Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

Fillon proposes a new path for the French right

He was the outsider few predicted would win the first round of primary voting among France’s centre-right presidential candidates, but François Fillon has emerged as the new favourite who just might sweep the conservatives to power. As he entered the first round of primaries, Fillon, 62, was not on many lists to win. By Sunday, […]

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 […]

Why the West’s right wing admires Vladimir Putin

Why the West’s right wing admires Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is widely admired by right-wing leaders in Western democracies – including Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen – a stark reversal from when conservatives were the staunchest of Cold Warriors. Autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin has garnered much admiration in recent years from a bevy of right-wing politicians who […]

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Donald Trump’s surprise victory last week has injected new confidence into the faltering campaign of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, ahead of Sunday’s primaries to choose a conservative candidate for the 2017 French presidential election. Two polls published Monday showed that former conservative prime minister Alain Juppé, who is seen as a “safe pair of […]

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

Far-right leader Le Pen says Trump win ‘good news for France’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday said Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election was “good news” for France. “I repeat, the election of Donald Trump is good news for our country,” said Le Pen, who will be the anti-immigration National Front’s candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election. Le Pen, 48, was […]

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy faced a series of verbal attacks on Thursday night, as right-wing rivals sparred in the first of three presidential primary debates. Sarkozy was forced on the defensive on the debate stage, saying he was unjustly hounded by legal investigations, while fending off attacks by former party chief Jean-François Coppé and […]

Poland’s ruling right-wing party rejects abortion ban after protests

Poland’s ruling right-wing party rejects abortion ban after protests

Lawmakers with Poland’s ruling right-wing party voted in a tumultuous parliamentary commission session to reject a proposal for a total ban on abortion. The decision appeared to doom an effort to add further limits to what is already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. However, the proposal must still go to a vote to […]

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

Election authorities on Wednesday unveiled a list of seven candidates competing for France’s conservative presidential nomination, a race that is widely expected to become a duel between ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé. Touted as the country’s centre and right-wing presidential primary, the contest in fact includes six members of the main opposition […]

Is France’s Nicolas Sarkozy trying to ‘Trump’ the far right?

Is France’s Nicolas Sarkozy trying to ‘Trump’ the far right?

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was likened to Donald Trump this week after the latest in a string of provocative statements that have pushed his presidential campaign ever further to the right. The comparison with the Republican candidate for the White House, a notorious climate change sceptic, followed a speech on Wednesday in which Sarkozy […]

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 […]

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

French, Dutch far-right call for EU membership referendums after Brexit

France’s far right National Front party and Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders called for referendums in their own countries on European Union membership Friday in the wake of the UK vote to leave the bloc. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, cheered the Brexit vote. “Victory for freedom!” said […]

I killed 13 Palestinian kids today: Israeli sniper

I killed 13 Palestinian kids today: Israeli sniper

An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 children in the Gaza Strip in one day, as Tel Aviv continues its aerial and ground attacks in the besieged enclave. Posting on an Instagram account, David Ovadia released a photo of himself holding a sniper rifle. The image with his post, however, was deleted entirely by […]