Regional elections have shown that Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National is the most popular party in France. Are the results a sign of things to come when national elections take place two years from now?
The far-right leader has appeared before judges over the alleged misuse of European Union funds to pay her parliamentary assistants. Le Pen won a seat in the French National Assembly a fortnight ago.
Recent polls suggest French President Emmanuel Macron is highly popular. His clever political mix appeals to both progressives and conservatives, even drawing approval from some right-wing National Front supporters.
Front National leader Marine Le Pen has met with Vladimir Putin and Russian lawmakers in Moscow. Russia has been cozying up to right-wing candidates and meddling in European and US elections.
Emmanuel Macron did not receive the welcome he was expecting in his hometown, as he was heckled by factory workers. His rival Marine Le Pen appeared to upstage him, making a surprise visit to the factory hours earlier.
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