Presidents, prime ministers, Parliament — France’s mainstream left and right-wing parties used to have it all. In the first round of April’s presidential elections, they got less than 7 percent of the vote.
The French are choosing their president in April, an election that is crucial for France and key for Europe. President Emmanuel Macron is favored to win, but the race has gotten closer.
The Ukraine war has given the French leader a strong edge and few reasons to engage with his political opponents. He held a news conference to quell criticism that he is avoiding debate.
Auxerre has backed the winner in every French presidential race for 40 years. This time, the town’s politics are drifting right, and many struggling residents see little to vote for.
Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of illegally financing his 2012 presidential bid by exceeding France’s strict electoral rules.
Éric Zemmour, a writer and TV celebrity known for his far-right nationalism, dominates political talk in France as he weighs a run for president.
The returns suggest the presidential election next year may be more wide open than it seemed.
Voting on Sunday will set the stage for next year’s presidential race and may hint at the strength of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen’s far-right party.
Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.
After previously undisclosed contracts were revealed, the company has become a magnet for criticism in France’s vaccine rollout.