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      Les Républicains leader says he wants alliance with France’s far-right National Rally

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 13:13

    Éric Ciotti’s announcement welcomed by Marine Le Pen as ‘brave choice’ but seen as betrayal by members of mainstream right

    The leader of France’s mainstream right has said he would back an alliance with the far right in the snap legislative elections later this month, shocking opponents and party members and throwing French politics into further disarray.

    Éric Ciotti’s announcement, welcomed by Marine Le Pen as a “brave choice”, is a historic departure for the opposition right and sparked accusations of betrayal from high-profile members of Les Republicains (LR).

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      The Guardian view on Macron’s gamble: playing with political fire | Editorial

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 17:47

    The French president’s decision to call a snap parliamentary election, after Marine Le Pen’s triumph in European polls, is a fateful moment

    Ahead of Sunday’s European election results, attention was understandably focused on the impact of a potential far-right surge on the balance of power in Brussels institutions. In the event, the pan-European centre held , just about, with more moderate conservative parties generally enjoying a good night. But that was not even close to being the main headline of the evening.

    Emmanuel Macron’s shock decision to call snap legislative elections, after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party (RN), is a gamble of the highest order, taken from a position of weakness. Even by the standards of a president who created his own movement to demolish the traditional centre-left and centre-right, it is a surprisingly risky move. In a Sunday evening address, Mr Macron told the nation that it was a necessary one in order to “clarify” a result that saw the extreme right win a combined 40% of the vote. That clarification, when it comes on 7 July, may or may not be welcome.

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      Three possible outcomes of Macron’s shocking snap election

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 17:28

    President may slow the seemingly unstoppable far-right party, but find himself trapped in a splintered parliament

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    Two years into his second term and with three more still to run, Emmanuel Macron’s ratings are not what anyone would call great: 65% disapproval, 34% approval. Since losing his absolute majority in the assemblée nationale in 2022, he has struggled.

    Parliament has been increasingly paralysed, with the government relying on ad hoc deals with increasingly reluctant opposition parties or despised constitutional tools to pass unpopular new legislation.

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      Giorgia Meloni could be EU kingmaker as Italy goes to polls

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 15:40

    Italian PM courted by far right and centre ground as European parliamentary elections begin

    Italians cast their ballots on Saturday as Italy became the first key player to vote in the European parliamentary elections, which could lead to far-right leader, Giorgia Meloni, acting as kingmaker.

    Far-right parties are expected to make gains in the elections, as most countries, including EU heavyweights France and Germany, go to the polls on Sunday. Projected results are expected late on Sunday evening.

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      ‘You can feel a shift’: will the French be lured by Le Pen?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 04:00

    National Rally is making gains with higher-earning professionals and older voters previously put off by party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen

    Céline, a civil servant and administrator in several French government ministries, used to keep quiet about the fact that she voted for the far-right, anti-immigration party of Marine Le Pen . “I couldn’t talk about it at work; people would say: ‘You’re a fascist.’ It was frowned upon – it was almost a sackable offence,” said the 68-year-old, who retired three years ago.

    But today, even in her hometown of Boulogne-Billancourt, west of Paris, where the largely well-off residents have been historically closed to the far right, and voted 83% for the centrist Emmanuel Macron in the 2022 presidential final round, Céline has noticed a shift in the public mood. Across France, Le Pen’s far-right National Rally ( Rassemblement National (RN ) is polling at a historic high of about 33% in Sunday’s European elections, more than double Macron’s grouping on about 16%. National politics has become increasingly focused on the far-right’s progress to the next presidential race in 2027, and whether anything will be capable of holding it back.

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      The AfD’s obsession with the Third Reich is driving a realignment of Europe’s far right | Mariam Lau

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 31 May - 06:00

    Marine Le Pen’s rupture with her German allies reveals a tactical fault line between the ‘old’ right and the ‘new’

    Momentous change is afoot within Europe’s far right. Just as voters across 27 countries prepare to go to the polls in EU elections, a split over the German far right’s allegiance to the Third Reich is driving a realignment.

    The far-right Identity and Democracy (ID) group in the European parliament last week expelled the entire Alternative for Germany (AfD) faction from its ranks after a furore involving the leading AfD candidate Maximiian Krah.

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      French PM says voters for far right may end up like Britons ‘who cry over Brexit’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 30 May - 14:43

    Gabriel Attal cautions against backing Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, which leads solidly in polls for European elections

    The French prime minister, Gabriel Attal, has said voters choosing the far right in the European elections next week risk becoming like British people who regret backing Brexit.

    “Don’t be like the British who cried after Brexit,” he told RTL radio on Thursday. “A large majority of British people regret Brexit and sometimes regret not turning out to vote, or voting for something that was negative for their country.

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      European far-right leaders gather ahead of EU elections

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 19 May - 18:09

    Le Pen, Orbán and Meloni rail against socialism and ‘massive illegal migration’ at ‘great patriotic convention’ in Madrid

    International far-right leaders, including France’s Marine Le Pen, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Argentina’s Javier Milei, came together in Madrid to rail against socialism and “massive illegal migration” three weeks before hard-right parties are expected to see a surge in support in June’s European elections .

    Sunday’s “great patriotic convention”, which was organised by Spain’s far-right Vox party, offered conservatives and far-right populists a chance to congregate and take aim at a variety of familiar targets, from the welfare state to “wokeness” and the agendas of Brussels-based bureaucrats.

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      Will prison van ambush put law and order at heart of EU elections in France?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 15 May - 16:57

    Opposition has seized upon killings that shine spotlight on two big issues: prisons crisis and violent drug trade

    As police continued to hunt the gunmen who killed two prison guards at a Normandy toll booth and freed a convict linked to gangland drug killings, the debate on law and order in France has intensified before next month’s European elections.

    Both Gérald Darmanin, the hardline interior minister, and Jordan Bardella , the far-right president of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, used the same dramatic vocabulary to warn of “savagery” in French society.

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