All posts tagged: Éric Zemmour

French right fractures ahead of Macron’s snap poll as left launches ‘New Popular Front’

French right fractures ahead of Macron’s snap poll as left launches ‘New Popular Front’

[ad_1] French right-wing parties were mired by infighting Thursday as campaigning intensified for snap elections called by President Emmanuel Macron, but his government faces a more unified challenge from the left. Issued on: 13/06/2024 – 12:25Modified: 13/06/2024 – 22:48 3 min Macron’s gamble on early elections comes two years after he failed to secure a majority in parliament to buttress his second presidential term. It risks strengthening the far-right National Rally (RN) and has sparked a meltdown among traditional conservatives. Eric Ciotti of the mainstream right Republicans party announced a surprise alliance with the RN this week, which prompted the rest of the leadership team to vote him out Wednesday. 04:57 © FRANCE 24 But on Thursday Ciotti insisted he was still party leader, dismissing the effort to oust him as “quibbles, little battles by mediocre people… who understand nothing about what’s going on in the country”, adding that it was legally void. “I’m president of the party, I’m going to my office and that’s it,” Ciotti told reporters as he arrived at Republicans headquarters …

Marion Maréchal battles the woke agenda, ‘Islamification’ in European elections

Marion Maréchal battles the woke agenda, ‘Islamification’ in European elections

[ad_1] France’s Marion Maréchal has made the “defence” of European civilisation and fighting against the “Islamification” of Europe a cornerstone of her platform as she leads the far-right Reconquest party’s candidate list in the European elections. Maréchal is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, who founded the far-right National Front, and the niece of Marine Le Pen, who leads the National Rally party, as the National Front was rebranded in 2018. Issued on: 31/05/2024 – 14:31 4 min In the run-up to the June 6-9 elections for the European Parliament, national tragedies and dramatic crimes have provided opportunities to send a political message. A day after two officers were killed in an armed attack on a prison van that helped drug kingpin Mohamed Amra escape, Marion Maréchal went to the Bordeaux-Gradignan prison facility, a visit she recorded on social media. Maréchal was seen chatting with officers at this notoriously overcrowded prison that houses twice the number of inmates it is designed for. Photos were quickly posted on X, Facebook and Instagram. They show the candidate …

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

Brussels mayor gives Europe’s hard-right a free hit before EU election – POLITICO

[ad_1] Israel’s Minister of Diaspora Affairs Amichai Chikli, from the hard-right governing Likud party, compared what he described as the tyrannical woke agenda as another kind of totalitarianism, sitting alongside jihadist terror. “They are hiding behind so-called liberal values but the nature of this movement is anti-liberal,” he told POLITICO.  Captive audience Over two days, the conference buzzed with phrases such as “nihilistic atheism,” the “globalist socialist agenda,” “gender ideology,” “Bolshewokeism,” and “activist judges in Strasbourg,” which flew from the stage around the cramped space. Farage, closely tailed by a security detail, raged against the U.K.’s new smoking ban, performed a few Donald Trump impressions, and on Wednesday stood in the wings chuckling along admiringly as Orbán explained why Central Europe is historically suspicious of supranational political structures.  “Mr. Orbán got a new subject for his campaign: Freedom. The city here was very stupid,” Attila K. Molnar, the director of the National University of Public Service in Budapest, said. On social media, Farage also blasted the mayor on Wednesday afternoon.  [ad_2] Source link

Orbán and Farage’s right-wing fiesta goes ahead in Brussels after big court win – POLITICO

Orbán and Farage’s right-wing fiesta goes ahead in Brussels after big court win – POLITICO

[ad_1] The incident sparked widespread outrage, with EU leaders including Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Orbán condemning the police intervention. Organizers of the conference challenged the mayor’s decision in court to keep the show on the road and the Council of State delivered a late night ruling on Tuesday, striking down the mayor’s order. The court ruled that in case of risks of disruption of public order, authorities must take measures “to curb demonstrations on public roads rather than banning a private meeting” and that the government “must at least make an effort to protect those who wish to exercise their constitutional right of assembly.” Because there was an “average” threat to participants, there was no need for “disproportionate efforts from the police services,” the court said. Emir Kir, the mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode where the Claridge is situated, defended his decision to move to shut down the conference. “Being a mayor means being a guarantor of public safety,” he said on social media. “My lack of sympathy for those who preach hatred is assumed but it …

Racist attacks on pop star Aya Nakamura test France’s ability to shine at Paris Olympics

Racist attacks on pop star Aya Nakamura test France’s ability to shine at Paris Olympics

[ad_1] Rumours that French pop star Aya Nakamara may sing at the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics have triggered a flurry of attacks from the French far right, questioning the host country’s ability to appreciate the globally acclaimed talent emerging from its neglected suburbs with large immigrant populations. With the Paris Olympics still months away, the host country has already won gold in a category it truly owns: divisive racial controversy with “made in France” flair.   That’s how public broadcaster France Inter summed up a row over unconfirmed rumours that Aya Nakamura would perform an Édith Piaf song during the Games’ opening ceremony in front of a crowd of 300,000 gathered along the River Seine.  Nakamura, 28, has become a global superstar for hits like “Djadja”, which has close to a billion streams on YouTube alone. On the international stage, she is the most popular French female singer since Piaf sang “La vie en rose”, a rare case of a French artist whose songs reach well beyond the Francophone world.   She is also …

Gérard Depardieu’s fall reveals dire state of French politics – POLITICO

Gérard Depardieu’s fall reveals dire state of French politics – POLITICO

[ad_1] Robert Zaretsky teaches at the University of Houston and Women’s Institute of Houston. His latest book is “Victories Never Last: Reading and Caregiving in a Time of Plague.” From the l’affaire Calas, after Protestant merchant Jean Calas was wrongfully sentenced to death, through l’affaire Dreyfus, when French-Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus was unjustly accused of treason, France now finds itself in the throes of a new scandal — l’affaire Depardieu. But while hardly as epochal as these earlier cases, this rippling controversy over one of the country’s most successful cultural exports nevertheless points to something dank and dire in French politics and culture.  Gérard Depardieu is, beyond doubt, France’s best-known living actor, with many of his roles leaving a lasting mark on cinematic history — starting with his 1990 performance in “Cyrano de Bergerac” for many Americans. Not only is Depardieu France’s second highest grossing actor of all time, but he has also garnered dozens of awards and honors — including two Césars (the French Oscars) and two of France’s highest decorations, Chevalier of …