French Republicans name woman to run for president for first time Dec 05, 2021 0 0 12345 Paris France’s Repulicans on Saturday named former minister Valerie Pecresse as their first-ever female presidential candidate. In the second round of the party’s primary, Pecresse won by 61 per cent of the vote against Eric Ciotti, a deputy from the south of France. “The right is back,” Pecresse proclaimed. “We will give our country back its unity, dignity and pride.” The centre-right party last provided a president from 2007 to 2012 with Nicolas Sarkozy. According to current polls, it is not certain that the Republicans will make it to the second round of the election in April 2022. At the moment, the favourite is incumbent President Emmanuel Macron, who will very likely run again. The far-right populist Marine Le Pen is currently in second place in the polls. The choice of Pecresse as the Republicans’ candidate is considered a surprise. Among the five hopefuls were former EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France regional council. Pecresse is currently president of the regional council of the Ile-de-France region. (dpa) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Lukashenko orders countermeasures to fresh EU sanctions Dec 05, 2021 0 0 Chancellor-designate of Germany defends restrictions imposed on the unvaccinated Dec 05, 2021 0 0 Pope for ‘good politics,’ warns against enemies of democracy Dec 05, 2021 0 0 13-year-old dies in France after mobile phone falls into bathtub Paris A 13-year-old girl in France suffered a fatal electric shock in her bathtub when her mobile phone, which was plugged in to charge, fell into the water. Rescue workers were initially able to revive the girl after the .. Europe’s right-wing parties meet for ‘Warsaw Summit’ dpa Warsaw Representatives of several conservative and right-wing populist parties are meeting in Warsaw this weekend at the invitation of Poland’s governing Law and Justice party (PiS). At the “Warsaw Summit,” they .. Thousands in UK face second weekend without power dpa London Thousands of people in Britain are facing a second weekend without power as further cold weather is predicted to hit the country. Homes across parts of Scotland and the North-East and North-West of England are .. Bolsonaro under investigation over false statements about Covid-19 Rio de Janeiro The Brazilian judiciary is to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro for making false statements about the coronavirus pandemic. The move was ordered by a judge at the country’s Supreme Court, according to .. Kremlin says Putin and Biden to meet online on Tuesday Moscow A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden is scheduled to take place online on Tuesday, according to the Kremlin. Press secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed the date for the ..