In regional elections, France’s mainstream parties beat back a surging far right. But support for the Front National (FN) rose to an all-time high. Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, granddaughter of the founder of the FN, is one of party’s rising stars.
Marion Marechal-Le Pen, the niece of far-right National Front leader Marine, will speak at CPAC, taking the stage after US Vice President Mike Pence. Moderate Republicans have expressed concern at the invite.
Five months after leaving Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front, Florian Philippot held the first congress of his Patriotes movement. He made his opening speech to a few hundred of the 6,500 members he claims.
A French court has rejected a bid by the National Front to unseat Jean-Marie Le Pen as honorary president. His vow to attend the party's congress is likely to aggravate a public row with his daughter, Marine Le Pen.
The new legislation would criminalize illegal border crossings but aims to cut the waiting time on asylum applications. Migrant rights groups have called for the bill to be withdrawn, labeling it "too repressive."
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