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  • France's new president is a 'zombie Catholic'

    05/10/2017 3:50:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cna ^ | May 10, 2017
    Emmanuel Macron. Credit: Frederic Legrand COMEO / Shutterstock. Paris, France, May 10, 2017 / 04:44 pm (CNA).- Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron, according to one of his biographers, embodies a new phenomenon in France known as “zombie Catholicism.”Once among the most Catholic countries in the world, sometimes called the “eldest daughter of the Church,” France has seen serious decline in churchgoing numbers in modern times. While more than 50 percent of people still identify as Catholic, only 5 percent regularly attend Mass. Still, in France’s recent presidential election, a latent Catholic identity in many of France’s citizens proved to be a...
  • Macron wins French presidency by emphatic margin: projections

    05/07/2017 11:13:47 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 237 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2017 | Sudip-Kar Gupta
    Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union, early projections showed. The centrist's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain's vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump's election as U.S. president. The 39-year-old former investment banker, who served for two years as economy minister but has never previously held elected office, will now become...
  • French election results: Emmanuel Macron 'wins 60 per cent of vote,' exit polls suggest

    05/07/2017 10:40:39 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies ^ | 7 May 2017 | Rory Mulholland Henry Samuel, Paris James Rothwell
    Emmanuel Macron has beaten Marine Le Pen in Sunday's French election and taken more than 60 per cent of the vote, according to several early exit polls. Polling conducted by Ipsos, Ifop and BVA all gave Mr Macron, the pro-business candidate, a strong lead over Front National leader Marine Le Pen.
  • Macron and Le Pen in French election run-off

    05/07/2017 9:08:16 AM PDT · by KC Burke · 89 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/7/2017 | BBC Staff
    French voters are choosing their next president after an unpredictable campaign that has divided the country. The second round contest pits centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48. The latest figures show voter turnout is sharply down on the past two presidential elections.
  • Money Floods In For a Marine Le Pen Shock Win, Say Betting Markets

    05/07/2017 9:31:59 AM PDT · by drewh · 25 replies
    UK EXPRESS ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:27, Sun, May 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 17:06, Sun, May 7, 2017 | By LANA CLEMENTS
    BETTING markets are pricing in a 10-15 per cent chance that Marine Le Pen will pull off a shock election win, as France takes to the polls to vote in its next president. Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron is seen as the favourite to secure victory in the French Election, yet more more people have put stakes backing his opponent, found Oddschecker, which measures a number of betting odds to create an average. Overall, there are a higher number of bets on Ms Le Pen coming out on top, than Brexit or Donald Trump - even though the odds are much...
  • DIRTY TRICKS: French Voters Receive Invalid, Damaged Le Pen Ballots

    05/06/2017 12:40:44 PM PDT · by blueyon · 18 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 5/06/17 | Damien Cowley
    Reports are emerging of torn – and therefore invalid – Le Pen ballot papers being received by voters ahead of tomorrow’s all important French presidential election. In each case, the ballots of rival candidate, Emmanuel Macron, are intact. David Rachline, Campaign Director for Marine Le Pen, last night called for vigilance on the part of voters receiving their election material, and for those concerned to notify authorities at polling stations of any damaged ballots. Millions of packs have been sent out to French households in recent days, containing voting information and ballot papers for Sunday’s election. According to a press...
  • Forget Trump. Forget Brexit. A Le Pen win on Sunday could be the West’s biggest shock this century

    05/05/2017 11:46:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | May 5, 2017 | Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post
    If Marine Le Pen wins, it’s almost certainly the end of the EU, experts say — and that could bring economic and political turmoil unlike anything the West has seen in decades. Forget Britain’s vote for Brexit. Forget U.S. President Donald Trump’s November win. If Marine Le Pen somehow defeats Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential runoff vote on Sunday, it may be the biggest electoral shock in the West so far this century. A win by the leader of the French far right would see a leading European nation select a president emphatically opposed to globalization and integration, friendly to...
  • Macron's French presidential campaign emails leaked online

    05/05/2017 6:11:38 PM PDT · by Enchante · 104 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2017 | Eric Auchard and Bate Felix
    Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
  • Emmanuel Macron pulls AHEAD of Marine Le Pen in snap poll following fiery TV debate clash

    05/04/2017 7:38:17 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 29 replies
    Express UK ^ | 4 May 2017 | Vincent Wood
    FRENCH presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has pulled ahead of right-wing firebrand Marine Le Pen after a furious war of words in the last TV debate ahead of Sunday’s vote, a snap poll has claimed. Ms Le Pen made the most of her final opportunity to trade blows with the En Marche! candidate by hitting out at the political establishment, slamming the crumbling EU bloc and branding her competitor a “darling of the system”. But her explosive performance did not do enough to push her ahead of Mr Macron according to a snap Elabe Poll for French TV channel BFMTV. Voters...
  • Macron’s ‘Deplorables’ Moment? Establishment Candidate Brands 8m Le Pen Voters ‘Hateful Cowards’

    05/04/2017 6:16:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 4, 2017 | Raheem Kassam
    French Presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron this week lashed out at Front National voters, branding them “anti-France” and “true enemies”.
  • The French Presidential Election Run-Off: What the Media Has Overlooked

