Jacques Chirac - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Jacques Chirac Extremism, jobs, Europe _ challenges facing France's Macron PARIS (AP) — Newly inaugurated, France's youngest president faces the daunting task of reuniting a divided nation riven by anxieties about terrorism, chronic unemployment, immigration and France's relationship with the rest of Europe. Here are a few challenges facing Emmanuel Macron after his swearing-in Sunday: DIVIDED FRANCE ... Sun, 14 May 2017 16:28:00 GMT 2017-05-14T16:28:00Z Act II for France's Macron: getting the majority to govern PARIS (AP) — Freshly elected to the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron now faces an equally difficult Act II: securing the parliamentary majority he needs to make good on his campaign promises to lift France out of economic gloom. With legislative elections just five weeks away, the start-up political movement the 39-year-old former investment banker laun... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:07:00Z The Latest: Trump calls France's Macron to offer congrats PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local): 9:40 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump has called French President-elect Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump had spoken with Macron. Trump tweeted congratulations t... Mon, 08 May 2017 20:03:00 GMT 2017-05-08T20:03:00Z In a divided France, challenges await President-elect Macron PARIS (AP) — It will be a short honeymoon for French President-elect Emmanuel Macron. France's youngest president, who takes office Sunday, faces the daunting task of reuniting a troubled, divided nation riven by anxieties about terrorism, chronic unemployment, immigration and France's relationship with the rest of Europe. ... Mon, 08 May 2017 15:39:00 GMT 2017-05-08T15:39:00Z French election rallies on May Day bring insults, unrest PARIS (AP) — Far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron hunted working class votes Monday, entering the final week of an increasingly nasty campaign for president. Thousands across France celebrated May Day by showing their top concerns are jobs and the kind of country the next leader will give them. Amid the holiday marches, masked demon... Mon, 01 May 2017 19:17:00 GMT 2017-05-01T19:17:00Z France's Macron honors Holocaust victims, vows 'Never again' PARIS (AP) — Amid worries about rising nationalism, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron paid homage Sunday to the tens of thousands of French Jews killed in the Holocaust with a somber, simple message to voters: Never again. Chants of "Macron, President!" mixed with tears of sorrowful remembrance as he visited the Holocaust Memorial in Paris, wa... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-04-30T20:26:00Z Macron hunts for French rural votes, Le Pen cheers new ally USSEAU, France (AP) — French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron hunted Saturday for votes in rural France where his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, is making inroads among country folk who feel left behind. Back in Paris, Le Pen announced that if she wins the presidency in the May 7 runoff she would name former rival Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, her n... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:58:00 GMT 2017-04-29T16:58:00Z Far-right candidate bedeviled by France's Nazi history PARIS (AP) — The horrors of the World War II Nazi death camps moved front and center in France's presidential campaign on Friday, nine days before the election, reawakening the anti-Semitic stigma that has clung to the party of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and that she has spent more than six years trying to erase. Transforming the National Front int... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:01:00 GMT 2017-04-29T01:01:00Z World War II still casts shadow over France amid campaigning PARIS (AP) — The darkest moment in France's modern history ended seven decades ago with the Nazis' defeat, yet still casts a lingering shadow of shame — one now clouding the race to elect a new president. HOW FRANCE COLLABORATED WITH THE NAZIS Hitler's forces marched into France in 1940 and had taken over a swath of the country within days. It was a massi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:57:00 GMT 2017-04-28T12:57:00Z Old-guard rallies around newcomer Macron for French runoff PARIS (AP) — France's established parties are rallying around the man who helped shut them out of the presidential runoff, maverick centrist Emmanuel Macron — an alliance of convenience aimed at keeping far-right Marine Le Pen out of the Elysee Palace. Support for Macron also poured in Monday from the seat of the European Union, as well as German Chancell... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:31:00 GMT 2017-04-24T20:31:00Z Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France PARIS (AP) — When France last put a Le Pen onto the threshold of the presidential Elysee Palace, one step from power, it could write off the 2002 election shock as a mere accident. Jean-Marie Le Pen squeezed into the winner-takes-all runoff against Jacques Chirac with just 17 percent of the vote, a record low. Ashamed and stunned by the ultra-right leader's breakthrough, Fre... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:50:00 GMT 2017-04-24T16:50:00Z Melenchon's working-class rhetoric hits home in French vote PARIS (AP) — He's been labeled the French Fidel Castro, but his mentor in politics is the late French President Francois Mitterrand. A radical Trotskyist in his youth, he's also served as a minister in a Socialist government. It took Jean-Luc Melenchon a long time to find his own way in politics. Now at the peak of his popularity, the far-left French pres... