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french candidates boost security ahead of tense vote


paris — french far-right presidential candidate marine le pen says all the presidential contenders — and all french people — are potential attack targets.the candidates for france's first-round presidential election sunday have increased security in recent days. authorities announced tuesday that they had arrested two islamic radicals suspected of plotting a possible attack around the vote.while prosecutors haven't identified the potential targets, le pen said on bfm television that "we are all targets. all the french."le pen also defended her decision to force national french news network tf1 to take down the european flag during an interview tuesday night. she said wednesday that "i am a candidate in the election for the french republic" and said europe is acting like france's "enemy."






russia denies interfering in french presidential elections with cyber attacks


russia denied meddling in french elections tuesday after a top aide to french presidential candidate emmanuel macron alleged russia hit macron’s campaign with hundreds of cyberattacks. jean-yves le drian, france’s defense minister, said last week french intelligence agencies were attempting to fortify cybersecurity surrounding the election. the announcement followed allegations russia intended to interfere in french…






french voters cast ballots in presidential poll amid heightened security


a man casts his ballot at a polling station in strasbourg, northeastern france, during the first round of the french presidential election on april 23, 2017. frederick florin/afp/getty images






far-right contender le pen advocates french food


paris — french far-right presidential contender marine le pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country.le pen, visiting the rungis wholesale market outside paris on tuesday, said the french government must promote meat from france.she says: "let's promote the 'eating french' especially in (school) canteens where our children must take advantage of healthy, quality products."le pen was booed by some workers in the fruits and vegetables section.the national front leader is facing pro-european centrist emmanuel macron in the may 7 presidential runoff.






le pen appointee resigns amid holocaust controversy


paris—french presidential candidate marine le pen’s appointee to replace her as interim head of the national front party resigned on friday, after prior comments resurfaced in which he appeared to play down the holocaust. ms. le pen stepped down temporarily as head of the national front on monday, a customary move by french presidential candidates to show they intend to represent all french people, not just their followers, if they...






in french presidential election, activists are pushing for blank protest votes


french election: who is marine le pen?far-right candidate marine le pen, one of the most divisive politicians in europe, is heading to the second round of voting in france's presidential election. what does she stand for, and can she win? wsj's niki blasina reports. photo: getty images.






french presidential candidate le pen attempts to broaden appeal by copying rival


french election: who is marine le pen?far-right candidate marine le pen, one of the most divisive politicians in europe, is heading to the second round of voting in france's presidential election. what does she stand for, and can she win? wsj's niki blasina reports. photo: getty images.






french left picks benoît hamon as presidential election candidate


paris—the french left picked benoît hamon as their presidential candidate, securing a come-from-behind victory for a lawmaker popular with die-hard socialists but lacking broad appeal among french voters. mr. hamon, who centered his paign on a plan to create a universal basic income, won 58.65% of the runoff vote in the leftist primary on sunday, according to a count of votes from around 60% of polling stations. at the...






top 5 candidates trade barbs in first debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap) 4 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreparis (ap) — the leading candidates for france's presidential election traded barbs in their first televised debate monday, with national front leader marine le pen the target of initial attacks.socialist candidate b






top 5 candidates trade barbs in first debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap) 5 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreparis (ap) — the leading candidates for france's presidential election traded barbs in their first televised debate monday, with national front leader marine le pen the target of initial attacks.socialist candidate b






top 5 candidates trade barbs in first debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap) 6 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreparis (ap) — the leading candidates for france's presidential election traded barbs in their first televised debate monday, with national front leader marine le pen the target of initial attacks.socialist candidate b






top 5 candidates trade barbs in first debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap) 4 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreparis (ap) — the leading candidates for france's presidential election traded barbs in their first televised debate monday, with national front leader marine le pen the target of initial attacks.socialist candidate b






french politician appears in seven places at once


a french presidential candidate makes use of the victorian pepper’s ghost illusion.french politician jean-luc melenchon appeared in seven places at once this week as a “holographic” projection. the presidential candidate made use of the victorian pepper’s ghost illusion to deliver his campaign speech. indian pm narendra modi and turkish president recep tayyip erdogan have previously used this kind of technology. bbc click takes a look.