    05/04/2017 9:00:52 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 18 replies
    Patriot post ^ | 05/04/17 | Caroline Camden Lewis
    Marine Le Pen, the French presidential candidate for the National Front (FN) party, speaks boldly of economic protectionism, stronger borders, leaving the Eurozone and returning to a national currency. Characterized by popular media outlets as the “non-winnable” candidate, or worse, a fascist, Le Pen continues forward towards the run-off on May 7 between herself and pro-EU centrist, Emmanuel Macron. Yet her vision for a better France began much earlier. In December 2015, following the National Front party’s failure to win any of the 13 French regions, Marine Le Pen, as leader of the party, used the opportunity to paint a...
  • Documents Indicate That Emmanuel Macron May Be Engaging In Tax Evasion

    05/03/2017 1:14:39 PM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    DisobedientMedia ^ | 5/03/17 | Author William Craddick
    Documents leaked online today appear to show that French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron entered into an operating agreement for a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the Caribbean island of Nevis, and that the company may have had a business relationship with a bank which has been previously involved in tax evasion cases in the Cayman Islands. Macron claimed he was not concealing assets or holding secret offshore accounts less than a month ago.
  • Obama backs Macron in last-minute intervention in French election

    05/04/2017 7:14:50 AM PDT · by Reverend Wright · 30 replies
    The Grauniad ^ | Cristafis | Angelique
    Barack Obama has made a last-minute intervention in the French presidential election in support of Emmanuel Macron, saying “the success of France matters to the entire world”. Macron, a centrist, faces Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National in a runoff vote on Sunday. Polls put him 20 points ahead. The former US president said he had chosen to declare his support, in a video tweeted by Macron on Thursday afternoon, because of the importance of the election. “I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office but the French...
  • FRENCH ELECTION NOW -- Le Pen - Macron debate live (Translated live)

    05/03/2017 12:13:49 PM PDT · by Az Joe · 119 replies
    France 24 ^ | 5/3/17
  • Hypocritical Emmanuel Macron: 'The EU Either Reforms Or There Will Be A Frexit!'

    05/01/2017 7:44:22 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-01-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    Last year, both British and Dutch voters used referendums to make their thoughts clear on the European Union: they are fed up with it. In the United Kingdom, Brits voted in favor of Brexit, while Dutch voters shot down the European association agreement with Ukraine (which was consequently pushed through by the European overlords regardless). In both cases, voters expressed their growing discontent with the power-hungry technocrats in charge of the Grand European Project™. This eurosceptic movement has now spread to France. That's not just clear from Marine Le Pen's success in the first round of the French presidential elections,...
  • Macron PLUMMETS in the polls as Marine Le Pen enjoys boost a WEEK AWAY from election vote

    05/01/2017 5:10:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Express ^ | May 2, 2017 | Thomas Hunt
    Recent moves by Ms Le Pen to appeal to a wider audience seem to be working as she has removed herself as the leader of the Front National party, and rebranded her campaign with the new motto “Choose France”. Pollster Harris Interactive, who correctly predicted the result of the first round, revealed a six points slip by Mr Macron since last Sunday. Ms Le Pen said: “The country Mr Macron wants is no longer France; it's a space, a wasteland, a trading room where there are only consumers and producers.” The latest polls were conducted prior to the announcement that...
  • EU Parliament lost 5 million euros in Le Pen alleged jobs fraud, legal source says

    04/27/2017 9:20:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies ^ | April 27, 2017 | Kate Brady
    A French legal source said Thursday that the EU Parliament has accused Marine Le Pen of using funds meant for European parliamentary assistants to pay staff for party work in France between 2012 and 2017, while still leader of the far-right National Front (FN). The allegations, which Le Pen has denied, triggered an investigation in France. The parliament had initially estimated the amount of the contested salaries to be 1.9 million euros ($2.1 million) but now believes the FN wrongfully spent 4,978,122 euros, the source said, quoting a note to French investigators from the parliament's legal team. Patrick Maisonneuve, a...
  • Poll finds French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen won plurality of women, young voters

    04/26/2017 1:53:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 24 April 2017 | Emily Jashinsky
    An election-day survey of more than 9,000 voters in the first round of France's presidential contest found that National Front leader Marine Le Pen won a larger share of support from women and young voters than any other candidate. The poll, conducted by Opinion Way, revealed Le Pen earned the support of 23.9 percent of female voters. By contrast, Emmanuel Macron, Le Pen's opponent in the next round of voting, came in second with women, earning the support of 21.3 percent. According to the survey, Le Pen outperformed the other candidates with younger voters as well. Opinion Way found the...
  • Is Macron the EU's Last Best Hope?

    04/25/2017 6:08:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 25, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    For the French establishment, Sunday's presidential election came close to a near-death experience. As the Duke of Wellington said of Waterloo, it was a "damn near-run thing." Neither candidate of the two major parties that have ruled France since Charles De Gaulle even made it into the runoff, an astonishing repudiation of France's national elite. Marine Le Pen of the National Front ran second with 21.5 percent of the vote. Emmanuel Macron of the new party En Marche! won 23.8 percent. Macron is a heavy favorite on May 7. The Republicans' Francois Fillon, who got 20 percent, and the Socialists'...
  • France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

    04/24/2017 1:47:31 PM PDT · by Spiridon · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/24/2017 | BBC
    Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of the National Front (FN) party. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron. Ms. Le Pen told French TV she needed to be above partisan considerations. She told France 2 that France was approaching a "decisive moment"..... Ms. Le Pen used her interview to launch a blistering attack on Mr. Macron, saying his policies would lead to savage globalization and massive immigration, and that he had not shown...