France’s Le Pen hardens tone as campaign clock ticks down

Far-right presidential frontrunner Marine Le Pen said Wednesday that French people felt “dispossessed” in their own country as she stressed the threats of immigration and terrorism in the final days of campaigning. The 48-year-old former lawyer has spent years trying to broaden support for her National Front party, but she has signalled a return to the core concerns of many […]

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France’s Francois Fillon under fire over women’s rights

The leading contender for France’s centre-right presidential nomination, Francois Fillon, is facing tough questions over his stance on abortion and sex discrimination. His rival, fellow Republican Alain Juppe, has urged him to “clarify his position” on abortion. Meanwhile, a party colleague restated claims he denied her a ministerial post because she was pregnant. Supporters will choose between Mr Fillon and […]

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Nice attack: What we know so far

At least 84 people have been killed after a truck slammed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. Here is what we know about what French President Francois Hollande has declared an “undeniable” terrorist attack. – How did the attack unfold? – The white 19-tonne truck plunged into the crowd at around […]

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Sanctions possible over Iran ballistic missile launches: France

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday warned Iran of possible European sanctions over its recent ballistic missile launches. “If necessary, sanctions will be taken,” Ayrault said after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry and several European counterparts. Kerry described the Iranian actions — which the US has asked to be discussed at a UN Security Council […]

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France says ‘no question’ of strikes against IS in Libya

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday refuted reports Paris was pushing for military action against the Islamic State group in Libya. “There is absolutely no question of military intervention in Libya,” Fabius told reporters on the sidelines of a Rome meeting of countries involved in combatting IS. “There is pressure (for that) but that is not the position of […]

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