french left picks benoît hamon as presidential election candidate


paris—the french left picked benoît hamon as their presidential candidate sunday, securing a come-from-behind victory for a lawmaker popular with die-hard socialists but lacking broad appeal among french voters. mr. hamon, who centered his paign on a plan to create a universal basic income, won 58.65% of the runoff vote in the leftist primary, according to a count of votes from around 60% of polling stations. at the start...






french candidate fillon wants united europe, not ‘frexit’


paris (ap) — conservative french presidential candidate francois fillon is campaigning for a tougher, more united europe that can defend itself against violent extremists and unfair trade — and warns that a “frexit” would lead to chaos and the death of the eu.most of the 11 french presidential candidates are skeptical about the 28-nation european union, amid growing nationalist sentiment around europe and britain’s pending exit from the bloc, called brexit. some, like far-right french presidential candidate marine le pen, even support “frexit” — a french departure from the eu.but fillon argued thursday the eu is “indispensable to ensure the french, and all europeans, security and economic prosperity.”fillon warned that le pen’s proposals to leave the eu and the shared euro currency “would






the latest: protests occur on last day of french campaign


paris — the latest on the french presidential elections (all times local):9:35 a.m.protests are breaking out in paris on the last day of campaigning before the french presidential election, with environmental activists dangling off the eiffel tower and students blocking the entrance to high schools.activists for greenpeace slipped into the eiffel tower around 5 a.m. and hung a banner with the french national motto: liberty, equality, fraternity. six activists then rappelled down the tower's archway.the sign was removed about 45 minutes after it was unfurled.meanwhile, the paris school district says 10 high schools are completely or partially blocked by student protesters who say they oppose both presidential candidates.___9:05 a.m.french centrist candidate emmanuel macron says his country






french voters begin casting ballots in presidential election


french voters began casting ballots for the presidential election sunday in a tense first-round poll that's seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.        






france says imminent "terror attack" thwarted days before french election with a


paris -- french police thwarted an imminent “terror attack,” arresting two suspected radicals tuesday in the southern port city of marseille, the interior minister said just days before the first round of france’s presidential election.the two men “intended to commit an attack on french soil in the very short term, which is to say in coming days,” interior minister matthias fekl said at a brief news conference.playvideocbsncan marine le pen win the french election? french presidential candidate marine le pen has been rising in the polls despite her hard-right stances. le pen has often been compared to presid... france votes sunday in the first round of its two-stage election, with security ramped up for the ballot after a series of attacks in recent years that have made security one of the






top 5 candidates trade barbs in first debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap)connectlinkedinemailmoreparis (ap) — the leading candidates for france's presidential election traded barbs in their first televised debate monday, with national front leader marine le pen the target of initial attacks.socialist candidate benoit






will vladimir putin endorse french presidential candidate marine le pen?


at a meeting between far-right leading french presidential candidate marine le pen and vladimir putin at the kremlin friday, the russian president embraced her calls for intelligence sharing and pointed to her party’s increased popularity — but stopped short of a formal endorsement of her candidacy. “of course, it would be very interesting to share our…






the latest: french candidate fillon backs tough, united eu


paris — the latest on the french presidential election campaign (all times local):1:40 p.m.conservative french presidential candidate francois fillon is campaigning for a tougher and more united europe that can defend itself against violent extremists and unfair trade.most of the 11 french presidential candidates are skeptical about the 28-nation european union, amid growing nationalist sentiment around europe and britain's pending exit from the bloc.but fillon argued thursday the eu is "indispensable" to ensure peace and prosperity. he warned that far-right presidential candidate marine le pen's proposals to leave the eu and the euro currency "would be assured chaos, and the explosion of europe."he did say the bloc has become too heavily regulated and needs to "recreate itself." he propos






french guyana protests gate crash presidential election


presidential candidates from france’s far-right and far-left political camps are seizing on protests more than 7,000 kilometres from paris to bolster their bids for the elysée palace this month. less than a month before french voters head to polls to pick their next president, far-right candidate marine le pen and far-left candidate jean-luc mélenchon have blasted…






french open probe into suspected attempt to tar emmanuel macron


paris—french prosecutors opened a probe thursday into a suspected attempt to tar french presidential candidate emmanuel macron after anonymous files ricocheted across the internet suggesting he had created a shell company on the caribbean island of nevis, where officials said they have no record of any such entity. just days before sunday’s presidential vote, pdf files anonymously posted on a far-right internet discussion forum wednesday showed what it said were corporate records of a company named la providence llc...






