Macron’s party buries French establishment in first round of legislative elections

President Emmanuel Macron continued bulldozing France’s political establishment as his upstart La République en Marche! (LREM) party topped Sunday’s first-round legislative vote and appeared poised to claim a historic majority in parliament.

President Emmanuel Macron continued bulldozing France’s political establishment as his upstart La République en Marche! (LREM) party topped Sunday’s first-round legislative vote and appeared poised to claim a historic majority in parliament.

‘Your new homeland’: France’s Macron launches website to woo US scientists

French President Emmanuel Macron this week launched a website which aims to encourage US scientists and researchers frustrated with President Donald Trump’s position on climate change to move to France.

French President Emmanuel Macron this week launched a website which aims to encourage US scientists and researchers frustrated with President Donald Trump’s position on climate change to move to France.

France’s Macron ‘to end state of emergency’, but keep its anti-terror powers

President Emmanuel Macron’s government wants to end a 14-month ‘state of emergency’ in France, but at the same time integrate several of its exceptional anti-terrorism powers into common law, alarming judges and civil liberty groups.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government wants to end a 14-month 'state of emergency' in France, but at the same time integrate several of its exceptional anti-terrorism powers into common law, alarming judges and civil liberty groups.

Macron party poised to claim absolute majority in French parliament

President Emmanuel Macron’s political party is on pace to win an absolute majority in France’s parliamentary election this month, with the added advantage of a splintered opposition, according to leading public opinion firms.

President Emmanuel Macron’s political party is on pace to win an absolute majority in France’s parliamentary election this month, with the added advantage of a splintered opposition, according to leading public opinion firms.

Maduro pushes new Venezuela vote, opposition calls for massive sit-in

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday urged officials to schedule an election to pick a new constituent assembly for July 30, but an emboldened opposition immediately called for a nationwide sit-in to protest against the move.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday urged officials to schedule an election to pick a new constituent assembly for July 30, but an emboldened opposition immediately called for a nationwide sit-in to protest against the move.

Islamist militants resist week-long military assault in southern Philippines

A full ground- and air assault by Philippine forces against pro-Islamic State (IS) group militants entered its second week on Wednesday, a reminder of decades of deadly violence in the country’s restive southern provinces.

A full ground- and air assault by Philippine forces against pro-Islamic State (IS) group militants entered its second week on Wednesday, a reminder of decades of deadly violence in the country’s restive southern provinces.

Trump isolated as world unites on Paris climate deal

President Donald Trump could announce he is pulling the US out of the Paris climate change accord this week, but experts say nonetheless international commitment to the landmark climate deal signed in France in December 2015 remains strong.

President Donald Trump could announce he is pulling the US out of the Paris climate change accord this week, but experts say nonetheless international commitment to the landmark climate deal signed in France in December 2015 remains strong.

France’s Macron blends political left and right to concoct administration

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron kept his pledge to form a government with both left- and right-wing politicians, unveiling a cabinet on Wednesday that threatens to throw the country’s established parties into disarray.

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron kept his pledge to form a government with both left- and right-wing politicians, unveiling a cabinet on Wednesday that threatens to throw the country’s established parties into disarray.

Leftist Mélenchon eyes Marseille ahead of parliament vote

Leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Wednesday announced he would run as a French parliamentary candidate in Marseille, a city he doesn’t live in, but which heavily backed him in his unsuccessful bid for the presidency last month.

Leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Wednesday announced he would run as a French parliamentary candidate in Marseille, a city he doesn’t live in, but which heavily backed him in his unsuccessful bid for the presidency last month.

‘Alternative facts’ poison final French presidential debate

France’s presidential debate on Wednesday was full of heated attacks and aggressive arguments between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but it also saw a steady stream of lies and misinformation.

France’s presidential debate on Wednesday was full of heated attacks and aggressive arguments between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, but it also saw a steady stream of lies and misinformation.

Maduro short on regional allies as Venezuela crisis rages

President Nicolas Maduro is facing growing, deadly unrest across Venezuela. Amid the country’s deepening economic and political crisis, the leftist leader is also increasingly isolated within the region.

President Nicolas Maduro is facing growing, deadly unrest across Venezuela. Amid the country’s deepening economic and political crisis, the leftist leader is also increasingly isolated within the region.

Mélenchon and Le Pen win over young voters in French vote

Young voters in France have traditionally thrown their support behind left-wing candidates. Results from Sunday’s first round presidential poll show that remains true, but that young voters are also increasingly flocking to political extremes.

