, extreme right candidate Marine Le Pen, an anti-immigrant Europhobe who bashes globalization, has no credible path to victory in France’s May 7 run-off.  713 more words

New National Front leader can't take job after being accused of being a Holocaust denier

The man slated to replace Marine Le Pen as head of the National Front (FN) has turned down the post, amid accusations that he denied the Holocaust. 367 more words


Putin Builds His Moscow-Berlin-Paris Axis


In his masterpiece on Russian soft power, “Putin’s Propaganda Machine: Soft Power and Russian Foreign Policy,” Marcel H. Van Herpen writes of Russia’s intention of building strategic triangles with Germany and France, in order to mollify American power in Europe. 5,322 more words


Report: The link between the election of Donald Trump and resurgent anti-Semitism is now undeniable

It’s official—the election of Donald Trump to the White House has precipitated a marked increase in anti-Semitism in the United States. A new report published by the Anti-Defamation League, a New York-based civil-rights organization that monitors anti-Semitic activity across the country, finds that such incidents (vandalism, harassment, or assault) were up one-third in 2016, and have spiked 86% in the first quarter of 2017—the fledgling months of the Trump administration. 330 more words

marine accused of 5M EUR fraud by EU

the european commission has accused presidential candidate of putting her bodyguard and chief of staff on the payroll for he mep gig in parliament. the initial 300k-ish calculation now looks more like 5M-ish.