Ms. Le Pen – who has attacked the rise of Islam in France – garnered the required signatures to get on the April 2012 presidential ballot.
An unarmed 32-year-old Frenchman who works in the theater industry and didn't have a previous police record carried out the act of aggression Thursday against the outspoken and divisive Sarkozy, authorities said, and they are trying to find out why.
French-speaking Ivory Coast has long had close ties to its former colonial power. But relations have deteriorated under strongman Laurent Gbagbo.
Toppling a regime – something Lebanese achieved with a spontaneous rally of more than 1 million people six years ago today – is just the first step. Today, the March 14 coalition is struggling.
A UN-backed international tribunal examining the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri threatens a fragile stability in Lebanon, where the government of Hariri's son recently fell over disputes about the tribunal's role.
Despite a week of big headlines for French President Nicolas Sarkozy, he's at his lowest approval rating of his presidency.
Marine Le Pen reached out to right and left in her first speech as leader of France's far-right National Front party. She also spoke to core party values, saying France was 'at risk of dismemberment.'
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government have been hit with a slew of scandals in recent months, most recently a tangle with French media.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's cabinet reshuffle Sunday shows an Elysée Palace with a sharp eye on the 2012 elections. Sarkozy's ratings are at a historic low.