France’s presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has told a far-right conference “2016 was the year the Anglo Saxon world woke up”. The Front National leader was among anti-immigration and populist parties who gathered at a conference dubbed the “European counter-summit” in Koblenz in Germany.
Crowds chanted the Nazi era term “Lügenpresse”, which means “lying press” and was named Germany’s “non-word” of 2015, after several major news outlets were banned from attending that year’s far-right conference.
A spokesman for Mr. Trump said the president-elect had not met with the French far-right leader, but her stop at Trump Tower clearly wasn’t by chance.
PARIS — It was an undeniably public cup of coffee. When Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader who aspires to the French presidency, was photographed in the Trump Tower cafe, the question was whether she had come to New York for a high-profile meeting with the President-elect Donald J. Trump.
The rumored meeting with Mr. Trump turned out to be just that — a rumor, though speculation persisted on Friday that a meeting could still take place. Her spokesman in France, Alain Vizier, merely said that she was on a “private trip” to the United States
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Party vice-president condemns new film about the far right as ‘scandalous’ and ‘unacceptable’ ahead of French presidential election
A film about the rise of far-right populism has triggered outrage in France after its trailer appeared to showcase a character based on Marine Le Pen, the president of the Front National and a candidate in France’s 2017 presidential election.
Chez Nous (AKA This Is Our Land) stars Émilie Duquenne as a nurse who becomes a political success in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region after becoming involved with the Patriotic Bloc, a thinly disguised fictional version of the Front National. It is due for release in France on 22 February, two months before the first round of voting, and the trailer briefly features a character apparently modelled on Le Pen, played by veteran performer Catherine Jacob [ . . . ]
Her interviews have been likened to watching a couple who had met on Tinder
Satirist Anne Roumanoff joked that seeing her interview a politician was like “watching a couple who had met on Tinder”, referring to the speed-dating mobile phone app.
Others think the danger is more profound: that serving soft questions to experienced politicians allows them to manipulate voters.
There have been tears, lots of them. Right-wing candidate Bruno Le Maire sobbed while discussing his wife, while leftist maverick Arnaud Montebourg choked up about the Continue reading “How a flirty TV presenter is boosting the image of boring French politicians”