Regional Elections in France Will Test the Far Right’s Appeal

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.

#france, #la-republique-en-marche, #le-pen-marine, #les-republicains-france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #national-rally-france

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For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There’s Putin and Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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For Biden, Europe Trip Achieved 2 Major Goals. And Then There Is Russia.

The president reassured European allies that America is back and rallied them to begin to counter China. Whether he established “red lines” for the Kremlin remains to be seen.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #england, #geneva-switzerland, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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China, Its Military Might Expanding, Accuses NATO of Hypocrisy

In a sign of rising tensions, Beijing deployed 28 Chinese fighter jets and other aircraft over waters south of Taiwan hours after a U.S. carrier group sailed into the South China Sea.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brussels-belgium, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #united-states-international-relations

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Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ Makes Shaky Start at G7 Summit

The prime minister’s plan to introduce his vision of a nimble, trade-savvy U.K. was upended by a spat over Northern Ireland.

#european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #group-of-seven, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #northern-ireland, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden and the Democrats Love NATO. Should They?

It antagonizes Russia, keeps Europe subservient and facilitates endless wars. What’s there to love?

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French Political Leader Pelted With Flour During Protest

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left party France Unbowed, was showered with flour in Paris, just days after President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face.

#flour, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #melenchon-jean-luc, #politics-and-government

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Former Students Win Racial Profiling Case Against French State

Three young men filed a suit saying they had been discriminated against during ID checks in Paris in 2017, when they were high school students. An appeals court ruled in their favor this week.

#discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Man Slaps Macron During Visit to Southern France

Two people were arrested after a man slapped the French president as he was approaching a small crowd, prompting condemnation of the attack across the political spectrum.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977

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France Is Becoming More Like America. It’s Terrible.

Culture wars, fueled by Fox News-style provocation, have arrived in France.

#cnews-canal-plus-sa, #elections, #fox-news-channel, #france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #news-and-news-media, #television

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France’s Macron Arrives in Rwanda to Turn ‘New Page’ in Relations

The two-day visit by Emmanuel Macron is the first by a French president to the central African country in 11 years and extends efforts to recognize France’s role in the 1994 genocide.

#france, #hutu-tribe, #kagame-paul, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #rwanda, #tutsi-tribe, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Macron Arrives in Rwanda to Turn ‘New Page’ in Relations

The two-day visit by Emmanuel Macron is the first by a French president to the central African country in 11 years and extends efforts to recognize France’s role in the 1994 genocide.

#france, #hutu-tribe, #kagame-paul, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #rwanda, #tutsi-tribe, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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New Political Pressures Push U.S. and Europe to Stop Israel-Gaza Conflict

President Biden faces a leftward shift in his party. In Europe, Muslim migration, terrorism fears and populist politics make diplomacy more urgent than ever.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #tlaib-rashida, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

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New Political Pressures Push US, Europe to Stop Israel-Gaza Conflict

President Biden faces a leftward shift in his party. In Europe, Muslim migration, terrorism fears and populist politics make diplomacy more urgent than ever.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #international-relations, #israel, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #tlaib-rashida, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

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Thousands of French Police Protest in Call for More Protection

The protesters declared that police work has become increasingly dangerous because of the government’s failure to fix the country’s social problems.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #force-ouvriere-france, #french-communist-party, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #police-reform, #politics-and-government

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France’s Proposed Climate Law Is Stirring Divisions

Emmanuel Macron’s credentials as a leader on climate issues are being tested as business and environmental groups spar over changes to the French way of life.

#basf-se, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #france, #global-warming, #law-and-legislation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #medef-mouvement-des-entreprises-de-france, #yellow-vests-movement

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Europe Failed Miserably With Vaccines. Of Course It Did.

A certain kind of failure is baked into the E.U.’s institutional DNA.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-commission, #european-union, #france, #germany, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pfizer-inc, #sanofi-sa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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On the Scrappy Fringes of French Politics, Marine Le Pen Tries to Rebrand

Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader and main challenger to President Emmanuel Macron in next year’s election, wants to persuade voters that she and her party can govern France.

