Emmanuel Macron, who emerged as a political alternative to France’s growing far-right, seems to be morphing into the far-right.
The Identity and Democracy Party, formerly known as the Europe of Nations and Freedom Party, becomes the assembly's fifth-biggest bloc, immediately after the Greens.
The far-right leader shared graphic images of atrocities committed by the terror group only a few weeks after it claimed an attack which killed 130 people in Paris.
The ‘WP’ symbol deliberately resembles the ‘okay’ gesture and has been adopted by white supremacists and members of the far-right across the world.
National Rally leader Marine Le Pen no longer wants to leave the EU and is now working towards closer ties with the European far-right.
The far-right has managed to overpower most of Europe's law enforcement and judicial systems, encouraging the perpetrators of hate crimes to feel emboldened.
The name National Rally must be approved by party members in a mail vote and it's not clear whether they will accept the change.
Eurocentric populist parties may have failed to actually clinch a victory in national elections, but at the ballot boxes, 2017 has proven a bumper year for the region's far-right.
President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (LREM) party won a resounding majority in the national parliament after a historic victory, indicating a major shift in the French political landscape.
Macron, France's youngest-ever president, is seeking an absolute majority in the Assembly to be able to implement his promised labor reforms and tougher security measures.
European Union leaders believe French president-elect Emmanuel Macron will reconcile divisions in France and rejuvenate the Europe project. Le Pen supporters Trump and Putin also reach out with positive messages.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French elections drew mixed reactions from world leaders. Some greeted Macron over his landslide win while others sympathised with his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
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