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THE POLITICAL BRIEF

The latest developments in French politics, with on-the-ground reports, expert analysis and original perspectives. Every Thursday at 4.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-03-15

From fringe party to frontrunner: The rise of Marine Le Pen and the far right

We focus on the rise of France's far-right National Front. Over the years, the party has gone from a fringe extremist outfit to a mainstream contender, and its leader Marine Le Pen has become a presidential frontrunner. Also, Benoit Hamon insists on his legitimacy as he desperately looks for Socialist support. And is the French presidency a bargain? We take a look at how campaign financing works.

Prepared by Narimène Laouadi and Hanane Saïdani

By Marc PERELMAN , Molly HALL

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2018-04-19 European Union

France's Macron likens divisions within EU to 'civil war'

In this edition: French President Emmanuel Macron warns divisions between democracy and authoritarianism in Europe are like a "civil war". Plus, it's full steam ahead for...

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2018-04-13 protest

Macron launches charm offensive as France hit by protests

Faced with a wave of social discontent, the French president embarks on a media blitz, giving two interviews in the space of one week. In the meantime, his predecessor and...

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2018-04-05 French politics

France hit by massive wave of strikes

From trains to planes to students, a massive wave of strikes test President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to reshape the country through sweeping reform. Meanwhile, more reforms are...

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2018-03-29 terrorism

France pays tribute to hero gendarme killed in terrorist attack

France honours Arnaud Beltrame, the gendarme officer who sacrificed his life in last week’s terror attack in southern France. His death has revived a debate over how the country...

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2018-03-22 Sexual harassment

France unveils tough new bill to tackle sexual harassment

The French government lays out its plan to crack down on sexual harassment and also define the age of consent. Meanwhile, former president Nicolas Sarkozy is under formal...

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