National Front’s Marine Le Pen takes lead in new opinion poll

National Front’s Marine Le Pen takes lead in new opinion poll

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has edged ahead of conservative rival and former frontrunner François Fillon of Les Républicains party, a major poll released on Thursday showed. According to French daily newspaper Le Monde, Le Pen now commands between 25 and 26 percent support among likely voters compared to 23-25 percent for Fillon, who […]

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

French President François Hollande denounced on Wednesday “systematic obstruction” by Russia at the UN Security Council after the failure of a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. A statement jointly issued with Canada, Germany and Italy also hit out at the regime in Damascus and its “foreign backers, especially […]

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million

Hillary Clinton is now more than two million votes ahead of President-elect Donald Trump in the popular vote count for the US presidential elections, a tally compiled by the Cook Political Report showed Wednesday. The Democratic candidate’s 1.5 percent lead in the popular vote makes no difference to the outcome of the November 8 election, […]

Jeff Sessions, a right-wing hawk to lead the US Justice Department

Jeff Sessions, a right-wing hawk to lead the US Justice Department

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for US attorney-general, is known as a right-wing, anti-immigration hardliner. He also has the dubious distinction of once being shunned for a federal judgeship over allegations of racism. Sessions’ appointment to the job – the US equivalent of a justice minister – rewards a Trump loyalist who has […]

Trump goes on the offensive as Clinton lead narrows

Trump goes on the offensive as Clinton lead narrows

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a threat to the country on Monday, saying that if she is elected a probe into her emails could shadow her entire term in office, as the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Clinton’s lead narrowing slightly. “The investigation will last for years. The trial will probably start,” Trump told a rally […]

Balotelli on target again as Nice stretch Ligue 1 lead

Balotelli on target again as Nice stretch Ligue 1 lead

Mario Balotelli starred once again as clinical Nice opened up a six-point gap at the top of Ligue 1 with a 4-1 thrashing of Nantes on Sunday. The maverick forward, back in form after nightmare spells at Liverpool and AC Milan, scored his sixth league goal of the season and was involved in two others […]

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

  Former prime minister Alain Juppé has widened his lead over rival Nicolas Sarkozy to win the centre-right’s nomination for France’s 2017 presidential elections, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, initially narrowed the gap with Juppé when he launched his campaign in August on a law-and-order platform. […]

Froome holds on to Tour de France lead after post-crash dash

Froome holds on to Tour de France lead after post-crash dash

Defending champion Chris Froome retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the Tour de France after an incident involving a motorbike left him without a bike in a chaotic finale of the 12th stage on Thursday. The Briton’s bike was broken in a pile-up close to the finish and the Team Sky rider began running […]