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Paris Attacks suspect Abdeslam arrested in Brussels

DontUse, International
Salah Abdeslam was arrested in a police raid in Molenbeek near Brussels (Paris Match). He is suspected of taking part in the Paris Attacks in November and was searched for all over Europe. He was the most wanted man in Europe. As Abdeslam refused to yield, police shot in his leg to catch him. Two other men were arrested as well. They are not Soufiane Kayal or Mohamed Abrini, who are still on the run. The two could still be hiding in Molenbeek. The raid is so still in process at 7 pm. According to French correspondents for Le Monde and Itélé, grenades and explosions can still be heard. The tracking and the assault were led by both French and Belgian police. According to the bourgmestre (mayor) of Molenbeek Françoise Schepman, the assault could still last several hours. Salah A

The Republican Front defeated the Front National in the French regional elections

International, Politics, ReportingWeek2
Front National did not win any regions in the French regional elections after the second round took place on the 13th of December whereas one week before they were the first party after the opening round.  Socialists and Republicans (right-wing) defeated the extreme party.   As the Front National is a eurosceptic party, its rise in one of the founding countries of the European Union threatens the future of Europe. As Henry Samuel said in The Telegraph in March, Marine Le Pen is very keen to ally with Nigel Farrage’s Ukip in the UK that shares her point on major topics. Her party is now not only a French national issue. The way Socialists (governmental party) and Republicans (opposition) always defeat the Front National is called the Republican Front. It means that the third party
French public’s ignorance of EU behind far-right party’s rise

French public’s ignorance of EU behind far-right party’s rise

News, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Student
The National Front’s rise in the polls in recent years is due to the public's ignorance of the EU system, according to a French political insider and academic. This statement comes immediately after a week which saw the National Front make major strides in regional election, though the party failed to win control of any of the regions in the final round. Marine Le Pen secured a disappointing 42.8 per cent in the northern region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, with the far-right party finishing in third place in the 2nd round of voting in France. The party achieved 27 per cent, just a few percentage points below their result in the 1st round. The Union de la droite nationale, the coalition of conservative parties, emerged as the victor with 40 per cent, while the Union de la gau

French regional elections: is abstention to blame for the results?

International, Politics, ReportingWeek1
Front National gained its higher score in local elections at the French regional elections yesterday. Considering only 48.1% of the electors actually voted (according to the French Ministry of Home Affairs), the number of abstaining is much higher than the number of FN sympathisers. As Celine Bracq, the head of the Odoxa poll institute explained in Le Parisien, Front National sympathisers went voting. Abstaining people come from the right and left wing sympathisers mostly. «There is fatalism from those citizens. Many thought voting was useless», she said. Voices are rising now against abstention, blaming non-voting for the high results of FN. The philosopher Raphael Enthoven denounced of French radio Europe 1 the “laziness” of abstaining people, comparing them to “spoiled children”.
France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

France should avoid “knee-jerk reaction” to far-right party win

News, Politics, ReportingWeek1
French leftist parties must prove that they can provide a viable alternative to the National Front, according to an EU delegate. This comes immediately after the party's record breaking majority in the 1st round of the country’s regional elections. Achieving almost 30% of the vote, and coming top in six out of 12 regions, Marine Le Pen’s socially conservative and eurosceptic party has steadily been rising in the polls for months. These results come just weeks after the November Paris terrorist attacks, during which 130 people died at the hand of ISIS perpetrators. Following the release of the results on Sunday evening Le Pen’s niece and member of the French Parliament, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, gave a triumphant speech on France 3 Provence-Alpes. She asserted that the FN were now