Marine Le Pen lost, but not the Front National

  On 7 May, France rejected the far-right. But the Front National, which has received four millions more votes than five years ago, is continuing to progress. With Emmanuel Macron winning the election with more than 65% of the votes, Marine Le Pen’s defeat is clear and distinct. The Front National’s leader called the result …

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Brief history of the National Front party

National Front, Front National or FN, is the nationalist right-wing political party in France and its political roots date back to late 19th century pro-monarchy group. Unlike Emmanuelle Macron’s party En Marche!, FN has a much longer history of successes and failures. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the current presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s father, founded FN …

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Lower the turnout, bigger the surprise

The ‘voting turnout’ variable This concept, if you are American or British, you have experienced it in your own country. Why? The referendum on Brexit and the election of Donald Trump are the two most iconic examples of this phenomenon. The concept is very easy to understand. The fewer people will go and vote, the …

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International reaction to the presidential election: is it a French revolution?

This Sunday 23rd April, French citizens voted in the first round of the presidential election. The very anticipated results were followed closely by media around the world.  The French election is considered to be one of the most important political event of 2017 due to the consequences it could have on France, on the future of …

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New posters, new slogans, new look?

Only three days after the first round of the French presidential election and already the finalists are looking like different people. While the campaign for the second round officially starts on Friday, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have already released their new posters and slogans. The En Marche! candidate calls for “Together, France!” against …

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The Champs Elysées Attacks: final disruption before the first round

As the official presidential campaign comes to an end at midnight today, all the candidates’ agendas have been disrupted by the Champs-Elysées attack. Last night, a policeman was shot dead and two others injured by a French gunman. The attack, claimed by the so-called Islamic State, raised the important issue of fighting terrorism for the …

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French candidates give their words

Feature written by Estelle Honnorat, Investigative Journalism Student at City, University of London. The clock ticks down to the first round of the presidential elections on the 23nd of April. But what do the words say about their policies? Words do lie Marine Le Pen - known for her nationalist positions - uses the word …

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