Marine Le Pen’s National Rally now has a place of power in the political establishment and a chance to prove itself in the eyes of voters.
President Emmanuel Macron is looking to secure a strong majority to help him pass bills during his second term, but a reinvigorated alliance of left-wing parties hopes to thwart him.
Left-wing parties have joined forces ahead of France’s two-stage parliamentary elections, hoping to revive their fortunes and put a break on President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda.
Élisabeth Borne, the minister of labor who previously was in charge of the environment, will be the second woman to hold the post in France.
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.
A record number of abstentions, and a strictly binary choice for voters — many of whom said they were picking the lesser of two evils — are trouble signs even within a mature democracy.
France’s runoff election was marked by a record level of abstention, and many cast a ballot only to keep the far right from power — a testament to a growing disillusionment.
France seems in search of a kinder, gentler, greener President Macron. He says he will listen.
Emmanuel Macron won, but radical politics isn’t going away.
The result was a relief to allies in Europe and Washington wary of a far-right challenger who was hostile to the European Union and NATO.
In Sunday’s decisive runoff election, they have a distasteful choice between Macron and Le Pen. They won’t necessarily back Macron.
Given the choice between a president they suspect of despising ordinary people and a far-right candidate they detest, many French voters may stay home.
After Sunday’s vote, when nearly a third of ballots went to the extreme right, a united front of mainstream voters looked more precarious than ever.
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 dominance of right-wing ideas in France’s presidential election campaign follows years of cultural wars waged successfully by conservatives on television, in social media and in think tanks.
President Emmanuel Macron’s belated entry into the campaign and his focus on Ukraine have left him vulnerable to a strong challenge from the right.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a skilled orator and veteran politician, hopes to become the first left-wing candidate since 2012 to reach the second round of France’s presidential election.
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.