#anti-semitism, #dogs, #france, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #illegal-immigration, #le-pen-jean-marie, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #national-front-france, #national-rally-france, #politics-and-government

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Macron Condemns Napoleon’s Restoration of Slavery

The French president’s speech on the 200th anniversary of the emperor’s death combined a rebuke for a betrayal of the Enlightenment and recognition of his achievements.

#bonaparte-napoleon, #discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #slavery-historical

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With Napoleon Commemoration, Macron Steps Into National Debate

President Emmanuel Macron will lay a wreath on the emperor’s tomb on the 200th anniversary of his death, stepping into a national debate over the legacy of Napoleon.

#bonaparte-napoleon, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government

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France Arrests Former Members of Italian Extremist Group

The seven militants had been given refuge in France decades ago, a move which poisoned diplomatic ties between France and Italy. The arrests signal a strengthening of ties between the two governments.

#draghi-mario, #dupond-moretti-eric, #france, #fugitives, #italy, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mitterrand-francois, #politics-and-government, #red-brigades, #terrorism

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The Embers of a Long-Smoldering Revolution Are Stoked in France

The 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune of 1871 has struck a chord, reviving calls for better political representation and highlighting economic inequalities.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #yellow-vests-movement

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In France, an Ever-Extending Labyrinth of Covid Lockdowns

Walk the dog? Only one kilometer. Want a raclette maker? Sure. A lamp? Nope. During the pandemic, France’s bureaucracy has hit overdrive, and the French are increasingly fed up.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #paris-france, #shutdowns-institutional

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Killer of French Police Officer Was a Radicalized Islamist, Prosecutor Says

The attacker watched videos ‘glorifying martyrs and jihad’ immediately before the stabbing, the official said.

#attacks-on-police, #darmanin-gerald, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #rambouillet-france, #terrorism

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Terrorism Fears Feed the Rise of France’s Extreme Right

The far-right leader Marine Le Pen called for “hundreds of thousands of illegals” to be deported. Her message resonates after the fatal stabbing of a police officer on Friday.

#france, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism

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France Opens Terrorism Inquiry After Killing at Police Station

The fatal stabbing of a policewoman at a station southwest of Paris was a fresh reminder of the constant terrorism threat in the country.

#attacks-on-police, #force-ouvriere-france, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #rambouillet-france

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France Enabled 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Report Says

A report commissioned by the Rwandan government accuses France of enabling the genocide of at least 800,000 people and of withholding “critical documents and testimony.”

#france, #habyarimana-juvenal, #kagame-paul, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mitterrand-francois, #rwanda, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Highest French Court Rules Killer of Jewish Woman Cannot Stand Trial

To the alarm of Jewish leaders, Sarah Halimi’s killer will go unpunished because of his mental state, brought on by cannabis, at the time of the crime.

#anti-semitism, #coulibaly-amedy-1982-2015, #france, #hate-crimes, #jews-and-judaism, #knoll-mireille, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mental-health-and-disorders, #merah-mohammed, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides

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France Lawmakers Pass Contentious Bill Extending Police Powers

The legislation was criticized by civil rights groups and political opponents, who intend to challenge its constitutionality.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #law-and-legislation, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Macron Closes ENA, in Bid to Diversify France’s Public Service

The institution had become a symbol of privilege in a society where social mobility has broken down.

#chirac-jacques, #colleges-and-universities, #de-gaulle-charles, #france, #government-employees, #hollande-francois, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #yellow-vests-movement

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France’s Outspoken Student Union Positions Itself at the Vanguard of Change

To its critics, the 114-year-old Unef is the incarnation of the American-inspired ideas that threaten France’s founding principles. Its leaders say it is the future.

#colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #france, #luce-melanie-1966, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #minorities, #politics-and-government, #pougetoux-maryam, #race-and-ethnicity, #unef-national-union-of-students-of-france, #women-and-girls, #youth

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Fatigue Outpaces Progress as France Enters Yet Another Lockdown

With coronavirus infections soaring, deaths nearing 100,000 and the vaccine rollout sputtering, frustrated French people feel they’re right back where they started.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Unlikely Issue Upending France: Meatless School Lunches

The Green party mayor of Lyon, a gastronomic capital, introduced no-meat menus in schools. Let the anguish begin.

