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France’s far-right National Front projected to win European parliament elections in France

France’s far-right National Front was projected on Sunday to win European parliament elections in France with around 25% of the vote, with President François Hollande’s Socialists in third place behind the centre-right UMP, three exit polls showed. If the National Front score is confirmed, it will be the first time…

Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen confronted by topless Femen protesters

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN) party, became the latest target of a trademark topless protest by feminist group Femen during a visit to the town of Fougères in Brittany on Saturday. Le Pen, in town to meet local FN party members, was greeting Fougères residents…

Rights group: Anti-Muslim attacks are rising in France

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) – Anti-Muslim attacks and insults have risen steadily in France in recent years as some politicians and media increasingly present Islam as a problem for French society, a Muslim rights group said on Wednesday. Hostility rises when Islam is in the news, for…

France’s Marine Le Pen expected to face charges for incitement to racial hatred

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, is expected to face charges for incitement to racial hatred in France, after the European parliament voted to lift her parliamentary immunity. The French state prosecutor in Lyon had asked the European parliament to lift Le Pen’s protection from prosecution…

Sarkozy supporters have less sex: French poll

French voters planning to back centre-right incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy in next month’s election have sex less often than their left-wing rivals, according to a poll published Friday. The survey, conducted by the respected polling institute Ifop on behalf of the pornographic magazine Hot Video, measured the intensity and variety…

Sarkozy says ‘we have too many foreigners’ in France

President Nicolas Sarkozy declared on Tuesday that there are too many immigrants in France, as the country’s presidential election campaign became caught up in issues of religion and identity. Defending a re-election campaign promise to cut the number of new arrivals in half, Sarkozy bluntly declared that France’s attempts to…

French far-right leader launches presidential race

PARIS — French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen said Sunday her anti-immigration views and vows to leave the euro represent the “silent majority” as her campaign for next year’s presidential vote geared up. Ahead of her first major campaign rally Sunday in the northeastern city of Metz, Le Pen railed…

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