France’s Cazeneuve challenges conservative Fillon in first speech as prime minister

France’s Cazeneuve challenges conservative Fillon in first speech as prime minister

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Tuesday pledged to “protect French people” in his first speech to France’s National Assembly, defending President François Hollande and directly challenging conservative lawmakers. Cazeneuve delivered a fiery speech in which he admitted he had precious few months to serve as the new prime minister. He adopted a combative tone against […]

France’s Fillon pledges economic reboot as he claims conservative presidential nomination

France’s Fillon pledges economic reboot as he claims conservative presidential nomination

  Former prime minister François Fillon on Sunday pledged deep economic reforms after winning the conservative Les Républicains’ presidential nomination. Fillon, 62, resoundingly beat in-party rival Alain Juppé in France’s conservative presidential primary run-off, one week after he shocked the country’s political landscape by topping the first-round poll. He earned 66.5 percent of votes in […]

Fillon in strong position to claim French conservative nomination

Fillon in strong position to claim French conservative nomination

Former prime minister François Fillon looked on Friday to be in a strong position to claim his centre-right party’s nomination to contest next year’s French presidential election as he and rival Alain Juppé held final rallies of the primary campaign. In an impassioned speech to supporters in Paris, Fillon, 62, struck a strong patriotic note, […]

French conservative rivals spar over multiculturalism in primary debate

French conservative rivals spar over multiculturalism in primary debate

Two former French prime ministers, Alain Juppé and François Fillon, clashed on Thursday over multiculturalism and foreign policy on live television, three days ahead of the country’s conservative presidential primary run-off. The stakes were high as the two members of the main opposition Les Républicains party faced off in a final debate, with the winner […]

Where France’s conservative candidates stand on the key issues

Where France’s conservative candidates stand on the key issues

Former prime ministers François Fillon and Alain Juppé will face off in the critical second round of the French conservative primary on Sunday. The two men claim to offer voters two distinct visions for France. But are they really that different? Left-leaning French daily Libération said it best, days after the November 20 first round […]

As it happened: Fillon tops French conservative primary

As it happened: Fillon tops French conservative primary

Former French prime ministers François Fillon and Alain Juppé will vie for the conservative nomination in a primary run-off after handing former president Nicolas Sarkozy a shock defeat on Sunday. Follow the events as they happened with our liveblog. Fillon stunned his opponents by taking more that 44% of the vote, well ahead of Juppé […]

Trump names staunch conservative Mike Pence as VP choice

Trump names staunch conservative Mike Pence as VP choice

Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, adding political experience and conservative bona fides to his Republican presidential ticket. Trump announced his decision on Twitter Friday morning, capping a frenzied 24 hours of speculation about his choice. A news conference was set for Saturday for the two men who will […]

British Conservative party braces itself for tense leadership battle

British Conservative party braces itself for tense leadership battle

Britain could have a new prime minister by early September, the ruling Conservative Party said on Monday, after David Cameron started laying the groundwork for his successor to trigger the country’s exit from the European Union. The government is under pressure to fill a vacuum left when Cameronannounced he would resign by October after Britain […]