France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that is crucial to the future of Europe and a closely-watched test of voters’ anger with the political establishment.
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Hollande, Trudeau and British princes Charles, William and Harry were to take part in a ceremony later on Sunday expected to draw some 25,000 people.
Benin Politics: “We don’t have oil, we don’t have gold but we do have these treasures which aren’t kept here,” Beninese lawmaker Orden Alladatin, said.
“We were the 3rd largest party of the Netherlands. Now we are the 2nd largest party. Next time we will be number 1,” Wilders said.
French President Francois Hollande fired back after Donald Trump remarked a friend thought “Paris is no longer Paris” after attacks by Islamist militants.
German leader Angela Merkel urged Russia’s Vladimir Putin in a telephone call on Tuesday to use his influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to stop the violence there, and the two agreed on the need for new ceasefire efforts, a German government spokesman said.
Marine Le Pen, locked in tight three-way race to succeed Francois Hollande this spring, said she would not “submit to persecution” by paying the money back.
Hollande said, “We have to stand together in Europe. What is at stake is populism. The kind of discourse now coming from United States encourages populism and even extremism.”
“Europe faces big internal and external challenges which we … can only master by working together,” Merkel told a news conference on Friday with Hollande.
Benoit Hamon, a former Socialist government rebel, won the first round of a primary on Sunday and will meet ex-prime minister Manuel Valls in a runoff.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will visit Paris “in the coming weeks” for bilateral talks, an official at the French president’s office said.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he had told French President Francois Hollande that he would not meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
Opinion polls bill the 54-year old Valls as favorite to win his party’s nomination in late January primaries.
Hollande who is deeply unpopular among voters and has not yet declared whether he will run for a second term, still faces a separate judicial investigation.
Should Sarkozy or Fillon emerge as her conservative opponent, polls and analysts suggest, Le Pen’s electoral prospects would improve.
French President Hollande and UN Ban Ki-moon call on Trump, who called man-made global warming a hoax, to drop pledge to cancel global 2015 Paris Agreement.
“Today the United States, tomorrow France,” French National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, the father of the party’s leader Marine Le Pen, tweeted.