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French Voters Reject Sarko Comeback

He unexpectedly loses party primary

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy isn't going to get a second shot at the French presidency: The former president was unexpectedly defeated in a primary for the center-right Republican party, reports Reuters . After his defeat, Sarkozy endorsed former prime minister Francois Fillon, who will face Alain Juppe, another former PM, in a... More »

France's Le Pen Sues Madonna Ex Over Selfie

'Do you find it normal to be photographed while asleep on a plane?'

(Newser) - A far-right French politician is suing one of Madonna's ex-boyfriends for nearly $55,000—all because of an unflattering selfie taken on an airplane. Jean-Marie Le Pen—whom the Telegraph labels a "veteran xenophobic firebrand"—is miffed that the now-viral photo of him snoozing away in his... More »

Projection: Far Right Thumped in France

National Front goes from hot to not in regional elections

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front collapsed in French regional elections Sunday, failing to take a single region after dominating the first round of voting, pollsters projected. The conservatives surged against the governing Socialists, changing the political map of France. The failure of the National Front to gain any... More »

This Politician's Words About Muslims Spur a Trial

Marine Le Pen compared public prayers to the Nazi occupation

(Newser) - The US isn't the only country whose politicians are in hot water over comments about Muslims. In France, one is actually facing trial because of it. Marine Le Pen, who leads the far-right National Front, compared Muslim prayers to the Nazi occupation and has been charged with "inciting... More »

Far-Right Surges in EU Parliament

Key 'Euroskeptic' groups make big gains

(Newser) - Europe's parliamentary elections have resulted in big gains for those opposed to European Union power, including far-right parties in France, the UK, and Greece, the BBC reports. "The people have spoken loud and clear," said the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen. "They... More »

Notre Dame Suicide: Anti-Gay Marriage 'Sacrifice'?

Venner also slammed African immigration; death hailed as 'political act'

(Newser) - The suicide of a far-right writer/activist at Paris' Notre Dame yesterday is being hailed as a "political act" by other far-right leaders. Dominique Venner, who shot himself in front of an estimated 1,500 people inside the vaunted cathedral, had posted a final essay on his website decrying both... More »

Right-Wingers Suing Madonna Over Swastika Pic

Image of Marine Le Pen had Nazi symbol on her forehead

(Newser) - A far-right French politician isn't too crazy about seeing her face displayed with a swastika on her forehead, the AP reports. Marine Le Pen, head of the National Front, said today she's suing Madonna for showing just such an image during a concert last night at the Stade... More »

Madonna Swastika Infuriates Right-Wing Politician

France's Marine Le Pen vows to sue if Nazi sign appears on her photo again

(Newser) - A furious über right-wing French politician is threatening to sue Madonna if she repeats a swastika stunt in an upcoming Paris concert. The always-provocative singer flashed a slideshow at an Israeli concert last week showing a portion of Marine Le Pen's face, a white Nazi symbol etched between... More »

France's Le Pen Endorses ... Blank Ballot

Far-right leader doesn't get behind Francois Hollande or Nicolas Sarkozy

(Newser) - Far-right leader Marine Le Pen is refusing to endorse either candidate in France's presidential runoff and says she will cast a blank protest ballot. Le Pen, who came in a strong third place in the first round of voting April 22, told her supporters at a big rally in... More »

Far Right Does Amazingly Well in French Election

Marine Le Pen nabbed close to 20% of the vote

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen may not have made it into the runoff round of France's presidential election , but she was arguably the biggest winner of the night, bringing in between 18% and 20% of the vote. It was the best-ever showing for the far-right National Front, even surpassing her father'... More »

Le Pen Would Beat Sarkozy: Poll

Online survey puts far-right leader ahead, 23% to 21%

(Newser) - An online poll that puts far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the lead for the first round of next year's presidential election has France in shock, reports the BBC . Le Pen, who took over from her father as head of the National Front party, took the lead in a Le ... More »

Far-Right French Boss Quits With Anti-Semitic Dig

Jean-Marie Le Pen passes mantle to daughter, Marine, with parting shot

(Newser) - France's controversial far-right political party leader passed on his ultra-conservative mantle to his daughter yesterday—just minutes before unleashing another anti-Semitic dig. Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has infuriated the French left and center for over four decades, handed the reins of the National Front to 42-year-old Marine Le Pen after... More »

French Food Chain Slammed for Switch to Halal

Lack of bacon burgers irks right-wing politicians

(Newser) - French fast-food chain Quick is under attack from nationalist politicians for switching to a Muslim-friendly menu in 8 of its 362 restaurants. The decision to make burgers from halal beef and replace bacon with turkey in the restaurants, all located in heavily Muslim areas, is an "unacceptable" sign of... More »

Reform Plan Roils French

300-point proposal dares to relax rules, strip protections

(Newser) - In his bid to shake up French society, Nicolas Sarkozy commissioned a leading Socialist to head a 40-member committee to "unleash the economic growth that France is lacking." Its report, to be released tomorrow, contains an explosive set of proposals. The 300 items range from constructing high-tech cities... More »

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