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Why would far-left groups oppose Macron’s re-election?

First, a bit of background is necessary: Macron was the Minister of Economy and Industry under Valls' government, when Hollande was president (this was a centre-left government). Previously, Macron ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

How is the system supposed to work? In their last year of high school, students are supposed to make a number of "wishes", wishes being for a particular course at a particular school. Based ...
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What are the benefits for strong economies like Germany and France for being members of the European Union?

The main one is exporting without barriers to these other EU countries, in terms of [no] tariffs and [no] non-tariff barriers (thanks to unified product standards), and also lack of competitive ...
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What are the benefits for strong economies like Germany and France for being members of the European Union?

You have to remember that the EU's immediate precursor was initially specifically set up to ensure that France and Germany would not enter into another war against each other. Also, even a strong ...
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Why isn't mail-in voting allowed in France?

France allowed mail-in voting from 1958 to 1975. It was replaced by proxy voting by law 75-1239 in December 1975. The reasons given at the time to get rid of mail-in voting are the same reasons not to ...
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Is Le Pen ideologically a French equivalent of Trump?

There are major differences between the French and American political culture which reflect into their respective political agendas. I am not sure their minds or political programs fully fall into the ...
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What is the point of Emmanuel Macron speaking so often with Vladimir Putin?

Ultimately this war will only be stopped by negotiation. It is exceptionally unlikely that Ukraine will drive all Russian forces out of its territory by military force, especially considering the ...
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Le Pen's gesture as immigration bill passed

The Guardian video is misleading - Le Pen did not make this gesture as the bill passed, but earlier, during the debate. You can see the moment here. She was responding to the rhetorical question from ...
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What is the point of triggering of a national snap election immediately after losing the EU elections?

Macron's decision can be seen as an attempt to regain the initiative against a backdrop of a far-right surge in EU elections The question casts this as a defeat for Macron, which in a sense it is- but ...
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Can an extra nomination in the French presidential election prevent a person's candidacy?

No - this scenario is discussed on the constitutional council’s website (from the 2017 Presidential election). The process is that a maximum of fifty parrainages from one département will be ...
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Why is the French embassy in Niger still considered an embassy?

The question assumes the core issue in dispute. France takes the position that Niger's new coup regime is not the legitimate government of Niger, so its pronouncements don't matter. Niger's coup ...
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What is the point of Emmanuel Macron speaking so often with Vladimir Putin?

Quoting Emmanuel Macron: If he doesn't talk to anyone anymore, then we don't know how far he can go. It's my obsession with him, I tell him every time. When you enter the cycle of violence, the ...
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What pro-French paramilitary forces exist on New Caledonia?

This wording is likely a misleading translation. E.g., the corresponding wording in Le Parisien is Plus de 600 gendarmes et le GIGN sont mobilisés ce dimanche pour débloquer l’accès à l’aéroport de ...
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Is French Guiana a (hard) EU border?

Customs in French Guiana Yes, it is an external border for the purpose of EU common external customs tariffs. According to the EU's page on Territorial status of EU countries and certain territories ...
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Why is Macron seemingly opposing an article 50 extension?

Without citing President Macron directly, the BBC summarizes some of the reasons that play a role: But France worries a 12-week extension could encourage more UK indecisiveness or a general election ...
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How can a country force an ambassador to leave?

By declaring them "persona non grata" and telling them they need to leave. Just because someone is named as an ambassador doesn't mean that the host country is forced to accept them. This ...
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How would France benefit from a potential "Frexit"?

LePen is selling a brand of nationalism oriented towards the "good old days" when France mattered more, not necessarily because it was better off, but because fewer nations were successful overall, so ...
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What significance does the announcement that Marine Le Pen is momentarily stepping aside as the leader of France's "Front National" have?

Adrien's answer has a lot of merits. It is indeed a marketing strategy, especially done at this moment (between the two rounds). It can also be said that this is a French tradition: the President is ...
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Why are Marine Le Pen's possible connections with Steve Bannon something worth investigating?

The funding of political parties is strictly organized by the law in France. Even a former President can be prosecuted, and potentially sent to jail, for cheating with the regulations. In the ...
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Does this newly proposed French bill violate or go against the principles of international human right of free speech?

By "International Human Right", I shall assume you are referring to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It is worth quoting the relevant clauses: Everyone has the right to ...
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Why exactly is Laïcité (the law on separation of church and state) not valid in Alsace?

Well, Wikipedia has a pretty detailed explanation on this: Alsace-Moselle maintains its own local legislation, applying specific customs and laws on certain issues in spite of its being an integral ...
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Why is there a strong drive for undocumented migration, from France, to the United Kingdom?

In August 2018, Refugee Rights Europe published a report entitled The Long Wait which surveyed 870 individuals living in the informal refugee camp in Calais, roughly 15% of the camp's population. Of ...
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Why would far-left groups oppose Macron’s re-election?

Why are left-wing groups protesting an election in which the right-wing candidate lost? The first thing I'd like to answer to that is this: did he? An important element of perspective you're missing ...
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How did Le Pen do better in the second round than in the first?

Given that all the other parties were either neutral or supported Macron, and was branded an enemy of the republic, how did she gain an addition 12% or so? Voters aren't beholden to parties. It's ...
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Did most French people change their opinion about who contributed most to the defeat of Nazi Germany?

In short, yes the information presented in that graphic is well sourced and appears generally reliable. The creator of the graphic is Olivier Berruyer who is French political blogger. His source is ...
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Why is there an official retirement age?

The French system is a pay as you go system. It's not your money you saved you retire on (unlike, say, Malaysia), it's the money current workers are still putting in that you get. That, together with ...
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Why is the French embassy in Niger still considered an embassy?

the French ambassador to Niger has been effectively sacked and become persona non grata with no diplomatic immunity Surely now it's just a building with an unwelcome squatter which the host country ...
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What's the highest number of amendments submitted for a law proposal in France, since 1958?

I believe the record is still held by the 2006 energy sector bill. Le Monde reported at the time: In the parliamentary game, the centerpiece remains the amendment. With the energy bill, a record is ...
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Why do some African countries use the CFA franc even if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies?

Depositing is not exactly “paying”. In fact, the Banque de France paid interest on that money and is currently transferring it back to African central banks (as part of a broader transition out of the ...
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Why is there so much worry about France potentially leaving the EU?

With Britain exiting, France and Germany are the most powerful countries in the EU. If France exits, the EU will in practice be dominated by Germany, and thus cease to be a truly multipolar ...
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