Hamon and Valls face off in final French left-wing primary debate

Hamon and Valls face off in final French left-wing primary debate

Socialist presidential hopeful Benoit Hamon’s idealist vision for France squared off against calls for pragmatism from former prime minister Manuel Valls as the two men debated each other on national television Wednesday night. Hamon and Valls discussed jobs, clean energy, and religion in the final debate of France’s left-wing primary, four days ahead of their […]

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 […]

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 […]

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

  The frontrunners of France’s right-wing presidential primary held their final campaign rallies across the country on Friday, hoping to win over voters two days ahead of a poll that still appears to be up for grabs. French conservatives on Sunday are being asked to pick their preferred candidate from a field of seven politicians […]

Islam’s place in France set to dominate right-wing presidential primary

Islam’s place in France set to dominate right-wing presidential primary

The contest to pick a presidential nominee among France’s right-wing camp is shaping up as a battle between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé, with Islam’s place in France the hot issue of the primaries. Around a dozen members of the main opposition Les Républicains party (formerly UMP) have declared themselves candidates […]

Clinton wins DC primary ahead of meeting with Sanders

Clinton wins DC primary ahead of meeting with Sanders

Democrat Hillary Clinton won the District of Columbia primary on Tuesday, capturing the party’s last presidential nominating contest as Democrats turn their focus to the November 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Clinton, who secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination last week, is to meet in private later on Tuesday […]

Obama calls for healing in first public remarks since divisive primary

Obama calls for healing in first public remarks since divisive primary

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he hoped divisions between Democrats would start to heal, now that his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has clinched the party’s nomination for the presidential election. “My hope is that over the next couple of weeks we’re able to pull things together,” Obama said in his first […]