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.
Two men in their seventies have been shot by a fellow pensioner in the Basque region of France. They interrupted the man as he tried to set fire to a mosque. Police later arrested the suspect.
The founder of the far-right National Front was charged with embezzlement of public funds. The scandal centered around the misuse of EU money to pay for France-based staff.
Former lawmaker Marion Marechal-Le Pen railed against the European Union and Islam in her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The 28-year-old is a rising star among far-right conservatives in France.
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.
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