French President Francois Hollande said Monday the final mission of his term would be to ensure that “populism, nationalism and extremism cannot win” in the world and especially not in France.
Hollande’s term of office ends in mid-May and far-right politician Marine Le Pen is seen as one of the leading candidates to replace him.
In addition, Britain has voted to leave the European Union and the United States has elected populist President Donald Trump.
“I still have (work) to do to prevent populism, nationalism and extremism from prevailing, including in my own country,” Hollande told the prestigious Singapore Conference.
He began the last major international tour of his term in office in the city-state on Sunday and will go on to Malaysia and Indonesia.
Hollande said the mission to reject populism was not just one for a president. Citizens and officials also had a responsibility to speak out.
“And as far as I am concerned, I will continue to speak as much as I can and to ensure that what I have done as president can have consequences,” he said without elaborating.
The View’s Meghan McCain accuses Trump officials of setting up ‘slush fund’ to help Putin launder money
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain accused unspecified members of the Trump administration of helping Russian president Vladimir Putin set up a "slush fund" to launder ill-gotten money.
McCain took off part of last week to attend the Magnitsky Human Rights Awards in London, where she presented an award to Oleg Sentsov, a Crimean human rights activist sentenced to 20 years in prison after speaking out against Russia's annexation of his home country.
"Sergei Magnitsky was someone who found corruption in Russia, was subsequently tortured and killed because of it, and there is now an act that is in the United States, and we’re trying to make it expand globally where basically Russia can’t use the West and democracy for their dirty money, that they can’t launder it in countries that love and utilize democracy and freedom every single day," McCain said.
House investigating if Trump lied to Mueller
The U.S. House of Representatives is investigating if President Donald Trump lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his 22-month long Russia probe.
The Washington Post reports the attorney for the House revealed the existence of the investigation to a panel of judges. The House is arguing that it must be allowed to see secret grand-jury materials from Mueller's investigation. The Dept. of Justice has been blocking that request after a lower court ordered the materials handed over to Congress.
How Trump’s presidency could cost Susan Collins reelection: The Maine GOP senator is ‘in a terrible position’
In the past, getting reelected was never a problem for Sen. Susan Collins. The Maine Republican, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, was reelected by 17% in 2002, 23% in 2008 and 37% in 2014. But that was before the incredibly divisive presidency of Donald Trump. And journalist David Sharp, in a report for the Associated Press (AP), stresses that Trump could be the “biggest hurdle” in Collins’ battle to win a fifth term.
In the past, Collins — who is conservative but not far-right — was quite popular in Maine, a blue state. But distancing herself from Trump’s controversies and far-right agenda has proven difficult for Collins. And Sharp notes that thanks to the impeachment inquiry Trump is facing, Collins might be forced to take a stand on whether or not he should remain in the White House: if Trump is impeached in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 66-year-old senator would later be asked to vote “guilty” or “not guilty” on articles of impeachment in a Senate trial.