Young voters in France have traditionally thrown their support behind left-wing candidates. Results from Sunday’s first round presidential poll show that remains true, but that young voters are also increasingly flocking to political extremes.

The dizzying rise and fall of French Socialist presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon

France’s ruling Socialist Party appears headed for an historic drubbing. Crowned the mainstream left’s presidential nominee in January, Benoit Hamon could fail to even clear single digit support in Sunday’s all-important first-round vote.

France’s ruling Socialist Party appears headed for an historic drubbing. Crowned the mainstream left’s presidential nominee in January, Benoit Hamon could fail to even clear single digit support in Sunday’s all-important first-round vote.

Tourism rebounds in Paris to pre-terrorism attack levels

After a dramatic downturn in visitors to the French capital over the past two years, Paris attracted as many tourists at the end of 2016 as it did before the wave of deadly terrorist attacks that hit the City of Lights.

After a dramatic downturn in visitors to the French capital over the past two years, Paris attracted as many tourists at the end of 2016 as it did before the wave of deadly terrorist attacks that hit the City of Lights.

François Hollande: The French president who wouldn’t be ‘normal’

François Hollande’s reign as president was marked by a secret love affair, deadly terror attacks, and an economic policy U-turn that could still rip his own Socialist Party apart – so much for the normality he promised French voters five years ago.

François Hollande's reign as president was marked by a secret love affair, deadly terror attacks, and an economic policy U-turn that could still rip his own Socialist Party apart - so much for the normality he promised French voters five years ago.

French Guiana protests gate crash presidential election

Presidential candidates from France’s far-right and far-left political camps are seizing on protests more than 7,000 kilometres from Paris to bolster their bids for the Elysée Palace this month.

Presidential candidates from France’s far-right and far-left political camps are seizing on protests more than 7,000 kilometres from Paris to bolster their bids for the Elysée Palace this month.

French ‘de-radicalisation’ pioneer in court over embezzlement charges

Once considered one of France’s leading figures in the fight to “de-radicalise” prospective jihadists, Sonia Imloul on Monday went on trial over accusations she embezzled as much as €60,000 and failed to pay her employees.

Once considered one of France’s leading figures in the fight to “de-radicalise” prospective jihadists, Sonia Imloul on Monday went on trial over accusations she embezzled as much as €60,000 and failed to pay her employees.

French centrist Bayrou rallies behind presidential hopeful Macron

Centrist politician François Bayrou on Wednesday announced he would not stand as a candidate in France’s upcoming presidential election, offering instead to form an alliance with independent Emmanuel Macron.

Centrist politician François Bayrou on Wednesday announced he would not stand as a candidate in France’s upcoming presidential election, offering instead to form an alliance with independent Emmanuel Macron.

Macron to Trump-anxious US scientists: ‘Guys, please come to France’

Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Friday released a video in English, inviting US scientists who feel their work is threatened under Donald Trump’s administration to move to France.

Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Friday released a video in English, inviting US scientists who feel their work is threatened under Donald Trump’s administration to move to France.

French far-right MEPs exploit loophole when hiring parliamentary assistants

The European Parliament prohibits its lawmakers from hiring family members as assistants, but France’s far-right National Front (FN) has found an easy – and legal – way to flout the rule.

The European Parliament prohibits its lawmakers from hiring family members as assistants, but France’s far-right National Front (FN) has found an easy - and legal - way to flout the rule.

French tourism rebounds two years after start of terror attacks

Tourism is on the rise in France after two years of deadly terrorist attacks that hurt one of the country’s major economic motors, official figures published on Tuesday revealed.

Tourism is on the rise in France after two years of deadly terrorist attacks that hurt one of the country’s major economic motors, official figures published on Tuesday revealed.

Far-right leader Le Pen urges French voters to follow Brexit, Trump example

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday hailed Britain’s exit from the EU and Donald Trump’s victory in the US as she kicked off her own presidential campaign in the city of Lyon.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday hailed Britain’s exit from the EU and Donald Trump’s victory in the US as she kicked off her own presidential campaign in the city of Lyon.

Macron urges France to ‘look to the future’ as presidential bid picks up steam

Centrist French politician Emmanuel Macron seized upon growing momentum around his presidential bid on Saturday, using a major campaign speech in the city of Lyon to confront rival candidates.

Centrist French politician Emmanuel Macron seized upon growing momentum around his presidential bid on Saturday, using a major campaign speech in the city of Lyon to confront rival candidates.

