PRAGUE (AP) — Europe's far-right political leaders campaigned Thursday in Prague, calling migration and Islam major threats to Europe as they sought to rally support ahead of the European...
France’s Le Pen wants Salvini to form populist EU group
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — France's Marine Le Pen, one of the leading voices of the far right in the European Union, is throwing her political weight behind Italian hard-line interior minister...
PARIS (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister and France's far-right leader are cementing their longtime alliance ahead of Europe-wide elections next month and said they will press for...
PARIS (AP) — With Brexit looming and nationalism rising, French President Emmanuel Macron's pro-EU party has launched its campaign for the European Parliament elections.
French far-right EU candidate says his party equals progress
NANTERRE, France (AP) — The top far-right candidate seeking to represent France in the European Parliament said Wednesday his party's goal to extract and protect people from a globalized world...
Thousands rally in France to oppose recent anti-Semitic acts
PARIS (AP) — Rallies against anti-Semitism attracted crowds of thousands in Paris and other French cities Tuesday following a series of aggressive acts with Jewish targets, including a cemetery...
France’s Le Pen boasts far-right power for EU elections
NANTERRE, France (AP) — Where once she felt isolated, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen feels she is now part of a crowd of populist parties on the rise around Europe that she thinks can make new inroads in European elections less than 100 days away — and start restructuring the EU from within.
"Things have changed a lot," Le Pen said Friday at a news conference. "We are no longer isolated at all on the European scene."
Italy’s Salvini lashes out at Macron as ‘terrible president’
MILAN (AP) — Italy's interior minister on Tuesday called the French leader Emmanuel Macron "a terrible president," in comments that were sure to further add to tensions with Italy's trans-Alpine neighbour over immigration.
AP FACT CHECK: Shared French-German UN seat? Not in treaty
PARIS (AP) — The leaders of France and Germany are preparing to sign a treaty Tuesday that will deepen the alliance between their countries in Europe and internationally. One provision says the governments in both nations will work to get Germany accepted as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, where it now is one of 10 non-permanent members.
French far-right leader wants EU election to ‘beat’ Macron
PARIS (AP) — France's far-right National Rally party launched its campaign Sunday for this year's European Parliament election, which it and other nationalist, anti-immigration movements hope to dominate.
During a speech in Paris, party leader Marine Le Pen urged voters to seize the May 26 vote as a chance to "beat" French President Emmanuel Macron after weeks of anti-government protests.
France’s Le Pen meets Bannon, changes mind on offer to help
PARIS (AP) — Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, has met with former White House strategist Steve Bannon and signaled her interest in his project to help European populist parties.
Louis Aliot, a vice president of Le Pen's National Rally party who is also her companion, said Friday on BFMTV station that she met with Bannon a day earlier in Paris.
France’s Le Pen distances herself from Bannon’s Movement
ROME (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen distanced herself Monday from former White House strategist Steve Bannon, saying only Europeans will save the continent from getting orders from the EU, not Americans.
Le Pen said Monday, at a meeting in Rome, that she wanted to clarify "lots of conjecture" about Bannon's plans to set up a foundation, called The Movement, to boost far-right parties in Europe.
Macron criticized for photo with teen making obscene gesture
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron, sliding in polls, is facing a barrage of criticism over a photo showing him all smiles between two young men during his visit to the French Caribbean, with one of the teens, shirtless and with his pants hanging low, making an obscene gesture with his finger.
The other young man pictured in the weekend encounter was a former robber whom Macron had met with along with the young man's mother.
French court reduces seizure of Le Pen’s party funding
PARIS (AP) — A French court decided on Wednesday to release half of the 2 million euros ($2.35 million) in state funding to Marine Le Pen's far-right party that had been withheld during an ongoing investigation into alleged misuse of EU funds.
The Paris appeals court unblocked the money after Le Pen appealed the judges' decision and said it was essential for the party to meet its running costs, notably salaries and rent.
French far-right leader refuses court-ordered psych exam
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is refusing to undergo a court-ordered psychiatric exam for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence, comparing the demand to methods used in totalitarian regimes.
A preliminary charge of distribution of violent images was filed in March against Le Pen, a lawmaker, after her immunity was lifted.
EU lawmakers move to punish Hungary over rule of law
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban suffered a rare political setback Wednesday as European Union lawmakers voted to pursue unprecedented action against his government for allegedly undermining the bloc's democratic values and rule of law. Hungary called the action fraudulent and vowed to challenge it.
Despite the official rebuke, Orban is showing no signs of compromise.
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine le Pen said Monday she was appealing a decision by two judges to withhold the payment of a public subsidy which she says will kill her party, adding that it amounts to a "coup."
