Tag Archives: France

France: Macron names Republican Philippe as prime minister

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"President Emmanuel Macron has chosen centre-right mayor Edouard Philippe as France's new prime minister. Mr Philippe, 46, is not from the president's new centrist party but from the centre-right Republicans. The choice is seen as an attempt to draw in key figures from both the right and left of French politics. The announcement forms part of a busy first day for the president – he is due to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The naming of a new prime minister, Mr Macron's first big appointment, came after hours of fevered speculation in France and a day after he was inaugurated as president." (05/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/39923510

France: Macron inaugurated as president with Paris under tight security

Source: The Guardian [UK]

"Emmanuel Macron has become France’s youngest ever president, officially taking over from Francois Hollande. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, arrived at the Elysee Palace in central Paris on Sunday in a motorcade and walked down the red carpet under light rain to be greeted by Hollande for his inauguration. The new president’s wife, Brigitte, arrived separately. A week after his victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a tumultuous election, Macron had a private meeting with Hollande at which he was given the codes to launch France’s nuclear weapons." (05/14/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/14/emmanuel-macron-inaugurated-as-president-paris-tight-security

In France, the center holds

Source: The American Conservative
by Noah Millman

"Marine Le Pen significantly underperformed expectations on election day yesterday, winning only slightly more than half of the votes won by president-elect Emmanuel Macron, or slightly more than a third of the total. Polls only a week ago showed her getting just above 40%, though over the past few days it was clear that she was bleeding rather than gaining support. Nonetheless, I think a lot of the commentariat expected that some combination of higher-than-estimated abstentions (turnout was indeed sharply down from recent prior elections) and enthusiasm by Le Pen’s base would lead to at least a small error in the opposite direction — a Macron win, but not an overwhelming one. But his victory was indeed overwhelming. Why did Le Pen underperform? I can think of several plausible reasons." (05/08/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/millman/in-france-the-center-holds/

France: Pro-EU Macron wins presidency

Source: Minneapolist Star Tribune

"Ripping up France's political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Macron, who had never run for office before, celebrated with thousands of jubilant, flag-waving supporters outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday night. … Marine Le Pen, his far-right opponent in the runoff, quickly called the 39-year-old Macron to concede after voters rejected her 'French-first' nationalism by a large margin. Le Pen's performance punctured her hopes that the populist wave which swept Donald Trump into the White House and led Britain to vote to leave the EU would also carry her to France's presidential Elysee Palace." (05/07/17)

http://www.startribune.com/tense-france-chooses-new-president-deciding-europe-s-fate/421550573/

Who stands in the way of populists? The French case.

Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

"A Marine Le Pen victory is seen by many as little short of a calamity: Le Pen openly questions French membership in the Eurozone (though recently she softened her tone) and proposes a blend of new protectionism that would wreck the EU ship altogether. On the top of that, Madame Le Pen leads a xenophobic party, whose roots are in Vichy France. The French right, which still worships the memory of General De Gaulle, has typically a strong anti-fascist bent. But this time at least one gaullist, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, has openly endorsed Le Pen. Dupont-Ainan comes with a valuable 4.70% of the votes which he scored in the first round. The other candidate, Emmanuel Macron, is at the same time the new face of politics and the favourite son of the establishment." ()5/03/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/05/who_stands_in_t.html

France: LePen plays green card

Source: Yahoo! News

"With a week to go before France's presidential election runoff, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen played the green card outside a controversial aluminium plant in the south of the country. Le Pen has made a series of targeted campaign stops in a bid to close a 19-point gap in voter surveys with centrist frontrunner Emmanuel Macron, 39. Vowing to pursue a vision of 'true ecology,' the 48-year-old National Front (FN) candidate said the Alteo plant in the town of Gardanne was a symbol of a false choice between jobs and the environment." (04/30/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/frances-le-pen-plays-green-card-115205589.html

France: Regime says Syrian chemical attack bears Assad's signature

Source: Los Angeles Times

"France’s foreign ministry says deadly sarin gas used in a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month that killed 87 people 'bears the signature' of President Bashar Assad’s government. A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve agent came from hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons that Damascus was supposed to have destroyed under an U.S- and Russia-brokered deal in 2013. The chemicals in the gas matched those from samples taken following a sarin attack in Syria in 2013 carried out by government helicopters." [editor's note: Who knows for sure, but the claim that 2013 attack was carried out by anti-Assad rebels using sarin from Turkey, not by Assad's forces, seems plausible; combined with the report's actual language, which merely claims that the sarin is "typical" of that produced by the regime's labs (is there some "atypical" form of sarin produced elsewhere?), I'd say skepticism is still warranted – TLK] (04/26/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-france-syria-sarin-gas-20170426-story.html

France: Le Pen steps down as National Front leader for presidential runoff

Source: MSN News

"French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen announced Monday she is temporarily stepping down as head of her National Front party with less than two weeks ago before the country chooses its leader in a runoff vote. The move appears to be a way for Le Pen to embrace a wide range of potential voters ahead of the vote pitting her against Emmanuel Macron, the independent centrist who came in first in Sunday's first round, The Associated Press reported. … Le Pen has said in the past that she is not a candidate of her party, and made that point when she rolled out her platform in February, saying the measures she was espousing were not her party's, but her own." (04/24/17)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/marine-le-pen-steps-down-as-head-of-frances-national-front-party/ar-BBAhnna

Marine Le Pen is what happens when you try to meet racism in the middle

Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

"Shame on them all. French leaders from across the political spectrum could not prevent a far-right candidate, who has denied the role played by her country’s wartime Vichy government in the Nazi Holocaust, from reaching the second and final round of the presidential election. On Sunday, Marine Le Pen became only the second National Front (FN) candidate in French history to make it through to the second round — the first was her Holocaust-denying father, FN founder Jean Marie Le Pen, in 2002 …. So who is to blame for the rise and rise of Le Pen and the FN? The conventional wisdom says that mainstream French politicians allowed the far right to win votes by letting them monopolize the issue of immigration. The reverse is, in fact, the case: over the past four decades, both the center-right Republicans and center-left Socialists went out of their way to try and co-opt the xenophobic rhetoric and policies of the Le Pens, which only emboldened — and normalized — both father and daughter." (04/24/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/24/marine-le-pen-is-what-happens-when-you-try-to-meet-racism-in-the-middle/

France: Would-be presidents make last-minute appeals before vote

Source: Reuters

"Candidates in France's presidential election made last-ditch appeals to sway undecided voters on Thursday as the third and fourth placed contenders kept up the pressure on the two hopefuls leading opinion polls. Voters will cast ballots on Sunday in the first round of what has turned into the most unpredictable French election in memory, with four of the 11 candidates within reach of the two places for the run-off on May 7. … A Harris Interactive poll showed [Emmanuel] Macron and [Marine] Le Pen still in front, with the gap a bit wider than before. The centrist inched ahead to 24.5 percent while Le Pen was a bit weaker on 21 percent. Conservative former prime minister Francois Fillon scored 20 percent, meaning he was now gaining on Le Pen. Jean-Luc Melenchon, a far left politician propelled from wildcard to genuine contender thanks to feisty television performances and smart social media campaign, was stable on 19 percent. An Ifop-Fiducial poll showed roughly the same breakdown." (04/20/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-idUSKBN17M16V