The results of the second round resulted in a historic record of seats for the RN and an even greater polarisation of political life within the National Assembly itself.
Amid record abstention, the left-wing NUPES coalition performed well against the presidential coalition.
Research shows that Europe’s far right has deep ideological and practical ties to Putin’s Russia.
A victory of the far-right presidential candidate would be good news for Moscow, which has a long-standing history with Le Pen and her party.
The first round of the French presidential elections leaves the country’s party system in tatters and voters divided along three poles. What will happen in the second round is now anyone’s guess.
The dynamics of the “strategic vote” in France have amplified the restructuring of the political field around three major poles: centrist, identitarian and far left.
Under fire for her past Russian links, Marine Le Pen may still be within reach of the second round of the French presidential elections thanks to her left-leaning economic agenda.
Recent polemical debates over French rappers Youssoupha and Médine show that rap is still not accepted by the political mainstream.
The south-eastern region of France known as PACA has long been a centre of power for the far-right, but recent failures in the regional elections bring its future into question for Marine Le Pen.
The protests, which have lasted for weeks, have become embroiled with deep anxieties in France about decolonisation, policing, the limits to secularism and the place of Muslims in French society.
We are living through the latest battle in a 300-year long ideological war over the meaning of humanity itself.
Nationalism seems to be on the rise in Europe, with many parties hostile to immigration. But what role does immigration itself have their support? Research shows some unexpected impacts.
From welfare chauvinism to value-based nationalism – a breakdown of what constitutes a ‘far right’ group.
Data show that many people who consider themselves ‘global citizens’ also harbor strong national sentiments. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.
Everyone has forgotten there were almost as many asylum seekers in Europe in the early 1990s as today.
Many French voters seems willing to give the new president and his party, La République en Marche, a broad mandate, even if they didn’t initially support him.
France’s new En Marche! party is on track to win 400 legislative seats, another victory for the country’s young president.
Despite being widely tipped as the next leader of the Front National, the young deputy is dropping out.
Victory for Emmanuel Macron is a blow for the far right, but there are lessons to be learnt for 2022.
Macron’s win showed France is internationalist, outward looking, pro-EU and free market-oriented; Le Pen’s rise revealed that it’s also nationalist, protectionist, anti-EU and suspicious of outsiders.