Speaking on BFMTV, the head of the National Rally party, formerly known as the National Front, said the appeal that was to be lodged Monday morning would not suspend the decision to withhold the funds.
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen lashed out Sunday at a decision to withhold the payment of a public subsidy for her party, saying it amounted to "certain death" for the National Rally.
Le Pen said two judges decided Friday to withhold a payment of 2 million euros, or nearly half of the 4.5 million-euro subsidy the party was allocated for the year. The funds were due for disbursement Monday.
ROME (AP) — The leader of the right-wing party in Italy's populist government told tens of thousands of supporters Sunday he wants to turn next year's European Parliament election into a referendum on immigration and job security.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini also laid out at his League party's annual gathering a vision of uniting the political movements in several European countries that say they want to prevent national interests from being eclipsed by European Union agendas.
PARIS (AP) — Jean-Marie Le Pen, long-time leader of France's far-right who was sidelined in a family feud over his anti-Semitic remarks, is spending his 90th birthday in a hospital, still under treatment more than a week after checking in.
Le Pen turned 90 on Wednesday. A Father's Day visit by daughter Marine Le Pen raised questions about his health.
PARIS (AP) — A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant.
The case dates back to Le Pen's time as a European parliament member, from 2009-2017, representing her National Front party, which recently changed its name to National Rally.
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen announced Friday that the National Front party, founded by her father nearly a half-century ago, will now be called the National Rally, a name change that reflects the party's need to appeal to a broader range of voters ahead of next year's European elections.
PARIS (AP) — In just one year as France's president, Emmanuel Macron has emerged as a key world player, speaking up for Europe and Western democratic values and striking a surprise friendship with Donald Trump. But Macron has made his biggest impact — and his biggest enemies — at home.
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen joined other anti-immigration populist leaders from around Europe for a May Day gathering Tuesday aimed at energizing their campaigns for next year's European Parliament elections.
PARIS (AP) — The silent decorum of a march to honor an 85-year-old woman who survived Nazi horrors only to be stabbed to death last week in an alleged anti-Semitic attack was shattered Wednesday, with crowds shouting "Nazi! Nazi!" and other insults at France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Mireille Knoll's death had taken on national importance, reminding France of both historic anti-Semitism and its resurgence in recent years.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on anti-Semitism in France (all times local):
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been booed and insulted at a march to honor an 85-year-old woman who escaped the Nazis 76 years ago yet was stabbed to death in her Paris apartment.
Quebec mosque shooting suspect pleads not guilty
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has pleaded not guilty.
Alexandre Bissonnette entered the pleas in a courtroom Monday ahead of pretrial motions to be debated this week.
Bissonnette faces six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. More than 50 people were at the Islamic Cultural Centre in January 2017 when the shooting began during evening prayers on a Sunday.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's re-election victory (all times local):
The White House says it is "not surprised by the outcome" of the Russian presidential election that gave Vladimir Putin another six-year term.
Spokesman Hogan Gidley says there is currently no congratulatory call scheduled between Putin and President Donald Trump.
French far-right youth official resigns over racial slur
PARIS (AP) — A young official of France's far-right National Front has resigned after he was recorded using a racial slur outside a congress aimed at remaking the party's identity.
Davy Rodriguez, the No. 2 in the party's youth wing, was "ambassador" of the weekend congress to transform the anti-immigration party into one apt to govern.
He tweeted on Monday that he was resigning, and condemned the slur but questioned whether he made the remark.
LILLE, France (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed renaming the National Front party co-founded by her father 46 years ago to National Rally, opening a new era after her resounding defeat in last year's presidential race.
Le Pen's proposal culminated her closing speech at the party's two-day congress in Lille, the capital of the National Front's northern heartland.
The Latest: French far-right member suspended
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the party congress of France's far right National Front (all times local):
A young man appointed by far-right leader Marine Le Pen as an "ambassador" to the National Front congress has been temporarily suspended during an investigation of racist remarks he allegedly made to a black man.
Davy Rodriguez tweeted on Sunday that he "formally denies racist remarks ascribed to me."
PARIS (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon re-energized France's struggling far-right National Front party Saturday by speaking at a party congress and telling Marine Le Pen's nationalist supporters: "History is on our side."
Bannon's appearance in France was part of a European tour as he seeks an international platform for his closed-borders, anti-foreigner message that helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency.
PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors filed preliminary charges Thursday against Marine Le Pen for tweeting brutal images of Islamic State violence.
The prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said the charges were issued for "distribution of violent images." If the case eventually reaches trial and she's convicted, Le Pen could face up to three years in prison and a 75,000-euro ($90,000) fine.