french presidential candidates take positions on paris attack


paris—french voters awoke friday to a rapidly shifting political landscape as candidates locked in a four-way presidential race seized on the champs-élysées attack in an attempt to gain an edge before voting begins sunday.the leading candidates in france’s presidential election scrapped public campaign events scheduled for friday and instead took to the airwaves to address the assault. the political maneuvering triggered a row with the socialist government of president françois hollande as candidates demanded sweeping...






france's macron says presidential campaign has been 'hacked'


the campaign of french presidential candidate emmanuel macron said it suffered a "massive and coordinated" hacking attack and document leak that it called a bid to destabilize sunday's presidential runoff.        






campaigners urging obama to run for french president


paris — "oui on peut!"the slogan on posters in paris streets translates as "yes we can!"heard that before?the people behind the campaign are urging former u.s president barack obama to join the french presidential race.their online petition has already attracted more than 45,000 signatures and they hope to reach a million of supporters by march 15.with the buildup to the april-may presidential election so far dominated by the corruption investigation targeting conservative francois fillon, organizers say they want to inject a dose of humor in the campaign.though widely popular in france, obama has no chance of success. he is not french and has no right to take part in the race.






the latest: le pen steps down from national front leadership


paris — the latest on the french presidential election (all times local):8:40 p.m.french presidential candidate marine le pen has announced that she is temporarily stepping down as head of her national front party.monday's move appears to be a way for le pen to embrace a wide range of potential voters ahead of the may 7 runoff between herself and emmanuel macron, the independent centrist who came in first in sunday's first round."tonight, i am no longer the president of the national front. i am the presidential candidate," she said on french public television news.le pen has said in the past that she is not a candidate of her party, and made that point when she rolled out her platform in february, saying the measures she was espousing were not her party's, but her own.le pen has worked to






the latest: israeli lawmaker urges french to back macron


paris — the latest on the french presidential election (all times local):6:50 p.m.a prominent israeli opposition lawmaker is urging french voters to back centrist presidential candidate emmanuel macron in the may 7 runoff election, calling far-right contender marine le pen "dangerous."yair lapid, head of the centrist yesh atid party, has supported macron in a facebook postthe former finance minister says that "this is a struggle between the moderate center and dangerous populism."noting that monday is israel's holocaust memorial day, lapid says french voters should back macron over a candidate "who denies the french role in the holocaust of french jews."the french embassy says le pen got just 4 percent of votes cast by french citizens living in israel— a reflection of her unpopularity with






french presidential candidates emmanuel macron, marine le pen face off in debate


paris—emmanuel macron and marine le pen squared off wednesday in the only live head-to-head debate of the french presidential election, pitting a staunch defender of the european union against a nationalist who wants to unravel it.seeking to close a 20-percentage-point gap in the polls before sunday’s vote, ms. le pen went on the offensive in...






the latest: le pen lays out platform for french economy


paris — the latest on the french presidential election campaign (all times local):9:25 p.m.french far-right presidential candidate marine le pen envisions the protective hand of the state guiding a reordered economy that punishes companies that fail to serve the interests of the nation and rewards those that put france first.in a speech on wednesday, le pen laid out the nationalist policies based on "economic patriotism" that would be put enacted if she wins the two-round presidential election.they include a tax of up to 35 percent for french companies that produce their goods elsewhere then reimport them. companies that respect the made-in-france label end-to-end would be compensated.to create jobs, le pen wants to make the "reconquest" of french markets a priority.she said: "no country h






