EU celebrates, and frets, over Macron’s victory – POLITICO

No need for any more conferences: Emmanuel Macron is the future of Europe. With his decisive electoral victory over right-wing challenger Marine Le Pen on Sunday, Macron not only clinched five more years as president of France but also secured his place — for better or worse — at the center of EU decision-making through … Read more

European markets as investors react to France’s Macron win

LONDON — European stocks are expected to open sharply lower on Monday as the sell-off in global markets continues into the new trading week. The UK’s FTSE index is seen opening 94 points lower at 7,533, Germany’s DAX 241 points lower at 13,901 and France’s CAC 40 down 72 points at 6,509, according to data … Read more

French election results 2022: Exit polls predict win for Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen

French voters in the UK on both sides of the political spectrum have said they believe the presidential election could bring a “big change” to the nation in the form of a shift to the right, PA reports. People at the polls said they believed centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron would retain his leadership, but his … Read more

Marine Le Pen’s party paying £10m to Russian military contractor under US sanctions

It was finalized in 2014, six months after Russia annexed Crimea in its first invasion of Ukraine. Foreign banks and companies cannot make campaign contributions under French law but they are allowed to lend money. Moscow-based Aviazapchast supplies Russian military aircraft and parts across the Middle East, Africa and Asia and refurbished planes for Syria. … Read more

French conservatives torn between ‘unbearable’ Emmanuel Macron and ‘unknown’ Marine Le Pen

The state of the Socialists, France’s other traditional party of government, is just as shambolic. Its candidate Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, finished on just 1.7 per cent. The two parties continue to run the majority of France’s towns and cities but Mr Macron’s rise to power has killed the traditional Left and Right … Read more

Why the EU’s future hinges on the French election result

The future of the European Union hangs in the balance as French voters head to the polls to elect their new president. The vote is a “referendum on Europe”, says Emmanuel Macron, who accuses his rival, Marine Le Pen, of plotting a “hidden Frexit”. A Macron victory will accelerate federalist ambitions of EU political integration, … Read more

Germany and France’s Ukraine shame

Not content with bankrolling Vladimir Putin’s war machine through their dependence on Russian energy, astonishingly, some European countries have actually been arming the Kremlin. Even after the EU imposed an arms embargo following the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, France and Germany shipped weaponry worth an estimated €300 million to Moscow. These included “bombs, … Read more

European leaders obsessed with continental integration are undermining Nato

Commentary on Nato “unity” against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been misplaced. Nato is not unified in seeking Moscow’s defeat, and Kyiv’s memory of the execrable Minsk agreements, imposed with French and German participation, remains strong. Ukraine stays in the fight largely through its own determination and homegrown capabilities such as the missiles that sent … Read more

Marine Le Pen’s aides cry foul as EU accuses French election hopeful of embezzlement

Marine Le Pen’s team have accused the European Union of “coming to the aid” of Emmanuel Macron after the bloc’s anti-fraud body claimed that the Right-wing candidate embezzled more than €100,000 (£83,000) whilst working for the European Parliament. Mediapart, the French news outlet, revealed at the weekend that a report by Olaf, the European anti-fraud … Read more

When is the run-off and when will we know the results?

The challenger: Marine Le Pen Despite being defeated in the run-off in 2017, Marine Le Pen is still the second most popular candidate after Macron. She will be hoping to do one better on him this time around. Le Pen, a former lawyer, has taken her National Rally party in a decidedly different direction from … Read more