Ex-rising star of French far right steps into US limelight
PARIS (AP) — The rising star of France's far-right National Front until abruptly leaving politics last year stepped into the limelight on the other side of the Atlantic, decrying the European Union and immigration in a speech Thursday at a major forum for American Conservatives.
Marion Marechal-Le Pen CPAC invitation exposes fault lines on right
Marion Marchal-Le Pen's invitation to speak at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference has yet again exposed fault lines on the right the latest skirmish in the battle for conservatism's soul in the age of Trump.
French far-right icon Jean-Marie Le Pen gets mixed ruling
PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court on Friday upheld the far-right National Front's decision to expel party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen over anti-Semitic remarks, but also confirmed a lower court's ruling that maintains his status as honorary party president for life.
The decision of the Versailles appeals court, both a stinging defeat and a partial victory for the 89-year-old Le Pen, portends a new showdown with his daughter, former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
Austrian nationalists staying in Le Pen EU parliament group
BERLIN (AP) — A top official with Austria's nationalist Freedom Party says it's staying in a European Parliament group that also includes the parties of prominent euroskeptics Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders despite entering its country's new government.
The traditionally euroskeptic Freedom Party last month became the junior partner in a center-right coalition under conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who stresses the importance of a pro-European stance.
AP PHOTOS: Best of Europe and Africa for 2017
In Europe and Africa, as in much of the rest of the world, 2017 was a year of political upheaval.
Emmanuel Macron, an inexperienced 39-year-old pro-Europe investment banker and ex-economy minister, ran as an independent and beat populist Marine Le Pen to become French president. Six months later, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel mired in a struggle to form a political coalition in her own country, he is increasingly taking a leadership role in Europe and beyond.
Populist far-right leaders want no EU in future Europe
PRAGUE (AP) — Far-right populists in Europe vowed Saturday to work together to create a new model of intercontinental cooperation that is far removed from the European Union.
Leaders of parties from France, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Britain and other countries met in Prague to discuss ideas for Europe's future under the headline "For a Europe of Sovereign Nations."
Le Pen’s party charged with alleged EU funds misuse
PARIS (AP) — The party of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been charged with allegedly misusing European Parliament funds to pay parliamentary aides who did political work for the National Front.
A judicial official said on Tuesday that the party was charged on Nov. 30 as a legal entity with complicity in breach of trust, five months after Le Pen was charged.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly.
French far-right leader says party’s bank shut its accounts
PARIS (AP) — Marine Le Pen, head of France's far-right National Front, said Wednesday that the party's long-time bank, Societe Generale, has closed its accounts in what she said amounts to a "banking fatwa" to suffocate the party.
At site of ‘battle of Whirlpool,’ Macron promotes jobs plan
AMIENS, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has used a visit to an ailing Whirlpool factory that had become a symbol of the battle for jobs as an opportunity to promote his economic policies.
The dryer factory in Amiens, northern France, was during the presidential campaign in April the site of what became known as the "battle of Whirlpool."
Le Pen’s deputy quits as tensions engulf French far right
PARIS (AP) — The right-hand man of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen quit the National Front on Thursday, the culmination of a feud that erupted after her bruising defeat in May's presidential election, laying bare party divisions and risking more.
Florian Philippot, who made a meteoric rise to party vice president and Le Pen confidante, was the most visible figure in the party after Le Pen. He was a familiar face on French TV — where he announced his exit.
Tensions tear at France’s far-right after election loss
PARIS (AP) — Tensions within France's far-right National Front party, on the rise since leader Marine Le Pen's resounding loss in the country's May presidential race, are hitting a crescendo as Le Pen prepares to reset party priorities.
The firing of a regional official — a close friend of Le Pen's top lieutenant, Florian Philippot, whom some claim is no longer loyal to her — set off the sparks.
French President Macron backs anti-racism movement in US
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is offering his support to anti-racism protesters in what he described a collective, historic battle against intolerance.
Macron, in his first public comments about the weekend's deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia, tweeted Thursday: "at the sides of those who fight racism and xenophobia. Our joint combat, yesterday as today. #Charlottesville."
PARIS (AP) — Roughly 20,000 emails allegedly stolen from French President Emmanuel Macron's campaign have been digitally verified and published to WikiLeaks, the group said Monday.
PARIS (AP) — Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party is holding a high-tension meeting that could lead to a name change and a rethink of the party's demand to pull France out of the euro.
The populist, anti-immigration party is trying to stay relevant after a roller-coaster election season, in which Le Pen dominated the presidential campaign but was crushed in the runoff.
BEAUCAIRE, France (AP) — Mayor Julien Sanchez took down the European flag in front of Beaucaire's town hall, named a street "Brexit" and nearly doubled the police force — actions straight from the playbook of France's far-right National Front party, of which he's a member.
But he went even further in the poor southern town.