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France's National Front Just Lost Its 2nd Leader This Week

Jean-Francois Jalkh steps down over comments on Holocaust

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen stepped down as leader of the National Front this week to focus on her campaign for French president. On Friday, the man tapped to replace her also stepped down—after he was accused of agreeing, or at least sympathizing, with Holocaust deniers, Reuters reports. According to the... 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 »

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 »

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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