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President of the French far-right National Rally party, Jordan Bardella (right), and party’s parliamentary leader, Marine Le Pen. Guillaume Horcajuelo / EPA

How the French far-right rose to prominence

The far-right looks like it will be a significant parliamentary force in France over the next few years.
France’s new Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, greets his predecessor Elisabeth Borne during the handover ceremony at Matignon on 9 January 2024. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Beyond youth and LGBTQ credentials, France’s new prime minister Gabriel Attal reveals Macron’s managerial approach to politics

Four different prime minister in six years is unusual under France’s Fifth Republic. Managerial mechanics, absence of a majority and hyper-presidency: focus on the appointment of Gabriel Attal.
A protestor looks on after being allegedly injured by anti-riot police during a demonstration against pension reform in Toulouse, southern France, on March 28, 2023. AFP

French police forces are among Europe’s most brutal: is de-escalation possible?

The brutal methods employed by the French police to maintain order during protests contrast with those of its European neighbours.
A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Macron, no no no no, 49,3 times no”, a reference to a French law that would allow the country’s president to pass pension reform without a vote in the National Assembly. Christophe Simon/AFP

Debate: The forward march of labour restarts with historic strikes in France and the UK

While the scale of the strikes in both countries is historic, a scholar in employer relations notes the legislative conditions framing industrial action in the UK are much more restrictive.
Far-right candidates Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen have both benefited from substantial support by media groups sympathetic to their ideas. Thomas Coex/AFP

Behind French election tweets, the far right is hidden in plain sight

While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.

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