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French politicians condemn magazine for Hollande affair accusations

PARIS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- French lawmakers from both the left and right have rallied around President Francois Hollande and condemned a magazine that accused him of having an affair.

French politician fined for anti-Roma remark

PARIS, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The founder of a far-right French political party was fined for comments he made likening Roma to thieves at a political rally in September, officials said.

Rightwing newspaper compares French justice minister to monkey

PARIS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The French government is considering prosecution of a far-right newspaper for a headline comparing Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey.

Is France turning racist?

PARIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The stunning success of France's anti-immigrant Front National (FN) party in winning a regional election Sunday with 54 percent of the vote reflects a growing frustration with conventional politics across Europe.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Walkers stumble on nude photo shoot at Belfast landmark

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Walkers on one of Northern Ireland's most celebrated hills said they were shocked when they stumbled on a woman posing naked for photographs.

French mayor refuses to marry lesbian couple

BOLLENE, France, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A far-right French mayor has refused to marry a lesbian couple in defiance of a federal law that allows same-sex marriage.

Protests over Islamic veil ban arrest in France turn violent

TRAPPES, France, July 20 (UPI) -- A demonstration in France over the country's ban on Islamic face veils turned violent, with about 250 protesters clashing with police, officials said.

Panel votes to lift legal immunity for French MEP Marine Le Pen

BRUSSELS, June 4 (UPI) -- French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is facing the loss her European Parliament immunity to prosecution under hate speech laws, an MEP confirmed.

Same-sex marriage opponents stage huge rally in Paris

PARIS, May 26 (UPI) -- Crowds estimated at 150,000 to 1 million people rallied against France's new same-sex marriage law Sunday in Paris.

Woman stages mock suicide at Notre Dame

PARIS, May 22 (UPI) -- Paris police arrested a woman who staged a mock suicide at Notre Dame Cathedral one day after far-right figure Dominique Venner killed himself in a protest.

May 1 marches show growing support for anti-immigration party

PARIS, May 1 (UPI) -- Under a banner that read "the people first," thousands marched in Paris Wednesday to show their support for the National Front, officials say.
French officials to publish assets

French officials to publish assets

PARIS, April 3 (UPI) -- France's president promised Wednesday to require Cabinet officials to disclose all assets after a former budget minister was indicted for tax fraud.

Poll: French worried about immigration

PARIS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A new poll finds widespread anxiety about immigration in France with 70 percent saying there are "too many foreigners."
After me, the deluge

After me, the deluge

STRASBOURG, France, May 7 (UPI) -- Nicolas Sarkozy has narrowly lost the Presidency after a single term, but his Socialist party successor, Francis Hollande, has not won a mandate.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
France, growth and Europe

France, growth and Europe

PARIS, April 30 (UPI) -- The French presidential election has taken on a broader meaning with France offering a growth-oriented alternative to the German-led politics of austerity.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Spanish woes overshadow French poll crisis

Spanish woes overshadow French poll crisis

MADRID, April 27 (UPI) -- Spain's economic troubles are set to overshadow the developing political crisis in France, where right-wing National Front has emerged as potential kingmaker.

Halal meat a big issue in French election

PARIS, March 7 (UPI) -- Halal meat, slaughtered according to Islamic tradition, has become a central issue in the election campaign in France.

Sarkozy still an undeclared candidate

PARIS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy remains an undeclared candidate for a second term with the deadline just over a month away.
Le Pen softens line on immigrants

Le Pen softens line on immigrants

PARIS, July 22 (UPI) -- Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right Front National Party, says the party is prepared to soften its hard line against immigrants.
Nazi salute costs man standing in party

Nazi salute costs man standing in party

PARIS, April 28 (UPI) -- A Nazi salute cost a young politician his position in France's far-right Front National Party, officials said.

Marine Le Pen gears up for president run

PARIS, March 17 (UPI) -- Marine Le Pen, head of the far-right Front National, attacked French President Nicolas Sarkozy in an interview released Wednesday.

Le Pen daughter takes over rightist party

TOURS, France, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Marine Le Pen Sunday took over leadership of France's far-right National Front from her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Le Pen's daughter to take over party

Le Pen's daughter to take over party

PARIS, April 13 (UPI) -- The daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen plans to take over his National Front party.

French leader guilty over Nazi comments

PARIS, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen plans to appeal his conviction for denying the Nazis committed crimes against humanity during the World War II era.

Le Pen 'Nazi trial' under way

PARIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- French far-right extremist Jean-Marie Le Pen faces a year in prison if he is convicted of denying Nazi crimes against humanity.
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