Why France is “in bad shape”

Ms Le Pen said her defeat was “a victory” but her far-right rival Éric Zemmour, who was knocked out in the first round of the presidential election, sang: “Alas, alas, alas, it’s the eighth time defeat has hit Le Pen’s name. »

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the father of the defeated candidate, ran in 1974, 1988, 1995, 2002 and 2007.

In the end, the cordon sanitaire, the informal agreement that French voters will vote for anyone but the hard right, did its job but cracks are beginning to appear in the anti-nationalist coalition.

European editor Crispy James analyzes how Mrs Le Pen could win the next French elections but Gavin Mortimer lays out why Madame Le Pen has been a disaster for the French right.

Upcoming Battles

The honeymoon is already over for the re-elected president.

Mr Macron faces an uphill battle to pass reforms aimed at reviving the French economy and raising the retirement age, as leaders on the right and left pledge to prevent him from win a majority in the legislative elections.

Environmental policies to relaunch French nuclear power and make France the first major country to get out of oil and gas are other priorities.

Vladimir Putin congratulated Mr Macron today, wishing him ‘good health’, a day after Mr Macron and Volodymr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, spoke on the phone following the 44-year-old’s re-election years.

Read about the next battles he will face to avoid becoming a lame president.

The Union that was not

If there hadn’t been a pivotal moment six centuries ago, Mr Macron wouldn’t have had to worry about re-election – or getting elected at all.

Indeed, the Queen could have celebrated seven decades as monarch of not just the UK but also France this year, with her kingdom stretching from the Hebrides to the Alps and the Pyrenees, her subjects including Mr Macron, Gérard Dépardieu and the set of the first French XV. .

It could have happened, and perhaps should have happened, if things hadn’t gone wrong in 1422.

Antoine Peregrine details how France and England were almost united to become the largest country in the world.

Commentary and analysis

Around the World: Ukraine’s War Behind Enemy Lines

Two fires at fuel facilities in the southwestern Russian city of Bryansk have revived attention to apparent Ukrainian missile strikes and covert operations campaigns inside Russia. The Russian Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI in the country, said it was opening an investigation. It comes as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced that Britain would send Stormer armored vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft missile launchers to Ukraine. Mr Wallace added that British assessments showed around 15,000 Russian soldiers had been killed in the conflict. Meanwhile, it has been claimed that the Biden administration delayed imposing sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s alleged mistress.

Monday interview

Serge Aurier: The real reason things went wrong at Spurs

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