hundreds march against far-right french presidential hopeful


paris — hundreds of demonstrators in france have marched to protest far-right national front leader and presidential candidate marine le pen, saying that basic freedoms would disappear if she were elected.some protesters threw firebombs at police who responded with tear gas in small skirmishes during sunday's march from suburban aubervilliers to paris, near where le pen holds a rally monday.fernanda marrucchelli said le pen's anti-immigration party "is fighting our essential freedoms, our rights, no matter if we are french or immigrant."anti-racism activist omar slauti said the fight against le pen should be in the streets, not the ballot box, denouncing the "extreme-right populism" that has spread around europe.le pen is one of the top contenders in france first-round presidential vote on






the latest: voting begins in french overseas territories


paris — the latest on france's presidential runoff on sunday between centrist emmanuel macron and far-right candidate marine le pen (all times local):8 a.m.voting in the french presidential runoff has begun in france's overseas territories amid a nationwide blackout on campaigning and media coverage that could sway voters' views. it moves to the mainland on sunday.the first french territory involved in the early voting was saint-pierre-et-miquelon, an archipelago located near the canadian island of newfoundland, where polling stations opened saturday morning.early voting in other far-flung french overseas territories and french embassies abroad was expected later in the day.in the presidential runoff, voters are choosing between centrist emmanuel macron's business-friendly, pro-european vi






french far-right candidate le pen opposes dual citizenship


paris — french far-right presidential candidate marine le pen has vowed to request all people with dual citizenship in france and other countries to choose only one nationality, except for europeans and russians.she said this doesn't mean foreigners would need to leave the country, explaining they can stay "as long as they respect french laws and values".le pen said she considers russia to be part of the "europe of nations." in response to a specific question from a reporter on france 2 television thursday night she said the measure would involve israel, since it's not a european country.in early polls, le pen appears in a good position to be among the two top contenders and a nce to the second round of the april-may presidential election.






french presidential candidate marine le pen steps down as leader of national fro


french presidential candidate marine le pen has announced that she is stepping down as head of the far right national front party.monday's move appears to be a way for le pen to embrace a wide range of potential voters ahead of the may 7 runoff between herself and emmanuel macron, the independent centrist who came in first in sunday's first round.“tonight, i am no longer the president of the national front. i am the presidential candidate,” she said on french public television news.le pen has said that she is not a candidate of her party, and made that point when she rolled out her platform in february, saying the measures she was espousing were not her party's, but her own.caption90 seconds: 4 stories you can't missmacron and le pen advance to the second round of voting in the french pres






macron, le pen clash in first french election tv debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap) 10 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreparis - the two front-runners for the french presidency clashed spectacularly in the campaign’s first televised debate between leading candidates monday night.all five candidates landed punches during vigorous discu






macron, le pen clash in first french election tv debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap) 10 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreparis - the two front-runners for the french presidency clashed spectacularly in the campaign’s first televised debate between leading candidates monday night.all five candidates landed punches during vigorous discu






macron, le pen clash in first french election tv debate


from left to right, conservative presidential candidate francois fillon, independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election emmanuel macron, far-left presidential candidate for the presidential election jean-luc melenchon, far-right presidential candidate for the presidential election marine le pen and socialist candidate for the presidential election benoit hamon pose for a group photo prior to a television debate at french tv station tf1 in aubervilliers, outside paris, france, on march 20, 2017.(photo: patrick kovarik, ap) 10 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreparis - the two front-runners for the french presidency clashed spectacularly in the campaign’s first televised debate between leading candidates monday night.all five candidates landed punches during vigorous discu






is nesting the new going out? enhance your home for quality "me time"


while we all love a s' (or guys') night out or an intimate dinner with our significant other, our idea of a fun friday night is a little less raucous. in fact, we don't even need to leave the house. it often involves 1990s cult cl ics on netflix, copious pots of tea and faux-fur blankets, amid a curated interior worthy of instagram.it turns out we're not alone in this homebody preference, and there's even a name for it. according to the well + good 2017 wellness trend report, "nesting is the new going out." millennials are blacking out their calendars and dialing back their social lives in lieu of "me time." pinterest researcher larkin brown told well + good that self-care searches are up 121 percent."people are prioritizing personal comfort and a more casual approach to quality time with