Le Pen spurns deadline, refuses to repay €300,000 to EU Parliament in misused funds scandal

Marine Le Pen has refused to repay €298,000 to the European Parliament following allegations the French far-right leader misused funds, disregarding a deadline set by the body.

Marine Le Pen has refused to repay €298,000 to the European Parliament following allegations the French far-right leader misused funds, disregarding a deadline set by the body.

Britons urge government to scrap plans for Trump state visit

A petition urging the British government to deny US President Donald Trump a state visit surged past the 1-million-signature mark on Monday amid outrage over White House orders to temporarily ban immigration from several Muslim majority countries.

A petition urging the British government to deny US President Donald Trump a state visit surged past the 1-million-signature mark on Monday amid outrage over White House orders to temporarily ban immigration from several Muslim majority countries.

Socialist Hamon seeks to unify French left after clinching presidential primary

Socialist Benoît Hamon clinched his party’s presidential nomination on Sunday but now faces an uphill battle to unify France’s left with less than three months to go before elections for the nation’s highest office.

Socialist Benoît Hamon clinched his party’s presidential nomination on Sunday but now faces an uphill battle to unify France’s left with less than three months to go before elections for the nation’s highest office.

Hamon and Valls face off in final French left-wing primary debate

Socialist presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon’s idealist vision for France squared off against calls for pragmatism from former prime minister Manuel Valls as the two men debated each other on national television Wednesday night.

Socialist presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon’s idealist vision for France squared off against calls for pragmatism from former prime minister Manuel Valls as the two men debated each other on national television Wednesday night.

Is Paris winning the war against air pollution?

Amidst yet another prolonged peak in air pollution, it would appear that Paris is facing something of an epidemic. In fact, the French capital might be turning a corner when it comes to smog and other pollutants.

Amidst yet another prolonged peak in air pollution, it would appear that Paris is facing something of an epidemic. In fact, the French capital might be turning a corner when it comes to smog and other pollutants.

Hamon vs Valls, Socialist voters to face stark choice in French presidential primary run-off

Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls on Sunday advanced to the second round of France’s left-wing primary, setting up a battle for who will represent the ruling Socialists in the upcoming presidential election, but also for the soul of their party.

Benoît Hamon and Manuel Valls on Sunday advanced to the second round of France’s left-wing primary, setting up a battle for who will represent the ruling Socialists in the upcoming presidential election, but also for the soul of their party.

French Socialists spar over labour law in first presidential primary debate

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls on Thursday defended a controversial labour reform passed under his tenure as he squared off against other left-wing presidential hopefuls in a televised debate.

Former French prime minister Manuel Valls on Thursday defended a controversial labour reform passed under his tenure as he squared off against other left-wing presidential hopefuls in a televised debate.

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump and Putin’s policies ‘good’ for France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind cyber-attacks during the US presidential elections, a day after America’s top intelligence official said Moscow aggressively interfered in the campaign.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Friday dismissed allegations that Russia was behind cyber-attacks during the US presidential elections, a day after America’s top intelligence official said Moscow aggressively interfered in the campaign.

New French PM Cazeneuve is racing against time

Less than five months before the first round of presidential elections, France’s new government has desperate little time to accomplish any policy goals. But the new prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, could still succeed in leaving his mark.

Less than five months before the first round of presidential elections, France’s new government has desperate little time to accomplish any policy goals. But the new prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, could still succeed in leaving his mark.

France’s Cazeneuve challenges conservative Fillon in first speech as prime minister

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Tuesday pledged to “protect French people” in his first speech to France’s National Assembly, defending President François Hollande and directly challenging conservative lawmakers.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Tuesday pledged to “protect French people” in his first speech to France’s National Assembly, defending President François Hollande and directly challenging conservative lawmakers.

In Cuba, connecting to the internet remains a waiting game

Cuban officials are putting enormous effort into scaling up internet connectivity in the economically crippled island, but the ground it must cover to catch up with the rest of the world remains enormous.

Cuban officials are putting enormous effort into scaling up internet connectivity in the economically crippled island, but the ground it must cover to catch up with the rest of the world remains enormous.

Cult of personality: Is Castro’s last battle destined to fail?

The late leftist leader Fidel Castro’s dying wish was that his name and image not succumb to a cult following or blind idolatry in Cuba, but it remains to be seen if the country can respect that request.

The late leftist leader Fidel Castro’s dying wish was that his name and image not succumb to a cult following or blind idolatry in Cuba, but it remains to be seen if the country can respect that request.