#agriculture-and-farming, #doucet-gregory-1973, #education-k-12, #elections-mayors, #local-food, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #lyon-france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #meat, #politics-and-government, #sustainable-living

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Europe’s Vaccine Suspension May Be Driven as Much by Politics as Science

Once it became clear Germany was pausing, the pressure mounted on other governments to hold off as well, out of fear of seeming incautious and for the sake of a united front.

#astrazeneca-plc, #blood-clots, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draghi-mario, #european-union, #france, #germany, #italy, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Can France’s Far Right Win Over the ‘Beavers’? One Mayor Shows How

In the southern city of Perpignan, voters who had long built a dam against the far right turned in the last election. Some wonder whether it’s a harbinger of things to come.

#aliot-louis, #elections, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #immigration-and-emigration, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #national-rally-france, #perpignan-france, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #voting-and-voters

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Lifting Veil on Algeria War Trauma, France Eases Access to Archives

Historians say there are still impediments to their research on the Algerian War, which remains sensitive in France, and point to the resealing of tens of thousands of once-public documents last year.

#algeria, #algerian-war-1954-62, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #france, #history-academic-subject, #macron-emmanuel-1977

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Eyeing Re-Election, Macron Walks a Tightrope Above Swirling Crises in France

The French president wants to change Europe, redefine his country and win re-election. But first he needs to overcome the biggest economic and social crisis since World War II.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #politics-and-government, #yellow-vests-movement

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The Ugly Divorce Between Britain and Brussels Is Just Getting Started

As trade disputes pile up, the blame game evident in the early months of the split suits domestic political needs on both sides.

#brussels-belgium, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977

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France Hired McKinsey to Help in the Pandemic. Then Came the Questions.

After previously undisclosed contracts were revealed, the company has become a magnet for criticism in France’s vaccine rollout.

#accenture-ltd, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #france, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #les-republicains-france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mckinseyco, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Tells Allies ‘America Is Back,’ but Macron and Merkel Push Back

All three leaders seemed to recognize, though, that their first virtual encounter was a moment to celebrate the end of the “America First” era.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #europe, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-security-conference, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #solarwinds, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Heating Up Culture Wars, France to Scour Universities for Ideas That ‘Corrupt Society’

The government announced an investigation into social science research, broadening attacks on what it sees as destabilizing American influences.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #colonization, #discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #women-and-girls

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Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-parliament, #gazprom, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #munich-germany, #national-security-council, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #pipelines, #united-states-international-relations

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French National Assembly Backs Law to Combat Islamist Extremism

The bill faced hundreds of amendments but passed comfortably, despite opposition from left and right. It now goes to the Senate for final approval.

#france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-state-relations

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`Woke’ American Ideas Are a Threat, French Leaders Say

Politicians and prominent intellectuals say social theories from the United States on race, gender and post-colonialism are a threat to French identity and the French republic.

#metoo-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #paris-opera, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

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Solidarity Is Not an Easy Sell as E.U. Lags in Vaccine Race

Europe’s collective vaccine purchase is an experiment in deeper integration. Despite a rocky start, many countries still stand to benefit, but it’s the most powerful who have least to gain.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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At Elite French Universities, Students Demand Environmental Action

At schools known for ambition, not activism, students are calling for climate change to be at the heart of the curriculum, and telling the companies that recruit them to change their ways.

#colleges-and-universities, #corporate-social-responsibility, #france, #loreal-sa, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #total-sa

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Macron Tells Biden That Cooperation With U.S. Cannot Be Dependence

In a “very agreeable call,” the French president told his American counterpart that Europe wanted “strategic autonomy.” In an interview with foreign media, he also reflected on the pandemic and threats to democracy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

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Report Aims at ‘Reconciling’ France and Algeria, Its Former Colony

A government-commissioned study offers proposals to address longstanding grievances. But it does not recommend an official apology and skirts the issue of systemic torture by French troops.

#algeria, #algerian-war-1954-62, #colonization, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #stora-benjamin, #torture

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More Access, More Anxiety: The Job of Photographing Trump

In an interview, Doug Mills, a Times photographer in the Washington bureau, reflects on a relentless four years.

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The Capitol Attack Shocks the World

How the world reacted to the Trumpist mob that sacked the heart of American democracy.

#haass-richard-n, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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