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Europe live: French far-right candidate assaulted on campaign trail | World news

Nicolas Schmit, the European commissioner from Luxembourg who was the European socialists’ lead candidate in the European elections, has weighed in on the campaign in France, warning that “you cannot be left-wing and anti-Semitic or racist” and asking France Unbowed (LFI) “to leave no doubt on this subject.”

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Les élections en France ont aussi une importance capitale pour l’Europe et la gauche européenne.On ne peut être de gauche et antisémite ou raciste.Pour clarifier il est urgent pour LFI et son leader de ne laisser aucun doute à ce sujet.

— Nicolas Schmit, PES lead candidate (@NSchmitPES) June 21, 2024

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The populist former Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, has announced that his ANO party is leaving the Renew Europe group in the European parliament.

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In a social media post, he cited differences on issues such as illegal migration, internal combustion engines and the European Green Deal.

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By taking his 7 MEPs out of Renew, Babiš has further weakened the grouping, which took a hit amid a poor performance of Emmanuel Macron’s camp in France.

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The move will also deepen concerns of centrists about whether Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, could win support for a second term by relying solely on the centre-right, centre-left and liberals.

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Valérie Hayer, a French politician and the president of Renew Europe, said in a statement that “this was a divorce that was long overdue.”

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“ANO has chosen a populist path that is incompatible with our values and identity. Over the last month, their divergence from our values has increased exponentially and we witnessed this with great concern. ANO’s unwillingness to continue their commitment to liberal values have led to today’s outcome,” she added.

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Vždy plníme, co občanům slíbíme. Do evropských voleb jsme šli s tím, že budeme bojovat proti ilegální migraci, že chceme zrušit zákaz spalovacích motorů a zásadně změnit Green Deal. Hlavně ale chceme, aby Česká republika zůstala suverénní zemí.

Dosavadní jednání ukázala, že ve…

— Andrej Babiš (@AndrejBabis) June 21, 2024

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Hervé Breuil, a candidate for France’s far-right National Rally (RN) party, was assaulted as he campaigned in the industrial town of Saint Etienne, near Lyon, Reuters reported.

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His assailants wore black and masked their faces, spokespeople for the police and local authority said. He was hospitalised following the assault but was due to be released soon.

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France is preparing for snap legislative elections later this month.

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The incident came amid a wave of violence against politicians in different parts of Europe.

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The National Rally’s Marine Le Pen blamed “far-left extremists” for the attack on Breuil.

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Lâchement agressé par les milices d’ultra-gauche, soutiens du Nouveau Front Populaire, Hervé Breuil, notre candidat à Saint-Etienne, est ce soir toujours hospitalisé. Une campagne électorale dans une démocratie ne saurait admettre ce déchaînement d’ultraviolence d’une… https://t.co/ntkRBU8Kmf

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) June 20, 2024

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“You can’t be left-wing and be anti-Semitic and racist,” says European Socialist candidate

Nicholas SchmidtThe European Commissioner for Luxembourg, who was the European Socialist Party’s leading candidate in the European Parliament elections, joined the campaign in France, warning that “you cannot be left-wing and also anti-Semitic or racist” and urging the French Indomitable Movement (LFI) to “leave no room for doubt on this issue.”

The French elections are important for Europe and the European Left. There is no such thing as a leftist, anti-Semitic or racist. It makes clear that this is an urgent task for the LFI and its leaders, who have no say on the issue.

— Nicholas Schmitt, PES’s top candidate (@NSchmitPES) June 21, 2024

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The French elections are very important for Europe and the European Left. There is no such thing as a leftist, anti-Semitic or racist. It makes it clear that this is an urgent task for the LFI and its leaders, who have nothing to say on this issue.

— Nicholas Schmitt, PES’s top candidate (@NSchmitPES) June 21, 2024

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Czech ANO party leaves Renew Europe group, further weakening centrist forces

Populist former Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babišannounced that his ANO party would withdraw from the European Parliament’s Renew Europe group.

In a social media post, he cited differences of opinion on issues including illegal immigration, the internal combustion engine and the European Green Deal.

Babiš has forced seven MEPs from Renew, further weakening the group, which has been hit by the poor performance of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign in France.

The move is likely to further deepen concerns among moderates. Ursula von der LeyenEuropean Commission President Alexander von Deutsch could win support for a second term by relying solely on the centre-right, centre-left and liberal parties.

Valerie Heyer“This is a divorce that was long overdue,” the French politician and chairman of Renew Europe said in a statement.

“ANO has chosen a populist path that is alien to our values ​​and identity. Over the past month, their departure from our values ​​has grown exponentially and we have witnessed this with great concern. ANO’s unwillingness to continue its commitment to liberal values ​​has led to today’s outcome,” she added.

We have uploaded the calendar and timetable. At the moment, the measures are not effective because there are no protective measures against illegal immigration and no car safety within the framework of the Green Deal. Budapest, capital of the Czech Republic.

Thank you for your continued support next time…

— Andrej Babis (@AndrejBabis) June 21, 2024

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We have uploaded the calendar and timetable. At the moment, the measures are not effective because there are no protective measures against illegal immigration and no car safety within the framework of the Green Deal. Budapest, capital of the Czech Republic.

Thank you for your continued support next time…

— Andrej Babis (@AndrejBabis) June 21, 2024

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French far-right candidate assaulted during election campaign

Herve BruyèreReuters reported that Ronald Reagan, a candidate for the French far-right Rally National (RN) party, was assaulted while campaigning in the industrial city of Saint-Étienne, near Lyon.

The attacker, dressed in black and with his face covered, was hospitalised after the attack but was expected to be released shortly, police and local authorities said in a statement.

France is preparing for early legislative elections later this month.

The incident comes amid a wave of violence against politicians across Europe.

Marine Le Pen of the Rally National party blamed “far-left extremists” for the Brueuil attack.

When the far-left forces came under attack, Hervé Bruille, who joined the New Popular Front and became the candidate for Saint-Étienne, was hospitalized for 24 hours. The Democratic Party campaign will never support this cycle of ultra-violence… https://t.co/ntkRBU8Kmf

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) June 20, 2024

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When the far-left forces came under attack, Hervé Bruille, who joined the New Popular Front and became the candidate for Saint-Étienne, was hospitalized for 24 hours. The Democratic Party campaign will never support this cycle of ultra-violence… https://t.co/ntkRBU8Kmf

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) June 20, 2024

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