The two remaining candidates in France’s presidential election, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, face off in a potentially decisive TV debate on Wednesday. Historian Christian Delporte explains what is at stake in the campaign’s last major event.
Author: Romain BRUNET
The first-round humbling of conservative candidate François Fillon and Socialist nominee Benoît Hamon marks the first time in over half a century that the traditional ruling parties of left and right both stumble at the first hurdle.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is enjoying a surge in support that may tip the leftist candidate into the second round of France’s presidential race. So, his campaign team headed to the economically depressed North to fish for precious undecided voters.
National Front leader Marine Le Pen sparked controversy in France on Sunday when she said the French State was not responsible for the Nazi-ordered round-up of more than 13,000 Jews at Paris’s Vel d’Hiv cycling track in 1942.
Socialist candidate Benoît Hamon is meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz in Berlin on Tuesday. It is a high stakes trip for the candidate, some polls now have running fifth in the French race.
Officially, France’s conservatives don’t have an alternative to their embattled presidential candidate. But as François Fillon flounders, they may have to come up with one fast.
France’s conservative party les Républicains will be without a Plan B if its presidential candidate, François Fillon, is forced to step down amid an ongoing scandal of alleged illegal payments to his wife.
Former prime minister Manuel Valls has made culture and education two pillars of his campaign at the start of France’s left-wing presidential primary, a U-turn for a Socialist politician better known for his “top cop” image.
By overwhelmingly backing former prime minister François Fillon, voters in the primary held by France’s centre-right on Sunday opted for an economically liberal, socially conservative candidate whose vision for France leaves little ambiguity.
The French press has all but written off France’s right-wing presidential primary as a duel between Alain Juppé and Nicolas Sarkozy. The five other candidates in the race hope to use Thursday night’s televised debate to change that impression.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was likened to Donald Trump this week after the latest in a string of provocative statements that have pushed his presidential campaign ever further to the right.
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford explained why 51 American diplomats have slammed President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria as “unsustainable” and called for US airstrikes against the Syrian regime.
The Islamic State group caught the world off guard when it conquered vast swaths of territory, including important cities, in Iraq and Syria. Two years later, experts say the tide has finally turned against the jihadist camp.