Cuba pays final tribute to revolutionary leader Fidel Castro

Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday evening paid tribute to his predecessor and brother Fidel as the ashes of the late revolutionary leader arrived to their final resting place in the country’s eastern city of Santiago.

Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday evening paid tribute to his predecessor and brother Fidel as the ashes of the late revolutionary leader arrived to their final resting place in the country’s eastern city of Santiago.

Fidel Castro: The thorn in Washington’s side

The thaw in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States began in 2014 under the leadership of Barack Obama and Raul Castro. While Fidel Castro never publicly opposed the move, he never stopped speaking out against his arch foe.

The thaw in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States began in 2014 under the leadership of Barack Obama and Raul Castro. While Fidel Castro never publicly opposed the move, he never stopped speaking out against his arch foe.

How Sarkozy misread the mood of France’s conservative voters

Members of France’s opposition conservative Les Républicans party are caught up in a bitter debate over the soul of the party as they pick their presidential nominee for the 2017 poll, but party leader Nicolas Sarkozy is now out of the conversation.

Members of France’s opposition conservative Les Républicans party are caught up in a bitter debate over the soul of the party as they pick their presidential nominee for the 2017 poll, but party leader Nicolas Sarkozy is now out of the conversation.

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

The frontrunners of France’s right-wing presidential primary held their final campaign rallies across the country on Friday, hoping to win over voters two days ahead of a poll that still appears to be up for grabs.

The frontrunners of France’s right-wing presidential primary held their final campaign rallies across the country on Friday, hoping to win over voters two days ahead of a poll that still appears to be up for grabs.

Colombia peace accord hangs in the balance as ‘No’ camp reviews new text

The future of the new peace accord between Colombia and the FARC rebel group remained uncertain on Thursday as leaders who successfully campaigned against the original text postponed a key meeting with representatives of the government.

The future of the new peace accord between Colombia and the FARC rebel group remained uncertain on Thursday as leaders who successfully campaigned against the original text postponed a key meeting with representatives of the government.

Macron revolts against French party system, but short on new ideas

Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has often been tacked as a maverick politician, unchained to party allegiances or ideologies. But as he launches his presidential campaign, experts question the novelty of his views.

Former French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has often been tacked as a maverick politician, unchained to party allegiances or ideologies. But as he launches his presidential campaign, experts question the novelty of his views.

Former French minister Duflot knocked out of Green Party presidential primary

Former French housing minister Cécile Duflot on Wednesday was eliminated from the Green Party presidential primary, losing the first round of the poll to two lesser-known candidates.

Former French housing minister Cécile Duflot on Wednesday was eliminated from the Green Party presidential primary, losing the first round of the poll to two lesser-known candidates.

Nobel Prize for Bob Dylan divides world of literature from US to France

The Swedish Academy’s decision to award the Nobel prize for literature to Bob Dylan has been greeted with enthusiasm by fans of the legendary American songwriter, but it has divided writers from the United States to France.

The Swedish Academy’s decision to award the Nobel prize for literature to Bob Dylan has been greeted with enthusiasm by fans of the legendary American songwriter, but it has divided writers from the United States to France.

Hillary Clinton, a woman at the threshold of the Oval Office

Hillary Clinton has been at the forefront of American politics for 25 years, from serving as first lady and as a US senator to secretary of state and the Democratic presidential nominee. She now appears poised to claim the nation’s highest office.

Hillary Clinton has been at the forefront of American politics for 25 years, from serving as first lady and as a US senator to secretary of state and the Democratic presidential nominee. She now appears poised to claim the nation’s highest office.

French presidential hopeful Juppé takes aim at ‘panicking’ rival Sarkozy

Presidential hopeful and former French prime minister Alain Juppé aimed several sharp jabs at Nicolas Sarkozy on primetime TV Thursday night, saying that it was clear his rival was “panicking” ahead of the primaries.

Presidential hopeful and former French prime minister Alain Juppé aimed several sharp jabs at Nicolas Sarkozy on primetime TV Thursday night, saying that it was clear his rival was “panicking” ahead of the primaries.

Leftist voters to ‘crash’ right-wing primary to prevent Sarkozy comeback

Thousands of left-wing voters in France are considering casting ballots in November’s primary to choose the conservative presidential nominee in an effort to derail a comeback by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Thousands of left-wing voters in France are considering casting ballots in November’s primary to choose the conservative presidential nominee in an effort to derail a comeback by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy.