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France’s far right forms bloc in European Parliament (Politico)

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front party said Monday it had enough support to form a group in the European Parliament named “Europe of Nations and Freedoms”, a long-awaited move that will boost the group’s influence in the assembly.  Read more about France’s far right forms bloc in European Parliament (Politico)

He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency (Der Spiegel)

After an extended break from politics, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is ready to make a comeback. Former advisors say he is more patient and a better listener. Critics, though, say he has drifted even further to the right. Is France ready for the sequel? Read more about He's Back: Sarkozy Eyes a Return to French Presidency (Der Spiegel)

The National Front’s strength makes French politics a three-way affair (The Economist)

Sometimes small elections are markers of major political change. France’s latest vote may well turn out to be just such an election. On the face of it, the outcome will be a straightforward victory for the centre-right, led by Nicolas Sarkozy, a former president. In reality, it marks a shift in France from alternating two-party politics to a more fluid tripartite system. Read more about The National Front’s strength makes French politics a three-way affair (The Economist)