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Maths whizz splits with Macron over Paris mayor bid

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to throw out a star mathematician, officials said Monday, in a bitter fight over Paris's coming mayoral election.

From grassroots to government: Spain's Podemos comes of age

Madrid - Spain's radical leftwing Podemos took its seat at the cabinet table for the first time on Tuesday, nearly a decade after the emergence of the anti-austerity protest movement from which it emerged.

French pension talks resume as govt seeks to end standoff

Paris - French officials prepared to restart talks with unions Tuesday over a pension overhaul that has sparked the country's longest transport strikes in decades, which labour leaders say could force millions of people to retire later than they thought.

Congo's veteran president set to run anew in 2021

Brazzaville - Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been chosen by his party to run again for the top job in 2021, having already led the central African country for a total of 35 years.

French far-left leader gets suspended jail term for shoving police

Bobigny - A French court on Monday handed a suspended jail term of three months to far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon over his conduct during a raid on his party offices last year, when he shoved a police officer and a prosecutor.

Morales: Latin America's longest-serving leader collapses under protests

La Paz - Evo Morales was Latin America's longest-serving president until he resigned in ignominy Sunday, after weeks of opposition protests over an election ultimately said to have been riddled with irregularities.

Latin America's longest-serving leader Morales claims fourth term

La Paz - Evo Morales, Latin America's longest-serving president who Thursday claimed a fourth term as Bolivia's president, is the country's first indigenous head of state.

French rightwing power broker jailed for tax fraud

Paris - A French court on Friday jailed a rightwing power broker who has dominated politics in a wealthy suburb of Paris for decades, after convicting him of hiding millions of euros' worth of assets from the tax authorities.

French right-wing power broker jailed in fraud trial

Paris - A French court on Friday jailed for four years a right-wing power broker who for decades along with his wife dominated politics in a wealthy suburb of Paris on charges of hiding millions of euros worth of assets from the tax authorities.

French parliament speaker charged over property deal

Lille - French President Emmanuel Macron stuck by his close ally and speaker of parliament Richard Ferrand on Thursday after he was charged with conflict of interest over a property deal involving his wife.

French assembly chief and Macron ally probed over property deals

Lille - The president of the French National Assembly, who is a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, has been charged over a property deal from which he is suspected of having illegally profited, prosecutors said Thursday.

Curtains for Italy's first post-war populist government

Rome - The end of Italy's first post-war government experiment with far-right populists marks a stunning defeat for League leader Matteo Salvini, but his political career is far from over.

Italy to decide on government future after Salvini pullout

Rome - Italian senators are on Monday to take an initial decision on the future of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government after far-right leader Matteo Salvini plunged the country into turmoil by pulling out of the teetering coalition.

Salvini rallies supporters, demands election date

Apo - Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini embarked on a southern tour to rally support on Saturday, demanding an election date be set after he pulled out of the coalition government, plunging the country into a political crisis.

French MPs warn of threat to democracy after offices attacked

Paris - A group of French MPs complained Tuesday that the country was becoming "used to the intolerable" after a rash of attacks on the offices of lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron's party by opponents of a free-trade agreement with Canada.

Marine vs Marion: rivalry in French far-right dynasty returns

Paris - The rivalry between the two heirs to France's far-right Le Pen dynasty resurfaced on Friday, with Marine Le Pen dismissing her niece Marion Marechal's proposal for a new rightwing coalition.

Macron jumps into EU campaign warning of 'existential risk'

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has warned of an "existential risk" to the EU just days ahead of elections for the European Parliament, while playing down the political risks of being personally involved in the high-stakes campaign.

Bannon presence raises hackles in France ahead of Europe polls

Paris - Political tensions soared in France on Sunday a week before tightly-contested European elections, with the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron expressing unease over the presence of Donald Trump's controversial ex-strategist Steve Bannon.

Italian nationalsts rally to their 'captain' against Brussels

Milan - Thousands of Italians turned out in Milan on Saturday to support their "captain" Matteo Salvini, the far-right leader they see as taking their battle against the European Union to Brussels.

Trial looms for ex-French president Sarkozy over campaign finance

Paris - A top French court on Friday rejected an appeal by former president Nicolas Sarkozy to avoid facing charges of illicit financing for his failed 2012 re-election bid, with a trial of the ex-head of state now appearing inevitable.

Unions, leftwing parties, join 'yellow vests' march

Paris - Thousands of trade unionists and left wing activists joined "yellow vest" protesters in Paris Saturday in rejecting French President Emmanuel Macron's proposed tax cuts as too little too late.

Unions, leftwing parties, join 'yellow vests' for Paris march

Paris - Thousands of trade unionists and activists from left-wing parties marched with "yellow vest" protesters through Paris Saturday to present a united front against French President Emmanuel Macron's latest reforms package.

Top Macron candidate ran for far-right as student

Paris - A former French minister who is leading President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party in May's European polls admitted on Tuesday to a "stupid mistake" after a report that she ran as a far-right candidate in a student election.

After 35 years Jean-Marie Le Pen bids farewell to Europe

Paris - Jean-Marie Le Pen, the father of France's far-right, will bid farewell to the European Parliament on Tuesday after 35 years of using it as a platform to bash European integration and immigration.

In first for France, MPs move to trigger referendum on privatisations

Paris - French opposition MPs and senators claimed a victory for democracy Wednesday after using a little-known constitutional article to try to trigger a referendum on the government's controversial plans to privatise Paris' airports.

Macron picks career diplomat to lead European Parliament battle

Paris - France's European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said Monday that she would resign her post to lead President Emmanuel Macron's centrist campaign for the European Parliament elections in May, hoping to counter a populist and eurosceptic wave in cou...

Thousands demonstrate in Paris following anti-Semitic attacks

Paris - Thousands of people, some carrying banners proclaiming 'That's enough', took to the streets of the French capital Tuesday evening to protest a spate of recent anti-Semitic attacks, including the daubing of swastikas on nearly 100 graves in a Jewish cem...

Amnesty calls for 'immediate' release of Cameroon opposition chief

Yaound - Amnesty International on Tuesday called for the "immediate and unconditional" release of Maurice Kamto, leader of Cameroon's opposition MRC, after he was arrested in the country's economic capital Douala.

Corruption takes centre stage in Nigerian election campaign

Abuja - Corruption is taking centre stage in the run-up to Nigeria's presidential elections, with the incumbent accused of failing to tackle the scourge of graft and his challenger facing claims about his past.

Spanish feminists rally against far-right 'sexist' party

Seville - Spain's powerful feminist movement rallied across the country on Tuesday against far-right party Vox for seeking to scrap tough laws against gender violence which it argues "criminalises" men.
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