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:11:00 GMT 2017-04-21T12:11:00Z Fillon struggled to keep his chances in presidential race PARIS (AP) — Conservative candidate Francois Fillon has fallen from front-runner to struggling survivor in France's presidential race as corruption allegations have damaged his image. Fillon's campaign has been flailing since the investigation began in January. He was handed preliminary charges last month, including misuse of public funds, and receiving money from misuse of ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:13:00 GMT 2017-04-21T11:13:00Z Le Pen criticized for denying French blame in WWII roundup PARIS (AP) — Marine Le Pen, a leading contender in France's presidential race, has prompted an outcry by denying that the French state was responsible for the roundup of Jews in World War II. Her remark rolled back more than two decades of policy on France's responsibility in the darkest period of its modern history. Le Pen said Sunday ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:07:00 GMT 2017-04-10T21:07:00Z The Latest: Le Pen vows to tackle 'root of evil' in France PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's two-round, April 23-May 7 presidential election (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen wants to fight terrorism by tackling the "root of evil" in French society. She said in a speech on Monday she would oversee a tough repression of criminals who... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:22:00 GMT 2017-04-10T20:22:00Z France's Hollande lobbies Malaysia to buy fighter jets KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — French President Francois Hollande lobbied on Tuesday for the sale of Rafale fighter aircraft to Malaysia, but Prime Minister Najib Razak said his government is not yet ready to purchase the jets. Najib said he and Hollande discussed the purchase of defense equipment during their talks, but that "Malaysia was not ready yet to... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:56:00 GMT 2017-03-28T13:56:00Z Non merci: French voters reject corruption in politics PARIS (AP) — French voters just won't tolerate corruption in politics anymore — that appears to be the message from the swift downfall of the country's powerful security minister. It's a notable shift from the past, when influence peddling seemed endemic and politicians untouchable, even when they were accused of shocking scandals. The ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:20:00 GMT 2017-03-26T08:20:00Z French minister resigns over probe into daughters' jobs PARIS (AP) — French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux resigned Tuesday a few hours after prosecutors opened an investigation into a report that he hired his two daughters for a series of temporary parliamentary jobs, starting when they were 15 and 16 years old. President Francois Hollande said he had accepted Le Roux's resignation after a meeting with Prime... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:09:00 GMT 2017-03-21T22:09:00Z Benefactor who bought suits for French candidate named PARIS (AP) — An official says the benefactor who bought French presidential candidate Francois Fillon two suits worth 13,000 euros ($14,000) last month is an unofficial adviser for African and French presidents. Lawyer Robert Bourgi had close links to former French presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as the former leaders of Senegal and... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:52:00 GMT 2017-03-17T18:52:00Z Paris mayor asks struggling candidate to cancel his rally PARIS (AP) — French presidential candidate Francois Fillon, fighting for political survival, called on supporters Saturday not to "abdicate" to those trying to destroy him as the Socialist mayor of Paris asked him to cancel a scheduled rally that would test his staying power. The conservative Fillon, whose campaign has been unraveling over impending corru... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-03-04T20:26:00Z France's 2 left-wing presidential candidates refuse to unite PARIS (AP) — The two main left-leaning candidates in France's presidential election won't join forces after all. Socialist Benoit Hamon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, a former member of the Socialist Party who is supported by the Communists, both announced over the weekend that they are staying in the race, putting the Left at risk of disappearing after the first... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:30:00 GMT 2017-02-27T11:30:00Z Former French president Sarkozy to face trial for fraud PARIS (AP) — Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in an inquiry into alleged campaign finance fraud during his failed 2012 re-election bid, the Paris prosecutor's office said. Sarkozy and 13 other "protagonists" will go to court on the order of a magistrate to answer allegations that his presidential campaign spent we... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:06:00 GMT 2017-02-07T12:06:00Z French prosecutor probes job once held by candidate's wife PARIS (AP) — French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon's campaign hit its first major hurdle Wednesday, when financial prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation following claims that his wife was paid about 500,000 euros ($537,000) with parliamentary funds while holding a fake job. France's financial prosecutor launched its probe into suspected emb... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:47:00 GMT 2017-01-25T22:47:00Z Ex-premiers vie to be conservative choice in French election PARIS (AP) — Sunday's primary runoff to select a conservative candidate for the French presidential election pits a champion of free-market economics and traditional family values against a moderate who accuses his rival of pandering to the far right. Francois Fillon, 62, is counting on his leading tally of votes from the first round, more than 44 percent... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:59:00 GMT 2016-11-25T13:59:00Z