Latest Marine Le Pen News

Rising French far-right star resurfaces and flirts with fire

Jul. 7, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — She vowed to stay out of politics and even dropped the French far right's signature name — Le Pen — from her moniker. But Marion Marechal, a former star lawmaker who's still only in her 20s, is now tip-toeing back into the political arena, and is already causing trouble. Widely...

Politicians' tweets could get slapped with warning labels

Jun. 27, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Presidents and other world leaders and political figures who use Twitter to threaten or abuse others could find their tweets slapped with warning labels. The new policy , announced by the company on Thursday, comes amid complaints from activists and others that President Donald Trump...

Europe's populists rebrand but policies remain the same

Jun. 13, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's far-right and populist parties sought to rebrand themselves Thursday, launching a new group dubbed Identity and Democracy in the European Parliament but with many of the same faces and most of the old policies. Claiming to be riding the crest of a popular wave from last month's EU...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...

France's conservative party chief quits after poor election

Jun. 3, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leader of France's traditional right-wing party The Republicans has resigned following its trouncing in the European Parliament election last month. Laurent Wauquiez acknowledged that "defeat is lonely" as he quit on national television Sunday evening, a week after his party won less than...

Link between Italy's Salvini and Hungary's Orban downplayed

May. 30, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A top aide to Hungary's prime minister said Thursday that he sees only a "slight possibility" that Viktor Orban's Fidesz party will link up with Italy's Matteo Salvini in a coalition in the European Parliament. Gergely Gulyas, Orban's chief of staff, said that while the Hungarian...

Salvini vows to unite EU populists yet lacks partners

May. 28, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's victorious right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, says the European elections have created "a new geography" of anti-elite sentiment in the EU. But it is far from certain that he will be able to forge a bloc from parties who are united around a strict euroskeptic, anti-migrant, anti-Islam...

The Latest: Merkel wants quick deal on head of EU Commission

May. 27, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on European elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'd like to see a quick agreement on who should run the European Union's executive branch, a matter on which her own governing coalition so far is divided. In her first comments on the...

French far-right makes big demands on Macron after small win

May. 27, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — If French far-right leader Marine Le Pen gets her wish, her National Rally party, victorious in the European Parliament election, will force a dissolution of France's own parliament and lure opponents to her cause. But there's one major roadblock: French President Emmanuel Macron . His...

Macron vs. Salvini: Two leaders face off over EU's future

May. 27, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — France's pro-EU president and the leader of Italy's euroskeptic, far-right movement jockeyed for the role of chief powerbroker on the continent Monday after elections to the European Parliament hollowed out the traditional political middle. The four days of balloting that drew to a close...