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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 »

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 »

Socialists Head for Drubbing in France

Anti-immigration far right wins in several towns

(Newser) - French pollsters said the governing Socialists lost ground to the conservative right in municipal elections today that are seen as a referendum on embattled President Francois Hollande and certain to lead to a government shakeup. Estimates showed the anti-immigration far right adding several towns to its victory bucket after a... 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 »

Socialists Secure Majority in France

Strong showing leaves Francois Hollande free to implement policy

(Newser) - As predicted , the left coalition led by the Socialist Party has cruised to a majority win in the National Assembly's lower house, taking 314 of 577 seats, reports the Wall Street Journal . The win gives the Socialists, who already control the upper-house Senate, total control of the National Assembly—... 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 »

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 »

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