Parchment in the Fire: Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France

It is Saturday afternoon and the Christmas market in Hénin-Beaumont is deserted. A light rain is falling on the town, adding a layer of sadness to the place. In front of the town hall, on Place Jean-Jaurès, the PCF (French Communist Party) office has closed its shutters. A small notice pasted to the door urges ...

Parchment in the Fire: Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian

Front National wins seats in French senate for first time | World news | The Guardian. Marine le Pen hailed her party’s success as ‘an absolutely historic victory’ and a ‘breath of fresh air in a rather sleepy chamber’. Photograph: Phililppe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images The far-right Front National (FN) scored a historic victory in elections to ...

Drive-by Planet: Dahan phone hoax exposes Nadine Morano’s political sympathies

Back in 2008 Sarah Palin believed she was talking on the phone with French president Nicolas Sarkozy when in fact she was speaking with a Quebec comedian Marc-Antoine Audette. A more recent high-profile hoax call is making the news in France. It involves a former minister in the Sarkozy government, Nadine Morano. Morano received a ...