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Report: DNC Hackers Targeted French Candidate, Too

Phishing scheme was unsuccessful, officials say

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton says she lost the 2016 election due in part to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. Emmanuel Macron, on the other hand, looks poised to become France's next president despite a seemingly similar effort to derail his campaign. According to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, Macron—who... More »

Sunday's Vote 'Humiliated' French Party Politics

2 outsiders will compete in runoff vote

(Newser) - The election results in France are now final, confirming the political earthquake that has just taken place: Centrist Emmanuel Macron took 23.8% of votes in the first round, with 21.5% for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, the BBC reports. The two candidates will compete for the presidency in... More »

Results of Election Are a First in Modern French History

Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen will battle it out on May 7

(Newser) - The polls closed at 7pm local time, meaning the first round of the French presidential election is officially in the books. While the official percentages are not yet known, the AP reports centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will advance to the runoff after major opponent Francois... More »

France Votes: 11 Candidates, Evacuation, Topless Protesters

It could be a wild day in Round 1 of election

(Newser) - A voting station in eastern France has reopened after being evacuated because of a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told the AP that the voting station in Besancon was evacuated while explosives experts examined the car, but they deemed there to be no risk. He said... More »

Only One Way to 'Stave Off Disaster' in French Election

Country votes on Sunday

(Newser) - France votes Sunday in a presidential election further roiled by the fatal shooting of a police officer in an attack claimed by ISIS. On Friday, President Trump tweeted that the shooting would "have a big effect" on the vote, without offering specifics. But the Washington Post points out that... More »

Election Security 'Fully Mobilized' After Paris Attack

Sources say suspect was detained earlier this year

(Newser) - Police say the gunman shot dead after killing a policeman and wounding two others in Paris Thursday was a 39-year-old man already known to authorities as a potential Islamist radical, the BBC reports. Three of his family members have been taken into custody and another man suspected of having links... More »

2 Dead in Fatal Attack on Police Officers in France

One officer and the gunman were killed

(Newser) - One officer was killed and two others seriously wounded when a man opened fire on a police van Thursday night in Paris, the AP reports. According to Reuters , a government source says the officers were specifically targeted in the attack on the Champs-Elysees. A witness describes the gunman firing multiple... More »

Leftist Who Uses Holograms Rising Sharply in French Polls

Surprising ascent of Jean-Luc Melenchon in presidential race is rattling France

(Newser) - Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron have been drawing the lion's share of attention as the French presidential election nears (the first round is April 23 ), but a leftist candidate who has used a hologram of himself to stump at campaign rallies is now gaining... More »

Ex-Adviser Says Le Pen's Inner Circle 'Are Real Nazis'

Yet Le Pen is closer than ever to giving National Front France's presidency

(Newser) - For the first time since her father founded the party in 1972, Marine Le Pen has an actual shot at delivering the French presidency to the National Front, the Guardian reports in a profile of the far-right candidate. The profile touches on Le Pen expelling her Holocaust-denying father from the... More »

French Candidate Takes Flak for Comments on Jews in WWII

Marine Le Pen says France not to blame for mass arrest in Paris

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen has been accused in the past of being anti-Semitic, and her words over the weekend on a famous World War II raid didn't help put that allegation to bed. Per Reuters , the far-right French presidential contender spoke to media groups Sunday and referenced the Vel d'... More »

The Fieriest Clash During the French Presidential Debate

It was Macron vs. Le Pen

(Newser) - The two frontrunners for the French presidency clashed spectacularly in the campaign's first televised debate between leading candidates Monday night. All five candidates landed punches during vigorous discussion on the big issues for France: jobs, terrorism, immigration, and Europe. But the face-off between independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right... More »

Kardashian Reveals What She Was Thinking During Robbery

'Mentally prepped' for rape, hoped her sister would be OK after finding her dead

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West says she "mentally prepped" herself to be raped while being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year. Kardashian West discussed the incident on Sunday night's episode of the E! network's "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the AP reports. With... More »

Blood Tests: French Airport Attacker Was Drunk, on Drugs

Ziyed Ben Belgacem's BAC almost twice the legal limit; also presence of pot, cocaine

(Newser) - Toxicology tests have been completed on the attacker shot dead at a French airport Saturday, and his blood contained a cocktail of intoxicants, the AP and Guardian report. Per the Paris prosecutors' office, 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem—who, with possible terror motives , tore away a soldier's rifle at France'... More »

Cops Investigating Robbery Make a Very Easy Arrest

Suspect in France was stuck in a hole in the window

(Newser) - Arrests can't come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he'd made with a hammer in a shop window, per AP . The national gendarmerie on Sunday published a photo appearing to show the man half-in and half-out... More »

French Airport Attacker Wanted to Die in Name of Allah

'Whatever happens, there will be deaths'

(Newser) - The man who attacked a soldier and was killed by her colleagues at Orly Airport in France yelled that he wanted to die in the name of Allah and "whatever happens, there will be deaths," Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference Saturday. The AP reports Molins... More »

France Investigating Terror Link to Airport Attack

Man wrestled soldier to ground, tried to take her gun

(Newser) - French President Francois Hollande says investigators will determine whether the Orly Airport attacker "had a terrorist plot behind him." Hollande ruled out any link between the attack and the upcoming French presidential election in April and May, noting that France has been battling the threat of extremism for... More »

Man Shot Dead After Seizing Soldier's Weapon at Airport

Incident may be linked to earlier Paris-area attack

(Newser) - A man was shot to death Saturday after seizing the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, police and witnesses say. Authorities evacuated visitors while a police operation was underway. Emergency vehicles surrounded the airport as confused passengers gathered in parking lots, and the elite RAID special police force... More »

Secretary Hit With Shrapnel as Letter Bomb Explodes at IMF

The letter bomb was mailed to the IMF office in France

(Newser) - A letter exploded Thursday at the French office of the International Monetary Fund, lightly injuring one person, amid heightened security around Europe after a string of deadly attacks. The AP reports the incident came as a Greek anarchist group claimed responsibility for a failed letter bomb sent to the German... More »

School Shooter Injures 3 in France

Suspect, a student, is in custody

(Newser) - A high school principal and two others were shot by a 17-year-old student in France Thursday, the AP reports. The shootings took place at the Alexis de Tocqueville school in the southern French town of Grasse. A police official says in addition to the three wounded in the shooting, five... More »

French Presidential Candidate's 'Biggest Scandal' Just Got Bigger

Francois Fillon allegedly funneled taxpayer money to wife, kids

(Newser) - A right-wing candidate for French president was placed under formal investigation Tuesday—meaning there's "serious or consistent evidence" of wrongdoing—in an unprecedented move, the Guardian reports. Francois Fillon allegedly misused public funds, specifically by paying his wife more than $720,000 over 15 years to be a... More »

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