Rising French far-right star resurfaces and flirts with fire
PARIS (AP) — She vowed to stay out of politics and even dropped the French far right's signature name — Le Pen — from her moniker. But Marion Marechal, a former star lawmaker who's still only in...
Europe’s populists rebrand but policies remain the same
BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's far-right and populist parties sought to rebrand themselves Thursday, launching a new group dubbed Identity and Democracy in the European Parliament but with many of the...
PARIS (AP) — The leader of France's traditional right-wing party The Republicans has resigned following its trouncing in the European Parliament election last month.
Link between Italy’s Salvini and Hungary’s Orban downplayed
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A top aide to Hungary's prime minister said Thursday that he sees only a "slight possibility" that Viktor Orban's Fidesz party will link up with Italy's Matteo Salvini in...
French far-right makes big demands on Macron after small win
PARIS (AP) — If French far-right leader Marine Le Pen gets her wish, her National Rally party, victorious in the European Parliament election, will force a dissolution of France's own parliament...
Macron vs. Salvini: Two leaders face off over EU’s future
BRUSSELS (AP) — France's pro-EU president and the leader of Italy's euroskeptic, far-right movement jockeyed for the role of chief powerbroker on the continent Monday after elections to the...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local):
The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist...
Europe-wide vote fragments center as far right, Greens gain
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's traditional center splintered in the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades, with the far right and pro-environment Greens gaining ground on...
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit and Britain's political crisis (all times local):
U.S. President Donald Trump says he is "feeling badly" for British Prime Minister Theresa...
Poland’s Kaczynski says Le Pen’s party ‘linked to Moscow’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's nationalist ruling party leader said political groupings in some European Union states, including Marine Le Pen's party in France, are "obviously linked to Moscow...
Macron says Bannon, Russians eroding Europe ahead of EU vote
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday accused former Trump strategist Steve Bannon and Russian oligarchs of conspiring with Europe's nationalists to dismantle the European...
Italy’s Salvini stakes out post as Europe’s populist leader
MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of right-wing populist leaders Saturday seeking historic results in next week's European Parliament elections in...
PARIS (AP) — Ahead of important European elections, French President Emmanuel Macron is pleading for a stronger Europe to stand up to U.S. and Chinese dominance.
AP Interview: EU elections could be boon for conservatives
PRAGUE (AP) — The European Parliament is expected to be a different legislature after next week's election and leading Czech conservative lawmaker Jan Zahradil is hoping that voters embrace the...
France’s Le Pen put on spot over Russia while rallying right
HELSINKI (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was put on the defensive Tuesday while visiting Estonia to unite Europe's right-wing populists, calling persistent questions about whether her...
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Far-right party leaders have accused the European Union of promoting migration policies that aim to destroy the values of EU member nations.
French far-right leader Le Pen blasts EU’s “broken promises”
PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has described the European Union as a "cemetery of broken promises" at a campaign rally for the European Parliament elections.
Europe’s far-right leaders campaign in Prague for EU vote
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...
Macron’s pro-EU party kicks off European Parliament campaign
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.
Italy’s Salvini: EU election to be referendum on migration
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.
French far-right party gets new name to boost its appeal
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.
Macron’s 1st year: World fame, Trump hugs, French anger
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.
France’s Le Pen gathers with Europe’s populists for May Day
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.
Political tensions cloud tribute to slain Holocaust survivor
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.
Le Pen wants French far-right party renamed National Rally
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.
Life in National Front town: More police, cuts in programs
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.